Card of the Week Contest #170: Murder is.. fun?

Mon, 2017-05-29 15:26
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 seventieth challenge!


The winner of the "Pretty on the Inside" poll was Ziolang with...

As sadly neither our winner nor our runner-up managed to respond in time, I'm offering a backup challenge instead...

I wrote:
Murder was originally printed in M13 and was a very interesting design for (at least?) three reasons:
  • It was one of the last unrestricted removal spells below CMC5 to be printed at common (this one didn't really became obvious until quite some time later).
  • The card text contains only three words.
  • The name containes ony a single word.
I still remember a set review from back then talking about the third topic in particular – card names tend to get rather complicated (adding adjectives or name references everywhere) recently and many simple clean card names are already taken by old cards, which often can't even be reprinted by nowadays standards. So you can probably already guess my challenge: Design a card with a single-word name! Some restrictions: Do not use an already existing card name, and not a person's/location's/whatever's name (so don't design a card named „Chandra“) either. Also, while I know they're quite popular as they allow some sweet puns, please no DFCs, split cards, aftermath cards or similar. So basically: No cheating Winking smiley

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, 2017-05-29 15:33
jacqui-pup
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Hahahahaha I got this one

Inoculate 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Uncommon
Flash
Enchant creature
When Inoculate enters the battlefield, counter all spells that target enchanted creature.
Enchanted creatures is a blue Homunculus creature with base power and toughness 1/1 and loses all abilities.

It's a PUN fam

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Mon, 2017-05-29 15:44
Cajun
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Banish White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Instant Rare
Exile target permanent. You may return it to the battlefield under target player's control.

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Mon, 2017-05-29 15:55
Asthanius
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Obliviate 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Instant Rare
Obliviate costs 2 mana symbol less to cast if it targets a permanent with the same name as an exiled card.
Exile target creature or planeswalker. Its controller loses 2 life.
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Mon, 2017-05-29 15:55
WindyDelcarlo
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Catalyze 2 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Catalyze deals 3 damage to target creature or player.
Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Tue, 2017-05-30 09:11
Nhoj2307

Cleave 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant
Rare

old wording

Target an attacking creature you control. If targeted creature deals combat damage to a creature and that creature is destroyed this turn, you may have it deal damage equal to it's power to another creature.

If a creature dealt combat damage by target attacking creature you control dies this turn, you may have it deal damage equal to it's power to another target creature.

Attempting to represent the D&D feat of the same name.

@Inverness thank you for the better wording A happy smile

Mon, 2017-05-29 16:19
Neottolemo
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This had been submitted as an entry in the Challenge Slots forum game but I later replaced it because it was invalid, so I didn't get any critique on it. However, it's valid for this challenge, so I'm submitting it here now!

Neottolemo wrote:
Scorch 3 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Common
Scorch deals 5 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures.
Cycling 2 mana symbol (2 mana symbol, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

I am immensely surprised that this name hadn't been taken yet.

Mon, 2017-05-29 16:34
Vunik
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Going to risk it again with a Ancestral Recall variant!

Acuity 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Mythic Rare
Prepare Blue mana symbol (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay Blue mana symbol and shuffle it into your library face up. When it’s the top card of your library, cast it without paying its mana cost.)
Draw three cards.

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Mon, 2017-05-29 16:36
sdfkjgh
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Yesterday I found this, so it's been on my mind.

Cronyism White mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
Creatures your teammates control get +1/+1.
5 mana symbol: Create a token copy of ~. Only any teammate can activate this ability.

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Sun, 2017-06-04 10:42
Fermat

Reliance 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Enchantment — Aura Uncommon
Enchant creature
Unless its controller controls a planeswalker, enchanted creature can't attack or block, and its activated abilities can't be activated.
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Mon, 2017-05-29 16:46
Daij_Djan
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I love the German language:

For the record: Yes, Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft is an official word in the German dictionary (and it's not a name) - one of the longest ones, in fact, and quite famous for its lenght. Even Mark Twain once mentioned it Winking smiley

Entry might be replaced later on with something a little more serious Big smile

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Mon, 2017-05-29 17:00
Asthanius
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@Daij_Djan: Wait, it's not a name? I thought it was the name of a shipping company.

