Card of the Week Contest #174: Sdnalemoh

Mon, 2017-06-26 19:17
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-forth challenge!


The winner of the "Alexandria awaits us!" poll was myself with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

I wrote:
Recently I've been involved in two awesome projects, where a group of people took an old set and then redesigned it to fit current standards (plus a twist, see below: Reverse: Alpha & Reverse: Urza's Saga. So for this challenge, I decided to do the same and chose a set beloved by all: Homelands! Winking smiley

So your challenge will be as follows:

  • Choose any card from the Homelands expension (besides basic lands, obviously) – please note which card you've chosen.
  • Redesign your card to fit modern standards (as far as mechanics, powerlevel etc are concerned).
  • You may not change the card's color and/or card type. You may however add, remove or change subtypes.
  • You are not allowed to use non-evergreen mechanics or keywords.
  • Please rename your card.
  • And finally, the very important twist: You need to shift your cards original rarity upwards (ignoring mythic), so: CommonUncommonRareCommon

Have fun, guys! A happy smile

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, 2017-06-26 19:29
Cajun
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Joven's Ferrets

Wild Ferrets 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Ferret Uncommon
Whenever Wild Ferrets fights, it gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
Whenever Wild Ferrets becomes blocked by a creature, you may have it fight that creature.
1/1

alternate not an entry atm
Joven's Cobra 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Snake Uncommon
Deathtouch
Whenever Joven's Cobra fights a creature, it gets +0/+3 until end of turn.
1/2

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Mon, 2017-06-26 19:33
Inverness
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Maybe it's just me, but I like that cobra design more. It's simpler and more interesting in my opinion.

Mon, 2017-06-26 19:37
Cajun
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Mostly I'm just not sure if you should reference fight when you can't fight on your own. I left it there for the minute cause I may still switch it around.

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I dunno, Cajun has a habit of doing Dubiously Working new rules stuff

Mon, 2017-06-26 20:12
Inverness
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That's fair. You're not wrong, I suppose I could just be partial to cards like the cobra.

Mon, 2017-06-26 20:49
Asthanius
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Baki's Curse

Forced Ejection Blue mana symbol
Sorcery Common
Return target creature to its owner’s hand. If that creature was enchanted, draw a card.
“The link between body and soul is tenuous and fairly easy to sever.”
—Baki, Wizard Attendant

Mon, 2017-06-26 21:34
Aarhg
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Rysorian Badger

Rysorian Vanguard 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Badger Soldier Common
Whenever Rysorian Vanguard deals combat damage to a player, you may exile a creature card from that player's graveyard.
"Oh, aren't you just adorable?"
-Aysen patrol, last words

I had a hard time keeping things simple for the common rarity, what with the exiling and all, but I feel this turned out alright. The flavor is that badgers like to eat dead things, even if it's a sapient badger in a suit of armor. Very interesting challenge; it almost takes me back to Time Spiral.

Mon, 2017-06-26 23:02
Ziolang
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Mon, 2017-06-26 23:02
Daij_Djan
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Might do some rebalancing later on..

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Tue, 2017-06-27 06:44
bazzboda

Drudge Spell
Will of the Dead 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
Black mana symbol, Exile a creature card from your graveyard: Create a 1/1 black skeleton creature.

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Tue, 2017-06-27 20:47
yuccalyptus
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Text
Roots+ 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Enchantment — Aura Rare

Enchant creature without flying
Enchanted creature has indestructible.
As long as enchanted creature is a Plant, it can block up to two additional creatures.

"I never liked nature much, but I think it's starting to grow on me."
— Willard, accidental hermit

(From Roots)

Thu, 2017-06-29 05:04
spazlaz

old

Kinda weird, not sure if I like it.

based on:

Tue, 2017-06-27 04:33
ZephyrPhantom
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Grip of the Nelunemi White mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Common
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature can't be blocked as long as it's blue. Otherwise, it can't attack or block.
"If you ravage the fish, their mother shall show no restraint." - Daeyang Seogsa

Source card was Aysen Highway. I kept color matters and unblockable while trying to spin it into something much more interesting and viable.


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Tue, 2017-06-27 05:33
spazlaz

@zephyr, how do you make your images hi-res? i thought the template had been removed for copyright reasons?

Tue, 2017-06-27 05:45
ZephyrPhantom
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https://mtg.design/

Other people have been doing it for previous COTWs, I figured I might as well take a shot at it with the art and the concept. Was quite pleased with the results.


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Tue, 2017-06-27 06:51
bazzboda

@spazlaz, just forewarning you can't choose how mtg.design frames art so it heavily reduces the amount of art available to you.
Also @ZephyrPhantom, their is a way of resizing mtg.design renders without transferring it to Photobucket, just put [img=375x523] instead of a normal [img] at the beginning of your mtg.design render. Sorry if this is a bother but every contest I actually do a render I spend hours just finding and usually failing at finding this, so I felt like sharing. However it would be great if this was on the forum FAQ, though in the mean time I have attached this information to myself.

