Card of the Week Contest: Round 5

Sun, 2011-01-09 06:03
Art_Freak's picture

Welcome to the 5th CotW competition. After a month of very successful competitions, and last week's trip back in time, I'm going to ask you to take another trip back in time this week. For this week's challenge, we're going to do something a little different. This week, submit any one card design (any color, any type, even for extra games like Planechase, Archenemy, etc.) that pays homage to a video game predating 1995. I will ask that you state what game you've chosen to pay homage to, and that name the character you've chosen to pay homage to. If you choose a game element such as a weapon, spell, or location then I would ask that you also provide an image as those can be more difficult to find images for. The image can be a screencap, poster, box art, etc. - anything will do (so long as it is forum appropriate.) AO games are off limits, but other than that, you have free reign over your selection. Here's an example card to help show what I'm looking for:

Game chosen: Adventure (Atari 2600)
Character chosen: Rhindle

Rhindle, Guardian of the Chalice 4 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Dragon Mythic Rare
Flying, double strike, shroud
~ must attack each turn if able.
Noncreature artifacts you control cannot be targeted.
Whenever ~ enters a graveyard from the battlefield, target opponent choses a noncreature artifact you control. That player gains control of that artifact.

Since this is so confusing, I seem forced to point out that the above is an entry example, and the following is just what it says, "what the render would look like". This absolutely does not mean you should be submitting a render. The below is an example of a "if you won scenario" as well as an example of where the logo/icon/symbol as well as the version goes in this template. Geeze.
And what the render would look like:


As you can see, we'll be showcasing the VS style template this week. Feel free to make full use of that template's features, including the team icon and version fields if you like (if you don't, I'll just fill those in with the game or system logo and the system name.) A happy smile Happy designing.

So there you have it

Rules (failure to follow the following will result in automatic disqualification):
1) Absolutely do not post a rendered image of your card. It will not be used anyways, and will be removed. Only text entries will be accepted.
2) All entries must be complete. This includes type, rarity, and all other aspects of the card.
3) All entries are final. When you post a card, that's it. No changes may be made to that card.
4) If the contest revolves around designing a card for a piece of art of your choice, you must list what piece of art you've chosen.
5) Please help keep this thread clean, and do not post anything but entries and questions directly pertaining to the current competition in this thread. Questions about rules and requirements are fine to post.

*) All entries should be in the following format (if you are unfamiliar with BBcode, click here):

Name [COST]
Type - Subtype [RARITY]
Rules text.
"Flavor text."

Something like this with all the info in place:

Vergalon wrote:
Hero of Fables Green/wite mana symbol
Creature- Human Warrior Common
4 mana symbolWhite mana symbolGreen mana symbol: ~ becomes a 5/5 creature and gains first strike and vigilance. (This effect lasts indefinitely.)
The hero without name; remembered forever in the hearts of children.

This rule is not mandatory and not following it will not disqualify you, but it is a suggestion and would make my job easier and if this does become a serious issue, it will also become a rule. Just a heads up and a polite request that we don't get to where it needs to be a rule.

The rules are not optional. If you take a tl;dr (too long; didn't read) approach to them, then I take the same to your entry and will not include it in the poll. Please keep this in mind.

Finally, a heads up to everyone, I will absolutely not request that you correct your entries this week. If you mess it up, it really isn't going to be included. No ands, ifs, or buts about it. This is your only warning.

The entry deadline is 11:59PM CST 01/15/11. Voting will last 1 day after that, so please be prepared to cast your vote!

BIG RED TEXT. Now that I have your attention, if you didn't read the rules, please scroll back up and read them.

Sun, 2011-01-09 13:58
Friendly MSE Designer
Guitarweeps's picture

@AF - Due to my computer crashing I won't be able to provide an image (since I will have to use someone else's computer). Is that going to be a problem? Or maybe I could link an image on the net? I def can't do a render since I can't install MSE on the computer I will be using. It probably doesn't matter seeing that I have yet to get a single vote Big smile.

