Card of the Week Contest #197: Go Big or Go Home

Mon, 2017-12-04 15:28
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-seventh challenge!


The winner of the "Space Monkey Mafia" poll was kinotherapy with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

kinotherapy wrote:
Design a card with converted mana cost 7 or greater. It can be any type of card, but no cost reduction, zone shuffling (i.e. reanimation) or casting-it-for-free shenanigans are allowed. That's cheating.

Note: As this chalenge is rather similar to CotW #38, please no reusing of older entries. ~Daij_Djan

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!

Mon, 2017-12-04 17:48
Gateways7

Conduit of Invention 7 mana symbol

Artifact Rare

Artifact spells you cast have improvise. (Your artifacts can help you cast this spell. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for 1 mana symbol.)

Whenever you cast an artifact spell, scry X and draw a card, where X is the converted mana cost of that spell.

Mon, 2017-12-04 19:00
sdfkjgh
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Progenitors' Embrace 4 mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment--Aura Mythic Rare
Enchant nonland permanent
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, you create a token copy of enchanted permanent.

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Mon, 2017-12-04 19:27
BurningCreator
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My entry.

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Mon, 2017-12-04 19:34
Daij_Djan
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@BurningCreator: Why not simply use Vanishing with a Chronozoa-like approach: "When ~ is put into your graveyard from the battlefield, if it had no time counters on it, ..." or even start with "When you sacrifice ~, if it has.."

Mon, 2017-12-04 20:13
BurningCreator
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@Daij-Djan: It is worded this way for flavor reasons. Vanishing seems odd to me here, for this isn't something that is vanishing, this is just something that is coming. I was thinking about using suspend, however it would disobey conditions of the challenge.

Mon, 2017-12-04 21:04
3 of 7

Mon, 2017-12-04 21:08
kinotherapy
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@BurningCreator: I would say that suspend cards with no mana cost such as Living End are still sort in the spirit of the challenge (so long as it suspend cost is 7 or higher), but I really wouldn't recommend it seeing how easy it is to break 0 cost spells, with Cascade and things like Kari Zev's Expertise turning "pay 10 mana and wait 5 turns" into "pay 3 mana and wait 0 turns"

Maybe you could just format it like All Hallow's Eve?

Mon, 2017-12-04 21:17
Sade612
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I've had this one for a while, not sure if cycling counts since it's kind of an alternate casting cost.

Mon, 2017-12-04 22:34
Zoako
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The greek titaness of memory and remembrance:

Mnemosyne, Mother of Memories 6 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature--Giant Wizard Mythic Rare
You have no maximum hand size.
If an effect causes you to discard a card, discard it, but you may put it on top of your library instead of into your graveyard.
If an effect would put a card from your library into your graveyard you may put that card on the bottom of your library instead.
5/5

Spoiler:

Sun, 2017-12-10 02:34
Aarhg
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Open Mind 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Exile your library. For the rest of the game, if you would draw a card, instead put a card you own from exile into your hand.
Looking inwards can give a new outlook on things.

Old
I'm not entirely convinced that this is a good idea, but it's an idea nonetheless. Let me know what you think.

Ognum, the Silver Crescent 6 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Artifact Creature - God Mythic Rare
Timeshift (As long as you control one or more permanents with timeshift, at the beginning of your upkeep, it alternately becomes day or night, starting with day. This is independent for each player.)
As long as it’s day, Ognum isn’t a creature.
Blue mana symbol, Tap symbol: Draw a card.
9/9

Mon, 2017-12-04 23:33
Quazer Flame

Divit is the one of the protagonists of a set I'm making I'm calling Resverie, the Plane of Dreams. Another planeswalker named Ada is the antagonist (I've shown him elsewhere on the forum) and I'm considering having Nissa as another protagonist.

Aetherborn planeswalker! That makes Aetherborn Vampire creature tokens!

And the emblem!

Sorry about suddenly barfing out all these card images, I'm just excited that I finished their card on the same day that a contest appeared that they qualified for. Any feedback?

Tue, 2017-12-05 01:10
TheBrokenUrn
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Council of Wells 5 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Advisor Rare
When ~ enters the battlefield, create three 1/1 white and blue Human Advisor creature tokens.
~'s power is equal to the number of Advisors you control plus one and its' toughness is equal to the number of Advisors you control plus two.
Other Advisors you control have "1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol, Tap symbol: Draw a card, then discard a card. You gain 1 life."
X+1/X+2

If anyone can guess what this card is about, kudos to you.

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Tue, 2017-12-05 00:43
thehuw
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@TheBrokenUrn: That's CMC 6.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Tue, 2017-12-05 01:10
TheBrokenUrn
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@theHuw: Um, oops. Thanks for catching that. Fixed.