Also, shouldn't it be white/blue since it's a buff in addition to lowering costs?

Mon, 2017-05-29 17:06
Daij_Djan
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It's not a name, no. There isn't just one Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft, there are (and/or have been) multiple ones (for example the DDSG Blue Danube GmbH is a current one). That aside, adding white would indeed work - but as all colors are allowed such small buffs, so I don't think it's really required. And adding one more mana symbol squeezes the text just too much imho Winking smiley

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Mon, 2017-05-29 17:16
fluffyDeathbringer
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old entry
Retrofitting Green mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
Artifacts you control have "Tap symbol: Add one mana of any colour to your mana pool." and "Tap symbol: Draw a card, then discard a card."

Zeitgeist 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Spirit Mythic Rare
Flying
Whenever Zeitgeist deals combat damage to a player, you may exile it. If you do, take an extra turn after this one.
0 mana symbol: Put Zeitgeist from exile onto the battlefield. Skip your next turn.
1/1

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Mon, 2017-05-29 17:16
Mocandragon5
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A simple Golgari card.

Fester 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
Black/green mana symbol, Exile X creature cards from your graveyard: Put X -1/-1 counters on target creature.

Sat, 2017-06-03 00:16
spazlaz

old
Until I can come up with something more creative

Mon, 2017-05-29 18:50
Asthanius
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@spazlaz: It should be templated as "Exile target creature card that was put into a graveyard this turn and target creature with the same converted mana cost." As it is now, the two lines technically aren't connected, so the second line can't find the cmc.

Tue, 2017-05-30 00:01
Inverness
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Nhoj:

I think that card could use a better wording. Something like- "If a creature dealt combat damage by target attacking creature you control dies this turn, you may have it deal damage equal to it's power to another target creature."

sdfkjgh:

I quite like this, actually. Very fitting for the name! Big smile

Tue, 2017-05-30 00:01
Aarhg
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Thought I'd go for an old-school style card.

Espionage 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
Blue mana symbol, Tap an untapped creature you control: Look at the top card of target opponent's library. You may put that card on the bottom of that player's library.

Tue, 2017-05-30 02:04
Korakhos
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Good thing I made some incarnations last year:

Faith 4 mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Elemental Incarnation Rare
At the beginning of your upkeep, create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token.
1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbol: Create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token. Activate this ability only during your upkeep and only if ~ is in your graveyard.
3/6

Tue, 2017-05-30 05:55
ZephyrPhantom
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Refuse White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Exile target spell.
"No."


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Tue, 2017-05-30 10:19
Kagerowrs

Regulation 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Exile target artifact or enchantment. Its owner may draw a card.
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Sat, 2017-06-03 21:07
Mahx Michael
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I hate how 70% of my ideas for card entries comes after the contest is over. Here is something that I might have had better potential of using earlier:

Entry wrote:
Boycott 0 mana symbol
Blue color identityInstant Uncommon
You can’t cast Boycott if you have no other cards in hand.
As an additional cost to cast Boycott, discard your hand.
Counter target spell unless its controller discards his or her hand, and one or more cards are discarded this way.

Render

Is this an ok entry, or do I have to much text? (or some other issue)

Tue, 2017-05-30 13:58
Flo00
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Horrorform 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment Uncommon
When Horrorform enters the battlefield, it becomes an Aura with enchant creature. Manifest the top card of your library and attach Horrorform to it.
Enchanted creature gets +3/+1 and has wither.

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Tue, 2017-05-30 14:26
TheBrokenUrn
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Download 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Draw two cards.
If your opponents have more cards than you, draw three cards instead.
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Wed, 2017-05-31 15:37
one1eye1

Tue, 2017-05-30 15:53
Yoshi
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Trip White mana symbol
Instant Common
Prevent all damage target attacking creature would deal this turn. It doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step. Then, if that creature has haste, exile it.
"Watch your step."

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Tue, 2017-05-30 16:16
sdfkjgh
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@Inverness: Thanks. Glad to know I can do top-down that's actually simple.

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Tue, 2017-05-30 16:45
Heads vs Tails
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Respawn 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Return target creature with power 2 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Threshold - If you have seven or more cards in your graveyard, return any target creature from your graveyard to the battlefield instead.

