Card of the Week Contest #194: What Incarnation?!

Mon, 2017-11-13 10:04
Daij_Djan
Moderator Best Set of 2016
Daij_Djan's picture



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-forth challenge!


The winner of the "Nothing Special" poll was thehuw with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

thehuw wrote:
This week, design an Incarnation. Incarnations are creatures that represent single-word abstract concepts like Wonder, Dread, and Genesis. Judgment and Lorwyn gave us two very different styles of Incarnation; you're welcome to stick to one of those or come up with your own.

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!

As Photobucket wants me to pay 400$/year to link to my images, I'll relocate all renders.

Mon, 2017-11-13 12:11
Quazer Flame

All the Judgment Incarnations had flavor text from the "Scroll of Beginnings". What about an Incarnation from its opposite?

Cookie for, hm, Whoever uses Fate's last ability in their own entry, or uses the "Scroll of Endings" in their entry's flavor text! (Am I allowed to offer a cookie for this?)

Mon, 2017-11-13 12:37
Inverness
Inverness's picture

I like that ability and the flavor you were going for. I'll give it a shot, if you don't mind!

My take on a Red mana symbol version of this- the idea of entropy being that all things will fall to ruin over time.

Mon, 2017-11-13 14:23
Daij_Djan
Moderator Best Set of 2016
Daij_Djan's picture

Posting my initial concept for now, figuring out stats/cost etc later on:

Common ??
Creature - Incarnation rareCommon
Commons you control have protection from higher rarities.
?/?
Card is obviously silver bordered Winking smiley

As Photobucket wants me to pay 400$/year to link to my images, I'll relocate all renders.

Tue, 2017-11-14 15:08
TheBrokenUrn
TheBrokenUrn's picture

Imperial 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Incarnate Rare
Vigilance
~ gets +2/+2 for each legendary permanent on the battlefield.
1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol, Tap symbol: Tap target legendary permanent. Its abilities cannot be activated this turn.
4/4

Render here.

90% of the time, I'm wrong. The other 110%, I'm right.

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:04
Inverness
Inverness's picture

TheBrokenUrn:
I think you'd want to word that ability "Tap target legendary permanent. Its abilities cannot be activated this turn." It's also very similar to the Detain keyword, if you wanted to use that. Could be flavorful with the Imperial aspect, having it detain anything sort of like a police force.

Mon, 2017-11-13 17:02
Asthanius
Asthanius's picture

Control 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Rare
If a commander would leave the battlefield, its owner may return it to his or her hand instead.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Control is in your graveyard, shuffle it into your library, then draw a card.
4/4

Mon, 2017-11-13 17:25
Sade612
Sade612's picture

I should have put the scroll of endings in there, but I couldn't resist the opportunity for a four-letter flavor text.

Mon, 2017-11-13 18:02
Angelus_Reprobi
Angelus_Reprobi's picture

Mon, 2017-11-13 18:50
Pixi-Rex
Pixi-Rex's picture

Can I "claim" the word revenge please. I don't have a designe for it yet, but i have something i mind. A happy smile

Tue, 2017-11-14 15:40
BurningCreator
BurningCreator's picture

Mon, 2017-11-13 19:28
sdfkjgh
sdfkjgh's picture

Speed 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature--Elemental Incarnation Rare
Flash
Haste, double strike
Red mana symbolRed mana symbol: Target creature gains haste and first strike until end of turn.
1/3

Check out Hive block here.
Hey, check out my blog!

Mon, 2017-11-13 19:29
sdfkjgh
sdfkjgh's picture

@BurningCreator: You forgot power in two places.

Check out Hive block here.
Hey, check out my blog!

