Card of the Week Contest #166: 100% Discount

Mon, 2017-05-01 15:57
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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-sixth challenge!


The winner of the "Wonderwall" poll was Xenagos with...

And the challenge issued by our runner-up was...

Aarhg wrote:
Design a nonland card with converted mana cost 0. Have fun!

Note: As this challenge is very close (even though not technically identical) to CotW #18 (and I believe a second one I can't seem to find), please don't reuse your old entry from that contst(s). ~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, 2017-05-01 16:04
ZephyrPhantom
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Ancient Spawn 0 mana symbol
Creature - Eldrazi Spawn Uncommon
Exile Ancient Spawn: Add Colorless mana symbol to your mana pool.
0/1
"Even my obsolete children have use." - Emrakul, to Tamiyo


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Mon, 2017-05-01 16:30
digiman619
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Question: Can I make a card without a mana cost, a la Evermind?

Mon, 2017-05-01 16:39
Cajun
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Eradicate Identity
White color identity Sorcery
Destroy all face up creatures.
Metamorph White mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for 3 mana symbol. Turn it face up and cast it at any time for its metamorph cost.)

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Mon, 2017-05-01 16:40
Aarhg
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Digiman, yea you can. A happy smile

Mon, 2017-05-01 16:56
thehuw
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Ghost Whistle 0 mana symbol
Artifact Uncommon
Spells that target you or a permanent you control cost 1 mana symbol less to cast.
Its silent keening pierces the thin walls of the real, making way for visitors both fair and foul.

I could also see a version of this as a Mox whose mana is only valid for spells that target you and your stuff, but I think this design is more interesting and, since it opens you up more to removal, probably fairer.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Mon, 2017-05-01 18:57
digiman619
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Spectral Mourners 0 mana symbol
White color identity Sorcery Uncommon
Cast ~ only if you control a Plains and a creature you control died this turn.
Create two 0/1 white Spirit tokens.

Mon, 2017-05-01 18:34
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Drop of Quicksilver 0 mana symbol
Artifact Uncommon
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
"Even the puniest piece of metal in the right place, at the right time, can be the cornerstone of a grand design."
- Razael Spellborn

Meant as an enabler for metalcraft, artifact synergies and such.

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Mon, 2017-05-01 19:38
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Wording is taken from Overload, obviously.

EDIT: Updated to now hit creatures as well.


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Mon, 2017-05-01 20:17
Pixi-Rex
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@Daij_Djan: WOW. Thats really cool. good design. really like the overload inspiration of that keyword. nice done. A happy smile

Tue, 2017-05-02 19:34
Aarhg
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Ebo, the Scrapguard 0 mana symbol
Legendary Artifact Creature - Construct Rare
3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol: Return Ebo, the Scrapguard and target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
Knowing the vast junkscape inside and out, Ebo always managed to find something interesting for the artificers that would drop by from time to time.
0/1

Old version
This might need to be tuned down a bit, since it's a kind of repeatable card advantage, but it's still somewhat tricky to go completely nuts (and bolts) with it.

Ebo, the Scrapguard 0 mana symbol
Legendary Artifact Creature - Construct Rare
X mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol: Return Ebo, the Scrapguard and target artifact card with converted mana cost X from your graveyard to your hand.
Knowing the vast junkscape inside and out, Ebo always managed to find something interesting for the artificers that would drop by from time to time.
0/1

Fri, 2017-05-05 22:05
CornFielder
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First-ever post on this site, I apologize in advance for knowing nothing about how to format cards/entries and such, but here it goes anyway:

Old Entry
Reaper of Many Bounties 0 mana symbol
Legendary Artifact Creature - Golem Mythic Rare
As an additional cost to cast ~, you may tap any number of untapped lands you control. ~ enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each land type among lands tapped this way.
Surely, its creator knew well all the gifts the land could give.
0/0

(I’m definitely not mentally designing a vertical cycle of these for a two-set block codenamed “Strike” that I’m definitely not working on)
I have a feeling there’s some error in the templating, but I can’t figure out how to improve it...

Edit: just want to quickly thank @Daij_Djan for helping me get started using this site and teaching me the basics.
Now, maybe I can figure out how to find art and make a render...

