Card of the Week Contest #151: Class Action

Mon, 2017-01-16 10:12
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 fifty-first challenge!


The winner of the "It's Hip To Be Square" poll were Aarhg (top left), Celebi (top right), Leviathan (bottom left) and thehuw (bottom right) with...

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

thehuw wrote:
Tribal sets are always popular, but they tend to prioritise "race" creature types, which define what kind of thing a creature is, over "class" types, which define what it actually does. Your challenge this week is to redress that balance by creating a card that specifically cares about a "class" tribe, such as Soldier, Cleric, or Wizard.

Note: Here's the MTG Salvation Wiki list of all outdated and current class tribes (big thanks to Pixi-Rex!).
{Even though it's apparently not perfect, as for example the Citizen creature type is missing in it. For the full list of all creature types races plus classes) see Comprehensive Rules 205.3m}
~Daij_Djan

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, 2017-01-16 10:31
Mahx Michael
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I don't think it counts as a tribal if it is based on a class type... I mean I'm not sure if you can call it a "Tribal Sorcery - Soldier" for example.
At least I have never seen it before, but of course it totally depends on the actual definition of a tribal spell.

Should we specificly adress it as a tribal spell with "Tribal" as a supertype, or should the card just specificly adress a specific class type?

Mon, 2017-01-16 10:37
Nhoj2307

Strange inspiration for this one:

Caesar, Bred for Excellence
2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Mythic Rare

Legendary Creature - Ape Knight

If you control another Knight creature, ~ has indestructable.

Other Knight Creatures you control gain +1/+1

Tap another target Knight creature you control. Target opponents loses life equal to ~'s power and you gain life equal to ~'s toughness

2/3

Mon, 2017-01-16 10:41
Daij_Djan
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@Mahx: The first Tribal card ever says it's fine Winking smiley Also Shadow Shadowmoore actually was a class Tribal set.

But yeah, the challenge may be fulfilled with the Tribal card type - yet it's not required.

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Mon, 2017-01-16 10:50
Mahx Michael
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OK. That's true, though rebel isn't really a class either... more like a status or something
But I get the point. Definetly not a race!

Mon, 2017-01-16 10:53
thehuw
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To my mind, "tribe" is just a shorthand for a creature type, whether it's class, race, or something in between like Zombie or Avatar.

And yes, you don't have to use the actual tribal card type - just mentioning the tribe in question is fine.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Mon, 2017-01-16 11:10
Yoshi
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Of Thousand Facets White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Elemental Incarnation Mythic Rare
Whenever an Avatar or Incarnation is put into your graveyard from anywhere, you may shuffle it into your library.
At the beginning of your end step, search your library for an Avatar or Incarnation, reveal it, and put it in your hand or graveyard. Then shuffle your library.
6/6

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Mon, 2017-01-16 11:31
Daij_Djan
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Here's my own card for this week:

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Mon, 2017-01-16 11:48
Mahx Michael
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@Yoshi
Avatar as well as Incarnation is both a race and a class. An Avatar does not nececery belong to a specific race and is therefor a class that might also count as the creature's race... I think, I actually have no clue
But according to what I know about the incarnations, they are all beings that have been materialized from something abstract such as an emotion or iconic value.
What both avatars and incarnations have in common is that they are both wery symbolic.

Mon, 2017-01-16 11:58
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Since creature control is apparently partly black...

Petrus, Fell Baptizer 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Cleric Rare
When ~ enters the battlefield, gain control of target non-Cleric creature for as long as you control ~. It becomes a Cleric in addition to its other types.
3 mana symbolWhite mana symbol: Create a 1/1 white Cleric creature token.
Black mana symbol, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target creature gains indestructible until end of turn.
2/2

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Wed, 2017-01-18 14:17
Mahx Michael
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@FlyffyDeathbringer
Probably yes, but why not make it White mana symbolBlue mana symbol or White mana symbolRed mana symbol, while creature control is compleately red and/or blue? It's not like anything with your card is especially black in any way...


Here is my first idea:

Entry wrote:
Common Knowledge Red mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Wizards you control gain haste and "Red mana symbol, Tap symbol: This creature deals 2 damage to target creature or player" until end of turn.

