Card of the Week Contest #164: Wonderwall

Mon, 2017-04-17 13:15
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 sixty-forth challenge!


The winner of the "In the name of Salamanca!" poll was thehuw with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

thehuw wrote:
Your challenge for this week is to make an interesting creature with defender, or a card that cares about creatures with defender.

Note: As this challenge has been used in the past, please don't reuse an old entry from back then. ~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, 2017-04-17 14:43
Daij_Djan
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To start things of, here's my entry:

Outdated Entry

Btw, I'm using the MSEM reboot for a minor rules change to my Fortress cards - they no longer protect Planeswalkers you control.

Comprehensive Rules
If you've never seen a Fortress card in the past, these are my official card type rules (please note how they slightly differ from Trace100's original rulings):



Fortress is a permanent type using the Planeswalker template, that mostly follows the Planeswalker rules (Comprehensive Rules paragraph 306) with the following two exceptions:

• Concerning Comp. Rule 306.3: Fortresses share their list of subtypes with Plane cards. A Fortress may not have multiple subtypes. A Fortress subtype may have more than just a single word.

• Concerning Comp. Rule 306.5: Fortresses use Siege rather than Loyality.

Also, there is one additional and very important rule: As long as a player controls a Fortress, that player and Planeswalkers that player controls can't be attacked.

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Mon, 2017-04-17 16:18
sdfkjgh
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Wall of Ignition 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature--Elemental Wall Uncommon
Defender, flying
1 mana symbolRed mana symbol: ~ deals 1 damage to target blocked creature.
1/5

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Mon, 2017-04-17 17:49
Inverness
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sdfkjgh:

Nice and simple design. I think you could probably buff it just a tiny bit, maybe give it 1 more power or toughness.

Mon, 2017-04-17 19:39
isaac the awesome
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Mon, 2017-04-17 20:12
Pixi-Rex
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I had this idea of a copy wall, and now that its done, I was like, why have Wizard not made it yet. Not even the name is taken. I'm super happy, to make it. I rarely make cards I say "this just need to be a real card." But this has all the factors for being one.

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Mon, 2017-04-17 20:29
Cajun
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Anyway, here's Oasis.

The Mirror's Edge 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Wall
Defender
Players must attack with one or more creatures each turn if able.
Whenever a creature attacks a player, that player gains control of that creature at end of combat.
0/6

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Mon, 2017-04-17 22:02
ZephyrPhantom
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Guardwatcher 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Spirit Soldier Uncommon
Defender
Whenever a creature would deal damage to a creature with defender, you may have that creature deal that much damage to ~ instead.
0/4
In death, it does the only thing it knew in life.


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Mon, 2017-04-17 22:50
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Tue, 2017-04-18 00:53
Aarhg
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Throw this thing on your dude and start drawing some cards. Or if your opponent can't produce blue mana, this doubles as a Guard Duty. Also, rhyming flavor text, yo.

Meditative State 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Uncommon
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature has defender and "Blue mana symbol, Tap symbol: Draw a card."
Ever soul can get lost in tranquility, but only a few will achieve an epiphany.

Tue, 2017-04-18 00:26
Kagerowrs

Gears of Protection 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Construct Uncommon
Defender
0 mana symbol: Prevent next 1 damage it would be dealt to target creature or planeswalker this turn. If a damage is prevented this way, deal 1 damage to Gears of Protection.
0/4

Tue, 2017-04-18 01:06
sdfkjgh
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@Inverness: it's actually meant to recall Wall of Air, so mebbe lower mc to 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol?

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Tue, 2017-04-18 03:17
bazzboda

Wall of Subversion 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Illusion Wall Uncommon
Defender
Whenever ~ blocks a creature, gain control of that creature, and exile ~.
0/4

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Thu, 2017-04-20 05:23
spazlaz

old

Tue, 2017-04-18 12:13
aquaumisa
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Devilsh Duelist Black mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature-Devil Uncommon
Deathtouch
Defender
Dash Black/red mana symbol
When you pay ~'s dash cost, it can attack as though it didn't have defender.
Day in and day out, these devils are devots of the deathly dances of despair.
2/2

Also an exercise in how many D's I can cram into one Magic card.