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Tue, 2017-12-05 01:34
Zoako
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@Aarhg: A kind of novel switch up on how to do gods and night/day but it seems quite under powered. Essentially an underpowered Archivist stapled to an eldrazi sized dumb beater with no kind of evasion that phases away every other turn and is vulnerable to artifact removal. A 7 mana mythic in blue/artifact should be doing more than alternating getting chumped by 1/1s and drawing a card a tun for Blue mana symbol.

Tue, 2017-12-05 02:42
Tarvoc
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@ 3 of 7: Right now, that card doesn't even work. Why not just make it a Legendary Enchantment?

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

Tue, 2017-12-05 02:56
spazlaz

I really like this one. Quests are sorcery speed and behave like enchantments.

Tue, 2017-12-05 03:08
monoloco666
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Based on the thematic eldrazi, without being eldrazi to vary

Tue, 2017-12-05 03:16
Cajun
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Quote:
Quests are sorcery speed and behave like enchantments.
but, enchantments are sorcery speed and behave like enchantments?

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Tue, 2017-12-05 03:24
ThisisSakon
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Tue, 2017-12-05 21:21
SirCaelum
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Haven't posted in a while, but figured I'd jump back in with the announcement of GDS3.
Let's go for it.

Tue, 2017-12-05 04:04
Zoako
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@ spazlaz:
*I think quest should be an Enchantment subtype rather than its own type. Increasing the number of full fledged card types for a redundantly behaving card type is a design no-no. There is nothing distinct about your quest type from an Enchantment other than the hoop jumping for a reward which makes it better suited as a sub(ordinate) typing if it is used at all. Reward needs to be a mechanic for the rather than a type or subtype as DFCs transform back to their front face when changing zones and you need to mechanically counteract that.

* The transform is grossly overpowered for merely killing a token creature. It would probably be better costing at very least "Red mana symbol, Tap symbol:'Lightning Bolt'."

* To oracle clean up your text:
When Brave the Dragon's Wrath enters the battlefield, target opponent creates a 6/6 red Dragon creature token with flying and "[INSERT FIRE BREATHING HERE]."
When that token would leave the battlefield, transform Brave the Dragon's Wrath and put it into your hand.

Reward (Changing Zones does not cause this card to transform)
Indestructible
Red mana symbol, Tap symbol: Drop of Dragon's Blood deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

Tue, 2017-12-05 04:08
spazlaz

@Zoako: Ill probably change it to an enchantment. Notice that you have to pay 3 mana, kill a dragon, then pay 7 more, wait a turn, then you can start bolting things. I think the mana cost is fairly balanced.

Tue, 2017-12-05 04:45
Zoako
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@spazlaz: No offense but I disagree. There is little danger of you not untapping with it, baring your death, given the indestructible. If you do untap, you pretty much automatically win in a 60 card game (7XRed mana symbol=21 if all lands tap for Red mana symbol) and this ceiling blows well off of that in EDH with the mana available there speaking from experience at how atrociously busted this card would be in a Neheb the Eternal deck. There's a reason most repeatable direct damage effect in the game tap. Exceptions I can think of off the top of my head being Pyrohemia(Kills you too!) and Arc-Slogger (The closest example to what you are trying to do here and has a perhaps a little too steep cost for it but still saw plenty of play in its day as a finisher).

Tue, 2017-12-05 07:05
Sade612
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My brother pointed out that this would be a good opportunity to create wedge ultimatums. Sticking with my entry from before.

Tue, 2017-12-05 08:50
Kiku
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Tue, 2017-12-05 15:34
Inverness
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I'm going to apologize in advance for this one...

EDIT: Actually, I have a better creature type for it. Also added in Legendary now, because it fits in the type bar since creature type is shorter.

Tue, 2017-12-05 15:36
sdfkjgh
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@Sade: Sultai messes about with the graveyard, yet you have their ultimatum not do any of that. Also, Abzan aren't really known for their necromancy, despite what Dromoka thinks. And, for Surrak's sake, why don't the Bears fight?! Plus, none of them match the mana cost conventions of the original Ulitmata! Better, more flavor-correct versions of them would be more like:

Abzan Ultimatum Black mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Gain control of target creature you don't control, then distribute six +1/+1 counters among any number of target creatures you control.

Jeskai Ultimatum Red mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
[no other changes]

Mardu Ultimatum White mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
[no other changes]

Sultai Ultimatum Green mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Return target permanent card from a graveyard to the battlefield under your control, then create a token copy of target nonland permanent you control.

Temur Ultimatum Blue mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Create two 4/4 green Bear creature tokens. Then, for each of those tokens, you may have that creature fight target creature.

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Tue, 2017-12-05 15:39
sdfkjgh
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@Inverness: Don't you DARE change a thing about this wonderful piece of perfection!!! In fact, I DARE you to send Seth a copy of it! I triple Jurassic Dog Dare you to!!