Edit 2: Thanks to @jacqui-pup and @Kagerowrs for the feedback on the old card. I was definitely aware of the interaction it had with dual lands, and non-basic subtypes, but wasn't aware of Prismatic Omen. I've made slight changes for how I'd like it to appear in the self-contained "Strike" block.
I'll hide it once I figure out how to make a spoiler-dropdown-thing to hide it in

Meanwhile, new contest entry:

Shrapnel Bomb 0 mana symbol
Artifact Uncommon
When Shrapnel Bomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, each player discards a card.
“Sure, it looks harmless. But if you’re gonna keep messing with it, I’m leaving.” —Etro Alazir

Spoiler:

Mon, 2017-05-01 20:48
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@CornFielder: Welcome to the forum! :uncommon : gives you Uncommon, [i]flavor text[/i] gives you flavor text. In general, see here (or click on "Input format" and then "Textual smileys" below your text window to reach the same list) for all codes used here A happy smile Also you definitely want to ask your card to tap untapped lands.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask (or send me a PM)!

@Pixi-Rex: Thanks A happy smile


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Mon, 2017-05-01 22:57
Mahx Michael
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Can I have a land transforming to an artifact as my entry?

Mon, 2017-05-01 23:08
Aarhg
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@Mahx Michael: Nope, sorry. Only nonland cards for this one.

Sat, 2017-05-06 16:01
ThisisSakon
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I remember this challenge...

Enjoy a slight reflavoring

EDIT: Here Jacqui is it mythic yet
EDIT2: Even more mythic making


Wed, 2017-05-03 01:26
spazlaz

old

Tue, 2017-05-02 01:46
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Curious about this, so: If Al-Altora was printed, why would I want to use Baral, Chief of Compliance over her?


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Tue, 2017-05-02 02:39
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@spazlaz: This seems like it'd result in a deck that runs 4 of those and 56 blue instants, chaining together draw spells until you get four Jeskai Charm and a Psionic Blast. Which is cool, except you can do it on turn 1. Oops?

@Sakon: No likey at mythic. It's like, a really crap Lotus Petal, and Lotus Petal belongs at common (crazy as it sounds it's not a limited card)

@Fermat: I like the concept but this seems very good. Like, a Blue mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol flash can't be blocked 4/4 that bolted when you cast it would be awesome. I think this wants to be a lot tinier.

@Cornfielder: You could save a lot of space on this design by just giving it an X mana symbol cost. Skyrider Elf tech. Note that as is this hits nonbasic types as well, which means with (for example) Urza's Tower this is a 2/2 for 1 mana symbol. Also note there are plenty of lands with two basic land types, so this is stronger than you think.

@Daij: I had a mechanic like this in a set. Then I cut it. Truth is, it's cute for the sake of being cute and you really are better off just using kicker.

@Floofydoofbooper: This is actually kind of adorable and I kind of want to steal it. Also someone please make a card called "Drop of Jupiter" now?

@Zeph: This does have power level concerns being [cardLotus Petal[/card] but I think this is the most adorable design eva.

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Wed, 2017-05-03 02:52
Wapulatus
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I suppose so.

Here's a non-broken version.

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Tue, 2017-05-02 04:40
Kagerowrs

Ahex Hydron 0 mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Ahex Uncommon
1 mana symbol: Ahex Hydron gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Activate this ability only up to number of other artifacts you control per turn.
Whenever an artifact you control is destroyed, destroy Ahex Hydron.
1/1

And small reviews--------

@ZephyrPhantom - I disagree with Jacqui-pup on this one because this card is neither artifact, goes to graveyard, nor it fixes colour for combo. I think it is pretty printable.

@Cajun - Considering this is going to hit one sided quite often, and 2/2 is still there, I feel it might be undercosted even with that colour intensity.

@thehuw - It feels too good, but I can't be sure at the moment. For now, only thing I can think about is casting 'target player draws cards' and 'Target player takes extra turn' cards.

@digiman619 - no opinion.

@fluffyDeathbringer - Second helping of Darksteel Relic. While it loses indestructibility, now it can be used for combat trick for some metalcraft creatures.

@Daji_Djan - We have Flame Lash and Boros Charm. This is really, really expensive.

@Aarhg - Very easy to go completely nuts, mostly because of Lion's Eye Diamond. And considering Auriok Salvager is considered good card, I fear that this card might be in level of 'Yugioh Bannable'.

@CornFielder - I feel that this card might be more powerful than Tarmogoyf at colourless. No card to shut it down once it drops, and there are plenty of double type lands, or Prismatic Omen. (5/5)

@Fermat - Considering that, creature with 4/4 Flash unblockable would cost at least cmc of 5, at surge cost of Blue mana symbolBlue mana symbol, I feel that this card might be too undercosted.

@ThisisSakon - no opinions.

