Card of the Week Contest #141: Less will also do

Mon, 2016-10-31 13:34
Daij_Djan
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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 forty-first challenge!


The winner of the "Decisions, Decisions" poll was Inverness with...

And the challenge issued by our runner-up was...

Pixi-Rex wrote:
Design a creature card that can get smaller (power and toughness) some way, but gets better when doing so (like abilities, keywords, etc.).

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, 2016-10-31 13:41
SonictheBrushwagg
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Does this count?

Wisehide Behemoth 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Beast Uncommon
Inflict 2--2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol (You may cast this spell for 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol. If you do, it enters the battlefield with two -1/-1 counters on it.)
Tap symbol, Remove a -1/-1 counter from Wisehide Behemoth: Draw a card.
4/4


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gotta go haste
Red mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlue mana symbol

Mon, 2016-10-31 13:47
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Stone Free 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Weird Rare
Trample
Whenever Stone Free loses power or toughness, you may pay Green mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol. If you do, other creatures you control get +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the combined amount of power and toughness lost.
2 mana symbol: Stone Free gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
5/5
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Fri, 2016-11-04 20:01
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New Entry

Went for the promo art as this feels like the sort of card that Wizards would make a game day participation prize

Fervent Vanguard 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbol

Creature - Human Soldier Uncommon

1 mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbol:Fervent Vanguard gets +2/-2 and gains Vigilance until end of turn

3/3

Old Entry
Possible temporary entry

Decomposing Slime 5 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol

Creature - Ooze Rare

2 mana symbolGreen mana symbol,Tap symbol:Create a token that is a copy of CARDNAME then put two -1/-1 counters on each creature you control.

8/8

Mon, 2016-10-31 15:02
Mahx Michael
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Thanks for giving me my first vote A happy smile

@That person
Was it the Vocaloid theme or the mechanics that got your attention?


@ZephyrPhantom
I think you should make it "If you do, other creatures you control get +X/+X until end of turn...".
If not, Stone Free's power and thoughness will remain the same.

Mon, 2016-10-31 15:58
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@ Mahx - My bad, that was a wording oversight on my part. It's been corrected.


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Fri, 2016-11-04 19:14
Asthanius
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CARDNAME 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - SUBTYPE Uncommon
Skulk
Whenever ~ deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.
Black mana symbol: ~ gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
3/3

Edit- NOTE TO DAIJ_DJAN: I won't have time to search for an image to make a proper render, so you don't need to include this in the poll.

Fri, 2016-11-04 11:03
Mahx Michael
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Entry wrote:
It That Slaughters X mana symbol6 mana symbol
Creature - Eldrazi Angel Mythic Rare
You may have It That Slaughters enter the battlefield with X -1/-1 counters in it.
It That Slaughters has flying as long as there are three or more -1/-1 counters on it.
Whenever It That Slaughters attacks, defending player sacrifices a number of permanents equal to the number of -1/-1 counters on it.
7/7

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Mon, 2016-10-31 16:25
fluffyDeathbringer
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Annihilator's not a pseudo, the wording you want is this (going off Thromok the Insatiable)

"Annihilator X, where X is the number of -1/-1 counters on It That Slaughters"

Also why's Stone Free a Weird when Star Platinum's an Avatar?

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Sun, 2016-11-06 19:42
sdfkjgh
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Would you all believe I made this a few days ago?

OLD
Territorial Viper 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature--Snake Uncommon
Haste, first strike, deathtouch, aggressor
Territorial Viper enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.
Streamline Black/green mana symbolRed mana symbol (You may pay Black/green mana symbolRed mana symbol rather than pay Territorial Viper’s mana cost to cast it. If you do, Territorial Viper enters the battlefield with no +1/+1 counters on it.)
1/1


Thanks to Inverness & Daij_Djan for their suggestions.

Territorial Viper 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature--Snake Uncommon
Haste, first strike, deathtouch, aggressor
Territorial Viper enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.
Streamline Black/green mana symbolRed mana symbol (You may pay Black/green mana symbolRed mana symbol rather than pay Territorial Viper’s mana cost to cast it. If you do, Territorial Viper enters the battlefield with no counters on it.)
1/1

Streamline is kind of a flipside to unleash: while unleash adds counters at a penalty of unable to block, streamline allows earlier casting at the cost of ALL counters the creature would otherwise etbf with.