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Tue, 2017-12-05 15:49
Inverness
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sdfkjgh:

Hahahaha, thanks! Maybe I will send him a copy... Awesome Smiley

Tue, 2017-12-05 16:07
Inverness
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sade612, sdfkjgh:
I agree with the mana costs on the ones that sdfkjgh proposed. They match the originals which I would prefer due to the symmetry of it all. With regards to Temur Ultimatum, I much prefer the fight version that sdfkjgh suggested, that would be some serious value town. I also think that there could be a great version of Sultai ultimatum that lets you get back spells as well as permanents:

Sultai Ultimatum Green mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Choose up to two target nonland cards from any graveyards. You may cast those cards without paying their converted mana costs.

This plays into the graveyard theme as well as the 'stealing' theme, since you can target cards in your opponents' graveyards.

Thu, 2017-12-07 14:19
Tarvoc
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Natharuul

Not sure if the second ability should also give a + to Loyalty. Maybe +1?

[edit] Second ability now gives +1. I think for 8 mana, it should be okay.

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

Tue, 2017-12-05 18:20
thehuw
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Exuberant Worldsmith 9 mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Construct Wizard Mythic Rare
Haste
Tap symbol: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland permanent card. Cast that card and up to one other card revealed this way without paying their mana costs. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
9 mana symbol: Untap Exuberant Worldsmith.
3/3

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Wed, 2017-12-06 12:05
Yoshi
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Alaran Sovereign 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Elemental Avatar Mythic Rare
Cascade
Protection from monocolored
Multicolored spells you cast from your hand have cascade.
There are many words to describe the Maelstrom. "Barren" is not one of them.
7/7

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Sat, 2017-12-09 15:37
Mahx Michael
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My first shot at this week is kind of silly, so I'll probably use something else if it gets bad response:

First entry wrote:
Megumin, the Crimson Demon 4 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Wizard Mythic Rare
~ doesn't untap during her controller's untap step.
At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from ~. If there are no more time counters left on ~, untap her.
6 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol, Tap symbol: ~ deals 10 damage to target player and each creature that player controls. Then put five time counters on ~.

0/4

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Tue, 2017-12-05 23:19
Giraculum
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Ancestor of Divination 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Wizard Rare
Play with the top three cards of your library revealed. (They remain in order.)
You may play the top three cards of your library.
Sacrifice Ancestor of Divination: Draw three cards.
3/4

I'm not sure how I feel about letting players rearrange the cards. The timing would probably have to be restricted to "only anytime you could cast an instant", which is a bit too clunky for an already-wordy card. However, there's kind of an unspoken understanding that you can rearrange any cards you can see (probably why graveyard-order hasn't mattered since Urza's block), so it might be best to follow that intuition.

Black mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbolEnergy symbolRed mana symbol

Wed, 2017-12-06 01:22
Cajun
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Think back to all those bugs you've squished.
Turns out they remember you.

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Wed, 2017-12-06 02:25
kinotherapy
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@Yoshi: Cascade is an on cast trigger, so that wouldn't work, but according to Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder you could use something like "Multicolored spells you cast from your hand have cascade."? I think

@Mahx Michael: Hmm, were you in that /a/ thread as well by any chance...?

Wed, 2017-12-06 07:39
Mahx Michael
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@kinotherapy
I do not believe I have visited any /a/ threads lately (tbh, I don't really know what they are), but I have seen KonoSuba, wich is all enough reason to make this card! What actually inspired me to make this was the thought of how hilarious she would be as a League of Legends champion

Wed, 2017-12-06 07:41
Xenagos
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Revolting Revel

And a slightly snarkier version

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Thu, 2017-12-07 06:21
fireantprincess
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Every creature should be a host creature!
Edit: This card was made with photoshop. I'm sorry, I don't have any unstable templates either.

Wed, 2017-12-06 08:00
marioware2
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do we have a template for this? how did you put this together?

Wed, 2017-12-06 08:05
fireantprincess
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photoshop Big smile I would've made a template, but with the low res spoilers it's not yet worth it. I really really want a template though.

Wed, 2017-12-06 09:20
Mahx Michael
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@fireantprincess
The borders are made in Photoshop too, right?

Wed, 2017-12-06 09:25
fireantprincess
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@Mahx Michael: no, I used an unstable spoiler and just replaced the text and picture.

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:00
Mahx Michael
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@fireantprincess
Ok, thanks for useful information A happy smile

EDIT: Also, what is the difference between a normal creature and a host creature?

Wed, 2017-12-06 16:39
sdfkjgh
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Wed, 2017-12-06 23:52
Tarvoc
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@fireantprincess Huh? Are there already MSE templates for Unstable? If so, where can I download them?

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

Thu, 2017-12-07 02:44
Gurfle
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Dormant Macroinsect 4 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Insect Mutant Uncommon
~ can't attack unless there are 7 or more cards in your graveyard.
"Make sure it doesn't smell the food... it lays asleep, until the scent of death reaches it's nostrils." - Grax, master hunter
9/8

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Thu, 2017-12-07 06:38
Heads vs Tails
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Stunning Epiphany 5 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Return any number of cards with different card types from your graveyard to your hand. Exile Stunning Epiphany.
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