Check out my updated set hub.

Sun, 2011-01-09 16:46
Art_Freak's picture

Nope, as long as you give me the character name I'll find an image for that character. However, if you choose a weapon/location/etc. from a game to represent, well, those are harder to find, so I ask that you do. A simple link would suffice, you don't have to upload anything. I'll edit the first post to include this bit of info.

Sun, 2011-01-09 19:43
Picks-at-Flies's picture

I've found the image I want to use, but I have no idea who to assign credit to:

taken from:

Any ideas?

Game: Manic Miner ; a game I still play
Miner Willy - 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Citizen Sprite M Mana for MTG Extra
Whenever CARDNAME deals combat damage to a player, put a Treasure counter on him.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if CARDNAME has five or more Treasure counters, you win the game.

(If anybody is doubting his Redness, this is the same guy who then loses all his 'treasure' within his own house Weird smile)

Sun, 2011-01-09 20:18
Art_Freak's picture

The artist is Richard Horsman, you can see more of his work here. Great choice of art and entry Picks! Big smile

Sun, 2011-01-09 20:54
The Demo
The Demo's picture

Game Chosen: The Empire Strikes Back (Atari 2600)
It's not really a character but the At-At is really freakin' cool
Here is the image:

AT-AT Snow mana symbol8 mana symbol

Snow Artifact Creature - Construct M Mana for MTG Extra

Trample, Snowwalk, Shroud
When ~ deals damage to a player, you may destroy X creatures, where X is the amount of damage ~ dealt this turn.

"Resistance is futile."


Just, Kaboom.

[url]<a href=""><img src="

Sun, 2011-01-09 22:30
elmdor's picture

Game chosen: Final Fantasy IV (1991, SNES)
Character: Scarmiglione, the elemental archfiend of earth.

Scarmiglione, Archfiend of Earth 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Legendary Creature -- Zombie M Mana for MTG Extra
As long as Scarmiglione, Archfiend of Earth has a -1/-1 counter on it, it’s 6/6 and has intimidate and infect.
"Impressssive... But my true ssstrength lies in death! And now, you shall join me in it!"

[remember that the -1/-1 counter still reduces his p/t, so it's actually a 5/5 when fully powered]

Image chosen: this one. Artist is Yoshitaka Amano.

I have absolutely no idea of what I can put in those extra places, so the system name and symbol will be ok.

"All science is either physics or stamp collecting." [Ernest Ruthenford]
"In man we all pray!" [Tony Hadley]

Mon, 2011-01-10 01:38
Sewn-Eye's picture

Marth, Descendant of Anri White mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Human Lord {R}
Level up 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol (1 mana symbolWhite mana symbol: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.)
First strike <1/1>

[1-4] Double strike <2/2>

[5+] Protection from Dragons, double strike <5/5>

This image, I guess.

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

Mon, 2011-01-10 01:48
Jéské Couriano
Jéské Couriano's picture

Well, two false-starts later (Live A Live's Orstedd/Odio lacks pics, and Terranigma was released 10-20-1995 in Japan, thus DQ'ing it), I think I'll go with something still in that vein.

Games that were originally skipped over for the NTSC regions, go!

Game: Dragon Quest V: The Heavenly Bride (Originally published 09-27-1992 for the Super Famikom (SNES))
Character: Bianca Whittaker (childhood)

Bianca, Adventurous Spirit 2 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Rogue* M Mana for MTG Extra

3 mana symbol, Tap symbol: Return a land from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped. ~ doesn't untap during your next untap step.

To a child, lands that adults have abandoned as fruitless can contain the purest riches.

Illus. by Akira Toriyama

If you are going by official English release date then by all means DQ (no pun intended) this entry.

Ceterum censeo Bolasinem esse delendam.
Accepting new types for S:tC!
Custom Keywords!

Mon, 2011-01-10 03:42
Art_Freak's picture

Going by world release date, so if it launched here or in Timbuktu, whenever it launched first is when it launched.