Mon, 2017-11-13 19:47
Tarvoc
Tarvoc's picture

Surveillance

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

Mon, 2017-11-20 00:49
kinotherapy
kinotherapy's picture

EDIT: took my own advice

Ego 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Uncommon
Whenever another creature named Ego enters the battlefield, destroy it. If that creature dies this way, each opponent loses 5 life.
As long as Ego is in your graveyard and you control exactly one creature, that creature gets +2/+2.
“Gods, worlds, minds. All are subject to doubt. The only absolute truth is of the self.”
2/2

old
EDIT: Done?

Ego Blue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Rare
Whenever another creature named Ego enters the battlefield, destroy it. If you do, Ego gets +2/+0 and gains your choice of flying, first strike or menace until end of turn.
As long as Ego is in your graveyard and you control exactly one creature, that creature gets +2/+2.
“Gods, worlds, minds. All can be doubted. The only true certainty is of the self.”
2/2

olddddddd
WIP~ Finding art is going to be a nightmare this week, so no render for now

Ego Blue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Incarnation Rare
Whenever another creature named Ego dies, Ego gets +2/+0 and gains your choice of flying, first strike or menace until end of turn.
As long as Ego is in your graveyard and you control exactly one creature, that creature gets +2/+2.
2/2

Mon, 2017-11-13 23:48
Yoshi
Community Award
Yoshi's picture

Spoiler:
Codependency 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Rare
Vigilance, first strike
CARDNAME can't attack or block alone.
As long as CARDNAME is in your graveyard and you control a Plains and Mountain, creatures can't attack or block alone.
All for one, one for none.
4/4

Working on an alt-color pie at the moment. Check me out in forum games!
If you need help with a community project, just message me and I'll be glad to help.

I stand with the specimen.

Mon, 2017-11-13 23:13
Gateways7

Spoiler:

I used extended art on this one because the text was really wordy, but I wanted to get across what I felt was a more in-flavor for White balance-style effect. I probably messed up with the wording, but I couldn't really think of a less convoluted way to say what I wanted to. Also, what's better art for equality than the leader of the Equalizers himself! anyways, thanks!

Mon, 2017-11-13 23:41
Tarvoc
Tarvoc's picture

Damn, there are some great designs here! I already can't decide which one to vote for...

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

Tue, 2017-11-14 08:51
Malsey
Malsey's picture

I forget how to eat sometimes and I lay in bed dying and making MSE sets.
neighbor
yeet

Tue, 2017-11-14 00:32
Inverness
Inverness's picture

Malsey:
That card is disgustingly good. I mean that in both a good way and a bad way- I love the effect, it's super flavorful, but it is soooo strong. If the opponent doesn't have graveyard hate (which is somewhat common, I'll admit) then you have near unlimited card advantage. Any card you cast becomes equal to two cards in the opponent's deck, unless they have exile effects like Path to Exile.

I think this card would be fair if it had some sort of additional cost, or maybe if the ability was somewhat restricted. Maybe if it only let you cast that extra spell during your turn, then you'd still have crazy value but you can't just go Remand, re-cast Remand, Mana Leak, re-cast Mana Leak, repeat ad nauseum since they're instants and you can cast them on your opponent's turn.

Tue, 2017-11-14 00:51
Ziolang
Ziolang's picture

@gateways no. Too many words. You do not need lengthy abilities or extravagant mechanics to show off the idea of a concept. Look at cards like Triskaidekaphobia. A few short lines was all it needed to be one of the most flavorful cards ever printed. Please don't fall into the trap of "I have to capture every possible angle."


Avatar by vanevil.deviantart.com; commissioned for me

Tue, 2017-11-14 01:00
kinotherapy
kinotherapy's picture

Updated my entry. I was aiming for Blue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol from the start here, but it now feels that (with the keywords bit changed) it would be better off just Black mana symbol, so feedback would be appreciated ^^

@Malsey, Inverness: I usually undervalue Snapcaster Mage type effects and yet this card looks real good to me, which probably means it's way too good. Perhaps if exiled them once they've been cast to prevent recursion?

