Title: Mana Crypt Judge Promo (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Ryan Pancoast
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering Judge Program and Vintage Masters, Mana Crypt is a legendary piece by fantasy artist Ryan Pancoast. Released in 2011 by Wizards of the Coast, Mana Crypt needs little introduction for its long term impact on the Vintage and EDH/Commander formats, where it is beloved.
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