Card of the Week Contest #192: Nothing Special

Mon, 2017-10-30 21:48
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 ninety-second challenge!


The winner of the "The homunculus, the myth, the legend!" poll was Inverness with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

Inverness wrote:
Design a card with total base power and toughness equal to or less than 4. I should probably add that this works for any card, not just creatures. So Vehicles would be legal entries, or any other card type, as long as it has a printed power and toughness.

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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Sun, 2017-11-05 01:17
Vunik
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I had this laying around in a set file (no render yet - need to find art for it).

Forebearing Presence 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Elemental Mythic Rare
Trample
~ enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the number of creature cards in all graveyards.
0/0

Fun fact, there are only 10 possible power/toughness combinations (using positive numbers) that meet this challenge's requirement: 0/0, 0/1, 0/2, 0/3, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 1/1, 2/1, and 1/2. (Unless Inverness meant less than or equal to 4, which adds 4/0, 0/4, 2/2, 1/3, and 3/1, for a total of 14.)

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Mon, 2017-10-30 22:26
SilverSoul.SB
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@Vunik

What about a -1/4 etc?

Mon, 2017-10-30 23:25
Inverness
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Vunik:
Good catch. My intent was to have it be 4 or less and I totally flubbed it because I was typing so quickly

Daij:
Is it too late to get that adjusted in the challenge?

SilverSoul.SB:
I would say negative numbers are fine.
EDIT: Just don't go crazy with them, and negative numbers should be fine.

Mon, 2017-10-30 23:48
Daij_Djan
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Not at all: Done!

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Tue, 2017-10-31 01:48
Asthanius
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Knight's Runner 1 mana symbol
Artifact - Vehicle Rare
Knight’s Runner gets +X/+X, where X is the total power of all creatures that have crewed it this turn.
Crew 0 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 0 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)
0/0

Tue, 2017-10-31 01:01
Yoshi
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Arcbound Aggressor 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Construct Warrior Uncommon
Haste
Modular 2
Built to break.
1/-1

There's a double meaning to the flavor text.

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Tue, 2017-10-31 02:31
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Tue, 2017-10-31 03:53
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Tue, 2017-10-31 06:11
Malsey
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Tue, 2017-10-31 07:10
TheBrokenUrn
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Soloxi Burnmage 2 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Human Wizard Uncommon
Haste
Whenever ~ attacks or enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to target creature.
3/1

Render will come later.

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Sat, 2017-11-04 14:31
Mahx Michael
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Here is my first shot at this week's contest:

Entry wrote:
Information Broker 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Rogue Rare
Shroud (This permanent can’t be the target of spells or abilities.)
Sacrifice a Treasure: Draw a card.

“They say that not everything can be bought by money. But that doesn’t really matter, considering the fact that the only thing with value in this world, actually can!”
1/3

Spoiler:

(Art was found on DeviantArt, btw. Forgot to add it on the render...)

Tue, 2017-10-31 12:59
Scribbl
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Tidespeaker Thasona Blue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Merfolk Shaman Rare
Blue mana symbol, Tap symbol: Look at the top card of your library. If it’s a Kraken, Leviathan, Octopus, or Serpent creature card, you may reveal it and put it into your hand.
“The seas overflow with tales of danger and terror, but also of life and wisdom.
1/2

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Tue, 2017-10-31 13:18
Celebi
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Multiform Model 2 mana symbol
Artifact - Vehicle Rare
You may have ~ enter the battlefield as a copy of any Vehicle on the battlefield, except it has Crew 1.
Crew 1 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 1 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)
1/1

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Sun, 2017-11-05 01:00
kinotherapy
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EDIT: I caved. This entry turned out to be kind of a mess somehow but thanks everyone who helped xox

Stormskin Drake 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Drake Uncommon
Flying, prowess
Whenever Stormskin Drake attacks or blocks, the next sorcery card you cast this turn during combat can be cast as though it had flash.
2/2

old

Stormskin Drake 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Drake Uncommon
Flying, prowess
Once each turn, as long as Stormskin Drake is attacking or blocking, you may cast a sorcery card from your hand as though it had flash.
2/2

older
WIP~ I have no idea if this is worded correctly or even works, haven't been able to find any similar effects on gatherer

Stormskin Drake 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Drake Uncommon
Flying, prowess
At the end of the declare blockers step, if Stormskin Drake is attacking or blocking, you may cast a sorcery spell from your hand.
2/2

Tue, 2017-10-31 15:33
ColinBeck
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First Thought- Worldfire

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Tue, 2017-10-31 16:03
kinotherapy
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Ahh, you'd still have to pay its mana cost if that's what you're thinking. Which I realise now isn't obvious from how it's written...

