Erex VI

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Tue, 2015-12-29 22:23
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FULL SET



Illus. Lukasz Wiktorzak

Let me know a measure of interest in doing a sealed of this set. Here is the card image gallery
http://www.planesculptors.net/set/erex-vi#details

You will also need Cockatrice

Released on 9/28/2016


Erex is a plane that consists of six different worlds. Five of these worlds represents the enemy colors in magic the gathering. I am going to go through each of these worlds briefly and then explain the basic function of limited formats in this set.

Braeil

JP Targete
Red mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Braeil is a planet covered by large buildings and docking ports for ships that might visit from other worlds. It is mostly inhabited by Humans as well as other various races. Braeil is home to the Confederacy that leads a path of either or maybe both conquest and peacekeeping amongst the other worlds. The people of Braeil invented a robotic exoskeleton to create the perfect soldier. Machines created by the Braeil more often then not, enhance the creatures who build them in one way or another.
Elet Homeworld

Alexandra Petruk
Blue mana symbolGreen mana symbol
The Elet Homeworld is a very strange place that is the birthplace of the Elet race. The environment on the homeworld is composed of a thick plaxium gas atmosphere and there are bright turquoise plasma clouds that converge to act as a light and heat source. The Elet are a group of aliens represented by the "Spirit" creature type in magic. To other races, they seem Etherial and come in and out of existance as they please. Scrapped devices already used up by other races are still of use to the Elet. They have a way of using the untapped energy other races can't find.
Oughash

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Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Oughash is a world perhaps even stranger than the last one. It is a wild world growing with giant mushrooms the size of skyscrapers splitting the plaxium soil beneath them. Turah predators roam the forests of Oughash in search of their next prey. The trolls of Oughash use machines to increase the number of resources available to them.
Nightbringer

Brett MacDonald
Black mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Nightbringer (Said nite-brin-jer) is the nightmare planet on Erex. Black rock lines the base of this world and blurs into the smoggy sky above. There is no is no light or heat source on Nightbringer, so the beings that live there have evolved to survive in the hellish wasteland and have created machines that let them take advantage of unlikely resources.
Rajal

Warren Mahy
Blue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Rajal is a planet completely covered by exhaust ports and pits to a molten core. Rajal is home to the Steamflogger Goblins and their vast number of war machines. The creatures who live here stay beneath the earth absorbing heat from the planets core and using it to super-heat metal to fuel their destructive devices.
Spoiler Alert
Contraptions!

Tue, 2015-12-29 22:27
jacqui-pup
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Where were the first five Erexes, huh!?!?

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Tue, 2015-12-29 22:39
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Spoilers.......

Thu, 2015-12-31 16:00
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Do I smell time travel?

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Thu, 2015-12-31 18:29
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Spoilers.......

Thu, 2015-12-31 18:36
jacqui-pup
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Do I smell spoilers?????

[center]"It's exciting to create something that demonstrates how clever you are, that you pushed in a direction that players didn't anticipate. The problem is that the point of game design isn't to be clever, it's to create a great game." --Mark Rosewater

Fri, 2016-01-01 09:43
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First spoilers are up

Mon, 2016-02-15 02:17
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I would like to introduce you to the first spoiled card in Erex VI.

Sandsifter

Mon, 2016-02-15 02:20
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So how do Contraptions actually function within this set?

Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer.

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Mon, 2016-02-15 02:46
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This is a kind of baffling design in that it's a card that you so obviously would want to cycle in basically any situation that I don't see why you can even cast it to begin with.

2 mana symbol to cast, 1 mana symbol to cycle Sorcery speed to cast, instant speed to cycle Exile it for card draw, discard (and thus recurrable) for card draw

It's just such a no-brainer.

[center]"It's exciting to create something that demonstrates how clever you are, that you pushed in a direction that players didn't anticipate. The problem is that the point of game design isn't to be clever, it's to create a great game." --Mark Rosewater

Mon, 2016-02-15 17:04
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So to assemble a Contraption, you reveal cards from the top of your library until a Contraption card is revealed this way. Put that contraption onto the battlefield and shuffle the rest into your library.

It is an action keyword but rather than the action being performed by a player like scry, it is performed by creatures. Creatures that utilize contraptions have the "Rigger" subtype. the reason why you would cast Sandsifter rather than cycle it is that there are cards that interact with having contraptions in play.

