Card of the Week Contest #173: Conspiracy Theory

Mon, 2017-06-19 22:12
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 seventy-third challenge!


The winner of the "Get out your photoshop!" poll were Cajun (left) and spazlaz (right) with...

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

spazlaz wrote:
The Conspiracy sets have interacted with the draft format itself, providing a new level of strategy. Design a cards that interacts with other cards while it's still outside the game. This could include deck building, sealed, draft, etc.

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, 2017-06-19 23:10
Daij_Djan
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Coming up with a card which not cares about drafting seems to be quite hard - which is exactly why I wanted to do it Winking smiley

Original Concept
??? Green mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - ?? Rare/Mythic Rare
Your deck may contain only permanent cards.
Vigilance
Instant and sorcery spells can’t be cast.
2/2

Flavor and render will be added later. Vigilance basically is only added to get a break between the two abilities to make it more obvious how the first one works during deck building whereas the second one only while the card is on the battlefield.

I bet Maverick would like this card. Wording of the restriction ability was slightly altered to fit Relentless Rats. Enjoy!

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Mon, 2017-06-19 23:12
thehuw
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you: Conspiracy Draft
me, an intellectual: Black Cube

Gix's Apocrypha
Conspiracy Mythic Rare
Draft Gix's Apocrypha face up.
As you draft a card, you may remove it from the draft face down.
Your deck can't have more than X basic Swamp cards, where X is the number of uncommon and rare cards you removed from the draft with cards named Gix's Apocrypha.
Black spells you cast cost 2 mana symbol less to cast.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Set Huwb
They/them pronouns, please.
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Mon, 2017-06-19 23:33
Yoshi
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Mysterious Mansion
Land Common
Tap symbol: Add Colorless mana symbol to your mana pool.
Exile a card from your hand: You may play CARDNAME from your sideboard this turn. Activate this ability only during the first, second or third turns of the game. (It still counts as your land drop for the turn.)

trying to make commons for this challenge

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Wed, 2017-06-21 15:42
Asthanius
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Soulshifter 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Shapeshifter Spirit Rare
Draft ~ face up.
As you draft a card, you may reveal it, note its name, and turn ~ face down. Treat ~ as a copy of the last card you noted with cards named ~, except it costs 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol.
Flying
2/4
It just needs direction.

Mon, 2017-06-26 01:06
bazzboda

My submission might be a tad strange, or invalid.

Magic Suppressant 2 mana symbol
Basic Artifact Uncommon
(Basic cards are always legal outside of drafting.)
As ~ enters the battlefield, choose a card name.
Activated abilities of nonbasic sources with the chosen name can't be activated.

It is a weaker pithing needle that can hit nonbasic lands. The intention is to make cards that can answer out of control standards cards, without interfering with the drafting environment. Further the hopes are to let newer or returning players have an easier time setting up decks, since one basic card would always appear in a booster pack.

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Mon, 2017-06-19 23:59
Asthanius
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@bazzboda: Basic cards are not actually always legal outside of drafting. Wastes, for example, is a basic land that won't be legal in standard when BFZ rotates out (unless they get reprinted, but what's the chance of that?)

Tue, 2017-06-20 00:11
Cajun
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I think thehuw's got the right idea. One idea I've been kicking around is a Kamigawa reboot via cube so lets go from that angle.

Legends of Old
Conspiracy Mythic Rare
Your deck can't have nonlegendary creatures.
Legendary spells you cast cost 2 mana symbol less to cast.
Legendary creatures you control get +1/+1 have haste.
"Few can hope the speed, strength and wit of the heroes of the ancient past."

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Tue, 2017-06-20 01:14
SilverSoul.SB
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I can only hope that a PW like this is in the next Conspiracy.

Tue, 2017-06-20 01:18
bazzboda

@Asthanius, it would demand some rule changes. Such as making basic typing not remove card number limits when on non land cards. Along side having what I think is the good side effect of making wastes always legal. Which really shouldn't be a problem.

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Tue, 2017-06-20 03:45
spazlaz

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Fri, 2017-06-23 15:05
TheBrokenUrn
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While I never had the chance of playing a Conspiracy Draft, I think I have a good idea for this CotW.

Hacker's Intuition
Sorcery Rare
Concentrate 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbol (You can only cast this spell for its concentrate cost if it is in your sideboard or library.)
Draw two cards.

EDITLOG
EDIT #1: Upped cmc from 3 to 5.

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Tue, 2017-06-20 04:48
ThisisSakon
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yay draft matters. Yay cotw. yay entries

Tue, 2017-06-20 04:52
Gorgonzola
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@TheBrokenUrn: Wait, but... how can we cast spells from the library?

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, 2017-06-20 05:31
Vunik
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@bazz: Actually, the basic supertype has no rulings over how many cards can be in a deck. It exists purely for the rules as marker, since it can now refer to "basic lands", rather than "lands with the Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and/or Forest subtypes." Its the reason we haven't seen "Basic Creature" or "Basic Artifact" - such a thing doesn't have support within the rules (and to get support, it would require quite a bit of a rewrite).

