Card of the Week Contest #198: Multiheaded, Multicolored

Mon, 2017-12-11 10:59
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-eighth challenge!


The winner of the "CTRL + C" poll was Giraculum with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

Giraculum wrote:
Modern Magic has seen its fair share of Angels outside of monowhite, and Dragons outside of monored, but rarely has it done the same for Hydras. I want you to design a multicolor Hydra, one that couldn't be done in monogreen (green is still allowed as one of its colors). Remember, Hydras don't need an X mana symbol in their mana cost, as long as they capture the flavor in some other way.

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, 2017-12-11 11:55
Daij_Djan
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Please ignore this _ like seriously please do xD
Sadly, there was no room to use this artwork in PoA. But thanks to no green cards within that set at all, this entry really couldn't have been (mono)green Stick out your tongue Both modes should be balanced just fine (a.k.a. both are just slightly undercosted) - also third common CotW entry in a row Winking smiley

Mon, 2017-12-11 21:40
Quazer Flame

Let's see who can work out the secret behind this card.

(No longer my entry.)

This should be a valid entry, it IS a hydra, just on the other side.

EDIT: Apparently I can't read. Oh well, easy fix, I had originally thought of this card as a white/red card anyway. Contest for finding the secret of the name is still on!

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:27
Gorgonzola
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@Daij_Djan, @Quazer Flame: Ehh guys

Giraculum wrote:
Modern Magic has seen its fair share of Angels outside of monowhite, and Dragons outside of monored, but rarely has it done the same for Hydras. I want you to design a multicolor Hydra, one that couldn't be done in monogreen (green is still allowed as one of its colors). Remember, Hydras don't need an X mana symbol mana symbol in their mana cost, as long as they capture the flavor in some other way.

Giraculum wrote:
multicolor

ehh u blint er whut

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.

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:30
Daij_Djan
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Apparently I am Just wanted to do a nongreen one and completely forgot about that restriction

Wed, 2017-12-13 03:02
TheBrokenUrn
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Wyrms of the Deathvine X mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Rare
~ enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
~ has infect as long as you have more than three +1/+1 counters on it.
0/0

Render is right here.

EDITLOG
EDIT #1: Reduced P/T to 0/0 and updated render.

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Mon, 2017-12-11 16:42
Daij_Djan
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After that colossal failure, I could try to save my old entry by adding black to the mix - or I could do this instead:

Mon, 2017-12-11 18:33
Pixi-Rex
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@Daij_Djan: Ok how are we supposed to beat that entry. Super funny. That turn you need to deal 2 damage, and you need the hydra to do it, but already have done 5-6 glass. It should had ben in the new un set. Winking smiley

Entry

Mon, 2017-12-11 18:34
sdfkjgh
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Gambling Hydra X mana symbolRed/green mana symbol
Creature--Hydra Rogue Mythic Rare
Trample
Gambling Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
Red mana symbolGreen mana symbol: Flip a coin. If you win the flip, put two +1/+1 counters on Gambling Hydra. Otherwise, put a +1/+1 counter on Gambling Hydra.
Red mana symbol, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Gambling Hydra: Flip a coin. If you win the flip, Gambling Hydra deals 2 damage to target creature, player, or planeswalker. Otherwise, Gambling Hydra deals 1 damage to that creature, player, or planeswalker.
0/0

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Mon, 2017-12-11 18:48
wookywok
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Thoughtcloud Hydra 4 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature -- Hydra Mythic Rare
As an additional cost to cast ~, exile your hand and draw seven cards.
~'s power and toughness is equal to the amount of cards you own in exile.
4 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol: Cast a spell you own in exile without paying its mana cost.
*/*

EDIT: Changed rarity and mana cost.

Mon, 2017-12-11 19:11
Mrchristianpunk
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whelp

MY COLORS

Mon, 2017-12-11 19:34
Neottolemo
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This may be a bad idea, but...

Mon, 2017-12-11 19:56
Robot_Face
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Spoiler:

I'm not a real robot, but I have a real face!

Mon, 2017-12-11 21:40
Quazer Flame

Fixed my entry. Whoops!

Wed, 2017-12-13 15:55
Mahx Michael
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There are already very many green and black Hydras here, so I do consider coming up with something else, but here is my first shot at this weeks contest:

Old

EDIT:
I'll try making this un-like twist my entry instead.

