Quote from CatParty »Quote from Gizlivadi »@ilovesaprolings Probably the same reason they would change the art on any female character in current MTG: too spicified/damsel in distress-y. Can't show females running away from anything, now can we? Females can only be strong and not show any weakness whatsoever, just like in real life. Also butt.
Saffi's original art is the only art of a legendary creature to be running away from the viewer. Even Norin the Wary is still cautiously moving forward. The original art was also very specific to Time Spiral - it's her running through a portal only to end up timeshifted - or whatever the flavor of the block was - This new art is far more eternal, and makes sense for a legendary creature. It also fits the original flavor more. In the goyf flavor text, it's Saffi telling Hans to run, it makes little sense why Saffi is the one depicted running in her art. This new art also fits the card's flavor better - she's sacrificing herself to give her brother time to run away.
I remember bringing this up back in the day and my entire play group was like "lol but butt"
I really like the art change here, and its way more fitting