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Tue, 2017-06-20 07:04
one1eye1

@ Mahx Michael: I need to answer your question from the last thread first.
Indeed you can sacriface a shimmered creature for beeing permanent. Also you can avoid targeting it that way. It costs (1B). But it is not the case, that it copies the copy: If you attack, you get an attacking token. If it is the case, that the token would get blocked, you can "save/regenerate" it with the ability. But that token does not enter the battlefield attacking.
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Tue, 2017-06-20 12:30
sdfkjgh
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Hey, it's been a while!

Aether Pilferer 5 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature--Illusion Rogue Mythic Rare
Reveal Aether Pilferer as you draft it, and draft it face up. Reveal the next nonland card you draft, note its name, and draft that card face up.
Each player passes all cards from each booster pack that share a name with a name noted as a player drafted Aether Pilferer to a player who drafted a card named Aether Pilferer.
Flying
Whenever Aether Pilferer enters the battlefield or deals combat damage to a player or planeswalker, you may search your hand and/or library for a card with a name you noted as you drafted cards named Aether Pilferer. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. If you searched your library this way, shuffle it.
4/6

So, this is kinda like the superpowered love child of Aether Searcher & Canal Dredger. In case anyone is unclear on how it works, here's a breakdown:

1) You draft Aether Pilferer face up.
2) The next nonland card you draft, you draft that face up as well.
3) for the rest of the draft, all players MUST immediately pass you all cards that share a name with the card drafted in step 2.
4) Whenever Aether Pilferer enters the battlefield or deals combat damage to a player or planeswalker, you get to cast one of the cards from step 2 from your hand or library without paying its mana cost.

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Wed, 2017-06-21 14:15
Mahx Michael
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What is the special frames for? Are they used in a special context?

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Master of the Meek White mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature — Human Soldier Mythic Rare
Your deck can only have card with converted mana cost 3 or less.
Double strike
Each creature with converted mana cost 4 or grater gets -X/-0 where X is that creature's converted mana cost.
1/3

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  • Changed power from 2 to 1.
  • Added render.

Tue, 2017-06-20 13:13
thehuw
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The fancy frame my entry and a few others are using was used in Conspiracy: Take the Crown for conspiracy cards and cards with effects that kicked in during the draft, like Animus of Predation and Custodi Peacekeeper.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Tue, 2017-06-20 13:22
Mahx Michael
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@thehuw
Ok, do you recommend me using one?

Tue, 2017-06-20 13:24
thehuw
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@Mahx: I don't think so. This doesn't have special rules that alter the way you draft (though obviously it affects what you draft), and it's not a conspiracy.

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Tue, 2017-06-20 14:25
Mahx Michael
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@thehuw
Thanks. What about the double strike? Is it too much for it's cost?

Tue, 2017-06-20 15:56
Asthanius
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@Daij_Djan: I just realized that your card is basically Hymn of the Wilds on a creature. While your entry doesn't have the cost-reduction effect, they both basically say you can't cast instants or sorceries (although in the case of the Conspiracy, you could cycle them and stuff, but still). Your card is still different enough, I think, since it also prevents opponents from casting instants or sorceries, but I wanted to bring it to your attention.

Tue, 2017-06-20 16:02
jacqui-pup
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@sdfhfhjdh: You... made an Aether Searcher with fourteen lines of text and an ability that turns Conspiracy into Go Fish. Ok.

@Sakon: Why you naming colors on a card that cares about basic lands?

@Mahx: The drawback is a complete non-issue in constructed white weenie, but a real pain-in-the-ass in draft. Idk. I don't care for this.

@spazlaz: Really really weak probably, since the cards go away

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Tue, 2017-06-20 16:09
jacqui-pup
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Compost Lotus 0 mana symbol
Artifact Rare
Draft Compost Lotus face up.
As you draft a card, you may remove it from the draft face down. (Those cards aren't in your card pool.)
Tap symbol, Sacrifice Compost Lotus: Add X mana of any one color to your mana pool, where X is the number of rarities among cards removed from the draft with Compost Lotus.

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Tue, 2017-06-20 17:25
ThisisSakon
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@jacqui: it's shorter than "choose a basic land type, then..."

@sdfkjgh: why

Tue, 2017-06-20 17:56
Pixi-Rex
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?

I dont have any of the new Templates like the Conspiracy draft cards, Vehicle, melds cards, ect.
Is they one place or spred out over the sides. Where to find them and install them. I did find some of them at one point, but installing them was a ? for me.

I have been looking for them but can't seem to find them now.
If they are not found on the same page, should we make a thread that links you to each of them so its eacy to find or is this done all ready?

Tue, 2017-06-20 18:08
Cajun
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isaac made the conspiracy and vehicle ones. You download the zip, and move the m15-ttk-conspiracy etc. folders into your Magic Set Editor/data folder. Similar thing over at Acorntail for meld.

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Tue, 2017-06-20 19:42
Inverness
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I couldn't resist making an entry based on this old story.

