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I couldn't help it but be disappointing after DA revealed the top 20 entries in the Diablo 3:Reaper of Souls contest, well no not because I wasn't among them :P  but disappointed with the illustrations they chose to be in the top 20. (link to the semi-final: moonbeam13.deviantart.com/jour… )
I have been viewing all the entries till the closing day and I made a list of whom I think should've been in the short list. now you may disagree with me but I would still like to read your thoughts on the list I will provide and the list DA presented, quality, ideas and technicality. so lets start: (entries are not placed in order)

1- 0bo.deviantart.com/art/Monk-44…
2- kuzinskiy.deviantart.com/art/N…
3- shenfeic.deviantart.com/art/Cr…
4- breathing2004.deviantart.com/a…
5- geunjoo.deviantart.com/art/Dia…
6- esbenlash.deviantart.com/art/A…
7- tamplierpainter.deviantart.com…
8- qrumzsjem.deviantart.com/art/W…
9- robotdelespacio.deviantart.com…
10- chriscold.deviantart.com/art/U…
11- weaselnr1.deviantart.com/art/I…
12- kaiz0.deviantart.com/art/Diabl…
13- karmalizzard.deviantart.com/ar…
14- alexalexandrov.deviantart.com/…
15- gongcheng.deviantart.com/art/2…
16- alexnegrea.deviantart.com/art/…
17- jomarokindred.deviantart.com/a…
18- aobtd88.deviantart.com/art/fan…
19- igorivart.deviantart.com/art/D…
20- jihunlee.deviantart.com/art/Fi…

and some Extra:

21- victorbang.deviantart.com/art/…
22- dlrpaqud.deviantart.com/art/Di…
23- alankim.deviantart.com/art/Ret…


and so many others that I couldn't relocate.
So let me know what do you think, and maybe your thoughts behind their choices to the final 20.


Cheers
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KKylimos Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Good list bro. What i've been saying is that , a contest so big is bound to be unfair. There was such a huge amount of incredible stuff that it was impossible to have 20 semi-finalists. I think even 50 semi-finalists would still leave out some wonderful pieces.  Overall i prefer your list over the official one. I think your list has more spirit and as a gallery represents more styles and imagery than that of the actual semi-finalists. Also i would like to add that , even though every one you presented is awesome , this guy :tamplierpainter: has done a shit ton of blizzard fanarts and is incredible. I think the fact that he is not hired by blizzard already is just a shame. Not even for a damn card illustration -_- 

As for the semifinalists , im cheering for this one 0bo.deviantart.com/art/Monk-44… . Its epic , the lighting is awesome and its monk , monk is the best , monk must win.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
True, but it seems that the judges are some pony lovers, it makes me question the whole point of putting effort to join any future contests. hmmmm  take a look at the FFXIII contest, they did choose the absolute epic artworks, so I can just assume that the judges for Diablo are little kids, ppl with no experience whatsoever.

Yes the monk piece is really good, but take a look at 8 and 9 :( damn man  how could they ignore such art :(
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KKylimos Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Digital Artist
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KKylimos Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Yep totally. I think if we include your list too , 11 is my favourite. This just HAD to be in. I mean ok , realism is nice but its not the only art style out there lol. Well , cant expect much from blizzard when it comes to innovation lol. Its good days are long gone. 
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KKylimos Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Woops messed up with the link for the guy , here he is tamplierpainter.deviantart.com…
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Man, thanks for this list!  :D
Some phenomenal stuff here!
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, some really epic artworks and lots of people did join DA just for the contest and some of them are a great artists.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed!  I tagged a couple of them to my watchlist just now.  ;p
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khaos-gurl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I agree, their list was awful. I feel like that whole list was boobs and Malthael, I do like the list you have it's very good. :)
Sorry you didn't make it to the semi-finals, your piece was awesome.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hay thanx :D and although I didn't make but I still feel that my illustration was a step in the right direction :D 
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Pirozok Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Thanks for your personal shortlist. I missed some great works! 8 for example, lol.  Agree with you. Some works in official list... I dont know. They are good, but not best. But it just my humble opinion. I am not some great artist and maybe wrong. Played about 200 hours for my monk in D3. Waiting RoS addon. It is a pity that your work was not in the semifinal :(
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, some works in the official list stand no chance in front the works I provided :( its just sad. it makes me question the whole point of joining any future contests when the level of the judges is this low :S
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Blackwoodforest Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
are those the top 20 final winners or your personal top 20?
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My top 20, I updated the journal and added a link to the official top 20, so go and take a look and judge for yourself :D
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yeah there is some that doesnt belong on the top 20. :P
which is your fav one man?
mine is 2 and 6
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
8 and 9 hands down, and I believe 8 should be the winner of all, its just perfect even with an inside joke :P
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
8 is amazing! so real. much funny! :D

didnt like 9 though. too simple. too refence pic of a model.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Art is all about reference from life :(  :(   :'(


hahahah well a lot of people share the same opinion regarding the final list, and I hope that they would do something about it.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yeah i know. but alot less impressive. :P
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Pirozok Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
How can you not love the barbarians? My God! That girl (number 15 work)! So hot and ginger! And all this axes and blood! :D (Big Grin) 
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes its a great work. only problem it not polished like the rest. 
also my waifu is monk! :3
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Pirozok Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I see :)
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