Featured Contest - Freeform Design

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Sat, 2011-08-20 03:31
Raznaak
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An example of Aversion, [Summer's soul], one of the mythics of the set. There is also Blue aversion for example, like every color, multiple aversion and even types aversion (type and subtype)

Spoiler:

Sat, 2011-08-20 19:19
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@Raznaak I made custom images for them, using the POWER of PHOTOSHOP. Just grabbed some high-res of the mana symbols, then made them look like the hybrids. No biggie!

ALSO: Added flavor text to my submission.
ALSO ALSO: Added something to make it more interesting.

Tue, 2011-08-23 14:19
Darkerling
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Snow Cloak Mage 4 mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Wizard Chaos Symbol
Creature Aversion 7 - All creatures you control have Stealth.
2/4

Sat, 2011-08-20 19:53
Faustenberger
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Yeti Recluse 4 mana symbolSnow mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Snow Creature - Yeti Chaos Symbol
Creature Aversion 5 - ~ cannot attack or block.
He liked the world better when he was the only creature he knew.
5/5

Would that be the correct creature type?
Edit: thanks.

The fun has been doubled!

Sat, 2011-08-20 19:46
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It's Snow Creature - Beast, actually. <: You might want "Ape" instead, though.

Anything with Snow as a mana cost (either to play it or to use its ability) is a Snow ____.

Sat, 2011-08-20 19:52
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Yeti is an existing creature type.

"Too wary to charge, too prudent to serve. Not anymore."
—Sedris, the Traitor King

Sat, 2011-08-20 20:05
Inanimate
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Oh! I am pleasantly surprised. (I've never touched the Ice Age Block, so...)

Sat, 2011-08-20 23:20
Raznaak
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Oh btw Inanimate, the enchantment should be CMC of 2, not 3 like it is now. If you don't change it, it is disqualified. everyone else is ok, except for darkerling, whose creature should be a common snow creature (and it sould have another type than just wizard...). This is only for everyone to be taken in the contest, not disqualified... If you want to have the set file, pm me your e-mail address and i will send you the file.

Sat, 2011-08-20 23:28
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Thanks Raznaak, slipped my mind.

Sun, 2011-08-21 14:04
Themasterofphyrexia1
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hey, how do you use those symbols, because I have my card but I would like to know how to use those symbols

[‍spoiler]All those who fallen in battle make valuable soldiers of the next battle

Mon, 2011-08-22 22:40
Raznaak
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To add mana symbols and the like, see there and there for more info.
[Edit] Maybe more entries than three should be appreciated guys....

Tue, 2011-08-23 01:52
EyeofTruth
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I wasn't going to join in as i tend to be bad at working with snow mana. Nevertheless, might as well give it a shot

Frozen Baloth 3 mana symbolSnow mana symbolSnow mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Snow Creature - Beast Common
Snow Aversion 3 - CARDNAME gets +2/+2
Trample
5/5

Just a fatty here, move along.

Tue, 2011-08-23 19:16
Raznaak
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@EoT: A snow creature hating snow? Well, that's new at least...

Wed, 2011-08-24 10:47
EyeofTruth
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@Raznaak Yeah, the idea is that it is more powerful when able to actually fight in its preferred terrain, AKA, the snow. I would make it snow covered lands, but that seems too specific and too direct hosing to be a common.

Wed, 2011-08-24 13:43
Themasterofphyrexia1
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Frostkin Cyromage3 mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Snow Creature - Elemental Wizard Blue mana symbol
Red Aversion 3- All Red Creature lose -4/-0 as long as :Cardname: is on the battlefield.
Frostbound: Discard a snow card from your hand.
'There was an amry of goblins against one mage, sadly, they fell to insure, it wasn't a mage'
3/4

[‍spoiler]All those who fallen in battle make valuable soldiers of the next battle

Sat, 2011-08-27 00:37
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tMoP, the cost must be 3 mana symbolSnow mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlue mana symbol or 3 mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol or 4 mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlue mana symbol. Sorry for the restrictions, but i need those 6 CMC.
[EDIT] BTW, you can also make a 2 CMC snow aura with at least one [Snow mana symbol/Blue mana symbol] in the cost (snow-color hybrid, not necessary blue, it may be any color) if you want.
[EDIT2] BTW, there is only two days left guys!
[Edit3] Reported to Sunday, since i have things to do. You have until then to post your cards. Sorry guys

Sat, 2011-08-27 18:32
Mamekok
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The Soul of Frozen Swamp 4 mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Snow Creature - Elemental Chaos Symbol
Nonsnow Creature aversion 6- ~ gets +3/-2.
The only thing that enrages
him is a being which is not
covered by ice.

