Card of the Week Contest #183: Island, go!

Mon, 2017-08-28 18:16
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-third challenge!


The winner of the "Sweet kitty" poll was kinotherapy with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

kinotherapy wrote:
For the challenge, I would like people to design a cool turn one play. It could be 1-drop creature like Birds of Paradise, a spell like Thoughtseize, a land you want to play before any others or a spell with CMC 0, or even 2 or higher if it has a way of being played cheaper or cheated in (as long as it's fair, of course...) All that matters is that it's both playable and desirable on the first turn of the game.

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, 2017-08-28 18:23
Gorgonzola
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Lightning Bolt Red mana symbol
Instant Common
Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to...

Jokes aside, a pretty nice challenge. I'll try later.

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.

Mon, 2017-08-28 19:47
sdfkjgh
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Ok, I got this.

Favored of Bolas Black mana symbol
Creature--Cat Minion Mythic Rare
Deathtouch
Creature tokens you control get +2/+2.
Favored of Bolas has trample as long as it’s a creature token.
Eternalize 4BBB (4BBB, Exile this card from your graveyard: Create a token that’s a copy of it, except it’s a 4/4 black Zombie Cat Minion with no mana cost. Eternalize only as a sorcery.)
0/1

And its eternalized token:

Favored of Bolas
Token Creature--Zombie Cat Minion Mythic Rare
Deathtouch
Creature tokens you control get +2/+2.
Favored of Bolas has trample as long as it’s a creature token.
4/4

Doing my part to turn Bolas into a crazy cat lady

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Eleanor Abernathy, Crazy Cat Lady Green mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature--Human Mythic Rare
Eleanor Abernathy, Crazy Cat Lady gets +1/+1 and can block an additional creature each combat for each nontoken Cat creature you control.
Cat creatures you control get +1/+1 and have vigilance.
Green mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Tap two untapped Cat creatures you control: Create a 1/1 white Cat creature token with lifelink.
Blue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol: Target Cat creature you control gets +1/+0 and gains flying and deathtouch until end of turn. At the beginning of the next end step, sacrifice that creature.
0/4

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Mon, 2017-08-28 19:48
sdfkjgh
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Can you imagine Favored of Bolas in a Sprout Swarm deck?

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Mon, 2017-08-28 20:09
Quazer Flame

I was inspired by Gemstone Caverns and wanted to make a version that actually gained basic land types. I think this is balanced?

Mon, 2017-08-28 23:06
Angelus_Reprobi
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Greedy Plans [Blue mana symbol]
Instant Rare
If ~ is in your opening hand, you may reveal it and discard your hand. If you do, draw that many cards minus four.
Draw a card, then discard a card.

This is supposed to be a turn one card for decks that use the graveyard, like Reanimator.
Not sure if it's too powerful though.

Mon, 2017-08-28 21:37
Inverness
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sdfkjgh:

I think this card has too much going on. It has 4 abilities, but some of them aren't even relevant- a 0/1 with deathtouch? I mean, yeah, sure, it gains trample when it's a token, but the extra interaction there just seems like it's not worth the extra rules text to me. I think this would be a fine card if you took out the two middle abilities- a 0/1 deathtouch is still kind of neat since it gains the ability to eternalize and then actually do stuff with that deathtouch.

Thu, 2017-08-31 20:16
Atreoss

Spoiler:

hmm,ixalan gave me some ideas.

Mon, 2017-08-28 23:14
thehuw
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I actually designed the perfect card for this just the other day...

Thicket Warden Green mana symbol
Creature - Elf Druid Uncommon
Tap symbol: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell with converted mana cost 2 or less.
1/1

This idea came to me when I discovered that easily casting three-drops on turn two is the reason we don't get Llanowar Elves type creatures any more. This is no Llanowar Elves, and it's certainly no Birds of Paradise, but, in some kind of "five-color smallstuff" build, or an Elves deck splashing for a smoother engine or off-color sideboard cards, it might just be what you're after.

