Card of the Week Contest #200: Glimpse at 2017

Mon, 2018-01-01 15:14
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 two-hundredth challenge!


The winner of the "Multiheaded, Multicolored" poll was BurningCreator with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

BurningCreator wrote:
Because the old year is away, let's look at it once again. For this challenge, design an Un-card that reminds something that happened in the year of 2017. It can be from the world of MTG, from the real world, from the world of films... Good luck.

Note: Feel free to add san explanation to your entry, it'll be included in the poll. Also, please try not to not get too offensive with your entries (obviously there's quite some potential here Winking smiley ), thanks! ~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, 2018-01-01 15:39
bazzboda

Yule Tidings 2 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Rare
You may give target opponent a booster pack. If you do, give yourself a booster pack from the same set. Each player given a booster pack this way opens them and puts the cards in their hand.

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Mon, 2018-01-01 18:05
sdfkjgh
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Walking Charisn'tma 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature--Human Incarnation Mythic Rare
Deathtouch
Aggressor (This creature must attack each combat if able.)
If you would draw a card except the first one you draw in each of your draw steps, you skip that draw instead.
Whenever Walking Charisn’tma attacks, it deals 1 damage to each other creature, each player, and each planeswalker.
5/5

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Mon, 2018-01-01 18:22
Tarvoc
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"This creature attacks each turn if able." (e.g. Akoum Firebird)

Aside from that, love the card. Big smile

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

Fri, 2018-01-05 03:48
kinotherapy
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EDIT: yeah ok that was dumb

Popeye Stompy 4 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature — Human Pirate Rare
Menace
Whenever one or more Pirates you control deal combat damage to a player, create X colorless Treasure artifact tokens with “T, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.” where X is the amount of money, in USD, that you spent to purchase Popeye Stompy or the product it came from.
3/2

Referencing Popeye Stompy, the hoax Pirate tribal deck rumoured to be taking over Legacy a few months ago, and more specifically Rishadan Brigand, which hilariously spiked in price to $20 because of it.

old
Ooh, COTW #200 is on the first day of the year! That's cute.

Popeye Stompy 4 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature — Human Pirate Rare
Menace
Whenever one or more Pirates you control deal combat damage to a player, create a colorless Treasure artifact token with “Tap symbol, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.” If it’s a Legacy format game, create twenty of those tokens instead.
3/2

Mon, 2018-01-01 19:44
voltaic-qui
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@bazzboda: This is kind of odd in Red mana symbol given that it's "each player draws 15."

@sdfkjgh: This kills every other creature on the battlefield whenever it attacks. Novablast Wurm does this with significantly less rules text. I had no idea what this card had to do with Donald Trump the first time you posted it and I'm still not sure now, and I still don't. And it's not very Un.

@kino: If you're playing this card which is banned in Legacy... in Legacy...

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Mon, 2018-01-01 21:15
Tarvoc
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jacqui-pup wrote:
@kino: If you're playing this card which is banned in Legacy... in Legacy...

Well, it IS an un-card. Stick out your tongue

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

Mon, 2018-01-01 22:47
JayHinch
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Solar Eclipse White mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
Any player that reads Solar Eclipse without wearing sunglasses loses 5 life.
All creatures that are not wearing sunglasses in their card art get -3/-3.

Card Render

I am not NEW, just RUSTY.
I was previously known as jhincherick.

My color

Mon, 2018-01-01 23:54
Tarvoc
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@JayHinch: lol, this is my favorite entry so far. Big smile

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

Tue, 2018-01-02 01:05
sdfkjgh
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@Tarvoc: Upcoming rules changes will alter that rules text to what I have.

@jacqui: Trump attacks everything around him unceasingly, is toxic to everything he touches, and is unapologetically anti-intellect. What is it about my card that you find doesn't match these qualities?

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Tue, 2018-01-02 01:27
bazzboda

@jacqui-pup, my thoughts were that it would act like a wheel of fortune since the players usually would have to discard down to seven, further I would like to think the randomness of the draw removes it from blues domain. My main problem is Yule happens every year, I may have to think of something else.

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Tue, 2018-01-02 03:51
spazlaz

Here is my entry:

You can gain WAY more life, but if you HODL too long, it all comes crashing down.....

