Top 34 Scariest & Creepiest Magic: The Gathering Artworks Ever

Author Thumbnail BY Jake Vyper - September 03, 2018
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Magic: The Gathering has featured a lot of disturbing and horrifying artworks that are made of nightmares. From weird eldritch mutations to the mechanized monsters of Phyrexia, from unholy mutations and demonic blood rituals, Magic scared its audience much more than most fantasy franchises. 

Here's a ranked list of 34 of the scariest and creepiest Magic: The Gathering artworks ever made. 

#34- Claustrophobia

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The Innistrad version of Claustrophobia illustrated by Ryan Pancoast is pure terror. Someone even left a creepy blue light in this man's coffin so he can watch his fingers splinter as he desperately claws at the lid. The look on the guy's face is just pitiful. There's not a lot of blue cards that look this scary painful but the horror-themed Innistrad managed to slip this in. 

#33- Pulling Teeth

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This Morningtide card illustrated by Jim Pavelec reminds us of our fear of going to the dentist. Seeing the ropes knotted around those ugly teeth is just brutal. 

#32- Symbiotic Elf

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Wayne England's artwork of Symbiotic Elf (Onslaught) looks creepy because of the character's centipede arms. If you look at the actual card, you might think that his arms actually centipedes but the high-res version clearly shows that he's just wearing them as sleeves. That's still creepy though. 

#31- Brain Maggot

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This Friday Night Magic promo version of Brain Maggot illustrated by Dave Kendall shows a more intimate look at gore as it features bloody and pus-filled aural cavity. The creepy insect that's been gorging itself on the brain looks extremely disgusting. You can almost feel the pressure as it tears the tissues open to escape. 

#30- Vedalken Antomist

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Art by Greg Staples (Mirrodin Besieged). This piece shows how scary Phyrexians really are as it features a goblin being vivisected, and it would remind us of our real-world fears of unwanted and intrusive medical procedures. The artwork is meant to make us imagine what the powerless victim is feeling while the unsympathetic Phyrexian is probably enjoying the whole procedure. 

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