Card of the Week Contest #158: Why not?

Mon, 2017-03-06 20:52
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-eighth challenge!


The winner of the "Beyond the Realm of Reason" poll were spazlaz (left) and Yoshi (right) with...

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

Yoshi wrote:
Your card makes use of the variables X and Y in it. An example of this is Phyrexian Ingester and Aspect of Wolf.

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!


Hiatus is finally over!

Fri, 2017-03-10 04:29
Cajun
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Consuming Wildfire X mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery
Consuming Wildfire deals Y damage to each creature, planeswalker, and player, where Y is X plus your devotion to red.
"For when you have to burn absolutely everything to the ground."
- Jaya Ballard

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Mon, 2017-03-06 21:21
jacqui-pup
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Exemplary Tactics X mana symbolY mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Instant Rare
Creatures you control get +X/+Y until end of turn.

FT coming but I needed to get this idea out there...

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Mon, 2017-03-06 21:17
Ziolang
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Avatar by vanevil.deviantart.com; commissioned for me

Mon, 2017-03-06 23:00
sdfkjgh
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Surging Sap X mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Tribal Instant--Treefolk Uncommon
Target creature gets +X/+Y until end of turn, where Y is the number of Treefolk permanents you control.
"We lend you our strength, may you tend to us in peace."

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Mon, 2017-03-06 23:28
Mort
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Growth Surge 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Instant Common
Target creature gets +X/+Y and gains trample until end of turn where X is its power and Y is its toughness.

Mon, 2017-03-06 23:25
marioware2
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Mon, 2017-03-06 23:39
Mort
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@marioware2: You are aware that aura's can't have power/toughness right, even if they were previously creatures?

Rule 208.3. wrote:
A noncreature permanent has no power or toughness, even if it’s a card with a power and toughness printed on it (such as a Licid that’s become an Aura).

Mon, 2017-03-06 23:48
marioware2
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@Mort: Had I been aware of that, my entry would not have referenced the P/T of a card that didn't have it. So no, I was not aware of that.

Card updated for the slightly obnoxious technicality.

Tue, 2017-03-07 00:12
Aarhg
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Grim Stalker 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Horror Rare
Flying
Black mana symbol, Sacrifice a creature: Target creature gets -X/-Y until end of turn, where X is the sacrificed creature’s power and Y is its toughness.
Driven by a never-ending hunger, the stalker gets more restless with every kill.
2/2

I might change this to buff itself instead, but I'll leave it like this for now.

Fri, 2017-03-10 03:43
Gurfle
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New entry, I think it's more creative.

Things I'm considering:
-Making cost less... color heavy
-Changing wording and various things

Old

(It's mythic but this style doesn't show that for whatever reason.)

Things I'm considering:
-Making cost X mana symbolX mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol for more balance because giving reanimator an easy target like this is bad from time to time.
-Scrapping entry (to be honest, I just wanted to do something that didn't affect stats or just deal damage for this contest. Nothing wrong with doing that, I just wanted to go outside the box a little.)
-Yes I see the typo, but I'll fix it at a later date after some time for feedback and such has been circulated through

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Tue, 2017-03-07 00:24
spazlaz

Tue, 2017-03-07 04:15
amethyst-marie

Sun, 2017-03-12 22:18
TheBrokenUrn
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I am trying something new here.

Crow Beckoner X mana symbol2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Scarecrow Rare
When ~ enters the battlefield, create X blue 1/1 Bird creature tokens.
Y mana symbol, Tap symbol, Tap Y number of Birds: Tap up to Y number of creatures. Those creatures don't untap during that player's next untap step.
1/1

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Tue, 2017-03-07 20:22
thehuw
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This week, I'm indulging myself with something big. Thanks for the inspiration, Empty the Pits.

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Unholy Vengeance X mana symbolX mana symbolY mana symbolY mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Instant Mythic Rare
Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for 1 mana symbol.)
Target player sacrifices X creatures and discards Y cards, then that player loses X plus Y life and you gain that much life.
The perfect synthesis of insult and injury.

