oil on paper on board, 12" x 16"
©Wizards of the Coast
For this one, the art director wanted to see a a fight between two mismatched opponents. The Gruul barbarian and the Orzhov cleric are complete opposites of each other, and one is on his home turf. I thought rather than depicting straight action, it would be the moment of fear before the pounding, The crooked Orzhov bureaucrat is going to get his. Kind of like in old school wrestling when Mr. Fuji, his charge disposed of, would get caught alone in the ring with the Hulkster. Maybe the cleric has some salt to throw in the eyes or a "foreign object" hidden in a turnbuckle somewhere.