Epic is a phenomenal two-player dueling game; I’ve spent excessive amounts of time writing about it because I love the mechanics/depth of play, it has the best limited formats I’ve experienced, and I can actually afford to obtain the cards to compete competitively for money. All that being said, it also has great art (something I can’t remember consciously caring about before).
Pantheon specifically, blew me away. When I was opening my packs at Worlds I just kept gushing about how much I liked individual cards over and over again. On a whole the set is great, but I reached out to WWG to see if I could get the full resolution art for 10 of my subjective favorites (in addition to the clear objectively best one, Cast Out, at the top of the page). Every image can be clicked for its full resolution.
My favorite part of this piece is the use of past champions’ art to clearly illustrate the mechanical effect of the card.
We’ve got what appears to be Succubus, Dark Knight, and demon tokens staring out of the artwork to crush the player over a field of broken Rescue Griffin, Faithful Pegasus, and Helena’s Chosen evocative knights.
The detail on the titular champion in this piece stands out, and the underlying city in it works well too.
Poor Faithful Pegasus can’t catch a break. Even though Steed’s Loyalty 2 ability can’t target champions, this is still an effective piece at demonstrating the incredibly threatening nature of this Satanic Murder Horse. (Let me know in the comments who all remembers this reference.)
Okay, so I’m biased on this one since it’s one of my favorite cards mechanically from the set, but the vanguard charge into the horde with the backup visibly framed by the champion works great.
While the artwork doesn’t directly depict the card’s mechanics, it is a fairly good representation of the Silver Wing Savior -> Resurrection loop charging headfirst into Evil’s unending removal.
The mass gathering extending beyond the card boundaries, the detailed markings, and the ritual being cast create a haunting and intriguing scene.
While I liked the original art on the promo version of this card, the new artwork is even better.
I know people who actively dislike this piece, but I just think the art’s story works beautifully to depict the cards mechanics.
Einiosaurus just breaking through nine human tokens as if they weren’t even there. One soldier realizes the futility as the dinosaur doesn’t even bother to look at them.
The artwork exceeds the expectation of the card’s name.
While the mechanics don’t line up perfectly, the tension of the ambush evoked by the artwork’s detail is truly impressive.
If I saw a dragon silently phase through a mountain to attack me, I’d probably react like middle soldier. Front soldier doesn’t even have a clue they’re about to die. Dragon just looks sick too.
While I initially thought this would work better for an unblockable champion, the idea of a dragon that is literally untargetable as it kills you is pretty terrifying. It also fits well with how the card plays; the threat of this as a surprise blocker turned attacker is real.
I initially thought this was my favorite card art in the set before I looked through them all again for this. The pose, the spear, the clouds.
I would pay to read an Ian Taylor short story about this scene. Epic.
Wow. The hails of arrows. The trebuchets. The purple magical discharge. That massive punch windup. It’ll take an Apocalypse to stop that titan smash.
These are my 10 (technically 11) favorite pieces from Epic Pantheon. Let me know your favorites either from this set or Epic as a whole. (Yes Cast Out is based on me.) Also not all of the Pantheon art is spectacular **cough**ScrapGolem**cough**.
In the meantime, I have started filming my Epic Constructed Tiered Card Ratings. I am also contemplating starting a massive scale project to work on concurrently. If I go through with it, it’ll probably take weeks to months but would be awesome (hopefully).