Card of the Week Contest #201: I Can't Believe It's Not Thoughtseize!

Mon, 2018-01-08 16:09
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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-hundred and first challenge!

The winner of the "Price Hike" poll was thehuw with...

And the challenge issued by our winner was...

thehuw wrote:
If a card's strong enough to make itself known in a format, there's a pretty good chance that WotC will design more cards in the same mold. Take cross-format all-star Snapcaster Mage - from Goblin Dark-Dwellers to Torrential Gearhulk to Dualcaster Mage to the very recent Dire Fleet Daredevil, we have seen many cards attempt to follow in its footsteps, with varying success.

MTGGoldfish provides handy lists of the most-played cards in various formats, arranged by "dominance" score (based on the number of lists that run a card and the average number of copies a list includes). Your task this week is to choose a card from the current top 50 most-played cards in either Standard, Modern or Legacy, and design a card that's a spiritual successor to that card, be it a colorshift, a redesign, a mirror, a counterpart, or a whole new card with a similar theme and role. Ideally, you should try not to go too far off the rails - make sure the influence of your chosen original card is clear in your design.

Please include the name of the card you're riffing on.

Best of luck!

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!

Fri, 2018-01-12 23:41
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I object to this challenge on ethical grounds.

Stray Cat White mana symbol
Creature - Cat Common
When Stray Cat enters the battlefield, you may tap target creature.
White mana symbol, Exile Stray Cat from your graveyard: Tap target creature.

It's Standard all-star Sacred Cat.

(edit: shaved 1 mana symbol off the activated ability cost and added "you may")


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Mon, 2018-01-08 18:09
BurningCreator's picture

Death's Shadow-like card:


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Mon, 2018-01-08 18:15
Cajun's picture

Vraska's Contempt tells me Wizards is too scared to print Hero's Downfall at three mana but not chicken enough for four. Let's follow that line of thinking with a different 'cantrip'.


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Mon, 2018-01-08 18:51

I'll go with my main dude, Young Pyromancer! Oh, wait, no - this is his sister. Honest mistake, really.


Young Lavamancer - 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Human Shaman Uncommon
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, you may untap target Mountain.
Inclination is the sincerest form of flattery.

Mon, 2018-01-08 20:47
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My favorite card on the standard list is Champion of wits.

Spoiler: 22nd on the list

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Mon, 2018-01-08 20:51

Here is my entry.

Based off of Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Chandra, the Torch of Defiance, it shares these characteristics:

1. One of the original 5 planeswalkers from lorwyn.
2. 4 abilities, costed at 2BB.
3. Basic abilities are copies of pre-existing cards, or are very close to pre-existing cards and abilities.
4. Overall power level is very high, enough so that it is constructed playable.
5. Game breaking ultimate.

I present to you, Liliana, the Darkest Shadow

Mon, 2018-01-08 20:54
Asthanius's picture

Refurbish, huh? Well how about something for all those Enchantress players out there! ...also it gets Omniscience, so that's fun.

Resurge 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
Return target enchantment card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
“A faded enchantment can be conjured again and re-stabilized with a handful of key components.”
—Techniques of Enchantment, vol. II

Sat, 2018-01-13 23:32
3 of 7

My take on Cryptic Command

old card

new card

Mon, 2018-01-08 22:52
Mahx Michael
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White brother of God-Pharaoh's Gift:

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Serra-Goddess' Gift 5 mana symbol
Artifact Rare
At the beginning of combat on your turn, you may pay White mana symbolWhite mana symbol and exile a card from your graveyard. If you do, create a token that's a copy of that creature, except it’s white Angel and has flying in addition to its other abilities.

The name is a bit wierd, and the cost might be a bit off. I would apriciate som guidance on this one A happy smile

Mon, 2018-01-08 23:02
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Depleting Ritual Red mana symbol
Instant Rare
Add Red mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol to your mana pool.
Tap target land you control. That land doesn’t untap during your next untap step.

