Card of the Week Contest #179: Tap two to cast ...

Mon, 2017-07-31 13:35
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-ninth challenge!


The winner of the "Outmoded" poll was Pixi-Rex with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

Pixi-Rex wrote:
The most popular CMC in a deck is 2. You are putting pressure on your opponent with a early card or have the opportunity for some defensive answers.
So you must design a two-drop, but the twist is its mana cost may only consist of colored mana. So no Colorless mana symbol, 1 mana symbol or X mana symbol.

Good luck.

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!

Tue, 2017-08-01 02:31
Asthanius
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Symbiomancer Green mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Human Fungus Mutant Mythic Rare
Whenever another nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, create a 1/1 green Fungus creature token.
Tap another untapped Fungus creature you control: Add Green mana symbol to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast creature spells.
2/2

Wed, 2017-08-02 14:13
one1eye1

Edit;

Mon, 2017-07-31 23:23
Gurfle
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Rakdos Jester Black mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Demon Uncommon
Haste
1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol: ~ gains menace until end of turn.
He'll be laughing still, at the end.
3/1

Rough idea, thoughts?

Changelog:
-Turned from 4/1 into 3/1
-Nyxed ability haste, now just has haste
-Changed "deathtouch" to "menace" in second ability

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Mon, 2017-07-31 19:44
Gorgonzola
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@Gurfle: I'd consider making it a 3/1, because Spike Jester. It's funny that the names are so similar.

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Mon, 2017-07-31 20:14
thehuw
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@Gurfle: I agree that this should be a 3/1, and I'm also not so sure about the usefulness of deathtouch, considering that it has high power in the first place. Perhaps something a bit more aggressive, like menace?

Also, I do love that flavor text, but do remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer. Winking smiley

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Mon, 2017-07-31 21:37
sdfkjgh
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Does it have to be a creature?

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Mon, 2017-07-31 21:39
Daij_Djan
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There are no restrictions concerning the card type and/or the rarity of your entry.

Mon, 2017-07-31 22:03
sdfkjgh
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Let's do a 2-drop planeswalker that's actually good, shall we?

Clwydd, Master of Mana Green mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Planeswalker--Clwydd
+1 Loyalty: Target nonland permanent gains “T: Add one mana of any type to your mana pool.” until end of turn.
-X Loyalty: Add X mana to your mana pool in any combination of types.
-6 Loyalty: You get an emblem with “Mana costs you pay cost 1 less to pay.”
{2 starting loyalty}

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Tue, 2017-08-01 22:12
Aarhg
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Deathbed Coronet Black mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
When Deathbed Coronet enters the battlefield, it becomes an Aura with enchant creature. Return a creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield and attach Deathbed Coronet to it.
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

Old version of Deathbed Coronet
Deathbed Coronet Black mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
When Deathbed Coronet enters the battlefield, it becomes an Aura with enchant creature. Return a creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield and attach Deathbed Coronet to it.
Enchanted creature is a black Zombie in addition to its other colors and types.

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Old card
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Hellfire Marauder Black mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Zombie Warrior Rare
When Hellfire Marauder enters the battlefield, sacrifice a creature.
Whenever you sacrifice a creature, each opponent sacrifices a creature.
It was the necromancer's greatest creation by far, but it was also his demise.
3/1

It's like Fleshbag Marauder's crazy brother.

Mon, 2017-07-31 22:56
jacqui-pup
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@Asthanius: 3/3 with hasty "Tap symbol: Add Green mana symbolGreen mana symbol to your mana pool" is kind of pushing it

@one1eye1: Odd lack of symmetry: why does it have to be the second creature spell if it stops your opponent from casting more than two spells period?

@Gurfle: Weird place where 3/1 haste for Black mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol is janky but 4/1 for Black mana symbolRed mana symbol is a bit much. I think this might want the shade ability for the black end.

@Sdfkjgh: This is oddly worded but otherwise cool. I really really do not understand why this makes mana of any type as opposed to color; yes, it can produce Colorless mana symbol, no that doesn't mean it should. Ult should be "Spells you cast cost 1 mana symbol less to cast." Is it supposed to be able to target itself for the first ability?

@Aargh: Wow that's an upgrade on Fleshbag Marauder

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Tue, 2017-08-01 01:31
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Gonti's Blade Black mana symbolRed/white mana symbol
Creature - Aetherborn Warrior Uncommon
Fabricate 1
Sacrifice a creature: CARDNAME gains double strike until end of turn.
1/1

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Mon, 2017-07-31 23:08
Aarhg
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@jacqui-pup: It might be too pushed. I'll keep working on it.

