Card of the Week Contest #149: It's Hip To Be Square

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Thu, 2017-01-05 23:13
Curse of Swine

Thu, 2017-01-05 23:45
Lordpat
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CARD IN PROGRESS.

Sorrynotsorry.

EDIT: Woops. Sorry guys. Well, may change it later. I'm a bad reader after all... thanks for the notice.

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Thu, 2017-01-05 23:43
thehuw
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@Lordpat: That doesn't fit the challenge - your card has to have CMC equal to its power and toughness.

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Fri, 2017-01-06 05:40
Leviathan

As suggested, my entry now only gets the +1/+1 counters if you play it as intended. Thanks sdfkjgh! I like your entry too!

@Pixi-Rex: The last two abilities work together too well, and I would actually suggest simply removing the last part. The way red plays, having a discard ability to do extra damage on top of a 7/7 flyer is strong enough as it is without being overkill.
@Senor Guacamole: Love the flavor on this one. Very unique. I agree with NemaAkos, I wonder what it would be like as a vehicle?
@Curse of Swine: Good use of detain, and the image in flavor text really work well to bring it all together.
@colovas: I really like your new entry, it's very well executed in terms of the abilities. But it definitely should say, "Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, draw a card." Also after looking at other cards with similar triggers, I wonder if it shouldn't cost a bit more or have some kind of drawback.

Fri, 2017-01-06 08:20
Mahx Michael
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Ok. I guess I'll go for the Clockwork Wurm then. Anyone got any feedback on it?

Fri, 2017-01-06 09:18
Leviathan

Sorry Mahx Michael, I forgot to address yours. I happen to like Guardian of the Green Sun better, but just because I don't have any experience with energy counters. I wouldn't change anything about it either way.

Fri, 2017-01-06 10:34
Yoshi
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Anyone have thoughts on Shaper of the Formless?

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Fri, 2017-01-06 11:07
Mahx Michael
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Updated my entry and added render.
Should I make the creature a construct wurm, or is it ok with only making it a construct?


@Leviatan
You should have a look at energy! Its a lot of fun to play with. I just made a standard deck with energy and it was suprisingly powerful!
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I'll consider switching it out with Guardian of the Green Sun after rethinking it later, but only if I am able to find a good render for it.


@Yoshi
Do you mean Shaper of the Unknown? What exactly does it mean that you turn a permanent upside down. Is it meant to be like morph or manifest?

Fri, 2017-01-06 11:07
thehuw
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@Mahx: A face-down permanent is innately a 2/2 creature with no name, type or abilities unless something says otherwise. So yes, it's a little like manifest, except that you can't turn the creature face-up again.

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Fri, 2017-01-06 11:46
Mahx Michael
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Either way it would be convinient to mention that it is a 2/2 creature, like morph and manifest do! It isn't obvius for everyone and would help a lot if it was mentioned...

Fri, 2017-01-06 17:55
sdfkjgh
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@Leviathan: I just realized something's missing from your entry. What color is it? If it's colorless, mebbe you should think about adding Devoid. If it isn't, it needs a color indicator dot.

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Fri, 2017-01-06 19:42
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Fri, 2017-01-06 19:54
thehuw
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@sdfkjgh: There's no point whatsoever in having devoid on a creature that already has no colored mana in its cost.

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Fri, 2017-01-06 23:35
Yoshi
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@spazlaz: 1) Missing artist credit.

2) I don't know how much I'm up for making Miracle even more swingy than it already is tbh.

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Sat, 2017-01-07 00:26
Leviathan

Timestream Seraph is colorless. I thought about making it white since it's an angel and it cares about life gain. But I decided to leave it colorless since no mana is used to summon it, like it just emerges from a void once you've gained enough life. It makes it seem more mysterious and I like that. But I'm actually interested in others' thoughts about that. Should it have a color indicator, why or why not?

I also agree that Shaper of the Unknown should have reminder text about the 2/2 creatures thing.

Sat, 2017-01-07 01:07
Mahx Michael
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If I where to make Guardian of the Green Sun instead, would it be ok to give it trample or vigilance?

Sat, 2017-01-07 01:19
Daij_Djan
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@Shaper of the Unknown: Nice card, but yeah - especially at uncommon, it should really have the Ixidron-like reminder text.


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Sat, 2017-01-07 19:43
Gurfle
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Made this a while ago, so uh, yup. Thought it was interesting. Thought about adding on lifelink, dunno though. (I didn't respond to anything last challenge because life, so don't take it personally)

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Edits 1: Added lifelink
Edits 2: Removed "Drone" creature type, updated card art and style to fit what I imagined

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Sat, 2017-01-07 10:18
thehuw
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@Gurfle: As a seven-mana, three-color mythic, this could safely have lifelink, I think.

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Mon, 2017-01-09 02:42
Gurfle
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@thehuw Now when you put it like that... yup.

Will update render when I get the chance (so later today, essentially)

Edit 1: Render updated

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Sat, 2017-01-07 18:38
sdfkjgh
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@Leviathan: well, it's not like there's no precedent for that sort of thing.

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Sat, 2017-01-07 21:08
finofashark
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Quick one I designed when messing around with a mechanic from a previous competition as I didn't have much time this week and my other idea essentially already exists, damn you Gilt-Leaf Winnower!

Here is the card

Any feedback is always good to see

Sun, 2017-01-08 19:02
Pixi-Rex
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I come up with an new entry, because my old was a little busted. Thanks to Leviathan and jacqui-pup for feedback.