Trying to move red closer to Dark Ritual. In the style of Desperate Ritual and Pyretic Ritual.

Mon, 2018-01-08 23:38
3 of 7

@Mahx Michael Like the card! If you're going to create the token at the beginning of combat, make sure to give it haste until end of turn. Otherwise it feels weird to create a token at that phase of the game if you can't do anything with it.

Tue, 2018-01-09 00:58
Mr. Madness

A green Glorybringer-esque hydra. What could possibly go wrong?

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Tue, 2018-01-09 02:19
The5lacker's picture

I probably don't have to explain this one, it's not exactly subtle.

Tarmopulse 1 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Swift Sorcery Mythic Rare
(You may cast a swift spell at any time you have priority.)
Tarmopulse deals damage to target creature, player, or planeswalker equal to the number of card types in all graveyards plus 1. (The card types are artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, land, planeswalker, sorcery, and tribal. Tarmopulse isn’t counted while it’s on the stack.)

A couple of quick notes:
1. I, personally, have abandoned Instant as a card type and Flash as an ability in favor of Swift, a supertype that does what those two do with the added bonus of being a single thing that means one thing instead of two separate things that mean the same thing. Plus, anything that cares about "Instants and Sorceries" can now just care about Sorceries. Downside is there's too many things that care about one or the other specifically for me to mentally errata everything, so lets just agree to treat Instant as a retired type a-la Tribal, World, etc.
2. Card lists planeswalkers specifically due to upcoming planned errata to remove the Planeswalker Damage Redirection rule in favor of mass-errata-ing every relevant card to just include planeswalkers. More info can be found [Here].
3. Card could probably get away with being your average everyday Rare but come on, we're making a Tarmogoyf tribute.

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Tue, 2018-01-09 02:32
ThisisSakon's picture

@spazlaz: Could we get that render in normal, please?

One part Snapcaster Mage one part Reanimate all parts fun.

Sat, 2018-01-13 19:29
Gurfle's picture

Well, while I find cards on another power level all their own like Tarmagoyf or Snapcaster Mage just wonderful, I think I’ll stick to a standard common.

Cultivated Defenses 3 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Common
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has hexproof.

Based on Blossoming Defense.

Also, please don’t take my earlier sarcastic remark the wrong way- I’m being sarcastic for the sake of humor and nothing more. Honest.

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Tue, 2018-01-09 11:33
kinotherapy's picture

Oh hey I just made this

Sorcery Uncommon
Draw three cards, then discard two cards.
“Why waste time searching for the right answer? Simply find all the answers and ignore the wrong ones.”
—Trivaz, Izzet mage

For all the blue cantrips out there, I'm surprised Wizards didn't make more Brainstorm variants. Probably a good thing?

Wed, 2018-01-10 18:26

Removed, no other idea.

Trying to downpower Attune with Aether

Arboration Green mana symbol

Search your library for a Forest card, reveal it and put it in to your hand, then shuffle your library. If a nonbasic land card was added to your hand this way, put two cards from your hand on the bottom of your Library.

The further you go to plant, the more you must be willing to fight Nature's hardships.

Thank you for the wording help Mr Madness A happy smile

Tue, 2018-01-09 15:54
Mr. Madness

@Nhoj2307 I find the concept interesting, being able to fetch nonbasics for an added cost. However, I have a few wording nitpicks:
1) you can just say "Forest card" as opposed to "Forest land card" since forest is just a land type
2) you should reveal the land before putting it into your hand
3) To match up with current wording standards, maybe say "If a nonbasic land card was added to your hand this way" instead of "If you chose a nonbasic land"

Just to be clear, I do like the card; I am trying to help, but I tend to come off as a know-it-all when I try to help people with more nitpicky things

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Thu, 2018-01-11 11:49
digiman619's picture

old entry
I went for a colorshifted Deathrite Shaman, but somehow got a touch of Waste Not.

