The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

It’s finally time for more Japanese alternate-art cards! 63 to be exact. With StrixHaven, 63 instant and sorcery cards will be re-released as Mystical Archive cards. Each of these cards has a Japanese variant by artists hired through the art agency Kogado.

Our last set of Japanese alternate-art cards were released for War of the Spark, so if you haven’t already, make sure to also check out the Artists Behind the Japanese Alternate-Art Planeswalkers!

But for now, let’s take a look at the StrixHaven Mystical Archives and the artists behind these amazing Japanese cards!

If possible, the links will lead to the artists’ Pixiv or Twitter accounts. If they do not have one, or a link cannot be found, their personal website will be linked instead. I’m sorry about any artists that I couldn’t locate, but I’ll edit them in if I find them. All images are copyright Wizards of the Coast.


Abundant Harvest (豊穣な収穫)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Barbara Rosiak; Japanese alternate-art by Yuka Sakuma (佐久間友香).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Harmonize.

Adventurous Impulse (冒険の衝動)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by Sakura Tomo (? さくら).

Agonizing Remorse (苦悶の悔恨)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Robbie Trevino; Japanese alternate-art by Maiko Aoji (アオジマイコ).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Urza’s Rage.

Approach of the Second Sun (副陽の接近)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by Nagano (長乃).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Swords to Plowshares.

Blue Sun’s Zenith (青の太陽の頂点)

Original by Dominik Mayer; Japanese alternate-art by Ezoi (Ezoi).

The artist also worked on the alternate art for Lightning Bolt.

Brainstorm (渦まく知識)

Original by Justin & Alexis Hernandez; Japanese alternate-art by Ayako Ishiguro (石黒亜矢子).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Thrill of Possibility.

Channel (チャネル)

Original by Kristina Collantes; Japanese alternate-art by Shie Nanahara (七原しえ).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Time Warp.

Chaos Warp (混沌のねじれ)

Original by Anato Finnstark; Japanese alternate-art by Hisashi Momose (百瀬寿).

This artist has previous worked on Magic the Gathering cards for War of the Spark. They illustrated Vivien, Champion of the Wilds and Saheeli, Sublime Artificer.

Claim the Firstborn (初子さらい)

Original by Anato Finnstark; Japanese alternate-art by Norikatsu Miyoshi (三好載克).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Krosan Grip and has previous created Magic the Gathering alternate-art for War of the Spark‘s The Wanderer and Samut, Tyrant Smasher.

Compulsive Research (強迫的な研究)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Kristina Collantes; Japanese alternate-art by Tomohito (ともひと).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Tezzeret’s Gambit.

Counterspell (対抗呪文)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Olena Richards; Japanese alternate-art by Rindo Karasuba (鴉羽 凛燈).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Doom Blade, and has previously created illustrations for Sengoku Taisen TCG and a variety of light novels.

Crux of Fate (命運の核心)

Original by Jason Felix; Japanese alternate-art by Kota Nakatsubo (中坪宏太).

Cultivate (耕作)

Original by Jason Felix; Japanese alternate-art by Uichi Ukumo (浮雲宇一).

Dark Ritual (暗黒の儀式)

Original by Robbie Trevino; Japanese alternate-art by Rien. (Rien.).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Opt.

Day of Judgement (審判の日)

Original by Anato Finnstark; Japanese alternate-art by Maiko Yoshizawa (吉澤舞子).

Defiant Strike (果敢な一撃)

Original by Dominik Mayer; Japanese alternate-art by Amayagido (アマヤギ堂).

Demonic Tutor (悪魔の教示者)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Anato Finnstark; Japanese alternate-art by Sumie Okazu (墨絵師『御歌頭』).

Despark (灯の燼滅)

Original by Mark Tedin; Japanese alternate-art by Kiritada (?).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Divine Gambit.

Divine Gambit (神聖なる計略)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Matthew G. Lewis; Japanese alternate-art by Kiritada (?).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Despark.

Doom Blade (破滅の刃)

Original by Matthew G. Lewis; Japanese alternate-art by Rindo Karasuba (鴉羽 凛燈).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Counterspell.

Duress (強迫)

Original by Kristina Collantes; Japanese alternate-art by Romiy (Romiy).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Regrowth.

Electrolyze (電解)

Original by Dominik Mayer; Japanese alternate-art by Hatori Kyoka (匈歌ハトリ).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Grapeshot and Strategic Planning.

Eliminate (取り除き)

Original by Rovina Cai; Japanese alternate-art by Karuta Shiki (士基軽太).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Growth Spiral.

Ephemerate (儚い存在)

Original by Rovina Cai; Japanese alternate-art by Yumeko (夢子).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Memory Lapse.

Faithless Looting (信仰無き物あさり)

Original by Carly Mazur; Japanese alternate-art by Shiro Yayoi (弥生しろ).

The artist has also created illustrations for games such Force of Will and The Caster Chronicles.

Gift of Estates (土地の寄進)

Original by Justin & Alexis Hernandez; Japanese alternate-art by YAYa (呀呀).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Mind’s Desire.

Gods Willing (神々の思し召し)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Dominik Mayer; Japanese alternate-art by Tada (タダ).

The artist has previously worked on Magic the Gathering alternate artwork for War of the Spark‘s Gideon Blackblade.

