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Mon, 2018-01-01 07:03
HerziQuerzi
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SET FILE

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Seize the Arcane
Banner art by Lorenzo Mastroianni
Set Name: Carpe Arcanum
Three Letter Abbreviation: CAC
Number of Cards: 90
Design & Development Team: HerziQuerzi

Cadence

Orchestrate

Conjure

Animus

Rahit

Homeplane: Kaladesh
Gender: Male
Age: 34

Bio: A natural-born teacher, Rahit excells at guiding others and encouraging them to succeed. While his technical prowess was nothing remarkable, he had a knack for the manipulation of aether. However, an experiment gone wrong nearly cost him his life, only saved by the ignition of his spark.
In the years since, he has made Arcanum his home, becoming a well known face amidst the academics of the plane. Believing that all have the potential for greatness, no matter their walk of life, he hosts free to attend public lectures on a wide variety of topics when he’s not busy writing thesises.

Design Philosophy: Not being one interested in supremacy, his abilities should reflect his helpful, guiding nature. Effects should be group-hug in style. More specifically, letting everyone do the same thing, but with him doing it slightly better.
In terms of this particular card, the first two abilities reflect this idea fairly obviously. Less obvious is the ult, but when you get down to it, you and your opponent are both losing a CMC X card; you’re just in charge of when and how it happens.

Rulings
XXX. Archive
XXX.1 - Archives are a nonpermanent card type.
XXX.2 - A player who has priority may cast an archive card from his or her hand during a main phase of his or her turn when the stack is empty. Casting an archive as a spell uses the stack. (See rule 601, “Casting Spells.”)
XXX.3 - When an archive spell resolves, its controller puts it into his or her library zone under his or her control.
XXX.4 - If a player would draw a card while they own multiple libraries, and the draw effect doesn't specify a library, that player chooses which library they own to draw from.
XXX.4b - If a player would draw multiple cards at once, each card draw is chosen seperately.
XXX.5 - If an effect would refer to a player's undefined library, and that player owns multiple libraries, that effect's controller chooses any library the effected player owns to apply the effect to upon resolution.
XXX.5b - For continuous effects that refer to a player's undefined library, the effect's controller chooses a library the effected player owns when the effect is created, and the effect will affect that library for its duration.
XXX.6 - If a card would be put into an archive library, that card is put in face up.

Ardy

Homeplane: Arcanum
Gender: Trans Male
Age: 17

Bio: Ardy is a young planeswalker with a talent for geomancy. Born on the plane of Arcanum, he still lives there with his mother.
His parents have been seperated for several years now, due to the inherent tension between his father's desire to live a quiet life in the country and his mother's need for the hustle and bustle of the Arpechian Academy. While Ardy stayed with his mother, he still regularly visits his father.
His spark was ignited when he was fourteen, waking one night to the smell of smoke. By the time he realized what was happening and had woken his mother, the fire had trapped them. His sparks ignition whisked him away before the fire could reach him; and while his mother received burns severe enough to cause her to lose her arm (which she has since had a artificial replacement made for), she also managed to escape the fire via more mundane means.
Worried about the dangers the Multiverse could hold for someone so young, Ardy's mother enlisted the help of another planeswalker who worked as a professor at the Arpechian Academy: Rahit. She convinced Ardy not to 'walk without Rahit's oversight, though as he's gotten older, he's been sneaking off on solo 'walks more and more. Meanwhile, his mother and Rahit have been growing closer, and recently Rahit has moved in with them.

Design Philosophy: As a bright and cheerful character, Ardy’s abilities should not be overly aggressive in nature. No burn, no fight, very limited destroy effects (if any). The abilities should also feel loose and full of potential, to reflect Ardy’s creative mindset.
With this particular card, the ult is about as aggressive as I’d be willing to go. Perhaps even too aggressive, but it does a good job of capturing Ardy’s occasional over-the-top showing off.

Salva Tore

Homeplane: Festenya
Gender: Nonbinary
Age: 25

Bio: Born in the slums of Stalbrit on Festenya, Salva was a protester against the social structure, especially in how it affected the elves. During a riot, Salva was trapped inside a burning building, igniting their spark.
Now, whenever they return to Festenya, they are caught in the uncomfortable position of being allowed to move amongst the higher echelons of society due to their spark while still being isolated and scorned for their local elvish blood.
Is currently on Arcanum to make use of their vast knowledge on magic as part of their continuining attempts to extend their elvish lifespan to put them on par with Festenya humans, if not more.

Design Philosophy: Since their bio is based upon feeling resentful towards the privilege and power humans have over elves on Festenya, their abilities should focus around the idea of taking from others to bolster themself. Alternatively, punishing others for their greed/affluence.

