Card of the Week Contest #154: The Newer Is the More Dusty

Mon, 2017-02-06 19:14
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-forth challenge!


The winner of the "Plane Shift (Not the 7th Level Spell)" poll was Mahx Michael with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

XMahx Michael wrote:
Let's make something desert themed, to get a litte perspective of the thoughts about the upcoming block: Design a desert themed card!

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, 2017-02-06 19:38
Cajun
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Dune Hassassin Black mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Sand Assassin Rare
Reform 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol (2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol: Return this card from your graveyard to the battlefield, then return it to your hand.)
When Dune Hassassin enters the battlefield, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. If it was reformed, that creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn instead.
The only thing worse than an enemy hiding in the sands is an enemy of the sands.
3/1

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Mon, 2017-02-06 19:44
Daij_Djan
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So hard not to use an old Atuum card - so how about a card inspired by it, yet not featured for obvious reasons? Winking smiley

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Mon, 2017-02-06 19:48
ZephyrPhantom
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Sacred Pyramid
Land - Desert Rare
Tap symbol Add Colorless mana symbol to your mana pool.
2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol,Tap symbol: Exile target attacking creature, then return it to the battlefield under its owner's control.
Built to repel an eternity's worth of intruders that would plunder the treasures within.


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Tue, 2017-02-07 01:27
Korakhos
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Something from my own Egypt-ish world:

Rammanethi Sandshaper 2 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Human Shaman Uncommon
Reach
Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, ~ deals 1 damage to target creature with flying.
Those who control the sands in Rammaneth always have an army at their disposition.
1/4

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Mon, 2017-02-06 20:42
Cwynwyn
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Fortune Seeker Red mana symbol
Creature - Human Rogue Uncommon
Journey (Whenever this creature attacks, you may put a +1/+1 counter on it. If you do, it doesn't untap during your next untap step.)
"No payment. Just spread the word."
1/1

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Tue, 2017-02-07 18:00
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Smothering Sandstorm Colorless mana symbol
Instant Rare
Until end of turn, lands tapped for mana produce {C} instead of any other amount or color.

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Mon, 2017-02-06 22:31
thehuw
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A simple one this week.

Utopia Pilgrim 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Human Druid Nomad Uncommon
Vigilance
Green mana symbol, Sacrifice Utopia Pilgrim: Add two mana in any combination of colors to your mana pool.
In her dying moments, the Goddess gave her followers one last commandment: "Pick a direction and keep walking."
2/1

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Tue, 2017-02-07 00:33
Fermat

Curse of Drought 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Enchantment — Aura Curse Rare
Enchant player
At the beginning of enchanted player's turn, choose target land that player controls. That land doesn't untap during enchanted player's next untap step.
"Lands cursed by Set-en-isi are irredeemable even with the sacred waters of the Amenemha."

Tue, 2017-02-07 00:23
NemaAkos

Sarcophagus 2 mana symbol
Artifact Common
Sarcophagus enters the battlefield with 4 canopic counters on it.
Black mana symbol, Tap symbol: Remove a canopic counter from Sarcophagus.
Sacrifice Sarcophagus: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Activate this ability only if there are no canopic counters on Sarcophagus.

Tue, 2017-02-07 00:28
thehuw
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@Fermat: That can just say "choose target land...", right? The card's owner and controller aren't going to differ here unless something very strange happens, and choices are assumed to be made by the controller unless stated otherwise.

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Tue, 2017-02-07 00:32
Fermat

@thehuw: Got it. Thanks.

Tue, 2017-02-07 01:00
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Wow, it's an entry! and it isn't even a dank meme omg

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Tue, 2017-02-07 01:54
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One of the things that stands out to me about the desert is that it's very barren and lonely. With that in mind, I came up with this simple ability word I call solitary. It reads as follows: "Solitary - As long as you control no other creatures, you get some nice effect."
And so here is a card I created with this ability word. I might give it a little nerf, but the concept is there.

Twilight Sentinel 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Golem Uncommon
Defender, vigilance
Solitary - As long as you control no other creatures, Twilight Sentinel can attack as though it didn't have defender.
Even though the temple is long gone, the sentinel keeps making its rounds.