Also, compared to other Incarnations, this card is particularly effective in that both the challenge (getting it into the graveyard) and the reward (casting spells from the graveyard) encourage the same strategy, so adding an additional cost may be right approach (awesome flavour btw :])

Tue, 2017-11-14 01:14
bazzboda

Derision 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Rare
Players can't gain life.
At the beginning of each players upkeep, they lose 2 life unless they discard a card.
4/3

@gateways, I recommend you use Balance's phrasing, plus it doesn't result in excessive shuffling.

New card game development, resource centre.
Put mtg.design urls between a [img=375x523] and a [/img] to make them normal sized renders.

Tue, 2017-11-14 05:01
...
...'s picture

"Ellipsis" for short.

Tue, 2017-11-14 06:06
Gorgonzola
Gorgonzola's picture

@...: ...?

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.

Tue, 2017-11-14 06:17
marioware2
Moderator
marioware2's picture

Well, the man has my vote

Tue, 2017-11-14 06:26
spazlaz

Tue, 2017-11-14 06:43
...
...'s picture

@Spazlaz: I love this design, but, and especially because it (correctly) isn't legendary, it seems abusable with plants and the original Eldrazi tokens, as well as in walls.dec...

"Ellipsis" for short.

Tue, 2017-11-14 08:51
Malsey
Malsey's picture

I've changed it, how do you feel about it this way?

I forget how to eat sometimes and I lay in bed dying and making MSE sets.
neighbor
yeet

Tue, 2017-11-14 09:25
...
...'s picture

@Malsey: I think the biggest problem with this isn't the casting cost or whether or not it exiles the spells you've cast, but that it functions for free from the same place it wants your instants and sorceries to be (and that multiples stack). You needn't follow the template of past Incarnations: if this functioned on the battlefield rather than from the graveyard I think it would be more reasonable. As-is, Memory is much better than Karador, Ghost Chieftain, which is both legendary and in better colors for graveyard stuff.

"Ellipsis" for short.

Tue, 2017-11-14 09:53
Fermat

Quick trivia: The actual art piece is entitled Samyaza, Angel of Pride.

Tue, 2017-11-14 15:55
Mahx Michael
Mahx Michael's picture

@thehuw
I'm starting to get the feeling I made a big mistake on my last entry. If incarnations are supposed to allways have a one word name, then I either chose the wrong creature type or the wrong name for my creature. I could have just called it Summer, thoigh.

@Daij_Djan
Does Magic use another word for pseudo abilities? Because I can't find anything that specifies that psaudo-keywords can't be reffered to by abilities. If it's just like other keyword abilities, then it should be possible. Abilities such as flying, hexproof and indestructible is referenced all the time. Even though pseudo abilities are just words that categorises separate abilities into a group with similar traits, there isn't any specific reason why you can't reference it, is it?

@...
I suppose you just made that render in order to claim the CARDNAME, so that you can finish it later? It does kinda already represent the incarnation pretty well, though, since it looks like someone started something and just left it as it was, but it think at least it should be silver-bordered, concidering the fact that creatures without P/T doesn't work wery well with MTG's basic rules. That is of course only if you intend to make this your enry in it's current state


As for my own entry, I'm not sure if I should go for Emptyness, Purity or Atumn (wich is making another peace of the Seasonal Turmoil cycle)...
Apearently, most people doesn't get Vocaloid references, as I already expected. So unless I can't help myself, I'll try to do something else Winking smiley

Tue, 2017-11-14 16:55
kinotherapy
kinotherapy's picture

@Mahx: I'm ready to be proven wrong here but I'm pretty sure if it's in italics, it's reminder text rather than rules text so it's technically not a feature of the card as far as gameplay is concerned. E.g. there's no such thing as a "card with Delirium" or a "card with Hellbent" in the rules. (I looked for examples for a few different ability words and couldn't find any not in italics.) You could possibly make it work just by not using italics, something like

Seasonal Turmoil — ~ deals 3 damage to each opponent. (Whenever ~ or another permanent with Seasonal Turmoil enters the battlefield, ... etc)

Pretty ugly but at least it works? (I think?)

