Card of the Week Contest #182: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a Magic card!

Mon, 2017-08-21 10:03
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-second challenge!


The winner of the "Sightsee the Blind Eternities" poll was myself with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

I wrote:
Starting things of with a quote from one of my most beloved authors of all time:

“The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.“ – Douglas Adams

Mark Rosewater has stressed multiple times how good old flying is MtG's most intuitive and flavorful mechanic by far. To honor this, I want you all to design a card featuring the term „flying“ in its rules text, however the card may not be a creature card with flying (or turn into one) itself!

Enjoy!

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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Thu, 2017-08-24 11:23
TheBrokenUrn
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I hate Photobucket now.

Electrical Storm 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
When ~ enters the battlefield, it deals 2 damage to all creatures.
Creatures with flying lose flying and creatures can't gain flying.
3 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol, Exile ~: ~ deals 4 damage to all creatures, planeswalkers, and players.

EDITLOG
EDIT 1: Added more syntax to prevent flying.
EDIT 2: Added a link to render since Photobucket and TinyPic hate me.

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Mon, 2017-08-21 15:09
yuccalyptus
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Can our submissions create tokens with flying?

Mon, 2017-08-21 15:54
yuccalyptus
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Dive Green mana symbol
Enchantment — Aura Uncommon

Enchant creature
Enchanted creature has "Whenever this creature attacks, if it has flying, you may have it lose flying until end of turn. If you do, target creature blocks it this turn if able."


Technically "dive" is a verb, which according to tradition should make this card a nonpermanent, but I'm flavoring it like feats in D&D (i.e. skills the creature can learn rather than magical bonuses). I'm dubious about the color because the effect is green but flying creatures aren't.

Mon, 2017-08-21 15:30
Cajun
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Dive falls off if you have the creature lose flying.

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Mon, 2017-08-21 15:49
Quazer Flame

The Hungry Sky's Path
Legendary Land Mythic Rare
The Hungry Sky’s Path enters the battlefield tapped.
Tap symbol: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. The Hungry Sky’s Path doesn’t untap during your next untap step.
4 mana symbol: Transform The Hungry Sky’s Path. Any player may activate this ability.

The Hungry Sky
Blue color identity Legendary Enchantment
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, target creature that player controls of that player’s choice gains flying until end of turn. That player sacrifices it at the beginning of the next end step.
The land here belongs to the sky.

Is this balanced at all? Worded correctly?

Mon, 2017-08-21 15:54
yuccalyptus
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Duh, thanks. Fixed.

Mon, 2017-08-21 17:34
amethyst-marie

Mon, 2017-08-21 18:03
Neottolemo
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Fall From Heaven 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
Demons you control get +2/+2.
Whenever a creature with flying you don't control dealt combat damage by a creature you control this turn dies, return it to the battlefield under your control. It's a Demon in addition to its other types.

Mon, 2017-08-21 18:05
Daij_Djan
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@yuccalyptus: Yes, that would be fine.

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Mon, 2017-08-21 18:14
Aarhg
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Experimental Jetkit 1 mana symbol
Artifact - Equipment Uncommon
Equipped creature has flying and haste.
Whenever equipped creature attacks or blocks, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, sacrifice equipped creature.
Equip 0 mana symbol
No matter what happens, it will certainly be a spectacular sight.

Mon, 2017-08-21 19:07
Pixi-Rex
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@TheBrokenUrn: "Creatures with flying lose flying." what??? So a creature with flying loses it, but now its don't have flying any more therefor it will get it back. and then lose it again. over and over and over.

I think it should just be "Creatures lose flying and can't have or gain flying." like Archetype of Imagination. Winking smiley

Mon, 2017-08-21 19:20
jacqui-pup
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Ichorblossom 2 mana symbolPhyrexian Black Mana
Tribal Artifact - Imp Rare
3 mana symbolPhyrexian Black Mana, Tap symbol: Create a 1/1 black Imp artifact creature token with flying and lifelink.

[center]"It's exciting to create something that demonstrates how clever you are, that you pushed in a direction that players didn't anticipate. The problem is that the point of game design isn't to be clever, it's to create a great game." --Mark Rosewater

Mon, 2017-08-21 19:25
Pixi-Rex
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Simple design. Wonder why it's not made yet. (should the cost be uped to 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol ???)

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Mon, 2017-08-21 20:22
ZephyrPhantom
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A Union card won COTW?! That's really amazing, nice job Daij!

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Heavenly Verdict 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Destroy all creatures without flying.
"A different cleansing awaits those who cannot be uplifted." - Griff

Spoiler:
Oppressive Gust Blue mana symbol
Instant Common
Tap target creature.
Reiterate 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol — A creature with flying entered the battlefield. (At the beginning of your end step, if the condition has been met, you may pay 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol. If you do, you may return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Reiterate only once per turn.)
A Galewarden's greatest weapon is their wings.


