Special Commemorative and Recognition Cards

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On special occasions, WOTC creates commemorative cards in honor of some employees or former employees.

CARTA MUNDI COMMEMORATIVE CARD

Luc Mertens, Business Unit Manager Games retired on September 1, 2013 from Cartamundi after 33 years. He has been involved with Magic: The Gathering from the beginning. He has worked at Carta Mundi in Turnhout, Belgium and in Dallas, Texas.

The WOTC Art Dept. made this Commemorative card in his honor.

The card has the same size, thickness and MTG back like a standard card. 20 were given to him or also family, friends, WOTC employees, etc.

HEROES OF THE REALM COMMEMORATIVE CARD 2017

In 2017, 3 different Heroes of the Realm 2016 cards were given to WotC employees with their names printed on the card to recognize the success of several products, they do have a unique back. They exist also as oversized cards but with no name of the recipient. They aren't legal in any tournament format and they cannot be bought or traded at all:

Chandra, Gremlin Wrangler illustrated by Kari Christensen for the Planeswalker Decks team: Doug Beyer, Mark Globus, Lisa Hanson, Shawn Main, Adam Prosak, Christine Risinger, Brian Trunk
Dungeon Master illustrated by Mike Burns for the Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition team: Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, ?, ?.The Dungeon Master was featured in the 80's cartoon "Dungeons and Dragons" (September 17, 1983 December 7, 1985).
Nira Hellkite Duelist illustrated by Yoichi Ito for the Duel Masters team: Scott Van Essen, ?, ?. The illustration was taken from the Super Rare card Mega Dragnai Dragon from DMX-23 Mystery Teach Deck Level MAX Pack.
Apparently the artist didn't get a card.

It is not known how many cards were given to each employees. No further info is available at the moment.

There's an Oversized version (with holo foil stamp) with all the names of the specific team in a plaque in the Hall of Heroes.
There's an Oversized version without the name of recipient given to the team members.
There's a regular card size version given to the team member with his name on it.


Chandra, Gremlin Wrangler Full Art by Kari Christensen
Chandra, Gremlin Wrangler oversized card in 2016 Heroes plaque in WotC's office.


Dungeon Master card with printed name of the recipient: Jeremy Crawford and Mike Mearls.


Dungeon Master - Heroes of the Realm sketch and Full Art by Mike Burns.


Duel Masters Super Rare card Mega Dragnai Dragon illustrated by Yoichi Ito.
Nira Hellkite Duelist card illustrated by Yoichi Ito for Scott Van Essen.

HEROES OF THE REALM COMMEMORATIVE CARD 2018

In 2018, 3 different Heroes of the Realm 2017 cards were given to WotC employees with their names printed on the card to recognize the success of several products, they do have a unique back. They exist also as oversized cards but with no name of the recipient. They aren't legal in any tournament format and they cannot be bought or traded at all:

Diabolical Salvation illustrated by Zoltan Boros for the ? team: ?
Inzerva, Master of Insights illustrated by Filip Burburan for the ? team: ?
M'Odo the Gnarled Oracle (the name is an acronym for MTGO) illustrated by Johann Bodin for the Magic Online 2017 team: Chad Kanotz, David McDarby, Lee Sharpe, ?.

There's an Oversized version (without holo foil stamp) with all the names of the specific team in a plaque in the Hall of Heroes.
There's an Oversized version without the name of recipient given to the team members.
There's a regular card size version given to the team member with his name on it.
Apparently the artist didn't get a card.

From Lee Sharpe: Digital Product Manager for @MTG_Arena at @wizards_magic.
Every year, the WotC executive team recognizes a small number of teams within the company as "Heroes of the Realm". In 2017, the MagicOnline team was one of those teams. Part of the reward that the team gets for being recognized as "Heroes of the Realm" is the team gets to design their own card. It gets printed like regular Magic cards, and each team member gets a copy with their name on it. The card was truly designed by the whole team. Hero of the Realm cards aren't legal in anything, they have different card backs.



