The Golden Game

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

December 2017 - R32 - "We are more than just rank and file..."
February 2018 - DDH - "Remember that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."

I stand with the specimen.

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.

Keep it simple, friend!
- Formerly JaceMC88
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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

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.

The profile picture is an art by Mathias Kollros.

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!

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

I'm wearing my optimistic trousers today!

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

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

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

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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!

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

December 2017 - R32 - "We are more than just rank and file..."
February 2018 - DDH - "Remember that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."

I stand with the specimen.

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!

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!

Sat, 2017-11-25 21:46
BurningCreator
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OK, so for the next design game, your task is to design a multicolored Dragon card that isn't Red mana symbol. Good luck.

The profile picture is an art by Mathias Kollros.

Sat, 2017-11-25 22:34
Yoshi
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Extinguished Hellkite 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Dragon Skeleton Common
Flying
Whenever CARDNAME attacks, it gets -2/-0 until end of turn.
Cycling 2 mana symbol (2 mana symbol, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
5/5

Notes: Designed for a control deck with the cycling option and solid defensive body. Reverse firebreathing drawback helps to make a large flier more printable at common, where normally large fliers are seldom printed (see: Archangel and Serra Angel as examples of large-ish fliers printed at uncommon.)

December 2017 - R32 - "We are more than just rank and file..."
February 2018 - DDH - "Remember that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."

I stand with the specimen.

Sat, 2017-11-25 22:47
fireantprincess
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Ojutai the Wise 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature — Elder Dragon Mythic Rare
Flying, vigilance, prowess
Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, choose one —
• Tap target creature. It doesn’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.
• Draw a card.
• Counter target spell that targets a creature you control.
4/4

Spoiler:

Sun, 2017-11-26 16:41
kinotherapy
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@Daij_Djan: Thanks for the feedback! I was torn between 3/3 and 2/4 and decided somewhat arbitrarily ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

@BurningCreator: Cool challenge! I noticed from gatherer that there are lots of ally coloured Dragons (mostly thanks to Tarkir) but no enemy coloured ones outside of Blue mana symbolRed mana symbol, so let's give them some love

Jund Corpsewing 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Dragon Zombie Rare
Flying, trample
Black/green mana symbol, Exile a creature card from a graveyard: Jund Corpsewing gets +1/+1 until end of turn. If that card is a Dragon card, Jund Corpsewing gets +X/+X until end of turn instead, where X is that card’s power.
A dragon without a flame is like a man without a soul — neither alive nor dead, passionless and uncaring, and usually with an abhorrent substitute in its place.
4/4

EDIT: Oops the flavour is the same as Yoshi's o well

Fri, 2017-12-01 16:40
BurningCreator
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Last time to post your entries, I will judge on Sunday.

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Fri, 2017-12-01 20:39
Flo00
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Silumgar, Death Revoked 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Elder Dragon Mythic Rare
Flying
If you would draw a card, you may instead put a card from your graveyard into your hand.
Whenever Silumgar, Death Revoked attacks, each opponent discards a card and your draw two cards.
7/7

Part of this cycle.

@fireantprincess: Oh. Right

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

Fri, 2017-12-01 19:15
fireantprincess
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@Flo00: you should take one that has no Red mana symbol in it tho Big smile

Sun, 2017-12-03 14:45
BurningCreator
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Ok, the challenge is finished.
Tried to be as righteous as I could, so I based the evaluation about these criteria:

Spoiler:
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1) Are conditions for the challenge fulfilled?

If the conditions for the challenge were all fulfilled, then there is no problem here. If any of the conditions were broken, then you were disqualified from this challenge.

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2) Is there a picture? Was it already used on MTG card? How does it fit to the card? (1 point max.)

If the card has an art, not used yet, and fitting the card, here is a bonus 1 point. If the card has an art, however not fitting the card and/or it was already used, here is a bonus 0,5 point. If there is no art, no bonus points here.

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3) Is the wording proper? (2 point max.)

