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Tue, 2016-12-13 04:03
Xenagos
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My entry is a hope for Aether Revolt -

defective entry
Aether Ring 2 mana symbol
Artifact Uncommon
When Aether Ring enters the battlefield, you get Earth Mana for MTG Extra (an energy counter).
Tap symbol: Add Colorless mana symbol to your mana pool.
Tap symbol, Pay Earth Mana for MTG Extra: Add Colorless mana symbolColorless mana symbol to your mana pool.

EDIT: I mis-posted A sad 'frowny'

Conduit's Servitude 1 mana symbolGreen mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Rare
Enchant creature
Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you get Earth Mana for MTG Extra (an energy counter).
Enchanted creature has "Tap symbol, Pay Earth Mana for MTG Extra: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."

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Mon, 2016-12-12 20:51
thehuw
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@Xenagos: That doesn't fit Limit #74, as it doesn't have a subtype, or Limit #62, as it doesn't reference lands. The power level is also rather concerning - a two-mana rock that taps for two is quite strong, even if you need energy to power it.

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Wed, 2016-12-14 20:15
jacqui-pup
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Ok, comments:

Celebi: Egypt as a wedge set is cool. Desert tribal is cool. But they're kind of contradictory, aren't they? Since Deserts tap for Colorless mana symbol usually. It gets credit for being on theme, but the card itself is rather underwhelming.

Zeph: Missing a "under your control" I think. This feels suspiciously like a Ravnica tetread with both Gates-matter and detain; wonder if this would work better with tap?

Huw: Interesting, but not especially good; doesn't help fix your mana for the activated ability. Pools of Becoming also implies to me this is a bit of a flavor mismatch; Bolas's meditation realm isn't a Swamp.

Yoshi: Nice! I like that this hints towards a more controlling Red/white mana symbol strategy in a desert plane, which seems appropriate, and I'm always a sucker for land sac.

Daij: 10/10

Xenagos: I really love this design, with one teeny problem: it's definitely an uncommon. I love it otherwise.

Gonna give this one to Xenagos with Yoshi as runner up.

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Wed, 2016-12-14 20:19
thehuw
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@Jacqui: Tbh, the Swamp ability is mostly so that it does something before T6; I was planning to revise it but didn't get around to it.

Also, like, did I get something wrong or has it only been three days?

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Wed, 2016-12-14 20:34
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@jacqui-pup
They can always make new lands with the Desert subtype Stick out your tongue

Anyways, congrats to Xenagos!

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Wed, 2016-12-14 20:45
jacqui-pup
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I have no sense of time.

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Thu, 2016-12-15 17:08
Xenagos
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Welp, wasn't expecting it to end this early :/ But I guess I’ll take it. Thanks for the win!

The next limits are:

LIMIT #83: Alternative energy is the future! Therefore, your card needs an alternate casting cost. (Not an additional cost. Madness is OK. Buyback is not.) (Thanks, Geek!)
LIMIT #114: Look, ma! No hands! Your card cares about your hand size being low or zero. (Thanks, pang4!)

and

LIMIT #184: “All for one and one for all, united we stand, divided we fall!” Your card has an effect that affects ALL players. (Thanks, Xenagos!)

Good luck everyone!

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Thu, 2016-12-15 17:39
Mocandragon5
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Academic Studies 1 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Enchantment Rare
You may exile one blue card from your hand rather than pay ~'s mana cost.
At the end of each player's turn, if that player has two or less cards in hand, that player draws a card.
0 mana symbol: Discard a card. Any player may activate this ability.

Thu, 2016-12-15 22:07
Flo00
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Volcanic Explosion 1 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Instant Uncommon
Ersatz—Discard two Mountain cards. (You may discard two Mountain cards instead of paying this card’s mana cost.)
Lightning Pool deals X damage to each player, where X is 6 minus the number of cards in your hand.

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Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Thu, 2016-12-15 22:41
AnthemHero

Oblivion Flame 4 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Sorcery Uncommon
~ deals damage to each player equal to the number of cards in his or her hand.
Flashback- Discard a card.

Having some trouble wording this, but I believe I got it right.

Thu, 2016-12-15 22:09
Flo00
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"their" should be "his or her" else I think its fine.

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Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed.

