Card of the Week Contest #181: Sweet kitty

Mon, 2017-08-14 10:40
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 eighty-first challenge!


The winner of the "Tap two to cast..." poll was thehuw with...

As sadly neither our winner nor our runner-up responded in time, here's a backup challenge..

I wrote:
The upcoming Commander decks will bring such awesome cards as Hungry Lynx to our kitchen tables – and inspired by this, I want you to design a creature card featuring a real-life animal type. Please no sentient / humanoid versions, though.

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, 2017-08-14 18:10
MysticalOctopus
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Tardigrade 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Tardigrade Rare
Flying
If Tardigrade would die, exile it instead. For as long as it remains exiled, you may cast it.

1/2

If this doesn't work, I can make a new entry. Just thought I'd get this made since they are some of my favorite creatures.

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Wed, 2017-08-16 16:45
ThatDude9795
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Trash Panda 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Raccoon Uncommon
1 mana symbolGreen mana symbol, Exile an artifact from your graveyard: Put a +1/+1 counter on ~
2/2

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Mon, 2017-08-14 19:55
BurningCreator
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My design:

Enthusiastic Dolphin 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature — Dolphin Common
When Enthusiastic Dolphin enters the battlefield, you may endow. (Choose a counter on target permanent. Put another of those counters on it.)
The gifts of Iridia don’t make only the humanoid residents happy.
2/3

How the card looks:

Mon, 2017-08-14 19:56
sdfkjgh
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This is great, as I already have something that fits:

Tropical Basilisk 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature--Lizard Uncommon
Haste, islandwalk (This creature can’t be blocked as long as defending player controls an island.)
1/3

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Mon, 2017-08-14 20:01
sdfkjgh
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@BurningCreator: nice. Dolphin seems like one of those creature types that WotC should've been using for years now, but for some reason or another hasn't gotten around to it.

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Mon, 2017-08-14 20:39
Aarhg
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This is a sandfish, a little skink that can actually swim through sand.

Wary Sandfish White mana symbol
Creature - Lizard Common
Vigilance
2 mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Tap symbol: Return Wary Sandfish to its owner’s hand.
It dives into the desert dunes to protect itself from scavenging predators and scorching hot weather.

Mon, 2017-08-14 22:01
Daij_Djan
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Mechanically inspired by the Hour of Devastation Desert buddy cycle:

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Mon, 2017-08-14 22:14
ZephyrPhantom
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Messenger Dove 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Bird Uncommon
Flying
Whenever a Bird enters the battlefield, you may pay Blue mana symbol. If you do, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "2 mana symbol, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")
1/3
"No mystery is solved without the proper messengers." - Lorelei of the Tides


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Thu, 2017-08-17 02:17
Wapulatus
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Carrier Rats Black mana symbolBlack mana symbol

Creature - Rat Common

Diseased 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with one -1/-1 counter on it. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, if this creature has a -1/-1 counter on it, you may move a -1/-1 counter from this creature onto that creature.)

2/2

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Anti-graft.

Tue, 2017-08-15 18:18
angel666
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Krosa Chameleon 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature — Lizard Uncommon
~ has shroud as long as it's the target of a spell or ability. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Whenever a player casts a spell, you may have ~ become the color of your choice until end of turn.
2/2

Spoiler:

Edited to put the render
Thanks again @Daij_Djan (:

Mon, 2017-08-14 23:47
spazlaz

Tue, 2017-08-15 01:58
TheBrokenUrn
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@spazlaz: the correct syntax is "Tap symbol, Sacrifice a Forest:"

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Tue, 2017-08-15 01:59
ZephyrPhantom
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Green High Tide sort-of-spellshaper is equal parts hilarious and terrifying because I have no idea how to evaluate its powerlevel. Stick out your tongue


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Wed, 2017-08-16 03:37
TheBrokenUrn
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Fox of the Frozen North Green mana symbol
Creature - Fox Uncommon
Fox of the Frozen North gets +1/+1 and is unblockable as long as you control two or more snow lands.
1/1

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Tue, 2017-08-15 03:51
Fermat

Based on aphids, except... bigger and (supposedly) more glittery. Card image provided for your daily dose of "Nope!"

Tue, 2017-08-15 06:14
Gorgonzola
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@BurningCreator: So, endow is like a worse proliferate?

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, 2017-08-15 16:59
Daij_Djan
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@one1eye1: Considering Lifelink exists in white but neither red nor green whereas fighting exists not in white but in red and green, I'd say your card hould cost 1 mana symbolRed/green mana symbolWhite mana symbol instead.

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Tue, 2017-08-15 17:25
sdfkjgh
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@angel666: just what, exactly, is the difference between your ability & just giving it shroud?

@Fermat: VERY nice word of the day usage. Your card's pretty good, too.