Leviathan if I did make it as you suggested I felt I had a rare with little ingenuity, so change my entry complitly.
jacqui-pup you are right it was total design mistake. I bring something a little less powerfull, but still strong.

Entry

Sun, 2017-01-08 19:46
KalvinHobbez
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So I felt like throwing in an entry even though I didn't really have any ideas. Honestly pretty sick right now so I'm not too into making a long winded design philosophy...also because this is just a card I had sitting around anyways. I'll still have something short as to what this card references, though.

Design Philosophy
So if you don't recognize what the card is referencing or just straight up never heard of it, the character of the Leaf Sprite comes from a game called Dustforce. It happens to be an indie platformer game about a crew of janitors cleaning up messes in very unconventional and flashy ways. I honestly find the game very enjoyable and one day felt like trying to make a card off a character after I had the design idea. I like to make reference cards as sometimes they lead to truly interesting ideas for real cards.

As for why the card does what it does, essentially this enemy character makes a mess of leaves (+1/+1 counters) on creatures then the mess can be cleaned off in a way (Remove the +1/+1 counters). The flavor there is really loose, as just thinking of the "cleaning up a mess" idea led to this ultimate product...and I threw away pure flavor for just enjoying what this does.

When this challenge came up, I had no idea what to make for it. It was just so open ended that nothing came to mind. So on the last day, I just decided to choose the first fitting card I had and make it my entry. I do like this card and do like showing it off, at least. So yeah, sorry for the lesser entry if that is what it might be. I just felt bad not taking part in a CotW contest and wanted to come in somehow.

The Leaf Sprite 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Elemental Rare
3 mana symbolGreen mana symbol: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
3 mana symbolRed mana symbol, Tap symbol: Remove all +1/+1 counters from target creature and deal that much damage to that creature.
3/3

Render

Sun, 2017-01-08 23:14
Param
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Render

Essence Former Green mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature — Naga Wizard
When Essence Former enters the battlefield, each other creature’s power and toughness become equal to that creatures converted mana cost until end of turn.
3/3

Mon, 2017-01-09 01:22
Inverness
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I don't recall what the rules are on using entries from older contests. If it's okay, then I'll use this one. If not, I got nothin'. Stick out your tongue

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Mon, 2017-01-09 01:34
sdfkjgh
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@KalvinHobbez: Very nice. For a last-minute entry, hell, for ANY entry, you sure make a splash! Don't sell yourself so short; it is in no way a "lesser" entry. You're really giving @Leviathan a run for my vote.

@Param: If it were on any other week, I prolly would've voted for your entry. It's just a case of an embarrassment of riches this week. Know that you're a VERY strong third.

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Mon, 2017-01-09 02:27
jacqui-pup
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@Inverness: Second and third abilities technically do not work because of layers; needs to be a triggered ability. "At the beginning of each combat, creatures you control..."

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Mon, 2017-01-09 07:18
Mahx Michael
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What makes you say that?

Mon, 2017-01-09 09:30
bazzboda

@Mahx Michael, I tried doing a summery but I couldn't manage it at this time, so instead if you go to this link, http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/latest-developments/naya-team-effort-2008-11-07
and search for Mosstodon that will lead you to your answer.

Mon, 2017-01-09 11:25
Fermat

Old Entry
Keeper of Order 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature — Spirit Uncommon
Creatures can't block ~ unless their controller pays 2 mana symbol for each of each creature blocking ~.
"The law cannot be denied."
—Lavinia of the Tenth

4/4

Mon, 2017-01-09 13:52
Mahx Michael
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Well, you are right about layers. But why do they even use layers in such a way? Would it work to write it "As long as a creature you control have cmc 6 it has haste."? I mean, the permanents status has to be constantly updated anyways. And why doesn't this count for control. There are plenty of cards such as Archetype of Aggression that says "creatures you control have haste", what happens then when a permanent you control gets taken control of. It's not like it is some stupid computer program that is playing, we know what a 6/6 creature is when we see one. And when a card is targeted by a spell or ability, why don't they update the entire status of the card and not only that spesific layer? When a card no longer has power 6 then it does no longer fit the requirements and does no longer have haste. Why can't it be as easy as that?
Sorry for rampaging, put I really don't get this...

Mon, 2017-01-09 15:55
bazzboda

@Mahx Michael, Exactly why I went with the link, I also don't understand it. And fun thing, the way it is now is worse for computers, the computer won't now that an ability changes power toughness unless you add that to the ability as a hidden piece of code, however it is aware of a variable state such as power toughness at all times, let alone when its changed.
Even though the contest is coming to a close if we are going to continue this discussion we might have to go to Pm.

Mon, 2017-01-09 16:11
Asthanius
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@Mahx Michael: It also has to work with Magic Online. Every time a player takes an action, the game state is checked in a certain order, and the layers are that order.

Mon, 2017-01-09 16:50
Inverness
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Interesting. I didn't know layers worked like that. Unfortunately I am not at the computer that has the card and I don't think I will have time to remake it before the contest is over. Darn.

Thanks, though! Good to know that going forward.

Mon, 2017-01-09 17:03
jacqui-pup
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It's pretty easy to fix, you just need to make it a triggered ability...

At the beginning of each combat, creatures you control with converted mana cost 6 gain haste until end of turn, creatures you control with power 6 gain first strike until end of turn, and creatures you control with toughness 6 gain deathtouch until end of turn.

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Mon, 2017-01-09 18:27
amethyst-marie

Running behind this week, hope this is in time

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Mon, 2017-01-09 20:28
Daij_Djan
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This thread is now closed, the poll can be found here.

And here's the next challenge!


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