You May have (Card name) assign combat damage as though it weren’t blocked
assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than its power
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Quote from Rosy Dumplings »These keywords seriously confuse me.
You can’t base a faction around these mechanics (for the most part). They are just too narrow. They are too narrow and rarely used to be called evergreen, either.
Other than Protection, I can’t think of any deciduous mechanics that are too narrow to be one of the premier mechanic of a faction/guild/wedge.
For back-bone in particular, the ability has only really been used as an A-B mechanic with enablers and pay-off cards. Printing a 0/4 with Backbone is certainly possible but would feel really odd.
Edit: while I know that “big butts” has been a draft archetype in several sets like ravnica and ixalan, these decks have always been based on hoping to get a single uncommon enabler, not on assembling a wide array of backbone cards. Unless they want to print cards with backbone... which feels a bit odd to me... It would likely feel like Ingestors-Processors if it was used as a faction’a ability
With all of that said, it sounds like these abilities were key-worded for the sole purpose of letting the commander decks include additional keyword tokens... which seems like a really silly reason to keyword an ability.
The net gain on these changes, from what I can tell, is freeing up a bit of space on no more than a dozen cards printed each year... at the cost of additional cognitive load for newer players.
Quote from WarMachinePrime »Would have preferred: Baby got back OR Junk in the Trunk. Maybe Backmeat or Trunkjunk as well.
Glad both are coming back in this set.