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Mon, 2017-08-28 23:41
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Dryad Treespeaker Green mana symbol
Creature - Dryad Mystic Uncommon
Tap symbol: Add Green mana symbol to your mana pool.
5 mana symbol: ~ becomes a Forest. (It lasts indefinitely and it still counts as a 1/1 green creature.)
It is one thing to listen to the trees, but it is another to listen to them by becoming one of them.
1/1

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Tue, 2017-08-29 00:02
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Leyline of Fury 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
If Leyline of Fury is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, you may pay 1 mana symbol. If you do, that creature gains haste until end of turn.

Turn 1 this turn two Burning-Tree Emissary anyone? Alternatively pay a 0 mana symbol cost creature when opening with this and attempt to go for that perfect Blazing Shoal first turn kill.


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Tue, 2017-08-29 00:52
MinishLink

Treasure Hoarder Blue mana symbol
Creature - Human Pirate Uncommon
When Treasure Hoarder enters the battlefield, choose target land and exile a card from your hand. When that land leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to your hand.
2/1

With Ixalan on the Horizon, here's a pirate looking to bury some treasure!

Tue, 2017-08-29 01:12
spazlaz

Tue, 2017-08-29 01:39
thehuw
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@spazlaz: Chrome Mox is banned in Modern, and, in creature-heavy decks, this is that with upside.

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Tue, 2017-08-29 15:18
Asthanius
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Dreamcatcher 1 mana symbol
Artifact Common
Tap symbol, Sacrifice Dreamcatcher: Add Colorless mana symbol to your mana pool.
1 mana symbol, Tap symbol: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
A nurtured dream has a life of its own.

Tue, 2017-08-29 21:39
Aarhg
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Animosity Black/red mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Uncommon
Whenever you discard a card, Animosity gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
The people of Indenvale believe it emerges from the black clouds that form in the back of one’s mind when keeping dark thoughts unattended for too long.
1/1

Wed, 2017-08-30 01:41
Yoshi
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Shrieking Siren Blue mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Siren Uncommon
At the beginning of your end step, if you cast a blue noncreature spell this turn, target player puts the top two cards of their library in their graveyard.
0/2

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Wed, 2017-08-30 07:04
amethyst-marie

Wanted to get my entry in early before someone else thought of it. It's kind of a play on Death's Shadow.

Wed, 2017-08-30 09:41
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Wed, 2017-08-30 12:23
Daij_Djan
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Sorry for the delay everyone - I've fallen ill during the weekend but last week's poll is finally up now.

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Wed, 2017-08-30 12:51
sdfkjgh
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@amethyst: I think we've found our winner.

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Wed, 2017-08-30 13:07
Daij_Djan
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The concept is awesome - but dropping that bomb turn 1 looks too strong imho..



Anyway, here's my own card for now. Might be replaced later one once I can finally think clearly again Winking smiley

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Wed, 2017-08-30 13:20
Aarhg
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@amethyst-marie: Cool idea, but it's way too strong if you get it out quickly. Attacking with a 6/6 on turn two is kind of nuts.

Thu, 2017-08-31 04:41
Wapulatus
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Leonin Scavenger White mana symbol

Creature - Cat Soldier Rare

When ~ enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an Equipment card with converted mana cost 1 or less and put it onto the battlefield attached to it.

0/1

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Thu, 2017-08-31 04:17
Touhoufanatic
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decided go for something simple that can help protect those early critters, or yourself.

@inverness. ah quiet right tank you kindly. th idea for it was actually to stop the kind of red shenanigans like lightning bolting the opponents first creature, or stopping them from lightning bolting you. or to use as a veiled threat to allow other enchantments to go on unharmed.

