Open RPG challenge

Wed, 2015-08-19 01:03
Flo00
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Introduction wrote:
We are all travelling together in a group on this weird unknown plane. What will await us? Are there Dragons on this worl? Cyborgs? Maybe we will come across a dimensional portal? Only one thing is for sure: Danger awaits around every corner. How will you survive?

So, what is this about? It's a weekly challenge with a small bit of story behind it.

The Rules wrote:
• All participants are seen as a traveling group on an unknown plane (I'm open for name suggestions)
• You can hop on or off the group as much as you like. No one is forced or prohibited to write.
• Every week the challenge will consist of a problem that each member of the group has to solve.
• The winner of the last challenge posts a new one. After about week s/he judges (more about it below).

Rules for the participants:
• It would be nice if you post a creature or planeswalker card of your character. This is optional and the card will not be taken into account when it comes to judging. Your charakter can be anything from an overpowered dragon planeswalker to some little toy noone notices.
• It would also be nice if you kept the same character over multiple challenges. Unless of course you write that your charakter dies (and no necromancer is around) or similar.
• Tell us a little story about how you solve the problem (or about how you fail trying). Everything that is not described in the challenge is for you to make up. The creator of the challenge has a veto if you misunderstood his/her instructions.
• Feel free to cooperate with other members of the group.
• Post at least one card that shows something from your solution story. This can be a friend that is travelling with you, a tool you use or a spell you cast. Maybe even the strange landscape around you. You may post more than one card.
• Renders are appreciated but not mandatory.

Rules for the creator of the challenge:
• Try to tie in with the story of the last challenge. Your challenge should at least be compatible with your solution to the problem.
• Don't kill anyone. The only one allowed to kill a charakter is it's creator.
• Don't separate the group in a way that they can't get together again. (You could make it a challenge though to find each other.)
• You may also use cards to support your story, but you don't have to.
• When judging, write a conclusion of the problem if necessary.
• You judge on how they solved the problem and their cards. It's up to you how much weight you put on the different parts.

And here is your first challenge:

first challenge
We wake all up in a dark cave. Outside the cave a heavy mist cloaks most of the sight. Something seems to be out there lurking at us. I, a poor human farmer, stand up and take a look outside. Suddenly my head slides down my neck and lands on the floor with soft bump. In front of me stands a skeleton riding a ghostly horse. He just severed my head with his razor-sharp sword.
cards
Undead Rider 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Skeleton Knight Uncommon
First strike
Black mana symbolBlack mana symbol: Regenerate Undead Rider.
2/2
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Doomed Side Character White mana symbol
Creature - Human Common
Sacrifice Doomed Side Character: Target creature gains vigilance until end of turn.
1/1
I'm sure none of you wants to stay in this cave for the rest of your life. So what are you doing to escape? And watch out, where there is one skeleton on a ghosty horse, there might be more of it (that's up to you)

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Wed, 2015-08-19 02:09
Nazsmith
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Rederick, First Archmage 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Wizard Mythic Rare
Invocation - Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell that shares a color with ~, draw a card.
Tap symbol: The next instant of sorcery spell you cast this turn becomes the color of your choice.
2/2

Render

Chambling to my feet, I glance around the foreboding darkness, seeing a few other bodies crumpled up on the floor. As my eyes being to adjust to the darkness, I spot a figure standing near the light of the entrance. Taking a few steps towards, I stutter my waving hand as the figures head slides to the floor, followed by the headless corpse. Without a thought, I whisper a Ward of Concealment to protect myself from the dark figure entering the cave.

Guile of Mists 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Target creature you control gains hexproof until end of turn.
Spellmastery - If there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, you and creatures you control gain hexproof until end of turn.

As the ward covers me in a shroud of magic, I realize those around me haven't noticed it yet. Reaching for the closest person, I extend my ward over them as well.

Notes
The next person to respond to this challenge will gain my Guile of Mists Spell Mastery affect. (Does this work Flo0?)

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Wed, 2015-08-19 03:43
Touhoufanatic
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this looks fun!

charachter render

Opening his eyes, cythus finds he is in an unfamiliar cave, very different from his natural lands. at the caves entrance he sports a person, probably a civilian, who's head falls from his shoulders to the ground, courtesy of a armored rider on a horse who looks far from living. he can feel mana in the air, and notices one of the people in the cave casting a spell, likely in defense.

Nitrogen wave 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
sorcery Uncommon
Target creature becomes tapped. if it would take damage, destroy it instead.

Drawing his blade which seemed to drip ice off of it' length continually, Cythus swings it with all his might at the rider, though the distance would normally make it impossible to hit. forcing magic through his blade as he does, a wave of pure Cryokinetic energy pushes forth out towards the rider. he is unsure what the creature is capable of, but a frozen enemy, is one easily defeated.

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Wed, 2015-08-19 05:00
Flo00
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@Nazsmith: Yes it works. You can cooperate with the others even if you don't know who the others are^^

Thanks guys, with just those two posts you made my day Big smile
I'm thrilled at what else this forum has to offer.

