Card of the Week #155: One for the History Book, Folks

Card of the Week #155: One for the History Book, Folks

Nhoj2307
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ZephyrPhantom
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finofashark
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thehuw
5% (1 vote)
Daij_Djan
23% (5 votes)
Inverness
5% (1 vote)
jacqui-pup
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ThisisSakon
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Ziolang
5% (1 vote)
sdfkjgh
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Cajun
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Neottolemo
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TheBrokenUrn
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Gurfle
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bazzboda
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Param
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Vunik
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Mort
5% (1 vote)
Fermat
5% (1 vote)
Sylphiod
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NemaAkos
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digiman619
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Heads vs Tails
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fluffyDeathbringer
5% (1 vote)
Touhoufanatic
0% (0 votes)
Yoshi
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Curse of Swine
23% (5 votes)
spazlaz
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grishnax
5% (1 vote)
Nazsmith
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Atreoss
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Royart142
9% (2 votes)
Mahx Michael
9% (2 votes)
Wapulatus
5% (1 vote)
Leviathan
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Total votes: 22
Mon, 2017-02-20 20:34
Daij_Djan
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Challenge wrote:
The real world has an endless supply of amazing eras of history. From the Roman Empire to the Grand Age of Piracy to the Swingin' Sixties history has provided us with countless stories to tell and retell! So this week, make a card from any era of history you choose!

Please remember: You're not allowed to vote for yourselves. For further information please look at the CotW Rules.

Nhoj2307
Steam Engine 3 mana symbol
Artifact Rare
Tap symbol Add Colorless mana symbol to your mana pool.
Vehicle permanents you control may tap ~ as if it were a creature with 2 power.

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From the Industrial Revolution comes my entry

ZephyrPhantom

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Some men are destined to lead movements that change history.
Others are destined to end them.

finofashark

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So great fire of London and I always liked Obsidian Fireheart but he was never very good.

thehuw

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This challenge is a history major's dream - I had a really hard time deciding where I'd find my inspiration. This first pass, based on the execution of King Charles I at the end of the English Civil War, might not be my final entry.

Daij_Djan

Inverness

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One of the most (if not the most) famous historical figures (whether you believe in him or not) was Jesus. I know it's generally frowned on to make cards about religious figures, but I tried to look at it purely from a historical perspective.

jacqui-pup
Big Bang X mana symbolRed/green mana symbolRed/green mana symbolRed/green mana symbolRed/green mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
You may reveal this card from your opening hand. If you do, at the beginning of the first upkeep, each player casts a copy of this spell without paying its mana cost. (X is 0.)
Shuffle your library, then reveal the top seven cards of your library. Put each permanent card with converted mana cost X or less onto the battlefield tapped and the rest into your graveyard.

ThisisSakon

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Hey what a surprise it's Festenya. Prohibition era, get rich off cheap booze, then buy or bury anyone who questions the legitimacy.

Ziolang

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Joan of Arc

sdfkjgh

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Henry Ford may have been a horrible human being, but his ideas about engineering were spot-on.

Cajun
Legend of El Dorado White mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Enchantment Uncommon
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, profit. (Create a colorless Gold artifact token with "Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.")
Whenever a creature dies, you may sacrifice three Gold tokens. If you do, return that creature to the battlefield under your control except it becomes an enchantment instead of its other types.

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While the city of gold was just a myth, it appears to have started as El Ray Dorado 'the gold king', a ritual where the dead king was dusted in gold and immortalized. Legend hits that and the conquistadors searching for gold.

Neottolemo

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^Aggressive, imperialistic late-1800s politics perpetrated by various states but especially by post-Bismarck, Kaiser Wilhelm the II era Second Reich Germany.

TheBrokenUrn

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How about one of my favorite historical topics when I was growing up?
Context? The man (once popularly called the Ice Man) was discovered in the Alps in 1991. Speculation regarding his death and why his body was so well preserved were hot topics. However, the identity of Oetzi still linger as a mystery. Many theories exist from a tribal chieftain, a trader from another place, or even an aged thief. My entry focuses on the chieftain theory.

Gurfle

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Inspired by the Berlin Wall and the events that came with it.
(Unfortunately, I could not find a more suitable/dramatic photograph or art piece of it-- if anyone happens to find one, let me know.)

bazzboda
François Duvalier White mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Mythic Rare
Tap symbol: Return target creature you control to its owners hand.
At the beggining of your upkeep if you control 3 or more creatures than any other player, exile ~ and return it to the battlefield transformed.

Papa Doc
Black/red color identity Planeswalker - François Mythic Rare
+1 Loyalty: You may sacrifice a creature. If you do, scry 2.
-1 Loyalty: Create a 2/2 black and red Soldier creature token named Tonton Macoute.
-1 Loyalty: Destroy up to X target creatures, where X is the number of Tonton Macoute you control.
3

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François Duvalier who later went by Papa Doc, originally was a seemingly well meaning physician. Later do to a bunch of reasons, mainly how the country was governed by a minority, he ran in the Haitian election. However after being elected, possibly using questionable means, changed drastically. The events before he became exceedingly strange are important, but won't be covered. But when he did, he started dressing as Baron Samedi, a Loa, something akin to or the same as a god, scrying human brain matter, setting up a military police named the Tonton Macoute and killing many of his own people.

