Alternate Art: Zero is not Nothing


As much as I enjoy making mono-sphere decks, there is always the temptation to go the other direction and include three or even all four spheres in a deck. There are so many good cards spread across spheres that it is often difficult to narrow your choices down. Thankfully, the card pool now has a wide variety of zero cost cards to make multi-sphere decks less risky of a proposition. What’s more, some of these cards (I’m looking at you A Very Good Tale and Daeron’s Runes) happen to be among the most potent cards in their respective spheres.

Assuming you already have the sphere match, zero-cost cards function as a sort of glue; they help to hold all of the pieces of a multi-sphere deck together. This is not to say that these cards aren’t also valuable in more focused decks with only one or two spheres, their low costs and high impact just makes them all the more important in a deck which is splitting its attention among many disparate facets of the game. With that in mind, I wanted to make a bit of a present for anyone else in the community who appreciates the value of free cards.

What follows are alternate art versions of just some of my favorite 0-cost cards. This follows in the tradition of my previous post with alternate art staples, only this time we focus on cards which can slot easily into a wide variety of decks – thanks to their bargain prices. It speaks volumes about the state of the meta-game that so many of these cards are at the heart of many of the game’s most popular decks. It remains to be seen whether newer entrées, cards like Dúnedain Remedy, will similarly become staples. I have long been a fan of cards with that kind of efficiency and versatility. As a bonus, I’ve included a few heroes at the end of the list, since many people enjoyed my alternate art hero cards inspired by the art of Magali Villeneuve. I hope that you enjoy these cards, and as always you can contact me if you are interested in printable versions. Don’t forget, you can’t always judge the value of a thing by how much it costs.

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

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