Finale

SET FILE

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Mon, 2018-01-01 11:20
Neottolemo
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Herzi, you absolute madman! You actually put that mechanic into an actual set! Sure, it's only 90 cards, but still! I think I like the Librarian. At first glance it looks more Blue mana symbol and Uncommon-y but since I haven't seen the rest of the set yet and it's new design space I can't really be sure yet A happy smile

Mon, 2018-01-01 13:27
Pixi-Rex
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(each of your libraries)???

So are there cards that divide you library up in more libraries so whenever you draw a card, you draw from them all??? If so it seams pretty interesting.
Or is it an new/other format than normal? I'm curious.

Mon, 2018-01-01 14:15
Daij_Djan
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So we really get a "libraries matter" set? Nice A happy smile

Mon, 2018-01-01 16:18
jacqui-pup
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Split Screen reprint or bust

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Mon, 2018-01-01 17:13
HerziQuerzi
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@neo: no one is ever going to play limited with a MSE set 90 card set, so I didn't bother with rarities. Just made everything a rare.

@pixi: it's a normal format

@daij: at the risk of killing hype, I do have to admit there are only like half a dozen cards that directly care about multiple libraries.

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Mon, 2018-01-01 20:20
Pixi-Rex
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@HerziQuerzi: Ok, but there will be cards like Split Screen as jacqui-pup point out that will make you have more libraries.

You have my eyes glued to this thread. Wide grin

Tue, 2018-01-02 03:57
HerziQuerzi
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Cadence

Joke's on all y'all; you won't see the library mechanic until the 5th.

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Tue, 2018-01-02 04:46
ThisisSakon
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Jara Jadefist is potentially worrisome, but I like it

Wed, 2018-01-03 02:14
HerziQuerzi
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Orchestrate

surge squared

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Wed, 2018-01-03 12:20
Guitarweeps
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Multiple libraries eh? Seems interesting.

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Wed, 2018-01-03 20:08
Pixi-Rex
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@HerziQuerzi: I dont understand Orchestrate. Orchestrate puts the card in Exile for its Orchestrate cost. (Therefore you don't "cast" the card.)

So lets take 1 step at the time.

1. I have a Orchestrate in my hand, and it tells me. (You may exile this card from your hand anytime you ???could??? ???cast??? a sorcery for its Orchestrate.)

Thats like when??? Ether im dumb or the wording is a bit off.

2. I get that when i have my Orchestrate card in my exile and I cast another spell. I MUST... MUST cast the Orchestrate card from my exile. (You can use this with instants so you can cast sorcery cards in opponents turns, i dont know if this is intended.)

So the only ting I don't get is how do I get my Orchestrate card into exile.

Its the ???could??? ???cast??? that I don't understand. Could meaning that you don't have to do the action. See Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)
So how does your opponent know if you can do it when he/she can't see whats on your hand?

I hope I make sens. A happy smile

Wed, 2018-01-03 20:13
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@Pixi-Rex: It just means that orchestrate has the same restrictions as a sorcery (i.e. can only be cast on your turn, and with an empty stack).

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Wed, 2018-01-03 20:27
marioware2
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Yessss our libraries-matter dream is finally coming true

Wed, 2018-01-03 20:51
jacqui-pup
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I like these but I'm not sure why they're all sorceries-- as is, there's no reason not to cast it for the orchestrate cost. There probably should be more tension here.

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Wed, 2018-01-03 21:15
Daij_Djan
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Orchestrate is an interresting idea, but its wording really is a bit off.. Inspired by Suspend:

Orchestrate <cost> (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay <cost> and exile it anytime you could cast a sorcery. If you do, the next time you cast a spell, cast this without paying its mana cost.)

Big question: Does Orchestrate appear on instants? If not, this wording allows you to drop the "anytime you could cast a sorcery" part as well. Also like suspend I removed the "casting it from exile" part.

EDIT: Btw, I love Cadence.

Wed, 2018-01-03 22:45
HerziQuerzi
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Orchestrate appears on instant, yeah. As for why would you ever cast them normally: because you don't have another spell on hand to trigger them? It's kind of like surge but you can get a rain check on it + it's telegraphed

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Thu, 2018-01-04 03:10
HerziQuerzi
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Conjure

@daij: i used to have wording similar to that iirc, but edited it to cut down on space.

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Thu, 2018-01-04 03:19
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"Evoke from the graveyard" is a cool mechanic but I am aggressively not a fan of being able to render something indestructible for one mana at instant speed.

