New keyword wants

  • #1
    As new sets come out I see the same abilities over and over with no move toward a keyword for them. With the desire to simplify card text, I see no reason the following abilites shouldn't have their own keyword.

    Rage: ~ attacks each turn if able. Bloodcrazed Neonate
    Panic: ~ can't block. Gravecrawler
    Looting: Whenver ~ deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card. Neurok Commando
    Infiltrate: ~ is unblockable. Blighted Agent

    I'm sure there are more.
    What would you add?
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  • #2
    "~ enters the battlefield tapped" appears often enough to be keyworded, but I can't think of a word to use for it that's suitable for all (or even most) cases in which it appears. Wizards probably can't either or they'd have done it a long time ago.

    And, of course, I'd scrap intimidate (up there with dredge and recover in my most hated mechanics list) and consolidate all 'creatures with characteristic X can't block this' into a single mechanic; let's call it dread.

    Barrenton Cragtreads
    :2mana::symwu::symwu:
    Creature - Kithkin Scout
    Red dread
    3/3

    Dread Warlock
    1BB
    Creature - Human Wizard
    Nonblack dread
    2/2

    Dust Elemental
    2WW
    Creature - Elemental
    Flash
    Flying, nonartifact dread, nonblack dread (*)
    When Dust Elemental enters the battlefield, return three creatures you control to their owner's hand.
    6/6

    Highborn Ghoul
    BB
    Creature - Zombie
    Highborn Ghoul has nonartifact dread and dread in the colors it isn't. (**)
    2/1

    Maybe even...

    Bog Rats
    B
    Creature - Rat
    Wall dread
    1/1


    (*) I know it's functionally different to fear, but it's close enough for me. Besides, fear was functionally different pre-keywording too.
    (**) I know it's very inelegant wording, but what else can you do with such an ill-conceived mechanic?
    Thou shalt not have others of the same Legendary or Planeswalker before me
    Thou shalt not frame images with the modern card face
    Thou shalt not change rules in vain
    Remember the Reserved List to keep it holy
    Honor thy Slivers and the symmetry of their abilities
    Thou shalt not kill mana burn
    Thou shalt not sacrifice depth for accessibility
    Thou shalt not steal combat damage from the stack
    Thou shalt tell a story through thy cards
    Thou shalt not covet anything that is Ravnica's
  • #3
    ????: ~ enters the battlefield tapped Geralf's Messenger
    ????: ~ does not untap during your untap step Galvanic Juggernaut
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    Standard decks:
    Bwa-ha-ha!
  • #4
    None. Wizards should work on releasing balanced sets with consistent color pies, not keywording every effect that appears on more than one card.
  • #5
    Quote from Pumpkin_Eater
    None. Wizards should work on releasing balanced sets with consistent color pies, not keywording every effect that appears on more than one card.
    I kind of agree. Words like "Hexproof" are nice and simple and easier to say. But when they start keywording too much, it'll be annoying. I did think that maybe they oughta keyword Firebreathing, but I like it as "Magic lingo."
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  • #6
    I wonder how long it will take them to change "~ is unblockable" to simply "Unblockable".

    Invisible Stalker
    Hexproof, Unblockable
    1/1

    Simple
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