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Wed, 2017-08-30 15:25
fluffyDeathbringer
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Actually, Bearer would attack as a 5/5 on t2, since it counts your first turn. Still hilariously busted, though.

anyway

Blossoming Stratagem White mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Sacrifice ~: Create two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.
4 mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Sacrifice ~: Create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.
X mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Shuffle ~ into its owner's library: Create X 2/2 white Knight creature tokens.

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Wed, 2017-08-30 17:31
Inverness
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touhou:

I think you could word that as: "Prevent all damage that a source of your choice would deal to you or creatures you control this turn." Otherwise, seems like a fun card, but could potentially be obnoxious since it blanks red board wipes.

Wed, 2017-08-30 21:11
Mahx Michael
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@Ametyst-Marie
This is a short resume of your entry:

turn1	7/7	0dmg	20hp (no haste)
turn2	6/6	6dmg	14hp
turn3	5/5	5dmg	9hp
turn4	4/4	4dmg	5hp
turn5	3/3	3dmg	2hp
turn6	2/2	2dmg	GG

EDIT: If it is like fluffyDeathbringer said, it would be like this instead:

turn1	6/6	0dmg	20hp
turn2	5/5	5dmg	15hp
turn3	4/4	4dmg	11hp
turn4	3/3	3dmg	8hp
turn5	2/2	2dmg	6hp
turn6	1/1	1dmg	5hp
turn7	0/0	0dmg	5hp (Bearer is dead)

Either way it's pretty op if you manage to make it unblockable or something. Wich you can do for only Blue mana symbol with Aqueous Form!

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Quote:
1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Sacrifice ~: Create two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.
4 mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Sacrifice ~: Create three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.
X mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Shuffle ~ into its owner's library: Create X 2/2 white Knight creature tokens.

Why would I pay 4 mana symbolWhite mana symbol for three Soldiers, when I can use the first ability twice and get four for 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol?
EDIT: Sorry, nevermind... I overlooked the Sacrifice part Hmmmm...
Also, your 2/2 white Knights might want Vigilance. They don't have to, but 2/2 white Kights usually do...

Wed, 2017-08-30 22:01
jacqui-pup
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@fluffers: Shouldn't the second mode be 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbol (Captain's Call) ? Final mode is White Sun's Zenith which I adore.

@Wapulatus: This is interesting: it's mostly worse than Steelshaper's Gift (since at CMC0 or 1 you could probably get this out turn 1 anyway...) but simultaneously much stronger, b/c it comes on a body. Trusty Machete makes this a much better Isamaru, Paradise Mantle makes this a white mana dork, etc

@aargh: This really feels like it ought to be literally anything other than a one-drop.

@sdfkjgh: You were trying so hard to be clever that you didn't realize that you made a card that's two Intangible Virtue stacked on top of one another for Black mana symbol.

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Thu, 2017-08-31 06:04
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Second mode was Take Up Arms because there aren't really that many instant speed token spells that aren't Midnight Haunting, and I didn't want it to make fliers because cohesion. Could make it Call with "activate only as sorcery" rider though.

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Thu, 2017-08-31 15:30
Pixi-Rex
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Entry

Im trying to put more design space in to this counter type by letting it stay on the commander in multiple zones.

Thu, 2017-08-31 16:04
jacqui-pup
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Gitaxian Charm Blue mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Choose one--
• Counter target spell with converted mana cost 1.
• Scry 2.
• Put the top three cards of your library into your graveyard.

You never said it had to be your first turn Winking smiley

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Thu, 2017-08-31 17:49
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@Pixi-Rex
Considering that you can have multiple commanders, maybe it would be better if the counters were put on the player instead? Then you can spend the counters from yourself to cast your commander, maybe with a restriction that it only works when casting from the command zone.

On a side note, whoa that's powerful.

Thu, 2017-08-31 20:02
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Thu, 2017-08-31 21:06
amethyst-marie

old
Wanted to get my entry in early before someone else thought of it. It's kind of a play on Death's Shadow.