"Any wizard could cast a fireball, right?"

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Mon, 2017-01-16 12:25
fluffyDeathbringer
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I linked my justification in the post itself. Permanent creature control is tertiary black (and not actually red).

Oh, and "Wizards you control gain haste and "Red mana symbol, Tap symbol: This creature deals 2 damage to target creature or player." until end of turn."

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Mon, 2017-01-16 12:28
Mahx Michael
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Thank you

Mon, 2017-01-16 13:59
fluffyDeathbringer
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Fermat, that doesn't care about a specific class tribe.

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Mon, 2017-01-16 14:22
aquaumisa
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Araba Warmaster 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature-Human Samurai Uncommon
Bushido 2
Whenever a Samurai deals combat damage to a player, you may have it deal 1 damage to target creature that player controls.
2/2

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Mon, 2017-01-16 17:13
Pixi-Rex
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If you need a list over all the creature classes.

http://mtgsalvation.gamepedia.com/Class

Mon, 2017-01-16 17:46
Daij_Djan
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@Pixi-Rex: Big thanks for the list, added the link to the challenge above.

There seem to be possible errors, though, as for example the Citizen creature type (which is still listed as current creature type in the comprehensive rules) is indeed missing - so there might be some other hidden gems Winking smiley

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Mon, 2017-01-16 18:02
Pixi-Rex
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@Daij_Djan: You're welcome. A happy smile

It is wiki, so mistake happens. This list maybe do not include tokens classes. I beleave Citizen only appear as tokens, that could be a reason. Or it is considered as a creature race. (I don't know.)

http://mtgsalvation.gamepedia.com/Token#Token_specific_types

Sat, 2017-01-21 13:31
Pixi-Rex
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I know its pretty boring desing just drawing 2 cards. I'm having a design block. Any ideas for replasment effect. right now she is not that Black mana symbol. I would so like make a commander deck with pirates, but WotC don't give me any. :(

Tue, 2017-01-17 03:17
Vunik
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Lord of the Eternal Graves 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Zombie Horror Mythic Rare
Deathtouch, menace
Minions you control have deathtouch and menace.
2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol, Tap symbol: Create a 1/1 black Horror Minion creature token.
3/4

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Tue, 2017-01-17 20:15
sdfkjgh
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Mebbe I'm just being too clever for my own good here...

OLD

The Brains of the Operation 5 mana symbol
Legendary Tribal Artifact--Rigger Contraption Rare
Nonland permanent cards you own that aren’t on the battlefield, permanent spells you control, and nonland permanents you control are Rigger Contraptions in addition to their other types.

Thanks to jacqui_pup & Reality Glitch, I've made a few changes:

The Brains of the Operation 5 mana symbol
Legendary Tribal Artifact--Rigger Contraption Rare
Noncreature, nonland permanent cards you own that aren’t on the battlefield, noncreature permanent spells you control, and noncreature, nonland permanents you control are Tribal Rigger Contraptions in addition to their other types.
Creature cards you own that aren’t on the battlefield, creature spells you control, and creatures you control are Rigger Contraptions in addition to their other types.

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Mon, 2017-01-16 20:14
Heads vs Tails
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As it just so happens I have a little side project, a small set with no story featuring some the worst mechanics, and it follows the lines of this very challenge.

Spoiler:
Stand With Us X mana symbolX mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Tribal Instant - Rebel Rare
Affinity for Rebels
Search your library for any number of rebel creature cards with total converted mana cost X and put them onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Mon, 2017-01-16 20:19
fluffyDeathbringer
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Pixi, did you mean Arina to be legendary?

(also, inb4 Windy Stick out your tongue )

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Mon, 2017-01-16 21:08
Sylphiod
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Matron Priestess White mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature Human Cleric Rare
Tap an untapped Cleric you control: Counter target spell unless it's controller pays 1 mana symbol.
1/1

Mon, 2017-01-16 21:21
Pixi-Rex
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@fluffyDeathbringer: thanks for the cachs. I'll fix that. You are right, that she should be legendary.