This criteria checks the wording, both in the type line and text box. If all is good, then here it is for plus 2 points. If there is a little mistake (that does not matter too much) in wording or in type line, then here it is for plus 1,5 points. If there are little mistakes in text box and/or type line, then here it is for plus 1 points. If there is a big mistake in type line and/or text box, then here it is for plus 0,5 point. If I can only hardly solve what your card is supposed to do, then you get no points here.

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4) How much do I like the idea of your card? (3 points max.)

This criteria checks the idea of the card and is the most subjective and the most important for me of all the criteria. I value good ideas and originality, so more I will like the idea of your card, the more points you will get in this criteria.

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5) How much does your card acts as a whole? (4 points max.)

This criteria checks everything else that wasn’t checked before – wholeness, how much the name is fitting the card, if the card is balanced, if the flavor text is fitting and if there is any, if the card is too wordy or not, if it is too complex, correct rarity etc… This point of evaluation is about all those points, so all of them determine your point gain in this part.

Spoiler:
If two or more people had the same point total…

If this happens, as I said, the most important for me is idea and originality, so if there is a tie, I will always give the victory to one who’s got more points in the criteria of idea (4). If the tie still isn’t broken, I will prefer the one who’s got more points in the criteria (5). If the tie continues, I will check also (2). If there still isn’t any difference, I will reevaluate all of the criteria.


Now let's go to the evaluation. I skip (1) for the accepted entries and (2) for cards that have no picture.

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Yoshi:
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3) The wording seems to be without mistakes. 2p.
4) I really like the idea of the reversed firebreathing, cycling is a nice bonus. 3p.
5) The main question that I am asking myself about this card is "Should this really be a common?" I understand, you tried to make a common Dragon that is playable on limited and Pauper, however the reverse firebreathing in attack, however I like it, is something that should not be on common, because (at least I think) ability like this was not used before and cycling makes it only more uncommon worthy. I really like the combination, however the rarity is (at least in my opinion) chosen wrongly. Also, I think that some short flavor text would fit in and would make this card nicer. 2,5p.
Total score: 7,5p.

fireantprincess:
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2) Has art, however it was used on Skywise Teachings. 0,5p.
3) The wording seems to be without mistakes. 2p.
4) I like that a modal ability is used here and of all the modes, I like the most the last mode. However, it reminds me of Ojutai Exemplars too much. 2,5p.
5) The card seems to be ok, however, there is only one part of the card that is not blue, and the main problem about it is that it is an evergreen ability, vigilance. If it wasn't there, it could be only a mono-blue card, without any problems, because the modes also seem mono-blue. If it was like it was on the Ravnica charms - one mode of first color, second mode for the second color and third mode for the combination of both of these colors - it would be much more white-blue. It is also pretty strong, but it is a mythic and it is not broken, so no problems here. 3p.
Total score: 8p.

kinotherapy:
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3) This card hasn't a good wording. Firstly, the order of types is switched, it should be Zombie Dragon. See all Zombie Dragons printed so far. That is an irrelevant mistake compared to its ability. Be aware, I am not here exactly sure how the ability was meaned. I believe that it is supposed to be exiled from any graveyard, so if I am right that it couldn't be worded this way, it should be worded similary as Scavenging Ooze, and it shouldn't be a part of the activation cost. Like this: Black/green mana symbol: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. If it was a Dragon card, CARDNAME gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is equal to that card's power. Otherwise, CARDNAME gets +1/+1 until end of turn." 0,5p.
4) I really like the idea of this card. Seems very nice and interesting. 3p.
5) Another kriteria that makes me really like this card. The name is cool, the flavor text is cool (and I really that it is on the card, on the only one from all the entries) and the ability is cool. And what is the best, all fits together and it feels perfectly Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol. I am just a little afraid that the +X/+X might be too busted sometimes, but if yes, it would be only in certain decks. 4p.
Total score: 7,5p.

Flo00:
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3) There's only little mistake in the wording, I believe it is just a typing error. "you" draw two cards, not "your" draw two cards. 1,5p.
4) I like the idea, the abilities work together greatly and in addition to it, a Scion of the Ur-Dragon commander would like it too. 3p.
5) The name is cool, the card is powerful, yet its mana cost makes it balanced. There is no flavor text, however I think that it wouldn't fit in the space of the card without the necessity to make the words much smaller. 4p.
Total score: 8,5p.


