Wizards of the Coast has confirmed that the corporate has ended their working relationship with Terese Nielsen following final yr’s backlash in the direction of the veteran Magic: The Gathering artist’s conservative political opinions.
Throughout the June 18th stream of the “Weekly MTG” present, a weekly Magic: The Gathering replace stream hosted by DailyMTG Editor-in-Chief Blake Rasmussen and Wizards of the Coast Communications Supervisor Steve Sunu, Rasmussen voiced a fan query relating to the looks of Nielsen’s artwork in three playing cards featured within the upcoming supplemental MTG set Jumpstart and requested whether or not or not gamers would “see anymore of her artwork sooner or later.”
In response, Principal Sport Designer on the Worldbuilding Workforce Doug Beyer revealed that the corporate said that Wizards of the Coast ‘heard’ fan considerations over their relationship with Nielsen and revealed that the corporate had not “commissioned new artwork from Terese Nielsen in fairly some time,” along with her final look being on this Fall’s Zendikar Rising set:
Rasmussen requested the fan query, “There are three playing cards in Jumpstart which have TN artwork in them. Will we see anymore of her artwork sooner or later?”
Beyer responded, “Nice query. We hear you. We haven’t commissioned new artwork from Terese Nielsen in fairly some time. The final product that can have any reprint artwork from her is that this Fall with Zendikar Rising.”
The three playing cards that includes her reprint artwork in Jumpstart are Demise’s Strategy, Hunter’s Perception, and Rhystic Examine.
Beyer’s assertion is the primary time that Wizards of the Coast has addressed their relationship with Nielsen for the reason that artist was accused in 2019 of being ‘alt-right,’ ‘fascist,’ and a ‘bigot’ by a phase of gamers after it was found that she and her spouse appreciated tweets crucial of Antifa, supported President Donald Trump, and adopted political commentators starting from conservatives resembling Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec to Alex Jones and Stefan Molyneux.
Later that yr, Nielsen was as soon as once more publicly criticized for these viewpoints when skilled MTG participant Autumn Burchett defaced playing cards that includes Nielsen’s artwork and attempted to use them in the 2019 Mythic Championship VI tournament. Although Wizards of the Coast initially dominated that Burchett couldn’t use the defaced playing cards, a compromise was finally reached which allowed Burchett to make use of a special set of playing cards, which didn’t use Nielsen’s artwork, that includes the identical ‘Trans Rights’ supportive edits.
As of writing, Wizards of the Coast has not commented additional on the termination of their relationship with Nielsen. Nielsen’s Twitter has been silent since June 2019, having stopped tweeting nearly instantly after the preliminary backlash in the direction of her assumed political opinions.
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