Thu, 2016-12-15 23:15
ZephyrPhantom
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Lifespire 2 mana symbol
Artifact Rare
Tap symbol: Each player gains life equal to the number of cards in your hand.
Morph White mana symbol (You may cast this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3 mana symbol. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
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Thu, 2016-12-15 23:15
digiman619
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Desperate Judgement 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Sorcery Rare
Desperation- If ~ is the only card in your hand, you may pay White mana symbolWhite mana symbol rather than pay ~'s mana cost.
Destroy all creatures.

Thu, 2016-12-15 23:25
Wapulatus
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Rakdos Revelry 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol

Enchantment Rare

You may cast ~ without paying its mana cost if a player lost 6 or more life this turn.

Creatures gain haste and attack each turn if able.

Hellbent— Creatures you control get +2/+0 and gain menace as long as you have no cards in hand.

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Fri, 2016-12-16 17:06
jacqui-pup
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Dementia Rat 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Rat Common
When ~ enters the battlefield, each player discards a card.
Hellbent-- As long as you have no cards in hand, Dementia Rat has unearth 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbol.
2/1

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Sat, 2016-12-17 16:42
DoomSp0rk
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I rather like this card because it generates some mindgames.

UPDOOT 12/17/16 -- Nerfed the alternate cost. Previously allowed you to blast it out uncounterable on turn one.

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Fri, 2016-12-16 22:54
digiman619
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@Doomsp0rk: Wow, that needs some bigger limitations as a) I can put this in any color deck, as regardless of color, I will no doubt have at least 4 cards (this + 3 to discard) at some point, which leads me to b) a Turn 1 flying, hexproof, uncounterable 3/5 is insane.

Sat, 2016-12-17 16:40
DoomSp0rk
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@Digiman ...yikes. You're absolutely right, I'm not sure what I was thinking.

Have an updated version:

UPDOOT

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NIGHTFALL

Sat, 2016-12-17 21:04
Daij_Djan
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Fun fact: Cornered was designed for the the very first card I ever showcased within this forum Winking smiley (for the Mini-Set-Contest to be exact)

Tue, 2016-12-20 21:44
Xenagos
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Judging tomorrow! Thank you all for great entries, it'll be hard to pick just one!

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Wed, 2016-12-21 02:02
Yoshi
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Dementia Drinker Black mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Vampire Nightmare Rare
Whenever ~ deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card.
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, if that player has no cards in hand, you gain 1 life and that player loses 1 life.
Dash 1 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
2/1

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Wed, 2016-12-21 20:25
Xenagos
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Judging + Commentary

Commentary
MocanDragon5
I feel like this could be an absolute powerhouse in the right format - dredge comes to mind. Overall, it’s synergistic and adheres to the Limits in an interesting way. I think the alternate cost should be more though.

Flo00
Cool design! Nice keywording of an already existing mechanic. The card is synergistic, adheres to the Limits, and very playable!

AnthemHero
Nicely done. I can’t find anything wrong or unappealing about this one - you combined the Limits pretty elegantly! Card is well designed and playable.

ZephyrPhantom
Group hug shenanigans, huh? I like the alternate cost on this one, and each limit is included in only two lines of text. I myself would play it for the 3 mana 2/2, I don’t see the use in the artifact side except for in janky combos or if the player is genuinely feeling friendly towards everyone in the game A happy smile

digiman619
Very clever design there mate - I like how the first line handles the alternate cost and the hand size matters Limits.

Wapulatus
Similar to Anthem of Rakdos! This kind of card really changes up the entire game - forces people into a certain strategy even if their deck isn’t built for it. You addressed the limits well, but I can’t help but feel that it’s a bit too tacked together; the abilities don’t have enough inherent synergy between them.

jacqui-pup
Well designed, very elegant! Good job addressing Limits #83 and #114 in the same line of text. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this in print.

DoomSp0rk
Even with the update, I can’t help but feel this is too overpowered. “Tap symbol: Draw a card” is an ability that only appears on creatures with a high CMC:P/T ratio (Archivist, Azami), so even if it wasn’t an uncounterable 3/5 flier (half of the time), the abilities themselves are pushed.

Daij_Djan
Interesting card - the combination of Limits #114 and #184, combined with Dash, makes a spicy interaction.

Yoshi
Pretty cool card there - well balanced and with an interesting effect. It doesn’t really reward you for having a low number of cards in your hand - at least not as much as some other entries do.

Winner
It was pretty hard choosing a winner this time around - there were many good entries. I finally settled on @digiman619 as the winner, though - well done!

@jacqui-pup takes second place, only by a hair, followed by @AnthemHero in third A happy smile

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Wed, 2016-12-21 20:47
digiman619
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Thanks for the win!