The winner is...
Spoiler:
Flo00 with fireantprincess as runner-up. Congratulations!

The profile picture is an art by Mathias Kollros.

Sun, 2017-12-03 16:14
fireantprincess
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Well, now I'm said I couldn't find any nice Ojutai fan art Big smile I love how he looks, I wonder why I couldn't find any, can't be the only one who thinks he is the most beautiful mtg dragon ever.

Sun, 2017-12-03 21:49
Flo00
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Wow. That's a really detailed work of card evaluation. Thanks for the win BurningCreator!

The next challege is to make a card that has :A/B::D: in its cost, where A, B and D are three different colors. Marisi's Twinclaws for example.

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

Fri, 2017-12-08 23:54
kinotherapy
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@BurningCreator: Thank you for the thorough feedback! I, uh, copied the wording from Deathrite Shaman, but I clearly didn't copy it very well. Oops.

Primal Animus 5 mana symbolBlue/red mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature — Elemental Rare
Trample
Whenever you cast a creature spell, put the cards in your hand on the bottom of your library in any order, then draw that many cards.
Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, put two +1/+1 counters on Primal Animus.
4/4

Mon, 2017-12-04 17:48
BurningCreator
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Inspired a little by Slave of Bolas.

Cruel Extortion Black mana symbolBlue/red mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Target creature’s controller may sacrifice it. If he or she doesn’t, untap it and gain control of it until end of turn. It gains haste until end of turn.
“Betrayal or death — your choice.”

Spoiler:

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Sun, 2017-12-10 06:57
Flo00
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Moar please?

Judging either later today or on tuesday.

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

Sun, 2017-12-10 07:21
Angelus_Reprobi
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Unleash the Herd 2 mana symbolRed/white mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Create three 2/1 green Elk creature tokens.
If Red mana symbol was spent to cast ~, creatures you control gain haste until end of turn. If White mana symbol was spent to cast ~, creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn.

Tue, 2017-12-12 08:24
Flo00
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kinotherapy
This looks like you can have fun with this in a wide variation of decks. It's at the rights cost and self-wheel and superduper-prowess fits in Blue mana symbolGreen mana symbol as well as Red mana symbolGreen mana symbol.
BurningCreator
That's a fun punisher effect. It's more Black mana symbolRed mana symbol than Black mana symbolBlue mana symbol, but that's till ok.
Angelus_Reprobi
That's a good card with some interesting optional bonuses. I guess it would maka a very interesting card in draft. Giving your creatures lieflink without the haste feels a bit weird after creating the tokens.

There are only three entries and I'm having a hard time deciding a winner. Let's see...
winner
BurningCreator

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

Tue, 2017-12-12 19:08
BurningCreator
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For the next design game, design a four-colored card that isn't a creature. Good luck!

The profile picture is an art by Mathias Kollros.

Tue, 2017-12-12 23:08
kinotherapy
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@Flo00: Thanks for the feedback, glad my hybrid theory is up to scratch

Profuse Recovery Green mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Return target land card, target enchantment card, target artifact card and target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
What can be scorched, can be reclaimed. What can be tainted, can be purified. What can be destroyed, can be repaired. And what can be killed, can be reborn.

Something something deck-building cost

Wed, 2017-12-13 23:08
Daij_Djan
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I'm not a big fan of four-colored cards, but there is one approach I can see them working at common. So here we go:

Fri, 2017-12-22 23:27
BurningCreator
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Ok, let's finish this challenge and let's try to restore this thread.
Even with two entries, I based the evaluation again around my criteria (You can re-see them here):

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1) Are conditions for the challenge fulfilled?

If the conditions for the challenge were all fulfilled, then there is no problem here. If any of the conditions were broken, then you were disqualified from this challenge.

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2) Is there a picture? Was it already used on MTG card? How does it fit to the card? (1 point max.)