Entry wrote:
Eternal Hydra 4 mana symbolWhite mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Mythic Rare
When Eternal Hydra enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature on the battlefield. (Including itself.)
Whenever Eternal Hydra perseveres, check off an unchecked box on this creature. (A creature perseveres when it’s dealt damage and doesn’t die.)
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
Eternal Hydra gets +1/+1 for each of the checked boxes.

2/2

Render
Old wording
Eternal Hydra 4 mana symbolWhite mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Mythic Rare
When ~ enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature on the battlefield. (Including itself.)
Whenever ~ perseveres, it gets +1/+1 for all eternity. (A creature perseveres when it’s dealt damage and doesn’t die.)

2/2


I'll go back to Undying Hydra if this is a no-no.

Mon, 2017-12-11 23:00
shiftyhomunculus
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Manifold Husk Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Zombie Hydra Horror Rare
Menace
Manifold Husk enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the number of card types among cards in your graveyard.
0/0

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

Mon, 2017-12-11 23:08
SirCaelum
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Here's my entry. I wanted to put a strong focus on flavor for this one. I know it's not really red in any way, but I like the way it looked on the art and felt it was flavorful to have a Naya colored Hydra legend.

Lymos, Scourge of Akros 3 mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Legendary Creature -- Hydra Rare
When Lymos, Scourge of Akros enters the battlefield, create five red, green, and white enchantment tokens named Head of Lymos.
Lymos, Scourge of Akros is indestructible and has hexproof as long as you control an enchantment named Head of Lymos.
8/8

Render

Mon, 2017-12-11 23:10
ColinBeck
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@Mahx Micheal-

For all eternity is a pretty long time- does this continue throughout games?

I'm wearing my optimistic trousers today!

Mon, 2017-12-11 23:14
SirCaelum
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@Robot_Face I love this. I am a sucker for instant speed interaction placed on creatures, and this card really makes you think about how and when to do it.

@thehuw I really like this card. It keeps the flavor of +1/+1 counters as heads, while still bringing something very new to the table. Like a static goyf. Very neat.

@TheBrokenUrn Yours is also very interesting. And also terrifying. Due to the power level of infect, I would strongly consider going the classic 0/0 route with this one.

Mon, 2017-12-11 23:41
Mahx Michael
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@ColinBeck
Yes, that was what I had in mind. Also the ability stacks, so when you have played it 10 times it has a minimum of +10/+10...
Of course it would be silver bordered.

Mon, 2017-12-11 23:41
Viriss
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Phantom Hydra 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Illusion Hydra Uncommon
Phantom Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the total number of cards in all players’ hands.
Whenever Phantom Hydra becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, remove a +1/+1 counter on it and it phases out. (While it’s phased out, it’s treated as though it doesn’t exist. It phases in before you untap during your next untap step.)
0/0

(Maybe that should be hydra illusion. They do one new card with phasing and I want to put it on everything!)

Mon, 2017-12-11 23:55
kinotherapy
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We Golden Game now?

There are a lot of Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol entries! (EDIT: Looks like all the simic Hydras turned up since I checked the thread, aswell.) I think the only existing multicolored Hydras are Red mana symbolGreen mana symbol or Green mana symbolWhite mana symbol (or Progenitus) so, like with those Dragons, enemy colors could use that love. I was trying for a Green mana symbolBlue mana symbol one but it became this:

Stormborn Drake Blue mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature — Hydra Rare
Trample, haste
Stormborn Hydra enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter for each spell cast this turn.
Blue/red mana symbolBlue/red mana symbol: Counter target noncreature spell you control. If you do, put a number of +1/+1 counters on Stormborn Hydra equal to that spell’s converted mana cost.
0/0

Not sure on the balance, feedback appreciated as always

Tue, 2017-12-12 00:53
spazlaz

An opposite take on progenitus.

Tue, 2017-12-12 07:28
...
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I feel like using green in this challenge leaves so much design space unexplored.

Spectral Hydra White mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature — Hydra Spirit Uncommon
X mana symbol: ~ phases out. X is ~'s power. Any player may activate this ability. (While it's phased out, it's treated as though it didn't exist. It phases in before you untap during your next untap step.)
Whenever ~ phases in, put two +1/+1 counters on it.
1/1

"Ellipsis" for short?

