Card of the Week Contest #199: Price Hike

Mon, 2017-12-18 15:07
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 nonety-ninth challenge!


The winner of the "Go Big or Go Home" poll was Inverness with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

Inverness wrote:
We often see cards with cost reduction effects or effects that let them be cheated into play without paying any costs. Your challenge this week is the opposite: Design a card with a cost increasing effect or a card with an additional cost.

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, 2017-12-18 15:30
Mahx Michael
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Does X mana symbol count?

Mon, 2017-12-18 17:02
Inverness
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Mahx:
My intent was for it to be an actual effect on the card, so I wouldn't do an X mana symbol cost unless you have something to go with it or otherwise make it thematically appropriate.

Mon, 2017-12-18 17:25
Neottolemo
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Beet Coin 2 mana symbol
Artifact Uncommon
Spells your opponents cast that share a color with a creature they target cost 1 mana symbol more to cast.
Red mana symbol, Sacrifice Beet Coin: Target creature gains haste and becomes red until end of turn. Draw a card.
Green mana symbol, Sacrifice Beet Coin: Target creature gains trample and becomes green until end of turn. Draw a card.

Tue, 2017-12-19 15:07
BurningCreator
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Spoiler:

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Mon, 2017-12-18 19:12
wookywok
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Goblin Boomstash 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
As an additional cost to cast ~, sacrifice all Goblins you control.
~ can't be countered.
~ deals X damage to target player, where X is the number of Goblins sacrificed this way.
Goblins love explosions. Explosions, however, don't typically love goblins back.

Well, what do you think?

EDIT: Lowered mana cost, added flavor text.

Mon, 2017-12-18 18:09
sdfkjgh
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Curse of Inefficiency White mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment--Aura Curse Rare
Enchant player
Spells cast by enchanted player cost 1 mana symbol more to cast.

If any of you have any suggestions for art, I'd love to see them.

Oh, and congrats, Inverness. I hope mine was the deciding vote.

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Mon, 2017-12-18 18:41
Inverness
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Feedback time!

Runeborn Glider:
A solid design. The stats are really good for the cost, but since the process clause is on the cast, it's more restricted. I'm a fan!

Beet Coin:
The effects on this card seem counter to each other, IMO. Maybe I am misunderstanding it?

The Expensivator:
I giggled at this, I like it! Very funny design space. I'm wondering if there's a way to simplify the wording, but I can't think of it off the top of my head. I'll keep trying to come up with something.

Goblin Boomstash:
I think this is really costly in terms of mana. It could probably cost 2 mana symbolRed mana symbol less and be balanced. Or you could take it the other way and have it deal two times X damage!

Curse of Inefficiency:
This seems like a great lock piece in a curse control deck. Very straightforward, I like it! The only change I might consider would be making the mana cost less dense, maybe something like 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol, but honestly I think that's more of an opinion thing. If I come across any art that I think might fit this, I'll send it your way.

sdfkjgh:
Thanks! I don't know which vote(s) did it, but I appreciate it nonetheless. A happy smile

Mon, 2017-12-18 19:14
wookywok
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Thanks for the feedback! Consider that mana cost lowered.

Tue, 2017-12-19 02:39
SirCaelum
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Thought this would be fun.

Ibjorn, Lone Protector 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Legendary Creature -- Elemental Rare
Ibjorn, Lone Protector costs 1 mana symbol more to cast for each creature on the battlefield.
8/8

Mon, 2017-12-18 20:34
jacqui-pup
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Heart of Umbleon 1 mana symbol
Legendary Artifact Rare
Spells you cast cost 1 mana symbol more to cast.
Converge-- Whenever you cast a spell, you gain 1 life for each color of mana spent to cast it.

[center]"It's exciting to create something that demonstrates how clever you are, that you pushed in a direction that players didn't anticipate. The problem is that the point of game design isn't to be clever, it's to create a great game." --Mark Rosewater

Tue, 2017-12-19 01:35
Viriss
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Profitable Servitude 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
As an additional cost to cast Profitable Servitude, an opponent gains control of a creature you control.
Draw three cards.
“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.” - Aldous Huxley

Edit: Updated to reflect costs can't target.