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Mon, 2017-08-21 20:42
thehuw
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Acrophobia Blue mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Put target creature with power X or less on top of its owner's library, where X is the number of creatures you control with flying.
Thin air thins thoughts.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Mon, 2017-08-21 20:46
sdfkjgh
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If anyone could help find some art for this, it'd be greatly appreciated

Skykiller's Perch 1 mana symbolRed/green mana symbolRed/green mana symbol
Tribal Enchantment--Spider Archer Uncommon
Creatures you control without flying have reach.
Whenever a creature without flying enters the battlefield under your control, you may have it deal damage equal to its power to target creature with flying.

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Tue, 2017-08-22 01:33
Flo00
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Downwind Elemental 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Elemental Uncommon
Creatures can’t have or gain flying.
3/4

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

Tue, 2017-08-22 02:23
Cajun
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Quote:
@TheBrokenUrn: "Creatures with flying lose flying." what??? So a creature with flying loses it, but now its don't have flying any more therefor it will get it back. and then lose it again. over and over and over.
That's not how it works. You would want to add 'and can't gain flying' due to how it does work tho.

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Tue, 2017-08-22 02:59
spazlaz

Tue, 2017-08-22 13:35
Atreoss

Tue, 2017-08-22 17:46
jacqui-pup
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@Quazer Flame: Letting any player pay 4 mana symbol for The Abyss (especially an uncounterable one) is alarming.

@amethyst-marie: Credit for using Aileron. This might be worded redundantly; in any case I think granting trample is excessive, as flying is already an evasion ability.

@Neo: Weird. The reason you'd run this card is as a Crucible of Fire, with the flying being gravy. The flavor is very good though.

@Zephyr: Worst keyword ever? I don't think this needs to be a keyword.

@sdfkjgh: This really doesn't need to be both a Spider and an Archer simultaneously, much as I love Spiders and Archers.

@Spazlaz: This is dangerously close to "Flip a coin, if you win the flip you win the game."

@Atreoss: Eek! This is like Maze of Ith on crack.

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Tue, 2017-08-22 17:58
sdfkjgh
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@BrokenUrn: "All creatures lose flying and can't have or gain flying." See Archetype of Imagination for proper templating.

@Atreoss: So, do they use the classic liquid, or can they use the much cleaner & more convenient whiteout tape? Or did you mean to say "without", and just had a brainfart?

@jacqui-pup: What better way to fully drive the point home of "This card really hates on flying!"? Also, I see this card as being in a set with heavy Spider & heavy Archer tribal subthemes.

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Tue, 2017-08-22 18:40
Asthanius
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Faerie's Embrace 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Uncommon
Enchant creature
4 mana symbolBlue mana symbol: Create a 3/3 blue Cat creature token and put Faerie’s Embrace from your hand onto the battlefield attached to it. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.
Enchanted creature has flying.

Is this too close to being a card that turns into a creature with flying? If so, I'll try to figure something else out.

Tue, 2017-08-22 19:07
marioware2
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Hello, low-hanging fruit? Hi, it's mario. Can I borrow you for a sec?

Tue, 2017-08-22 20:18
Pixi-Rex
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@marioware2: Jump is a card. Is this a mix of 2 real cards? I can't find Conclusions anywear. But can it still have that name on one side it not.

Tue, 2017-08-22 20:24
thehuw
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@marioware2: Can very easily become "destroy target creature" in Green mana symbolBlue mana symbol. (disapproving face)

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Tue, 2017-08-22 20:53
Quazer Flame

So does The Hungry Sky's Path need a higher/more restrictive transform cost, or does the reverse side need altering?

Tue, 2017-08-22 21:12
marioware2
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@thehuw: I know, aren't I just the worst?

Tue, 2017-08-22 21:23
thehuw
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Oh, Mario. (laugh track, applause, sound of remotes being hurled at TVs)

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Set Huwb
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Praise Vectron.

Tue, 2017-08-22 22:19
kinotherapy
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Was there ever a Fortress card with flying or flying flavour? If not, would it be okay if I tried to make my own? I've read the rulings for it here and think it would make a neat entry, but don't really know anything else about the type and I've got no reference since the photobucket links are down.

Tue, 2017-08-22 22:45
jacqui-pup
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@Mario: "Jump // Plummet, fuse" is the quintessential "ain't I clever?" design and you should know better. I'd honestly like this if Conclusions cost 1B.

@sdfkjgh: Why would a set have Spider tribal (race-based) and Archer tribal (class-based) simultaneously, especially if said tribes are both defined largely by flying hate? It's very redundant.

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Tue, 2017-08-22 23:11
Daij_Djan
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@kinotherapy: Yeah, those links are annoying me so much.. I've nearly finished saving an reuploading all of my renders though - then I'll replace all links as well. I have decided a flying fortress once in the past, it wasn't really about flying though. Feel free to give it a try! I'm always happy to see fortresses spreading further Stick out your tongue

@TheBrokenUrn: Concerning broken links.. Winking smiley



EDIT: Also, here's my own entry:

Feel free to ignore this

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Wed, 2017-08-23 00:01
kinotherapy
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@Daij_Djan: Thank you! That design is... very similar to what I had in mind actually, but I'll give it a shot anyway. I might my change my entry to something simpler if it doesn't work out.

A few questions first: Is the subtype always a Plane? Is the passive ability always defensive / a way of protecting itself? And is there a dedicated template, or should I just use the M15 Planeswalker one?