Mon, 2017-07-31 23:27
Gurfle
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@gorgonzola - Ha! It's funny because their names are so similar. Don't know if that was intentional but I laughed (probably for too long) at that.

@thehuw - thanks, took the menace ability and replaced deathtouch with it. And don't worry, I understand that adversity and existence are one in the same.

@jacqui - That really is an awkward spot I put myself in-- just decided to upgrade spike jester a little. Still unsure if that's a good idea. Also, color me confused as I don't know what the "shade ability" is.

Thank you, all three of you, for the feedback.

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Tue, 2017-08-01 00:15
Inverness
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Aargh: I think that'd be fair as a 2/1. Still strong offensively, but doesn't trade with higher-cost creatures like a 3 power guy would. Great design btw, love the twist on Fleshbag Marauder!

Tue, 2017-08-01 00:48
sdfkjgh
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@jacqui: It's not just spells that are reduced. Think of it like this: if something costs mana, the emblem reduces that mana cost by 1 mana symbol. Also, yes, Clwydd is able to target himself with his first ability. That doesn't necessarily make doing so any good on the turn you cast him, but you still have that option.

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Tue, 2017-08-01 01:14
jacqui-pup
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Walkers don't have summoning sickness, you realize, so it effectively is a two-mana dork with haste. And that could cause problems with certain activated abilities (ie, Bog Initiate, Staff of Domination, Gemstone Array)

@Gurfle: The "(cost): ~ gets +1/+1 until end of turn" that appears on almost every Shade creature."

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Tue, 2017-08-01 01:24
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Tue, 2017-08-01 02:31
Asthanius
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@jacqui: Wow, I totally forgot that it was a Fungus itself. That's an issue. I'm also changing it so it doesn't make a token when it enters, just as a precaution.

Tue, 2017-08-01 04:51
Fermat

Arashin Exemplar Green mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature — Human Soldier Rare
Vigilance
Whenever ~ blocks a creature, bolster 1. (Choose a creature with the least toughness among creatures you control and put a +1/+1 counter on it.)
They inspire the meek not just in words, but in actions.
2/3

Wed, 2017-08-02 09:04
Nhoj2307

Memory Flask Blue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Artifact
Uncommon

3 mana symbol: Tap symbol: Target opponent reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a land card, then puts those cards into his or her graveyard.

Never go to the Rubblebelt without one.

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Tue, 2017-08-01 11:55
Ziolang
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@Nhoj2307 As per Consuming Aberration "Target opponent reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a land card, then puts those cards into his or her graveyard."


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Mon, 2017-08-07 00:52
TheBrokenUrn
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Old Entry
I thought it could be perceived a two drop if you use blue mana. A two-drop with a CMC of 3 is not that far out.

Wooden Traveler's Cup A 2/U hybrid mana symbol.Blue mana symbol
Artifact Common
~ enters the battlefield tapped.
Tap symbol, Sacrifice ~: Search your library for an instant or sorcery with a converted mana cost of 4 or less and put it into your hand. Shuffle our library.
"It may be made out of wood but your thirst will be fulfilled when you use it to drink water.

Stonemason's Folly Red mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Common
Target up to two target creatures.
If you are targeting only one creature, ~ deals 4 damage to that creature. Otherwise, it deals 2 damage to each creature.
"Remind me in the morning to send the stonemason to the pillory." -- Thelson, Lord of Stag Keep

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Tue, 2017-08-01 18:13
Neottolemo
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@Gurfle: I don't like that it's a strict upgrade to Spike Jester. The most obvious solution would be to give it "can't block" or "must attack each turn if able", but if you don't want that, I'd either reduce the power to 2, or remove haste from it and give it "Black mana symbolRed mana symbol: CARDNAME gains haste and menace until end of turn". Also, terrors may indeed stalk these shadows, but yonder: a glint of gold!

@spazlaz: You don't need that colon. Also, that looks too powerful for the cost. I get it's guild-shifted Voice of Resurgence, but that card was annoying as heck.

@Nhoj: Magic doesn't use bold text in flavour text.

@Urn: That's a stupid looking cost because it mixes twobrid with regular mana, which feels really odd. Also, why do you want an instant/sorcery tutor at common? That's definitely not the appropriate rarity for that. Also, the flavour text makes it sound like drinking water from other wooden cups doesn't quench anyone's thirst, which is odd.

