Card of the Week Contest #142: Magus of the Week

Fri, 2016-11-11 19:50
KalvinHobbez's picture

@sdfkjgh Thanks for the kind words! I've just been pretty passionate about card design for a bit but been hesitant on pursuing it too much further due to how others have argued with me on card design... (I was told a Mana Burn callback card was "too complicated" for new players when I told them Sundial of the Infinite exists...) I was tempted to do my own cycle of Magi eventually due to enjoying the idea of callbacks, but after searching through the Reserve List and just powerful cards I know off the top of my was noticeably hard to find good choices. Eureka would have been really neat, but the name would be awkward. Shahrazad I wanted to do for the sheer fun of it, but it's already established as a joke mechanic due to Enter the Dungeon later being made.

Anyways, I actually did not notice that correlation. Either it's coincidence or just special for the Wheel, but the mention of Time Reversal does bring up a neat point. I talked about how the Magi can bring back too powerful of cards and rebalance it'd only make sense to take into account real rebalances Wizards as done! I might have fully followed on that, but Magus of the Will and Magus of the Scroll doesn't seem to follow the same pattern for the initial mana cost, so it isn't a strict rule to always stay true to the mana cost but it can be urged.. I could probably make him weaker and match the mana cost purely for flavor, at least, due to it being a nice callback. Also thanks for the "Then" mention, I totally forgot about cards that have done that specific ordering in the past.

Not sure the ruling on if I can redo the older card to change up the mana cost and wording a bit then repost it. It is a small change to balance primarily anyways. Don't think I'd win due to the card not exactly being too flashy are nice as an effect. I stuck to making it a realistic card and I'm at least proud of that...also sorry for going on and on again. This is why I put a lot of my comments in spoilers, I tend to ramble on concepts.

Fri, 2016-11-11 21:27
Moderator Best Set of 2016
Daij_Djan's picture

@KalvinHobbez: Really nice first card indeed - and welcome to the group Winking smiley

Also no neep to worry, till the deadline you're allowed to rework and/or change your entry as many times as you want A happy smile

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Sun, 2016-11-13 18:01

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And now, my entry:

Magus of the Machine   2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature — Human Wizard   Rare
Tap symbol, Sacrifice Magus of the Machine: Gain control of target nonblack, nonartifact creature. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.
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Fri, 2016-11-11 23:46
Asthanius's picture

@ancestral: Ritual of the Machine! Going deep on this; I like it!

Sat, 2016-11-12 08:45
KalvinHobbez's picture

@Daij_Djan Thanks! I hope to have the drive to continue on and be a part of future contests for Card of the Week. Is it allowed to have more than one entry as well? If not, I might as well stick to Magus of the Twister. Also, with updating my entry, do I edit my original post or just post the updated card here?

@ancestral Also nice to see another custom MTG card creation program out there, too! MSE seems to really be kept alive by the community at the moment after all. Is there plans for the cards having easy to use transferring between programs that can play the game? For example, Cockatrice and such. Already the drafting and playtesting feature sounds fantastic!

Sat, 2016-11-12 09:52
Moderator Best Set of 2016
Daij_Djan's picture

You may only have one entry in the end. It would be nice if you marked the old entry as outdated somehow, but it's up to you whether you also want to add the new render to that old post.

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Sat, 2016-11-12 12:36
Angelic_Bovines's picture

I'm sorry.


The card referenced is Assault Formation.

Sat, 2016-11-12 14:42
Pixi-Rex's picture

@Angelic_Bovines: That's funny. Nice design!

Sat, 2016-11-12 15:01
Angelic_Bovines's picture

@Pixi Thanks!

Sat, 2016-11-12 19:12
Mocandragon5's picture

Updated my entry slightly, making it an elf, as well as explaining the whole 'multiple zenith spells' thing. Render added.

Sat, 2016-11-12 20:41
sdfkjgh's picture

@ancestral: I feel like the ability should only be activatable as a sorcery, so as to both match the original card, and prevent shenanigans.

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Sat, 2016-11-12 21:29
KalvinHobbez's picture

@Angelic_Bovines Oh man that is a genius way of handling a card like that. It feels weird to make Magi off of modern cards, but it's neat to see them be based off interesting ones at least. This dude seems like he'd just straight up be an Unhinged version of Doran, the Siege Tower.