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Wed, 2015-08-19 13:45
Che Fantasia
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Well then, I'm in.

Character

He looked down, watching the lifless body of the farmer fall beneath his eyes. He saw his executioner, and his rage started building up. It was like fuel to him, even if in the past he would have fought against this, against that stinging sensation he had inside. Now he knew it's power. The knight seemed almost frozen, but the mist obscured everything else but it. He lifted his massive blade, ready to cut the knight in half.
"For the Scar... and for my sister..."
He stood there, with his blade high up in the sky, over his head. After what seemed like hours, a massive blade fell from the sky, splattered the knight all over the place.

Scar's Justice 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant - Uncommon
Scar's Justice deals 4 damage to target creature. Creatures you don’t control can’t be regenerated this turn.

"I will not waste my time with this anymore. I came here for a reason, to train. And this is what this plane's giving me? I might have to change my itinerary, then..."

P.S: Gren has high possibility of being a jerk to everyone.

Wed, 2015-08-19 16:19
Neottolemo
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Cogir, Lost Apprentice 1 mana symbolBlack/green mana symbolBlack/green mana symbol
Creature - Human Zombie Druid Rare
Lands you control have "Tap symbol, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."
The wrath of his homelands will eradicate his people, if he does not find a way to placate it.
1/4

My eyes adapt to the darkness of the cave. Some of these people seem healthy enough, and unaware of the plague, too. In fact, the wrath of our homelands doesn't seem to have spread to any foreigner. It's a curse designed for us. I can't talk about the plague to them. My throat is so messed up, I fear I'd start bleeding to death if I did. It will make finding a cure that much harder. I could write to them about the plague, but there's no way they could read the runes I've been taught. Suddenly, a knight appears, one of the undead. I am paralysed by fear, even though I know it's not dangerous. They won't take on the infected while they're alive. I think they might think we're all undead like them, but it may be something else. I cough, but it's not my head that falls off. I am scared. The undead knight is dealt with by someone else faster than I can fear for their life. I cough again. I'll wait for someone to take action and lead us through the mist. I don't know these lands well enough to take the lead.

Pity of the Undead White mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Common
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature has protection from Spirits, Skeletons, Zombies and Vampires.

Tue, 2015-08-25 14:38
Flo00
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I'll do the judging now, so please no more entries or changes. I'll also add a point to the descriptions that the judge has to write a conclusion of the story if necessary.

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Tue, 2015-08-25 14:37
Flo00
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Judging!

Nazsmith
So Rederick did not try to deal with the rider but gave someone else support. That's ok.
Guile of Mists is a nice card. Lokking at Mizzium Skin and Ranger's Guile I'd say it could maybe be a common, but I don't know how strong the "you gain hexproof" part is.
Touhoufanatic
Cythus has a cool way of dealing with the rider.
I really like the Nitrogen Wave. But since instant or sorceries normally don't create continuous effects, it should have "this turn" somewhere in the second sentence I guess.
And usually cards just say "Tap target creature." and not "Target creature becomes tapped.", right? Winking smiley
DOne
Wow, Gren must be really angry. Or is he just grumpy?
Scar's justice looks like a fun card, but the second sentence definitely makes it a rare.
Neottolemo
Cogir kind of did nothing but watch, but it was a nice introduction to his character.
I didn't know the undead where even capable of pity, except maybe vampires and some kinds of spirits. It's a sweet card, definitely fits into places like Innistrad.

The winner is Touhoufanatic.

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Tue, 2015-08-25 15:22
Touhoufanatic
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oh, unexpected as all cythus did was freeze it. yeah ou got me though, i should've have double checked my wording better.

onto the next challenge,let's see.

challenge 2
With the undead rider now in frozen pieces and shards scattered across the floor, the entrance to the cave is open. stepping arefully out of the fave you find you are in a fog filled forest, and almost immediately the fog closes in and thickens, covering everyone else from your sight.

Forest of fog
Land - forest
Whenever a creature would take damage, prevent 1 of that damage.

it is clear from the noises within the forest that there are creatures (Plural - anywhere from 2 - Cool smile in it, and they sound like they are approaching fast (Good luck!)

Fog wraith 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlack mana symbol
creature - wraith Uncommon
Absorb 1
2/2


If this seems to hard or is confusing I'll edit the wording, but i think this could e a fun challenge

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Tue, 2015-08-25 18:52
Flo00
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Well, time for me to enter this game.

Ramon of the Desert 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Ninja Nomad Rare
Ramon of the Desert is colorless.
Ninjutsu 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Whenever Ramon deals combat damage to a player, you may search your library for a Mountain or Desert card, reveal it and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
3/2

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Still confused by all the weird people around him, Ramon steps out of the cave. The fog here was so thick he couldn't see a thing. Ramon had no problem with not seeing anything, he relied more on his ears anyway. What he had a problem with was that whatever was out there seemed to be aware of the group. He threw a few shuriken at where the sound came from.

