The MTG Community - Top 8 Aesthetically Pleasing Card Designs [Edward Eng - Battlemage, Level 42]

It seems like more people than less dislike the design of the Amonkhet Invocations. And I agree that the card name text is a little hard to read, but overall I think they're kinda cool.

On the other hand, there have been a lot of other card designs that Wizards has tried over the years. Some of them look kind of janky. Some of them look beautiful.

Here are 8 card designs that I think are some of the best that have been released so far. I found it hard to rank these, so I'm gonna leave that up to you.

Future Sight - Futureshifted Cards

I can't really explain what it is about these cards that make them look so cool. Is it that the mana symbols are on the left-hand side? Maybe. Or maybe it's because the different parts of the card blend more smoothly together compared to other designs.

Kaladesh - Inventions

Sweet golden-brown design to highlight this awesome set of artifacts. It's almost like a tribute to the original 'brown' artifacts that look so much better than the 'grey' ones. The foiling on these could've been a bit nicer; but overall, these are true gems.


Speaking of the original artifacts. It's really hard to beat Alpha. I mean, come on, it's the first set of Magic. There's just something about the simplicity of colors used to create these cards. Bring back 'brown' artifacts!

Unglued - Basic Lands

What a goofy set. And even goofier lands. Funny thing is, the lands actually look incredible. Full-art lands with big mana symbols and simple border pattern. These will probably be some of the best lands ever printed for the history of the game.

Unhinged - Basic Lands

And just when you thought Wizards couldn't do it again. Super simple. Super clean. Just super. These pieces look like they belong in the Louvre.

Magic Player Rewards

Another full-art masterpiece. Too bad they did away with these promos. Not only do the borders look amazing, the actual artwork on most of the cards is incredible. Who cares if people don't know what these cards do, bring them back!

Comic-Con Promos

Dark. Hard as hell to read. But ridiculously cool. I really hope they do more of these.

Born of the Gods - Enchantment Creatures

A nice subtle touch to help distinguish the card type from others. They also look great in foil.

Which designs on this list do you think are the best? Do you think there are other ones that should've made this list over any of these?

Peace, love, and have fun…

Additional Reading

1. MTG Reporter - A Goblin's Guide to Fatally Burning Your Opponents in Modern [Edward Eng - Battlemage, Level 42]

2. The MTG Community - Top 10 Don'ts [Edward Eng - Battlemage, Level 42]

A Little Bit about Eddie

He started playing Magic around December of 1994, then hit the sanctioned competitive tournament scene in 1997. He played till about 2000 and was on the cusp of making the Pro Tour but stopped to focus on school. He found his old teammate on Facebook in 2009 and got back into the game in 2010. Since then he's played in two Nationals, top 16ed an SCG Invitational, and day 2ed multiple Grand Prix.

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