Matt Cavotta

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Matt Cavotta
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Matt Cavotta is Senior Creative Art Director for Magic: The Gathering. [1] As an artist he has illustrated numerous Magic cards, such as Alloy Myr, Etched Oracle, Jaya Ballard, Task Mage, Questing Phelddagrif and Twiddle.[2] Mark Rosewater hired him in 2004 for Wizards of the Coast, where he worked in the Creative team in charge of names and flavor text. Then he left for a while and he came back and now he’s in charge of overseeing the look and feel of Magic. He works at CAPS (Creative and Professional Services). [3]

Cavotta wrote for the "Taste The Magic" column on until December, 2007. [4] In his articles card flavor, card art, interviews MTG artists, and talks about all things Vorthos were discussed (in fact, the term Vorthos was coined by Matt in his column). [5] [6] [7] [8]

Additionally he wrote the the short story "Expedition" for the Shadowmoor anthology and was part of Future Sight R&D. In that last capacity, he came up with the idea for planeswalker cards.

Cavotta Terms[edit | edit source]

A recurring topic in Cavotta's "Taste the Magic" column was "Okra, Twinkie, Tofu". [5] He talked about card names and whether the words used can be found in a dictionary or if they are just made up.

  • Okra are "words that are actually real but may seem fake." These are frequently obscure mythological, literary, or historical references.
  • Twinkies are words that are "completely fake and not of this world" and were made up by Magic R&D.
  • Tofu are words that are "made up of real stuff but seems bizarre and alien", usually by combining word roots.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (January 31, 2005.) "Ninjas & Pirates & Myrs… Oh My!", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  2. Toby Wachter. (March 27, 2002.) "Behind the Canvas: Matt Cavotta", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Mark Rosewater (October 12, 2010) "Episode 3: Planeswalkers (Special guest Matt Cavotta)" ,Drive to Work (transcript)
  4. Matt Cavotta. (August 30, 2007.) "Wizardcycling 3", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  5. a b Matt Cavotta. (August 31, 2005.) "Snack Time with Vorthos", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  6. Matt Cavotta. (May 17, 2006.) "Vorthos Breaks Free", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  7. Matt Cavotta. (August 31, 2006.) "Parlez Vous Vorthos?", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  8. Matt Cavotta. (September 14, 2006.) "Parlez Vous, Part Deux", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]

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