Tue, 2018-01-02 05:31
Gateways7
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oh boi it's sexual harrassment

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Fri, 2018-01-05 13:37
Nhoj2307

Questionable Ballot 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Enchantment
Rare

Whenever a player would vote, you may pay 1 mana symbolWhite/black mana symbolWhite/black mana symbol. If you do, you choose how that player votes. If every opponent's vote was chosen and each vote was the same, gain an Emblem with "Opponents must refer to you as "The President" for the remainder of the game. Whenever they do not, they lose 2 life."

"What do you mean they voted to Leave? Paliano offers services they cannot get anywhere else."
Leovold. Emissary of Trest

Thank you very much with the wording help lovely peoples A happy smile

Tue, 2018-01-02 16:20
digiman619
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@Nhoj: Since everyone votes for all the same effects, I would word this "Whenever a player would vote, you may pay 2 mana symbolWhite/black mana symbolWhite/black mana symbol. If you do, that player must choose te same option for that vote as you do". Or maybe it'd be easier as "If you do, you control that vote."

Tue, 2018-01-02 16:28
BurningCreator
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More probably "If you do, you choose how that player votes." See Illusion of Choice

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Wed, 2018-01-03 05:56
Flo00
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Release the Un-Set Half W ManaHalf U ManaHalf B ManaHalf R ManaHalf G Mana
Srocery Rare
Release the Un-Set can’t be countered.
Choose any number of silver-bordered cards with different names you own outside the game, reveal them, and shuffle them into your library.

I just realized this is great with Battle of Wits.

"It's not difficult to make Magic players feel smart." - Mark Rosewater
Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Wed, 2018-01-03 20:04
Mrchristianpunk
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W H E L P T H I S W A S T A K E N

Eclipse Dragon 5 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature -- Shade Dragon Mythic Rare
Flying
Whenever a player would look at Eclipse Dragon without sunglasses on, Blind that player for the rest of the game. (Put a blindfold on that player until the game ends.)
7/7

MY COLORS

Wed, 2018-01-03 23:49
Wapulatus
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-_-

Thu, 2018-01-04 00:27
Daij_Djan
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My first inspiration was to make a pun on Descent into Madness - 2017 would offer many potential artworks even if only considering political happenings alone..

Still, I decided to go with something positive instead - so how about the birth of the MSEM2.0 format?

Hope you like it! Winking smiley

Thu, 2018-01-04 01:15
spazlaz

This is what I would have done for the solar eclipse card.

This is NOT an entry:

Thu, 2018-01-04 03:26
Liz the Goddess
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No, I'm not sure how this would work. At all.

I like bears.

Thu, 2018-01-04 03:54
ThisisSakon
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Meh

Thu, 2018-01-04 04:36
digiman619
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@Liz: You do realize that this is essentially a 3/3 with indestructible that you begin the game with, right? And because it's not legendary you can begin the game with 4 of them, regardless of what color you're playing?

Thu, 2018-01-04 04:41
Tarvoc
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digiman619 wrote:
@Liz: You do realize that this is essentially a 3/3 with indestructible that you begin the game with, right? And because it's not legendary you can begin the game with 4 of them, regardless of what color you're playing?

It's even worse than indestructible. There are ways to get rid of indestructible cards (lower their T below 0, exile, bounce, discard...).

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

Thu, 2018-01-04 04:46
Liz the Goddess
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@Digiman Let's discuss what "I'm not sure how this would work" means. It means I was unsure how the card would work but thought it sounded funny and just wanted to throw it out there. Maybe someone would enlighten me, I really didn't want to struggle to figure out crazy rules bullhonky so late at night.

Let's discuss how "you do realize" is a terrible way to start any kind of criticism. It implies I'm an idiot who SHOULD realize something, and because I don't (because of course you think I don't), that's a severe negative trait. It implies haughtiness and is not constructive in any way. It's insulting, basically. And rude.

Here, tell you what, just for you, I'll give you tips. Here's what you COULD have said that wouldn't make you sound like a massive @!#%ing jerk.

"That card is basically a 3/3 with indestructible that would start on the field at the beginning of the game, which is insanely broken. It would be a little more manageable if it was Legendary, cause then you could only have one, but as it is, it's way too much.

But yeah, thanks for the feedback.

I like bears.

Thu, 2018-01-04 11:02
Sade612
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Render

Negative Press Coverage
Enchantment 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbol Uncommon
Players skip their postcombat main phases.

Edit: Doesn't really do a lot, and I don't want to see too many of them in a draft. Reduced mana cost and upgraded rarity.

Sat, 2018-01-06 22:16
Malsey
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Old entry, updated in other post.

