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DeviantArt Card Contest results

The votes are in! Let's go over the winners and talk about the contest.

Posted by Atmaz


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The first ever DeviantArt custom card contest is over!

Very special thanks to the founder of the "Islands of Faeria" DeviantArt community, RequiemsVoid, for running this special event.

Even though there can only be one winner by community votes for each category, we want to showcase even more of the submissions this week. Keep an eye out for another article from Aquablad for that.

We have to say that we severely understimated the number of submissions we would be getting for this contest - and that's a good thing! For any future contests we may be running, we'll be keeping this in mind and improving the contest in a few ways. We're happy that so many of you are excited about creating and sharing custom cards with others.

Remember, one of the major rules for this contest was:

Illustrations must be an original creation. No copyrighted material from a 3rd party.

This means if you used other artist's work in your cards, it wasn't eligible to win the contest. However, we do allow you to use and edit existing Faeria art if you so choose, as we always do for community events. It appears we need to somehow make this clearer for next time. We'll do that, if there is another.

Another important note is our decision to open voting a day early. This, unfortunately, was directly a result of the sheer volume of submissions being underestimated. There we over 200 by mid-week. We didn't believe people would have enough time to vote on all these submissions in less than 24 hours and still be able to show off the winners on the Monthly Cup stream, which was one of the goals. Anyway, we know this was a contentious decision and we'll make sure in the future to allow much more time for voting where this will never be necessary again.

All that said, this being the first contest of this type on DeviantArt, we're very pleased with the results. Now let's get into the fun part:

The Winners, by Community Vote

Multicolor and Pandora

  • Magda's Round Table: By LyleDrake
  • Yak Siege Tower: By vilius19991

Desert and Forest

  • Dune Engine: By Nesachi
  • Deep Root: By mauthanh

Lake and Mountain

  • Shifting Yak: By Noaphiel
  • Lava Moat: By DefactoFaeria

Note that we know there were a lot of cool illustrations in these categories that didn't quite get enough votes, we'll be showing these off later in the week.


  • Trojan Yak: By Saturas

And there you have it!

Thank you everyone for participating, we'll be contacting the winners and delivering them their prizes.

Each winner will receive:

  • 2000 gold
  • 1 Pandora Coin
  • 1 Egg

The bottom of this post will be updated once the follow-up showcase articles are posted. There are a lot of neat ones we still want to show off, even if they didn't get the most votes. Remember, you can see all entries listed here.

Update: See the follow-up article here.

We hope everyone enjoyed this fun little contest designed to bring some activity to Faeria's DeviantArt community. We hope you'll be inspired to continue creating more cards and Faeria-related art in the future. If you'd like more, be sure to let us know.

Decabytes 10/04/2017 19:51

Dune engine made the cut! all of those cards look really fun. Shifting Yak is cool and makes use of the board. I’d like to see more cards that interact with the board than just, “create X land”. Someone mentioned traps, another mentioned walls, Maybe board effects that reduce movement of dashed or flying creatures (for instance a sandstorm). Thanks for the post @Atmaz I hope we get to see more contests like these!

xploring 11/04/2017 01:33

Good one! The winners all had really good, original ideas. Looking forward to the next competition and more interesting cards.

How many, if any, of these cards will make it into the actual game?

Yeah, there were so many entries I didn’t want to look through them all. Not sure what the solution is, may be have daily polls of 10 per colour/abilities or something? Then have a final poll of the the most popular 20 cards…

Atmaz 11/04/2017 02:19

These contests are purely for fun, there are no plans to add these cards to the game.

Glad you enjoyed it! We’ll look for better ways to make it more digestible in any future events.

OonaUril 11/04/2017 12:24

When are you going to hold a contest again?

Phenakist 11/04/2017 22:30

What was honestly the point of this competition on card ART when it is perfectly acceptable to lift ready finished pieces from Faeria?

One of the ‘Weiners’ is a mountain card with a cross on it, are you evaluating the art or just purely the text written on the card?

Piss poorly handled contest and I didn’t even enter the damn thing.

Decabytes 12/04/2017 02:01

Judging for the main contest will be based around how creative your card is (so non-artists are more than welcome to participate).

Atmaz 12/04/2017 02:12

The community voted for it. In the future perhaps we’ll be more strict, or disallow voting altogether if people don’t like it.

But yes, as Decabytes said:

We’d be worried about very low participation otherwise.

Gospade 13/04/2017 13:39

In this case, can the other participants get consolation prizes or just be examined? It would be nice to make one more stream and the jury awarded in different nominations. I think there are many interesting cards left unattended

Atmaz 13/04/2017 17:47

We’ve already privately awarded a consolation prize to Kaghogre, who submitted a series of really great original art pieces

Aquablad has also posted an article reviewing others here: