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A Winning Pair

By dSana
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Playing cards was a very popular pastime when I was growing up. I had my favourite face cards and favourite decks, some vintage and rare. The colours and design for those two Queens are based on a popular face motif. It was super fun to make :) 

Twilight Sparkle has now two powerful allies and protégés. And who is better suited to gather all unique magical talents under her wing, if not Element of Magic herself?

You probably know I wholeheartedly disagree about “Starlight is just copy of Sunset” statement. I see them both as unique, very interesting characters with completely different motivations for turning bad and very different personalities. Most striking difference is how well Sunset handles her friendships now, while Starlight stays socially awkward and deeply introverted.

This design is now available on Redbubble!


My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic © Hasbro


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I think we can all guess who the queen of hearts is but who is clover?
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I didn't see that one coming, wait then who are the kings and jacks? 
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Well, there are endless combinations and they not always gener-bound methinks. In one of them, the Kings could be all Alicorns, because  King is the highest-ranking face card. In other combnation, it could be Celestia and Luna - the oldest rulers - and for example Dragonlord Torch and King Thorax. As for Jacks, I would always go for Shining Armour and perhaps Spike.
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That would make Starlight, Sunset, Cadence and Chrysalis as the queens. Luna, Celestia, Thorax, and Torch as the kings. And Spike and Shinning Armor as the jacks, so would that make Twilight and Blueblood the other jacks or would Ember replace one of them? 
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I admit there are way too many combinations to make a definite choice @@
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Well Pinkie one of the jokers that for sure.
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Ah yes. And Discord a second one!
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I started a list of who should be on the face cards. It's incomplete, but here's what I've got:

• Discord

Aces: ( not technically face cards, but they can be)
• Pinkie Pie
• Rainbow Dash
• Fluttershy
• Apple Jack
• Twilight
• Cadence
• Luna
• Celestia
• Sunset
• Starlight
• Rarity
• Trixie
• Spike

Feel free to fill in the blanks. 😁
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Perhaps for Jacks it would be Spike, Shining Armor, Big Mac and Thorax :)
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Here's a full break down, using those characters as Jacks:

A - Pinkie Pie
K - Twilight
Q - Sunset
J - Spike

A - Fluttershy
K - Cadence
Q - Rarity
J - Shining Armor

A - Apple Jack
K - Luna
Q - Trixie
J - Big Mac

A - Rainbow Dash
K - Celestia
Q - Starlight
J - Thorax
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Thanks for sharing!
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You're welcome
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Kings, and Jack idea by cajobif (find the comment below)
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i just Adoored in those
Cards are always soo awesome, especially with traditional art on them
mah fav for sure
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Yeah, that's the one of the bigger difference - this how they handle with their new lives(about Starlight this how bad he handle with it is sometimes even iritating, like in "Every Little thing she does"... but still i rather like this character... not as much as Sunset of coruse, but still) - I think the reason of statemnt like "Starlight is just a copy of Sunset" is the fact that Starlight after season 5th finale take a role which most propably Sunset would have after returning to Equestria - I mean Twilight's pupil... and there fore in some way "replacing her". Having very similar names also play its part in it... 

Anyway, about this drawing, cardst with them is nice idea, and You done it well.
But i wonder...
Why Starlight gets the oldest suit(spades), and Sunset almost the youngest(diamonds)? I understand this idea with red and black, but... shouldn't their card colors be more close to each other? I think spades should be for Twilight, therefore Starlight gets clubs, and... well I wonder who could has second red suit. 
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Thanks, glad you like it :) Yeah, matching cards to characters is a little bit tricky. For example clubs are youngest, and it would not suit Starlight who may be equal to Twilight. So at the end I decided to just use suits that look good with each character!
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I wouldn't say Starlight's ever been introverted - she did lead a town after all, and didn't seem too uncomfortable doing so. She's just lost a lot of confidence in herself after Twilight came along; shy and introverted are not the same thing.
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I never said she is shy. For me, it looks like she is generally not too comfortable around others and sometimes doesn't know how to interact with them. In her chapter book she is trying to find a way to be alone for a while, which is what every introvert needs :)
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And I thought the diamond is for Rarity. Oh well, let's see, the Heart must be Cadance while Club is Chrysalis.
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Not in this particular set, but in "Mane 6" deck Rarity would definitely be the Queen Of Diamonds!
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Seriously, this should have been a thing years ago. Imagine all the combitations of Kings, Queens and Jacks Jacks it could be done of MLP! :D
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