Inferno Drone

Mon, 2016-02-15 22:28
jacqui-pup
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Buuuuuuut why would you cast it when you can get it for free? Also, why would you run more than one contraption in your deck in that case??

Not that this is bad or anything, this is all just very confusing out of context.

[center]"It's exciting to create something that demonstrates how clever you are, that you pushed in a direction that players didn't anticipate. The problem is that the point of game design isn't to be clever, it's to create a great game." --Mark Rosewater

Wed, 2016-02-17 01:53
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Sure. Allow me to explain. If you don't have a rigger available to assemble a contraption. I still want you to be able to play it for a contraption count if you want to. The mana cost merely allows it to work in more situations. Whether it is relevant is up to debate. I plan to have interactions with contraptions in play so the mana cost is merely allowing you more options.

Wed, 2016-09-28 20:26
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Spoiler:
A craft smoldered on the rocks west of the battleground. Another reinforcements of Elet had arrived. Among them was the miitu, Ezzerdrex. Ezzerdrex was like any other of the countless miitu host to the Elet. Ezzerdrex slept but his body did not. His body was adapted for war, but his soul was silenced. Ezzerdrex dreamed. He dreamed of his past, his birth and his immediate integration into the Elet. He dreamt in images. He dreamt of all things being illuminated by a radiant light.

This was the language Ezzerdrex knew. It was the language of the universe. His mind lay dormant creating a universe in his head that was based upon nonsense or the void of the culture he never gained. His body however was designed to kill. Since the Elet came to the miitu homeworld, the miitu have been used as mere shells for their masters. They were stripped of both identity and purpose. Today, the mindless creatures were commanded by the Elet to invade this newfound world.

The humans of Erex fought. Their technology paled in comparison to the terrifying capabilities of the Elet. The war surged by Ezzerdrex’s mind. Strings of whirling orange light coalesced and regressed in on itself. The light dimmed with the spurring of dust from a human’s boot. The sky was red. The moon was pink. The ground was orange. There were blanks in Ezzerdrex’s mind. There was sound, there was heat, and there was pain. All were translated as mere ripples of searing light. It was the only thing he understood. The light bolted forward and backwards for several years. For the first time ever, Ezzerdrex's grew a perception of pattern and time. There was repitition. There were memories. Not grand memories. Just memories of color. Just a blob of color on the backdrop of impending doom.

Ezzerdrex's was learning. He was moving and he was afraid. He could see, hear, and sleep. But he could not breath, scream, hide, or run. He did not understand his cursed existence. How could he? He was a spectator to the life stolen from him. Finally, the light dimmed. The light left Ezzerdrex’s eyes. He was blinded and he was alone. Time passed. How much, Ezzerdrex did not know. He had temporarily lost all other senses. He could no longer see, hear, or sleep. He could do everything else. He took his first breath. The air stung his insides. He screamed. His pincers rasped and shrieked. His jaw clicked while he blindly stumbled looking for something to block his breath. He stumbled forward until he found a capsule similar to the one that first brought him to this hell. The capsule sealed and suddenly he could breath effortlessly. He fell onto the floor of the capsule. For days, yes he could now measure days, Ezzerdrex lied on the floor of that small machine. Discovering his new senses. He could feel gravity pulling particles of dust through his skin. He could smell blood and sand. He could smell the blood of humans and the blood of fallen miitu. he scrambled around the sloped walls of the capsule. Eventually he found some devices on the walls. Once he had mastered the control system he left. He knew that his Elet masters were probably watching this world. He decided to use the shadow of Erex to conceal his ship from them. As he left he saw other capsules descend and rescind into the Elet ships.

Wed, 2016-09-28 20:29
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Spoiler:
The capsule spiraled out of control. It had been a couple weeks since Ezzerdrex had ran out of fuel. Now the ship was careening out into deep space. A planet was in sight. Ezzerdrex’s pod spiraled into its orbit, slowly increasing its speed until it broke through the atmosphere and smashed through the surface. Smoke heaved out of the metal container. Ezzerdrex's twisted form clicked out from beneath the fire. The ground was covered by dead plants that were stained by ash. They crumbled beneath Ezzerdrex's tread. This world was an oddity. The Gravity was far stronger than that of Erex or Ezzerdrex’s homeworld. The weight of his existence crushed him beneath the weight of the air above him. The smoke in the sky solidified and fell to the bottom of the capsule.