Spoiler:

I forget how to eat sometimes and I lay in bed dying and making MSE sets.
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Thu, 2018-01-04 06:29
Ziolang
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Avatar by vanevil.deviantart.com; commissioned for me

Thu, 2018-01-04 14:15
Tarvoc
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I've decided to put in a more personal entry. I've struggled with it for a while now, but 2017 was particularly bad.

I'm not really sure if this card fits the challenge, since it only really connects to 2017 for me personally. I'm also not sure if it qualifies as an Un-Card.

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

Thu, 2018-01-04 18:21
sdfkjgh
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@Wapulatus: You forgot to specify the colors of the tokens.

@Tarvoc: I too struggle with insomnia; might I suggest what I take for it, Seroquel? When it hits, it hits like a freight train. Sandman doesn't even bother taking his sand outta the bag.

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Thu, 2018-01-04 18:47
digiman619
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@Liz: Sorry if I offended; I meant it in a "Are you sure?" manner, but I understand how it came off as insulting. Also, I somehow missed your "I'm not sure" line, or else I would have worded my response with more tact.

Thu, 2018-01-04 22:32
Neottolemo
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A band called Priest released their debut album called New Flesh sometime in November 2017 and I got it. It's pretty good. The art I used for the card is the cover art. Yes, you can use the card on your opponent in duels.
Originally I wanted to make a card about the last exam I had to go through to finish high school but that turned out to be pretty complicated.

@Ziolang, Tarvoc: I don't think that's silver-bordered...

Fri, 2018-01-05 02:42
Liz the Goddess
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@Digi: Thanks for the apology, and sorry if I got a little too (aka a lot too) grumpy there. One of my bigger pet peeves is people mocking people for not knowing something, and it hit me hard. Anyways, we're all good, and your comments DID help me think on how to fix it...

I think this mitigates the issues. My main problem with it now is it feels green/blue. Maybe I'll make it cost Blue mana symbolGreen mana symbol. What do you guys think, and is there any other crazy stuff I'm not noticing that it'd break wiiiide open?

Like obviously it's silver border, and should never be. It's an abomination and a sin against the name of Richard Garfield. But let's say it's *not*. Does it rip apart the fabric of spacetime?

I like bears.

Fri, 2018-01-05 03:49
kinotherapy
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Edited my entry into something that kind of makes sense. I almost gave up and went for Fatally Pushed instead, but that edgy Popeye art was too good to pass up

@Liz: The first ability should probably involve revealing it, otherwise I'm not sure if it would actually work (and you could pretend it's not in your hand if you don't want it on the battlefield for whatever reason)

Masterful Ninja does something quite similar to what you're doing, maybe that could help?

Fri, 2018-01-05 04:52
The5lacker
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Everybody's got one:

Birthday Party 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
As long as its your birthday, you may cast Birthday Party without paying its mana cost.
Each player draws a card, then puts a card from their hand into yours.

Remember, Flavor can be used to justify any number of terrible designs.

Fri, 2018-01-05 11:41
Mahx Michael
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@ThisisSakon
Isn't recast technicly the same as "copy target spell"?

@Malsey
I like your card! But why silver bordered?

@The5lacker
Awesome


2017 was the year Cajun released the first Mainframe tempalte:

Entry wrote:
Hacking the Mainframe White mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Sorcery Mythic Rare
Search your library for any number of cards with different frame types and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
Spells you cast cost 5 mana symbol less to cast until end of turn.

Render

Fri, 2018-01-05 13:29
Viriss
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Polar Guardian 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Snow Creature - Merfolk Rare
Snow landwalk, islandwalk (This creature can’t be blocked as long as defending player controls a snow-covered land or an island.)
As long as the current temperature is 0 C or below, all lands become snow.
As long as the current temperature is above 30 C, all lands become islands in addition to their normal types.
2/2

Inspired by Old-Fashioned Vampire from Unstable.

Fri, 2018-01-05 20:00
Gurfle
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Brexit!
(P.S. I imagine they can rejoin and also I don't know if they've technically left yet but the internet said they haven't enacted leaving so I might be wrong on that. Either way, this still works.)

My battle board!
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Sat, 2018-01-06 14:40
shiftyhomunculus
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@Gurfle: The British government has triggered Article 50, which means we are now committed to leaving the EU, but negotiations around what exactly that means are going very slowly because a) no state has ever invoked Article 50 before and b) the people who pushed Brexit the hardest are largely absent from the negotiation process - Nigel Farage sodded off to America to hang out with Trump and Boris Johnson seems content to make a fool of himself as Foreign Secretary (and it's come out recently that he might only have backed Brexit pragmatically).

