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Return to Ravnica: Siege of the Azorius Guildgate by MoulinBleu Return to Ravnica: Siege of the Azorius Guildgate by MoulinBleu
So...this one deserves a bit of explanation. I love Magic:the Gathering. I got hooked ever since I got my first booster pack back in Onslaught and opened an Akroma. I fell in love with the game, the worlds, and especially the art. Every time I played, I imagined the cards interacting on this fictional battlefield, how these battles might play out or actually look like. This piece is essentially that: a visual interpretation of my prerelease experience. I played Azorius splashing red for Mercurial Chemister and green for Courser's Accord. I went undefeated against several Rakdos and Golgari opponents. I had so much fun that day that I wanted to immortalize what my games felt like in illustration form.

So, the teams here represented are AZORIUS+selesnya+izzet VS RAKDOS+golgari

Can you name all 19 cards in this image? Check your answers here: [link]

EDIT: I am currently repainting this in color, enjoy this sepia version in the meantime
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:iconcorcon:
Corcon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
izzet working with selesnya?  They kinda hate each other (at least that's my interpretation)
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:iconthewerecactus:
TheWereCactus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
EMBRACE CHAOS!
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:icongizburg:
gizburg Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this rocks SO HARD!!!  I can't wait to see the color version!
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aPhysicist Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It deserves an explanation, but it doesn't need one. The epicness speaks for itself. There is a little story contained in everyone of those fighting couples/groups.

I'd love to see a version of this 4x as big with 4x as many characters, but of your own design. 
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blizzardbearer0617 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I see scion of vitu-gazi.
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:iconcoolclaytony:
coolclaytony Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Lately the Golgari have been secretly persuading the Rakdos Cult to hold their riots around the western slums, in hopes of recycling the remains. However, residents of this district have responded to the chaos by seeking refuge among the Selesnya. Not wanting the Conclave's already immense influence in the city to sway further, the Azorius Senate began sending lawmages into the area to quell these riots. His plans being interupted, Jarad tasked his moles in the cult to rally an attack on New Prahv as well as sending undead reinforcments into the fray, hopeing to dissuade the Senate from further interference. Unphased, the senate deploys all available units in the area to fight off the invaders, aided by a single Izzet League chemister who just happened to be strolling by the area when the attak began. Knowing that a Selesnya garden was within walking distance of New Prahv, the Selesnya feared that the Rakdos may very well move their chaos there after they loose interest in the Azorius. Thus have sent a gaurdian elemental to assist.
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Superandroid23 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE this! The poses & action are simply amazing! Fav for sure!
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:iconthepoweroflogic:
thepoweroflogic Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Big stompy creature you say? DETAIN
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:iconamadeus450:
amadeus450 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i saw gatecreeper vine
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amadeus450 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
cool truly ravnica
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movil-pasi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Finally I find you here on deviant! :О
Awsome art! My first reaction on this was:"Wow! New card art? ( =_=)".
I realy like that you use soft colors on this.

How about Gatecrush Guilds?(I'm totally OrzhovFan, so...)
Or (omg omg!) Dragons' Maze Battle pic?! :D
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:iconrexagon:
rexagon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Wait, it's New Prahv Guildmage
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:iconrexagon:
rexagon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
My guesses are:
Archon of the Triumvirate
Grove of the Guardian or Risen Sanctuary
Treacherous Instincts
Vassal Soul
Dreg Mangler
Carnival Hellsteed
Bloodfray Giant
Rakdos Shred-Freak
Mercurial Chemister
Detention Sphere
Hussar Patrol
Courser's Accord
Gore-house Chainwalker
Azorius Arrester
Gatecreeper Vine
Concordia Pegasus
Seller of Songbirds
Azorius Guildgate

Can anyone help with the one card I'm missing here?
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:iconrexagon:
rexagon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Wait, maybe Inaction Injunction?
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:iconanenemyspy:
AnEnemySpy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I'll try and guess which of these cards I own.
Rakdos Shredfreak
Gatecreeper Vine
Azorius Arrester
Concordia Pegasus
Sky Hussar
New Pravh Guildmage
Vassal Soul

Whatever the other ones are, I don't own them.
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ToranekoStudios Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Where is the high resolution D:
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:iconzephind:
Zephind Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Go go Azorius! :D Well done good sir. Your art it's IMPRESSIVE! ^^
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:iconashling80:
ashling80 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Incredible!
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:icontymestalker:
Tymestalker Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
One word: AWESOME!
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:iconsuryadasa:
Suryadasa Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love it! Pretty much what I expect that will happen during the maze race (considering the azorius is the last one) this can easily happen!
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:iconmoulinbleu:
MoulinBleu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh yeah, that set is gonna make for some awesome scenarios
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:iconrocueto:
RoCueto Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You should actually show this to Jeremy Jarvis.
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:iconmoulinbleu:
MoulinBleu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
once I fix up the colors I'd definitely like to :)
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YurixTheWanderer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Whoa... That's a tough read. Rakdos attacks Azorius, with Izzet and Selesnya as back-up. That's quite the spectacle.
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YurixTheWanderer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Izzet and Selesnya helping defend, I mean... Still, one of those creatures (the one climbing at an angle) looks like something out of Golgari...
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MoulinBleu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah you pretty much got it, the dude chillin on the column is a dreg mangler, from golgari. Doesn't make a lot of sense outside the context of my prerelease, I gotta say, haha.

I feel like Dreg Manglers are down to rage with the Rakdos though
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YurixTheWanderer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wouldn't be surprised, considering both are black.
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panahinuva Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so amazingly badass, but the vorthos in me is desperately trying to figure out who's fighting for who. XD
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MoulinBleu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha, totally fair. The Izzet and the Selesnya are teamed up with the Azorius to fight the Rakdos and the Golgari. The Selesnyan elemental in the background is under the sway of some Treacherous Instincts (he's even had Rakdos eyes carved into his headpiece, a bit of Rakdos humor there). But yeah, I can see how this would make no sense to anyone but me and that crazy deck I had .__.
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panahinuva Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's ok, rule of cool makes everything ok. :D
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MadRoseKai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh wow, it's so cool to know that you're into Magic! I nearly jumped out of my seat in shock and joy when I read the title of this in my inbox. You've just made my day, good sir. :giggle: XDD

I have to say I agree with you all the way; I love the card game, love the stories and worlds, the planeswalkers, and the art is very gorgeous~ You've depicted your experience so epically - I can feel all the energy! I usually have a difficult time looking at art pieces where a lot is going on, like a battle, but you've done a great job with making this have a lot going on, but everything being easy to see. Just... wonderful work all around. :):heart:

It's funny you mention Azorius, because I'm in the middle of making an Azorius deck, as well as a Golgari one. Although, my best deck by far is my Boros one. :XD: Great to find another Magic player here. Cheers! :D
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:iconmoulinbleu:
MoulinBleu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ah yes, I will never be able to decide between Boros and Azorius, they're definitely my two favorite playstyles :)
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:iconmadrosekai:
MadRoseKai Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Hehe, awesome! :) I'm personally very attached to Boros, because of Aurelia. I just love her design~ :D
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RobertCopu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So good....oh so good, Moulin. I'm really not sure why you are not working at some game company or something, your work is too good not to be! The composition here reminds me of a modern renaissance mural type painting, like a Peter Paul Rubens or something, brilliant!
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KingVego Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ummm, wow.
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Teddy5555 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing :)
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