Aggressor is my keyword for "This creature must attack each turn if able."

Here is another example of a creature with streamline NOT AN ENTRY
Pasture Raider 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature--Wolf Uncommon
Trample, haste
Pasture Raider enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.
Streamline Red mana symbolGreen mana symbol (You may pay Red mana symbolGreen mana symbol rather than pay Pasture Raider’s mana cost to cast it. If you do, Pasture Raider enters the battlefield with no counters on it.)
2/1

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Mon, 2016-10-31 16:53
yuccalyptus
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This is stupid

Domesticated Nightmare 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature — Nightmare Uncommon

Leash (You may have this creature enter the battlefield with a -1/-1 counter on it. If you do, it can't be blocked for as long as it has a -1/-1 counter on it.)

3/2

Get it?

Thu, 2016-11-03 13:37
Royart142
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So here's my entry, I hope you like it. I know, I know, I LOVE, to make most of my entries Mythic rarity Big smile

Martyr Archangel 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Angel Knight Mythic Rare

Flying, Vigilance, Haste
At the beginning of your upkeep you lose life equal to Marty Archangel's power.
White/black mana symbol, Put a -1/-1 counter on Martyr Archangel: You gain life equal to it's power
2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol: Until the end of turn, creatures you control gain lifelink and have +1/+1 for each -1/-1 counter on Martyr Archangel.
5/3
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EDIT: Changed my entry almost completelly, now you may judge it acordingly! Big smile

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Mon, 2016-10-31 22:46
Flo00
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Something I missed on New Phyrexia:

Darkbound Crusher 5 mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Juggernaut Uncommon
Trample
Whenever another artifact enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on Darkbound Crusher.
Corrupt 1 (This enters the battlefield with a -1/-1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its -1/-1 counters on target artifact creature.)
5/5

EDIT: Cost up by 1 + added image

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Mon, 2016-10-31 17:01
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Karavian's Legion X mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Soldier Rare
~ enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
White mana symbol, Remove a +1/+1 counter from ~: Create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token.
White mana symbol, Sacrifice a Soldier: Put a +1/+1 counter on ~.
1/1

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Mon, 2016-10-31 17:14
Royart142
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So, I got nothing to do for another three or four hours, so I will do a little review of all of the entries that got my atention as of yet, later I'll do an update.

@Sonicthebrushwagg I really can't see myself playing that, it's a 4/4 for 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbol which is great, but later a 2/2 for 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol which is meh, and it has to wait a turn to even draw ONE card. The idea is great, but it's too underpowered.

@ZephyrPhantom I love the card! But the second ability seems quite expensive for my taste, oh well it's temur, and it can generate mana like it's nothing.

@Mahx Michael It's great! but maybe you could do a "CARDNAME costs 1 mana symbol less for each... etc. etc" and that would make it even more awesome!

@sdfkjgh Uhh... What does aggresior do? Dos it do damage to you?

@Flo00 Amazing entry... If that was on the Mirrodin and Innistrad standard it would have been BROKEN at best, which I love.

@fluffyDeathbringer Where's Banding? Y U NO BANDING FLUFFLY!? (Nah, but seriously this is my favorite entry yet)

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Tue, 2016-11-01 14:00
Inverness
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EDIT: I don't like this idea after all.

old
Mageling 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Shapeshifter Rare
Skulk (This creature can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)
1 mana symbol: ~ gets +1/-1 until end of turn.
1 mana symbol: ~ gets -1/+1 until end of turn.
5 mana symbolBlue mana symbol: Draw cards equal to ~'s power.
5 mana symbolBlue mana symbol: Counter target spell with converted mana cost equal to ~'s toughness.
3/3

Mon, 2016-10-31 17:52
Pixi-Rex
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@SonictheBrushwagg: Yes your entry counts. Its really untraditional design. But it works. Why Blue mana symbol on green. Is the creature green and blue or only green?

