We are happy to return to the scene - just where we started three years ago when we kicked-off our app, at that time called RateMyTate, with a Magic the Gathering altered card contest.
It was a great start with a great community and even better artwork. 233 uploads by many different artists and a neck-and-neck race till the end for the win.
Well, we tried to go beyond this success but failed miserably. All follow-up contests as well as the app itself were not well received by the audience. In addition, due to the lack of a marketing budget this audience did not expand. Too many barriers in the app, missing features and the lack of a web-presence did the rest.
We failed, learned and pivoted! Now we are back! A fresh start: A new name, many app improvements, a web-presence, comment function and most importantly - a different focus! Still no marketing budget though :-( If you want to know more about that click here .
What are we now? We are a too! A tool you can easily make your own contest with:
-Pick whatever category
-Choose whatever rating criteria
-Create it "open" for anybody to participate or "closed" meaning just yourself as an exhibitor
-Use it to make contests, exhibitions or surveys
-Give out prizes to encouarge participation or don't
But now let´s get back to this current contest!
We thought this time we would make it a little bit more unique. We chose a specific card category. We thought maybe legendary creatures, planeswalker or vintage cards... but what would fit better to these indoor times than seeing some beautiful lands on your smart phone? While outside the "Exotic Deasease" is "Burnig Corona" in our "Runed Halo" and we all get "Claustrophobia", lets peak at some altered "Tropical Island" and imagine we are there sharing a nice snow-covered "Cockatrice" with a beautiful "Tarmogoyf". Yeah that's right - we play Magic too ;)!
So lands this time. We hope all artists have some altered lands in storage. If so, upload them right now and try to win the prizes. If not - then paint one! There is plenty of time. The contest ends on the 24nd of May 2020.
The rules are basically the same as we had last time. No direct-rating possible and the same three rating criteria Creativity, Realization and Like-it. Each between 0 - 100. You cannot rate your own uploads of course. If you try to cheat by making fake accounts in which you only give your own uploads good ratings it will not only take a lot of time (you have to rate all creations randomly before you randomly stumble over your own) or our algorithm will detect it and kick out your ratings. So, don't do it. Win fairly or loose :-) As last time the prize money will be a split between the overall winner and the three criteria winners. However, as we saw last time it is very likely that one winner will win more than one criterion and the overall rating. So, go upload now and start rating. But most importantly share the contest by either sharing this link (URL) or the link of the contest landing page here
Now let's have a look at the former contest
Within two weeks in July 2017 the Crème de la Crème of the MTG altered card scene uploaded 233 images of their best work. 14.000 ratings later we had the winners. SamedieAlters took the win in two categories (Realization and Like-it) as well as the overall rating! His technique was unmatched in detail and perfection. However, there was one piece of art that people considered to be more creative. Two Moons by Sk0oMa (seris800). When you look at that beauty you know why! The two Magic cards Blood Moon and Magnus of the Moon combine in an epic scene of worship and darkness. The technique is unique and it almost seems that the artist used gold leaf.
The two contestants matched themselves in a close neck-and-neck race with changing the positions several times. In close distance the artist Kevin Altered followed them a unique piece of art showing a Sol Ring (through years) as a combination of an old and a new version which was even slidable. Check the Ring out here . Kevin Altereds' special technique is to work with foil cards that are somehow cut and combined again and thereby forming shiny masterpieces.
We hope that this time Kevin Altered and all the other great artists will gift us again with their best work! This time it will be lands. We already pulled out some beauties from the former contest to give you a taste of what’s about to come.
By the way it is not necessary to upload the most crazy and special artwork - sometimes the simple and clear work is the finest. Some Magic players prefer that the altered cards somewhat resemble the original art or are even just altered to appear like a full art version of the card.
That is the beauty of our app and this contest that we have - a fair and sophisticated rating system that involves a more diverse information pattern than just simple one-dimensional LIKES, hearts, points or whatever. This time we even have a commenting function for you guys to get in touch, communicate and/or share more precise feedback.
Please help us to push this contest by sharing either this article (URL) or the contest landing page with your friends and other artists. Use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or email. The more the merrier! Let’s have some fun and enjoy the contest!