Mon, 2017-01-16 21:24
fluffyDeathbringer
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You might also want the Gold tokens to have the ability to sac for mana?

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Mon, 2017-01-16 21:37
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Tue, 2017-01-17 02:22
Fermat

@fluffy: Aw, ****. Thanks for catching that.

Mon, 2017-01-16 22:36
jacqui-pup
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@Daij: Could this be a 1/2? Because Diligent Squire, get it Stick out your tongue

@Sylph: Ought to be a 2/2 to match the card it's riffing on

@sdfkjgh: You're not being too clever for your own good, because that would imply your design is clever. I should note that you're granting creature types to nonland, noncreature permanents which is literally impossible without tribal subtype.

@Vunik: Why doesn't this make a 2/2 Zombie? "Because it wouldn't fit the contest" is not an acceptable answer jsyk

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Mon, 2017-01-16 23:02
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Revered as a guardian of the forest, Celebi appears wherever beautiful forests exist.

Tue, 2017-01-17 01:18
Vunik
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@jaqui Actually, it never occurred to me to make it a 2/2 zombie. Hmm...maybe something else might work better.

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Sat, 2017-01-21 02:32
Aarhg
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Guided Uprooting 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Tribal Sorcery - Druid Uncommon
Expertise (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant if you control a Druid.)
Lands you control become 2/2 creatures until end of turn. They’re still lands.
“An angry druid might be a rarer sight than a winged swine, but you shouldn’t tempt fate.”
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Old - Not my entry
It took some thinking, but I finally have a design I'm happy with. Not completely sure if it should cost 1 mana symbol more though.

Groundbreaking Discovery 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment Uncommon
When Groundbreaking Discovery enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. You may put and instant or sorcery card from among them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost 1 less to cast for each Wizard you control.

Thu, 2017-01-19 05:30
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I've been thinking about designing a bunch of duel decks at some point, and this gives me the perfect chance to pioneer the first part of one.
A MONK DECK!

Edit : altered ability and cost.

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Sat, 2017-01-21 05:37
Gurfle
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Pretty sure druid is a profession.

@Aargh -- Druid buddiez

Advice I heeded: Druids untap lands, bumped cost up to 5
Removed legendary, kept vague name

Things I'm considering:
-Bumping to uncommon due to mana weight
-Removing "enters the battlefield tapped" clause

Old

I'm new to lands, but I think that's balanced. It's a very odd creature type, (by odd I mean relatively uncommon), plus it takes 3 mana for a one turn +2/+2 buff. Lemme know if I'm wrong, though.

Things I'm considering:
-Lifting cost of ability to 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
-Removing "Lush Grove enters the battlefield tapped" clause
-Removing "legendary" type, not sure if necessary. Probably, but it may need a less vague name

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Tue, 2017-01-17 03:07
Aarhg
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@Touhoufanatic: Compared to Collective Blessing your card is very underpowered. You might wanna buff it up.

Tue, 2017-01-17 03:27
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@aarhg: hmm,you have a point. would you suggest dropping cost or upping ability?

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Tue, 2017-01-17 03:35
Aarhg
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@Touhoufanatic: I'd probably lower the cost, but I feel the card needs something more. It doesn't really stand out, so giving it an additional ability of some kind would give it some needed spice.

Tue, 2017-01-17 03:53
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@Touhou: Maybe consider having it give vigilance?

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Tue, 2017-01-17 05:00
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The color density of that mana cost is kind of ridiculous. I'd also note that if you have a noncreature Monk there's no reason to specify "Monk creatures," you can just count Monk cards so you can pitch the enchantment if necessary.

@Gurfle, Lush Grove is a really generic name, and this doesn't need to be legendary. But be aware that there are a lot of Druids with "{T}: Untap target land" so you should definitely err on the side of caution with costs.