@finofashark: I think its too powerfull. (your Red mana symbolWhite mana symbol design) maybe bump up the activating cost to 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbol

@Royart142: I can't tell if I think your design gets better with -1/-1 counter on it. I like it, but -1/-1 and +1/+1 counters on the same card, is in manny cases a no go. As it's hard to manage the counters. If I where you. I would find anohter way to design it.

@sdfkjgh: I would not say your design gets better, but its ok as an entry. NOTE ON steamline: Its backwads kicker for +1/+1 counters. Yes it plays defineret as kicker, but in the end its the same if the mana cost of the card is 4 cmc and alternative cost is 2 or reverse.

Mon, 2016-10-31 17:42
Mahx Michael
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@fluffyDeathbringer
OK, thanks! I'll edit it as soon as I get back to my computer A happy smile
And yes, I am aware that annihilator is not a pseudo ability. If not I would have worded it like this:

Pseudo version wrote:
Annihilator — Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices X permanents, where X is the number of -1/-1 on it.

@Royart
Do you mean like "1 mana symbol less for each Eldrazi creature you control"? You are aware that it gets annihilator for each counter, right?

Mon, 2016-10-31 17:42
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You did word it like that though, just without the italics.

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Mon, 2016-10-31 17:47
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@ Royart - Keep in mind it's a Commander that can potentially do 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol for +4/+4 with its ability, which is roughly equivalent to a slightly more expensive (due to cmc 6 mana symbol) non-trample Overrun that takes an extra turn to go online (but is repeatable each turn as a tradeoff for being predictable). The ability is expensive, yes, but I think the power is worth it.


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Mon, 2016-10-31 18:06
Inverness
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Mahx:

I voted for it because I liked the dynamic between the two halves. The art was also nice.

Mon, 2016-10-31 19:02
Mahx Michael
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@fluffyDeathbringer
No, I wrote "Annihilator X - ...". There is a whole X in difference.
But yes, because of the special conditions I was not sure how to write it, so I made a psaudo line to explain it instead.
So you are right, I admit I am guilty

Fixed it now

Mon, 2016-10-31 19:04
Aarhg
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I made a very spooky vampire for spooky halloween times!

Mon, 2016-10-31 19:36
Daij_Djan
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@sdfkjgh: I'm not really sure if I like Streamline, sorry. But if you use it, I'd suggest something like this (similar to Evoke + Modular, f.e.):

Streamline N - <cost> (You may cast this spell for its streamline cost. If you don't, this enters the battlefield with N +1/+1 counter(s) on it.)

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Mon, 2016-10-31 22:46
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Mound of Limbs 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Zombie Wall Uncommon
Defender
Creatures your opponents control get -1/-0 for each -1/-1 counter on ~.
If ~ would be dealt damage, put a -1/-1 counter on it instead.
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0/4

Mon, 2016-10-31 22:23
Mahx Michael
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Would it be possible for me to reduce its cost to X mana symbol5 mana symbol or increase its pt to 7/7?

Mon, 2016-10-31 22:24
TheBrokenUrn
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Mausoleum Bonewall 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Skeleton Wall Rare
Defender, indestructible
Whenever ~ blocks a creature, put a -1/-1 counter on ~.
Whenever a -1/-1 counter is placed on ~, create a 1/1 black Skeleton creature token.
2/2

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Mon, 2016-10-31 22:47
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@Royart142: I'm glad you like it. Now I just have to find a picture for it...

EDIT: And there it is.

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Tue, 2016-11-01 00:20
Mahx Michael
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Yes, I think I'll reduce the mana cost to X mana symbol5 mana symbol
Then, if I pay 5 mana symbol, I'll get a normal 6/6 creature, if I pay 6 mana symbol I'll get a 5/5 with annihilator 1.
For 7 mana symbol I will get a 4/4 with annihilator 2, and if I go all out with 10 mana symbol, I'll get a 1/1 with annihilator 5.

That sounds rational, so if noone stops me, I'll go ahead and change its mana cost to X mana symbol5 mana symbol.