EDIT: ACTUALLY wait much better idea, I just realised this is pretty much just Rally. So you could perhaps create a creature type and word it like:

non entery
mikumiku 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - (? Vocaloid? idk) Mythic Rare
Haste, first strike
Seasonal Turmoil — Whenever ~ or another (? Vocaloid? idk) enters the battlefield under your control, ~ deals 3 damage to each opponent.
3/1

Tue, 2017-11-14 16:54
Asthanius
Asthanius's picture

@Mahx: Though it's not the best way of doing it, the easiest way to fix your card would be to do the Devoid thing, where Seasonal Turmoil is a marker mechanic. In effect, the first line of rules text would be Seasonal Turmoil, and another line would say "Whenever ~ or another permanent with Seasonal Turmoil enters the battlefield..."

Tue, 2017-11-14 17:31
Mahx Michael
Mahx Michael's picture

@kinotherapy, @Asthanius
Thanks a lot for helping me out with the Seasonal Turmoil ability.
So according to kinotherapy, I should make Seasonal Turmoil interact as a tribal ability and respond to a certain subtype like this:

not an entry
Summer 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Season Incarnation Mythic Rare
Haste, first strike
Seasonal Turmoil - Whenever ~ or another Season enters the battlefield under your control, ~ deals 3 damage to each opponent.
3/1

And Asthanius' idea was to make it a static ability like devoid (wich isn't italic), so that it can be refferenced that way. The only downside with this is that devoid creatures aren't reffered to as creatures with Devoid, but rather as colorless creatures, while devoid is an ability that makes the creture colorless. Of course, if I had Seasonal Turmoil become a static ability that made the creature a Season in addition to it's other types, it would work well, but it would be pretty much the exact same solution as kinotherapy's, only a lot more complex.
Did I get theese right? Thanks a lot for helping!

Tue, 2017-11-14 17:45
Asthanius
Asthanius's picture

@Mahx: Not technically true. Corrupted Crossroads is a land that has an ability with "Spend this mana only to cast a spell with devoid." But I get where you're coming from.

Tue, 2017-11-14 17:55
Mahx Michael
Mahx Michael's picture

@Asthanius
Good to know. Thanks mate A happy smile
One thing I don't get is what is the point of pseudo abilities, if the keyword doesn't do anything on it's own, and you can't even reference it as a keyword ability?!

Tue, 2017-11-14 18:01
Asthanius
Asthanius's picture

It's there to make it easier to see what cards are synergistic with each other. For example, if you are drafting, you can be pretty happy with taking a bunch of cards in the same colors that say Landfall without having to read the entire thing each time. All you have to do is say "This says Landfall, and I see the phrase 'deal 1 damage' so I have a good idea of what it does" and that makes the draft go way faster. Those saved milliseconds add up.

Tue, 2017-11-14 18:36
...
...'s picture

@Mahx: I could make it silver-bordered, but that's a lot of work Winking smiley

"Ellipsis" for short.

Tue, 2017-11-14 21:41
Viriss
Viriss's picture

Ennui 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Rare
Menace
Whenever a creature an opponent controls becomes tapped, it doesn’t untap during its controller’s next untap step.
When Ennui is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner’s library.
4/4
“How much more suffering is caused by the thought of death than by death itself.” — Will Durant

Wed, 2017-11-15 08:19
Tarvoc
Tarvoc's picture

@Viriss Seems to me it only has Menace to justify the Black mana symbol. Aside from that, it could just as well be mono-Blue mana symbol. Then again, I guess the flavor justifies Black mana symbol.

Aside from that, I really like that card. The flavor is wonderful. A happy smile It's also damn strong, particularly in a tapdown deck.