Tue, 2017-02-07 02:17
Inverness
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spazlaz:

The only issue with your entry is that Wastes isn't actually a basic land type, or a land type at all! They made Wastes a basic land, but you'll notice it is typeless. According to the rulings on it, "The mana ability of Wastes doesn’t appear on the printed cards, but it is in its official Oracle text." So I think you would have to include the actual text on the card instead of in ().

Tue, 2017-02-07 02:28
Asthanius
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Part of a cycle I came up with quite a while ago.

Desert Stronghold
Land Rare
Tap symbol: Add Colorless mana symbol to your mana pool.
1 mana symbol, Tap symbol, Sacrifice Desert Stronghold: Search your library for a basic Mountain card and/or a basic Plains card, reveal them, and put one onto the battlefield and the other into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Tue, 2017-02-07 02:32
Inverness
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I thought it would be interesting to see what a blue design could do to fit a desert theme.

Dreams of the Lost

Text Version:

Dreams of the Lost 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment Mythic Rare
Players skip their untap step.
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice an untapped permanent.
Those who linger in the sands have been leeched of more than just their water.

Sat, 2017-02-11 14:21
TheBrokenUrn
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I think everyone here has thought up of a desert themed set at one point.

Old Entry
Loyal Throne Guardian 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Hound Soldier Uncommon
Stubborn (This creature cannot be exchanged among players.)
Vigilance
2/3

Hatusa Shadowblade 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Human Assassin Rare
Whenever ~ deals combat damage to an opponent, put a +1/+1 counter on ~.
~ has deathtouch as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it.
2/2

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Tue, 2017-02-07 07:03
marshmellow
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Dune Migration 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Sorcery Common
Create four 0/1 white Camel creature tokens with “This creature can’t be blocked as long as defending player controls a land named Wastes.”
Crossing the burning flats in long, patient strides, such noble beasts as these bring welcome contrast to the breathtaking emptiness around them.

Tue, 2017-02-07 08:08
Mahx Michael
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@Inverness
You mean "Wastes isn't concidered a basic land type, yet"...
If Colorless mana symbol continues to be regulary required in mana costs like it was in Zendikar, WotC might actually make it one... probably...?

Tue, 2017-02-07 08:12
ZephyrPhantom
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Wastes can't be a basic land type because it screws with anything related to Domain and Coalition Victory. It could however be a normal subtype like Urza's or Desert is, though. Either way, spaz needs to write the text out without the ()'s.


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Sat, 2017-02-11 17:44
sdfkjgh
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So, my first impulse is to just post this & call it a day:


AM I DOING IT RIGHT?!

But then I realized, that idea's as terrible as the actual card.

So, my next idea was to do something based off of Crazy Hassan, but I couldn't think of any designs.

So, I decided to just vomit out the first idea that popped into my head:

Xeric Dryad 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature--Dryad Uncommon
Xeric Dryad enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it if mana produced by a Desert was spent to cast it.
Tap symbol: Add one mana of any type to your mana pool, then add one mana of any type to your mana pool for each +1/+1 counter on Xeric Dryad. Xeric Dryad doesn’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.
0/2

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Tue, 2017-02-07 08:57
Mahx Michael
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@ZephyrPhantom
So in other words, Wastes can be a land type but not a basic land type?

Tue, 2017-02-07 09:00
ZephyrPhantom
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Technically yes. I personally still would avoid making a "Wastes" type though because I can see that confusing people very quickly.


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Tue, 2017-02-07 09:33
Mahx Michael
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True. Usually, wastes are lands that only produce Colorless mana symbol and does nothing else. Or something like that. In other scenarios, its more like any other Colorless mana symbol producing, non-basic land, idk...


But yes, @spaz, you probably should not use paranthesis on the mana text, while that will give the inpression of Wastes being an actual basic land type. Adding a new color to Magic is a gamble I don't really think WotC will ever do, not another basic land type either...