4/6

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Sun, 2011-09-04 04:16
Raznaak
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Judging Time! No more entries!

Inanimate
Winter's Grip 1 mana symbol
Snow Enchantment - Aura Chaos Symbol
Enchant creature
At the beginning of each upkeep, tap enchanted creature.
Frostbound - Snow mana symbolSnow mana symbol
"The unrelenting cold chills to the bone, but it's far better than realizing you can't feel it..."

Kudos for being the only one making the aura. Sadly, it is too good for being a common, it should be an uncommon... mean, even if you destroy it, the opponent can bring it back if he has mana to spare, and there is already Curse of Chains and Narcolepsy at the same cost and they do the same thing without the possibility of bringing it back and in monocolored or two colors hybrid, not in snow (basically colorless) and blue hybrid... if the cost was , it would have been perfect though...


Sohel

You there winner? Because if not, tomorrow the runner up will win and choose a new challenge
Icewind Drake 3 mana symbolSnow mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Snow Creature - Drake Chaos Symbol
Flying, hexproof
~ cannot attack unless defending player controls a snow land.
Snow mana symbolSnow mana symbol: Target land is snow until end of turn.
When you control no snow lands, sacrifice ~.
4/4

Quite nice. A 4/4 snowhome flyier and hexproof for 6 is nice... the cost it right, the abilities too.


Darkerling
Snow Cloak Mage 4 mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Human Wizard Chaos Symbol
Creature Aversion 7 - All creatures you control have Stealth.
2/4

Simple, just a liiiitttle too weak (maybe a 3/4), otherwise nice.

Faustenberg
Yeti Recluse 4 mana symbolSnow mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Snow Creature - Yeti Chaos Symbol
Creature Aversion 5 - ~ cannot attack or block.
He liked the world better when he was the only creature he knew.
5/5
Nice idea, but it is quite weak. If it was a 6/6 or a 6/5 then it would have been good enough for the drawback (5 creatures isn't hard get...) but right now it is under the power curve.

EyeofTruth
Frozen Baloth 3 mana symbolSnow mana symbolSnow mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Snow Creature - Beast Chaos Symbol
Trample
Snow Aversion 3 - CARDNAME gets +2/+2
5/5

Nice. Even if snow aversion is special on a snow creature, the creature is awesome. But it loses flavour that way...

Themasterofphyrexia1
Frostkin Cyromage 3 mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Snow Creature - Elemental Wizard Blue mana symbol
Red Aversion 3- All Red Creature lose -4/-0 as long as :Cardname: is on the battlefield.
Frostbound: Discard a snow card from your hand.
'There was an amry of goblins against one mage, sadly, they fell to insure, it wasn't a mage'
3/4

Disqualified, as it is not a common and not the required cost. Read the challenge right next time. Otherwise, not bad, quite balanced but the wording needs a little revision... "Red Aversion 3- All red creatures get -4/-0." is enough.

Mamekok
The Soul of Frozen Swamp 4 mana symbolSnow mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Snow Creature - Elemental Chaos Symbol
Nonsnow Creature aversion 6- ~ gets +3/-2.
The only thing that enrages him is a being which is not covered by ice.
4/6

An almost vanilla 4/6 for 6 is nice in black, and being a 7/4 against most decks is very good, but not broken.

The submissions were good and quite diversified, but there can be only one winner...

And the winner is...
Mamekok! The simplicity and the flavour of the card is perfect. Honorable mentions to Inanimate and Sohel, but Mamekok<s card feels right in my set. Can i use your cards a little bit tweaked (mostly the names and a little bit the cost for Inanimate) Mamekok and Inanimate?

Winner, are you there? Because if not, one of the runner up will win in your place tomorrow...
[Edit] Sorry Mamekok, but it appears you are or not there or you don't want to make a challenge... So Inanimate, step on and choose a Challenge!

Tue, 2011-09-06 05:16
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Oh! Wow! Glad to see that runner-up means something, haha!

And I totally didn't notice you asked for permission, sorry! Of course you can use my card.

CHALLENGE TIME!

Alright, for this challenge...

Make a card that is better when played in a unique and/or interesting way. Good examples are the Leylines and Gemstone Caverns, which are clearly much more valuable in your opening hand, Narcomoeba, which is quite cool as a surprise, and Pan-Glacial Wurm, which just goes "hello!" while you look up your basic land late-game!

