Card of the Week Contest #139: Decisions, Decisions

Mon, 2016-10-17 11:38
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Welcome to the Card of the Week Contest! To participate in this Contest you'll have to design a card along the contest guidelines and throw it into the arena with other competitors' entries! At the end of each week, a winner will be determined by forum poll. The winner's card will be rendered and featured on the Welcome page, and the winner decides the challenge for the next week's Contest!

Here we go, competitors: our hundred and thirty-ninth challenge!


The winner of the "A Bitter Pill" poll were fluffyDeathbringer (left) and Ziolang (right) with...

And the challenge issued by one of our winners was...

Ziolang wrote:
Flexibility is one of the most important aspects of Magic. Being able to have the right answer for the right moment is crucial. This is why cards like the Command cycles are so powerful. Choices. Options. There is little more valuable that a card that offers options. So for this challenge, create a card that has options. This does not necessarily require modes, just that the player has more than one effect that can be chosen between. Good luck!

To increase your chances of winning and to also make creating the poll easier on whomever is doing so, please try to use a render.
Additionally, please try to keep your entry edits all in one post - if you need to change it you can put your old entry in a spoiler marked "Old entry" and leave the newest rendition to be seen. Just use the edit button in the bottom/right of your original post.

And now, time to begin the challenge!

Best of luck, competitors!


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Mon, 2016-10-17 11:44
Yoshi
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hey I have something for this

Spoiler:

Salt the Wound White mana symbol
Instant Rare
Exile target creature that was dealt damage this turn.
Forecast — 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol, Reveal Salt the Wound from your hand: Salt the Wound deals 1 damage to each creature.
Overload 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of “target” with “each”.)

I'll come up with something new if I can think of it though

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Mon, 2016-10-17 12:29
Mahx Michael
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Does splits and fuse-spilts fit the contest?

Mon, 2016-10-17 12:35
Daij_Djan
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@Mahx Michael: I'd totally say yes, they do. Actually I currently consider entering a Fuse-card myself A happy smile


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Fri, 2016-10-21 09:04
Mahx Michael
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Btw. Thank you Cajun and Asthanius for feedback on my last entry. Unfortunatly I did not have enough time to change it, but I also needed the information for later referance, so thank you. My last enry wasn't too good anyways, I just could not come up with enything better at the moment (had a lot of other things to think about at the moment ).


Since Halloween is coming up soon, why not use this occation as a referance.
Here it is: Trick and Treat!

Trick and Treat wrote:
Trick X mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Instant Rare
Target player loses X life.

/// Fuse (You may cast one or both halves of this card from your hand.) ///

Treat 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Instant Rare
You gain life equal to the life target player has lost this turn. Then draw a card.

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Edit: Changed rarity to uncommon.

As most of us probably know already, it refers to the famous line "trick or treat", that the kids use when they run about craving candy on other people's Doorstep. But even though I highly doubt there are any other Vocaloid fans here (they are not very common), it also refers to the famous halloween/horror themed song "Trick and Treat", which is what makes this card a fuse-split and not only a normal split card.


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Mon, 2016-10-17 13:12
jacqui-pup
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@Yoshi, you need forecast reminder text

@Mahx, why the half mana???

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Mon, 2016-10-17 13:25
Mahx Michael
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@jacqui-pup
Its a thing. If you have two cards with half mana, its rewarding to cast both at the same time for one less mana.


Sorry, Zephyr! You didn't win even though I said you would. I still think your's were best, but my logic never wins. The winners did wery good as well, though. I especially liked Ziolang's entry. It was very creative and had beutyfull render! Fluffy's flavor text was awesome!! A happy smile

Tue, 2016-10-18 02:03
TheBrokenUrn
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Kind of a coincidence that one of the winners won with a multiple-choice card.

Oh well.

Volcanic Storm 3 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Choose two --
• Volcanic Storm deals 4 damage to each player.
• Volcanic Storm deals 2 damage to each creature.
• Create three 3/1 red Elemental creature tokens named Spark Elemental with haste, trample and has “At the beginning of the end step, sacrifice Spark Elemental.”

Choose wisely.

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Mon, 2016-10-17 13:52
Mahx Michael
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@jacqui-pup
Or maybe I should remove the half mana on both sides. the X wll be pretty low if the cards themselves cost 4 mana to cast:
Trick X mana symbolBlack mana symbol // Treat 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol

Mon, 2016-10-17 14:17
Daij_Djan
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After some thought, there really are way too many possible cards to choose upon - so for now I'll go with this:


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Mon, 2016-10-17 14:22
Mahx Michael
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@Daij_Djan
Is that an actual ability, or is it something you have made up?


