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Quote from Manite »Besides, it wouldn't be the first time Zendikar introduced a tweak on Kicker.
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Quote from SecretInfiltrator »Quote from Manite »Besides, it wouldn't be the first time Zendikar introduced a tweak on Kicker.
Which is part of the problem.
Bouncing a single land certainly is a tweak on sweep that is much more reasonable.
Your templating is incorrect, btw, because the phrase "this spell was cast for its roil cost" implies an alternative cost, while the reminder text speaks of an additional cost.
Maybe that's the solution though. You could make roil an alternative cost (e. g. Geyser Flame becomes 1R with roil cost 2RR). This has multiple benefits:
You no longer walk straight into kicker territory.You can make commons that are french vanilla with just roil without a change to the effect just for a pure cost reduction.You can make cards that have a differently colored roil cost and casting cost.Even while staying in-color, you could vary color intensity e. g. a devotion friendly casting cost, but a roil cost with only a single colored mana symbol.You can consider hugely decreased roil costs with fun drawbacks.As with awaken before an alternative cost is actually preferable in just telling the cost they are actually going to actually pay straight - no moment to calculate that Roil Wave with roil cost needs six mana, if you straight up print the six mana cost.
The option you really lose is going the Volver/Battlemage route and putting multiple roil costs on a single card, but those are actually quite wordy and have some design issues, so I don't know you'd even want that.
Quote from DJK3654 »I'm not sure if returning lands as a cost is something you want to do on the level of a mechanic. It's a neat effect for a certain number of cards, but I could see it being kind of annoying as a big thing, especially for newer players. Is this something many people really get excited about?