Tue, 2017-06-20 19:57
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Wed, 2017-06-21 01:54
Raznaak
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Ho boy, it's been a long time since my last post.
I'll try for old time's sake.

Eater of Minds 4 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Horror Rare
When building your deck, ~ counts as three cards toward the minimum card limit.
Menace
Whenever ~ deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card and mill 2.
3/4

Mill 2 does exactly as it sounds like, btw.
For example, if you have four of these in your deck, your deck can have a minimum of 52 cards. This could be in a cycle.

Wed, 2017-06-21 03:34
Ziolang
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I wouldn't bother keywording milling.


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Wed, 2017-06-21 04:27
ZephyrPhantom
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This calls for drastic measures.

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Wed, 2017-06-21 07:12
one1eye1

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Wed, 2017-06-21 11:29
jacqui-pup
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Missing art credit. Also, am I missing something or is this a mythic 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol Divination?

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Wed, 2017-06-21 13:42
Flo00
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Blindwood Summonder 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Treefolk Wizard Rare
Draft Blindwood Summonder face up.
As you draft a card, you may remove it from the draft face down. (It isn’t in your card pool.)
3 mana symbol, Tap symbol: Manifest a card at random you removed from the draft with a card named Blindwood Summonder.
2/5

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Wed, 2017-06-21 14:09
Flo00
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Feedback time.

@thehuw: How can you tell how many are uncommon or rare if they are face down?

@Asthanius: I think it should read
~ is a copy of the last card you noted for cards named ~, except ...

@Cajun: That really needs a very specific environment to work out. When it does, it goes boom.
Ok, it could also be a deck mainly consisting of spells.

@spazlaz: Really fun idea. I'd go with the Conspiracy template to remove the cards from the draft. I've been playing Conspiracy at home, that didn't involve any tournament Winking smiley

@TheBrokenUrn: How can you cast cards from your library?
Also, it should be more expensive if you can just anytime cast it from your sideboard. A Divination that's allways available is just broken. I think you can easily make it 5 mana.

@ThisisSakon: The color naming only icreases the number of lands you can fetch, but doesn't influence which lands you fetch? If so, then if you only drafted one Runed Elk, it is a Cultivate with a 2/3 body. And every further one adds one land.
If you want to only search for the "colors" named, you should choose basic land types and the second ability should be something like this:
When ~ enters the battlefield, for each basic land type chosen as you drafted cards named ~, seach your library for a basic land of that color, reveal those cards, and put one onto the battlefield tapped and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
(That last bit is copied from Nissa's Pilgrimage. Your Elk forgot to reveal the cards.)

@jacqui-pup: How can you know the number of rarities when they are face down?

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Wed, 2017-06-21 14:16
Mahx Michael
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Updated entry and added render.

Wed, 2017-06-21 14:25
Pixi-Rex
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@Cajun: Thank you so much. I would never have found them without you help. A happy smile

Wed, 2017-06-21 15:41
Asthanius
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@Flo00: Ah, yeah. Thanks.

Thu, 2017-06-22 13:07
one1eye1

Old Idea:

Spoiler:

for the entry, see below..

Wed, 2017-06-21 16:25
Neottolemo
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Isn't that just the Garbage Fire effect but incredibly wordier?

Wed, 2017-06-21 19:04
Mahx Michael
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@one1eye1
If you draft this as the first card in a draft round, won't X become 0?

Wed, 2017-06-21 20:21
Asthanius
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@Mahx: That's why you wouldn't pick it first. It's the same logic as any of the cards that check to see how many cards you've already drafted in that draft round.

Wed, 2017-06-21 20:37
SilverSoul.SB
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@Raznaak it should be worded "Your minimum deck size is reduced by two" just like Advantageous Proclamation

Wed, 2017-06-21 20:41
Pixi-Rex
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Entry

Thu, 2017-06-22 00:34
Fermat

Platinum Reinforcements 7 mana symbol
Artifact Creature — Construct Mythic Rare
Indestructible
As long as you have a card named ~ in your sideboard, you can't lose the game, your opponents can't win the game, and permanents your opponents control have "3 mana symbol, Tap symbol: Name a creature card. Target player puts a card he or she owns from outside the game with the chosen name into his or her hand."
5/5

Thu, 2017-06-22 01:49
Gurfle
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I design cards. I don't think I'm good at it, but I like it and I'm not going to trip over my own lack of self-confidence and stop like a quitter and I don't even care if this isn't good because I had fun thinking over this and mulling over how to make it somewhat valid. Even if it isn't, my point still stands.

And that's all that counts.

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Thu, 2017-06-22 09:01
one1eye1

@ Mahx Michael: Yes that is true!
@ Neottolemo: I did not know that card, but you are right Weird smile

Thu, 2017-06-22 11:49
Mahx Michael
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@Asthanius, @one1eye1
Yes, I knew that. Just wanted to make sure you where aware of it...

Thu, 2017-06-22 13:06
one1eye1

I made a new one, because Mahx said, i copied a already existing card.