Do you think X mana symbolBlack mana symbol // 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol is a fair price for my card?

Mon, 2016-10-17 14:24
Daij_Djan
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Mimic is a mechanic I designed long ago for Penada - even though the reminder text was just recently reworked A happy smile It's my Telo mechanic - the Blue mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol shapeshifters.


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Mon, 2016-10-17 14:31
Mahx Michael
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So mimic is an ability, but has it ever been used like this before? It looks wery much like you have used the Leveler template and transformed it to look somewhat like the tome template in creature version Winking smiley

Mon, 2016-10-17 14:35
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This actually is the Leveler template - don't know much about the tome one, though (besides remembering it's name). But yeah, Mimic actually is quite a few years old already..


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Mon, 2016-10-17 14:52
Mahx Michael
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*Tome. It has 3 pages (Like the levelers levels) and have Indeks <cost> - Remove all page counters from this card, then put up to three page counters on it.
Then it is one ability (activated, triggered or static) on each og the three pages, and you can only use the one on the page that has page number equal to the number of page counters on the permanent.
I would really like to show one of my tomes, but I dont know the illustrator of the card image, so I have to find a new image for it.


Ok. I'll reduce the mana cost to X mana symbolBlack mana symbol // 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol if no-one objects.

Mon, 2016-10-17 15:04
Neottolemo
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@Mahx: I like the half mana on it but X mana symbol:halfb:Black mana symbol//1 mana symbol:halfw:White mana symbol would be more symmetrical.

Mon, 2016-10-17 15:11
Daij_Djan
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@Mahx Michael: Or similar to Neottolemo's suggestion: If you want to use half mana then it would be cool to pay a "full" cost when fused. X mana symbolBlack mana symbol//1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol seems fine as well, though. Treat's X could get slightly confusing, though - I'd suggest using the Children of Korlis-wording instead: "You gain life equal to the life target (maybe other?) player has lost this turn." Also I'm slightly concerned about Trick being an instant-speed discard spell..

Also yeah, the tomes apparently work quite similar to my shapeshifters - except I dropped any counter-connections recently.


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Thu, 2016-10-20 14:14
Pixi-Rex
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NEW Entry

Also OLD Entry

OLD Entry
NO I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT. "You should word it like Arc Lightning". If Seeds of Strength and Common Bond can, then my entry also can.

Mon, 2016-10-17 16:14
Mahx Michael
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@pixi-rex
But doesn't your spell do exactly the same, only with a different wording. It is a fully legal wording, but doent really give "different options" except from letting you choose between dealing 3 damage to target creature or player and dealing 3 damage divided as you choose among up to three creatures and or players. (Wich is two options, but still isn't more "options" than if you would word it " deals 3 damage decided as you choose among up to three target creatures and players.)

Mon, 2016-10-17 16:25
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@Pixi & Mahx

All I said was "has options" and "has more than one effect to choose from." I will say that my implied meaning was that the effects were actually different, but according to the way I described the contest, this is a valid entry as far as I can tell~


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Tue, 2016-10-18 16:14
Pixi-Rex
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@Mahx Michael and Ziolang: This was more of a troll design. It was designed to be a valid entry. So thanks. A happy smile I don't think this will be my final entry for this week. I Had a plan for a split fuse card with Escalate.

Mon, 2016-10-17 17:31
Asthanius
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Lunacy Specter 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature — Specter Rare
Lunacy Specter can't be blocked.
Whenever Lunacy Specter deals combat damage to a player, choose one—
• Each player may fateseal 1. (To fateseal 1, look at the top card of an opponent's library, then you may put it on the bottom of that player's library.)
• Each player may scry 1.
Share your thoughts.
1/1

Thu, 2016-10-20 16:38
sdfkjgh
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From a gameplay & rules perspective, three instances of 1 dmg is completely different from one instance of 2 dmg & 1 instance of 1 dmg, so yes, Pixi's entry is quite valid, even if those differences will usually only come up in corner cases (but corner cases are what this game's all about). In fact, I predict that within the next 4 years, we'll b seeing a card with his exact rulestext in Magic, if not the exact manacost.

