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Vampire Pirates Abound in This Gorgeous New Magic: The Gathering Art

All Images: Wizards of the Coast. Skulduggery by Deruchenko Alexander.
All Images: Wizards of the Coast. Skulduggery by Deruchenko Alexander.

Over nearly two and a half decades, Magic: The Gathering’s card sets have taken us to strange worlds, whether its ones filled with scifi marvels or gothic horror. Its brand new expansion, Ixalan, is no different, but its new world is a little bit zanier than most—mainly because it features a heady combination of pirates and dinosaurs.

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Pirates, are, amazingly, one of the few avenues that Magic has rarely explored in its fantastical settings, even as its merrily fired goblins out of cannons or created absurd joke series like Unglued. Dinosaurs, even less so, which is why the world of Ixalan—released last Friday—serves as a perfect mishmash of roaming piratical fleets, packs of dinosaurs, and even some aquatic Merfolk and Vampiric conquistadors thrown in for good measure.

It’s like a beautiful mess of the internet’s favorite things, blended together and pressed into a set of of cards. Which, luckily for us, means there’s some truly gorgeous, pirate-y art featured in the set, and we’ve got some of it for you to view in glorious high resolution. Check it out below!

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Firecannon blast by Svetlin Velinov.
Firecannon blast by Svetlin Velinov.
Swashbuckling by Josu Hernaiz.
Swashbuckling by Josu Hernaiz.
Costly Plunder by Ben Maier.
Costly Plunder by Ben Maier.

Magic: The Gathering’s 76th(!) expansion, Ixalan, is available now. The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Ixalan, featuring artwork and insight from the cards in the series, will be available early next year.

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Okay, but who do the vampires feed on at sea? Isn’t prime sailing time during the day?

I’m all for the [geeky thing one] + [geeky thing two] = [really amusing geeky thing] formula, but this one ain’t adding up for me. I mean, shine on you crazy Dracula, shine on. But piracy seems horribly impractical for the undead.

Now, some sort of werewolf pirate situation... Where sullen sailors are compelled to roam port-to-port and under the full moon dock so they can run wild and pillage an island? I can get on board with that.