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Tue, 2017-05-30 17:14
bazzboda

Eviscerate 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Destroy target non artifact creature or planeswalker.

Keeping removal for a certain card type, planeswalkers, at a higher rarity seems questionable to me.

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Tue, 2017-05-30 17:18
Pixi-Rex
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Do you know when a idea pops into your head, and you rushing that design down, but a moment later you realize somebody was there before you.
That happened to me with Conquer. So i ended up with something just alot less cool. But it is as it is.

Entry

Tue, 2017-05-30 17:26
Gorgonzola
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A bit like Agoraphobia:

Stupefy

I just dont understand why people pay thousands for a piece of cardboard.
Why just don't play some casual? Gee, it isn't even fun to play with, and especially against.

Tue, 2017-05-30 21:37
fluffyDeathbringer
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Made a new entry.

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Wed, 2017-05-31 03:03
Heads vs Tails
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My render: another favorite of mine from my custom set, Dabriohm.

*2 or less

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Wed, 2017-05-31 04:21
Wapulatus
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Hopefully this isn't bending the rules, but here you are:

My Entry

Wed, 2017-05-31 05:56
marshmellow
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Abdicate White mana symbol
Instant Common
If you're the monarch, target opponent becomes the monarch.
Draw a card.
The next day, she returned--with an army.

Wed, 2017-05-31 07:36
ZephyrPhantom
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@ Marshmellow - Interesting how this potentially jumps from a cantrip to a 2-card draw spell for 1 mana... are you this should be just White mana symbol, given White's general proficiency with weenies? I feel like 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol might be safer.

Updated my card with render:


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Wed, 2017-05-31 11:57
Kiku
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Wed, 2017-05-31 16:17
sdfkjgh
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@Kiku: Pressure Point and Refocus Suggest that your card should cost 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol.

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Thu, 2017-06-01 12:20
Angelic_Bovines
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Sun, 2017-06-04 11:00
Vulgard
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My entry

Thu, 2017-06-01 18:51
Mahx Michael
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@Vulgard
Your card is undercosted Lava Axe is 4 mana symbolRed mana symbol and is a sorcery that can only target players...

Thu, 2017-06-01 19:54
Vulgard
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@Mahx Michael Searing Spear is 2 mana 3 dmg to anything, so 4 mana 5 dmg just felt right.

Lightning Axe is 1 mana 5 dmg to a creature with a minor drawback as an uncommon. I think that 3 more mana to remove the drawback and make it able to target players is reasonable.

Thu, 2017-06-01 20:04
Cajun
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It's also been a while since Searing Spear, and Flame Lash is in standard.

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Thu, 2017-06-01 20:52
thehuw
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Oh, hey, I'd been looking for somewhere to put this!

render

Stigmatize White mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Destroy target nonland permanent with exactly one subtype. (Creature and planeswalker types, Aura, and Equipment are all subtypes.)
Flesh melts. Metal rots. All substance is stripped away, and only shadows remain.

Gets all planeswalkers, some creatures, most tokens, almost all non-tribal Auras and Equipment, and a few fringe things like Shrines and Vehicles. Dodged by a fair few other creatures, morphs, Curses, and Nameless Race.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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They/them pronouns, please.
Praise Vectron.

Thu, 2017-06-01 22:37
jacqui-pup
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> not naming it "Single Out" (WHICH DOESN'T FIT THE CHALLENGE, I KNOW)

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Fri, 2017-06-02 02:41
Heads vs Tails
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@Vulgard: Lightning Axe's draw back is "discard a card or pay 5 mana symbol." Your argument would only stand if you costed it at 5 mana symbolRed mana symbol, maybe more since now it can hit players.

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Fri, 2017-06-02 03:31
Cajun
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losing the versatility of payment is worth a little bit, even the 2 mana symbol in this case, but versatility of targets still bumps it past 3 mana symbolRed mana symbol, especially with large damage to the face.

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Fri, 2017-06-02 05:43
Vulgard
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You have good points. I'm going to change it up a bit when I get back home.

Fri, 2017-06-02 10:54
Mahx Michael
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@Vulgard
Yes, I would recommend 5 mana symbolRed mana symbol or 3 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol or something in between.

Fri, 2017-06-02 12:02
Ziolang
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