I just so happened to have a card already made that'd be perfect for this. It was actually inspired by looking at the emblem portion of the tokens of Kaladesh article on The Mothership, which led to the ultimate:

OLD
Zog, Planeswalker Parasite White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Planeswalker--Parasite Zog Mythic Rare
~ can be your commander.
-1 Loyalty: Choose target loyalty ability of another planeswalker. ~ gains that ability. (This lasts indefinitely.) You may activate that ability once this turn as though none of ~'s loyalty abilities have been activated this turn.
:-X4:: Choose X target emblems you don't control. For each of those emblems, create a copy of that emblem in your command zone.
:starting loyalty 4:


Thanks to suggestions from donovan_Du_Bois, changed the ultimate:

Zog, Planeswalker Parasite White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Planeswalker--Parasite Zog Mythic Rare
~ can be your commander.
-1 Loyalty: Choose target loyalty ability of another planeswalker. ~ gains that ability. (This lasts indefinitely.) You may activate that ability once this turn as though none of ~'s loyalty abilities have been activated this turn.
-6 Loyalty: Choose target emblem you don't control. Create a copy of that emblem in your command zone.
:starting loyalty 4:

You'd have to imagine this thing as a microscopic intestinal parasite that had accidentally invaded its host's brain (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurocysticercosis), then the host's spark ignited. In the ensuing planeswalk, Zog was forcibly changed into having a spark itself, which also ignited. Not quite sure yet if Zog 'walked to a completely different being (it can't actually exist outside of a host, the image is of Zog in a containment cell set up to mimic host conditions), or just 'walked to a different part of its current host at that moment. To a microscopic organism, a brain IS a completely different world from an intestine.

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Mon, 2016-10-17 18:31
Mahx Michael
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@sdfkjgh
Nice card! (And probably pretty anoying to face off against). But don't the commander line usually stand on the bottom line?


@Neottolemo
You are right about that, but if a mana of one color can't pay both halves, the point of having half mana would be gone, and it would just end up as a regular un-card (unless you somehow manage to find another spell to combo it with).
And the correct keyword for half mana in forum posts are halfbmana, .5b or 1/2b in order to get Half B Mana.
If I should get any profit out of half mana in this scenario, X mana symbolHalf B Mana // Half ManaWhite mana symbol would be better, but then the cost would probably be to low again.

Mon, 2016-10-17 18:40
Neottolemo
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Blazepath Adventurer 2 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Elemental Scout Common
Third Time's The Charm-When CARDNAME enters the battlefield, if it's your third turn, choose one-
: Target creature gains haste and can't block this turn.
: Put a 1/1 red Elemental Cat creature token named Blazepaw Kitten onto the battlefield.
: Put a +1/+1 counter on CARDNAME.
3/1

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EDIT-@Mahx: Half W ManaHalf B Mana->White/black mana symbol. Boom.

Mon, 2016-10-17 18:31
Mahx Michael
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@Neottolemo
I would love to see a render for that card!


Is it possible to make one half of a fuse split a Sorcery and then the other half an instant? Or would that just be stupid?

Mon, 2016-10-17 18:34
Cajun
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@Neot: You can pay Half W ManaHalf B Mana for White/black mana symbol but, you can't pay White/black mana symbol
@Max: you can do it but can only fuse it at sorcery speed.

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Mon, 2016-10-17 18:40
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Mahx Michael wrote:
@Neottolemo
I would love to see a render for that card!

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Mon, 2016-10-17 18:42
Mahx Michael
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It is impossible to add White/black mana symbol to a mana pool. White/black mana symbol is just a way to say that you can both use Black mana symbol and White mana symbol to pay this cost. Half B Mana means you have to pay at least a half Black mana symbol. If you don't have another Half B Mana to spend the mana on, the other half of that mana will be removed at the beginning of the next phase (like all other unused mana).
White/black mana symbol is not a mana type, it's a "cost type". There is a reason why dual lands say "Tap symbol: Add White mana symbol or Black mana symbol to your mana pool" and not "Tap symbol: Add White/black mana symbol to your mana pool"!

Mon, 2016-10-17 18:48
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Technically the rules cover adding hybrid mana to your pool, btw Winking smiley (But yeah, it shouldn't be done nethertheless^^)


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Mon, 2016-10-17 18:50
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The adding-hybrid rules means 'Add White/black mana symbol' could replace 'Add White mana symbol or Black mana symbol' which is the same reason that the hybrid doesn't work backwards for halves.