Throwing Stars Red mana symbol
Instant Common
Throwing Stars deals 1 damage to each of up to three target creatures.

Moments later a ghosly figure clawed at his shoulder and drew blood. Suppressing a scream, Ramon cut the creature's arm off. It faded back into the dark as fast as it had appeared. "I hope there is a medic around." Ramon thought as he readied himself for the next attack.

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Tue, 2015-08-25 19:34
Neottolemo
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Something breaks through the thick mist and hurts one of us. He asks if there's a medic here. I hope there is one. Could I heal his wound? I'm not sure if the plague would interfere with that kind of magic. But at the moment I'm more worried about the figures that attacked us. Ghosts of the dead? No. Creatures born of the forest, but devoid of a physical form. Embodiments of their will. Like those who unleashed the plague we brought upon ourselves. I mustn't fall under their phantasmal claws. But I mustn't offend the forest more than I'm forced to. I'll try to keep them at bay without harming them. I hope I can manage this.

Faefog 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
Whenever you tap a land for mana, add one mana of any color that land produced to your mana pool.
Green mana symbolBlue mana symbol: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to or dealt by target creature this turn.

Mon, 2015-08-31 17:24
Shinobi-San

What looked like a wiry mass of steel in human form noticed a number of ironically mass-less masses headed towards an almost mundane assortment of individuals.

character
Jeeves 1 mana symbolWhite/blue mana symbol

Legendary Artifact Creature- Construct Advisor Rare

Tap symbol: Choose one—

• Put a +1/+1 counter on another target creature you control, then phase it out.

• Put a loyalty counter on target planeswalker you control, then phase it out.

You may activate Jeeve’s abilities as if it had Haste.

0/2

"Hold Still", Jeeves shouted at some man in rags who one of the entities attacked. He sprinted to him quickly enough, and proceeded to put his manufacturer's brand of healing to work, which oddly enough, involved an almost sharp poke between the shoulder blades

Tap symbol choose: Put a +1/+1 counter on another target creature you control, then phase it out.

With that man safely aided, Jeeves turned to a few additional... spirits?... no matter, he processed some mana from his own batteries. After a moment, he attempted to beckon the spirits. "It is time for you to leave, gentlemen."

Escort Out
Escort Out X mana symbolWhite/blue mana symbolWhite/blue mana symbol

Instant Common

Choose X target creatures. Exile any of those creatures that attacked this turn and return the rest to their owner’s hand.

"We cannot help you at this time, Mr. Bolas. Good day"

Mana paid: 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol

The four nearest ghouls to Jeeves each suffered a blinding flash of white-blue light which demanded they return from whence they came, or failing that, the Aether.

Sat, 2015-08-29 03:28
Touhoufanatic
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any more entries to this weeks challenge? winner will be declared on the first of September!

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Sat, 2015-08-29 09:24
Nazsmith
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Stepping into the mists area, I see the beings fly from the mists, a few quickly slip into the Aether and aanother couple fly threw people with next to no damage dealt. Gripping the book of Outerworld Magika, I feel the power burst through the air. The air around people grew stagnant quickly as a feeling of slow motion gripped everyone.

Echoing Paralysis 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Rare
Tap all creatures and remove them from combat. Those creatures don't untap during their controllers next untap.
A spellcasters form of a stasis trap.

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Sat, 2015-08-29 11:39
Che Fantasia
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"Well, this is a start, isn't it? Oh, no... it isn't... what a pity, I thought this plane had more to offer. Oh, well, I'll ask Toby to search for a better one... but first I have to deal with these..."
You can see the sword from before reappearing infront of the knight. He quiclky cuts it in half with a powerful blow of his real sword, and it starts shattering. It's pieces fly all over the place, hitting everything on their path.

Scar's Heartbreaker 3 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant - Rare
Can't be countered
Discard two cards at random. Breaking Dawn deals X damage divided as you choose between target players and creatures, where X is the number of creature that have been tapped, exiled or destroyed this turn

Tue, 2015-09-01 15:18
Touhoufanatic
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judging now.
judged!

flo00
you were in the game, you just died in the first round . throwing stars, we need more of thee in magic. they didn't do much, but it looks like you knew that from the Rp text, it's a nice start off though. would adding a tap effect to the stars be prudent?

Neottolemo
instead of attacking the enemy, you went with making their attack pointless, i like it. an enemy that can't hurt you is merely like a fly.

Shinobi-San
jeeve's looks like he'll be an interesting character for you to use, I'll be honest though, i had to double check the rules for phasing. the spell seems really useful, but it feels uncommon from how useful it is, unless I'm misunderstanding it.

Nazsmith
lily see's what you did, and so do i (had to comment on it). a full spectrum blue combat removal, granting you a free hit if you had not been attacking or had chosen defenders, vicious. definitely feels rare and seems well costed for what it does and it's rarity honestly.