Mon, 2011-01-10 06:18
Vergalon's picture

Since there is no official name for them (as far as I know), I'll leave it as the most commonly referred name.

Boss Galaga
1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature- Insect
If Boss Galaga attacks and isn't blocked, gain control of target creature that the defending player controls for as long as you control Boss Galaga. You can't gain control of more than one creature this way.

Image options (don't feel as though you need to use either if you want to find better)

I'm not entirely sure about the wording for last part of the ability, but I think the point comes across.

Mon, 2011-01-10 06:29
curtmack's picture

Since Couriano brought up Dragon Quest, I guess I'll follow suit:

Game: Dragon Quest IV
Character: Alena

Alena, the Capricious Princess 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Deserter Blue mana symbol
~ can't be blocked by creatures with Defender.
"Please don't kick any more holes in the wall, Princess."

Mon, 2011-01-10 17:53
New Kind of Christ
New Kind of Christ's picture

Game: Final Fantasy V (Use the Bart Red Mage sprite. Inspired by RMage lv4 ability dual cast)

Red Mage 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature-Human Wizard Red mana symbol
X mana symbol2 mana symbol: Replicate target sorcery or instant with converted mana cost X.

Mon, 2011-01-10 21:13
windandfire's picture

Hope you don't mind, NKC, but your entry reminded me of my favorite Final Fantasy Class.

First appeared in Final Fantasy V (1992)
Image taken from Square Enix concept art for a later game with the character (I could not find an individual artist for the image, but the link credits it to Square Enix, so I hope that's good enough).

Blue Mage - 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Human Wizard Red mana symbol
Blue Mage has all activated abilities of each creature your opponents control.
Dragons breath fire, basilisks paralyze with a gaze, rocs soar overhead. I can do all these things.

The image is fine, I don't expect for older and more obscure characters that people will be able to find the exact art they are after. A blue mage from then and now, either one is fine as long as it's clear you're paying tribute to the original. - AF

"I will do science to it." - Kimiko “Thunderbolt” Ross
"I can wire anything directly into anything - I'm the professor!" - Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth
"Our tanks can't hold aggro of that magnitude!

Mon, 2011-01-10 21:24
New Kind of Christ
New Kind of Christ's picture

The card has no problems or anything but i dont believe you can use that image as ffta2 is from 2008. Why not just a bluemage from ff5?

NKoC, you are not a mod, you also aren't the one running this contest, and so you have no right to step in and try to enforce anything. Please don't do it again. Backseat modding is not welcome here. - AF

Mon, 2011-01-10 21:45
Phoenicika's picture

Game: Zork
Character: Grue

Grue 3 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Beast Uncommon
First Strike, Haste
White mana symbolWhite mana symbol: Put ~ on top of its owner's library. Any player may activate this ability.
It is pitch black...

While no real art for it exists, because it's from a text-based game, this seems fitting.


Mon, 2011-01-10 21:45

Game chosen: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Super Nintendo)
Character chosen: Link

Link, Hero of Time Green/wite mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Hylian Warrior Rare
As long as CARDNAME is equipped, it has first strike and lifelink.
CARDNAME gets +1/+1 for each equipment attached to it.


Tue, 2011-01-11 17:14
pantherpage's picture

Game chosen: Bruce Lee (Commodore 64)
Character chosen: Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, Martial Arts Master 3 mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Monk M Mana for MTG Extra
First Strike
Red mana symbolWhite mana symbol Bruce Lee deals 3 points of damage to all opponents he is in combat with regardless of banding, cards or abilities that state otherwise.
If Bruce Lee takes damage this turn place 1 lantern token on Bruce Lee. Remove 4 lanterns to regenerate Bruce Lee.
"If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo." Bruce Lee

hmmm, my excitement seems to have impaired my basic reading skills, again.
Thank AF, for keeping me on the path to fine Card Creation.