Inzerva, Master of Insights Full Art and Alternate Sketch (done with pencil on paper and the size is 16.5 x 13".) by Filip Burburan


M'Odo the Gnarled Oracle Full Art (Digital) by Johann Bodin


M'Odo the Gnarled Oracle Oversized card illustrated by Johann Bodin for the Magic Online 2017 team.


M'Odo the Gnarled Oracle card illustrated by Johann Bodin for David McDarby.


Hall of Heroes with plaques pic

HEROES OF THE REALM COMMEMORATIVE CARD 2019

In 2019, 4 (to be reverified) different Heroes of the Realm 2019 cards were given to WotC employees with their names printed on the card to recognize the success of several products, they do have a unique back. They exist also as oversized cards but with no name of the recipient. They aren't legal in any tournament format and they cannot be bought or traded at all:

Kharis & the Beholder illustrated by Joe Slucher for the Magic and D&D influencer projects team: Bart Carroll, Pelham Greene, Trick Jarrett, Liz Lamb-Ferro, Brian Perry, Nate Price, Michelle Sutterfield (Mishy Fishy Whoo), Greg Tito.
Optimus Prime, Inspiring Leader (Three-sided card usable in both Magic the Gathering and Transformers TCG games.) illustrated by Steve Argyle for the Transformers TCG team: Drew Nolosco, ?, ?, ?
Sol, Advocate Eternal illustrated by Randy Vargas for the Game Support and Customer Service team: David McDarby, ?, ?, ?
The Legend of Arena illustrated by Noah Bradley for the MtG: Arena team: Ben Finkel, Lee Sharpe, ?, ?


Kharis & the Beholder Original Art by Joe Slucher


Optimus Prime, Inspiring Leader Part 1 (front) and 2 (back). TO BE UPGRADED


Foil Optimus Prime, Inspiring Leader Part 3 (inside). TO BE UPGRADED


Sol, Advocate Eternal card illustrated by Randy Vargas for David McDarby.


Sol, Advocate Eternal Original Art by Randy Vargas


The Legend of Arena Original Art by Noah Bradley

EXTERNAL LINKS
The original Magic rulebook, Feature Article
Belgium: Small town is largest manufacter of playing cards, YouTube AP Archive


Images - Special Commemorative and Recognition Cards
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 Luc MertensWotC Art DeptCommemorative card for the retirement of Luc Mertens from Carta Mundi2015YES 
002001/003 P Heroes 2016 Chandra, Gremlin WranglerKari ChristensenWotC Heroes 2016 Planeswalker Decks Employee Reward Card2017YES 
003002/003 P Heroes 2016 Dungeon MasterMike BurnsWotC Heroes 2016 Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Employee Reward Card2017YES 
004003/003 P Heroes 2016 Nira Hellkite DuelistYoichi ItoWotC Heroes 2016 Duel Masters Employee Reward Card2017YES 
005001/003 P Heroes 2017 Diabolical SalvationZoltan BorosWotC Heroes 2017 ? Employee Reward Card2018
006002/003 P Heroes 2017 Inzerva, Master of InsightsFilip BurburanWotC Heroes 2017 ? Employee Reward Card2018
007003/003 P Magic Online 2017 M'Odo the Gnarled OracleJohann BodinWotC Heroes 2017 Magic Online Employee Reward Card2018YES 
008001/004 M Heroes 2018 Kharis & the BeholderJoe SlucherWotC Heroes 2019 Magic and D&D influencer projects Employee Reward Card2019
009002/004 M Heroes 2018 NEED UPGRADE
Optimus Prime, Inspiring Leader Part 1
Steve ArgyleWotC Heroes 2019 Transformers Employee Reward Card2019YES 
010 NEED SCAN
Optimus Prime, Inspiring Leader Part 2
Steve ArgyleWotC Heroes 2019 Transformers Employee Reward Card2019YES 
011003/004 M Heroes 2018 Sol, Advocate EternalRandy VargasWotC Heroes 2019 Magic and D&D influencer projects Employee Reward Card2019
012004/004 M Heroes 2018 The Legend of ArenaNoah BradleyWotC Heroes 2019 MtG: Arena Employee Reward Card2019