Sat, 2016-11-12 22:02
Curse of Swine

Updated my card a bit with one less toughness and a line of flavor text.
@sdfkjgh Thanks for the advice, three toughness does seem a bit much.
@Angelic_Bovines That card is funny!
@Aargh and Asthanius Love these cards, the art on both is awesome!

Sat, 2016-11-12 23:21
KalvinHobbez's picture

@Curse of Swine I like the idea of deviating from the original idea of the Magi, but it feels a bit strange to have something added on that the original card didn't do. I think it was mentioned earlier how this contest as a whole leaves people pretty restricted due to this fact, so I can understand that. But it's just my opinion that it'd make more sense without the buffing. I honestly like the synergy, even though I dislike mill as a whole, so it's still a very nice idea. I've played with and against Altar of Dementia a few times and know the power of it anyways.

Sun, 2016-11-13 04:38
Trace100's picture

Based on grafdigger's cage I give you Magus of the Cage. It was hard trying to find a good card from magic's history that hadn't already been rehashed in some way. One of the closed cards I could come up with to this is Yixlid Jailer which is functionally quite different.

Also I wish Magus weren't limited to being Human Wizards. It makes art choices very difficult.

Sun, 2016-11-13 08:05
Angelic_Bovines's picture

A bonus design that is not my entry

Sun, 2016-11-13 08:41
KalvinHobbez's picture

@Trace100 I always found the idea of black cards having graveyard hate to be neat. It felt so backwards for the color to do that kind of thing but it really does exist in cards like Leyline of the Void. That Pyramid Head art is oddly fitting as well, good choice on that. I'm actually surprised that you say Human Wizards restrict you, cause you could make the viewed person just be a human and it goes off fine. I personally find it much easier to work with a Human anything than most of other species in Magic.

@Angelic_Bovines Boy do I hate Eldrazi Conscription but I gotta say that card is actually pretty interesting. Gives me Invoker vibes due to the 8 mana, just with the additional tap on it. Wildheart Invoker in particular fits it, but that's a common so the Conscription homage makes sense for a rare. I know you said it's not your own entry, but it'd probably sound nicer as "Magus of the Conscription". Both due to how Magi are named and the grammar behind it.

Sun, 2016-11-13 11:07
Angelic_Bovines's picture

@Kalvin Thanks for the response. I'm not sure why I didn't name it Magus of the Conscription; the definite article makes it cooler somehow.

Sun, 2016-11-13 18:03

@sdfkjgh: Thanks for the feedback. I think you’re right. It definitely helps balance the card a little better, too., a free, very high quality web-based card generator, currently in Beta. 

Sun, 2016-11-13 19:14
Mort's picture

Decided to change my entry. If you want to review it, you can do so here.

Mon, 2016-11-14 05:37
TrollHammer's picture

A little late, but it's been on my mind all week, so...
(render made but pending upload... cant remember my photobucket)

Magus of the Staff 5
Creature - Human Wizard U

One or more mana used when casting Magus of the Staff must be colored.

Magus of the Staff is the color(s) of the mana used to cast it.

Whenever you cast a spell of the same color(s) as Magus of the Staff, or a land of same color enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life.


References "Staffs of the ---- Magus"
Wasn't sure what to do to allow up to 5 color use and remain balanced. When looking for art, used an image from a series depicting a Staff of Law, which, in context (along with other stuff) allowed a fairly mortal wielder extreme power, hence the 5/1.

I'm trying to learn how to make good cards again, so input is appriciated. Otherwise, it's just for fun.

Mon, 2016-11-14 07:08
CounterAttack11's picture

@TrollHammer: Lands are colourless. My wording suggestions:

"When you cast Magus of the Staff, if you spent coloured mana to cast it, it becomes that colour or colours. (This effect lasts indefinitely.)
Whenever you cast a spell that shares a colour with Magus of the Staff, you gain 1 life.
Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, if it could produce mana that shares a colour with Magus of the Staff, you gain 1 life."

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Mon, 2016-11-14 12:11
Moderator Best Set of 2016
Daij_Djan's picture

This thread is now closed, the poll can be found here.

And here's the next challenge!

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