Pretty much everyone currently negotiating was in favor of Britain staying in the EU at the time of the referendum, so none of them actually want this to happen, and the Brexit campaign promised people that we'd keep a lot of EU-related privileges after Brexit which, as it turns out, we may not be able to. (You'd have thought they would check.)

We are still in the EU, but the government keeps insisting that we're progressing towards a deal. Word from Brussels seems to suggest otherwise. So really, aside from a possible price drop to Black mana symbolBlack mana symbol (as it's either Sign in Blood or a slight variant on Diabolic Edict), your card is absolutely perfect. Who knows where the hell we are?

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

Fri, 2018-01-05 21:38
voltaic-qui
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Coalition Elephant 3 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Elephant Incarnation Rare
Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)
Withouter (Damage is dealt to this creature in the form of -1/-1 counters.)
Enrage-- Whenever Coalition Elephant is dealt damage, create two 1/1 white Warrior creature tokens.
6/6

It's a metaphor for the American right, get it?

formerly jacquipup

"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."

Fri, 2018-01-05 22:07
Malsey
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@Mahx for the name and art really, I've never loved excessively silly cards and just kinda figured it made more sense to have silver. If you think it should be Black I'll change it.

I forget how to eat sometimes and I lay in bed dying and making MSE sets.
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Sat, 2018-01-06 01:14
Mahx Michael
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@Malsey
Well, when it comes to naming and art style, it fully depends on what the rest of the set it is released in is like. If you are comparing it to the names and art throughout the rest of Magic, then it would probably end up in an un-set indeed. But what makes most un-cards silver-bordered is the use of wierd rules text wich doesn't work in competisional settings, and other than not fitting into a normal Magic set flavor-wise, your card is 100% playable in competitional settings as well (It might be a little powerful, though).

Sat, 2018-01-06 06:35
Sade612
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@ThisisSakon, @Mahx I thought the same thing when I saw the card, but that would be much stronger than Twincast. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's more like Flicker but for a spell right?. If recasting counted as casting an additional spell, (for instance if it read "Exile that spell, then cast it from exile without paying its mana cost.") this card would be insane in Storm. Most of the time it's just a situational Dispel, or maybe a blue Insist/Overmaster.

@Malsey I would be excited to play Earth-chan in a Bant Reliquary deck. One minor correction: If the land is going onto the battlefield, you don't need to reveal it. See Evolving Wilds.

@Jacqui-pup I love Withouter; it reads a lot cleaner than Witherscale Wurm. Nailed it.

Sat, 2018-01-06 07:45
Malsey
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@Sade oh right, I forgot to change it, it used to go to the hand before I changed all the abilities

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

Sat, 2018-01-06 14:31
Mahx Michael
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@Sade612
So in other words, the difference between recast and "copy target spell" is that you get two "cast a spell" triggers? Because I don't think countering a spell will counter the copy as well (if you use counter spells to counter, I mean).

Sat, 2018-01-06 17:38
ThisisSakon
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(It becomes a new spell on the stack... Nobody is copying anything

Sat, 2018-01-06 20:20
Mahx Michael
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Yes, but a copy is a new spell that looks the same as whatever it copies. The only difference between casting the same spell two times, and copying a spell already cast, is that you cast two spells in the first scenario, and cast one spell and copy it in the other scenario. In addition, if you cast a copy of the spell, you cast two spells that looks the same. Also, the cards in your deck is also reffered to copies of the same card if you have more than one in a deck...

I know the ability doesn't copy anything. What I was asking is what is the difference between recasting and copying?

Sat, 2018-01-06 20:34
ThisisSakon
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the difference is you don't get a copy of the spell?

Sat, 2018-01-06 22:21
Malsey
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Exactly the same card, not 100% on which border I should go with. The card is playable as a black bordered card, but also it's not a card that would appear in anything but an Un set.

Updates:
- Mana cost increased by 1
- Wording text fixed for +1
- Lost certainty of border

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

Sun, 2018-01-07 03:30
voltaic-qui
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@Malsey: I'd completely revamp the Earth's ultimate into something un-set-y, since dealing X damage to everything is not very Green mana symbol or very Blue mana symbol. Something dexterity related in the vein of Falling Star?

formerly jacquipup

"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."