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Tue, 2017-06-27 07:39
Fermat

Based on Veldrane of Sengir.

Tue, 2017-06-27 09:20
thehuw
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Think I'll go with what is, ironically, one of Homelands' more memorable cards - Memory Lapse!

Gaslight 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Choose target spell. Put the top five cards of its owner's library into their graveyard, then put that spell on top of it.
"No, no, that's not how I remember it at all. Whatever gave you that idea?"

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation based on making someone doubt their perception of reality - your experience is not what you think it was, and the process starts to erode your sanity.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Praise Vectron.

Tue, 2017-06-27 07:44
Neottolemo
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I actually think that making it Common->Rare, Uncommon->Common and Rare->Uncommon would be better for Homelands considering the number of cards at each rarity.

Tue, 2017-06-27 09:17
Kagerowrs

Chosen Card: Renewal

Renewing Legends 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
As an additional cost to cast Renewing Legends, sacrifice a land.
Search your library for a legendary land card and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.
Draw a card.

Tue, 2017-06-27 09:36
fluffyDeathbringer
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Mark Rosewater wrote:
"Punisher" effects (Opponent chooses one: thing X happens or thing Y happens.)​

Primary: red
Secondary: black

In red, one of the two abilities is usually damage to the opponent making the choice; the other option is often something red doesn't normally do in the color pie. Black does this a little, but doesn't tend to have the color pie–bending aspect.

In the vein of red being allowed to break pie in punisher effects, here's a remake of Retribution.

Merciless Demand 2 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Target opponent may have ~ deal 5 damage to them. If they don't, they sacrifice two creatures.
"You, or your sons. Choose, or I take both."
- Okiver, warlord of Valla

Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer.

Wed, 2017-06-28 17:26
sdfkjgh
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Well, I was gonna try Balduvian Shaman, but it's from Ice Age, not Homelands.

An-Havva Township

will do daij

Note: While it's technically visible on your render, which is why I won't take it down, you might want to change the copyright simply to Tales of Ardour according to the travel blog's website. ~Daij_Djan

An-Havva Spirit Lodge
Land--Forest Rare
(Tap symbol: Add Green mana symbol to your mana pool.)
An-Havva Spirit Lodge enters the battlefield tapped.
1 mana symbol: Add Red mana symbol or White mana symbol to your mana pool. Activate this ability only once per turn.

illus: http://talesofardour.com/conscious-living-wild-spirit-lodge-south-africa/

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Thu, 2017-06-29 23:56
Yoshi
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not valid
Steed of Stonehooves 3 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Horse Uncommon
Menace
Whenever CARDNAME attacks, target Goblin you control gets +1/+1 and gains menace until end of turn.
3/2

Inspired by: Dwarven Pony

Stonehoof Steed 1 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Horse Common
Menace
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield, target Goblin gains menace until end of turn.
2/1

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Tue, 2017-06-27 16:24
Daij_Djan
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@Neottolemo: If we were to completely reverse the entire set, then I'd agree with you. Decided to keep it simpler for this single-card challenge Winking smiley

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Fri, 2017-06-30 23:00
TheBrokenUrn
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Abbey Matron

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Master of the Abbey 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Human Cleric Uncommon
Other Clerics you control get +0/+2.
1/3

Not Related to Entry or Contest
One of my favorite casual and Commander cards from Homelands is Æther Storm.

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Tue, 2017-06-27 20:46
yuccalyptus
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Tue, 2017-06-27 22:31
Haardrade
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Based on An-Havva Constable

Angel of Nature
Creature - Angel Druid

Flying
Angel of Nature's power and toughness are equal to your devotion to green.
(Each Green mana symbol in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to green.)

Born in the forest, live in the forest, die for the forest.

Tue, 2017-06-27 22:20
thehuw
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@Haardrade: Why does this card have a color indicator? Also, why is green getting an efficient flyer?

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Tue, 2017-06-27 23:07
yuccalyptus
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@Haardrade: The rarity needs to be shifted, I think.

Tue, 2017-06-27 23:10
Aarhg
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Hmm, yea, An-Havva Constable was rare in Homelands, so Haardrade's card would need to be common.
I see a couple of card designs here that don't exactly follow the challenge.

Wed, 2017-06-28 05:21
justnobody
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Based on Leeches

Purify the Blood 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Sorcery Common
You lose two poison counters and create two 1/1 black worm creature tokens. If at least one poison counter was lost this way, those tokens have infect. (They deal damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

Met the devil of card design and sacrificed my creativity for unparalleled templating skill.

Spoiler:

Wed, 2017-06-28 12:08
Ziolang
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@haardrade can't use devotion as the contest says no keywords that arent evergreen

@justnobody Can't use infect for same reasons


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Thu, 2017-06-29 05:03
spazlaz

Based off of

Thu, 2017-06-29 11:03
Tarvoc
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Aarhg wrote:
I see a couple of card designs here that don't exactly follow the challenge.