Excuse the terrible name, it probably needs to be replaced. If anyone has suggestions about the card, I'd love to hear them. Currently thinking of adding a mana activation cost to the ability, perhaps 2 mana symbol.

Tue, 2017-08-01 18:31
jacqui-pup
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@Urn: In addition to looking really stupid, A 2/U hybrid mana symbol.Blue mana symbol has a CMC of 3 and is thus ineligible

@Neo: Never been a fan of creatures that deal damage to creatures when they connect. Trample makes it slightly more relevant?

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Tue, 2017-08-01 22:11
Aarhg
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@Inverness: Making it a 2/1 would definitely pull the power level in the right direction, but I don't think it would be enough.

I'm therefore changing my entry to something different that also references an already existing card. However, this time it's supposed to be a sort of counterpart to a card from Future Sight called Daybreak Coronet. I tried to make my card look like it could potentially have been part of the set. Feedback is appreciated; it's tough to get a card right in one shot.

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Deathbed Coronet Black mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
When Deathbed Coronet enters the battlefield, it becomes an Aura with enchant creature. Return a creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield and attach Deathbed Coronet to it.
Enchanted creature is a black Zombie in addition to its other colors and types.

Tue, 2017-08-01 19:13
Neottolemo
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@jacqui: Yeah, that's what I was going for. Originally it was a 2/2 for Blue mana symbolRed mana symbol that couldn't be blocked, attacked each turn if able, and dealt 2 damage on sac, but that was hard to find art/flavour for and the card itself felt too pushed since the drawback was essentially irrelevant there.

@Aargh: Rise from the Grave for two mana. Ok. Not really. You do realise the creature stays on the battlefield after the coronet goes away, right?

Tue, 2017-08-01 19:29
Aarhg
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@Neottolemo: I think a better comparison would be Animate Dead. The coronet still only hits your own graveyard, but you don't get the negative effects that come with Animate Dead. There's also a rarity difference to take into account.
And I know the creature would stay alive if the aura is removed, but I think it makes sense flavorwise. The creature was ressurected by the coronet, but is now cursed to live as a horrible zombie. If the coronet is removed somehow, the creature would be cured in a way.

That said, this is still a pretty strong card. I could see it maybe giving -1/-1 to the enchanted creature, but it might not be necessary.

Tue, 2017-08-01 19:50
thehuw
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The -1/-1 is definitely a good call. Animate Dead, despite its drawbacks, is still way too good for modern power levels.

Even then, though, I'm still suspicious. A turn two Emrakul is going to be scary whether it's a 12/12 or a 13/13.

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Tue, 2017-08-01 20:18
Aarhg
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It could also say something like "enchanted creature can't block", which is a drawback many zombies have.

Tue, 2017-08-01 20:50
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Yeah... compare Animate Dead. Then realize that Animate Dead has a downside. Then also realize that Animate Dead is a stupid amount of broken at two mana.
Neottolemo was correct in naming Rise from the Grave. That's the card you should be making the comparison to, since that one is standard legal. With a small downside, it can possibly be 4. Not being able to block isn't a downside on a two-mana reanimation spell; neither is -1/-1. Keep in mind that you're reanimating something that costs 10+ mana with it.

Tue, 2017-08-01 21:11
Aarhg
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Okay, I came up with a possible solution, but it involves a pretty huge drawback.

V2

Tue, 2017-08-01 21:42
Pixi-Rex
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@Aarhg: I already designed "that card" Winking smiley Not 100% the same but...

Not an entry, only showing design

You might have it like Animate Dead so when the enchantment leaves the battlefield the creature dies.
I like its only your own graveyard you can take creatures from, but could the drawback be you only can take from others graveyards and not your own.
The v2 is ok, but it really kills it self if you only can attack one time with the creature or only block for days.

Tue, 2017-08-01 22:08
Aarhg
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@Pixi-Rex: Hold da op, that's almost the excact same card. I think I'm gonna go with the "v2" as my entry for now, since it seems like the most unique version of my design.

Tue, 2017-08-01 23:25
thehuw
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Quietly building White mana symbolBlue mana symbol Advisor tribal, one CotW at a time.

