The awesome sci-fi horror creature above comes from the art preview for Magic's next expansion set, Mirrodin Besieged. I have no idea what it is, but it's probably a black card (or possibly an artifact), and I definitely want one.

Artist's credit isn't given on the art preview page, and the multi-limbed monstrosity doesn't appear to have an artist's signature on the painting itself, nor can I discern the perpetrator by style alone. So whoever you are, wow. Freaking awesome.

What we really need to do is go nuts speculating about the set based solely on the art preview. First up, Karn, Silver Golem returns! And he sure does look a lot more badass this time around. He's long been rumored to be reappearing as a planeswalker (possibly a colorless one, although he can't be an artifact planeswalker).


Update: Mike Linnemann, a freelancer who writes for Wizards (and we can assume has seen the style guide and knows what he's talking about), reports via Twitter: "No eldrazi. I'm going to squish that bug all day today. They aren't on Mirrodin." Then he seems somewhat irritated that people suspect these things which look very reminiscent of Eldrazi are actually Eldrazi: "Sigh. There is no eldrazi influence. There are no eldrazi on Mirrodin. People just want a mash up so bad."

So, less excited now.


Updated Update: Mike mentioned that he's not speaking (or, uh, Tweeting) in any official capacity, just offering his opinion on the matter.

This post originally appeared on Robot Viking.

Related posts:Scars of Mirrodin Set Review: Hey, Artifacts Exclusive Scars of Mirrodin Preview - Painful Quandary Community Cup Limited Formats Announced Thirteen Exclusive Rise of the Eldrazi Wallpapers Planechase Puts You on the Vanguard of Chaotic Casual Play