Tue, 2017-10-31 16:36
sdfkjgh
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This one's from Uncorked, the fourth Un-set.

Kuldotha Clown Car 3 mana symbol
Artifact--Vehicle Mythic Rare
Hexproof, indestructible, haste, deathtouch
Whenever Kuldotha Clown Car deals combat damage to a planeswalker, exile that planeswalker.
Whenever Kuldotha Clown Car deals combat damage to a player, that player loses 1 life for each creature tapped to crew Kuldotha Clown Car this turn.
Crew 10
2/2

I'm thinking that mebbe after Uncorked, we go back to New Phyrexia, to find that the Mirrans are finally starting to turn the tide with the one thing against which the Phyrexians have no defenses: the power of humor. The big reveal of the set is that...

click to reveal
The Phyrexian oil & The Dip are one and the same, and Roger Rabbit, Planeswalker has come to help the Mirran Insurgency win its fight!

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Tue, 2017-10-31 18:21
Inverness
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Feedback time! It's been a while since I've done this. Please let me know if I missed your entry.

Forebearing Giant:
Could just be me, but I think this would be perfect at Rare. No design changes needed, it's a good card at a reasonable cost. Maybe change the name, I guess, as it makes me think of a Giant rather than an Elemental.

Knight's Runner:
Clever! I like the twist on the crewing ability, and the art is just funny. Solid design, I think it has a lot of room to play with.

Arcbound Aggressor:
A straightforward card hidden behind some mechanics that work nicely together. 3/1 haste for 3 seems pretty okay for Red mana symbol, with some upside of providing value when it dies. As for the flavor text, I think I've got both meanings! It being that the card was 'built to break enemies' and that it was also 'built so that it would break itself' since you can get value on the Modular trigger.

Double Agent:
I like the ability! Works pretty well in drafts with crazy effect creatures. Definitely a flavor win that you can note Double Agent with it, so it can't block itself if there are somehow copies of it running around.

Riptide Scavenger:
The design seems pretty synergistic. I don't know why, but it's just not clicking with me. The second ability has a lot going on I guess? This could just be a 'me' thing, and as I said from an objective standpoint I think the card is fine.

Planetarium Engineer:
A nice, simple common. I like simple commons! It has a nice amount of complexity to it despite the one ability it has. Good design IMHO. Also great flavor. A great entry, I think.

Soloxi Burnmage:
I think the ability would be better if the two triggers were switched- "Whenever ~ enters the battlefield or attacks..." As for the ability, I think this might be pushing a bit too much. As a 3/1 for haste that has a forgiving casting cost and then can get rid of up to 2 toughness' worth of enemy blockers the same turn it comes down, I think this is too good. Something has to go, I think, or it is just too much value for too little cost. Personally, I would recommend the removal of the "whenever it attacks" part, since I think it's okay if it only triggers when it enters the battlefield. It would still be good, but not oppressively so.

Information Broker:
Really evokes that classic "shadow broker" feel. It's hidden from the prying eyes of spells and abilities and can "buy" information. Great design.

Tidespeaker Thasona:
Flavor on point. I think the ability is pretty well-balanced, since it's cheap for late game utility, but comes on a small body that is frail when the ability is at its best.

Multiform Model:
I don't know if I've seen a copy vehicle before. I think it could be quite strong since you can copy something like Consulate Dreadnought, which actually curves into this with an Ornithopter. That sounds really dirty.

Stormskin Drake:
That's a tricky ability to word. Here's how I would approach it, I think: "0: Cast a sorcery card from your hand. Activate this ability only while ~ is attacking or blocking and no more than once each turn."

Kuldotha Clown Car:
I think this would be perfect without the keywords. As it is, it's quite wordy. Having just the two abilities and the Crew 10 seems hilarious.

