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

Thu, 2017-08-03 16:46
Asthanius's picture

@angel666: What happens if there are two copies of your card on the battlefield? I'm not sure, but I feel like something breaks. I suggest changing the ability from static to activated, like this: "Tap symbol: Target creature with converted mana cost 2 loses all abilities and has base power and toughness 2/2 until end of turn." You might also want to let the ability target creatures with converted mana cost 2 or less so it can be used more often.

Thu, 2017-08-03 17:39
yuccalyptus's picture

@jacqui: doesn't "two-drop" specifically mean a permanent? (I actually looked this up because my first design for this COTW was a sorcery — see here and here)

Thu, 2017-08-03 19:29
donovan_Du_Bois's picture

I had a thought

Greenwood Enchantress Green mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Elf Druid Uncommon
When you cast an enchantment spell, transform Greenwood Enchantress.


Greenwood Muse
Creature - Dryad Druid
Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, you may draw a card.
Greenwood Muse gets +1/+1 for each enchantment on the battlefield.


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Sun, 2017-08-06 00:56
kinotherapy's picture



Phantasmal Spellchaser Blue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Illusion Uncommon
Flying, haste
Whenever a player casts an instant or sorcery spell that targets Phantasmal Spellchaser, that player gains control of it.

I'm very new to this all of this so I'd appreciate any feedback at all!

Previous Version

Phantasmal Spellchaser Blue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Illusion Rare
Flying, haste
Whenever Phantasmal Spellchaser becomes the target of a spell or ability, that spell or ability’s controller gains control of Phantasmal Spellchaser.

Fri, 2017-08-04 19:12
Mahx Michael
Mahx Michael's picture

Will White mana symbolWhite mana symbol plus additional cost be accepted in the contest?

Fri, 2017-08-04 20:19
Pixi-Rex's picture

@Mahx Michael: If you mean like a kicker cost, it could be ok depending on how its designed. try stay way for making a kicker cost at 1 mana symbol or X mana symbol as that could just have ben in the designs mana cost. But try give additional cost a shot. A happy smile

Sun, 2017-08-06 11:06
Mahx Michael
Mahx Michael's picture

I've already tried to win with this once, so I'll maybe find somthing else later.
But for now, this is my entry:


Fri, 2017-08-04 20:29
TheBrokenUrn's picture

@mahx: You cannot use past CotW entries; that has been a rule since the contest began.

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Fri, 2017-08-04 20:44
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Daij_Djan's picture

Actually that's not correct. You may reuse an older entry unless a challenge repeats itself - then you may indeed not reuse your entry from the older iteration. In those cases I always add a note to the given challenge, though.

Still, chances of winning with a card which lost already once in the past obviously are rather low indeed Winking smiley

Fri, 2017-08-04 20:49
Pixi-Rex's picture

@Mahx Michael: Even when you dont kicker any time you get 4/4's after combat when you creatures died in battle, evne if they was tokens. Hmmmm... Broken.

Sat, 2017-08-05 19:42
sdfkjgh's picture

@kinotherapy: Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Lasciate ogni speranza! Winking smiley Stick out your tongue I must say, for a first entry, yours is a particularly strong design, not just in relative power level, but also in regards to design sensibilities. However, you might want to consider limiting the trigger to just instant and sorcery spells, or just spells in general, in order to make the mechanical execution more fully match the name, and to reduce the amount of "bedhopping" this rather cosmopolitan character will be doing.

You've designed a rather interesting card, and one that feels like it's right at the border between Rare & Uncommon. Good job! Have you done any playtesting with it? I could see this very easily getting a downgrade in rarity if it were reprinted.

@Mahx: @Pixi's right, your card is totally borken. It would be better to tie the Angel-creation directly to the sacrifice, like so:

Crown of the Martyr White mana symbol
Instant Mythic Rare
Multikicker--White mana symbol, Sacrifice an attacking or blocking creature.
Create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying for each time ~ was kicked

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Sat, 2017-08-05 23:09
kinotherapy's picture

@sdfkjgh: Thank you very much! I stole the rules text from other "Phantasmal" creatures, but since those only care about being targeted once, I didn't consider how much recurring abilities could cause it to jump around (I forgot that it counted triggered abilities, to be honest...) so I've edited my entry and adjusted the wording to fit the new effect.

