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Magic: The Gathering: Concepts And Legends Book Review

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“Magic The Gathering: Concepts and Legends” is the perfect gift for MTG fans this holiday season.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest cards games of all time with “Magic: The Gathering,” Viz Media has released a brand new book titled “Magic The Gathering: Concepts and Legends.” Within these pages, writer James Wyatt gives a proper overview of the MTG universe outside of the actual game mechanics. The book itself is divided into 4 sections. The first tackles the planes of Magic which showcases locations from fantastical places like Ravnica, Zendikar, Dominaria, and much more. Next up is the races that make up the universe including (but not limited to) kor, merfolk, vampires, goblins, elves, orcs, dwarves, humans, etc. along with the various incarnations of them depicted throughout the years. Following that is the iconic creatures such as angels, sphinxes, dragons, demons, undead, giants, hydras, elementals, artifact creatures, etc. Each creature is classified by the one of the 5 mana colors that make up the game- green, red, black, blue and white. Lastly, there is the characters of magic which are largely comprised of the Planeswalkers both old and new like Jace Beleren and Chandra Nalaar.

That’s not the only content you get in this oversized coffee table book complete with a slipcover case. There’s a standard foreword by brand designer Matt Cavotta, but most importantly, the book comes with 4 stunning double sided art prints that you could easily frame.

If you’re an avid MTG player or are eager to learn more about the game’s universe fantasy universe, “Magic: The Gathering: Concepts And Legends” was made for you. The book is very much a tribute to the game’s detailed world which sometimes gets overlooked when compared to everything else in the game. Really, this book is a prime starting point to learn the ins and outs of all the various characters. At the same time, I’m sure there are plenty of players out there who don’t know everything about the world built around the CCG game and this book certainly fills in those gaps.

Of course, the main draw (and perhaps one of the most celebrated things about the actual game cards) is the artwork itself. It’s really quite something to see card art blown up to book page size. There’s so much vivid and imaginative pieces to pour over including a truly stunning group portrait of Planeswalkers by artist Brad Rigney.

Overall Thoughts: Magic: The Gathering: Concepts And Legends” is a bargain for both the price and for MTG fans in general. Recommended.

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December 14, 2018 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , ,

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