To be fair, what makes this challenge a bit difficult is that (at least as far as I know) the terms Common, Uncommon and Rare didn't exist in Homelands yet. The cards were given a rarity later, and it doesn't always make sense. For example, Homelands has 47 Uncommons, but only 25 Commons, and in some cases, it isn't quite clear why they attributed the respective rarity to the respective card.

my colors

Freedom (Red mana symbol) through Knowledge (Blue mana symbol) and Organization (White mana symbol).

Thu, 2017-06-29 14:17
Asthanius
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@Tarvoc: The rarities were assigned based on the printing sheet they were on, which determined how often each card showed up in packs. The cards had each rarity, but the rarities weren't publicly available information.

Thu, 2017-06-29 21:25
Daij_Djan
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Correct. Rarities "existed" since Alpha, but they weren't shown on the card. That's actually why I offered the link above with the full set list (including rarities).. I'll take a look through all entries later on and see if they fit the challenge Winking smiley


EDIT: Done. Currently not fitting the rules are:

  • Cajun (didn't change rarity to rare)
  • ZephyrPhantom (added blue)
  • Yoshi (rarity changed to uncommon instead of common)
  • Haardrade (didn't change rarity to common and also uses devotion)
  • justnobody (uses infect)

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Thu, 2017-06-29 23:20
Cajun
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Gatherer says Ferrets are common.

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Fri, 2017-06-30 00:16
marioware2
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TheBrokenUrn like AEther Storm, eh? Challenge accepted.

Fri, 2017-06-30 14:19
Daij_Djan
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@Cajun: You're right sorry - seems like there's a mistake on magiccards.info - this explains why the Ferrets are listet as "Uncommon (C1))"

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Fri, 2017-06-30 14:24
Pixi-Rex
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Card to change Reveka, Wizard Savant .

Its a rare so it must be common and must be a Legendary Creature.
Why no Legendary common creatures. I know they need to be special and be like rare, but you could make a set work with alot of common Legendary cards i think.

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Fri, 2017-06-30 16:40
Asthanius
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@Pixi: I'd be surprised if you weren't allowed to remove supertypes. Also, the general idea behind rarities is that they show how commonly a certain spell or living being or place is encountered on a specific plane. Common legendaries just seem strange in that way, though it's not a hard-set rule.

Fri, 2017-06-30 16:51
sdfkjgh
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@Asthanius: Oh, I don't know. Haven't you ever encountered someone who just kept on popping up, pestering you, & WOULD NOT JUST GO AWAY?!!

Like me, fr'instance. ;o

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Fri, 2017-06-30 16:52
Pixi-Rex
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@Asthanius: I know its seams a little strange, but the idea was to make a legendary common. and a set with more commons lengens could work like an ally thing.

Fri, 2017-06-30 17:18
grishnax
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@spazlaz: Serrated Arrows is actually a Common, so your shift should have it at Uncommon.

My entry:

Galvanized Arrows 3 mana symbol
Artifact Uncommon
Galvanized Arrows enters the battlefield with three charge counters on it.
Tap symbol, Remove an charge counter from Galvanized Arrows: Galvanized Arrows deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature. If there are no charge counters on Galvanized Arrows, sacrifice it.

Fri, 2017-06-30 17:55
Daij_Djan
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Apparently magiccards.info also has the Arrows wrong A sad 'frowny'

NOTE: Fell free to use the rarity of our magiccards.info (the website uses it afterall) or the real one if there's a mistake around!

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Fri, 2017-06-30 18:37
Mahx Michael
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This might break the color pie a little, but it's the closest I got to the original. Maybe I should remove haste or make a new entry:

first try wrote:
Aysen Expressway 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Mythic Rare
Enchant plains
White creatures have haste and menace.
(From Aysen Highway)

Fri, 2017-06-30 18:39
Cajun
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Highway would be Rare -> Common. And yes, white doesn't get either of these effects.

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Fri, 2017-06-30 21:23
Asthanius
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@Mahx: Just aim for a similar feeling to the original. For example, my entry is based on a blue card that deals damage to enchanted creatures. Modern-day blue can't do that, but it can remove creatures in other ways, like returning them to their owner's hand. But that's not enough, since if it just said "Return target enchanted creature to its owner's hand", that'd be a card that wouldn't even make the cut for a sideboard! So instead, I gave the player a bonus if the creature was enchanted. It's different mechanically, but it goes for the same idea.

Fri, 2017-06-30 21:41
thehuw
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Pixi-Rex wrote:
Why no Legendary common creatures.

Vectron intensifies

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Set Huwb
They/them pronouns, please.
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Fri, 2017-06-30 22:08
Aarhg
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I agree with Vectron.

Fri, 2017-06-30 23:00
thehuw
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@Aarhg: Can we get that on a T-shirt? I feel like we should get that on a T-shirt.

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Set Huwb
They/them pronouns, please.
Praise Vectron.