Wed, 2017-08-23 00:09
marioware2
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@jacqui: I know, aren't I just the worst?

Wed, 2017-08-23 00:34
thehuw
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@Daij: So... Worse, rarer Holdout Settlement?

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Wed, 2017-08-23 01:00
Daij_Djan
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@thehuw: Didn't know of that card - oh well

@kinotherapy: To answer your questions: Yes, the subtype always is a plane. I used the normal planeswalker template in the past, then changed it to Pichoro's Modern Artbackground Planeswalkers template to have a small visual difference between the two card types. The first ability is always meant to offer some sort of protection yes - but that's meant as a very wide guideline. I just realized the download link to my FtV collection is also down - are you interested in a reupload?

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Wed, 2017-08-23 10:14
kinotherapy
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@Daij_Djan: If it's no trouble, I would appreciate that a lot.

Wed, 2017-08-23 10:52
Daij_Djan
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No trouble at all. This is an updated version of the original file (mostly added the new create wording & fixed some typos) which will soon be added to the original thread as well. You'll probably need the template mentioned above to look at it, though.

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Wed, 2017-08-23 16:57
sdfkjgh
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@jacqui: In this world, Archers have rangestrike (Tap symbol: ~ deals N damage to target attacking or blocking creature.), Spiders have wither, and Zombies can continue to do things from the graveyard. Here's an example of a Zombie Spider from the same set:

NOT AN ENTRY

Caustic Recluse Black mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature--Zombie Spider Uncommon
Reach, wither
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Caustic Recluse is in a graveyard or on the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on each creature with a -1/-1 counter on it.
2/4

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Thu, 2017-08-24 05:46
Angelus_Reprobi
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Fall of the Angels [Black mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol]
Sorcery Rare
Fall of the Angels cost Black mana symbol less to cast for each creature with flying on the battlefield.
Destroy all creatures.

I discovered this site where you can make renders, but I don't really know how to resize it, so here it is in spoilers: -nvm- Thanks @marioware2! (:

The art is a Renaissance painting ^_^

Thu, 2017-08-24 00:18
marioware2
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@angel: You can resize by putting the dimensions in the img tag. So this:

Original

becomes this:

Resized

By using img=375x523 instead of just img. A happy smile

Sun, 2017-08-27 11:43
kinotherapy
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EDIT: added reach

@Daij_Djan: Thanks again for all the help! I spent a while fiddling with the loyalty (siege?) abilities and will probably never be happy with them, as I don't really have a specific goal for them compared to the static ability, so I'm presenting what I've got as is.

Laethyr, Levitating Falls 5 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Fortress - Zendikar Rare
Creatures without flying or reach can’t attack Laethyr, Levitating Falls.
+2 Loyalty: Create a 2/2 white and blue Human Knight creature token with lifelink and “Sacrifice this creature: Return target spell or creature to its owner’s hand.”
-3 Loyalty: Until your next turn, creatures you control have flying and indestructible, and creature cards you own not on the battlefield have flash.
5 (unsure how to format this)

I had to go with Zendikar too because, you know, floating landmass

Fri, 2017-08-25 03:34
Wapulatus
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I already noticed another goblin entry, so I hope this is original enough.

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Goblin Catapult 4 mana symbol

Artifact Uncommon

Tap symbol: Target creature you control gains flying until end of turn. If that creature deals combat damage this turn, sacrifice it at the next end step.

To goblins, crashing and landing are practically the same thing.

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My Entry

Thu, 2017-08-24 03:30
Yoshi
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Unstable Tower
Land Rare
Tap symbol: Add Colorless mana symbol to your mana pool.
Tap symbol: Target creature you control gains flying until end of turn. Sacrifice it at the end of turn.
Climb to the top and you'll find a view to die for.

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Thu, 2017-08-24 07:30
ZephyrPhantom
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@jacqui - K

Heavenly Verdict 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Destroy all creatures without flying.
"A different cleansing awaits those who cannot be uplifted." - Griff


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Thu, 2017-08-24 09:00
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@Atreoss
You need to install the M15 fonts. You can get them at Pichoro's Additional Downloads.

Thu, 2017-08-24 15:07
one1eye1

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Thu, 2017-08-24 14:27
sdfkjgh
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@one1eye1: nice, but you should prolly retemplate the first ability to:

Create a 1/1 blue Bird creature token with flying named Owl.

since all owls are Birds, and Magic hasn't distinguished between the different types of Birds since Homelands.

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Thu, 2017-08-24 15:08
one1eye1

Ok, Thanks.

Thu, 2017-08-24 17:04
Asthanius
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@kinotherapy: I have a small critique. Fortresses are something that have to be destroyed before their controller can be attacked, and since the most common way to destroy a fortress would be through combat damage, there aren't going to be many mono-green decks that can get through this card. While that isn't a problem for most people, it kinda sucks that one popular type of deck (mono-green ramp/monsters) gets shut off by it. To remedy the situation, I suggest making it so creatures with reach can also attack Laethyr, since it's more likely that a mono-green deck would have some number of creatures with reach in the sideboard.