DOne
so, the undead weren't bad enough, and neither were specters, gren wants to fight the eldrazi, doesn't he?
scars heart-breaker feels pretty dam good, and its use after four other using action (I'm counting that as tapping) works well to give you the damage you need. the discarding at the start seems out of place though, had you intended to have discarding being part of the X damage? or was it meant to be just an additional cost?

please don't beat me into the dirt for the comment,s i rarely have to give feedback, and it's not my strongest point. maybe the forest and the specters were a bit much this early.

The winner of this round is D0ne, for killing the critters quiet effectively.

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Tue, 2015-09-01 16:13
Che Fantasia
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It was intended to be just an additional cost, didn't feel like 5 wasn't enough for everything. As for what Gren wants to fight... well, he is an angel/demon demigod, he has seen better stuff than this. "I mean come on, eldrazi? What's that, a type of cake?"- Gren 2015

Thank you for the win! Here's the next challenge!

3rdChallenge

Unexpected Turn of Events

Gren looks up, with a big smile on his face. But then when he realizes that the creatures are already dead, he saddens, and he falls flat on the ground. It seems like he's shrugging something away, but when he suddenly realizes he's making a lot of noise with his armor, he stops. He rises from the ground, at first slowly, then, when two white wings appear behind him, faster and faster. He disappears, only to reappear in front of you, smashing the ground with his strenght.
"Well then, if this plane has this little to offer, I might aswell test you!"
Fire explodes out of the ground, and you loose track, for a second, of Gren. When you can see him again, he changed into a demonic creature, weilding two axes, pointing at you. He speaks, and his deep voice comes from high above, from the sky.
"I shall purify this world with the plague of the dead, who know eternal suffering, as I do."

The Flayer4 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature- Demon Incarnation Rare
Black mana symbol: Destroy target creature you control. Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature
Red mana symbol: Destroy target creature you control. Deal 2 damage to target creature or player
Whenever an instant or sorcery spell you control deals damage, put two 2/2 and black Zombie creature tokens with lifelink onto the battlefield.
“Gren has many incarnations, but I despise every single one of them...”
-Tobias, the Fate Twister

6/4

The Flayer's Hand:

??? ? Red mana symbol
Instant
???
???

??? ? Black mana symbol
Instant
???
???

And possibly, a third, if you guys manage to completely destroying him without even trying.

Tue, 2015-09-01 17:23
Neottolemo
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I am scared. What can I do? What ails this warrior? A cure, we need a cure for that, too... This is too early to let go of things. I must pass through this, there's too much I have to lose... Understand me, I can't cure you, I'm forced to destroy you.

Withering Terror X mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Put X -1/-1 counters on target nonblack, nonartifact creature.

Thu, 2015-09-03 03:43
Yoshi
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A strange mechanical serpent slithers over and oversees the perimeter.

Rovorsh, the Slithering Spawnpoint 4 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Artifact Creature - Serpent Mythic Rare
Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom in a random order.)
Haste, vigilance
2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol, Return Rovorsh to your hand: Search your library for a creature card, reveal it, and put it in your hand. Then shuffle your library.
5/4

It opens it's mouth and out comes...

Titan of Discord 4 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Giant Mythic Rare
Haste
When Titan of Discord enters the battlefield or attacks, defending player discards a card at random. Titan of Discord deals damage to that player equal to that card's converted mana cost.
It decimates both the physical and the mental.
6/6

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I stand with the specimen.

Sun, 2015-09-06 07:45
Flo00
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I hope Ramon isn't phased out this entire challenge because of Jeeves.

Some talking mechanism ran towards Ramon. He poked his arm before the Ninja could react. Ramon's Vision flickered. The next moment some big machine slides besides him and two monstrous figures clashed into each other. Strange enough, his arm felt alright again. "I might need a little help here." Ramon mumbled to himself. He raised his just healed arm and concentrated on the gound. Every place had dust and tiny bits of stone corrupted by the ages.

Summon the Sands 4 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Tribal Sorcery - Sand Uncommon
Each Desert you tap while casting this spell pays for 2 mana symbol.
Put two 2/2 colorless Sand creature tokens with first strike onto the battlefield.

With his two new guards up, Ramon looked out which was the biggest thread to his well-being right now.

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Wed, 2015-09-09 13:47
Che Fantasia
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"I have no fear of your little giant, serpent. Now, in the name of the Scar, I banish the essence of life from your body, and create a new one to fill the void. DIE!"

Return to Ashes 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Mythic Rare
Flashback 5 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
Counter target creature spell. Return to Ashes deals damage equal to that spell’s power plus its converted mana cost divided between any number of target creatures and/or players. If you cast this card from your graveyard, Return to Ashes deals twice that much damage instead.

The Titan slowly falls onto the ground, with a smash that destroys everything around him. Fire explodes out of the ground, melting the sand warriors with lava.

"I suggest you run, before dying in a volcano eruption. Even if you manage to destroy the illusion of my body, you will still be covered in lava in mere seconds. Are you truly so idiotic to remain in my sight this long?