EDIT 7/3/2017: Sorcery -> instant.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Tue, 2017-03-07 11:09
aquaumisa
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Render Pure White mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Exile target creature. Its controller creates an X/Y colorless Creature token where X is the exiled creature's base power and Y is its base toughness.
"I have done nothing. I simply removed the underlying cause of his insanity; that pesky thing called emotions."
-Tellas, Hiram Exarch

A Girl Even the Vengeful Spirits Fear

Blue/black mana symbol <3 Blue/black mana symbol

Self professed Love Live fan.

Dive into the Planear Ocean and explore whole new worlds!

Tue, 2017-03-07 12:21
Nhoj2307

Dewey Scroll Rack System X mana symbolX mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Sorcery
Rare

Improvise (Your artifacts can help cast this spell. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for ~.)

Search your Library for a spell with converted mana cost Y, where Y is the number of artifacts tapped to cast ~, reveal it, and put it in to your hand. You may not cast that spell until the beginning of your next upkeep.

Sun, 2017-03-12 23:41
Mahx Michael
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I'm not sure what to make this time, my creativity is kind of as in sleep mode.
Well here is something:

Entry wrote:
Deja View, Oracle of the Eye 3 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Wizard Mythic Rare
Flying
Each player plays with the top card of their library revealed and each opponent plays with their hand revealed. Deja View gets +1/+0 for each red card revealed this way.
X mana symbolRed mana symbol: Deja View deals X damage to target creature. Then scry Y, where Y is that creature’s power.
4/4

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Credits
Character: MaHenBu on DeviantArt.
Phoenix: Fox-Dev on DeviantArt.
Background: danielwachter on DeviantArt.


@Gurfle
The reason why your render does not get a rarity symbol is because the template you are using does not inclued one.
Why not try using the M15 Promo template?

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Tue, 2017-03-07 13:11
Neottolemo
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Tue, 2017-03-07 13:39
Inverness
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Mort:

See Berserk. Your card is really strong. Not bad in terms of design, just too powerful IMHO.

Tue, 2017-03-07 17:16
sdfkjgh
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Tue, 2017-03-07 17:29
Nhoj2307

@sdfkjgh

Doran Treefolk Tribal just had a little happy accident. 2 mana to give a creature in the deck butt-exalted is pretty good. This is a niche note but I can think of this being the best home for this type of card.

Tue, 2017-03-07 18:03
Pixi-Rex
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Entry

Thu, 2017-03-09 15:16
Mr The Nilbog
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Spoiler:

Edit: Now with the right font.

Tue, 2017-03-07 19:13
Mahx Michael
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@Mr The Nilbog
You could need to install the M15 font for your MSE. There is a guide for how to do so somwhere on Pichoro's downloads page.

Tue, 2017-03-07 21:02
sdfkjgh
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@Nhoj: what, you mean like this old thing:

DDouble DDs (Modern-legal)

11 Forest
4 Murmuring Bosk
4 Overgrown Tomb
2 Temple Garden
1 Windbrisk Heights
3 Treefolk Harbinger
3 Springleaf Drum
2 Nameless Inversion
4 Bosk Banneret
1 Lignify (the removal spell that nobody expects; or, The Spanish Inquisition of the deck)
3 Doran, the Siege Tower
4 Dauntless Dourbark (what give this deck its name)
3 Unstoppable Ash
3 Cloudcrown Oak
4 Leaf-Crowned Elder
3 Reach of Branches
3 Timber Protector
1 Thorntooth Witch
1 Woodfall Primus

Beatin' down with Treefolk, gonna have myself some time. "Leaves & branches in your face, sap stains can't wash out of armor!" Blockin' all ur doodz with Treefolk, Timber Protector makes it fine! "Kinshipping with Leaf-Crowned Elder, lookit that, ANOTHER Protector!" Go ahead, block my Treefolk, Doran & Unstoppable Ash'll just break your spine! *muffled*"I like really bigbutt fatties! I like really bigbutt fatties!" Into the redzone with Treefolk, and now this match is mine!

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Wed, 2017-03-08 18:38
ThisisSakon
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Warping Weirding Black mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Enchant creature
Until end of turn, target creature gets +Y/-X, where X is its power and Y is its toughness.
Normal is a state of mind Emrakul stores extra tentacles.