Tue, 2017-10-31 19:08
kinotherapy
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@Inverness: Thanks for the advice ^^ Just before I read this I found As Foretold which uses "once each turn" as a static ability, so I'll think I use your wording in that form if that's OK A happy smile

@Asthanius: 'Crew 0' has me curious. Since you tap any number of creatures, can you crew it with nothing for trivially large ability activations (before it dies)? If so, that would be some cool Johnny tech (Crackdown Construct hmmmm)

Tue, 2017-10-31 19:40
BurningCreator
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Tue, 2017-10-31 19:50
Angelus_Reprobi
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Eidolon of Equality [2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol]
Enchantment Creature - Spirit Rare
All other creatures lose all abilities and have base power and toughness 1/1.
1/1

Tue, 2017-10-31 20:36
Daij_Djan
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@kinotherapy: Yes, this works because of Comprehensive Rule 107.1c (and 107.2 maybe, even though basic math rules technically already cover this Winking smiley )

EDIT: Also, here's my own entry:




EDIT: Spend most of my day lying in bed today as well, nethertheless the poll is finally up. Sorry for the delay!

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Tue, 2017-10-31 23:10
Mocandragon5
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Queen of Thorns 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Druid Mythic Rare
Plant creatures get +1/+0 and have wither.
Whenever another nontoken creature enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on it, then each of that creature's controller's opponents create a 0/1 black and green Plant creature token.
"None may enter my garden without tribute of blood."
1/3

I decided to make a high-cost creature that didn't use +1/+1 counters. This was my first attempt at working with that idea. Its made to be a commander of a token-based deck, or part of one. Can also work well in a plant deck.

Wed, 2017-11-01 00:22
Asthanius
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@kinotherapy: I decided to use Crew 0 because of the way the ability is worded; it allows for the power to change if the power of the crewing creatures changes at any point in the turn. I want to put it or something like it in a set where there's a theme involved with that. Maybe a set with creatures that have 0 power but get +N/+0 when tapped.

Wed, 2017-11-01 00:33
Daij_Djan
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Asthanius wrote:
Maybe a set with creatures that have 0 power but get +N/+0 when tapped.

This would be a triggered ability which would only resolve after paying the Crew cost, though. I get you don't really care about this as far as your entryis concerned, but I don't really think it'd work that well as a set's theme? Feel free to prove me wrong, though

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Wed, 2017-11-01 01:38
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All y'all making hydras are big cheaters, just sayin'

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Wed, 2017-11-01 12:48
Nhoj2307

Mind Grizzly 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Bear Wizard
Rare

Whevever ~ attacks, target opponent puts the top 3 cards of their Library in to their Graveyard. If there are 4 or more different card types in an opponent's Graveyard, ~ gains +2/+1 and Flying.

2/2

Wed, 2017-11-01 12:57
Daij_Djan
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@kinotherapy: I'd word your Stormskin Drake similar to Quicken attached to a normal attacking/blocking trigger: "Whenever ~ attacks or blocks, the next sorcery card you cast this turn during combat can be cast as though it had flash."

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Wed, 2017-11-01 15:38
kinotherapy
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New entry

its joke

@Daij_Djan: Oh that sounds good too. I'm torn now, as I like the wording as it is aswell.. Maybe there's just multiple solutions?

Wed, 2017-11-01 16:00
sdfkjgh
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@Inverness: Half the keywords remove 99% of the possibility of a feelbad when you crew it and your opponent uses removal on it. The other half are to make sure that it hits something hard & fast.

@kino: Giant Hill would just always be a 3/3. As long as you control a Mountain covers the N amount of times you control a Mountain, and as long as you don't control a Mountain covers the M amount of times you don't control a Mountain, but n+m must ALWAYS=100%. So which is it?

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Wed, 2017-11-01 16:16
jacqui-pup
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That's the joke!

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Wed, 2017-11-01 19:28
Asthanius
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@Daij_Djan: Yes, but the ability would also resolve before the Crew ability resolved, so the vehicle would survive. Also, you're right that a theme of crewing with 0 power creatures wouldn't work, but I meant more like a theme of stat growth being supported by those creatures, with abilities like "Whenever a spell or ability increases the power and/or toughness of a creature you control, you gain 1 life" for example.

Wed, 2017-11-01 20:42
Mahx Michael
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@Inverness
Thanks for feedback! I'm glad you like my entry A happy smile
But I cant find "Shadow Broker" anywhere in Magic's archives. Are you referrencing something else?

Wed, 2017-11-01 20:23
Inverness
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Mahx:
Sorry, I guess I was more thinking of the Shadow Broker from Mass Effect.

sdfkjgh:
True. Do you need the planeswalker effect? Maybe it could work without that, and you could keep the keywords and the player-damage ability.