Return from the Ashes 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Flashback 6 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
Return from the Ashes deals 5 damage to target creature. If that creature dies, exile it and put two 2/2 Voidling creature tokens on the battlefield under your control. They have all abilities of creatures exiled with Return from the Ashes. If you cast this card from your graveyard, put three of those tokens on the battlefield under your control instead.

The Flayer shows that he is a mere illusion created by strange creatures, that appear to be angry at you.

Spoiler:
Board state:

The Titan is dead. "Return to Ashes" deals 8 damage to you, the Sand Warriors died from the other 4 damage from "Return to Ashes".
The Flayer died from "Return from the Ashes", then two copies of it were put on the battlefield. There are 4 2/2 Zombies on the battlefield under the Flayer's control. If you summon something else, you are basically all dead. If Return from Ashes or Return to Ashes deal damage again, 4 Zombies will be summoned instead of 2, so beware.

Sun, 2015-09-06 20:54
Mr Cairo
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Shouldn't the legend rule cause one of the copies of the Flayer to be put into its owner's graveyard the next time state-based actions are checked?

Stay still, and try not to look like food.

Mon, 2015-09-07 03:14
Temata38
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Suddenly, a dark clothed person wearing a white, metallic mask materializes out of nowhere and flips onto one of The Flayer's shoulders. He sits there for only half a second before proceeding to somehow snap the demons illusory neck. "Sorry bout' that, somebody kinda wanted you dead."

Representing card
Gheeves, Deathly Grandmaster White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Legendary Creature—Zombie Assassin Mythic Rare
Unblockable
Whenever ~ deals combat damage to a player, he or she sacrifices a nonland permanent.
Whenever a creature dies, if ~ dealt damage to its controller this turn exile it instead and you gain 2 life.
2/1

Royal Assassination 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Destroy target legendary creature. It's controller discards a card.

Wed, 2015-09-09 13:49
Che Fantasia
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"Well then, you make me proud! You look like little kitties from up here. Anyways, here, now you can run. I suppose this place is still going to explode, no matter what you do. Be careful, those zombies are lavaproof. Or at least I think so."
The Flayer's voice is gone, and instead you hear a high pitched voice, probably another of Gren's incarnations.

Wed, 2015-09-09 16:45
Mr Cairo
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@DOne: ...Sooo, what happens now? Are there going to be more cards to beat? Is that the end of this round, and if so, who won?

Stay still, and try not to look like food.

Wed, 2015-09-09 17:56
Che Fantasia
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Sorry, didn't write that in. Anyways, you can either kill the remaining zombies and find a way to not die, or prevent in some way the zombie attack and run.

Wed, 2015-09-09 19:22
Flo00
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Ramon draws a Knive out of his belt.

Throwing Knive 1 mana symbol
Artifact - Equipment Common
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 and has “Tap symbol, Sacrifice Throwing Knife: Throwing Knife deals 2 damage to target creature.”
Equip 1 mana symbol

For a short moment it glows red before Ramon throws it at the nearest Zombie. Suddenly four Knives fly through the air, each one piercing an other Zombie in the head. Their slack bodies drop down and sink into the lava.

Radiation 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
The next time target permanent would deal damage to a creature, it deals that much damage to each crature that creature’s controller controlls instead.

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Fri, 2015-09-18 00:31
Flo00
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DOne, I guess that's it for the round. No one seems to want to do anything more. How about judging this?

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Sat, 2015-09-19 12:57
Che Fantasia
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Ok, sorry for the delay, not really good at judging.

Well then, let's try.

Spoiler:
yoshi
Even though I like the card, the second effect is costed badly. All other red cards that reveal cards (not discard, I found none) are Ignite Memories and Friendly Fire, both cost 4 mana or more. Undying flames is another story, it has a drawback ecc. Now, with Titan of Discord, you basically pay 6 mana for an effect that is worth approximately 8/9 mana (because of the discarding bonus, too), plus the cards density. I would say it's undercosted. 6.5/10

Flo00
Summon the Sands: pretty good, considering the desert discount. 8.5/10. Throwing Knife (?) is pretty basic, nothing too crazy there. Radiation is... alright? I don't know, doesn't look that rare to me, but whatever. 8/10 to both

Neottolemo
Don't know what to say. It's good, that's what I know. Even if the second ability may be a drawback, it can bypass "choose another target for that spell" type of things. 9/10

Temata
Royal assassination is good, but not that much, maybe too much situational. 7.5/10

Fluff
Eviscerating Light is good and well balanced. 9/10. Resolute Shield, same thing, but I like it more. 9.1452/10

winner
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Sat, 2015-09-19 19:59
Neottolemo
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Terrors grow within me. Would I have feared for my life like this before? Doesn't matter. I have to save our lives. The forests from my homelands reject our people, but does every god we pay respects to agree with them, or will the Beakless One answer me?

Prideful Protection White mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Until end of turn, whenever a creature or planeswalker you control would be destroyed, you may pay 1 life instead.
The Beakless God-Swan raised his head towards the snake warriors slithering in the mud, overwhermingly numerous. It was clear they would've won. He took on himself every blow they struck; the serpents had hurt him his honor before, but he showed to them that no amount of wounds would've took him down.