The challenges are:
LIMIT #150: Don't break your toys! Your card can't destroy permanents and can't deal noncombat damage! (Thanks, grishnax!)
LIMIT #177: Driven to succeed! Your card is a Vehicle! (Thanks, Yoshi!)

And the new one is:
LIMIT #185: Friends in high places! Your card cares about legendary permanents and/or planeswalkers, but isn't legendary or a planeswalker. (Thanks, digiman619!)

Wed, 2016-12-21 20:59
thehuw
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Planehopper Prototype 3 mana symbol
Artifact - Vehicle Rare
Flying, trample
Crew 3
Whenever one or more legendary creatures crew Planehopper Prototype, you may exile it, then return it to the battlefield under your control.
4/4

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Wed, 2016-12-21 21:04
AnthemHero

Chariot of the Gods 5 mana symbol
Artifact- Vehicle Rare
Crew 1
Whenever a legendary creature crews ~, it gets +X/+Y until end of turn, where X is that creature's power and Y is it's toughness.
3/3

Wed, 2016-12-21 21:28
jacqui-pup
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Champion's Chariot 4 mana symbol
Artifact - Vehicle Rare
When ~ enters the battlefield, search your library for a legendary creature card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
~ can only be crewed by legendary creatures.
Crew 4
8/8

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Mon, 2016-12-26 21:04
digiman619
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I'm going to judge this after New Years, as most people seem to want to spend this time with family for some reason.

Tue, 2016-12-27 14:23
Yoshi
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Wurmcoil Terrormech 4 mana symbol
Artifact - Vehicle Rare
Lifelink, vigilance
Crew 3
Whenever you tap one or more creatures to crew ~, they don't untap during your next untap step unless they were legendary.
Anyone can pilot the bloodied gearwork of the mech. That doesn't mean anyone can pilot it and enjoy it.
6/6

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Sun, 2017-01-01 03:54
digiman619
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Technically a day early, but **** it. Judging!

thehuw: Short of it being Encrusted, why would flickering it be beneficial? If it had a good ETB effect, maybe, but as is, it flickering itself is kinda useless, as if it flickers, it can't attack that turn, so you crewed it for nothing. I guess if you had a bunch of "Whenever an artifact ETB/LTB" effects, it'd be something, but then it why do you randomly need a legend to use it. It just feels off.
AnthemHero: So other than giving it +3/+3, what purpose does this serve? I guess there's some edge cases it'd be better than just attacking with the legend (the legend is Pacifism'd or whatnot), but any fancy triggers it gets from attacking are moot. I just feel meh about it.
jacqui: Obviously needs to be in a "legends matter" set and it's of limited utility in Limited, but even if you never crew it, that's a nifty tutor any deck can reasonably use.
Yoshi: I think it could be worded "Whenever a nonlegendary creature you control crews ~, it doesn't untap during its controller's untap step". I get it having vigilance is a reference, but except in the most desperate of circumstances, you'd never crew it to block, anyway. Still it's neat.

Winner is jacqui! The Johnny in me loves the tutor aspect that can slot into any color. Y0shi gets 2nd and thehuw gets 3rd.

Sun, 2017-01-01 04:55
jacqui-pup
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Alright, folks, your new challenge is as follows:

LIMIT #74: Flying Solo - Your card contains EXACTLY one subtype. No more, no less. (Thanks, Zuty!)
LIMIT #162: Think positive: Your card features a plus! (Thanks, Flo00!)
LIMIT #186: Make it rare, but well-done: design a (non-mythic) rare. (Thanks, jacqui!)

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Sun, 2017-01-01 06:27
ThisisSakon
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Plane - Festenya Rare

All creatures get +0/+3.

Chaos Symbol: Whenever you roll Chaos Symbol, if a source would deal damage this turn to an opponent or a creature an opponent controls, it deals double that damage to that creature or player instead.


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Sun, 2017-01-01 08:20
digiman619
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By "features a plus", does it have to be a + ("1 mana symbol: ~ gets +1/+0 until end of turn") or is "plus" allowed ("Gain X life, where X is the number of cards in your graveyard plus the number of artifacts you control")?

Mon, 2017-01-02 02:44
jacqui-pup
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Let's say either?

