MSE Award 2016: Best Mechanic

MSE Award 2016: Best Mechanic

Alpha (Goliaths of Nangjiao)
11% (3 votes)
Fabled (A Tourney at Whiterun)
54% (15 votes)
Straight (Stratopol)
21% (6 votes)
Shimmer (Ophorio)
7% (2 votes)
Deceit (The Lost Tales)
7% (2 votes)
Total votes: 28
Sat, 2017-04-29 11:49
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Here are the nominations for the Best Set of 2014 Award. We had a lot of great sets but these are the cream of the crop. Feel free to discuss anything below and happy voting!

Best Mechanic wrote:

Alpha from Goliaths of Nangjiao

by marioware2

Alpha N-<cost> (At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay <cost>. If you do and you control no alpha creatures, put N +1/+1 counters on this creature and it becomes the alpha.)

Alpha is a flavorful way to have your biggest most dominant creature and gives a great late game way to use your mana.

Fabled from A Tourney at Whiterun

by HerziQuerzi

Fabled <cost> (Then, if you cast this fro its fabled cost, put it onto the battlefield transformed attached to that creature.)

A unique way to use the DFC mechanic to show how something can be small and insignificant or fabled. Great way to have a versatile mechanic that can play multiple ways.

Staight from Stratapol

by thehuw

(A straight is the sequence of nonland permanents you control with consecutive converted mana costs.)

Straight is a very interesting mechanic that kinda turns how you play in its head. It places a lot more emphasis on mana curve than normal. This has the added benefit of emphasizing this for newer players who tend to lean towards cheap fast or big expensive. The gameplay to maximize straight is played out differently then most other mechanics which is always a cool thing to see.

Shimmer from Oirohpo

by Cajun

Shimmer (Whenever this creature attacks, create a tapped and attacking token that is a copy of it. Exile the token at the beginning of the end step.)

A cool mechanic that feeds into the mirror aspect of the plane and gives us a great aggressive mechanic that is easy to use but can allow for complex designs and situations at the same time.

Deceit from The Lost Tales

by ThisisSakon

Deceit--<cost> (You may pay 2 mana symbol and exile this card from your hand face down and time you could cast a sorcery. You may look at it for as long as it remains exiled. Cast it from exile for its Deceit cost.)

A great variation on the secrecy of the morph mechanic but making it more viable for other card types. You can use it to try and bluff your hand or protect it if needed.

Honorable Mention

Dominance from Ashura

by ﻼ

Dominance – if you control the creature with the greatest power or tied for the greatest power, <effect>.

A great simple mechanic that really captures the survival is fittest setting of a prehistoric world where the biggest predator dominates.

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Sat, 2017-04-29 12:14

A little bummed out that my planeswalker mana didn't make it, but congrats to the nominees. All of these are pretty neat, but my vote goes to ThisisSakon.