@spazlaz - Four Opportunity, Dragonlord's Prerogatvie, Scour the Laboratory, Jace's Ingenuity, Enhanced Awareness..... Pick one of Brain Freeze or EOT Psychic Spiral. Never let blue mage get away with free spell...

Tue, 2017-05-02 03:56
Fermat

@jacqui: Adjusted. "Deluge" seems hardly appropriate for a 2/1.

@fluffy: Awww, Razael... A happy smile

Tue, 2017-05-02 03:54
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@Wapalatus: It wasn't until it said "you win the game"

Tue, 2017-05-02 05:39
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The card I tend to keep in mind for Ancient Spawn is Simian Spirit Guide. I could probably make it 'safer' to play by making it Tap symbol to exile and generate Colorless mana symbol as well, but I do want to keep it as close to an actual Eldrazi Spawn as I could actually get.


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Tue, 2017-05-02 06:53
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Burning Insight 0 mana symbol
Blue/red color identityInstant Rare
Burning Insight costs Blue/red mana symbol more to cast for each spell cast this turn.
Burning Insight deals X damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players if Red mana symbol was spent to cast Burning Insight, and you draw X cards if Blue mana symbol was spent to cast it, where X is the number of spells cast this turn. (Do both if UR was spent.)

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Tue, 2017-05-02 07:07
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Tue, 2017-05-02 08:48
Gorgonzola
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Mine entry:

Spoiler:

Seismic Surge 0 mana symbol
Red color identity Instant Uncommon
Add Red mana symbolRed mana symbol to your mana pool.

IDK if to make it add Red mana symbolRed mana symbol to your mana pool or simply Red mana symbol

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Tue, 2017-05-02 08:59
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@Gorgonzola: Simian Spirit Guide does exactly half of this effect and is a vital piece of several extremely powerful combos. Doubling down on that seems like a terrible idea.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Tue, 2017-05-02 10:50
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Maybe Seismic Surge would be good with "discard a card" as an additional cost? Like spellshaping any card into a slightly weaker Pyretic Ritual.

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Tue, 2017-05-02 11:49
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@kagerowrs: Aw, dang. Didn't think about that card. I know it's a dangerous territory I'm in with my design, so thanks for informing me. I'll have to rethink the ability a bit.

Edit: If I changed the mana cost of the activated ability and to 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol or something and made it able to retrieve any cmc artifact, wouldn't that be fine? It actually solves some problems I have with the card.

Tue, 2017-05-02 11:52
Mahx Michael
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But in theory, I could make a card with mana cost X mana symbol, while the X doesn't count in a card's converted mana cost, right?

Tue, 2017-05-02 11:59
Aarhg
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Yup. You could even have it be X mana symbolX mana symbolX mana symbolX mana symbolX mana symbol if you wanted to.

Tue, 2017-05-02 13:03
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@jacqui-pup: I'm fine with it being cute for the sake of cute for now Winking smiley I know the design space is obviously limited - with each card required to care about life changes, creatures' power/toughness, token creations, CMC or scry..

@Kagerowrs: Very true, actually. Card will be changed to target creatures as well, I guess.


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Tue, 2017-05-02 13:20
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Elmwood Patroller
Green color identity Creature - Elf Mystic Uncommon
(Nonexistent mana costs can’t be paid.)
Tap symbol: Add Green mana symbol to your mana pool.
Exile two green cards from your hand: Put ~ from your hand onto the battlefield.
1/1

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Tue, 2017-05-02 14:47
Asthanius
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Dealborn Fiend 0 mana symbol
Black/red color identity Creature - Demon Rare
As an additional cost to cast Dealborn Fiend, sacrifice an untapped land or pay 3 life.
Defender, flying
Whenever Dealborn Fiend attacks or blocks, sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.
Black/red mana symbol, Sacrifice an untapped land, pay 3 life: Dealborn Fiend gains haste and loses defender until end of turn.
3/2

Sun, 2017-05-07 21:23
jacqui-pup
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Let's get crazy.

Hedron Constellation X mana symbolX mana symbolX mana symbolX mana symbol
Artifact Mythic Rare
Hedron Constellation enters the battlefield with X charge counters on it.
4 mana symbol, Tap symbol, Remove a charge counter from Hedron Constellation: Exile each other nonland permanent. Activate this ability only as a sorcery.

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Tue, 2017-05-02 16:02
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Reconstructing Automaton 0 mana symbol
Artifact Creature — Construct Mythic Rare
Reconstructing Automaton enters the battlefield with four -1/-1 counters on it.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay 1. If you do, remove a -1/-1 counter from Reconstructing Automaton.
“Despite being extremely broken and battered,
the construct persisted, and that is what mattered.”