Tue, 2016-11-01 00:24
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Tue, 2016-11-01 00:39
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WHAT THE F****** MaRIO I WAS LITERALLY ABOUT TO POST LITERALLY THAT EXACT DESIGN (ALBEIT AS Blue/black mana symbol HYBRID)

AUGH

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Tue, 2016-11-01 00:45
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SORRY JACQUI A sad &#039;frowny&#039;

Tue, 2016-11-01 00:48
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Exuberant Brawler 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Human Monk Rare
1 mana symbolRed mana symbol: Exuberant Brawler gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Whenever Exuberant Brawler attacks or blocks, you may choose one -
• Exuberant Brawler gets -1/-1 and gains first strike until end of turn.
• Exuberant Brawler gets -2/-2 and gains double strike until end of turn.
3/3

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Tue, 2016-11-01 01:16
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Demented Reshaper 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Shapeshifter Rare
You may have CARDNAME enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it gains "2 mana symbol, Put a -1/-1 counter on this creature: This creature becomes a copy of another target creature and gains this ability."
It is everything, and yet, it constantly edges closer and closer to becoming nothing.
1/2

@Mahx: I mean 5 mana symbol for a 6/6 isn't really balanced tbh. I'd keep it as is, personally.

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Mon, 2016-11-07 03:57
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New Entry! Here's to hopin'.

Let's not use a spoiler for once!

Older one


Pre BrokenUrn

(And yes, "Biomorticians" is something I made up, but I do like the sound of it...)

EDIT: Took BrokenUrn's flavor advise. Not sure I like the color weight on his ability, but it is a large ability. We'll see. I also didn't make it full Golgari because I don't believe they get that much proliferate(without sac-ing something or attached to a sorcery).

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Mon, 2016-11-07 04:27
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Tue, 2016-11-01 03:48
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@Pixi-Rex: I was thinking of it as an archetype uncommon for Green mana symbolBlue mana symbol, so it's monogreen with a blue alternate casting cost.

@Royart142: Thanks for the feedback. I'll rethink the numbers (or perhaps the whole design) on my entry. btw 10/10 avatar lol


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gotta go haste
Red mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlue mana symbol

Tue, 2016-11-01 04:08
bazzboda

??? 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - ??? Rare
Tap symbol: Move a counter from target creature onto ~.
When ~ dies draw a card for every -1/-1 counter on it and discard a card for every +1/+1 counter on it. (+1/+1 counters and -1/-1 counters cancel each other out)
2/3

I am aware that normally you don't want to create cards that use both -1/-1 and +1/+1 counters, however in this case it is a creature that functions differently depending on the set. A suicidal discard enabler that may hurt +1/+1 counter decks in one set. Or a creature that protects your creatures from -1/-1 counters, including keeping persist creatures alive, that also ends up being card draw in another.

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Tue, 2016-11-01 04:51
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@Gurfle: In my personal opinion, a "biomortician" (while it does sound cool) sounds more like Golgari Black/green mana symbol than it does Simic Green/blue mana symbol. "Growth nurtured with death" is a very Golgari quote.

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Tue, 2016-11-01 05:26
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Tue, 2016-11-01 11:44
Mahx Michael
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@Yoshi
Just for reference, Risen Sanctuary is 7 mana for an 8/8 with Vigilance. Then again, it costs 5 mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbol and not 7 mana symbol, that probably makes a huge difference, am I right?


Lets hit the question from a different angle:
Is 6 mana for a 5/5 with annihilator 1 enough, or should it be 7 mana?

Tue, 2016-11-01 14:19
Inverness
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Sakon:

That is an awesome design! My only issue with it is that you can get six energy out of the card for only two mana. I would either add a mana cost to the activated ability, or reduce the amount of energy the ability gives you to just one energy.

Wed, 2016-11-02 12:44
Inverness
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Got a new idea that I quite like. The fourth sister of the Angel Trio, Bruna, Gisela, and Sigarda. Introducing the angel lost to history!

Katrina, Gift of Darkmoon 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Angel Rare
Flying, lifelink
3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol: Katrina, Gift of Darkmoon gets -3/-3 until end of turn. Destroy each creature with power 3 or greater.
"We must know our enemies if we are to defeat our enemies."
5/5

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EDIT: Big thanks to sdfkjgh for the idea to switch from -2/-2 & destroy 4+ power to -3/-3 and destroy 3+ power.