I'll be judging for:

Balance : Is the card too good, does it under-perform, or is it just right?
Flavor : Does the card's idea mesh with its mechanics?
Originality : How unique is the card? Using an established way of entry (the ones above) does NOT detract from Originality, as long as you provide your own spin.
Theme : How well does it fit the challenge?
Presentation : Wording, grammar, spelling, etc.

Sun, 2011-09-04 06:14
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Astral Gatewarden 5 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Angel Spirit M Mana for MTG Extra
Flying
During each of your turns, if Astral Gatewarden is exiled, you may cast one exiled creature card.
5/5
She guards the gate to Heaven, judging those who would seek to enter. For, in times of need, those beyond the gate must be prepared to offer their aid.

EDIT - Kind of my take on Karador, Ghost Chieftain. Originally, it served a broader purpose, but after adding flavor text, I realised there wasn't much I could do but to restrict it to creature cards. Besides, it was probably too strong anyway, even after I raised the casting cost. Oh, it's also an Angel now.

"Too wary to charge, too prudent to serve. Not anymore."
—Sedris, the Traitor King

Sun, 2011-09-04 05:58
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Sewn-Eye, that's okay for the challenge (since it can cast other cards in interesting ways), but the main point was for the submission to be cast in an odd way, not for it to cast other things in an odd way. It might get a little Theme deduction for that.

Still a cool card, though!

Sun, 2011-09-04 06:03
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It can cast itself.

"Too wary to charge, too prudent to serve. Not anymore."
—Sedris, the Traitor King

Sun, 2011-09-04 06:06
Inanimate
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Oh, thanks for pointing that out. I... completely misread it. >:

Maybe I should stop perusing these forums so late at night...

Sun, 2011-09-04 10:02
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Monster in the Mirror 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature - Horror Red mana symbol
Intimidate
Whenever ~ is revealed, if it is not in your hand, you may cast it without paying it's mana cost.
When ~ enters the battlefield, target player discards his or her hand.
4/4

Mon, 2011-09-05 13:46
lord_joakim
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Rot of Rats 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Rat Blue mana symbol
Ripple 6 (When you cast this spell, you may reveal the top six cards of your library. You may cast any revealed cards with the same name as this spell without paying their mana costs. Put the rest on the bottom of your library.)
A deck may have six cards named Rot of Rats.
Deathtouch
1/1

Sun, 2011-09-04 13:50
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@Inanimate - Haha, it's fine.

@lord_joakim - It says Ripple 6, but you're revealing eight cards. Which is it? XD

"Too wary to charge, too prudent to serve. Not anymore."
—Sedris, the Traitor King

Sun, 2011-09-04 14:01
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Thoughtful Remembrance Blue mana symbol
Sorcery Red mana symbol
Draw a card. If CARDNAME was not cast from your hand, instead search your library for a card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
Flashback 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbol

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Sun, 2011-09-04 14:46
Raznaak
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It's a card i've done looong ago. It may not be "cast" but the idea is the same.

Spoiler:

Sun, 2011-09-04 21:04
Faustenberger
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Lifedrinker Leech 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Insect Blue mana symbol
You may cast this card when an opponent puts a creature on the battlefield. If you do, ~ is an aura enchanting that creature with "At the beginning of your upkeep, put a blood counter on ~. If the number of blood counters on ~ is greater than the toughness of enchanted creature, destroy that creature and ~ becomes a creature with power and toughness equal to the number of blood counters on it."
0/0

Worded pretty awkwardly, but I think you get the idea.

The fun has been doubled!

Fri, 2011-09-09 22:17
dartcron

Yorin, Guardian White mana symbolGreen mana symbol3 mana symbol
Planeswalker-Yorin Mythic Rare
As long as Yorin, Guardian is on the battlefield he is a 3/3 white green human knight creature with Reach. All damage directed towards him while attacking and blocking is prevented. Yorin cannot block creatures that attack him.

Whenever an opponent attacks you with 3 or more creatures you may put Yorin Guardian onto the battlefield without paying his mana cost. If you do those creatures attack Yorin instead.

[+2]: Choose one-- All creatures that were blocked by Yorin become tapped they do not untap during thier controller's next untap step; or Yorin has "Yorin can block any amount of creatures."; or prevent all combat damage that target creature would deal to Yorin during it's controllers next turn.