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Tue, 2017-01-17 05:30
Reality Glitch
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Spell Repository 6 mana symbol
Tribal Enchantment — Spellshaper Mythic Rare
Activated abilities of Spellshapers cost “Discard a card” less for you to activate. (Even if you don’t control the Spellshaper.)
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Thu, 2017-01-19 20:39
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Brazen Plunderer Red mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Turtle Pirate Rare
Blue mana symbol, Tap symbol: Draw a card, then discard a card
2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol, Discard a pirate: Destroy target creature, if that creature was a ninja its controller discards two cards.
3/1

old

Early idea

Swashbuckler Red mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Pirate Rare
Blue mana symbol, Tap symbol: Draw a card, then discard a card
2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol, sacrifice ~: Destroy target creature, if that creature was a ninja its controller discards two cards.
3/1

Matching pair
Man of Action Blue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Ninja Rare
Ninjutsu2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
When ~ deals damage to a player return target creature to its owners hand, if that creature was a pirate draw a card.
1/2

I dislike that the ninja costs don't match but Black mana symbol doesn't make sense for the ability maybe I will think of something else although I quite like the simple pirate.

Should also note the discard is 2 to get a normal discard plus attempting to hit the creature returned by ninjutsu

Tue, 2017-01-17 12:23
sdfkjgh
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@errbody: anyone else have any thoughts on my submission?

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Tue, 2017-01-17 13:42
Inverness
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ziolang:
Idk why, but your card just really got me. It's just so simple and perfect. I love the flavor text. One of my favorites, for sure.

reality glitch:
Probably the most creative one I've seen so far. Really makes spellshapers into a powerful tribe if you build for it.

sdfkjgh:
Reminds me a lot of the evil Morty from Rick & Morty, which is a good thing. I take this more as a fun entry than a serious entry, if that makes a difference to you.

pixi-rex:
I think looting would be a great effect for a pirate to have. Maybe "Sacrifice 3 Gold: Draw 3, discard 2"?

Tue, 2017-01-17 14:08
Neottolemo
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Friedrich Nietzsche, Hater of Hypocrisy 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Rare
Humans are Cowards in addition to their other types.
1 mana symbol, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice a permanent: Put a +1/+1 counter on target Human. It becomes a God. If you sacrificed a God to activate this ability, put two additional +1/+1 counters on that creature.
Whenever you sacrifice a permanent or a God you control attacks, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
0/1

Gross oversimplification, I know. Do you think the wording works on this? Should I remove/change the title? It's sort of a Boldwyr Intimidator + Blood Artist + Magmaw mashup, but I think I like it.

Fri, 2017-01-20 06:48
TheBrokenUrn
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This is a difficult challenge but I guess I will go with an old card from an old set I was working on.

Reodan Wall Trainer 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Human Soldier Rare
When ~ enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Human Soldier tokens.
Other Soldiers you control get +1/+1.
1/1

Render will come later.

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EDIT #1: Increased CMC.

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Tue, 2017-01-17 14:56
Mahx Michael
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Here is my render:

Card


Is the art good enough, I'm not really sure if it fits the flavor 100%...?

Tue, 2017-01-17 15:18
Inverness
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Mahx:
I think the art is fine, but you are probably right in that it doesn't fit the flavor 100%. /shrug

Neottolemo:
Very flavorful, but it might be a bit wordy. I'd have to see the render before I could say for sure.

Tue, 2017-01-17 16:41
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I updated my entry. Feedback appreciated.

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Tue, 2017-01-17 17:36
Mahx Michael
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@fluffyDeathbringer
This is good! But maybe you could make it 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbol for the 1/1 cleric and 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol for the sacrifice ability instead?

EDIT: I mean, Raise the Alarm gives you two 1/1 soldiers instant speed for 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol, and Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage gives you a 3/3 centaur for 2GW...
EDIT: Never mind, the centaur was 4 mana symbolWhite mana symbolGreen mana symbol, and that's just rediculesly expensive. Nooene uses that ability unless they're desperate...

Tue, 2017-01-17 17:02
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@sdfkjgh: Cards can't have certain subtypes unless they're also the associated card type, so you'll need to reword it to "Each nonland permanent card you own not on the battlefield, permanent spell you control, and nonland permanent you control is a Rigger Contraption tribal artifact in addition to its other types."

@fluffy: Interesting. Deffinately like that you're keeping up with WotC and used Indy until EoT instead of regenerate.

Tue, 2017-01-17 17:27
Mahx Michael
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@Reality Glitch
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