Sat, 2015-09-19 20:09
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You mean 'birds eat worms'? Because the Beakless One can't eat them because, well, no beak. If I did anything else, please, do tell me what I did, since I haven't noticed it.

Sat, 2015-09-19 20:54
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Shaking the terror bubbling up in my stomach, I look around myself. Everything has happened so quick that I couldn't think of my next move... But I need to act quickly. Taking the moment to myself, the figure standing with the shield and lava crawling over its sides, I cast something from my spellbook.

Freeze Over 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Rare
Tap and freeze target nonland permanent. (Frozen permanents don't untap and their activated abilities can't be activated. This effect lasts indefinitely.)
There is nothing ice can't handle.

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Sat, 2015-09-19 21:36
Neottolemo
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Ooh, it took me a while, but I remembered what I think you may have thought I was referencing. The serpent which the shaman uses to kill Ahti when he goes to hunt for the Swan who lives in Tuoni's sacred river. I didn't remember that right away because the reduction I read I read a lot of time ago and the serpent part wasn't that long in that version, but I checked that part of the story again and it was a serpent which showed up while Ahti went looking for the Swan. Well, no, that reference wasn't intentional, but it's pretty cool, I guess.

Sun, 2015-09-20 05:36
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@Nazsmith: May I ask what Rederick just froze? I'm just confused because your card says nonland permanent so I'm not sure you can 'target' the lava???

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Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Sun, 2015-09-20 20:49
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@Flo00: I was unsure how to create a card, and as fluffy has pointed out, this challenge has no real card to interrupt as lava, so my card is a general 'I can deal with lava' card, not a 'I can deal with a card' card... Did I even make any sense?

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Sun, 2015-09-20 21:30
Flo00
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Yes, I'm sorry, I was pretty nit-picky there. I just wasn't sure if you froze the lava and not something else

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Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Sun, 2015-09-20 21:33
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"What? I can't assassinate lava! This is every man for themselves. I just came to kill that demon guy!

Puff of Smoke White mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you this turn and next turn. You can't cast spells on those turns.
Draw a card

Mon, 2015-09-21 04:30
Touhoufanatic
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"Lava, it was always lava," cythus groaned. cythus hated the cold, almost as much as he hated having to watch that demon thing attack people, but his directives had been clear. luckily they did not say anything about defending life, just taking it.

Chill winds 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant - Rare
Until your next upkeep, whenever a land would become tapped, it does not untap on it's controllers upkeep.

with his blade already sheathed, and without the need to draw it, Cythus drew upon the winds of his land, calling the lava nearby, and adding to the effects some others have directed toward it.

in all honesty i was trying to join in the last one, but nothing i thought of worked how i wanted. as to the spell, lava feels like a red land... why isnt there a lava field land?

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Mon, 2015-10-05 15:11
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The lava near the shield was cooled down but there was still enough molten rock that nobody could move very far. This calles for an older spell. Something I haven't used in a long time. Ramon thought as he closed his eyes and concentrated on the lava. He moved his hands in a strange pattern. Slowly the masses of molten ground moved away from them leaveing an empty pool around the group.

Move the Grounds 3 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Untap all lands you don’t control tapped this turn. Gain control of all lands until end of turn.
“If the prophet is too lazy, the mountain will come to him.” — Benko the Stone-Shepherd

Edit: Bump!

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Mon, 2015-10-05 15:50
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no it . . . . . aw fridge i forgot the 'next' just before upkeep, dammit!

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Mon, 2015-10-05 17:49
Neottolemo
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Thanks, I'm glad you liked my card.

Challenge 4
The lava is no longer a problem, thanks to our combined efforts. Somehow, the mist has dissipated. Good. We've managed to get out of the forest somehow, but I don't know which direction we came for any more. That will be a problem later on. But for now, we have to move forward.
There's an old uphill path beaten on the ground. As we follow it, it starts to get innaturally colder and colder, and we see it. Ice extends upwards and horizontally as far as the eye can see, but it's not a wall. No, it's wide enough to cover an area the size of a small city. All the colors of the rainbow reflect upon it, as if a faerie had painted it during the night. It's beautiful.
Suddenly, something presses against the ice. A tongue, clawed hands, a deformed face-it's the body of an ice troll. It fades through the ice without breaking it. He's not that bigger than me, and he's covered in white-blueish wool. He addresses us.
"Travelers. I don't care... who you are. You want safety... You can't find it... here. But... I can show you... a way... through the ice. As payment, I require... something... whose loss... will pain you... greatly." He directs his gaze towards me, and, with his deep but feeble growl, addresses me. "Boy... You get a free pass... You're dying... anyway. You haven't got... much to lose." He knows. He can feel it. Why won't he help me? I can't even ask him that. He turns his head towards the whole group again. "I'm sure some... of you... are thinking... of refusing my help. Don't. In the skies... above the ice... where you can't see them... live creatures... that don't take as kindly... to intruders... as we do. They'd prey... on you... capture you... and eat you... slowly... eyes first. That way... you can feel... what they're doing... more intensely... with no distractions."