Mon, 2017-12-18 22:39
jacqui-pup
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I'll note @Viriss (but at people in general) that costs can't target. Hence weirdo wording on stuff like Herald of Leshrac.

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Mon, 2017-12-18 23:34
NemaAkos

Giraphur Guilder 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Artificer Common
Tap symbol: Put a gold counter on target artifact you control. Each artifact on the battlefield costs 1 mana symbol more to cast for each gold counter on it.
0/2

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Mon, 2017-12-18 23:45
Mrchristianpunk
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Mutilated Scavenger 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature -- Beast Horror Uncommon
Menace
Sicken (As an additional cost to cast this card, pay 2 life and sacrifice a permanent you control.)
Whenever a creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Mutilated Scavenger.
2/2

MY COLORS

Tue, 2017-12-19 00:02
Sade612
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Chalice of Resistance X mana symbolX mana symbol1 mana symbol
Artifact Rare
Chalice of Resistance enters the battlefield with X charge counters on it.
Spells cost 1 mana symbol more to cast for each charge counter on Chalice of Resistance.

Fri, 2017-12-22 19:21
Mahx Michael
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Ok. I'm not 100% sure what color this should be, but here I go:

Entry wrote:
Pay In Blood Phyrexian Black Mana
Instant Rare
As an additional cost to cast ~, pay 5 life.
Until end of turn, ignore additional costs of spells you cast.
Render
Change Log
  • Removed ", and ignore all costs from activated abilities on permanents you control, except from mana costs and the Tap symbol symbol."
This might be a little OP, idk...

I also consider making this my entry instead, but I have to think it through first:

Something else
Plot Armor 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Mythic Rare
Enchant legendary creature
~ cost White mana symbol more to cast for each other legendary creature on the battlefield.
Enchanted creature is indestructible and has hexproof and protection from instants, sorceries and activated and triggered abilities.
(Silver bordered, of course )

Tue, 2017-12-19 02:06
Tarvoc
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@Viriss Who gets to choose which creature changes control? You, or your opponent?

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

Tue, 2017-12-19 02:06
thehuw
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@NemaAkos: This doesn't interact the way you want it to with the listed cards, because increasing how much something costs to cast doesn't actually increased its converted mana cost - that's always a function of the cost printed in the top right. I actually tried to do something similar a while back with cards that hard-edited the CMCs of permanents, but apparently that doesn't work within the rules.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Fri, 2017-12-22 17:12
kinotherapy
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EDIT: added another cost thing, an on death thing, less power & toughness, more rarity

Lurking Behemoth Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature — Beast Horror Rare
As an additional cost to cast Lurking Behemoth, exile three creature cards from your graveyard or pay 4 mana symbol.
Trample
When Lurking Behemoth dies, you may search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost 2 or less and put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
4/3

elder

Lurking Behemoth Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature — Beast Horror Uncommon
As an additional cost to cast Lurking Behemoth, pay 4 mana symbol.
Trample
There’s no need to go searching for it — those who seek the beast are sure to find it soon enough, as it hunts down trespassers quicker than you could imagine.
5/6

There are lots of wild entries here already so I didn't think this would be too dumb but after drawing it up it kinda looks like I just chose the laziest way to get around the contest, which wasn't my intention. I'm happy to think of something else it if it's an issue / awful

@Mahx: Not sure I understand this right, does this let you use, like, Death Cultist's without sacrificing it? If so, it may be overpowered

Also I think the unentry should just give protection from the stack for supreme uninteraction but that's just my hot opinion

Tue, 2017-12-19 03:11
Yoshi
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Purge the Other Black mana symbol
Instant Common
As an additional cost to cast CARDNAME, sacrifice a creature.
Destroy target creature that doesn't share a color with a creature sacrificed this way.

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Wed, 2017-12-20 15:12
TheBrokenUrn
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Dark Zone Watcher 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Human Soldier Uncommon
Patrol White mana symbolWhite mana symbol (When this creature spell is cast, you may pay White mana symbolWhite mana symbol. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.)
If Dark Zone Watcher’s patrol cost was paid, tap up to three target creatures.
3/2

This card comes from my experimental The Division set.