[-11]: You get an emblem that has "Creatures target player controls do not untap during their untap step"

Starting Loyalty:7

Mon, 2011-09-05 02:08
K1L1
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Brain Blast Red mana symbol
Instant Red mana symbol
If you would search your library for a card, you may instead search your library for ~ and reveal it, then cast it without paying its mana cost. If you do, shuffle your library.
Deal 2 damage to target creature or player.

Are re-entries allowed? If so, this is a card I used a few pages (one) back in TSCoM's challenge.

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Mon, 2011-09-05 03:43
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I don't think it's a huge issue. I've allowed it before myself, and it's not against the rules. I suppose it's up to each individual judge, though.

"Too wary to charge, too prudent to serve. Not anymore."
—Sedris, the Traitor King

Mon, 2011-09-05 10:35
EyeofTruth
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Mask of Horror (no casting cost on purpose)
Creature - Spirit Rare
Morph - 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
CARDNAME is black
Protection from non-artifact creatures
Face down creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain Intimidate.
3/3
All sentient life fears the unknown, only true malice could motivate such sentience to represent it

In case you haven't guessed, this is intended for a set with a lot of Morph, especially considering the original set had more than one of these "masks".

Mon, 2011-09-05 13:47
lord_joakim
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@Sewn-Eye - it's six. It underwent quite a few edits. A happy smile And I have edited it again to fit.

Mon, 2011-09-05 13:56
Picks-at-Flies
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Fen the Furious - 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Goblin Warrior
First Strike
Echo 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
When Fen enters the battlefield, if you did not cast him from your hand, his Echo cost becomes 0 mana symbol and he gains haste until end of turn.
Fen blamed the Gods.
4/2

This is a format-specific entry. I'll admit, I'm not 100% sure on the wording or the balance but it feels about right.

Mon, 2011-09-05 19:57
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@k1l1 Yeah, a re-entry is fine; but you might get a small deduction in 'originality' for it, since you've, you know, submitted the concept before. Probably nothing too big, though.

I think I'll judge this Friday, the 10th; that sound good for everyone?

Mon, 2011-09-05 21:21
elmdor
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Lost Amulet 4 mana symbol
Legendary Artifact M Mana for MTG Extra
If you would put -this- in any game zone from outside the game, you may instead put it onto the battlefield with a luck counter on it.
Tap symbol: Add 2 mana symbol to your mana pool.
1 mana symbol, Tap symbol: Target permanent gains protection from everything until end of turn. Activate this ability only if there is a luck counter on -this-.

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Tue, 2011-09-06 22:54
jrzman
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Aristide the Exiled
1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Advisor
You can only play one copy of Aristide the Exiled in your deck.
As long as Aristide the Exiled is exiled face up, creatures you control get +2/+2.
2/2
Rare

I don't remember if I put this in another challenge or in something like the Creature Type Game. Either way, I like the uniqueness that this provides.

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Wed, 2011-09-07 00:20
K1L1
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@Inanimate: I don't see how a re-entry would be less original than when I first entered it. It's exactly the same as when I entered it the first time and just as original.

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Wed, 2011-09-07 02:35
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It's not as original because it's been done before! That is kind of the definition of 'original'. Usually competitions don't allow submissions that were made before the time provided.

Don't worry your head off about the originality clause, though; it'll only be used as a tie-breaker.

Wed, 2011-09-07 02:49
K1L1
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Alright. That seems fair.

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Wed, 2011-09-07 08:09
Mamekok
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Oh sorry, I wasn't online A sad &#039;frowny&#039;. And of course that you can use my card.

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Wed, 2011-09-07 08:30
Crissaegrim
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William the Forceful 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary creature - Human Wizard Red mana symbol
William the Forceful may be cast from exile.
Blue mana symbol, Exile a creature you control: Target player puts the top 3 cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
"We have learned that he is not so easily pitched aside.
—Arcum Dagsson,
Soldevi Machinist

4/4

Sat, 2011-09-10 16:02
Inanimate
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Alright, I'm judging all this as we speak. Any entries posted while I'm typing this all up are still perfectly valid!

Sat, 2011-09-10 17:34
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Sewn-eye
Quite the interesting card, here; it essentially 'breaks open' the barriers of what is traditionally treated as, well, “removed from the game”. It'd be interesting to pair it with an Unearth deck, allowing you to keep creatures for a much longer duration than normal. The cost seems fair, since you still have to cast them, and the rarity is quite fitting for its unique effect. The flavor is quite amazing too, as it perfectly fits with the idea of a “gate”! Super nice. It's also cast in a neat way, but is not better when played (as in, put onto the field) in a unique and / or interesting way; it's basically just a response to anything that exiles stuff.