Tue, 2017-02-07 11:27
finofashark
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Hungry Hungry Camel 3 mana symbolRed mana symbol

Creature - Camel
Haste
Dessertwalk (This creature can't be blocked if defending player has or is eating a dessert)
3/3
Jafar regretted not enunciating his words when he said he wanted to be "ruler of the desert"

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Tue, 2017-02-07 16:51
Ziolang
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An oldie but I couldn't really think of anything else...


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Tue, 2017-02-07 21:58
Atreoss

First image here. Hope it is ok.

Thehuw thanks to the coment. Big smile

Tue, 2017-02-07 20:43
thehuw
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Hi there Atreoss, welcome to the forums! Your design as it stands could use some attention - let's go through it.

Firstly, your spelling and grammar are a little bit off. There's no full stop needed after flying, and the text for the second ability ought to read as follows:

Atulthix wrote:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player flips a coin. If that player wins the flip, he or she may put a permanent card from their hand onto the battlefield. Otherwise, that player sacrifices a permanent.

Secondly, on a design note, this effect doesn't feel especially blue (aside from being attached to a Sphinx, of course). Cheating out permanents is usually a green effect, and making people sacrifice is typically black (or red, if Crack the Earth is anything to go by). Either of these might be okay on its own, but together they make the card feel distinctly un-blue. If you want to keep the ability intact, I would recommend adding a second color to the card, or maybe even make it three colors (in which case you could get away with lowering the cost to 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbol, in my opinion.)

Looking forward to seeing your work on here!

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Tue, 2017-02-07 21:11
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Tue, 2017-02-07 21:27
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Shattered Visage 6 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Golem Rare
When Shattered Visage enters the battlefield, destroy all permanents except for artifacts and lands.
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings. Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains.

4/4

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Sat, 2017-02-11 06:10
Gurfle
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I have no idea what I'm doing
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Wed, 2017-02-08 00:01
Touhoufanatic
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first thing that comes to mid when i think of deserts, one of the best sci fi series ever.

DUNE!

Shaihulud

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Wed, 2017-02-08 00:29
spazlaz

redid entry, first one was boring.

This is more flavorful

Wed, 2017-02-08 03:56
Leviathan

Too powerful, actually. Unless your opponent happens to have both an Elvish Mystic on the field AND a Naturalize in his hand, this is an turn three win full of regrets. I recommend either upping the cost or adding a way for the opponent to get around the effect. I'm not so sure about that last ability either. Interesting idea though. Actually, may I suggest something like:

Perpetual Drought 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Enchantment Mythic Rare
Lands that would produce Blue mana symbol,Green mana symbol, or Black mana symbol produce Colorless mana symbol instead.
6 mana symbol, discard a land card: Destroy Perpetual Drought. Any player may activate this ability.

But then the drought wouldn't really be perpetual, so I dunno...

Wed, 2017-02-08 14:50
Mahx Michael
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@ThisisSakon
Your card kind of says "When Savind Sands enters the battlefield" three times, I don't know if that is necessary.
Try this:

Quote:
As Saving Sands enters the battlefield, each player choses Oasis or Mirage.
  • Oasis - Each player adds four mana of any color to their mana pool.
  • Mirage - Each player untaps each land they control, then sacrifices four lands.

Also I don't remember how this works. Do the effect activate for each time the effect is chosen, or do the activate the effect that has the most votes?

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Why does your render have a land frame?

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Wed, 2017-02-08 15:41
Atreoss

@Mahx Michael and @ThisisSakon

I think this is better:
(don't know i to put the Quote) Stick out your tongue

As Saving Sands enters the battlefield, each player choses Oasis or Mirage.

Oasis - Adds four mana of any color to your mana pool.
Mirage - Untaps each land you control, then sacrifices four lands.

The player ho choose one will do what is written in there. Not all players.

Wed, 2017-02-08 15:58
Touhoufanatic
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@mahx: because it felt appropriate and there is no desert frame. colorless felt, wrong. its just a looks thing.

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Wed, 2017-02-08 16:03
ThisisSakon
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@Mahx and Atreoss: Both of those "fixes" do not specify when the ability triggers, which is exactly why my card says when this enters the battlefield. Nothing can be assumed on a card, everything must be explicitly stated.