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

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Tue, 2017-04-18 10:47
Neottolemo
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@aquaumisa: I feel like the base cost ought to be Black mana symbolRed mana symbol, 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol for a 2/2 defender with deathtouch doesn't feel that exciting.

Tue, 2017-04-18 12:12
Inverness
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sdfkjgh:

Ah, in that case I'd say it's fine. Paying an extra Red mana symbol in the mana cost for a decent fire-breathing-like ability seems fine.

Tue, 2017-04-18 14:52
Inverness
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Text Version:
Wall of Abstraction 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Wall Rare
Defender, hexproof
Whenever a creature dealt damage this turn by Wall of Abstraction dies, that player exiles cards from the top of his or her library until a creature card is exiled. The player puts that card onto the battlefield.
Don't get lost.
3/14

Wall of Abstraction

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Tue, 2017-04-18 16:28
sdfkjgh
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@spazlaz: you should prolly specify which creature gets the ten -1/-1 counters. As it is now, I'm not sure if Grubble gets them or the blocked creature. If it's the blocked creature, then put "that creature" instead of "it".

@Inverness: so, is that a go or no go on lowering mana cost to 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol?

Also, I'm not sure if you realized the full implications of the activated ability. Let's say Wall of Ignition has Pacifism on it, and opponent A attacks opponent B with a Sedge Scorpion. Opponent B blocks with any creature, then, before the damage step, you activate wall of ignition to kill the scorpion.

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Tue, 2017-04-18 19:04
Inverness
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sdfkjgh:

Yeah I hadn't realized how good the ability was. I think the card is fine as-is, no need to change the mana cost. Like you said, it's a pretty strong ability.

Wed, 2017-04-19 03:53
sdfkjgh
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@Inverness: kew. Hope I can count on your vote.

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Wed, 2017-04-19 12:05
Mahx Michael
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This is a troll, and most likely not my actual entry (unless you love it that much) Winking smiley

Wed, 2017-04-19 12:18
Daij_Djan
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Looks hilarious Winking smiley

Given the thehuw doesn't mind, it could be an interesting entry - I'd personally consider changing to some sort of silver bordered ability, though.

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Wed, 2017-04-19 13:37
Aarhg
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2meta4me Stick out your tongue

Sun, 2017-04-23 18:57
Mahx Michael
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I think I'll try making this my entry:

Entry wrote:
Wall of Walls 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Enchantment Creature - Wall Rare
Defender, flying
Walls you control can block any number of creatures.
Whenever a creature attacks, Wall of Walls gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
0/1
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Wall of Walls 4 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Enchantment Creature - Wall Rare
Defender, reach
Wall of Walls gets +0/+1 for each attacking creature.
Walls you control can block any number of creatures.
0/1

Wed, 2017-04-19 17:37
Gurfle
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Goblin Blockade 1 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Goblin Wall Uncommon
Defender
4 mana symbolRed mana symbol, sacrifice ~: Create four 1/1 red goblin creature tokens.
"The best offense comes from a good defense!" - Morg, goblin tactician
0/4

Tried to make it humorous. Didn't quite work as well.

Things I'm considering:
-Changing cost of ability

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Wed, 2017-04-19 18:53
sdfkjgh
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@Mahx: lol I think I'm going to hafta demand you pay for my optometrist's bill. Either that, or tell us which wall of critique it was (links or it didn't happen).

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Wed, 2017-04-19 19:05
Daij_Djan
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@sdfkjgh: Well, I can read some of the names (like my own one as well as fluffy's), so this indeed seems to be a screenshot Big smile

@Mahx Michael: First of all, your Wall of Walls should simply have flying (as white walls tend to do) - also it looks kind of weak, even though the last ability works for all walls you control. Compare it to Guardian of the Gateless..?


