The Golden Game

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Sun, 2017-10-22 22:56
kinotherapy
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I love gold cards, and if my play group is evidence enough, so do all sorts Magic players, new and old alike. A lot of people have a favourite color combination, or even a color pairing that they identify by. For this reason I thought I would attempt to create a forum game themed around creating multicolored cards especially, with some additional rules to let players align with the colors they like. (I don't know if there's a policy or something to creating new threads here but I'm happy to delete if there's an issue and if there are no/few entries I'll let it die quietly)

The game follows the challenge format of other threads, where each winner issues a challenge to other users and then judges their entries to pick the next winner. The twist, of course, is that all entries must be multicolored cards. The challenge can be anything at all that the winner chooses - it could even be to create a cycle or set of cards if they wish - but they may also specify the colors that contestants will design their cards in. They could leave this blank or apply some limitations, such as requiring certain colors, restricting certain colors or requiring a specific number of colors. Some examples of possible limitations you could choose are in the spoilers below:

example 1
Colors: 2, Blue mana symbol and Black mana symbol.

Entries must be in the Blue mana symbolBlack mana symbol colors. Simple!

example 2
Colors: 4.

Entries must be 4-colored, but you may choose any 4, so White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol, Blue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol, Black mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Red mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol or Green mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol.

example 3
Colors: 2, with no White mana symbol or Green mana symbol

Entries must be Blue mana symbolBlack mana symbol, Black mana symbolRed mana symbol or Blue mana symbolRed mana symbol.

example 4
Colors: Any combination of colors such that the set of colors, when written in plain English, contains the letter 'e' exactly twice.

Entries must be Green mana symbol, White mana symbolBlue mana symbol, White mana symbolRed mana symbol, Blue mana symbolRed mana symbol, Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol, White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol, White mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol or Blue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol. Why would somebody do this?

EDIT: The winner may also decide whether or not to allow hybrid mana casting costs (as in hybrid-framed cards, rather than gold-framed cards). I would personally disallow them but whoever the current challengesetter is can be the judge


Overexplaining aside, the first challenge:

Design: An uncommon removal spell. (It doesn't matter what exactly it removes.)
Colors: 2; Green plus one other color of your choice. (That is, your card may be Green mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Green mana symbolBlue mana symbol, Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol or Red mana symbolGreen mana symbol.)

gl :]

Thu, 2017-10-26 02:42
Yoshi
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Deathlord's Summons 4 mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. That creature fights target creature you don't control.
"Our dead hunger for air, for food, for life. Why not take advantage of that?" -Kolseth the Deathlord

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Thu, 2017-10-26 04:38
Scribbl
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Volcanic Emerence 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Search your library for a basic Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
Volcanic Emergence deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
The rebirth of a world is no clean task when its blood is as destructive as magma.

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Thu, 2017-10-26 10:16
Daij_Djan
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First of all @kinotherapy: Don't worry about starting a new game, we really have no restrictions in that regard Winking smiley

Concerning my own entry: I know the original cycle was played at rare because of uniqueness and power level, but I think this might be ok at uncommon:

EDIT: Hope this still counts as "gold" design, though. Originally would have preferred a hybrid mana cost, but that really would have been unfitting. If the Pact doesn't work still, please let me know Winking smiley

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Thu, 2017-10-26 12:42
kinotherapy
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Ah entries! I am happy A happy smile

@Daij_Djan: That card is fine ^^ I forgot to mention hybrid in the OP so thanks for reminding me. I think hybrid casting costs go against the spirit of the game personally (it's not gold!!!) but I'll leave it to the discretion of whoever's round it is. For the first challenge I'll say no hybrid mana costs please!

Sun, 2017-10-29 11:27
kinotherapy
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Well it's been a week and I'm happy to judge for 3 but it would still be nice to have a couple more entries, so I'll give this 48 hours before closing it. If anybody else wants to join in please do ^^

Wed, 2017-11-01 15:10
BurningCreator
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Strike from Unwritten 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Choose a creature an opponent controls. Scry 3, then reveal the top card of your library. If it’s a creature card, Strike from Unwritten deals damage equal to that card’s power to the chosen creature.

Tue, 2017-10-31 20:29
kinotherapy
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Thanks for your entries everyone A happy smile We got one of each color pair, so that was cute.

Thoughts and such
Yoshi - Deathlords Summons
This is a cool and creative take, and looking at Rise from the Grave, probably appropriately costed. The flavour, reanimation and then immediately flinging the reanimated creature into a fight all feel super Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol. I like that it'll often be a 2 for 1, almost a mind control type of tempo swing, but it demands that you have something big and scary enough in your graveyard to kill whatever it is you want to kill, or otherwise whatever you reanimate won't stay animated for long. I like this one a lot.
Scribbl - Volcanic Emergence
Cool flavour, and a cool name! Better than Rampant Shock, I suppose. I like that it's a Red mana symbol effect plus a Green mana symbol effect clearly linked by the flavour of the card, but mechanically it seems a little strange, maybe that's just me though. Both are probably effects you'd want in a Red mana symbolGreen mana symbol deck, and it's nice to see ramp with a bit of a kick to it.
Daij_Djan - Cleansing Pact
I'd say this definitely fits the contest, as pacts have always been effectively "delayed payment" spells, and in any case you have the color identifier there, and also the frame is gold. It's really all good.My first thought when I chose the contest was that somebody would make :gWhite mana symbol enchantment / artifact removal, but I too was stuck on how what would make it worth costing Green mana symbolWhite mana symbol or more. This card seems to answer that perfectly - I really like it. I think the more particular effect of enchantment removal (as opposed to, say countering any spell) makes this considerably (appropriately) weaker than the other pacts, and I actually like that that it requires you to pay both Green mana symbol and White mana symbol, rather than Green/wite mana symbol. And is that a witch sanitizing her home from an arcane cat? Wonderful
BurningCreator - Strike from Unwritten
This is an awesome effect, and up until it deals damage equal to its power, feels pretty nice in Green mana symbolBlue mana symbol. After that, though, it feels really off color to me. I know that Green mana symbol gets fight and things like Rabid Bite, so mixing it with Blue mana symbol should in theory let that work from the library, but in reality removal is weakest in Green mana symbolBlue mana symbol and this really looks like red damage spell with some bonus scrying. I've seen cards that do a similar thing in Red mana symbol, except with CMC (Riddle of Lightning, Explosive Revelation, Erratic Explosion) I don't know if there are other existing cards with this effect outside of Red mana symbol (or maybe Black mana symbol) but ultimately the cheap damage aspect just makes it not feel Green mana symbolBlue mana symbol to me.