And it's Guzma. The character is Guzma

Wed, 2017-02-08 16:25
SilverSoul.SB
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The flavour is the Sphinx's riddle.

Wed, 2017-02-08 16:51
Neottolemo
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@Sakon: I think the wording's fine, but isn't Saving Sands a bit too easy to turn into an Armageddon for its cost?

Wed, 2017-02-08 20:14
sdfkjgh
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@Sakon: Does your entry do anything past the turn it's cast? If not, then you can prolly get away with making it a sorcery:

Saving Sands 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Each player chooses Oasis or Mirage. Then, each player who chose Oasis adds four mana of any one color to his or her mana pool, and each player who chose Mirage untaps each land he or she controls, then sacrifices four lands.

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Wed, 2017-02-08 20:19
ThisisSakon
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I could do that, but then it wouldn't be the entry I designed, would it?

Sun, 2017-02-12 20:00
Mahx Michael
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@ThisisSakon, @sdfkjgh
Wait, it was an enchantment? I didn't realize, sorry. It looked so much like a typical sorcery, I didn't even read it properly. But yes, if it is an enchantment, that has to be spesified.

@Touhoufanatic
There is allwasy Undelude's M15 template. Even though it isn't a real frame in current Magic, desert frames could allways become a special feature in the new set (even thought the card is still colorless), idk.

Frame

@Atreoss
[quote] [/qoute] arround your text to make it a quote.


I think I'll give this one a try:

Concept wrote:
Bastet, Goddess of Cats 4 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Enchantment Creature - God Mythic Rare
Indestructible
Other creatures you control have protection from non-creature spells your opponents control.
Whenever a another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may scry equal to that creature’s power.
Whenever Bastet blocks or is blocked by another creature, exile that creature.
5/5

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It might be a little much, would you reccomed me to remove one of her abilities?

Thu, 2017-02-09 16:12
Pixi-Rex
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Entry

This should be a cycle

Thu, 2017-02-09 18:01
sdfkjgh
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@Pixi: now these I like. The Swamp might need a bit of reconcepting as like an animal boneyard (but not the actual Animal Boneyard, as that name's been taken) or something, and having the basic land types already grants the ability to tap for that color of mana, but other than those two minor issues, I think you've got a winner.

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Thu, 2017-02-09 18:17
Pixi-Rex
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@sdfkjgh: Thanks. A happy smile The Swamp Desert would be i littel hard, but the boneyard is a good way to go with that one. A happy smile

I like your design too. The art is amazing. First I did only see a tree. but second time I was like. "hay, I see a face!" Winking smiley

Tap symbol: Add one plus X mana of any type to your mana pool, where X is equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on Xeric Dryad. Xeric Dryad doesn’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.

Could be wording too. But I would prefer a wording similar this one, but without the "X". But I can't come up with that wording. A happy smile

Sat, 2017-02-11 08:30
Leviathan

NEWLY UPDATED ENTRY


Colossal Antlion 4 mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Insect Rare
Colossal Antlion can’t attack or block unless it has a +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever one or more creatures attacks you or a planeswalker you control, you may exile target attacking creature. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on Colossal Antlion.
1/5

old

Colossal Antlion 4 mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Insect Rare
Colossal Antlion can’t attack or block unless it has a +1/+1 counter on it.
Whenever a player attacks you or a planeswalker you control, you may exile target attacking creature that player controls until Colossal Antlion leaves the battlefield. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on Colossal Antlion.
1/5

I know that "exile target creature until ~ leaves the battlefield" usually comes with reminder text (That creature returns to the battlefield under its owner's control) but I don't know how to fit it in there when it's coupled with an addition effect.

Fri, 2017-02-10 10:17
Sylphiod
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@leviathan "Whenever one or more creatures attack you or ..."

Fri, 2017-02-10 17:15
sdfkjgh
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@Pixi: The reason for my wording is to allow you any combination, and my execution is just the cleanest way to do that.

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Fri, 2017-02-10 20:18
Pixi-Rex
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@sdfkjgh: I think that is a little too good. but Axebane Guardian do that too. then again it hase more restrigtion.
I see you point. Winking smiley your dosens uptap eather. so its fine.