Magic: The Gathering Collaborates With Horror Artist Junji Ito For 4 Spooky Cards

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As we get closer to Halloween, Wizards of the Caost has revealed an exciting surprise for Magic: The Gathering fans that features the works of manga artist Junji Ito, who's known for spooky tales such as Gyo and Uzumaki. The 59-year-old horror artist illustrated new art for an upcoming Secret Lair collaboration.

Magic: The Gathering Junji Ito
Credit: Wizards of the Coast
Magic: The Gathering Junji Ito
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In a recent Weekly MTG livestream, Wizards of the Coast revealed that Junji Ito was illustrating four new artworks for Magic: The Gathering cards for the Secret Lair drop, with the horrific style fitting well in showing how terrifying these cards could be. Ito has illustrated new art for Thoughtseize, Carrion Feeder, Doomsday, and Plaguecrafter.

Here's a breakdown of each card in Junji Ito's Secret Lair drop:


Thoughtseize – Target player reveals their hand. You choose a non-land card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.
Doomsday – Search your library and graveyard for five cards and exile the rest. Put the chosen cards on top of your library in any order. You lose half your life, rounded up.
Carrion Feeder – Carrion Feeder can't block. Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on Carrion Feeder. It has no respect for the deeds of martyers, reducing their legacy to a mouthful of flesh.
Plaguecrafter – When Plaguecrafter enters the battlefield, each player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker. Each player who can't discards a card.

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Artist Series: Junji Ito was made be available, starting on Oct. 17 for a retail price of $29.99 for the standard print and $39.99 for a special "etched foil" edition. As with most Secret Lair drops, they will only be available for one month before they are removed from the product's official store. Of course, third-party sellers will most likely try to sell them for a profit.

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