Flameright Shaman Blue/red mana symbol
Creature- Human Shaman Rare
Tap symbol, Reveal a land card from your hand: Add one mana of any color that land could produce to your mana pool.
Red mana symbol, Tap symbol, Reveal a creature card from your hand: Create a 1/1 Elemental creature token.
Blue mana symbol, Tap symbol, Reveal a nonland, noncreature card: Draw a card.

Sun, 2018-01-14 13:06
Sade612's picture

@The5lacker: I'm picking up what you're putting down.


I based my card off of Remand. This one also has some instant-speed discard attached instead of card draw, so it gives your opponent a painful choice to make.

Sat, 2018-01-13 14:41
Pixi-Rex's picture

My reference card will be Aether Vial

OLD Entry

It does the same but in a completely different way. And i think its more fair this way, but this means it maybe have losts a bit of power.
should it be non-creature cards instead of creature card you can cast with this.

New reference card(s) Thoughtseize/Inquisition of Kozilek

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Tue, 2018-01-09 19:21
sdfkjgh's picture

#1 in Modern: Lightning Bolt

Thunderblast Red mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Thunderblast deals 3 damage to target creature or planeswalker.
“Ow, my freakin’ ears!”

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Tue, 2018-01-09 19:58
Inverness's picture

I know Blood Moon has enough knockoffs, but I wanted to try my hand at it.

Tue, 2018-01-09 23:01
Mahx Michael
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@3 of 7
Yes, God-Pharaoh's Gift also does that, but I thought the combination of flying and haste might be a little much. But if you insist I don't mind Winking smiley

Someone replied to my post, so I can't edit it. Here is my actual entry:

New Entry wrote:
Serra-Goddess' Gift 5 mana symbol
At the beginning of combat on your turn, you may pay White mana symbolWhite mana symbol and exile a creature card from your graveyard. If you do, create a token that's a copy of that creature, except it’s white Angel and has flying in addition to its other abilities. It gains haste until end of turn.


Tue, 2018-01-09 22:19
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@Mahx Michael: I edited your original post Winking smiley

Tue, 2018-01-09 22:58
Mahx Michael
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@Daij_Djan: Thanks! A happy smile

@All: I also added render now.

Wed, 2018-01-10 01:13
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Brian Storm 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Wizard
When ~ enters the battlefield, draw three cards then put two cards from your hand on top of your library.


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Wed, 2018-01-10 01:35
SilverSoul.SB's picture

The flavour is Nissa healing Zendikar After what the Eldrazi did and a mirror of Chandra Torch of Defiance.

Wed, 2018-01-10 11:23

Collective Cunning 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Instant Rare
Escalate—Each opponent draws a card. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more —
• Counter target spell.
• Creatures your opponents control get -4/-0 until end of turn.
• Draw two cards, then discard a card.

Uses both Cryptic Command and Collective Brutality as basis.

Wed, 2018-01-10 18:00
Mrchristianpunk's picture

Based off of Dismember


Wed, 2018-01-10 18:01
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@3 of 7: This should be worded "Choose up to X, where X is the number of cards in your hand." Also be aware that in general, commands have only targeted modes or only untargeted modes, to avoid scenarios that crop up with Cryptic Command where you pick the Boomerang mode and the cantrip, your opponent gives the targeted permanent hexproof, and the entire spell fizzles because all its targets are illegal.

@5lacker: I understand (and actually agree with) replacing instants and flash with a flash supertype. I do not understand why you've replaced a card type from the game, then made a card which explicitly references that card type by name.

@Nhoj: Lay of the Land is almost unplayable in Constructed-- it's the combo of T1 Aether Hub, Attune with Aether which gives Energy decks perfect mana that makes the card a mistake. Hell, Safewright's Quest is better than this card on three different axes and it's still more or less crap.

@digiman: That first color is hilariously out of color. (True, Deathrite Shaman's mana generation is a little awkward in Black mana symbol, but nowhere near as awkward as a Llanowar Elf for Blue/red mana symbol.

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Thu, 2018-01-11 00:46
Angelus_Reprobi's picture

I also came up with another "Deathrite Shaman"-like creature.