If the card has an art, not used yet, and fitting the card, here is a bonus 1 point. If the card has an art, however not fitting the card and/or it was already used, here is a bonus 0,5 point. If there is no art, no bonus points here.

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3) Is the wording proper? (2 point max.)

This criteria checks the wording, both in the type line and text box. If all is good, then here it is for plus 2 points. If there is a little mistake (that does not matter too much) in wording or in type line, then here it is for plus 1,5 points. If there are little mistakes in text box and/or type line, then here it is for plus 1 points. If there is a big mistake in type line and/or text box, then here it is for plus 0,5 point. If I can only hardly solve what your card is supposed to do, then you get no points here.

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4) How much do I like the idea of your card? (3 points max.)

This criteria checks the idea of the card and is the most subjective and the most important for me of all the criteria. I value good ideas and originality, so more I will like the idea of your card, the more points you will get in this criteria.

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5) How much does your card acts as a whole? (4 points max.)

This criteria checks everything else that wasn’t checked before – wholeness, how much the name is fitting the card, if the card is balanced, if the flavor text is fitting and if there is any, if the card is too wordy or not, if it is too complex, correct rarity etc… This point of evaluation is about all those points, so all of them determine your point gain in this part.

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If two or more people had the same point total…

If this happens, as I said, the most important for me is idea and originality, so if there is a tie, I will always give the victory to one who’s got more points in the criteria of idea (4). If the tie still isn’t broken, I will prefer the one who’s got more points in the criteria (5). If the tie continues, I will check also (2). If there still isn’t any difference, I will reevaluate all of the criteria.


And now let's go to the evaluation. I skip again (1) for the accepted entries and (2) for cards that have no picture.

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kinotherapy:
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3) The wording has a little mistake, namely the order of the words. Look at the order of the types on Decimate. (https://magiccards.info/query?q=Decimate&v=card&s=cname) 1,5p.
4) I love the idea of reversed Decimate and I am not afraid to admit it. 3p.
5) The cost seems OK, the flavor text is nice and the card isn't too complex. However, if you don't have a card of each of the types in your graveyard, you can't even use it on one of the cards. It's strong, yes, and I like it. However, because of that this card does nothing if your graveyard has only three or less of these types in it, I would make it a rare only. 3,5p.
Total score: 8p..

Daij-Djan:
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2) This card has an art, seems fiting, and it wasn't used already. 1p.
3) The wording seems proper. 2p.
4) I like the idea of the hybrid-colored fourcolored cards. 3p.
5) It is a really nice card and the name fits to both art and effect. However, I think that reminder text for fight isn't necessary. Even if it still was there, there would be a place for a flavor text that I really miss on this card. Also, in my opinion, this should be either uncommon or sorcery, because this effect might be really strong to common instant and when I consider that you can choose the colors you use, it makes me even more confident that some of these two should be changed. 3p.
Total score: 9p.

After you've seen the evaluation, you know that the winner is...
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Daij_Djan with kinotherapy as runner-up. Congratulations!

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Fri, 2017-12-22 23:49
Daij_Djan
Moderator Best Set of 2016
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Big thanks for the win! I did actually consider both, upping the rarity as well as turning it into a sorcery, but then compared it to Pit Fight and decided on this version. I think the additional required color pays for the added lifelink (a.k.a. life gain) bonus. You're probably right about the missing flavor text, though.

OK then, here's your new challenge: Design a two-colored gold card which could also be monocolored in none of its two colors. A valid entry would be something like Lightning Helix because we have Essence Drain in black. Also it's about the effect baing possible in the third color, as can be seen in my example you have leeway as far as rarity and exact costs are concerned..

Sat, 2017-12-23 05:04
kinotherapy
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@BurningCreator: Whoops, I forgot it was another render-matters one. Thanks for the clear feedback — I didn't even know there was an order for card types, so I had just gone with color order (i.e. land, enchantment, artifact, creature), which uh sounded cool at the time


Riveting Dissection 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
As an additional cost to cast Riveting Dissection, sacrifice a creature.
Draw cards equal to the sacrificed creature's power. You gain life equal to its toughness.
“Simpletons! How are they not also captivated by the unfathomable intricacy of our own inner workings? Instead they only call me morbid!”

