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 magicthegathering.com 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 These are frequently obscure mythological, literary, or historical references.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!”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Toby Wachter. (March 27, 2002.) “Behind the Canvas: Matt Cavotta”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  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”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b Matt Cavotta. (August 31, 2005.) “Snack Time with Vorthos”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Matt Cavotta. (May 17, 2006.) “Vorthos Breaks Free”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Matt Cavotta. (August 31, 2006.) “Parlez Vous Vorthos?”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Matt Cavotta. (September 14, 2006.) “Parlez Vous, Part Deux”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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