Wed, 2017-11-01 20:49
Malsey
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@Inverness Thank you~ c:

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Thu, 2017-11-02 19:20
Aarhg
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Here's an older design of mine that's been adjusted a bit for this contest. I'm uncertain if 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol is too much to pay for an easilier removed (and more restrictive) Grave Pact though. Feedback is appreciated!

Edit: Changed mana cost from 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol to 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol.

Hellfire Marauder 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Zombie Warrior Rare
When Hellfire Marauder enters the battlefield, sacrifice a creature.
Whenever you sacrifice a creature, each opponent sacrifices a creature.
It was the necromancer’s greatest creation by far, but it was also his demise.
3/1

Thu, 2017-11-02 01:16
Tarvoc
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@Aargh: I think it could probably cost 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol.

My colors: Freedom (Red mana symbol) through Knowledge (Blue mana symbol) and Organization (White mana symbol).

Thu, 2017-11-02 01:52
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@kinotherapy: I'm not sure if this matters to you, but the art on Stormskin Drake is already in use on a canonical card, namely Hell's Thunder.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Thu, 2017-11-02 11:37
Tarvoc
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I knew it looked familiar...

My colors: Freedom (Red mana symbol) through Knowledge (Blue mana symbol) and Organization (White mana symbol).

Thu, 2017-11-02 14:37
kinotherapy
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@sdfkjgh: Neither Hills nor Giants excel at formal logic

@Aarhg: Ah! I remember seeing this the day I joined. In the 2 CMC thread. Personally I'd make the body larger, but then it wouldn't fit the contest.. You could make the first ability into a 'may'?

@thehuw: Damn! I reverse-searched it to hell and back too, but couldn't find any mtg links except for other cards by the same artist. That's annoying. If it's an issue for the contest then I'll try to find something else, but if not I think I'll just leave it.

Thu, 2017-11-02 15:16
Zekromaster

Spoiler:

Versatile Army 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature — Human Soldier Uncommon
When Versatile Army enters the battlefield, and at beginning of each upkeep, you may give Versatile Army +X/-X until end of turn.
Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.
-4/8

Thu, 2017-11-02 15:22
Gateways7

@spazlaz, You don't turn Double Agent face down when you choose a name for it, so if you were to first-pick it in a draft, would it just be a 2/1 unblockable?

Thu, 2017-11-02 17:02
Asthanius
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@Zekromaster: You need to define X. You can say "When ~ enters the battlefield and at the beginning of each upkeep, you may choose a number. If you do, ~ gets +X/-X until end of turn, where X is the chosen number."

Thu, 2017-11-02 17:26
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@Gateways no it only notes the names of revealed cards-so if they draft creatures without draft abilities like a vanilla 2/2 you don't see it and can't note it. Only things like other double agents.

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Thu, 2017-11-02 17:26
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@Inverness: The antiplaneswalker tech is there because, let's face it, it's damn near impossible to take down a 'walker with a 2/2 that requires 10+ power-worth of creatures to even be a 2/2. Sometimes you do need to divert attention away from the player in order to take out the 'walker, and this lets you do that.

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Thu, 2017-11-02 17:31
Zekromaster

@Asthanius 107.3e Sometimes X appears in the text of a spell or ability but not in a mana cost, alternative cost, additional cost, or activation cost. If the value of X isn’t defined, the controller of the spell or ability chooses the value of X at the appropriate time (either as it’s put on the stack or as it resolves).

Thu, 2017-11-02 18:59
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The normal site I use to upload images on [postimages] dit not work this time, so this time I using [imgur]. I don't know if you all can see the img. I can see it, so im hoping you can too. Let me know if there are any complications from your browsers. But i will let you have text version too... Soooooo. Weird smile

Entry

Blazing Imp 2 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Imp Uncommon

Flash
Flying
When Blazing Imp enters the battlefield, target creature gains “If a source would deal damage to this creature, it deals double that damage to this creature instead.” until end of turn.
1/2

Thu, 2017-11-02 19:19
Aarhg
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Thanks for the input on my card. I have changed the mana cost to 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol.

Thu, 2017-11-02 19:34
Tarvoc
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Something simple.

Spoiler:

My colors: Freedom (Red mana symbol) through Knowledge (Blue mana symbol) and Organization (White mana symbol).

Fri, 2017-11-03 00:49
Asthanius
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@Zekromaster: Interesting. I can't think of any cards that do this, but it's cool that there's a rule about it.