EDITLOG
EDIT #1: Increased P/T from 2/2 to 3/2.

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Tue, 2017-12-26 11:24
Fermat

@Inverness: Thanks for the feedback!

@jacqui: *gasp* Awww...

A play on the mechanic that usually adds an ETB effect upon "processing." This one requires it as a cost.

Tue, 2017-12-19 03:17
fluffyDeathbringer
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BurningCreator, wouldn't the Expensivator make 2GG into 2GGG instead of 2GGGG?

Tue, 2017-12-19 12:44
Viriss
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@Tarvoc: I imagine you pick since it's your ability. Similar to how Herald of Leshrac doesn't target and doesn't specific who chooses. I think all implied choices on cards are from the caster unless specified. But I could be wrong.

Tue, 2017-12-19 13:03
thehuw
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@Viriss: That's correct.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Tue, 2017-12-19 15:07
BurningCreator
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@fluffy Deathbringer: Yes, you are correct. Updated the reminder text.

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Tue, 2017-12-19 16:42
Mahx Michael
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@kinotherapy
You've got a point there... Maybe I should cut the ability part.

EDIT: Updated my entry.

Tue, 2017-12-19 17:21
Neottolemo
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@Fermat: I would imagine a 7 power flier in mono-Blue mana symbol would need to be rare, especially if it's relatively cheap: https://magiccards.info/query?q=pow%3E6+o%3Aflying&v=card&s=cname <- Here's a list of each creature with power greater than 6 and flying: the only creatures that show up in that list and are not rare are Illusionary Wall (which has defender, cumulative upkeep, and is from Ice Age) and Goliath Spider (who actually has reach and only shows up because the word 'flying' is in its reminder text).

Tue, 2017-12-19 17:43
Tarvoc
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@Neottolemo Yeah, I also thought it was undercosted.

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

Fri, 2017-12-22 15:15
Touhoufanatic
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this may be terrible, or it may be great. im honestly not sure. but i like it all the same.
@Inverness: Ah, yes your probably right. thank you for that.
Edit: Altered cost and wording.

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Mon, 2017-12-25 03:55
spazlaz

old
Here is my entry!

I really like diabolic revelation, so I thought I would make a similar card!


Thu, 2017-12-21 23:17
Gateways7

Old Version:

Spoiler:

New Version

Spoiler:

Blood Moon / Trinisphere / Arcane Labratory? Ok.

EDIT: @Inverness: Took into account what you said about tron and tried to stay true to the spirit of the old card while also shutting down ways around it. Thanks for the input!

Wed, 2017-12-20 08:38
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@spazlaz: Black mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol for a strictly better "Discard all of the cards in your hand, then search your library for that many cards and put them into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards" doesn't seem quite balanced...

"Ellipsis" for short?

Wed, 2017-12-20 08:02
3 of 7

Wed, 2017-12-20 14:42
Inverness
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More feedback time!

Ibjorn, Lone Protector:
A solid design. This card seems pretty balanced to me, since the only real way to avoid any of the cost increase is to either play additional colors for sweepers or to be lucky enough to play against a control deck that counters or kills your other creatures.

Heart of Umbleon:
Fascinating. So you use the increased cost to add the opportunity for an extra effect. I really like this design, good work! With a render I think this could be a strong entry.

Profitable Servitude:
Flavor on this one is the only thing that gets me. From the card mechanics, it seems like you are selling off a creature to get knowledge. The flavor text doesn't reflect that at all, so I got a bit of a disconnect there. Otherwise the card is solid.

Ghirapur Gilder:
First off- the typos in the card name. Stick out your tongue Second- artifacts on the battlefield don't cost anything to cast because they have already been cast. If you're referring to the abilities of that artifact, you'd want: "Tap symbol: Put a gold counter on target artifact: Activated abilities of that artifact cost 1 mana symbol more to activate for each gold counter on it." Overall I struggled to figure out what the purpose of this card was, but I think it has potential if you can refine the ability.