Tue, 2016-11-01 16:38
Mahx Michael
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@Yoshi
Now that I think og it, Annihilator 1 for 6 mana is terrifying, no matter what its power is.

So could I instead keep the cost at X mana symbol6 mana symbol and instead set the pt to 7/7 and rarity to Rare?
Or do you insist I keep it as is?

Tue, 2016-11-01 21:21
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@Royart:

Quote:
Aggressor is my keyword for "This creature must attack each turn if able."

@Mario: if it's a hallucination, shouldn't it also be an Illusion?

@Sakon: now, this is just my opinion, take it or leave it, but I feel like nonartifact Constructs should be something that only Phyrexians should get to do (at least until WotC makes a set/block based on the history of psychoanalysis*). Also, Inverness is absolutely right about the power level.

*They'd be Blue mana symbol-based, & either Illusions, or a new creature type, Thought.

@Inverness: OH SORIN, YES!!! As soon as I read about the missing 4th Angel, I thought that she would be the one to save Innistrad. Now that my unworthy eyes gaze upon her, I know I would be right with just one minor change: since the Eldrazi Horror tokens are all 3/2s, mebbe you should tweak the numbers to -3/-3 & power 3 or greater.

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Tue, 2016-11-01 22:33
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sdfkjgh:

Oooooooh, I like that idea. I'll make those changes, for sure! Thanks, I hadn't even considered the Eldrazi Horror tokens. I don't have my computer with me that has the render of her, but I'll update the text version for now.

Tue, 2016-11-01 23:11
Mahx Michael
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OK. I set it to a 7/7 and make it Rare
Now it has at leas a little strenght for the mana spent casting it.
Also, making it mythic is probably a little overkill. I think...?

Wed, 2016-11-02 00:14
Wapulatus
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Decided to go Mono White.

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Abolisher of the Grand - 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol

Creature - Angel Solider -- Rare

Flying
~'s power and toughness are equal to the lowest base power and the lowest base toughness among creatures you control.
Creatures your opponnets control have a power and toughness equal to ~.

*/*

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Solved issue. Thanks!

As for the challenge, it can get smaller by having smaller creatures on your board, and it gets better by giving your opponents a disadvantage in their creatures' power and toughness (or even being an asymmetrical board wipe if you combo it with cards Hangerback Walker).

Fri, 2016-11-04 16:26
Shinobi-San

old entry

new entry

Bjorn’s Vindicator gets -1/-1 and gains your choice of haste, double strike, vigilance, lifelink, flying, or hexproof until your next turn.

EDIT: replaced abilities for jeskai flavor rather than mardu.

Tue, 2016-11-01 23:42
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@Wapulatus Actually, it should be */* without the "otherwise" clause. If you don't control any other creatures, it must be 0. Undefined numbers are always set to zero within the rules (see Tarmgoyf). Then, as a state based action, it will die from 0 toughness.

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Tue, 2016-11-01 23:42
Daij_Djan
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@Wapulatus: Just use */*, and there is no need for the additional rules text:

Comp. Rules wrote:
208.2a The card may have a characteristic-defining ability that sets its power and/or toughness according to some stated condition. (See rule 604.3.) Such an ability is worded “[This creature’s] [power or toughness] is equal to . . .” or “[This creature’s] power and toughness are each equal to . . .” This ability functions everywhere, even outside the game. If the ability needs to use a number that can’t be determined, including inside a calculation, use 0 instead of that number.

Example: Lost Order of Jarkeld has power and toughness each equal to 1+*. It has the abilities “As Lost Order of Jarkeld enters the battlefield, choose an opponent” and “Lost Order of Jarkeld’s power and toughness are each equal to 1 plus the number of creatures the chosen player controls.” While Lost Order of Jarkeld isn’t on the battlefield, there won’t be a chosen player. Its power and toughness will each be equal to 1 plus 0, so it’s 1/1.

EDIT: Ninja'd

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