The War of the Spark Shines!

The latest Magic: The Gathering artbook explores one of the biggest story epics in the game's history!

By Joel Enos October 22, 2020

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The conclusion to the story we’ve been building toward in VIZ Media’s epic The Art of Magic: The Gathering series, written by James Wyatt, is here!

Whether you’ve played the ambitious card set, read any of the official stories published by the luminaries of the Wizards of the Coast, or are just really into beautiful artwork and fantasy world building, The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark, will be a revelation.

Featuring the world-renowned card art of Magic: The Gathering, the most popular trading card game in the world, at a massive size so you can see all the detail in the artists’ rendering, and a tale woven by the amazing story team at Wizards of the Coast, under the helm of lead writer James Wyatt, the final book in our eight volume series finishes the story of the ascension of Nicol Bolas, the fall of Ravnica, and the future of the MTG world as we know it in beautiful style.

Below: A fitting beginning to this intense tale, artist Raymond Swanland's remarkable cover art features Nicol Bolas initiating his long-planned attack on the city of Ravnica.

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Below: Jenn Ravenna’s The Eldest Reborn adorns the story of Tetsuo Umezawa’s defeat of Nicol Bolas and how Nicol Bolas survived the attack.

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Below: The adventure brings us back to the Plane of Ravnica, as illustrated here by Eytan Zayna with Island.

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Below: Born on Innistrad, Sorin Markov, one of the three Planeswalkers who bound the Eldrazi on Zendikar thousands of years ago, joins the fray with art by Eric Deschamps, Barter in Blood.

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Below: An amazing piece by Zack Stella showcases the Planeswalkers coming together from all corners of the world as one united force.

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Below: The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark also features behind-the-scenes documents and artwork, such as the original Project Handlebar documents, Project Handlebar was the secret codename for the Bolas Arc at Wizards of the Coast during development. Read about what private story elements were sent to the R&D teams working on War of the Spark.

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Below: Vraska, Swarm’s Eminence by Anna Steinbauer adorns the story of Vraska taking advantage of Nicol Bolas’s reign to further her own goals—which don’t necessarily align with Bolas’s, but are in fact very personal to Vraska.

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Below: The end is nigh for many. But only those who can get their hands on the official story will know how it shapes up for real. If you aren’t already enticed to read The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark, then we leave you with The Elderspell by Daarken and Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God by Raymond Swanland to whet your thirst for more Magic: The Gathering artwork!

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Learn more about The Art of Magic: The Gathering - War of the Spark by James Wyatt here!