Component Magic: the gathering The card from Strixhaven’s new collection bears a striking resemblance to a fan art piece, leading some to call the magical artist plagiarism.
Actress Kate Labina, who passes by Scarypet Online, a new card featuring the elder dragon Nicole Pulas was said to look a lot like one of the DeviantArt uploads several years ago. Confused, Lapeña compared the new card to his own art, found significant similarities, and posted a somewhat quiet video tweet in response.
The similarity between Essence of Destiny art and Lapeña is remarkable, especially in the silhouette and details such as skin folds and fingers.
Should I feel flattered? Haha, but seriously, # MtG was such a big influence that developed my love for making art. (And I sent an order / wallet multiple times to WotC.) Now someone tells me my art has turned into a card! Ironically, in a fairly simple way #MTGStrixhaven pic.twitter.com/1HvUXOgGZkMarch 28, 2021
The art of the other character on the card, Eugene, also appears similar to the art from another Magic Card depicting that character –Eugene, Dragon Soul By Raymond Swanland. Dragon fan art was first drawn by Nicole Pollas by Scarypet W. Published in DeivantArt In June 2016.
The card in question is an alternative to reprinting an old card, Crux of Fate, as part of the Strixhaven Group’s Mystery Archive feature, which is new this year. The Crux of Fate art is written by Jason Felix, his freelance artist 127 pieces of Magic: The Gathering Card Art in his name. Wizards of the Coast often work with independent artists on Magic: The Gathering, who produce the majority of game art and often reserve limited rights and receive royalties for future use.
On their part, Lapeña indicated that they are “not really looking for confrontation” in a response to their first tweet, and he went on by saying “I just posted this in the hope that other artists in particular, might get some insight about such incidents :).” Credible: At the time the Scarypet account was posted to Twitter it only had 75 followers, which is a small audience, although it has had significantly more since the video was circulated.
The video goes into some details of how the original Lapeña art was easily traced to the art shown on the card. It is worth noting that the image is in the top 15 results if you search on Google “Nicole Bolas”, the person who is the picture.
What catches me most is that the original fan art has a fatal flaw that recurs in the final portion of The Art of Destiny – nearly all of Nicole Pollas’ modern art has three very distinct fingers, while the Lapina’s rendition has five. Nicole Pollas, a member of The Crux of Fate Art, has five fingers.
None of this is conclusive evidence of any error or intentional plagiarism by Wizards of the Coast or Jason Felix. However, the situation is definitely questionable.
PC Gamer contacted the Wizards of the Coast and relevant artists for comment. We will update this story as the situation evolves.