Tue, 2011-01-11 19:13
mmiller42's picture

Mario ww
Legendary Creature-Human Warrior
At the beginning of your upkeep, if ~ has no +1/+1 counters, put a +1/+1 counter on ~.
As long as ~ has a +1/+1 counter on it, ~ has persist.

If you can't use that picture at least use the bubbles for flavor text.

Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of. -Arthur Dent

Tue, 2011-01-11 23:47
A Tactical Waffle
A Tactical Waffle's picture

My game: Bomberman

Bomberman - 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Spellshaper Red mana symbol
3 mana symbolRed mana symbol, Discard a card: Put a colorless 0/1 Bomb Artifact Creature token on the battlefield with, "Sacrifice Bomb: Bomb deals 3 damage to target creature."

Image: Sorry for no render.

I couldn't find an artist after using Tineye Any ideas? Or should I just find new art.

"If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be."
-Yogi Berra

For Those Starting A New Set - READ IT

Wed, 2011-01-12 01:10

Game chosen: Balloon Fight
Character chosen: Balloon Fighter

Balloon Fighter 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Soldier Rare
Flying, First Strike
~ enters the battlefield with two balloon counters on it.
If ~ would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and remove one balloon counter from it.
When ~ has no balloon counters on it, sacrifice it.

Wed, 2011-01-12 04:54
RadiantPhoenix's picture

(from nethack)
Elbereth X mana symbolX mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
X must be at least 1.
Vanishing X
Creatures can't attack you.
"Engraving the word "Elbereth" will cause most monsters to not attack you hand-to-hand (but if you attack, you will rub it out); this is often useful to give yourself a breather. (This feature may be compiled out of the game, so your version might not have it.)"

This is the closest I have found to a picture for it.

I was going to make it cost more, but then I discovered some similar cards for lower costs.

Wed, 2011-01-12 20:13
Anuttymous's picture

Mushroom Green mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Colorless mana symbol
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +4/+4.
When enchanted creature is dealt damage, sacrifice CARDNAME.

I can provide an image, but I can't exactly say about the artist:


Anuttymous the Gathering
Anonymous + nutty = A-nutty-mous (no mice involved)
Ask me if you need any help

Wed, 2011-01-12 23:14

Game chosen: Megaman
Character chosen: Megaman

Megaman 1 mana symbolWhite mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Creature - Human Construct Snow mana symbol
Tap symbol choose one—-Megaman deals 2 damage to target creature or player; or Megaman deals 1 damage to three target creatures and or players.
Whenever a creature an opponent controls is put into the graveyard by Megaman, put a +1/+1 counter on Megaman and Megaman gains any activated or triggered abilities that creature has.



by Masao

Logo and Version Image (added back in by AF upon request):


No, really. No renders. It's rule #1... and if you're not reading the rules, why should I read you're entry? Please don't do it again. -AF


AF wrote:
Here's an example card to help show what I'm looking for:

Your example to " help show what your looking for," Includes an Image Render..

In my opinion I don't deserve to be shun upon nor scolded because your contradicting yourself and made things arguably more confusing. You did also state the opposite in the rules however; and you also stated that I can include the team icon and version fields.

Am I allowed to include a team Icon and version field anymore. Are you going to not include mine into a the poll? My artist credit is Masao. Did you enjoy trolling me?

Thank you for the feedback. Violation of forum rules #1 and #7 noted. You're the proud recipient of 2 official warnings, number three will earn you a suspension. We recommend you check the forum rules before posting again. - AF

Thu, 2011-01-13 02:31
Art_Freak's picture

The example is to show the frame in case people aren't familiar with it, as well as where I intend to put the icon and version (again, since those terms don't mean much to people unfamiliar with VS System. It is also intended to show that they can give me a minimal piece of art, and that I will do something to enhance it if I have to to fill the frame, not a huge deal. The rules of the contest stand despite my example there, as that is not what is given as the submission example. The rules are clear on that, and if you weren't the second person to post a render, I wouldn't have had to say "No really, no renders." pantherpage was grown-up enough to move on, edit his entry, and be ok with things. You earned yourself a couple warnings instead. Good job.