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Thu, 2018-01-04 03:22
HerziQuerzi
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Sheltering Light, Withstand Death

to a lesser extent the vast hordes of 1cmc "Regenerate target creature" effects

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Thu, 2018-01-04 03:31
thehuw
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Okay, more specifically, I don't like that you can do it out of your graveyard. Instant-speed flashback effects are typically marked up quite heavily to account for both the extra complexity and the multiple ways of getting the card into your graveyard.

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Thu, 2018-01-04 03:42
ThisisSakon
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What herzi said, only a bit louder

Thu, 2018-01-04 03:53
HerziQuerzi
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Actually wait it somehow only just clicked that Valiant hits all permanents while everything I linked was just creatures. Good false equivalency @ me. Bumping Conjure cost up to 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol for both that and huw madly self-milling protection spells.

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Fri, 2018-01-05 06:44
HerziQuerzi
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Animus

The Animus land type originally created by Timespiraled

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Fri, 2018-01-05 12:07
Neottolemo
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Neat

Sat, 2018-01-06 01:31
HerziQuerzi
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Rahit

Homeplane: Kaladesh
Gender: Male
Age: 34

Bio: A natural-born teacher, Rahit excells at guiding others and encouraging them to succeed. While his technical prowess was nothing remarkable, he had a knack for the manipulation of aether. However, an experiment gone wrong nearly cost him his life, only saved by the ignition of his spark.
In the years since, he has made Arcanum his home, becoming a well known face amidst the academics of the plane. Believing that all have the potential for greatness, no matter their walk of life, he hosts free to attend public lectures on a wide variety of topics when he’s not busy writing thesises.

Design Philosophy: Not being one interested in supremacy, his abilities should reflect his helpful, guiding nature. Effects should be group-hug in style. More specifically, letting everyone do the same thing, but with him doing it slightly better.
In terms of this particular card, the first two abilities reflect this idea fairly obviously. Less obvious is the ult, but when you get down to it, you and your opponent are both losing a CMC X card; you’re just in charge of when and how it happens.

here. take it. this is all you're here for, isn't it?

Rulings
XXX. Archive
XXX.1 - Archives are a nonpermanent card type.
XXX.2 - A player who has priority may cast an archive card from his or her hand during a main phase of his or her turn when the stack is empty. Casting an archive as a spell uses the stack. (See rule 601, “Casting Spells.”)
XXX.3 - When an archive spell resolves, its controller puts it into his or her library zone under his or her control.
XXX.4 - If a player would draw a card while they own multiple libraries, and the draw effect doesn't specify a library, that player chooses which library they own to draw from.
XXX.4b - If a player would draw multiple cards at once, each card draw is chosen seperately.
XXX.5 - If an effect would refer to a player's undefined library, and that player owns multiple libraries, that effect's controller chooses any library the effected player owns to apply the effect to upon resolution.
XXX.5b - For continuous effects that refer to a player's undefined library, the effect's controller chooses a library the effected player owns when the effect is created, and the effect will affect that library for its duration.
XXX.6 - If a card would be put into an archive library, that card is put in face up.

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Sat, 2018-01-06 01:38
CyberChronometer

On Rahit
Quote:
Effects should be group-hug in style. More specifically, letting everyone do the same thing, but with him doing it slightly better.

Quote:
Believing that all have the potential for greatness, no matter their walk of life, he hosts free to attend public lectures on a wide variety of topics

Hisoka-esque ultimate.

I love this planeswalker so much I don't even care what his study lets me do to my libraries.

Sat, 2018-01-06 02:40
ThisisSakon
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The man of the hour

Sat, 2018-01-06 18:14
HerziQuerzi
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Ardy

Homeplane: Arcanum
Gender: Trans Male
Age: 17

Bio: Ardy is a young planeswalker with a talent for geomancy. Born on the plane of Arcanum, he still lives there with his mother.
His parents have been seperated for several years now, due to the inherent tension between his father's desire to live a quiet life in the country and his mother's need for the hustle and bustle of the Arpechian Academy. While Ardy stayed with his mother, he still regularly visits his father.
His spark was ignited when he was fourteen, waking one night to the smell of smoke. By the time he realized what was happening and had woken his mother, the fire had trapped them. His sparks ignition whisked him away before the fire could reach him; and while his mother received burns severe enough to cause her to lose her arm (which she has since had a artificial replacement made for), she also managed to escape the fire via more mundane means.
Worried about the dangers the Multiverse could hold for someone so young, Ardy's mother enlisted the help of another planeswalker who worked as a professor at the Arpechian Academy: Rahit. She convinced Ardy not to 'walk without Rahit's oversight, though as he's gotten older, he's been sneaking off on solo 'walks more and more. Meanwhile, his mother and Rahit have been growing closer, and recently Rahit has moved in with them.