Param

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Based on Napoleon Bonaparte's return to power in France after his exile until his final defeat at Waterloo.
Modeled after the fact that he managed to raise another army and was opposed by the other european powers.

Vunik
Battle of the Bulge White mana symbolRed mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
Battle - Whenever one or more creatures attack, choose one-
* Target creature you control gains hexproof and first strike until end of turn.
* Target creature can't block until end of turn.

Mort

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Taking inspiration here from Agincourt. I tried to tone down the damage output of the Hail in order to represent the fact that most of the French casualties occurred in the melee that followed while crippled in the mud after the initial longbow fire.

Fermat
Tireless Inventor 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature — Human Artificer Uncommon
Flying
Inspired — Whenever ~ becomes untapped, you may pay 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol. If you do, search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, put that card into your hand, then shuffle your library.
"We've conquered the skies with steel wings, but there are many more designs just waiting to be discovered."
2/3

Sylphiod
Axis//Allies
Axis X mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
For every two mana spent to cast this spell, you may destroy target creature.
Fuse

Allies X mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
For each mana spent to cast this, create a 1/1 white soldier creature token.
Fuse

NemaAkos
Massacre at Béziers 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated. Then, return up to two target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.
"Kill them all, God will know His own"—Arnaud Amalric

digiman619

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Genghis Khan was a master of getting the enemy into disadvantageous positions. It's the major reason the Mongol Empire was the largest in the ancient world.

Heads vs Tails

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To counteract current events, I'm going to go with the dawn of man.

fluffyDeathbringer
Fable Collector 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Human Uncommon
Whenever Fable Collector deals combat damage to a player, put a lore counter on it.
When Fable Collector dies, draw a card for each lore counter on it.
He journeys to turn the tales of a thousand tribes into the voice of a single nation.
2/3

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I like to think this card, referencing the 1800's and an important part of Finnish history, gets close to treading that line well.

[url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elias_Lönnrot]Elias Lönnrot[/url] gathered Finnish folklore from across great swaths on several expeditions and derived from them a single work of poetry: the Kalevala, Finland's national epic and a precious cornerstone of Finnish identity in an era where we were still ruled by another nation.

Touhoufanatic

Yoshi
Burning Oil Trap X mana symbolRed/white mana symbolRed/white mana symbol
Instant - Trap Rare
If three or more creatures are attacking you, you may tap X untapped creatures you control rather than paying ~'s cost.
~ deals X damage to each attacking creature.
"The burning oil fed upon their flesh like flame would, and beneath the armor came the most agonized of screams."
-Calsen, Knight-Scribe

Curse of Swine

spazlaz

grishnax

Nazsmith
Great Renascence 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Each player with less life then the player with the most life gains life equal to the difference. Then each player draws Then each player who controls less lands then the player with the most lands may search his or her library for a number of lands equal to the difference and put them onto the battlefield tapped. Each player who shuffled his or her library this way shuffles his or her library. Then each player who has less cards in hand then the player with the most cards in hand draws cards equal to the difference.

Atreoss

Royart142

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So my entry is maybe, the point of no return in the way humans think, the death of the mythical Socrates after being declared guilty of corrupting the youth and denying the greek gods of the people, his punishment? Exile, and upon refusal, death was given. One of bigger figures of intelectual Prowess, revered as the father of philosophy as we know it today, if it were not for him, Plato, Aristotles, Descartes, Hegel, Marx, Heidegger, Gadamer, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and many many more wouldn't have had the intelectual tools to transcend with philosophy. All of us, owe something to Socrates, even though his method was questionable, and his sass, legendary. One of the greatest thinkers of history, teaching people how to question the world, to think, to stand against unknwown and finding that they more you known, you start to make more questions about the nature of the universe, in that sense, like Prometheus gave fire to man and with it, reason, Socrates gave Curiosity to the masses and with that Thought.

Mahx Michael

Wapulatus

Leviathan
Tar and Feather 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Uncommon
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature becomes a Bird in addition to its other types and loses all abilities.

Please message me immediately if you notice a discrepancy in your entry or another's entry.


Hiatus is finally over!

Mon, 2017-02-20 21:07
Neottolemo
Neottolemo's picture

I think Nhoj's entry is the best at translating its flavour into mechanics, and that Heads vs Tails' entry was one of the most original ones flavourwise. However, neither of those felt Rare enough to me (Heads vs Tails' is basically Rare because of its power only), and Zephyr's John Wilkes Booth would probably be rather interesting, especially in Commander, but it seems like you'd have very little reason to use it as a creature, so I voted for fluffy's entry (although I'm not really sure why the card draw happens as a death trigger: perhaps a leaves-the-battlefield trigger might work better?).

Mon, 2017-02-20 22:37
thehuw
thehuw's picture

My personal top five for this week, as usual in no particular order:

fluffyDeathbringer
Daij_Djan
Mort
grishnax
Neottolemo

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Set Huwb
They/them pronouns, please.

Tue, 2017-02-21 23:11
Nhoj2307

Thank you very much for the compliment, and fair critique of my card Neo A happy smile