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Tue, 2017-08-15 18:22
angel666
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@sdfkjgh: Thanks for asking. It's supposed to be a flavour thing: "the Chamaleon will change to protect itself if it's poked"

Wed, 2017-08-16 02:25
bazzboda

I was trying to stay away from the site for a while but this contest was too tempting.

They are known to die if introduced to an environment that has too much water in the air, thus it needing a desert.
They are also what I am certain Thresher Lizard was based of.(The art I am using is a photo of a Saharan Uromastyx and it looks very similar to thresher lizard with out the blades.)
Also unlike blue tongued skinks who can be fed dog food, uromastyx just eat vegetables, and love tummy rubs, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq_apH2y_bk.

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Fri, 2017-08-18 17:30
kinotherapy
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EDIT: advice taken

Love Bunnies White mana symbol
Creature — Rabbit Uncommon
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a maturity counter on Love Bunnies.
White mana symbol, Tap symbol: Create a token that’s a copy of Love Bunnies. Activate this ability only if there are two or more maturity counters on it.
“One pair, two pairs, three pairs, five pairs, eight pairs, thirteen pairs... I think we may need to keep them separated.”
1/1

Very uncertain on the balance here, I just wanted to make Fibonacci rabbits

Previous

Love Bunnies White mana symbol
Creature — Rabbit Uncommon
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a maturity counter on Love Bunnies.
Tap symbol: Create a token that’s a copy of Love Bunnies. Activate this ability only if there are two or more maturity counters on it.
“One pair, two pairs, three pairs, five pairs, eight pairs, thirteen pairs... I think we may need to keep them separated.”
0/1

Wed, 2017-08-16 15:26
jacqui-pup
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@Kinotherapy: I love this, but you almost certainly want a cost on the activated ability. (Consider Myr Propagator) Doing that would let you make the bunnies larger, too-- a stream of 1/1s is typically better than a stream of 0/1s.

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Wed, 2017-08-16 18:41
sdfkjgh
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@angel666: Ok, that's the flavor of it, but what is the mechanical difference? If there's none, I would suggest just simplifying it to always have shroud.

@bazzboda: Well spotted, good sir!

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Thu, 2017-08-17 04:24
bazzboda

@angel666, I would recommend the opposite of sdfkjgh, and suggest you keep the niche last ability that is at least in my mind more immediately flavourful than shroud, and give it reach since they are for the most part arboreal. In this case considering Noose Constrictor and how niche the second ability is you could probably get away with a mana cost of 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbol.

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Thu, 2017-08-17 04:53
aquaumisa
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Time's Monarch 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature-Insect Uncommon
Flying
When ~ dies, you may put target creature on the bottom of its owner's library.
Living in between the now and then, it symbolizes the fragility and beauty of time itself.
1/1

A play on a monarch butterfly and the butterfly effect.

Step: zero to one

Blue/black mana symbol <3 Blue/black mana symbol

Self professed Love Live fan.

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Thu, 2017-08-17 06:54
Quazer Flame

Glasswing Butterfly Colorless mana symbolColorless mana symbol
Creature - Insect Common
Flying
Colorless mana symbol: Target colorless creature gains hexproof until end of turn.
The glasswing butterfly’s other common name is mariposa de cristal, Spanish for “crystal butterfly.”
1/1

I love animals with bizarre properties, such as transparency. I was originally going to make a glassfish card, but then I remembered this little beauty. I hope I made a decent card for it.

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:57
kinotherapy
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@jacqui-pup: Thanks, I was looking for a reference card like that

That was my original design, but I thought a swarm of harmless bunnies better matched the flavour. I see the issues though... do you know what I should set the activation cost to if I change it back to a 1/1? I would like to make it White mana symbol to match the mana cost but I feel like that might be too strong.

@angel666, sdfkjgh, bazzboda: Perhaps you could change the first ability to something like "protection from its own colour" or "can't be targeted / damaged by sources that share a colour", to synergise with its second ability?

Thu, 2017-08-17 19:07
Touhoufanatic
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panda

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Fri, 2017-08-18 13:34
Sylphiod
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This looks quite fun, I have a god idea for this
Komodo Dragon 2 mana symbol:G;
Creature - Lizard
At the end of combat, destroy all creatures dealt combat damage by Komodo Dragon.
2/3

Now to find some art.

Fri, 2017-08-18 18:56
sdfkjgh
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@Sylphiod: Take your pick. There's more options here, even though about 90% of them are terrible/unusable.

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Sat, 2017-08-19 15:20
Pixi-Rex
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Winking smiley

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Sun, 2017-08-20 19:42
one1eye1

Update:

Mon, 2017-08-21 09:46
Daij_Djan
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This thread is now closed, the poll can be found here.

And here's the next challenge!

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