Design Philosophy: As a bright and cheerful character, Ardy’s abilities should not be overly aggressive in nature. No burn, no fight, very limited destroy effects (if any). The abilities should also feel loose and full of potential, to reflect Ardy’s creative mindset.
With this particular card, the ult is about as aggressive as I’d be willing to go. Perhaps even too aggressive, but it does a good job of capturing Ardy’s occasional over-the-top showing off.

a smol boi

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Sat, 2018-01-06 18:43
Neottolemo
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Indeed.
Interesting cards, especially his Invocation!

Sat, 2018-01-06 19:06
fluffyDeathbringer
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>trans man
>Ardy's Invocation has rainbow-colored magic crystals in the art

nice

Sat, 2018-01-06 19:09
HerziQuerzi
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its all connected

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Sat, 2018-01-06 19:32
fireantprincess
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I have to say, I love that smol boi.

Sat, 2018-01-06 20:48
Gorgonzola
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i dont see anything about ardy being trans, can ya explain pls

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.

Sat, 2018-01-06 21:07
amechra

I'm assuming he just is, you know?

Ardy's cards are fantastic, though. I personally would never use his ultimate - his +1 and -1 would both be so damn good in my RG deck, to the point where I'm considering proxying him and kicking out Sarkhan - that way, he and Domri Rade can be buddies and go on adventures.

Sun, 2018-01-07 01:07
k0n9

Shouldn't Ardy's Study have an effect similar to Courser of Kruphix? Besides Archive, I mean.

Sun, 2018-01-07 06:10
ThisisSakon
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HerziQuerzi wrote:
Gender: Trans Male

He is cuz it be

Sun, 2018-01-07 06:14
HerziQuerzi
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@k0n9: In what way? Limiting to top card? I wanted all the archive's to follow a similar cost (1MM), and limiting to just top card would make Ardy's by far the worst. As is, it's probably the weakest of them anyway.

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Sun, 2018-01-07 17:52
HerziQuerzi
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Salva Tore

Homeplane: Festenya
Gender: Nonbinary
Age: 25

Bio: Born in the slums of Stalbrit on Festenya, Salva was a protester against the social structure, especially in how it affected the elves. During a riot, Salva was trapped inside a burning building, igniting their spark.
Now, whenever they return to Festenya, they are caught in the uncomfortable position of being allowed to move amongst the higher echelons of society due to their spark while still being isolated and scorned for their local elvish blood.
Is currently on Arcanum to make use of their vast knowledge on magic as part of their continuining attempts to extend their elvish lifespan to put them on par with Festenya humans, if not more.

Design Philosophy: Since their bio is based upon feeling resentful towards the privilege and power humans have over elves on Festenya, their abilities should focus around the idea of taking from others to bolster themself. Alternatively, punishing others for their greed/affluence.

set file goes up tomorrow

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Sun, 2018-01-07 18:08
Gorgonzola
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>trans male
>nonbinary

Are you one of the other genders, Herzi?

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.

Sun, 2018-01-07 18:11
HerziQuerzi
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we're out to steal your jobs or whatever and desecrate the sanctity of marriage

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Sun, 2018-01-07 18:23
Gorgonzola
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@hERZIqUERZI: nuh

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.

Sun, 2018-01-07 18:43
amechra

Hmm...

If I cast something like Brainstorm, do I need to put the cards on top of the same library I drew from? Similarly, if I cast something like Opt, can I Scry my "main" library and then draw a card from one of my "side" libraries?

Sun, 2018-01-07 18:49
HerziQuerzi
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You can mix and match because trying to make specific rules for every case that like would be a hellscape

go forth and stick your fingers in every pie, simultaneously

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Sun, 2018-01-07 19:07
Neottolemo
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Salva's Vexation is interesting removal. Their planeswalker card is nice, too, but most of all I really like their Study and I'd definitely want to play it! Big smile

Sun, 2018-01-07 22:53
HerziQuerzi
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@gOrGoNzOlA: yuh

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Mon, 2018-01-08 06:03
Gorgonzola
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@HQ: But I will defeat you with my force of tolerance!... nah, it doesn't make sense...

Anyways, I like this set so far. But this thread gets weirder and weirder.

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, 2018-01-08 06:08
ThisisSakon
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I have altered the thread. Pray I do not alter it further

Mon, 2018-01-08 10:30
fireantprincess
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Gorgonzola wrote:
But this thread gets weirder and weirder.

It wasn't weird until you made it weird, tho.

Mon, 2018-01-08 18:41
HerziQuerzi
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Finale

SET FILE

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EDIT2: Here is it

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