Grapeshot (ぶどう弾)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by Hatori Kyoka (匈歌ハトリ).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Electrolyze and Strategic Planning.

Growth Spiral (成長のらせん)

Original by Barbara Roseak; Japanese alternate-art by Shiki Karuta (士基軽太).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Eliminate.

Harmonize (調和)

Original by Carly Mazur; Japanese alternate-art by Yuka Sakuma (佐久間友香).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Abundant Harvest.

Increasing Vengeance (高まる復讐心)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Dominik Mayer; Japanese alternate-art by D-Suzuki (鈴木康士).

The artist has previously created alternate artwork for War of the Spark‘s Arlinn, Voice of the Pack.

Infuriate (立腹)

Original by Benjamin Ee; Japanese alternate-art by yangyang (yangyang) and xiaji (xiaji).

Inquisition of Kozilek (コジレックの審問)

Original by Matthew G. Lewis; Japanese alternate-art by Yuka Oka (Yuka Oka).

Lightning Bolt (稲妻)

Original by Anato Finnstark; Japanese alternate-art by Ezoi (Ezoi).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Blue Sun’s Zenith.

Lightning Helix (稲妻のらせん)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by Daken (Daken).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Tendrils of Agony.

Krosan Grip (クローサの掌握)

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by Norikatsu Miyoshi (三好載克).

Mana Tithe (マナの税収)

Original by Robbie Trevino; Japanese alternate-art by Magane Okuda (奥田 鉄).

Memory Lapse (記憶の欠落)

Original by Kristina Collantes; Japanese alternate-art by Yumeko (夢子).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Ephemerate.

Mind’s Desire (精神の願望)

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by YAYa (呀呀).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Gift of Estates.

Mizzix’s Mastery (ミジックスの熟達)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Olena Richards; Japanese alternate-art by Hiro Suda (寿多 浩).

Natural Order (自然の秩序)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Anato Finnstark; Japanese alternate-art by Ayami Nakashima (中島 綾美).

Negate (否認)

Original by Dominik Mayer; Japanese alternate-art by Koji Nishino (西野幸治?).

Opt (選択)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Kristina Collantes; Japanese alternate-art by Rien. (Rien.).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Dark Ritual.

Putrefy (化膿)

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by Magane Okuda (奥田 鉄).

Primal Command (原初の命令)

Original by Olena Richards; Japanese alternate-art by Kukka (くっか).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Weather the Storm.

Regrowth (新たな芽吹き)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by Romiy (Romiy).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Duress.

Revitalize (活力回復)

Original by Justin Alexis; Japanese alternate-art by Yaomojun (茶魔魔).

Shock (ショック)

Original by Dominik Mayer; Japanese alternate-art by Ryanroro (ライアンロロ).

Sign in Blood (血の署名)

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by Kaoru Yukishiro (雪代薰?).

Snakeskin Veil (蛇皮のヴェール)

Original by Anato Finnstark; Japanese alternate-art by Yuhki Takeuchi (武内 裕季).

Stone Rain (血の署名)

Original by Justin & Alexis Hernandez; Japanese alternate-art by Tobihachi (とびはち).

Strategic Planning (巧みな軍略)

Original by Robbie Trevino; Japanese alternate-art by Kyoka Hatori (匈歌ハトリ).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Electrolyze and Grapeshot.

Swords to Plowshares (剣を鍬に)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Mark Tedin; Japanese alternate-art by Nagano (長乃).

Tainted Pact (汚れた契約)

Original by Benjamin Ee; Japanese alternate-art by Yusuka Katekari (嘉弖苅 悠介).

Teferi’s Protection (テフェリーの防御)

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by so-taro (創-taro).

Tendrils of Agony (苦悶の触手)

Original by Rovina Cai; Japanese alternate-art by Daken (Daken).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Lightning Helix.

Tezzeret’s Gambit (テゼレットの計略)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Jason Felix; Japanese alternate-art by Tomohito (ともひと).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Compulsive Research.

Thrill of Possibility (胸躍る可能性)

Original by Minttu Hynninen; Japanese alternate-art by Ayako Ishiguro (石黒亜矢子).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Brainstorm.

Time Warp (時間のねじれ)

Original by Dominic Mayer; Japanese alternate-art by Shie Nanahara (七原しえ).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Channel.

Urza’s Rage (ウルザの激怒)

The Artists Behind the Japanese Alt-Art StrixHaven Cards of the Mystical Archives

Original by Dominik Mayer; Japanese alternate-art by Maiko Aoji (アオジマイコ).

The artist also created the alternate-art for Agonizing Remorse.

Village Rites (村の儀式)

Original by Matthew G. Lewis; Japanese alternate-art by Kaoru Hagiya (萩谷薫).

The artist has previously worked on Magic the Gathering alternate artwork for War of the Spark‘s Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage.

Weather the Storm (嵐の乗り切り)

Original by Justin & Alexis Hernandez; Japanese alternate-art by Kukka (くっか).

The artist also worked on the alternate-art for Primal Command.

Whirlwind Denial (旋風のごとき否定)

Original by Anato Finnstark; Japanese alternate-art by Aogachou (アオガチョウ).


That’s all 63 alternate artworks for StrixHaven and their artists! How are we ever going to collect them all?

I’ll be back in future to share the artworks without the card borders.

Want to look back at the War of the Spark planeswalkers? Here are the artists behind them!

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