Thu, 2011-01-13 02:34

I can't edit my previous post due to it being edited by a moderator.
My artist credit is Masao. The Artist credit can be found in the link below.

Thu, 2011-01-13 02:41
Art_Freak's picture

You can always edit a post, even if a moderator has edited it so long as it hasn't been replied to. When you double posted, you locked your own post. The artist credit is noted and will be added to the original post. If I were as bad as your flaming little rant makes me seem, you'd be disqualified already. I'd recommend you check your ego and think before posting in the future.

Thu, 2011-01-13 02:43

OK. Am I allowed to include a team Icon and version field?

Thu, 2011-01-13 02:46
Art_Freak's picture

Yes, I honestly forgot about having requested those. :/ Please link them again and I'll add them to your original post.

Thu, 2011-01-13 02:49
TrenchCoatGuy's picture

I am paying homage to Pong.
The Paddle 6 mana symbol

Artifact Red mana symbol

As long as this card is untapped,you may have all creatures attacking you instead attack target Opponent, except the Opponent who attacked you.

What we think, we become.

Thu, 2011-01-13 03:21

I feel like I should resize the giant Capcom Image. Anyway I use M for the top left corner, and Capcom for the bottom right. You can just delete the Capcom one if you want. Because, I'm sure you or someone can find something very similar very easily.

2 more things
1.]I like to add is Instead of using the tap symbol I think it would be better just to put the words "Tap Megaman: effect," because when I put the tap symbol in my computer it came out too small and it was too hard to see.

2.]I would like for the frame to be White/Blue Hybrid.

Thu, 2011-01-13 15:44
lord_joakim's picture

Game: Day of the Tentacle


Day of the Tentacle 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment Red mana symbol
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 1/1 Octopus creature token onto the battlefield.
At the beginning of your end step, if you control eight or more Octopus creatures, each opponent skips his or her next untap step.


Day of the Tentacle 1GU
Enchantment Rare
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 1/1 Octopus creature token onto the battlefield.
At the beginning of your end step, if you control eight or more Octopus creatures, each opponent skips his or her next untap step.


I really wanted to make some sort of time walk, since its in flavor with the game. Since extra turns would make the card look messy if it wasn't to be broken, I did this.



Artist credit: Peter Chan & Larry Ahern

Sat, 2011-01-15 22:14
Creative Direction Award
Kiku's picture

Zelda, Princess of Hyrule 2 mana symbolRed mana symbolBlue mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Creature - Elf Advisor Red mana symbol
Whenever ~ becomes tapped, add Green mana symbol to your mana pool.
Whenever ~ becomes the target of a spell or ability, exile ~, and return it to play at the end of turn.
Tap symbol: ~ Deal's 2 damage to each creature target player controls.
"The fires of Hyrule will outlast the evils of twilight."
art is here,, by Maga-Link on deviantart

My Hub
I really hate Mythic Rares...
School Days taught me everything I need to know about relationships

Sun, 2011-01-16 00:17
MiruNuva650's picture

Game chosen: SSBB
Character chosen: Master Hand
Artist: Nintendo!!!!!!

Master Hand 15 mana symbol
Legendary Creature -- Hand Avatar M Mana for MTG Extra
You may cast ~ without paying it's mana cost if a player lost the game this turn
When ~ ETB Destroy all other creatures.
You can't cast Creature spells.
It’s said that Master Hand is the "manifestation of creative spirit" in this world. He also gets a perfect attendance award for his appearances. If you manage to get this far, all you’ve got left to do is beat him!

"They can reprint Tarmogoyf, they just need to reprint Swords to Plowshares also!"

Proud member of the Green/blue mana symbol Simic Combine Green/blue mana symbol

Sun, 2011-01-16 00:24
Art_Freak's picture

MN: Read the rules again... what you posted does not meet the entry requirements. I'm getting really tired of telling people to read the first post again...