Kitsune Lifegiver Green/wite mana symbol
Creature - Fox Cleric Rare
Tap symbol, Tap an untapped creature you control: Untap two target lands you control.
Green mana symbol, Tap symbol: Tap an untapped creature you control: Create a 1/1 colorless Spirit creature token.
White mana symbol, Tap symbol: Tap an untapped creature you control: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.

Edit: Render up

Thu, 2018-01-11 00:39
Aarhg's picture

A counterpart to Young Pyromancer. Feedback is appreciated. A happy smile

Undergrowth Warden 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Satyr Druid Uncommon
Whenever an opponent casts an instant or sorcery spell, create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token.
“This forest may look uninhabited to you, but disturb it again and it will tear you apart.”

Thu, 2018-01-11 09:41
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I always liked the idea behind Broodmate Dragon, if not the power level when Jund was a thing in standard.

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Thu, 2018-01-11 10:41
fireantprincess's picture

@Angelus_Reprobi: Your activated abilities have too many colons. (It should be "Green mana symbol, Tap symbol, Tap an untapped creature you control: Create a 1/1 colorless Spirit creature token.", etc.)

Thu, 2018-01-11 11:56
digiman619's picture

New version, this time with more color pie!

Flamerite Shaman Blue/red mana symbol
Creature- Human Shaman Rare
Tap symbol, Reveal a land card from your hand: Draw a card, then discard a card.
Red mana symbol, Tap symbol, Reveal a creature card from your hand: Create a 1/1 Elemental creature token.
Blue mana symbol, Tap symbol, Reveal a nonland, noncreature card: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.

Thu, 2018-01-11 12:16
Aarhg's picture

Digiman, the last ability’s activation cost is missing “from your hand”.

Thu, 2018-01-11 13:04
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@Kiku: Broodmate Dragon isn't on any of the lists linked in the OP.

Red mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlack mana symbol
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Thu, 2018-01-11 17:37
sdfkjgh's picture

@Aarhg: Your card is a color pie break for green, as green cares about creatures, not instants or sorceries. A better version would be "Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, you may create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token." I changed it to a may ability so that it won't end the game in a draw if two opponents of each other both have one.

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Fri, 2018-01-12 06:01

Surgical Vise 1 mana symbol
Artifact Rare
Imprint - When ~ enters the battlefield, exile a nonbasic card from any players graveyard.
Your opponents can't cast spells with the exiled cards name or activate the abilities of permanents with the exiled cards name.

Based on Surgical Extraction, and Pithing Needle.

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Thu, 2018-01-11 20:16
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Squirrelman , instant and sorcery hate is INCREDIBLY green's wheelhouse. Spell hate and punishing your opponent for daring to cast counterspell is absolutely not a for break

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Thu, 2018-01-11 21:53
SilverSoul.SB's picture

@Angelus_Reprobi I would swap the abilities so green gives +3/+3 and white makes the token.

Fri, 2018-01-12 05:03
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Seanaut Thinker 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Pirate Wizard Rare
When Seanaut Thinker enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it and exile that card.
When Seanaut Thinker Seer leaves the battlefield, target opponent draws a card.

Made a colored version of good ol' Thought-Knot Seer. Not that it would see play as it is practically worse. I toned down the P/T because humans are not 4/4.

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Fri, 2018-01-12 16:37
SilverSoul.SB's picture

@JayHinch When i saw 2UB 2/3 with an exile ETB i was expecting it to be like Hostage taker, which if you allow yourself to cast it could be a mix of it and thought-knot.

Fri, 2018-01-12 20:22
Aarhg's picture

I'm debating making my card a 2/1, since it seems pushed at 2/2. Being a 2/1 it would also resemble Young Pyromancer more. Thoughts, anyone?

@sdfkjgh: As ColinBeck said, noncreature hate is pretty green, and instant and sorcery hate is just a more narrow version of that. I don't think I'm breaking any pies with this card.

