Card of the Week Contest #178: Charging into Battle

Mon, 2017-07-24 12:45
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-eighth challenge!


The winner of the "Name That Tune" poll was Gurfle with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

Gurfle wrote:
Hey, I actually won a CotW contest. Neat.
I like charge counters. I like creatures.
Design a creature that uses charge counters.
"Uses" includes placing them, moving them, activating an ability when so many are on it, etc. 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!

Mon, 2017-07-24 20:03
Neottolemo
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Quick-Wit Technician 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Vedalken Arteficer Rare
Flash
Each artifact you control enters the battlefield with an additional charge counter on it.
"A magnetic field that generates yes and then through silver yes and the threads joining the no no ah yes! But yes!"
3/3

Do you think the wording is correct?

EDIT-It wasn't. I changed the wording now A happy smile Thanks, fluffy! Big smileBig smile

Mon, 2017-07-24 14:44
Yoshi
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Invalid but a cool pun
Taking Charge of the Situation 1 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Put two charge counters on up to one target artifact you control. Then, gain control of target creature with power equal to or less than the number of charge counters on creatures you control. Untap it. It gains haste until end of turn.

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Mon, 2017-07-24 13:37
Fermat

Arcbound Upgrader 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Artifact Creature — Construct Rare
Modular 4
Lifelink
If you would gain life, you may instead choose one —
• Put a +1/+1 counter on target artifact creature you control.
• Put a charge counter on target noncreature artifact you control.
0/0

No space for flavor text, but BB users should know why this guy is has both Esper and Mirrodin flavor.

@Yoshi: The challenge limits us to creature cards. A happy smile

Mon, 2017-07-24 13:54
one1eye1

Mon, 2017-07-24 14:41
TheBrokenUrn
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Unstable Automaton 3 mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Construct Rare
At the beginning of every upkeep, put a charge counter on ~.
When ~ dies, it deals X damage to all creatures, planeswalkers, and players, where X is the number of charge counters on ~.
2/2

Render will come later.

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Mon, 2017-07-24 14:47
BurningCreator
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My card for this contest. Decided for a Goblin that can turn himself in mass burn.

Hand of Devastation R
Creature — Goblin Warrior Rare
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a charge counter on Hand of Devastation.
2R, Remove three charge counters from Hand of Devastation: It deals 3 damage to each creature.
1/1

Here is the look of the card:
http://imgur.com/8iZnvEd

Mon, 2017-07-24 15:21
thehuw
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In a rare moment of flavor inspiration, I'm getting my Kamigawa on for this one.

Nezumi Saboteur 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Rat Artificer Uncommon
When Nezumi Saboteur enters the battlefield, you may put a charge counter on target artifact.
Whenever a charged artifact becomes tapped, you may pay 1 mana symbol. If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
1/3

Charge your own stuff to get more uses out of it, charge your opponent's stuff to punish them for using it, charge something completely irrelevant for the sheer unadulterated hell of it... the choice is yours.

A charged permanent is a permanent with one or more charge counters on it, by the way. I think that's intuitive enough that, like "enchanted" and "equipped", it doesn't need reminder text.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Mon, 2017-07-24 16:32
Inverness
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There's going to be some stiff competition this week, I see. Lots of good entries so far.

Here's my take on the challenge:

Sat, 2017-07-29 15:44
Mahx Michael
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This one might need some polish, so I'm open for suggestions:

Entry wrote:
Chargefist Berserker Red mana symbol
Creature — Human Warrior Common
Chargefist Berserker enters the battlefield tapped.
Chargefist Berserker doesn’t untap during its controller’s untap step, instead put a charge counter on it.
Remove all counters from Chargefist Berserker: If at least one counter was removed this way, untap Chargefist Berserker, and it gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each charge counter removed this way.
0/2

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Chargefist Berserker Red mana symbol
Creature — Human Warrior Common
Chargefist Berserker enters the battlefield tapped.
Chargefist Berserker doesn't untap during its controller's untap step, instead put a charge counter on it.
Remove all counters from ~: Untap ~. It gets +1/+0 for each charge counter removed this way.
0/2

Invalid Entry
Charged Blow Red mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Common
Enchant creature
When ~ enters the battlefield, tap enchanted creature.
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step, instead put a charge counter on it.
Sacrifice ~: Untap enchanted creature. It deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of charge counters on it.

Also I need to correct something I said wrong at the previous competition thread: I forgot that it was the elves on Lorwyn that had horns, not the fae. But they did have some sort of antennas or something...

Mon, 2017-07-24 19:15
thehuw
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@Mahx: The challenge specifies a creature card.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Mon, 2017-07-24 19:18
Mahx Michael
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Oh, sorry!
I'll update the entry as soon as I find a new one...