4/5

Fri, 2017-05-05 10:32
Mahx Michael
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Is this an interesting entry, or should I scrap it for another?:

Entry wrote:
Dyed in My Colors X mana symbol
Instant Rare
The colors of target permanent becomes equal to the colors of mana spent to cast Dyed In My Colors. If no colored mana where spent to cast Dyed In My Colors, that permanent becomes colorless.

“I’m gonna paint them in my own color!!”
— the song Triple Baka by LamazeP

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Full Credits
Foreground: Illustration for Triple Baka's music video animation by LamazeP (producer name).
Background: Art from Jwillisathug on DeviantArt.
Change log
  • Updated wording.
  • Added flavor text and render with art.
  • Added "!!" to the flavor text (because it was missing).
(I have another in storage, so I would like to know if this entry is worth it, or if I should pick the other...)

Tue, 2017-05-02 17:29
Cajun
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What happens if I cast it for Colorless mana symbol

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Tue, 2017-05-02 18:56
one1eye1

Its colorless mana, so it gets colorless too i guess.

Gratulations to Xenagos. Here is my entry. It works well with cards like Esperzoa or Master Transmuter.

Tue, 2017-05-02 18:48
ZephyrPhantom
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Colorless isn't a color, so that if X=0 clause works.


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Tue, 2017-05-02 19:19
Mahx Michael
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@Cajun
Then your wasting one Colorless mana symbol Laugh Out Loud

@Cajun, @ZephyrPhantom
It is supposed to work so that unless X mana symbol was payed only with Colorless mana symbol, the Colorless mana symbol mana won't change anything. (because colorless isn't a color), but if it was only payed with Colorless mana symbol, or with no mana at all, no color would be spent casting it, and it would become colorless instead.
So I should rather frase it like this: "If no colored mana where spent to cast ~, that permanent becomes colorless."?

Anyways. Is it interesting or should I scrap it for something else?

Tue, 2017-05-02 19:01
ZephyrPhantom
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It works and that alt wording is probaby better, I'm mainly just wondering why I'd want to spend 3-5 mana to make a creature 3-5 colours.


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Tue, 2017-05-02 19:09
Mahx Michael
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@ZephyrPhantom
Well, the main purpose of the spell is to let you change the color of something to whatever color you want, and how many colors you would want on your permanents depends on what effect you want or dont want to affect them. Lets say there was something that gave your creatures +1/+1 for each color they had, then 5 mana might be worht it. But of course, it would most likely be used the most for the "pay 0 mana symbol, make target permanent colorless" effect.
In the big picture, its a matter of wich colors you want, not how many.


ZephyrPhantom wrote:
It works and that alt wording is probaby better...

So the "if no colored mana was spent" wording is better?

Tue, 2017-05-02 19:20
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A) I see that, I'm just wondering if it's worth White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol for the five-color part. You're right that most people would probably pay 0 to dodge protection and color-matters removal.

B) Yes.


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Tue, 2017-05-02 19:26
Mahx Michael
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@ZephyrPhantom
Getting a permanent in all colors probably isn't worth five mana, but it would most likely only be used in between 1-3 colors. And ether way, I don't know of any other card that lets you do that for a lesser cost either...

Tue, 2017-05-02 19:36
Aarhg
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I tweaked my little robot guy to not be as abusable. Hopefully it's all good now.

Ebo V2

Ebo, the Scrapguard 0 mana symbol
Legendary Artifact Creature - Construct Rare
3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol: Return Ebo, the Scrapguard and target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
Knowing the vast junkscape inside and out, Ebo always managed to find something interesting for the artificers that would drop by from time to time.
0/1

Tue, 2017-05-02 20:35
Mahx Michael
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Should my card have a color? Blue like Moonlace for example?

Thu, 2017-05-04 13:20
Kajarak32
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First idea:

Old/Original first attempt/entry:

Spoiler:

2nd Attempt, Current Entry:

Comments/criticisms welcome.

Edited: Updated wording/formatting of card to make the card more easily understood. Please keep the comments/criticisms coming! Haven't had any ideas for alternative entries, yet.

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Tue, 2017-05-02 21:45
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If A 2/R hybrid mana symbol. is a converted mana cost of 2, would 0 mana symbol/Red mana symbol be a converted mana cost of 0 or 1? Does it go by generic mana cost, or whichever half of the hybrid is greater?

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Tue, 2017-05-02 22:24
Aarhg
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@Robot_Face: Based on how phyrexian mana works, I'd assume the cmc would be 1. I'm not completely sure though.