16/25

AgentPaper
While you certainly fit the condition of “better when played in a unique/interesting way”, that regular mana cost is quite... prohibitive! For six mana (four of which is two separate colors!), you can play a 5/5 with intimidate that discards an opponent's hand. However, I think in a deck dedicated to that playstyle, most foes would have run out of cards long ago. Still, it is a pretty powerful effect; I just think the mana cost could perhaps have been toned down a bit. Perhaps 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlue mana symbol would have worked better! The “played when revealed” effect, however, is very good and resonant with the creature's idea. You used a classic horror-monster as well, creating a very powerful and striking card that most people can clearly get the 'idea' of when they see it!

22/25

lord_joakim
While “ripple” isn't exactly the most unique of mechanics, the way you use it is very interesting! Mirroring a very classic card (Relentless Rats) is also a nice plus. Overall, it's pretty basic, but that's never a bad thing; I could see this easily in a set with lots of Ripple, representing the more unique ideas that Ripple hasn't touched yet. Its rarity is nice, too. Overall, a great example of “simple is best”.

21/25

Anuttymous
Our first non-creature, which I was very glad to see. Making a basic cantrip turn into a tutor is an interesting idea; and the off-color flavor cost ensures that it might be a little more difficult to pull out. Further, black is pretty good at getting a card into the grave, ensuring it to be used later; so the Blue mana symbol cantrip isn't exactly necessary, either. A card that is meant to be played for its flashback is also intriguing; I'd like to see more exploration of that! Its flavor is nice, and a pretty good representation of what it's trying to achieve. Overall, another “good and simple” card for the challenge. However, its rarity might be a little off; Diabolic Tutor is only an uncommon, and while it is certainly an odd card, I could see it as an uncommon.

20/25

Raznaak
While this is a cool idea, I think you tried to put too many good ideas on one card, and it came out looking quite... complicated. It's Chronozoa plus Narcomoeba PLUS Cycling, which is a pretty unwieldy idea! It could easily have been done a bit simpler, as well; while I see where you were going with its intended use (ditch it before it hits your hand, if it hits your hand, cycle it), and it is a great, flavorful idea, it's just too much for one card, and perhaps a bit too derivative (being an extended reference and all), with its unique spin being Cycling.
17/25

Faustenberger
Quite the creature, there! Super flavorful (if you guys haven't noticed, I love flavor), and its intended usage and idea are very apparent. It is definitely better when cast uniquely, and indeed, no creature has ever been cast like this. Its cost is nice too, as it is pretty 'open' while attached to the opponent's creature. Definitely a fantastic submission!

23/25

dartcron
Planeswalker, eh? I've never been too good at judging or critiquing these guys, so I'm sorry if I make any obvious judging mistakes.
While I do like the flavor and idea behind this planeswalker (he joins your creatures in times of need!), and his dramatic entrance is quite fitting for this idea, making him a creature was a bit unnecessary, in my opinion. His +2 has a lot of ideas in it, making it a bit overwhelming to read, too, and there were a few wording errors. Also, his tapping / blocking theme is definitely more blue/white than white/green.

16/25

k1l1
A very fun card! Its ability is pretty darn useful to ensure a pink of damage at least once per game, and it can act as emergency, guaranteed removal; the only major problem I can see with it is that, as an instant, it is strictly better than Shock (although, technically Lightning Bolt is too; so that's not a big deal at ALL), and there are not a lot of red cards that search (most are landcycling or whatever). However, this would be great in an aggro-red/green deck (search for land, instead deal free damage!), alongside including some landcycling, and you have a fantastic deck! Overall, its another “simple but fun” idea, that I really like to see. The flavor of it is okay as well, even if a bit simple. Being a rare fits okay as well, as 'free' damage is pretty powerful!

22/25

EyeofTruth
A card that is forced to be played with Morph; very nice, but perhaps not original enough of a twist on 'Morph'. Using another card to 'force' it onto the battlefield, however, is also a good plan of manipulating it. I like the idea, and could totally see a cycle with these “masks” you mention; and it has a very flavorful effect, as well. The cost might be a little high, but I think in a Morphing-set that it would be worth it; a bunch of colorless 3/3s with Intimidate are a powerful force, indeed! Also, as an aside, that is wonderful flavor text!