Choose your path wisely: pay the troll's toll, or prepare to face the mysterious creatures in the sky above.

Mon, 2015-10-05 20:49
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With no fanfare and little hesitation, a new figure joins the travelers, a tall, jumpy fellow clad in battered, threadbare survival gear, his frame sickly and his skin pale from lack of sun. Without so much as a greeting, I call the party aside for a moment and speak, halting and disjointed, eyes wide.
"I'm Karova. Morphic mage. Change shapes, twist - twist perceptions." I shiver in the bitter chill. "Don't trust him. Will take you up - take you up safe. If you wish. Enough mana -" I break off to shudder again - "enough blue mana here to - to take you all, if I gather it and you - you help." I smile weakly and close my eyes, ethereal orange light beginning to dance and coalesce around me. "If you want this, touch the - touch the light."

Flight of Spheres 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Strive - Flight of Spheres costs Blue mana symbol more to cast for each target beyond the first.
Turn any number of target creatures face down. (They become 2/2 creatures.) They gain flying until end of turn. At the beginning of the next end step, turn them face up.

((Karova hopes the party can evade the sky beasts by taking forms that don't look too edible - though they might need additional help once they're up there, depending on what the beasts actually are. Anyone who's willing is welcome to ride with him.))

((Oh, and incidentally, here's Karova as a card.))

Karova
Karova, Thief of Forms 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Wizard Rogue Rare
Megamorph 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol: Turn Karova, Thief of Forms face down. It gains hexproof until end of turn.
2/2

(Karova not being Human is very much intentional...)

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
formerly thehuw
they/them, please

Fri, 2015-10-16 16:11
Yoshi
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Rovorsh crumbles to a heap of dust, his body covered in molten slag. The pile of dust blows into the wind quietly, and the sound of a fog horn fills the sky. A rather young boy, face barely visible comes down from seemingly nowhere, and he chuckles. "Forgive my creation if he was too weak, or if he escaped and caused you all distress." He begins. His voice is quick, almost as though he could talk on for hours on end if you gave him the chance to do so. "He was just the first prototype. Now, what exactly did we need? Something to help clear the skies? Perhaps a vial of this is in order." He tosses a vial in the air, and the sky fills with liquid nitrogen.

Gale of Frost 1 mana symbolGreen/blue mana symbolGreen/blue mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Tap each creature with flying you don't control. Creatures tapped this way don't untap during their controller's next untap steps.
Draw a card.
"Too close to the sun, you say? I can help you out with that."

The sky freezes over in a display of rime, wind and frost. "On a lighter, and less explosive note, name's Kycil. It's a pleasure to meet y'all. Come from a place called Terrana. By the way, I'll take the light, if you don't mind."

December 2017 - R32 - "We are more than just rank and file..."
February 2018 - DDH - "Remember that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."

I stand with the specimen.

Tue, 2015-10-06 11:15
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Travel through the ice? Doesn't sound too comftable. But flying? Flying was even worse. Ramon never understood the fascination of some people with flight. If humans were supposed to fly, they would have wings. Ramon rather stayed on the ground - or even under the ground - than fly. He reached into his pocket and took something out that looked like an hourglass, only it wasn't filled with sand but with a red glow.

Managlass 2 mana symbol
Artifact Uncommon
When Managlass enters the battlefield, choose a color and put five storage counters on it.
1 mana symbol: Remove a storage counter from Managlass. If the last storage counter is removed from Managlass this way, add to your mana pool five mana of the chosen color. Use only mana of the chosen color to activate this ability.

Ramon holds the object towards the Troll and says: "I'm unfamilliar with this terrain. So even this hill only gives me small ammounts of mana. I have stored some magical energy in this Managlass and was saving it for later. Since I have nothing else of value on me, I have to give this to you."

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Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Fri, 2015-10-16 15:29
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Uncomfortable, I think about the two options. Flight, though honed in the skill, is something I don't believe I can multitask. Pulling out the few possessions I have, I stop over my small book. The small leather bound book was covered in grit, but the ancient smell of mana wafted up from its old, yellowing pages.

Runic Spellbook 3 mana symbol
Artifact Rare
1 mana symbol, Tap symbol: ~ becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
Instant and sorcery spells that share a color with ~ cost 1 mana symbol less to cast.

Frowning, I pass the book towards the troll. "I do not know if you can use this book but it offers much perhaps for you or someone you know? It decreases the amount of power required to cast incantations."

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Fri, 2015-10-16 16:10
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Cythus sscolwed at the idea of flight. if he had any equipment with him for it he could, but traveling on ice was no problem, regardless of the dangers. his problem was what to give. he had few possessions on him besides his sword and armour, and he wasn't about to give either of those. he had only one option, and it was almost devious, something he did not like.

