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5E Which Is Better: Regular or Alternate Cover Art For Theros?

Which is better?

  • Regular

    Votes: 90 54.9%
  • Alternate

    Votes: 74 45.1%

  • Total voters
    164
Here's a look at the full art pieces for the covers of Mythic Odysseys of Theros. The first is the regular, and the second is the alternate cover. Which is better?

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Russ Morrissey

Comments




DWChancellor

Kobold Enthusiast
Artistically I find both hard to parse. Maybe they look better in print? Very busy and without a lot of contrast in the figures to set things more apart. Hard to get a sense of scale in the first one but it is promising (though the figures feel a little weightless).

The alternate one would make a killer van paint for sure but... why are the gods fighting a hydra with glowing eyes? I guess it makes sense if you play Magic?
 


JeffB

Legend
I like them both- a lot.

Yes, I said that about a modern WOTC piece of art. I like them both a lot.

I voted alternate- the weird Blue shading/astral look on the regular cover's Hydra just seems a bit off and clashes hard with the very light background. If the Hydra was colored normally- I'd have a tougher time choosing.

The Alternate cover strikes me as something Gloranthan-like.
 



whimsychris123

Explorer
The alternate cover for Eberron was a no brainer for me. It evoked the setting far more than the regular cover. But with this one I like regular more. The alternate cover seems kinda weird.
 

Superchunk77

Explorer
The alternate cover for Eberron was a no brainer for me. It evoked the setting far more than the regular cover. But with this one I like regular more. The alternate cover seems kinda weird.
Alternate would make a better cover IMHO. The original strikes me more as interior art for some reason.

The second Eberron cover was also pretty bad. Better than the first one they picked for sure, but it doesn't hold a torch to any of the other covers in the 5e line.
 

Azzy

Newtype
I like both covers, actually. If hard pressed, I'd pick the regular cover. Hoever, it only wins by a milimeter.
 



cbwjm

Hero
This is the first time I actually like an alternate cover. (That said, my desire to have matching spines on my bookshelf means I will only purchase the regular cover version.)
I bought a book a while ago and the worker asked if I wanted the special edition because it was at the same price, I said no for the same reason, I need them to match!
 

cbwjm

Hero
The alternate one would make a killer van paint for sure but... why are the gods fighting a hydra with glowing eyes? I guess it makes sense if you play Magic?
I'm not sure they are. It looks like it is showing a hydra in the foreground and the gods are simply there in heavens in the background. Looking closer at it, it looks more like the gods are bearing witness to the hero fighting the hydra in the alternate cover.
 


Andy Dempz

Villager
The standard cover looks like it’s composed of four or five different photoshop layers that don’t quite work together. The hero seems to be throwing his spear at something in the tree, and the hydra seems to suffer from the same ailment that makes my senior dog wipe out if she takes a corner too quickly. Lovely work otherwise.
 

Azzy

Newtype
The standard cover looks like it’s composed of four or five different photoshop layers that don’t quite work together. The hero seems to be throwing his spear at something in the tree, and the hydra seems to suffer from the same ailment that makes my senior dog wipe out if she takes a corner too quickly. Lovely work otherwise.
Dammit, I can't unsee that now.
 


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