Tue, 2017-03-07 23:10
everlastingwonder
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I actually came up with this one fairly recently, so I might as well use it here:

Prolific Hydra 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature — Hydra Mythic Rare
Prolific Hydra enters the battlefield with 2 +1/+1 counters on it if it’s not a token.
X mana symbolX mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol: Monstrosity X.
Green mana symbolGreen mana symbol, Remove Y +1/+1 counters from Prolific Hydra: Create a token that’s a copy of Prolific Hydra. That token enters the battlefield with Y +1/+1 counters on it.
0/0

I may add a render at some point if I can find some decent art, but I unfortunately can't seem to find anything at the moment (that's not already Magic card art) and I don't have time to do a more thorough search.

Tue, 2017-03-07 23:29
everlastingwonder
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@ThisisSakon: I'm pretty sure that that just destroys the creature, since after the effect is applied once, the power and toughness change and it has to be applied again with the new power and toughness. This would continue until the power became large enough that the toughness penalty from it killed the creature. I would suggest either modifying the rules text to say "where X is its base power and Y is its base toughness" or making it an instant or sorcery and adding an "until end of turn" clause (in which case the buff/debuff would only be applied once and only check the creature's power and toughness as the spell was resolving).

Tue, 2017-03-07 23:36
thehuw
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Ignore that first comment I left here initially, I totally thought that card was an instant. Yeah, as an enchantment it should probably clarify base P/T. I don't think it actually kills the creature, because of layers, but it's really confusing!

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Wed, 2017-03-08 09:55
Nhoj2307

@sdfkjgh *stands and applauds*

Wed, 2017-03-08 12:15
everlastingwonder
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When is voting going to be open, and where can I find the poll when it does?

@thehuw: Ugh, layers. Every time I think I understand how the stack works, Magic is like "lol nope here's some other complicated thing that you don't know". First it was basic spell resolution, then priority... I don't ever remember what the heck layers do, let alone how they work. Stick out your tongue Either way the point is moot now since they changed it, so whatever.

Wed, 2017-03-08 12:55
thehuw
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The poll usually goes up the day the contest closes, or the day after. The "Polls" button on the sidebar takes you to a list, including the most recent CotW poll.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Wed, 2017-03-08 18:01
sdfkjgh
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@Nhoj: *deeply bows* Thank you! Thank you! I'll be here all week!

@everlastingwonder: from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/GameBreaker/MagicTheGathering:

Quote:
Humility. There are cards that hose colours, cards that hose types, but only one hoses "creatures that do anything" to this scale. To add to the fun, if you can turn your opponent's lands into creatures they can't tap for mana anymore. Play it with Opalescence in play to make your opponent's head explode as they try in vain to figure out how the two cards interact with each other (just look at the errata on Humility - hey, you just lost D6 SAN and gained ten Cthulhu mythos. Congrats!). Depending on the order of casting, day of the week, phase of the moon, position of the five suns, and whether your human sacrifices have pleased benevolent Yawgmoth, Humility can actually end up removing its own effect and becoming a 4/4 creature.

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Wed, 2017-03-08 18:38
ThisisSakon
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Edit with render


Wed, 2017-03-08 19:41
Daij_Djan
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Gurfle wrote:
(It's mythic but this style doesn't show that for whatever reason.)

Yeah, the promo template doesn't have a rarity symbol Winking smiley


I'm personally not really creative this week, so in spirit of last week's entry:


Hiatus is finally over!

Wed, 2017-03-08 21:46
Mahx Michael
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@Gurfle
Yeah, why do you not use the M15 promo template?


Anyone have any feedback on my entry?

Wed, 2017-03-08 21:53
Daij_Djan
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@Mahx Michael: That wording is rather weird.. The second ability basically is "Target opponent discards target a card with converted mana cost X or less." (the wording gets cleaner when you target the player as well instead) - which is totally not a red ability and also is instant discard.


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Wed, 2017-03-08 22:42
Mahx Michael
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@Daij_Djan
So I should give the second ability some black in it's mana cost? X mana symbolRed mana symbolBlack mana symbol or X mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol or something?
What do you think about the first ability? Is +1/+0 more red-ish, or is +1/+1 fine as well?

