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Mirran Overcompensator

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It is complete! This is a card mat for my own personal use, based on some characters from the card game Magic: The Gathering. I honestly don’t remember how long it took to finish, but I assure you, it was a mighty pain. Ah, the labors of love.

The guy on the upper left is a card named Mirran Crusader. Ever since the day he was released on the world (janurary 30th, 2011) he has been haunting my dreams. I have lost more tournaments to this card, this ONE card than any other. He’s not the biggest, the most powerful, or the most threatening. But he lies in a perfect vortex of horrible that is pin-pointed to countering my play style. Every time he gets played, I die a little inside, and know my battle is now not only uphill, it’s an inversed incline.

And yes, those swords are duck-taped to his feet.

Normally he only carries the giant gold scythe...glaive…thing. The other 3 swords, Feast and Famine, Body and Mind, War and Peace, are extra cards which can make him several shades worse than the devil. If some enterprising soul (I’m looking at you…ANNE. And Eric. And that other guy at Manawerx. You know who you are) gets all 4 cards together, the Mirran Overcompensator is born.

This image is an in-joke for Magic players, but I will separate it into 2 different languages in case you’re (you aren’t) curious to what’s going on. Explaining a joke makes it unfunny, but don’t say I didn’t try!

:bulletblue::bulletblue: :bulletblue: Non-Magic Speak :bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletblue:
The guy on the left (Mirran Crusader) is smaller in size than all these other creatures (the elf ebing the exception) yet none of them are capable of harming him due to their color (not a racist point, lol. Game mechanic) The giant Black creature on the right is over double his size, yet for all his might, might as well be trying to swim on land for all the good he can do against the crusader.

Consequently, all these poor souls are my favorite cards to play, and Mirran Crusader and his horrible swords always manage to ruin the day.

:bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletblue: Magic-Speak :bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletblue:
Mirran Crusader is a White creature. 2/2 for 1WW. Doublestrike, Protection from Green and Black. Pretty impressive, yes? Each of these other creatures is either Black or Green, so they can’t block him or harm him in any way.

Equipping the swords only makes him worse. With one of each of the swords (Feast and Famine, Body and Mind, War and Peace) which has happened to me (I managed to stall the game up to this point, lol) he becomes this monstrosity:

-8/8, Doublestrike, protection from Black, Blue, Green, Red, White.
-When he deals combat damage to a player, you untap all your lands (keep in mind, all these effects happen twice because of doublestrike) get two 2/2 wolf tokens, and gain life (twice) equal to the number of cards in your hand. Your opponent discards 2 cards, mills the top 20 cards from their library, and loses life equal to the number of cards in their hand (twice).

Granted, getting this exact scenario is VERY difficult, and the game will probably be long over before then, but it's certainly possible.

Yeah. God help us.

:bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletblue: Back to normalcy :bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletblue:

But soon, my retribution. Mirran Crusader and those pesky swords rotate (are not tournament legal) this October, so they have 2 weeks left to steal my hopes and dreams.

I will not miss them.

I will dance on their graves, I will weep tears of pure bliss, I will shout from the rooftops, I will laugh in the face of everyone who has made him a staple of their deck these past few seasons, I will…

Make a mat commemorating how he destroys what I love?

Yes, as much as I hate him, for all the dozens of games and tournaments he’s knocked me out of, I wish to have something to remember him by. For you see, it’s almost a meme now. Everyone in my group knows he is my kryptonite. They find it amusing. Even people at the game stores who don’t know my name know me as “that guy who hates Mirran Crusader”. They find it hilarious.

And why? Because, ever the showman, I have to make it a memorable experience. If I don’t slump dramatically in my chair or weep mockingly, I’ll raise my hand and say “I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for that meddling Mirran, and his pesky swords!” (Scooby doo) or declare “The only thing I regret is the series of events that led me to this moment”. People find it amusing, and I like to make them laugh with my death throes :aww:

So to you, Mirran Crusader. Burn in hell. Say hello to Cromat and all the other gods-cursed horrors that came before you. I’ll be wishing your successor, whoever it may be, a similar fate. But nobody has caused me as much excruciating pain as you.

We’re star crossed lovers, you and I. Two sides of the same coin. You’re the oppressive and smug yin to my peaceful amiable yang. And personally, I think having you be remembered as diving headlong into your enemies, contrail of sparkly rainbow beams (artistic license) behind you every time I place the mat on a table is a fitting memorial.

You would have wanted it that way.

:bulletred: All characters in the image are property of Wizards of the Coast. Phyrexian Obliterator, Elvish Archdruid, Thragtusk, Bloodgift Demon, Thrun the Last Troll, Mirran Crusader and the Swords are licesnced to Magic: the Gathering
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xineombine's avatar
Protection from green black eh? Dismem...Doomblad...Nirkana Reven... Black sun's Zenith... damn it
Everyday-Grind-Comic's avatar
haha, all too true! BUT...there was a savior in noneother than Black un Zenith!

You see, Protection is a confusing ability, but remember; DEBT. Damage, Enchanting, Blocking, Targeting. Prot cannot (from a specific color) be deal damage in any way, be enchanted, blocked by or targeted by that source. But luckilly BSZ does none of these things. It puts -1 counters, NOT targeted, which Protection does not help against! Wrath of God can kill prot white, since it doesnt DEBT. Blasphemous Act (13 dmg to each creature) will not affect prot red, since although it doesnt target, it damages.

Now the more you know :D and knowing is half the battle!
xineombine's avatar
I know that, the "Damn it" was for the fact my creatures get -1/-1 counters, since BSZ effects every creature on the battlefield.
BluebottleFlyer's avatar
I don't think even "impressive" can cover this. :nod: And the info you posted about it makes it all very clear as well, no wonder that bunch are cowering. :XD:
The colouring, lighting, perspective and action are all spot on - that says it all, really. Great job. :)
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TrynZ's avatar
Damn, that's impressive! Certainly your best work ever ... for NOW :XD:
Everyday-Grind-Comic's avatar
thanks Chu! it's a good/bad feeling to look back on old work and say "geeeeeeyawd that looks like shit!" but it's a reward in itself :)
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JTMS's avatar
This might be the best thing ever.
Everyday-Grind-Comic's avatar
Ah, many thanks to you!
JTMS's avatar
Would you mid if I eventually use this art for a playmat of my own?
Everyday-Grind-Comic's avatar
I appreciate the like, but I like to keep my mats as a single print only ^^; there's just something special about having a unique mat. buuuuuuut I am trying to get a small side commision buisness going making mats. If you're interested, I can make you one of your own. Deep discount for ya, if you pimp it to your friends at the shop :D tryin to spread the word! if you're interested, drop me a note sometime :) no biggie if ya don't! thanks again for the shout-out!
ElectricGecko's avatar
Very virile and action-packed.
Everyday-Grind-Comic's avatar
They'll reach for a refreshing drink of Power Thirst, now in Gun flavor!
AgentC-24's avatar
:wow: Even better in color! :D The background's blurred action lines really help give the action an added dimension! :nod: Another fine work, Ben! :highfive:
Everyday-Grind-Comic's avatar
thanks so much mr. rich!
AngelLale87's avatar
wow really nice! i love the monsters!
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