Fri, 2018-01-12 22:07
The5lacker's picture

*Cracks knuckles* Time to knock some rust off of the belittling insults constructive feedback gears.

@jacqui-pup: I like the idea of "Exile from graveyard for ETB effect" as a full-fledged set mechanic. Card almost feels undertuned but probably better safe than sorry when it comes to value effects like this.

@BurningCreator: Trying to put anti-cheat effects into such a blatantly "only good if you can cheat it" card strikes me as counterproductive. Especially if your anti-cheat effect is "Lose the game" as it makes any flicker effects Doors to Nothing. Which is bad. If you're dead-set on this, I'd just have the effect be "Sacrifice this creature."

@Cajun: Silky smooth. Tasty instant-speed removal meets potentially handy tech effect. I got nothing, good card is good.

@amechra: Not really sure how this effect is Red at all, outside of caring about spells. Also, "Play", "Card"? Are you a time traveler from the distant past of 2009? It's been "Cast" and "Spell" for nearly a decade, man. Especially on the card you're specifically referencing.

@Malsey: That's really, really bad at 5 mana, and also some rather unnecessarily complex formatting. You're getting too caught up in "Recreate this good card." Focus more on the homage aspect. Do something different, not just... worse.

@spazlaz: Solid enough, don't like both - abilities being so focused on reanimation though. Lil's got plenty of other things she could be doing as a - ability. Maybe just your average, everyday zombie token generation mixed with some life loss or something. "Create a 2/2 zombie, opponent loses life equal to the number of zombies you have." Something like that.

@Asthanius: This effect is not green. Not even by the most generous of margins. Green returns things to its hand, even when it cares about Enchantments specifically. But this is one of the whitest effects the world has ever seen.

@3 of 7: Top. Deck. Hero. *Sung to the tune of Jukebox Hero* Yeah but no, cute idea but I don't think it's playable outside of, like, Commander. And even then...

@Viriss: You are aware you can target an already tapped land with the "Tap target land" part of this card, right? Meaning this is a turn 1 tempo swing with the cost of "You get exactly one less mana next turn." Meaning this is a turn 1 Blood Moon. That's not... terrifying at all. If you're determined to keep with this, maybe switch it up to "As an additional cost, sacrifice a land." Very red, and actually somewhat debilitating.

@Mr. Madness: How on God's green earth (heh) is this effect Green in any way, shape, or form? This is one-sided, set-size direct damage on attack. Even if it was linked to creature power, this would be, just... comically broken. I'm also not getting much in the way of Glorybringer in this.

@ThisisSakon: I can see what you're going for, but A. stealing spells from any graveyard, even with the life cost, is absurdly good and B. Even if you don't cast a spell you're getting a 2/2 with deathtouch for 2. Which is also absurdly good. Making a spell recycler that's better than Snapcaster Mage is a terrifying thought.

@Gurfle: I'm glad to see the sarcasm train has been going strong while I've been busy. Solid card is solid. Strong in limited, probably won't make a splash in any other environment but that's totally fine in my book. One of the few cards from these contests that I'd actually like to see printed, so an automatic thumbs up in my book.

@Kinotherapy: Potentially crazy-strong but being multicolored certainly reigns it in. Not sure how much I like it at Uncommon, though, at least as far as limited is concerned. It's a very splashy effect that's less valuable the less powerful your deck is. Seems to be textbook rare to me.

@Sade612: Really don't like it at 2 mana, that's a really strong hard-counter that maintains card parity. Yeah, they don't have to discard that particular card, but they're still losing a card, you're still expending a card, and their tempo is potentially shot to hell.

@Pixi-Rex: In dire need of some formatting help, looking at it gives me a migraine. I also think it's borderline unusable without something like Sensei's Divining Top, in which case it's an Aether Vial that also generates card advantage, which... Seems like a bad idea to me, personally.