Burst Reactor 3 mana symbol
artifact Rare
1 mana symbol : add 2 mana symbol to your mana pool. if you use this ability three or more times in a turn, at the end of your turn Sacrifice ~, it deals 6 damage to you.

Tossing the tiny cartridge over to the troll Cythus gestures to it and speaks. " it's a power source, if you attempt to jailbreak it or overuse it it will break though, you don't want want that."

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Fri, 2015-10-16 17:15
Neottolemo
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Alright, judging tomorrow, get your last entries and edits in.
Also, fluffy, sorry if that was unclear, but Cogir didn't leave yet. (Although Gulaisha is correct in that he probably can't pay her anyway, most of his possession remaining to him other than his clothes are rudely crafted statuettes, charms and the like made from bone or wood which aren't really top quality, and most people who'd want them are either dead or wouldn't and couldn't buy them.)

Sat, 2015-10-17 13:29
Neottolemo
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Flight of Spheres: I don't know, this can get you a Krosan Colossus quite early, but it keeps it vulnerable for a turn. It should probably be able to target only face-up creatures. I like the Strive on it, though.
Reap Rewards: This is stronger than Curse of the Pierced Heart, I'd say much stronger in multiplayer. I feel like this should cost more, draw two and burn a player for 4 for 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol is still pretty good. I'd go with 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol and change the draw two to draw one.
Gale of Frost: Situational, but kind of cool, actually. I like it, it looks like a nice combat trick. A Sleep for fliers plus card advantage sounds great.
Managlass: Weird. Might be too strong for monocolored decks, maybe make it so you limit the number of possible activations per turn. It's a nice idea, though.
Runic Spellbook: Interesting, it can help your opponents, too. Given that, I'd like some way for it to be able to untap itself, but there's always Voltaic Key for that.
Burst Reactor: The mana being all colorless should make it okay. It should read "At the beginning of each end step, if this ability was activated three or more times during that turn, sacrifice CARDNAME. It deals 6 damage to you."

Winner is yoshi2001, with touhoufanatic and Nazsmith being the runner-ups.

Mon, 2015-11-16 00:44
Yoshi
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As the troll lets part of the group pass, he leads them to a secret exit. The party about to reach the end of the tunnel...

...only for the troll to be squashed by a graying tentacle. Meanwhile, all those in the sky are blown away by a cacophonic shriek and fall to the ground.

Your Challenge

Presence of a Titan
Enchantment Special
Presence of a Titan can't leave the battlefield unless you control no other permanents.
When you control no other permanents, sacrifice Presence of a Titan.
When Presence of a Titan leaves the battlefield, you lose the game.

Titanic Mass
Body Special
Titanic Mass can't leave the battlefield unless you control no other Appendages.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may reveal the top card of target Appendage deck and play it. If you can't, return target Appendage from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Starting Durability +7 Loyalty

Bifurcated Armblade
Appendage - Arm Special
Creatures without flying can't attack Bifurcated Armblade unless you control no other Legs.
Starting Durability +3 Loyalty

Appendage Deck
Gruesome Duality
Sorcery Special
Gruesome Duality deals 3 damage to up to two target creatures and/or players.

Reckless Swing
Instant Special
Destroy target creature. Remove two Durability counters from target Arm you control.

Hand of Kozilek
Appendage - Arm Special
Sacrifice Hand of Kozilek: Counter target spell.
The lustrous shine of the material of the Kozilek brood is a conundrum in itself, defying gravity and material laws.

Starting Durability +2 Loyalty

Appendage Deck
Puzzling Reflection
Sorcery Special
Return target creature to it's owner's hand.

Reckless Swing
Instant Special
Destroy target creature. Remove two Durability counters from target Arm you control.

Bundle of Tentacles
Appendage - Leg Special
Whenever Bundle of Tentacles is dealt damage, play the top card of it's appendage deck.
Starting Durability +5 Loyalty

Appendage Deck
Stomping Crush
Instant Special
Exile target creature with power 2 or less.
Crushed into the blind eternities, leaving nothing but shattered, no, utterly decimated remnants of a soul once existant.

Tangle of Tentacles
Action Special
Remove two durability counters from target Leg appendage you control.

Drain Vitality
Action Special
Each opponent loses 3 life. Put a durability counter on each appendage you control.

The Appendage deck reveals Stomping Crush and crushes the troll.

Appendages are like planeswalkers and can be attacked/targeted.

The challenge will take a turn after each action. Good luck!


YOUR GOAL: Cause "Presence of a Titan" to leave the battlefield.

December 2017 - R32 - "We are more than just rank and file..."
February 2018 - DDH - "Remember that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."

I stand with the specimen.

Sun, 2015-10-25 05:21
Touhoufanatic
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okay, what do you mean by the challenge taking turns after actions. do you mean that after every persons input the tentacles react in some way?

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Sun, 2015-10-25 13:03
Yoshi
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Yes, an appendage will react with the help of RNG.

December 2017 - R32 - "We are more than just rank and file..."
February 2018 - DDH - "Remember that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."

I stand with the specimen.