Update
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I've updated the creature to be Legendary to reign in the power a bit. The rules intent is that a turn is 'taken' once it has been started, so without haste it will attack on its controller's turn two as a 5/5. It could get in 15 damage over 6 turns if left completely unchecked (0 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1). Compare this to Goblin Guide, 2/2 with haste, who over those same six turns similarly unchecked would deal 16 damage. Goblin Guide is a very powerful card, so it might not be a good benchmark, but I think Bearer of Souls at least does not exceed it.

Thu, 2017-08-31 21:29
marioware2
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@amethyst - 2x6 is 12, not 16. Did I miss something?

Thu, 2017-08-31 22:28
SilverSoul.SB
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What if there were shock lands with a different cost?

Sat, 2017-09-02 15:14
Mahx Michael
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I'll just give it a try, I guess:

Quote:
Intertwined Spellbooks 1 mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Spellbook Rare
Defender
Inseparable (If a source would deal enough damage to this creature to destroy it, prevent the rest of the damage dealt by that source.)
0/4
Change Log
  • Changed p/t from 0/8 to 0/4.
  • Added defender.
In other words it cancels trample for one turn...

Fri, 2017-09-01 12:44
Daij_Djan
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@Mahx Michael: Is this really supposed to be an 0/8 for 1 mana symbol (with upside)? For one colored mana there exist nothing bigger than an 0/4 (with upside)..

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Fri, 2017-09-01 16:52
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@Mahx - This should be costed at least 2 mana symbol and have a lower toughness IMHO, based on Fog Bank and/or Steel Wall.


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Fri, 2017-09-01 18:51
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Sat, 2017-09-02 15:16
Mahx Michael
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Is this better?
Fog Bank prevents all damage (even the one dealt to itself), and steel wall is common. The White mana symbol Ox creature doesn't have defender.

Mon, 2017-09-04 13:55
Fermat

Reinforcer's Capsule White mana symbol
Artifact Uncommon
1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Tap symbol, Sacrifice ~: Target creature gains indestructible and becomes an artifact in addition to its other types.
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Sat, 2017-09-02 23:51
jacqui-pup
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@one1eye1: A 2/2 for Black mana symbol (which is functionally what this is) with the potential to swarm your opponent out w/ no real cost is one thing. That permanent being able to blank spot removal if you've got even one mana open (by sacrificing Meta Synapse to make a copy of itself) is crazy pants.

@Mahx: What's the utility of a keyword that does nothing other than neuter trample?

@Fermat: We've never had a way to permanently grant indestructible at common. I think this really wants to be more like Ashnod's Transmogrant than this variant.

Bonus @Daij: This is an interesting way to troll Storm.

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Sun, 2017-09-03 05:07
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Sun, 2017-09-03 10:42
thehuw
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@Gurfle: If you wanted to give this a bit of a push, you could probably bump it up to scry 2 - a 0/1 flying body is pretty small, so this would make it comparable to Stand Firm, Lose Hope, and possibly Serum Visions.

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Sun, 2017-09-03 15:01
Fermat

@jacqui: Indeed. Somehow, I had Withstand Death in my head, then just realized it's a completely different card type. Goodness me! Is the adjustment sufficient?

Sun, 2017-09-03 16:25
thehuw
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I think you're missing an "and", and "is" should probably be "becomes".

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Mon, 2017-09-04 01:32
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The Lurker in the Rifts 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Horror Rare
Riftspawn Blue mana symbol (At the beginning of your first upkeep, if The Lurker in the Rifts is in your opening hand, its casting cost becomes Blue mana symbol until end of turn.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on The Lurker in the Rifts. You skip your next turn.
4/4

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Mon, 2017-09-04 02:43
Meowzers98
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It's been a while, so I'm pretty rusty. But I thought something a little niche might be nice?

Mon, 2017-09-04 02:37
Cajun
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"Counter target spell if it wasn't cast for its mana cost" or "Counter target spell that was cast with an alternate cost" Alternate costs aren't activated abilities

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