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

Wed, 2017-11-15 13:44
Gurfle
Gurfle's picture

Well, I don’t think I can beat Procrastination because that’s genius, but

Exhiliration 3 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Rare
Trample
Other creatures you control have prowess.
Whenever another creature you control would deal combat damage, it deals double that damage instead.
When ~ is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into it’s owner’s library.
7/5

My battle board!
I run a prompt board-- come on over and design some cards, will ya?

Wed, 2017-11-15 16:40
Viriss
Viriss's picture

I really want to do Schadenfreude, but i'm hoping someone else will. =)

Thu, 2017-11-16 07:01
Touhoufanatic
Touhoufanatic's picture

not 100% sure on the power toughness or costing, but i like the idea.

arrogance

for those that are interested, i write fanfiction : https://www.fanfiction.net/u/4613754/

My colors

Sun, 2017-11-19 17:27
Mahx Michael
Mahx Michael's picture

@Viriss

Viriss wrote:
I really want to do Schadenfreude
Why in german? Are you implying that there is a connection between germans and sadism?

Here is my first shot for this weeks entry:

Entry wrote:
Purity 1 mana symbolGreen/wite mana symbolGreen/wite mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Rare
When ~ enters the battlefield, destroy all Auras and remove all -1/-1 counters from creatures.
Players can't get poison counters.
Creatures can't get -1/-1 counters.

2/3

Render

What do you think of my entry? Is the cost rigth? (Something I'm allways concerned from...) What about the p/t? Should it be worded differently? Should I make it more Vocaloid themed? (Just kidding )
Render will come at end of week.

Thu, 2017-11-16 14:17
Daij_Djan
Moderator Best Set of 2016
Daij_Djan's picture

@Mahx: The English word for Schadenfreude is indeed schadenfreude (I assume it was capitalized due to being a potential card name?) - sadism is something rather different Winking smiley



EDIT: Also, here's a render for my entry:

Card became blue because blue was best at "protection from weird stuff" in the past.

As Photobucket wants me to pay 400$/year to link to my images, I'll relocate all renders.

Thu, 2017-11-16 15:25
Scribbl
Scribbl's picture

Preservation 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Incarnation Rare
When Preservation enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
As long as Preservation is in your graveyard, you may play land cards from your graveyard.
4/4

Keep it simple, friend!
- Formerly JaceMC88
Check out my Battle Board!

Thu, 2017-11-16 18:23
Viriss
Viriss's picture

@Mahx Hey, they made the word for it. I just get to enjoy it.

Thu, 2017-11-16 19:09
Shade

Hi.
Im new here, i dont know if this is overpowered but I want to do something different

*snip*

All renders require artist credit. -marioware2

Passion
Creature - Incarnation Rare
You may play with ~ revealed. As long as ~ is in your hand creatures gain haste.
Creatures you control can't be blocked.
Red mana symbolRed mana symbol, If an opponent has taken ten or more damage the same turn: If ~ is in your graveyard, return it to your hand. If ~ is in your hand, reveal it and cast it.
4/4

Thu, 2017-11-16 22:57
Mahx Michael
Mahx Michael's picture

@Shade
Well, it isn't that OP, concidering you either have to deal an opponent 10 or more damage to be able to cast it (unless you use cheats). Unless it has a mana cost, it can't be cast normally from your hand, so you have to use the ability in order to cart it.
As for your render, it's missing artist credit, so it might be taken down soon. Also, you have a few mispellings there: Opponent is double p and not double n, and if I don't remember things wrong, life and damage should be written with numbers like "10 or more".
Also not that it gives all creatures haste, not just your own!

@Viriss
Are you reffering to enjoing using the german word "Schadenfreude", or enjoing Schadenfreude itself?

Fri, 2017-11-17 06:13
Heads vs Tails
Best Mechanic of 2015
Heads vs Tails's picture

Current Set:
Dabriohm: an equipment & threshold set. http://magicseteditor.sourceforge.net/node/8723