Mon, 2017-07-24 21:18
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Mon, 2017-07-24 21:51
Daij_Djan
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Long time ago, there was the Nature vs. Technology duel deck contest featuring the Charge mechanic - and as I still like it quite much till this day, I decided to expand the mechanic into a new color:

Mon, 2017-07-24 22:25
MysticalOctopus
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Charged Counterer 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Vedalken Wizard Rare
Whenever a spell or ability you control counters a spell, put a charge counter on Charged Counterer.

Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost 1 mana symbol less to cast for each charge counter on Charged Counterer.

2/3

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Mon, 2017-07-24 22:57
sdfkjgh
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Would a vehicle count?

Techmaster's Rig 4 mana symbol
Artifact--Vehicle Mythic Rare
Trample
Techmaster’s Rig’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of charge counters on permanents you control.
Each other artifact you control enters the battlefield with an additional charge counter on it.
Techmaster’s Rig is an artifact creature as long as the number of charge counters on permanents you control is ten or greater.
Crew 4
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Mon, 2017-07-24 22:59
sdfkjgh
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@Marioware: love that fltxt!

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Mon, 2017-07-24 23:45
Aarhg
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Custodian of Gears 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Human Artificer Uncommon
Supercharge (Each noncreature artifact you control enters the battlefield with an additional charge counter on it.)
2 mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Tap symbol, Remove three charge counters from among artifacts you control: Create a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token.
2/2

Tue, 2017-07-25 04:44
aquaumisa
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Taking cues from nature herself...

Photosynthsiser 2 mana symbol
Artifact Creature-Plant Common
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a charge counter on ~.
Remove three charge counters from artifacts you control: Create a 1/1 colorless Plant artifact creature token.
1/2

Step: zero to one

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Tue, 2017-07-25 03:04
spazlaz

I quite like this one.

Tue, 2017-07-25 13:18
Pixi-Rex
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@spazlaz: How are we suposted to beat that design. A happy smile

I really like that.

Tue, 2017-07-25 14:24
Yoshi
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Thunder Serpent A 2/R hybrid mana symbol.A 2/R hybrid mana symbol.
Artifact Creature - Snake Uncommon
Whenever CARDNAME attacks, you may put a charge counter on target creature.
Creatures with charge counters on them have first strike.
3/1

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Wed, 2017-07-26 19:32
Flo00
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Even though Wizards themselves has dome otherwise, I think charge counters should only be put on noncreature artifacts. Whatever the case, my entry needs things that have those counters themselves and removes them.

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Arrogant Engineer 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Artificer Rare
Tap symbol, Remove four charge coutners from a permanent you control: Create a token that’s a copy of that permanent.
1/4

Notice there are only two cards that enter the battlefield with four or more charge counters and don't have sunburst or X mana symbol (= number of charge counters) in the cost. Both of them can't really get out of hand by having multiples.

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Wed, 2017-07-26 14:03
Touhoufanatic
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first thing that came to mind.

Edit: updated entry wording.

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Wed, 2017-07-26 02:05
digiman619
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@Touhou: Creatures don't "take damage", they are dealt damage, so the last ability ought to read "6 mana symbol, Tap symbol: Remove all charge counters from artifacts you control. Nikola Tesla, Electrogenius deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is the number of counters removed this way"

Wed, 2017-07-26 06:00
Wapulatus
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Amonkhet Cycling Theme with a vengeance.

My Entry

Wed, 2017-07-26 11:44
Flo00
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@touhou: Would also make sense if the first ability targeted.

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Wed, 2017-07-26 15:55
Mahx Michael
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Made a new entry. Now it's a creature.

Wed, 2017-07-26 16:11
Gurfle
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@sdfghjkl- I'll say a vehicle counts because it becomes a creature. Some disagree, but I'm lenient. Also, as for the actual card, I think the idea is interesting, but I think you should cut the bit where it's a creature if charge counters are at ten or more. Honestly, it takes up needed space on the card and won't really become that relevant in 60 cards formats unless you're playing cheerios, in ehich case you probably have a better plan anyway, and overall is just pushing the "flavor" a little too much.

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Wed, 2017-07-26 19:36
Flo00
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Feedback time!

Neottolemo
Love the card. You spelled Artificer wrong.
Fermat
Fun card, nice flavour.
one1eye1
Looks really strong in the right environment.
TheBrokenUrn
I think the template is "each upkeep". Mass damage that can get pretty high looks like it should be red or maybe black, not colorless imho.
BurningCreator
Fun card. You can make mana symbols in text by putting :colons: around letters/numbers and you can post images by putting the url between [img][/img]. like this: [img]http://i.imgur.com/8iZnvEd.jpg[/img]
thehuw
I like rats and this one is no exception. I'd still put a small reminder. Something like (one with charge counters) behind artifact.
Inverness
4/2 reach for 3 mana is damn good. I don't get why the activation is blue?
fluffyDeathbringer
Nice card. I really like it.
Mahx Michael
It can untap itself any number of times. Enchant it with Power of Fire and win the game. To fix this, how about "If at least 1 counter was removed this way, untap ~. It gets ..."
marioware2
Interesting guy. I like it.
Daij_Djan
Fun one. Also neat art.
MysticalOctopus
Lol. Good one. Also, good card.
sdfkjgh
Technically it's no creature. Also 10 lines of text is just too much.
Aarhg
Fun card. I really like the art.
aquaumisa
I thin it's "from among artifacts you control". Interesting twist on the Thallid.
spazlaz
Very fun and innovative design.
Yoshi
I don't like this use of charge counters because there are creatures that use them for other stuff. Of course it's a fun interaction, for me it just doesn't feel right.
Flo00
Hey! Why are you reading the feedback I'm giving myself?
Touhoufanatic
You can leave out the artifact creature in the first ability. An artifact creature is also an artifact. Looks like a really powerful guy now.
Wapulatus
This can aesily get out of hand with cards that let you discard for free. With those it's a free tutor that also lets you cram your graveyard, both very dangerous things. I'd advise you to put a cost to the draw effect (Mana and/or Tap symbol).