And the winner is
Daij_Djan - Cleansing Pact, with Yoshi - Deathlord's Summons as a very close runner up. There were a lot of sweet, simple designs this time around which I liked but ultimately the Golden Pact won my heart. Congrats and thanks to everyone who took part!

Tue, 2017-10-31 22:43
Daij_Djan
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Big thanks for the win - glad yuo liked my entry A happy smile

kinotherapy wrote:
And is that a witch sanitizing her home from an arcane cat?

It sure is I stumbled across this artwork recently while I was part of Reverse Alpha, if I recall correctly..

The next challenge is inspired by a recent CotW entry I came up with: Design an Incarnation! No specific color restrictions except obviously being two+ colored gold cards. Have fun!

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Tue, 2017-10-31 23:36
ColinBeck
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Law 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature- Incarnation Mythic Rare
Players can cast spells only whenever that player could cast a sorcery.
2 mana symbolA 2/U hybrid mana symbol.: Counter target spell. Any player may activate this ability.
0/2

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Tue, 2017-10-31 23:49
Flo00
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Stability White mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Uncommon
Defender, flying
As long as Stability is in your graveyard, creatures you control have defender.
0/10

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Tue, 2017-10-31 23:50
Mocandragon5
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Sloth 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Incarnation Mythic Rare
Permaments enter the battlefield tapped.
Creatures don't untap during their controller's untap steps.
At the start of each player's upkeep, they may choose any number of creatures they control. For each creature chosen this way, they pay 2 mana symbol. Untap those creatures.
3/3

Wed, 2017-11-01 15:09
BurningCreator
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Envy 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature — Incarnation Uncommon
Menace
As long as you control a Swamp and a Mountain and Envy is in your graveyard, creatures you control have menace.
Envy is consequence of failure.
2/2

Wed, 2017-11-01 22:39
kinotherapy
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Genius 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature — Incarnation Uncommon
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Genius gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, if Genius is in your graveyard and you control an Island and a Mountain, target creature you control gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
3/3

Sat, 2017-11-11 23:05
Daij_Djan
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Last call for entries, will be judged tomorrow!

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Sun, 2017-11-12 04:27
Yoshi
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Selflessness 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Rare
Sacrifice CARDNAME: Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
Sacrifice a creature: Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn. Activate this ability only if CARDNAME is in your graveyard and you control a Swamp and Plains.
4/4

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Sun, 2017-11-12 04:43
Angelus_Reprobi
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Twisted Hunger 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature — Incarnation Uncommon
~ attacks each turn if able.
As long as ~ is in your graveyard creatures you don't control attack each turn if able.
7/3

Tue, 2017-11-14 22:36
Daij_Djan
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Well, better late than never - this challenge is no closed, please no further changes of entries!

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Mon, 2017-11-20 17:45
kinotherapy
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Bumping this, not just to bump for the challenge but also because it seems to have vanished off the forum???? Maybe this will bring it back

Spoiler:
it did

Wed, 2017-11-22 10:56
Daij_Djan
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So the thread phased out after I closed the challenge – no wonder I missed it when looking through the forum games for what I wanted to do a bit later on

But finally, here we go:

ColinBeck
On the one hand, the concept is interesting – but I'm afraid it wouldn't really play well, sorry. Also I'm not a big fan of cost/stat combinations like CMC6 but merely 0/2 for balancing.

Flo00
Really, really massive wall with gamechanging drawback after it dies (unless you get to exile it from your graveyard). Tbh, I'm not 100% sure if the stats are still fine – but I'm definitely sure this card should be a rare due to its effect alone.

Mocandragon5
See the oracle wording of Mudslide for the last ability's correct wording.That aside, definitely a very nice representation of sloth.

BurningCreator
Nice and simple uncommon – I like it.

kinotherapy
I like how you didn't use „real“ Prowess but rather only boosted the creature's power instead. Part of me would have loved Genius itself to have a slightly higher thougness than power to be able to flip this around as well as make the card itself feel a bit more blue, though.

Yoshi
Mechanically, I love this card. From a flavor standpoint, selflessness is a bit weird to me as being half-black considering selfishness is one of the color defining black traits..

Angelus_Reprobi
I think I'd prefer this at rare to not show up in Limited as often – but other than that I really love this concept.

And the winner is
Judging this after the Incarnation CotW challenge was a bit weird, but I really liked what you guys came up with here. The win goes to BurningCreator with Angelus_Reprobi as runner-up!

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