Gotta admit that these really look better than the ones in RTR. Some of these actually look even better than the originals from the first Ravnica-block. Art of RTR shocks (not counting Hallowed Fountain, maybe) were quite a disappointment and I prefer the originals over them anytime.. Maybe I'm just quite Vorthos-y with shocks anyway.
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Decks I run atm:
:symr::symg::symw:Rith, the Awakener:symw::symg::symr: 90% foil'd. My precious.
:symu::symb::symr:Gwendlyn di Corci:symr::symb::symu:
:symu::symr:Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind:symr::symu:
:symr::symw:Gisela, Blade of Goldnight:symw::symr:
:symg::symw::symu:Treva the Renewer:symu::symw::symg:
:symb::symg::symw:Ghave, Guru of Spores:symw::symg::symb:
:symu:Rayne, Academy Chancellor:symu:
So happy my two favorite color combos got arguably the best "new" art out of all the reprint Duals: Godless Shrine and Watery Grave. Nice mock-ups will looks even better in hand, but sadly have to wait 3 months.
I love the RAV shockland art more than these newer versions, but if I had to choose a new piece of art out of the bunch to like, it would have to be for Watery Grave. Sacred Foundry is alright. I like the giant anvil.
I love these five over the original five. Rob Alexander is good, but there's something about the old shocks art that just doesn't, quite reach me I guess. Every one of these is bloody fantastic though. RTR shocks were kind of hit and miss with me too.
I know this isn't the first mockup but I really like these. The art is of course under the guidance of WotC themselves. Sacred Foundry the anvil is undoubtedly a necessity. I wish Wizards put out the descriptions of the art for both RAV and RTR. It would be interesting to see the initial design and follow it along. Many times we see art scaled back for clarity (the explanation of Liliana of the Veil's final submission was really interesting).
I think all of these except Stomping Ground are upgrades over the original arts from RAV. However, I thought RTR's shocks didn't compare. The RTR shocks aren't good enough (Temple Garden, hello). This mockup with the symbol get me closer to the final printed image. I like what I see, although I know there are constraints on the art vision.
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I'm obsessed with that Shrine art- it's my new iPad BG.
I *will* have it in Foil at the pre-re, even if I have to trade a Kiora Atua for it <...>
So you can be certain that there's enough people at pre-re to not just pull this dual, but get it in foil? Lucky. At our RTR pre-re exactly one shockland was opened (Blood Crypt) - lucky hubby who opened Grizelbrand at AVR being lucky again.
But I'll be damned if I don't want Godless Shrine and Watery Grave in foil. Yeah, would easily trade a walker... but foil Shocks cost more than walkers anyway.
And Breeding Pool.
And Sacred Foundry.
And Stomping Grounds.
I wonder why some of them say TAPato at the end and some of them say TAPata. Any Italians here to enlighten us?
Pretty sure it's a masculine/feminine rule with foreign languages. If you notice a at the end of the card names there's an 'a' which is "feminine". Usually feminine verbs end with 'a' while words that end in e/o are masculine and they end in 'o'.
The subject of the sentence is the name of the land, hence the tapata/tapato. Subject = invoke the feminine or masculine rule.