Tue, 2017-12-12 18:10
sdfkjgh
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Does anybody have any suggestions of art for my entry?

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Tue, 2017-12-12 19:08
Mahx Michael
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I realized I would have to note down my entry's power and toughness for each time I use it. Does anyone think this card might cause problems for the game's functionality?

@sdfkjgh
I can't find anyhting that fits your flavor right away. You could allways take an image of ANY hydra and just ps in some shades, cigars, cards and dies...

Tue, 2017-12-12 19:31
kinotherapy
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@Mahx Michael: Since it's silver bordered (I hope) I would use a "+1/+1 stamp" (i.e. literally write the bonus on the card itself) that functions for the rest of the game, and all future games, including when it's not on the battlefield or in a deck. Probably unfair if you goldfish it a bunch before you play but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Wed, 2017-12-13 20:24
Mahx Michael
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@kinotherapy
Yes, I did mention earlier that it was supposed to be silver bordered. But by a stamp, do you mean I should mark the card for each time time the ability has triggered? Can you explain this concept more in detail?


Do you think this wording might work?

Alternative wording
Eternal Hydra 4 mana symbolWhite mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Mythic Rare
When Eternal Hydra enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature on the battlefield. (Including itself.)
Whenever Eternal Hydra perseveres, check off an unchecked box on this creature. (A creature perseveres when it’s dealt damage and doesn’t die.)
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
Eternal Hydra gets +1/+1 for each of the checked boxes.

2/2

This will also cap it on +25/+25, wich might be fair (or something).

Tue, 2017-12-12 20:08
kinotherapy
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@Mahx Michael: Oh yes sorry, I missed that. And yeah pretty much, it would be an un- mechanic so you don't need to be too serious with it, something like:

"Whenever ~ perseveres, put a +1/+1 stamp on it. (Write '+1/+1' on this card. Its printed power and toughness are each increased by 1 for each +1/+1 stamp on it. This effect functions in any zone and for all eternity.)"

Of course you can do what you like for the name and reminder text, this was just how I imagine it being written if it were in Unstable or something.

Tue, 2017-12-12 20:15
Mahx Michael
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@Kinotherapy
How about this?

Tue, 2017-12-12 21:13
kinotherapy
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@Mahx Michael: That works lol. It would be cool if you could give it flavour to fit the check boxes, like with B-I-N-G-O. I'm not sure there's much difference between a 27/27 and a ∞/∞ but it's sensible to draw the line somewhere

I'm excited to see the render now :3c

Tue, 2017-12-12 23:04
Gurfle
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I honestly don't think anyone can beat Daij's this week (seriously that's friggin' objectively amazing) but, here we go, following Daij's rule: When in doubt, do a common.

Aetherborn Hydra 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Common
When ~ enters the battlefield, you get Energy symbolEnergy symbol.
Whenever ~ attacks, you may pay Energy symbolEnergy symbol. If you do, it gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is it's power.
3/3

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Wed, 2017-12-13 01:25
Scribbl
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Old Entry
Revered Hydra 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Rare
As an additional cost to cast Revered Hydra, tap X untapped creatures you control.
Revered Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
Other creatures you control don’t untap during your untap step.
0/0

Revered Hydra 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Rare
Convoke, vigilance
Revered Hydra gets +1/+1 for each other tapped creature you control.
4/4

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Tue, 2017-12-12 23:54
Viriss
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Not my entry, just another idea.

Spoiler:

Etherium Hydra X mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Body Mythic Rare
When Etherium Hydra enters the battlefield put the top X cards of your library onto the battlefield face down as a 2/2 colorless Hydra-Head creatures.
Hydra-Head creatures you control have “Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player you may play this card without paying its mana cost.”
Blue mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol: Put the top card of your library onto the battlefield face down as a 2/2 colorless Hydra-Head creature.
2/2

Wed, 2017-12-13 00:35
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@Gurfle: What is black about Aetherborn Hydra? The contest specifically states the entry can't be possible in mono-Green mana symbol.