Also I decided to replace my old entry. While I like my take on the Wall, I wanted to have a simpler entry more centered about our given defender challenge. So I decided to stay in theme and reduced the card to its most important aspect:

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Wed, 2017-04-19 20:01
Aarhg
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@Daij_Djan: I like that as an interesting form of green removal. Green gets most of the big creatures, so forcing your opponent's creature to block means that it'll likely get stomped on by your own big guys. It could also sorta work as a part of a neat cycle with my own entry. A happy smile
One tiny nitpick is that the name sounds more like an instant or sorcery to me. Might just be me though, haha.

Wed, 2017-04-19 20:12
Mahx Michael
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@sdfkjgh
What is an "optometrist's bill"? Here's your link.
Unfortunately it isn't possible to permalink closed treads, so you will have to scroll or use Ctrl+F to search for "WoF".

@Daij_Djan
Ok, thanks for feedback. I'll have a second look at it.

Thu, 2017-04-20 00:53
Xenagos
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Entry

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Fri, 2017-04-21 04:08
spazlaz

Here's a way cooler entry

Bold Text replaces "a card named ______" now, for ease.

P.S. will make this smaller when i get around to it

Thanks

I quickly let the image be scaled down to half of its original size. Hope you don't mind Winking smiley ~Daij_Djan

Thu, 2017-04-20 09:38
ZephyrPhantom
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Doesn't Sauron automatically die if he hits the battlefield without the ring? Seems like a pretty useless "looking" ability if that's the case, unless Black has recently gotten Bad Moon back. Stick out your tongue


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Sat, 2017-04-22 09:05
Nhoj2307

Barbed Barricade 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment
Rare

Creatures with Defender you control gain Deathtouch.

Creatures with power equal to or less than the number of creatures with Defender you control cannot attack. If you control no creatures with Defender, destroy ~.

EDIT: Changed colour identity and added to design.

Thu, 2017-04-20 10:53
Mahx Michael
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@Daji_Djan
If I give it flying and reduce the mana cost to 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbol, would that be sufficient? Or should I give it flying and set the boost to +1/+1 instead and keep the mana cost? Maybe set its pt to 1/1 or give the +1/+1 ability to other walls as well?

Thu, 2017-04-20 12:11
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Timerift 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Wall Mythic Rare
Defender
Whenever ~ blocks, take an extra turn after this turn.
After the explosion all of Tolaria was covered in pockets of timerifts that would slow, stop, or speed up time as you entered them.
0/1

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Fri, 2017-04-21 13:43
Kajarak32
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First entry in a while:

Comments appreciated.

Edit: Image made larger per request. Thank you.

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Thu, 2017-04-20 14:53
Mahx Michael
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@Kajarak32
Why is image so small? I find it difficult to read...

Thu, 2017-04-20 15:59
sdfkjgh
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@Mahx: Thanks for the link. An optometrist is an eye doctor, so I was commenting, rather obliquely, on how such small text was messing up my eyesight, by playfully threatening to send you the medical bills. Btw, what do you think of my entry? http://magicseteditor.sourceforge.net/node/13832#comment-296221

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Sun, 2017-04-23 14:16
Curse of Swine

Fri, 2017-04-21 04:09
spazlaz

@curse of swine: try putting the +1,-3,-10 in the actual loyalty boxes.

Fri, 2017-04-21 04:33
Vunik
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Going for a Hundred-Handed One approach for this challenge.

Wall of Infinity 6 mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Wall Rare
Defender
Wall of Infinity can block any number of additional creatures each combat.
4 mana symbol: Wall of Infinity gains indestructible until end of turn.
0/6

(Considering bumping up the activated cost to 6 mana symbol.)

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Sat, 2017-04-22 10:29
raohmaru
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@spazlaz: Love your entry! (LotR fan speaking)

Entry updated

Old entry

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Fri, 2017-04-21 13:46
Mahx Michael
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@sdfkjgh
Your entry is actually really good! I don't know much more to say A happy smile
What is your opinion on this question?

Fri, 2017-04-21 15:02
sdfkjgh
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@Mahx: these are the changes I'd go with:

Wall of Walls 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Enchantment Creature--Wall Rare
Defender, flying, hexproof
~ can block any number of creatures.
Whenever a creature attacks, ~ gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
0/1

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Fri, 2017-04-21 15:13
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Fri, 2017-04-21 15:27
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It's possible, of course, that the artist's name actually is Unknown. But if it's not, do try to find the artist.

