Magic: The Gathering Suspends Work With Artist Accused of Plagiarism

Magic: The Gathering announced that it was "suspending future work" with an artist accursed of plagiarising art used on a recently announced card. Wizards of the Coast announced that it would be suspending its relationship with Jason Felix, a well-known artist who has provided over 150 illustrations for Magic: The Gathering cards, after another artist pointed out that a significant portion of Felix's artwork on the recently announced Crux of Fate seemed to be copied directly off of their fan art. The artist, Kitt Lapena, brought up the similarities on Twitter over the weekend, noting that her drawing of famed dragon Nicol Bolas was identical to the Crux of Fate artwork, save for one portion of the body. The Crux of Fate artwork even matched Lapena's mistaken depiction that Bolas had five fingers instead of four.

Once the similarities were pointed out, other Magic: The Gathering fans noted that the Crux of Fate artwork used posing for the dragon Ugin that mirrored the artwork on Ugin, The Spirit Dragon, which was illustrated by Raymond Swanland.

In response to the controversy, Wizards of the Coast posted the following statement on their website: "

It has come to our attention that the card Crux of Fate from the Strixhaven: School of Mages Mystical Archive may overtly feature Magic: The Gathering fan art and the contracted artist did not receive permission for this incorporation. These actions do not reflect the values of Wizards, and, as a result, we will be suspending future work with Jason Felix until we have been able to bring this matter to successful conclusion."