@Scribbl: I'm having difficulty figuring out what the situations are where I'd prefer Revered Hydra to Seraph of the Masses, Veteran Warleader, etc.

Maybe if it got twice X counters?

"Ellipsis" for short?

Wed, 2017-12-13 01:27
Scribbl
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@...: True, I didn’t think about that comparison. Thanks, I’ve edited my entry.

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Wed, 2017-12-13 06:18
voltaic-qui
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Antithesis Hydra 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Nightmare Hydra Rare
Antithesis Hydra enters the battlefield with ten -1/-1 counters on it.
2 mana symbol: Remove a counter from target permanent.
13/13

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Wed, 2017-12-13 07:53
ByGyaradosBeard
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I'll admit I haven't been in the magic scene for a long time. A little out of practice. But I figured it'd be fun to try my hand at this.

Hydra Bed Green mana symbol Blue mana symbol Blue mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Fish Common
Indestructible, Hexproof
0/2

It's literally just one of those real life hydras. The little ones.

Wed, 2017-12-13 09:36
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@jacqui-pup: Well, that's one hydra at least that doesn't appreciate Doubling Season Stick out your tongue

"Ellipsis" for short?

Wed, 2017-12-13 11:34
Tarvoc
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I have to admit, I'm a bit confused. I thought this challenge was about hydras, not trolls. Weird smile

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

Wed, 2017-12-13 13:38
Mahx Michael
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Did this thread just get invaded by Russian spam-bots??

Wed, 2017-12-13 14:26
Daij_Djan
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It did, but not anymore Winking smiley



Also I'm really glad for the positive feedback to my entry A happy smile

Wed, 2017-12-13 14:58
Yoshi
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Hydra Null X mana symbolBlack mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Hydra Zombie Rare
Lifelink, trample
You may pay Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol and exile X creature cards from your graveyard rather than pay CARDNAME's mana cost.
CARDNAME enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
0/0

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Wed, 2017-12-13 20:09
Mahx Michael
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Updated my entry and added renders.
Unfortunately, I ended up using the same art as another entry this week, but that's bound to happen when everyone is forced to use the same creature type and most of us alos uses the same source to get our render art...

@kinotherapy
Thanks a lot for helping me sorting out the wording on my entry! A happy smile
You're already a legend, so I won't make another legend card for you, but maybe I'll make you some minion or noble phantasm or something...


Also, here are some art of a Hydra-Shark and a Snow Hydra, if anyone is interested...


@kinotherapy
Wich combination do you prefer?:

Noble Phantasm

Minion

____(original)

Wed, 2017-12-13 21:13
kinotherapy
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@Mahx: YW

Spoiler:

(You could really just give a hydra sunglasses and cigars to make it a Gambling Hydra, huh...)

And I think I prefer the second. Partially because I'm not sure what a Noble Phantasm is.

Wed, 2017-12-13 21:25
Daij_Djan
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@kinotherapy: BNoble Phantasms belong to the Fate franchise. See here for some explanation if you're interested Winking smiley

Wed, 2017-12-13 21:56
Mahx Michael
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@kinotherapy
Im not 100% sure what you meant with your last comment:

kinotherapy wrote:
(You could really just give a hydra sunglasses and cigars to make it a Gambling Hydra, huh...)

I hope I didn't offend you or make you think I was comparing you to a hydra, or anything... Puzzled

If you want an tl;dr description of the Noble Phantsms, its the ultimate ability of a legendery hero or villain, that is abolute unique to that person. It's like a signature move, only more powerful an with a fancier name.

@Daij_Djan
You have a typo or auto-correct error when you wrote Noble Phantasm...

Wed, 2017-12-13 22:00
Daij_Djan
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@Mahx: It's totally a typo

Also kinotherapy's comment concerning the gambling hydra was most likely aimed at sdfkjgh on his quest for some fitting artwork to his entry Winking smiley

Wed, 2017-12-13 22:10
kinotherapy
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I see, Fate catches me offguard once again. And yes I was talking about sdfkjgh's entry ^^

Thu, 2017-12-14 00:25
Mahx Michael
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@kinotherapy
Ok, so you choose Minion over Noble Phantasm? Probably not a bad idea, considering you might obtain a stronger Noble Phantasm in the future.

Thu, 2017-12-14 02:51
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