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Mon, 2017-01-02 04:36
Celebi
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Spirit of the Battle White mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Spirit Rare
Flash
Flying
When Spirit of the Battle enters the battlefield, each creature you control with base power and/or toughness 1 gets +2/+1 until end of turn.
1/1

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Mon, 2017-01-02 05:35
Senor Guacamole
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Illblooded Goblin 1 mana symbolRed mana symbolRed mana symbol
Creature - Goblin Rare
Whenever ~ or another Goblin you control is destroyed, Goblins you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
What to other races would be a horrible disease, goblins only see another deadly plaything.
2/2

Mon, 2017-01-02 11:29
thehuw
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You can crew at instant speed, so the intention was to let you flicker Planehopper Prototype to dodge removal if you leave a legendary driver up. Congratulations to the winner!

Century Mantle 3 mana symbol
Artifact - Equipment Rare
Equipped creature gets +0/+99 and has vigilance.
Equip 4 mana symbol
A lost regiment courses through its fabric, crying out for one last soldier to make it whole again.

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Mon, 2017-01-02 14:00
Daij_Djan
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A rare with only a single subtype featuring a plus? Sounds like a perfect fit for a Fortress card Winking smiley Here's an older design I sadly never received feedback for when I used it for another contest ~2 years ago:

Mon, 2017-01-02 17:58
Xenagos
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Mark of Purphoros 1 mana symbolRed mana symbol
Enchantment - Aura Rare
Enchant creature
Whenever enchanted creature would deal damage, it deals that much damage plus 1 instead.

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Mon, 2017-01-02 20:01
digiman619
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@thehuw: I see. As for your current entry, Doran, the Siege Tower says hi.

Essence of Thought 3 mana symbolBlue mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Creature- Avatar Rare
~'s power is equal to the number of cards in your hand and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1.
You have no maximum hand size.
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.
*/*+1

Mon, 2017-01-02 20:09
thehuw
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He sure does! That synergy is intentional.

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Wed, 2017-01-04 01:39
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Chariot of Concord 3 mana symbol
Artifact - Vehicle Rare
~ gets +1/+1 for each creature that crewed it this turn.
Crew 1 (Tap any number of untapped creatures you control with total power 1 or greater: This permanent becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)
2/2


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Thu, 2017-01-05 01:54
jacqui-pup
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Let's say 24 hours before I judge?

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Thu, 2017-01-05 01:55
jacqui-pup
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And @Sakon planes are not ok because they don't have rarity.

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Thu, 2017-01-05 02:13
ThisisSakon
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@jacqui:

Stairs to Infinity but give me some time to change it

Fri, 2017-01-06 14:13
jacqui-pup
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Giving this to Fluffy with Daij in second.

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Sat, 2017-01-07 05:19
Nazsmith
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Arbiter of Silence 3 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Angel Rare
Flying
When ~ enters the battlefield, exile another target creature an opponent controls for as long as you control ~.
4/4
Swift, Silent, Just.

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Sat, 2017-01-07 19:30
Flo00
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Grace of Emeria 4 mana symbolWhite mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Angel Rare
Flying
Whenever Grace of Emeria deals combat damage to a player, exile target nonland permanent that player controls until Grace of Emeria leaves the battlefield.
4/5

Hm. I just realized that's very similar to Naz's entry. But I guess it's distinct enough to not count as plagiarism Winking smiley

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Sat, 2017-01-07 20:07
jacqui-pup
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Unfrightened Exorcist 2 mana symbolWhite mana symbol
Creature - Human Cleric Uncommon
~ can't be blocked by creatures with power 3 or greater.
Whenever ~ attacks, exile target Aura defending player controls.
1/2

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Wed, 2017-01-11 17:40
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*Snip*
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Priest of Not 2 mana symbolBlack mana symbolBlack mana symbol
Creature - Cleric Horror Mythic Rare
~ can't be blocked by creatures with power X or greater, where X is the number of cards in exile.
Whenever ~ attacks, exile target creature card from a graveyard.
2/2

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Sat, 2017-01-07 20:22
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@jacqui-pup
Awn I was hoping for the commentaries A sad 'frowny'

Thassa, Wrath of Seas 2 mana symbolBlue mana symbol
Legendary Enchantment Creature - God Mythic Rare
Indestructible
As long as your devotion to blue is less than five, Thassa isn't a creature.
Whenever a creature deals combat damage to you, exile that creature. Return it to the battlefield at the beginning of that creature controller's next upkeep.
Blue mana symbol: Target creature gains skulk until end of turn. Activate this ability no more than twice each turn.
5/5

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