Ezzerdrex's slammed on a control on the pod that sealed him inside the ship. The smoke was vented from the ship and the pod rose from the ground and hovered a mere three feet above the ground below. Inertia dampening kicked in and the gravity eased inside the pod. Ezzerdrex was afraid. He had concluded that he would never leave this world and if he tried to leave this pod, he would be crushed by the forces outside. For many weeks Ezzerdrex breathed the same air and ate sparse vegetation. His metallic prison would circumnavigate the planet more than once. Small creatures served as sustenance and organic matter would power the pod.

In the ecosystem of this world, Ezzerdrex was a predator. The most powerful being amongst the lesser life forms of this world. Sometimes Ezzerdrex would find new and stranger life on the planet. The oddest of these were a race of large green brute creatures. They had massive jaws and sharp teeth and lived almost anywhere on the planet. Sometimes Ezzerdrex sent out probes to scout for food. What he could scavenge he could sell for water. Ezzerdrex strolled through the dust covered market. He had built himself a robotic exoskeleton to keep from being crushed by the pressure outside.

It had been several years since Ezzerdrex crashed on this world. No civilization here possessed space travel technology. Ezzerdrex was still determined to build an engine from spare parts. Every extra wage he made was spent to purchase trinkets and scraps. He never knew exactly what he was buying. They ranged from a child's mechanical toy to a phaser battery. He used everything he could. Sometimes lesser creatures would wander from their habitats and encounter Ezzerdrex’s pod on the ground. Rather than recognize the oddity and leave, many came closer to investigate the object. Ezzerdrex would then pounce out of the canister and snap the creature’s neck using his pincers. When curiosity did not bring him his prey, Ezzerdrex would scurry through the forest snatching up any small creatures on the way. Ezzerdrex analyzed every material he could get his hands on. This soil was rich. The soil was drenched in plaxium mud and could be used to power the capsule indefinitely. Ezzerdrex had finally created something that might play a role in his escape from this world.he had invented a conduit for the ship. It was a ring of refined plaxium with wires attaching it to charged rods. It should be able to amplify the amount of power he could give to his pod. He needed only learn to install it. In his memory was the unconscious genius of the Elet. He knew what he was doing. He just did not know why.

Fri, 2016-09-02 04:59
isaac the awesome
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would anyone be interested in cocreating this set?

Fri, 2016-09-02 13:32
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Maybe me

Wed, 2016-09-28 20:31
isaac the awesome
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Peoion Decree

9/28/2016 spoilers

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Thu, 2016-09-29 02:26
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The Erex VI prerelease is on 9/30/2016 at 1pm MT. Hope you can make it.
http://www.planesculptors.net/set/erex-vi#details
You will also need Cockatrice

Sat, 2016-11-26 09:31
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Ii might be already to late to point out these issues but Encounter the Infinite misses a word in its rules text. It just says "Three cards...". Poeion Decree doesn't work with Cipher because as far as I know, creatures that already dealt their combat damage do not longer count as attacking. So it would only work if you would Cipher it to a creature with First Strike. And also Oughash Vermin, although working fine, is maybe a bit easy to break. You'd just need one more creature and a Lightning Greaves or a Shuko to kill each opponent instantly.

Do you wonder whether your set's mechanics really pull their weight?

Sun, 2016-11-27 00:56
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@ Ameisenmeister here is an explanation for Poeion Decree. http://blogs.magicjudges.org/rulestips/2012/08/after-attackers-deal-damage-theyre-still-attacking-creatures-for-a-little-while/

Nice catch on encounter the infinite. It has been changed to "Draw three cards then discard two cards.
Cipher"

Changed Oughash Vermin to "Whenever Oughash Vermin becomes the target of a spell or ability you don’t control, each opponent loses 1 life."

I appreciate the help

Sun, 2016-11-27 11:02
Ameisenmeister
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Interesting, I certainly didn't know that.

Furthermore, why is the titel of this forum page "Erex VI - Prerelease a Fail"? I mean, why Fail?

Do you wonder whether your set's mechanics really pull their weight?