Mutilated Scavenger:
Sicken as a mechanic seems iffy. I think the concept works better as an optional cost, like Exploit from Dragons of Tarkir. Then maybe it has an extra effect if you pay the Sicken cost? Also, I don't know if it was intentional, but Mutilated Scavenger would not get the +1/+1 counter from its own sicken ability, since it's not yet on the battlefield when the creature you sacrifice to it dies. I think the concept you're going for would need a slightly different wording if that's your intent, maybe something like: Mutilated Scavenger enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each creature that died this turn." This also lets you play it off of a wrath effect to get it huge!

Chalice of Resistance:
Seems pretty straightforward. I like it! It's a hate card that you can play around, unlike Chalice of the Void, which just locks some decks out of the game. Good work.

Pay In Blood:
This is definitely geared towards some degenerate combo deck, but I don't know what that deck is. Stick out your tongue I think the design is pretty solid, I just don't know how the card would be used since you would need to be playing other cards with costly additional effects that you could chain together. I like cards that make you think, so I like this card. A happy smile

Lurking Behemoth:
Like you said, this does seem like a lazy option. I think you could take it somewhere, though, like if you had a mechanic that cared about converted mana cost. Maybe something like manifest? That would reward it for having a low converted mana cost and you could cheat it into play, sort of. I think the design has potential but I would definitely recommend doing something with it.

Purge the Other:
A fun take on Bone Splinters. I like it! With the right flavor/render, I could see this being a strong entry.

Dark Zone Watcher:
Seems like a neat take on the "enters the battlefield tapped" clause that is usually in Black mana symbol. I think the cost is a bit swingy for what it is, though. If you don't pay the cost, it's a bear that comes into play tapped, which is pretty bad.

Chryssalid Swarm:
I am reminded very strongly of Relentless Rats (see the wording on its library ability). I think your entry could get away with a lower base mana cost, maybe Black mana symbolGreen mana symbol, since it also costs more to play for each one that you have.

Demonic Gamble:
This card seems really, really strong. It's a multi-tutor for three mana. I think this would be balanced if it only let you pick one of the costs; otherwise I think some of the costs need to be made more painful. The 5 life one is fine, but sacrificing a creature/artifact/land can be made into an upside in many black decks, so I think it should be more punishing (either sac 2, or be forced to sac a land maybe?). The same goes for discarding a card- it is basically 'get rid of this bad card in my hand for any card I want out of my deck'. I think it needs either an inherent form of card disadvantage or some other way to limit it.

Intricate Apparatus:
This is a brutal card. I pray that this never sees the light of day because if you can cheat this into play or ramp into it really fast your opponent is just f***ed. I can see this coming down on turn 3 in Tron decks, which is just game over for literally any other deck. I think this needs to cost more mana than it increases the opponent's spells to- so if it makes their spells cost 7 mana symbol, I think this card should cost 8 mana symbol. Partly because even in a fair matchup, this is a huge mana tax that can really cripple an opponent's deck.

Subterranean Nursery:
Interesting! I think the synergy between the effects is really cool, as it makes you decide whether you want to try and exile a good card (so you can get it back) or exile a bad card (so you don't have to worry about not getting it back). I think my main gripe with this card is that it uses the land border instead of the artifact border; it makes the card look really off to me. :/ Although, now that I think about it, if you wanted to make "mining" a thing, you could have this card return "a" mined card to your hand instead of "the" mined card; this way, you have a sort of enabler that would allow you to get back other mined cards as well as just the one you exiled with this card.

Thu, 2017-12-21 00:57
thehuw
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Snatched Away 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Rare
Enchant artifact or creature
As an additional cost to cast Snatched Away, return a creature you control that dealt combat damage to a player this turn to its owner's hand.
You control enchanted permanent.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Thu, 2017-12-21 01:52
Daij_Djan
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After some pondering, decided to go with a nice political commander:

As always, feedback is apprechiated A happy smile

Thu, 2017-12-21 04:36
digiman619
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[On tablet, so no render right now]

Mind Blast 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
As an additional cost to cast ~, discard a card.
Put the top X cards of target player's library into their graveyard and ~ deals X damage to him or her, where X is the discarded card's converted mana cost.