Senate Isle Magistrate White mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Advisor Uncommon
Flash
When Senate Isle Magistrate enters the battlefield, each player gains 2 life and draws a card.
"Every slight, every imbalance, every last detail must be accounted for. All are as one under the Pact."
1/3

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Wed, 2017-08-02 00:31
sdfkjgh
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Holy hell, @huwby, dat's an amazing card design! My Melvin is screaming in joy at its...completeness? Yeah, let's go with that word. Take my vote & give me four copies, NOW!

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Wed, 2017-08-02 04:01
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Drop Box White mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment Uncommon

When Drop Box enters the battlefield, if it’s not a token, each of your teammates creates a token that’s a copy of Drop Box.
1 mana symbol: Target teammate gains control of target permanent you control. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

Think inside the box.


Also: is mtg.design malfunctioning for anyone else?

Wed, 2017-08-02 14:25
one1eye1

Combo eater, that is fast with birds/elves while not mono G.

Wed, 2017-08-02 15:05
TheBrokenUrn
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Wed, 2017-08-02 16:16
Pixi-Rex
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@Aarhg: That is a good chose, and its still playable. You just need big creatures with vigilance. Cards like Avacyn, Angel of Hope is super playable with it.

Wed, 2017-08-02 18:13
Wapulatus
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Meow.

My Entry

Makes your cats fat with more cats.

Wed, 2017-08-02 18:45
ThisisSakon
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Spent like 30 seconds on this as a whole, and I think 15 of them were on the flavor text

Wed, 2017-08-02 19:10
WindyDelcarlo
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@Aargh: Pixi-Rex's reason for liking this is the exact reason it's still broken. One of the popular reanimator targets is Elesh Norn. Another one is Avacyn. Both of those have vigilance and still getting to reanimate them turn 2 is just the same problem as animate dead.

Wed, 2017-08-02 19:20
jacqui-pup
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No instants or sorceries yet... let's fix that.

Power or Patience Blue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Rare
Search your library for an instant card and a sorcery card. An opponent chooses one. Exile the chosen card and put the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Wed, 2017-08-02 19:51
Daij_Djan
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We also don't have any fortresses yet.. Winking smiley

Card itself might actually get tweaked a bit later on..

Wed, 2017-08-02 20:12
Aarhg
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@WindyDelcarlo: I see what you mean, but reanimating creatures is just typically a very strong strategy. I really doubt my card would see more play than Animate Dead, Reanimate, or Exhume if it was real.
I had an idea that the creature could be returned to the battlefield tapped as well, but that would just make it unplayable in most decks.
Deathbed Coronet is necessarily meant to be standard or modern legal either. It could be part of a commander release so that it would only be accessible in formats that already have better cards like it.

Wed, 2017-08-02 20:57
WindyDelcarlo
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It's not going to see play over Animate Dead, Reanimate, or Exhume. That doesn't mean it's not busted. Copy 4 of those in singleton is already very good.

Sun, 2017-08-06 20:31
Angelus_Reprobi
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Bearmancer [Blue mana symbolGreen mana symbol]
Legendary Creature — Bear Rare
Other creature with converted mana cost 2 loses all abilities and have base power and toughness 2/2.
2/2

It looks like the program doesn't work on my new computer, I don't think I can provide a render. A sad 'frowny'

Changed to Legendary else would break as pointed out by @Asthanius

Thu, 2017-08-03 01:40
Vunik
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Here's a strange idea that I've been thinking of. (And it fits!)

Shatter the Thought Red mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Target player exiles two cards from their hand until end of turn. (They return to their owner’s hand at end of turn.)

My attempt at creating "temporary discard".

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Thu, 2017-08-03 12:09
Daij_Djan
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@angel666: Do you have some artwork in mind? If you can give me a link, I'll gladly set up a render for you.

Thu, 2017-08-03 14:53
sdfkjgh
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@TheBrokenUrn: Mebbe a modal spell would be better. Something like:

Stonemason's Folly Red mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Common
Choose one--
:: ~ deals 4 damage to target creature.
:: ~ deals 2 damage to each of two target creatures.
"Remind me in the morning to send the stonemason to the pillory."
-- Thelson, Lord of Stag Keep

Or, you could go this route:

Stonemason's Folly Red mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Common
~ deals 4 damage divided evenly among one or two target creatures.
"Remind me in the morning to send the stonemason to the pillory."
-- Thelson, Lord of Stag Keep

I'd actually recommend the latter, as its templating is the cleanest. That said, this should prolly be Uncommon, not Common, as 2-for-1s aren't usually found at common.

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