It’s almost Halloween. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to watch a bunch of movies and play a bunch of games fitting for the season. If so, you might’ve gone through Castlevania Advance Collection and gotten to see some gorgeous cover art by Ayami Kojima. Among video game art, it’s the definitive aesthetic for vampires. Wizards of the Coast likewise decided that its upcoming vampire-themed set for Magic: The Gathering (MTG), Innistrad: Crimson Vow, could use some of that bishounen goodness, so it commissioned Ayami Kojima for art for upcoming card Sorin the Mirthless that has all the Castlevania vampire flavor.
I’m sure that the resemblance to a certain son of Dracula is no coincidence, as Sorin has always looked a little like an older, buffer, angrier Alucard. Seen here, he’s at his grandfather’s wedding, brooding in a corner, with just the right mix of angst and ennui. Truly, the Castlevania box art look was the proper direction for this MTG card, and Ayami Kojima’s work fits the bill perfectly. This particular printing of the card is what’s known as a showcase treatment — in this case, the Fang Frame being used for vampires in the set. That does make it rarer than a normal printing, and I shudder to think about what the price on the secondary market will be.
Magic: The Gathering has been tapping into the video game realm quite a bit lately. You may remember Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano’s take on Liliana Vess from 2019’s War of the Spark set. There are also collaborations with Fortnite and Street Fighter happening in the near future.
If you want a chance at getting this Castlevania vampire-inspired MTG Sorin the Mirthless card by Ayami Kojima, Magic: The Gathering: Innistrad: Crimson Vow officially releases on November 19. Good luck!