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MAGIC THE GATHERING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY

PROP DESIGN ・ PRODUCT DESIGN ・ GAMING

April 2016 - June 2016
Direction: Harrison Krix
Project Clients: Wizards of the Coast

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"DID IT"

The moment that Brian Braun-Duin held the Magic the Gathering World Championship trophy aloft, having deftly won an intense finals match against Márcio Carvalho, I felt a swell of pride. The trophy was a design that I had created- and was a showcase of finally having contributed to a game I have played for years. For this, the very first collaboration between myself and the astounding Volpin Props, I was approached about creating a game trophy that would be the most Magic the Gathering object in existence. The game, despite being over 20 years old, had used classic silver-cup trophies for all of its events. In 2016, they wanted something unique, that would stand out and showcase the brand Magic has worked so hard to cultivate for itself. It was not going to be an easy task to take a game that literally creates entirely new worlds every year and condense it into a singular object.

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To begin the project, I focused on working with the Planeswalker Symbol that Magic uses for their main characters, and defining the five colors of mana (the game's resource system) as a ground for the trophy's visual identity. From there, quick explorations of form inspired by their 2D visual branding on web and print provided plenty of inspiration. These sketch roughs allowed for great talking points and allowed the client to better figure out exactly where they wanted the trophy to go visually.
After the initial sketches, I was asked to produce a handful of 'finished' designs with a good amount of variety between them. Based on my initial exploration, I settled on 3 key designs that gave a good amount of variety and flexibility, given that the final form the trophy would take (small, large, or variant) remained to be seen.

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The client enthusiastically approved design B, and inspired by the larger and smaller focus, they decided to make a series of smaller trophies for finalists in the championship in addition to the large one. I created two "small" versions of the trophy, and created a larger base for showcasing all of the past winners. In the end, the client asked for three runs of the trophy, liking both B2 and B3.

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Next, the client requested to see the trophies in gold and silver, with a base textured like granite and with the five gems in orange to match the flame. I included a design where the gems stayed true to the 5-mana colors, and in the end the client agreed it was the right direction to take.

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The final design for the small, medium, and large trophies approved, I began work on creating full orthographic designs for the trophy and Planeswalker flame, allowing it to be 3D modeled accurately and then cast in resin for the final production. Having a true 1:1 design from sketch to model to casting is difficult, but made a lot easier if each designer thinks about the work the designer after them has to tackle in translating the work given to them.

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Trophies ran during the 2016 Pro Tour, and samples of the smaller ones (though not the one-of-a-kind final) are now on display at Wizards of the Coast and brought to sanctioned tournaments (Photo thanks to Nissa Cosplay).

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