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Wed, 2017-07-26 18:38
MysticalOctopus
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I'll provide a render for my entry soon.

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Wed, 2017-07-26 18:47
Mahx Michael
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@Flo00
Ok, thanks for feedback! I'll take care of that issue pretty soon.

Thu, 2017-07-27 01:54
ThisisSakon
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Magus of the Flashlight 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Wizard Uncommon
Tap symbol, An untap symbol., Tap symbol, An untap symbol., Tap symbol: Put a charge counter on ~
Remove two charge counters from ~: Tap target creature.
“It’s older, sure, but they say it’s still the best out there.”
2/3

EDIT: Added a render and more meta flavor text

Wed, 2017-07-26 21:00
Mahx Michael
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Fixed my entry. Working on render now.

Thu, 2017-07-27 02:01
SilverSoul.SB
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Using charge counter to power my card.

Thu, 2017-07-27 06:19
donovan_Du_Bois
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Ohh this looks fun!

Aetherflux Manipulator 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Wizard Uncommon
Tap symbol, Remove a charge counter from a permanent you control: You get Energy symbol (an energy counter).
Tap symbol, Pay Energy symbolEnergy symbol: Put a charge counter on target permanent you control.
1/4

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Thu, 2017-07-27 15:15
Wapulatus
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@Flo00

My card + A free discard outlet, doesn't that translate as 'Discard three cards, Draw one card.'? I mean, eventually you run out of cards to discard, but assuming you have a full 7-card hand:

Discard Entire Hand: 7 Charge counters = 2 cards and 1 charge.

Discard 2 Cards + 1 Charge: 1 Card.

I might be reading it wrong, but can you correct me if I'm getting the mechanic wrong? Otherwise you discard a full hand for three cards, which I think is fine for what is essentially a combo when things that are way more broken exist.

Thu, 2017-07-27 17:32
one1eye1

I like the Colony and the Automaton the most. Very interesting cards.

Thu, 2017-07-27 20:12
sdfkjgh
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@Gurfle, @Flo00: The 10 or more charge counters threshold is there to placate the ones who feel as if a Vehicle wouldn't count. Originally, that threshold was "greater than six", but in the making I upped it to ten or greater.

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Thu, 2017-07-27 21:17
Kagerowrs

@spazlaz: I think you should remove 'partially pay' portion of the effect entirely.

Saheeli Rai and Samut, the Tested are especially dangerous because it can win the game on spot in any format.

Fri, 2017-07-28 01:41
yuccalyptus
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Different meaning of "charge," I guess. Still a bit iffy on the wording. Considering there are (as far as I know) two other cards that care about charge counters on creatures, I'm not too worried about random hosing.

Sheriff Shady 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Legendary Creature — Human Soldier Rare

White mana symbol: Charge target creature. (Put a charge counter on it.)

Tap symbol, Remove all charge counters from target creature: If exactly one charge counter was removed in this way, tap that creature. If exactly two charge counters were removed, detain it instead. If three or more charge counters were removed, exile it instead.

2/2

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Fri, 2017-07-28 10:23
Flo00
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@Wapulatus: Sorry, misread. Seems good now X)

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Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Fri, 2017-07-28 18:49
MysticalOctopus
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Unfortunately no image; couldn't find one that fit.

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Sat, 2017-07-29 15:46
Mahx Michael
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Added render to my entry.
I had trouble finding the art I wanted though, this was the closest I got.

Mon, 2017-07-31 02:32
Asthanius
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Huh. We got a spam bot. I don't know if a mod feels like the message needs to be deleted or not, but...

Mon, 2017-07-31 03:27
MysticalOctopus
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A different bot posted relatively the same message a few days ago, and it was swiftly deleted. Don't worry about it.

EDIT: Wow, it was deleted before I even posted.

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Mon, 2017-07-31 07:16
Ziolang
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Mon, 2017-07-31 08:18
Pixi-Rex
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Entry

Mon, 2017-07-31 13:25
Daij_Djan
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This thread is now closed, the poll can be found here.

And here's the next challenge!