Wed, 2016-12-07 17:49
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A craft smoldered on the rocks west of the battleground. Another group of Elet reinforcements had arrived. Among them was the miitu, Ezzerdrex. Ezzerdrex was like any other of the countless miitu host to the Elet. Ezzerdrex slept but his body did not. His body was adapted for war, but his soul was silenced. Ezzerdrex dreamed. He dreamed of his past, his birth and his immediate integration into the Elet. He dreamt in images. He dreamt of all things being illuminated by a radiant light.

This was the language Ezzerdrex knew. It was the language of the universe. His mind lay dormant creating a universe in his head that was based upon nonsense and the culture he never gained. His body was designed to kill. Since the Elet came to the miitu homeworld, the miitu were used as shells for their masters. The miitu were stripped of both their identity and purpose. These mindless creatures under the command of the Elet are invading Erex, the core world of this galaxy.

The humans of Erex fought. Their technology paled in comparison to the terrifying capabilities of the Elet. The war surged by Ezzerdrex’s mind. Strings of whirling orange light coalesced and regressed in on itself. The light dimmed with the spurring of dust from a human’s boot. The sky was red. The moon was pink. The ground was orange. There were blanks in Ezzerdrex’s mind. There was sound, there was heat, and there was pain. All was translated to ripples of light beating against his lonesome mind. It was the only thing he understood. The light bolted forward and backwards for several years. For the first time, Ezzerdrex's grew a perception of pattern and time. There was repitition. There were memories. Not grand memories. Just memories of color. Just a blob of color on the backdrop of impending doom.

Ezzerdrex's was learning. He was moving and he was afraid. He could see, hear, and sleep. But he could not breath, scream, hide, or run. He did not understand his cursed existence. How could he? He was a spectator to the life stolen from him. Finally, the light dimmed. The light left Ezzerdrex’s eyes. He was blinded and he was alone. Time passed. How much, Ezzerdrex did not know. He had temporarily lost all other senses. He could no longer see, hear, or sleep. He could do everything else. He took his first breath. The air stung his insides. He screamed. His pincers rasped and shrieked. His jaw clicked while he blindly stumbled looking for something to block his breath. He stumbled forward until he found a capsule similar to the one that first brought him to this hell. The capsule sealed and suddenly he could breath effortlessly. He fell onto the floor of the capsule. For days, yes he could now measure days, Ezzerdrex lied on the floor of that small machine. Discovering his new senses. He could feel gravity pulling particles of dust through his skin. He could smell blood and sand. He could smell the blood of humans and the blood of fallen miitu. he scrambled around the sloped walls of the capsule. Eventually he found some devices on the walls. Once he had mastered the control system he left. He knew that his Elet masters were probably watching this world. He decided to use the shadow of Erex to conceal his ship from them. As he left he saw other capsules descend and rescind into the Elet ships.

Illus. Henry Ledesma

Sun, 2017-05-28 08:29
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Spotlights

Sun, 2017-05-28 08:43
Gorgonzola
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Um... cipher cards should be sorceries instead of instants. You cast them only during your turn, so instant type is unnecessary.

I just dont understand why people pay thousands for a piece of cardboard.
Why just don't play some casual? Gee, it isn't even fun to play with, and especially against.

Sun, 2017-05-28 08:48
isaac the awesome
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@Gorgonzola: You're right especially for cards like Poeion Decree.

Sun, 2017-05-28 15:32
Gorgonzola
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Yeah, creatures deal combat damage to players mostly on their controllers' turn, unless something weird happens.

I think cipher works as in its reminder text and comprehensive rules, but maybe I'm wrong.

I just dont understand why people pay thousands for a piece of cardboard.
Why just don't play some casual? Gee, it isn't even fun to play with, and especially against.

Mon, 2017-05-29 07:33
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The point of an instant with cipher is to cast it after blockers are declared to encode it on an unblocked creature.

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Mon, 2017-05-29 12:13
Gorgonzola
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Ah... okay. Now I understand.

I just dont understand why people pay thousands for a piece of cardboard.
Why just don't play some casual? Gee, it isn't even fun to play with, and especially against.

Sun, 2017-06-04 23:49
isaac the awesome
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I think that they should all be sorceries to limit the confusion but elmdor is correct about instants with cipher