Also, you can only submit one entry, unless doing otherwise is the point. Please pick one.

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Fri, 2017-04-21 15:58
Ziolang
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@Spazlaz: Sauron automatically dies, The One Ring's abilities have no synergy and Gollum's cost-to-ability ratio is off. All-in-all, I'd rethink the whole thing.


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Fri, 2017-04-21 18:25
Kagerowrs

Collection of personal opinion with title of review.

Spoiler:
@sdfkjgh: Yes, I understand full implication. But for constructed, we already have Spikeshot Elder which have yet to see any play. For purpose of limited, it is dual color uncommon that blue can't splash red for. Considering Wall of Air probably could be printed now at 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol based on Updraft Elemental and Guard Gomazoa, I think your worry about the cost might be slightly overblown.

@issac the awesome: That is quite a lot to track, and I don't really understand why he has to have defender, care to give us some lore?

@Pixi-Rex: Considering how rarely that wall will become the creature player aim for, you could probably shoot the cost down to Blue mana symbolBlue mana symbol. It effectively stops opponent using big creature in the combat, but I don't really see further unless you can force the attack, which requires more cards.

@Cajun: Considering it forces player to attack as well, preventing blue player from just sitting on creature gained and stalling, I feel this card is similar to havoc card like Possibility Storm, which could have lower cost.

@ZephyrPhantom: Probably could pass as one drop as 0/4 with that condition. Usually point of playing defender is to play creature with high toughness or somekind of combat protection to stall, and while ability to reassign damage is powerful, I'm not sure on what kind of wall would need it.

@Ziolang: No argument against it. I don't know why it would populate based on flavor text and name though.

@Aarhg: No opinion.

@Kagerowrs: I should probably use wording ZephyrPhantom used.

@bazzboda: At last Wizard will finally find ideal form of Control Magic variant they could put in the set.

@Fermat: No opinion.

@aquaumisa: Clever design, though I don't know why it would naturally have defender lorewise.

@Inverness: Huh, defender that promotes opponent to attack anyway.

@Mahx Michael: For first design, no opinion. For second design, I feel it is really overcosted considering there are no other protections. I don't think Toughness buff given based on number of attacker isn't enough to utilize blocking counts to justify that cost.

@Gurfle: No opinion.

@Daij_Djan: No opinion.

@Xenagos: No opinion, might be better put as a rare?

@spazlazz: In no way that 1/1 hexproof and unblockable should be playable with Black mana symbol even if One Ring could transfer.

@Nhoj2307: For its cost complexity, it probably does too little.

@Guitarweeps: Same statement as bazzboda. Probably cost can be cut. Significantly.

@kajarak32: No opinion.

@Curse of Swine: Assuming it is correctly formatted, why are you putting 'serenity counters' then?

@Vunik: No opinion.

@raohmaru: Slivers like design, and red gets short end of the stick. Again. Otherwise, I'm not sure what kind of deck could implement that many defender creatures...

Sat, 2017-04-22 00:31
Curse of Swine

@spazlaz Thank you, that has been fixed. My first attempt at a planeswalker.

@Kagerowrs I felt like it needed to give counters to mark which creatures have defender. I'm not sure what counter type I could use to indicate that so I chose serenity to indicate that she is making them more peaceful and less inclined to attack.

Sat, 2017-04-22 02:45
ganzzert

Alright, second time. Although I felt a little dirty making this card, but hey! fits the theme... right?... ('._.)
This is very controlly to the point where it is an immediate "kill it ASAP" to your opponents, otherwise they're not attacking. however, it wouldn't really affect those that don't mind not attacking anybody. Also SNOW PERMANENTS FTW!!!!!

Card Text
Ragnarok's Keeper 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Legendary Snow Creature - Demon Mythic Rare

Flying
All creatures have defender.
1 mana symbolSnow mana symbol: Target creature loses defender until end of turn. (Snow mana symbol can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)

A frozen wasteland is more comforting than that cold stare.
5/5

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