@Inverness: So lets take Blood Moon, give it to a color who should in no way, shape, or form be allowed to have it, and then make it not do the thing it's supposed to (Gimp broken utility lands) in favor of focusing exclusively on the part that makes it frustrating (Gimp mana bases.) I'd familiarize yourself with the recent Blood Sun, and more importantly, a recent [Article] talking about the design of it. Remember, the reason land destruction is purposefully kept incredibly weak and circumstantial is that it's a bad, bad, bad idea to make it possible for one player to prevent the other player from playing the game in its entirety. It's literally the worst.

@Mahx Michael: Outside of theme (Which is near-worthless as theme is malleable and can be made to fit basically anything), why is this card designed as it is? Why does this colorless artifact require white mana to reanimate creatures and give them haste? Would it make as much mechanical sense if you changed the cost to BB, changed the creature type to Demon? Would it make more? If the answer is yes, you may have started from an unsound foundation and, just maybe, should stop for a moment and think: Where does this effect fit in the mechanical color pie? Because that's the only thing that really matters because, again, theme is malleable. Theme can be used to justify bad decisions, and frequently is.

@Guitarweeps: One, why is this man not Legendary? Two, why is this card so broken? Being able to flicker a Brainstorm is... terrifying. Especially in a world where Scry exists.

@Silversoul.SB: Well it's not broken. Which is always a pleasant surprise with these things. In fact, it's kinda so not-broken I'm almost feeling a bit disappointed. I dunno. Maybe it's just the ult kinda disappointing me, the rest of it is quite good.

@Fermat: Broken in Commander, probably fine everywhere else.

@Mrchristianpunk: I can see what you're laying down. I'm not okay with it. In fact one might say I'm filled with abject terror at the thought of a world where such a card exists. but I can see what you're laying down.

@Angelus_Reprobi: Congrats, you've made a one-drop more comically broken than Deathrite Shaman. Turn one that, turn two another 1-drop, untap your two lands, now you have a 3-drop. And two 1-drops. On turn 2. And it has two other abilities. (That should be flipped, like everyone has mentioned.) Also, the hell is that name? I see no Leonin. Leonin are cats. Foxes are not cats.

@Aargh: Very strong but I think fine as a 2/2. Unlike Young Pyromancer, you can't design a deck around triggering and getting value off of it. One of the finer examples of the point that "Caring about what you do" and "Caring about what an opponent does" are fundamentally completely different concepts even if they look similar on the surface.

@Kiku: Outside of being bonkers in Kaalia of the Vast (and really, what isn't?) a solid but balanced duo.

@Digiman619: Woo, more Deathrite Shaman homages trying and succeeding at being more broken than Deathrite Shaman! Here's a tip: revealing a card? Not as much of a cost as exiling a card from a graveyard. And getting a 1-drop that loots, force-spikes, and creates tokens at the low-low cost of simply having cards in your hand? Thaaaaaat's terrifying.

@Bazzboda: Veeeeeery strong effect. Not sure I like it as a 1-drop. Definitely don't like it hitting lands at all.

@JayHinch: Don't think you need to just copy the text box exactly for it to be a strong reference. You can just... give them their card back when it leaves. And as others have suggested, smashing in the Hostage Taker effect? Not a bad idea. (Also, the hell is up with that name? Come on, you can think up something better than "Sea-sea thinking man." That's what Naut- means. Sea. Nautical.)

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Fri, 2018-01-12 22:09
The5lacker's picture

@Jacqui-Pup: Because you can't actually remove Instant as a type, too many things in the game care about them specifically. Torrent Gearhulk comes to mind as something that's even currently in standard.

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Fri, 2018-01-12 22:35
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Fun fact concerning Guitarweeps' entry: Next WotC set actually has a creature with ETB Brainstorm. I think it was a CMC4 uncommon? Too lazy to look up the name as I'm on my phone right now..

EDIT: Yeah.

Fri, 2018-01-12 23:04
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@5lacker: How about sending some of that hateconstructive criticism my way?

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Fri, 2018-01-12 23:40
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Render, plus minor fixes:

[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