Thu, 2017-12-21 16:45
Inverness
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Intricate Apparatus V2:
That is certainly an intricate design, haha! I think you could rephrase the last ability a bit: "Each spell that would cost less than X mana to cast costs X mana to cast, where X is the number of lands that spell's owner controls." I took this wording from Trinisphere. Other than that, this seems fine! It hoses special land abilities and ritual spells (good riddance to storm) but fixes mana perfectly for both players. I like it!

Snatched Away:
I love the flavor on this one. I have no changes to recommend!

Libra, Righteous Judge:
Since this ability says "Spells other players..." does this mean that your spells don't get the cost increase? If so, that seems delightfully fun.

Mind Blast:
Fun! Could make for a cool archetype with a few other cards like Emrakul and Through The Breach.

Sun, 2017-12-31 02:55
Wapulatus
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Acquiesce 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol

Instant Uncommon

Strive - ~ costs Blue mana symbol more to cast for each target beyond the first.
Return target spell to its owner's hand.

"Your silence is begrudging, but it is silence nonetheless."

- Uremides the philosopher

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Fri, 2017-12-22 01:28
Daij_Djan
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Inverness wrote:
..does this mean that your spells don't get the cost increase?

That's exactly what it means, yes Winking smiley You and the other player of your choice are safe, everyone else has to pay the tax. Obviously useless in 1v1 matches, but in multiplayer it should give some nice political options A happy smile

Fri, 2017-12-22 02:59
Tarvoc
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@Daij_Djan [edit] Never mind, read it wrong. Still powerful though.

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

Fri, 2017-12-22 14:28
Inverness
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Acquiesce:
That's a fun design! It's like a hybrid between Flusterstorm and Remand. Very cool, with a good render I could see this being a really strong entry.

Fri, 2017-12-22 17:17
kinotherapy
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@Inverness: Thanks for the feedback. I tried to think of a way of making its cmc matter but couldn't think of anything that wasn't contrived, so I added an alternative additional cost and a cmc-2-or-less-creature tutor on death, which ideally still has the Claim / Soul Foundry type of synergy I was looking for while also supporting itself (in multiples). I hope it's an improvement~

Fri, 2017-12-22 19:25
Mahx Michael
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Updated my entry and added render. Scrapped my un-entry completly.

Fri, 2017-12-22 20:39
Gurfle
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Edit:
Fixed some wording

Wording is hard, let me know if I goofed. Can't think of any keywords to base it off of, for some reason-- must be blanking.

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Fri, 2017-12-22 20:25
BurningCreator
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@Gurfle: I think that it should be "instead of one" - see Nissa's Pilgrimage. https://magiccards.info/query?q=Pilgrimage&v=card&s=cname
And I would also say that in the "if sentence," this needs to say directly "and put them onto the battlefield tapped. Then shuffle your library", for this way it seems like you will only search your library and nothing else. And alert, in the reminder text, it isn't "it's" (it is), but its (the possessive pronoun). Also would be good to put the shuffle your library at the very end. Maybe the most proper wording would be something like this:

Nurture 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbolGreen mana symbol (You may cast this card for its nurture cost.)
Search your library for a basic land card and put it onto the battlefield tapped. If CARDNAME was nurtured, (or if CARDNAME's nurture cost was paid,) search your library for up to two basic land cards and put them onto the battlefield tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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Fri, 2017-12-22 20:40
Gurfle
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@BurningCreator
Right, contractions-- I always forget about those jerks. And I consider myself good at this language-- bah.
Taken the wording from Nissa's Pilgrimage like suggested, but not making a repetitive "if nurture" clause-- I think people are smart enough to figure out it's a replacement effect.
I am aware it's still a little awkward, but it gets the idea across so I think it's good for now.

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Fri, 2017-12-22 23:52
Daij_Djan
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Hi guys, a quick note: As always during Christmas season, there won't be a new challenge next Monday - so this one will be open for two weeks A happy smile

Sat, 2017-12-23 02:28
Aarhg
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Magnetic Master White mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Artifact Creature - Human Monk Rare
As Magnetic Master enters the battlefield, choose Attract or Repel.
• Attract — Spells that target one or more creatures you control cost 1 mana symbol less to cast.
• Repel — Spells that target one or more creatures you control cost 1 mana symbol more to cast.
2/2