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Mon, 2016-10-17 18:53
Daij_Djan
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Oh yeah, definitely agreed Winking smiley


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Mon, 2016-10-17 19:00
Mahx Michael
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@Neottolemo
Smooth render! But if you put the first choice on the bottom you might save some space. Maybe. Then it wouldn't look so cramped.


@Cajun, @Daij-Djan
Yes, that was approximately what I thought A happy smile

Mon, 2016-10-17 19:22
donovan_Du_Bois
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@sdfkjgh - I have a few issues, but this looks like a solid idea.

Firstly its type line should probably just be Zog, and the commander reminder text is usually in the bottom ability box.

The final ability is interesting, but it's not worded correctly at all. You don't create emblems, you get them and an ability that costs X*4 is math that MtG tries to avoid. You could try this:

-X Loyalty: For every 4 loyalty removed from this planeswalker to activate this ability, you get an emblem that is a copy of another emblem target player has.

But that still doesn't work because emblems arn't targetable game objects so you can't copy them. Emblems are simply floating abilities with a controller. You can't really do anything with them, and you wouldn't really need to copy them anyway because with the crazy amount of loyalty you can generate after a few turns you can activate any emblem creating ability you can copy.

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Mon, 2016-10-17 19:22
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Mon, 2016-10-17 19:32
Mahx Michael
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Maybe this is only my imagination, but doesn't the creature on @Sylphoid's render look a lot like one of the phyrexian praetors?

Sun, 2016-10-23 21:06
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Backyard Creeper 4 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Zombie Uncommon
Morph Black mana symbol
When Backyard Creeper is turned face up, target player discards a card. Put two -1/-1 counters on Backyard Creeper.
Cycling—Pay 3 life.
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Mon, 2016-10-17 19:36
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@Mahx Michael: Not your imagination: It definitely is Elesh Norn A happy smile


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Mon, 2016-10-17 20:48
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@mahx Daij is correct, I chose Elesh Norn for a reason.

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Mon, 2016-10-17 21:10
Mahx Michael
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@Sylphoid
Om not shure for what reason, but it seems like å good choice A happy smile

Mon, 2016-10-17 21:39
digiman619
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Mystical Ricochet 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Rare
Kicker 2 mana symbol
Change up to one target of target spell. If ~ was kicked, also copy that spell. If you do, you may choose new targets for the copy.

Mon, 2016-10-17 22:01
Cajun
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Xanatos, the Chessmaster 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Advisor Rare
If a player would choose one or more modes, choose one-
• That player chooses all modes instead.
• That player chooses no modes instead.
"Nothing terrifies me, because nothing is beyond my ability to change."
2/2

Rejected flavor text: All your choice are belong to us.

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Mon, 2016-10-17 22:07
Mahx Michael
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Updated entry.

Mon, 2016-10-17 22:20
Daij_Djan
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@Cajun: Xanatos looks awesome.


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Mon, 2016-10-17 22:33
Ismaar
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Xanatos seems nice, but doesn't it's effect re-trigger when it triggers because you have to choose a mode, thus causing an infinite loop ?

Mon, 2016-10-17 22:47
Sylphiod
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@Ismaar an ability can't trigger itself unless it states it does.
If two there were two Xanatos then yes.
@Mahx Elesh Norn is the current overall ruler of new phyrexia

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Tue, 2016-10-18 01:48
Mort
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Undercity Interrogator 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Human Rare
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep that player loses X life where X is the number of experience counters that player has.
At the beginning of each player’s end step that player chooses one —
• Each player gets an experience counter.
• Each player loses an experience counter.
2/2

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Tue, 2016-10-18 02:12
ThisisSakon
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Augmentation Hub 5 mana symbol
Artifact Rare
Whenever you cast an artifact creature spell, choose one:
• That spell gains graft 2. (It enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may move a +1/+1 counter from it onto that creature. This effect lasts indefinitely.)
• That spell gains modular 2. (It the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature. This effect lasts indefinitely.)


Tue, 2016-10-18 03:52
amethyst-marie

This challenge was very open ended, I hope this meets the requirements:

Tue, 2016-10-18 05:06
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@amethyst-marie
You had me at "Korra".



"Victory Over Tragedy"
gotta go haste
Red mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlue mana symbol

Tue, 2016-10-18 06:01
donovan_Du_Bois
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The art is already magic art, but it just works so well.

Phyrexian Manipulation 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Council’s dilemma — Starting with you, each player votes for corruption or purity. For each corruption vote, each player gets a poison counter. Then, for each purity vote, each player loses a poison counter.

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