22/25

Picks-at-Flies
Fen would be a great commander for a mono-red deck; a very aggro-card indeed. However, he'd also work well with a few other cards, even outside that format; and you certainly fill the requirements of “make it better when played interestingly”. However, I think that including the means to play it that way was implied to be a part of the challenge; that's not too big of a deal, though, and I don't think it factored heavily into the judging, in the end. Maybe a single point.
The main problem I have is that he could be considered a bit simple; it seems the only reason he's legendary is to encourage him to be used as a commander (which is not a bad thing, just an odd thing). Overall, pretty good idea for a character / commander, and you can totally see the 'fury' in him! Just, a little bit of a shoehorn for the challenge. <:

21/25

elmdor
While the name is a bit less than awesome (which is okay), the idea of this is great! A card that encourages the use of 'wish' mechanics is a very nice idea, and I've always found 'wish' mechanics super weird and cool. It has a really powerful ability, but one that requires it to be played in a very specific way; and it seems to work well enough on its own, as well. The rarity is fine for such a card, too. Overall, quite the entry!

22/25

jrzman
While these are interesting limitations, and a neat riff on the idea of 'playing' interestingly (because you can only 'play' one of these in your deck), I feel it misses the point of the challenge a bit. However, being able to boost from exile is also an awesome ability, and white has plenty of ways of ensuring that Aristide will be doing this; and his limitation is a perfect way to balance him. Overall, it is a great card, just a bit off on the whole challenge bit.

20/25

The SCoM
And, last but not least, we got William the Forceful. He's essentially a Mill-in-a-bottle; able to be replicated by exiling other creatures, then himself, then re-casting himself when the time is right. It helps that, when milling, you don't exactly need creatures as much; and he could give that necessary 'final push' to be able to 'force out' your opponent's deck! His costing cast might be a bit prohibitive for exiling himself, which makes his flavor a bit odd, but he's definitely making up for that cost with his cheap replicable mill. Overall, a neat card, but again, not exactly encouraging him to be played 'interestingly'; it mostly encourages you to be exiling other creatures you control, cheaper ones.

21/25

In the end, here is our final line-up:

Fifth
Brain Blast, by k1l1! Like I said, your 'reprint' deduction would come in when you tied, and that you did.
Fourth
Mask of Horror, by Eye of Truth! While a fun and flavorful card, I felt that it wasn't unique enough of a spin, in the end. Still amazing, though!
Third
The Monster in the Mirror, by AgentPaper! Your main downfall was the prohibitive mana cost. Still, you were extremely close to first place, and you made one of the most entertaining and fun ideas in the competition (a personal favorite, in fact). I'd love to see this become realized!
Second
Lost Amulet, by elmdor! A few nitpicks meant you were one point below tying with first, and honestly, I have no clue who would have won if you had gotten first; that would have been a tough decision indeed!
And our winner
Lifedrinker Leech, by Faustenberger! I really loved the idea of how it was cast, and while you had two squabbles, it really deserved the win. Congratulations!

Sat, 2011-09-10 17:59
Faustenberger
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Wow, I never expected to win one of these. Now to come up with a challenge...

The fun has been doubled!

Sat, 2011-09-10 22:57
jrzman
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Actually Inanimate, it wasn't so much as me missing the point of the challenge, I misinterpreted the nature of it. Either way, congrats Faustenberger. I look forward to the next challenge.

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Sat, 2011-09-10 23:05
Sewn-Eye
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I'm just curious, but... you didn't seem to have anything bad to say about my submission, so why was it rated so low?

Anyway, conratz to Faustenberger.

"Too wary to charge, too prudent to serve. Not anymore."
—Sedris, the Traitor King

Sat, 2011-09-10 23:09
Inanimate
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It was simply the fact is scored pretty average on everything. 5 3s is only 15, after all. (The scale was out of 5 for 5 separate factors). I believe you scored quite highly on flavor and such, but I just felt it was a bit sub-par on other things.

However, 16 does seem pretty low... it was a simple miscount, on second thought. I just re-judged it and got about 18-20. Much better score!

jrzman: Yeah, I realized that was the issue. I knew this would be a hard one to explain, and I figured one person would misinterpret it. Sorry that I wasn't perfectly clear. It was still an awesome card, though!

Just so you know, I personally really liked your card.

Sat, 2011-09-10 23:15
Sewn-Eye
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Haha, all right. Thanks. An 18 or 20 is more what I expected from the critique you offered.

"Too wary to charge, too prudent to serve. Not anymore."
—Sedris, the Traitor King