Wed, 2017-03-08 23:18
Yoshi
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Metamorph Replicant X mana symbolY mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Shapeshifter Rare
~ enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
You may have ~ enter the battlefield as a copy of target creature with converted mana cost Y.
0/0

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Thu, 2017-03-09 16:28
Gorgonzola
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Scheme

Well, maybe not so good, but I hadn't got any other idea.

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Thu, 2017-03-09 17:43
sdfkjgh
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@Yoshi: Altered Ego suggests that your entry should at least cost X mana symbolY mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol, considering the entering the battlefield with additional +1/+1 counters.

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Thu, 2017-03-09 18:03
Pixi-Rex
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@everlastingwonder: Your design don't need an Y, it could easly say. "remove any number of +1/+1 counters." it could also just say "remove X +1/+1 counters." because its another ability than the Monstrosity X cost. You will have to do a redesign or make a new one where there a 2 cost of mana that need to be different from the other. A happy smile

@Gorgonzola: The same to you as to everlastingwonder. You could reword it to. "You gain life equal to half the number of cards discarded this way." When there are no need for an Y the design do not fulfill the challenge.

@ThisisSakon: I know this is a little officious, but I think you should places the X before the Y. "Until end of turn, target creature gets +X/-Y, where X is its toughness and Y is its power." But other than that, I really like your design here.

@sdfkjgh: I think your design is great. its really nice conceived. Good job.

Thu, 2017-03-09 18:53
Daij_Djan
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@Mahx Michael: I'd say +1/+1 buff is fine for the first ability. I'd turn the second one mono-black for two reasons:
1. There's literally nothing red about it Winking smiley
2. My inner Melvin generally dislikes mono-colored creatures with just one single activated ability costing mana of the same color and one additional (in both hybrid as well as gold) one. I definitely prefer a straight off-color ability. Then again, this is purely personal preference Big smile


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Thu, 2017-03-09 23:30
Korakhos
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Here we go:

Thanks to fluffy for helping me with the wording on this one.

Fri, 2017-03-10 00:45
grishnax
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Phyrexian Corpsedrainer Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature — Ooze Rare
Deathtouch
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may exile a creature card from a graveyard. If you do, Phyrexian Corpsedrainer gets +X/+Y until end of turn, where X is the exiled card’s power and Y is its toughness.
In New Phyrexia, nothing is wasted.
2/2

Fri, 2017-03-10 00:52
Mahx Michael
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@Daij_Djan
Ok, I'll try to make it more red, maybe even drop or replace the second ability. I might also come up with something completely different instead.


@Gorgonzola
Where did you find a template for schemes? Or did you use another method?

Fri, 2017-03-10 03:41
Gurfle
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Entry updated, I think this is more interesting. Feedback appreciated.

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Fri, 2017-03-10 11:28
finofashark
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Not sure if someone else has posted similar to this above but this was my only idea outside of power and toughness pumps this week.

Necromancer's Gambit X mana symbolY mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Delve
Return X target creatures with converted mana cost Y or less from the graveyard to the battlefield. They gain haste and at the beginning of the end step exile this creature.
Lose 3 life for each creature that entered the battlefield this turn.

Too wordy? Too powerful? Needs more Black mana symbol symbols? Less Black mana symbol symbols? Need some feedback on this one. Will try and find art tonight although I think I have something in mind already.

Fri, 2017-03-10 19:10
Pixi-Rex
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@Korakhos: Like I told Everlastingwonder and Gorgonzola "Your design don't need the Y's"

Each player exiles up to X cards from his or her graveyard. Then each player loses life, discards cards and sacrifice creatures equal to X minus the number of cards that player exiled this way.

But I like that its "up to" so they can choose to keep cards in the grave and lose life, cards and creature instead. A happy smile its also cool if they dont have cards in there graveyard, then it becomes disgusting good, as they cant exile card. A happy smile

@Gurfle: You know that your designs 4 Green mana symbol don't count as devotion. I just want to make sure that you know. You don't get a minimum 4/4 out of it by it self. Winking smiley

Fri, 2017-03-10 21:48
sdfkjgh
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@Pixi: thanks. It just popped into my head as soon as I saw the challenge.

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