The monocolour being Green mana symbol from Life's Legacy. I actually added the Diamond Valley effect after to differentiate it, then when I was typing this I realised Momentous Fall exists. Not sure if that's an oops or not lol

Sat, 2017-12-23 07:20
Flo00
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Really boring entry:

Crack 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Sorcery Common
Destroy target artifact, enchantment or land.

Could also be Green mana symbol.

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

Sat, 2017-12-23 08:04
BurningCreator
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One card that could be also purely Blue mana symbol

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Sat, 2017-12-23 11:31
Neottolemo
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Floating Skyscudder 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Beast Common
Flying, trample, haste
Its temper is rather volatile, much like the gaseous mixture it's filled with.
3/3

Could also be mono-Black mana symbol.

Sat, 2017-12-23 11:52
BurningCreator
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@Neottolemo: It has to be two-colored, I am afraid.

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Sat, 2018-01-06 00:15
Daij_Djan
Moderator Best Set of 2016
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Holiday season is over, so it's time to get things started again!

kinotherapy
Well, you could have swapped the power and toughness relations, but I don't really mind that Winking smiley Really like how you changed the flavor to fit the new color combination!

Flo00
Well, it does fit the challenge pretty well nethertheless. Like your first two card examples, it really should cost 1 mana symbol more, though – as this is a three mana land destruction spell (with upside in form of flexibility).

BurningCreator
Pretty cool card, seriously. Red/green indeed under some conditions may counter spells – when it counters counters to be exact – and this cards fits that philosophy well. Like it!

Neottolemo
As BurningCreator mentioned, it's technically not following the given rules – but as you basically made it harder for you, there really is no point in punishing you for it Big smile That aside, three keywords is kind of pushing it at common – but with one being haste (irrelevant after the turn it hit the battlefield) and this being a three-colored card as well, it's probably fine. The combination of name and flavor text really make me interested in some art for your card Winking smiley

And the winner is
BurningCreator!

Sorry for the weird challenge, but I'm still happy with what you came up with nethertheless. Nice work, everyone! A happy smile

Sat, 2018-01-06 11:31
BurningCreator
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Thanks Daij_Djan, here's the new challenge: A happy smile

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There are many monocolored cycles in Magic. Pick one and design a multicolored card that would fit into that cycle. However, you aren't allowed color combinations in which those cycles were already expanded. (For example, you can't design an allied-colored Command or a Charm in any combinations other than four-colored.)

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Sat, 2018-01-06 18:03
Flo00
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Slith Corrupter Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Slith Uncommon
Deathtouch
Whenever Slith Corrupter deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
1/1

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

Sun, 2018-01-07 07:04
kinotherapy
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@Daij_Djan: Thanks for the feedback, glad you liked!!!

Thorn's Recruitment 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Enchantment Rare
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it deals 1 damage to each creature target player controls unless that player pays 2 life.
At the beginning of each end step, if an opponent lost 5 or more life this turn, you may transform Thorn's Recruitment.

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Mazkratl, Foreboding Peak
Legendary Land
(Transforms from Thorn's Recruitment.
Tap symbol: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol, Tap symbol: Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap it. It gains haste and menace until end of turn. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

If we were still on the three set model. I thought about going for a monocolored only cycle but I also wanted to try out this template :3c

Mon, 2018-01-08 14:55
Yoshi
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Primal Rusalka Red mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Spirit Uncommon
Red mana symbolGreen mana symbol, Sacrifice a creature: Target creature you control gets +2/+2 and gains trample until end of turn.
2/2

December 2017 - R32 - "We are more than just rank and file..."
February 2018 - DDH - "Remember that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."

I stand with the specimen.

Mon, 2018-01-08 15:50
shiftyhomunculus
Moderator
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Increasing Progress 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
You gain 2 life and draw two cards. If Increasing Progress was cast from a graveyard, instead you gain 4 life and draw four cards.
Flashback 5 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
formerly thehuw
they/them, please