I know very little about rarities, like what kinds of cards you expect at rare or what you can't do at common, so I just sort of guessed at it. Figured it was better to overestimate than underestimate. I moved it down for now since there's less text (lol)

As for playtesting, I didn't think about that - how do you playtest your designs? Can you import them into cockatrice or a similar program?

Sun, 2017-08-06 00:42
Aarhg's picture

@kinotherapy: I would also suggest removing flying or finding different art that shows a flying creature. Or, since red gets reach now, you could swap the flying for that.
Anyway, it's a cool card design. Simple, but it's doing something different. Welcome to the forums.

Sun, 2017-08-06 11:40
Mahx Michael
Mahx Michael's picture

This version is probably more accurat for the contest.
Here is my entry:

Sun, 2017-08-06 13:32
Aarhg's picture

Playing that on turn three after a turn two Raise the Alarm is disgustingly beautiful, but probably still a bit too strong.

Sun, 2017-08-06 18:27
kinotherapy's picture

@Aarhg: Hi! I struggled a lot with card art, I don't really know where to look and many of the links on the art resources page are dead. If I were to remove flying I would like it to have another blue keyword instead, but I'm not sure what would be a good replacement as I want to keep it fairly aggressive..

Sun, 2017-08-06 19:03
Aarhg's picture

To be honest, I think the triggered illusion ability is plenty blue to justify the colors of the card. If want a replacement for the flying though, maybe prowess could work..?

Sun, 2017-08-06 19:40
Ziolang's picture

Well, I've tried versions of this keyword mutliple times, how about one more go?

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Sun, 2017-08-06 20:33
Angelus_Reprobi's picture

Thank you! That would be awesome
I think this art would fit it ^_^

Sun, 2017-08-06 20:56
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Daij_Djan's picture

OK, here you go:

Mon, 2017-08-07 02:56
Quazer Flame

First time I've entered one of these contests. (Also my first post here period, hi!)

Forgotten Manifestation Blue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Illusion Uncommon
If you own an instant card in exile, ~ has prowess.
If you own a sorcery card in exile, ~ has prowess.
(Multiple instances of prowess trigger separately.)

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Mon, 2017-08-07 05:00
ThisisSakon's picture

Quazer Flame: first off, welcome! Glad to have you in our lovely little community!

As for Forgotten Manifestation it doesn't have manifest I'd take a look at Warden of the Beyond for some wording inspiration. Probably something like "Forgotten Manifestation has prowess as long as you own a card in exile"

Anyway, welcome and good luck! Cute entry

Mon, 2017-08-07 06:30
Quazer Flame

@ThisisSakon: Thanks a lot! Big smile

Do I need to rename my entry? Also, I'd given up on trying to find a card with the wording I wanted, so thanks for that. The ability you suggested doesn't let the creature end up with two instances or prowess, but that's just an example, right?

Mon, 2017-08-07 07:05
Vunik's picture

@Quazer Flame: As far as I know, the best way to word the effect would be "CARDNAME has prowess as long as you own an instant card in exile." The same for sorcery, only you substitute sorcery where instant is. This makes it more obvious as a static effect, as having an if clause may mislead players to believe it is a triggered effect (and attempt to do thing with cards like Voidslime and Strionic Resonator).

As for the name, don't worry about it. It's only a problem in a set that has manifest, and even then its negligible.

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Mon, 2017-08-07 11:42
Angelus_Reprobi's picture

@Daij_Djan: Thanks a lot A happy smile

Mon, 2017-08-07 12:07
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Daij_Djan's picture

You're welcome Winking smiley

This thread is now closed, the poll can be found here.

And here's the next challenge!