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  • posted a message on Bragging rights - what cards did WotC steal from you?
    Quote from TurboJustice
    No, it's simple convergent evolution. There's only a finite amount of possible designs in the game that are actually printable - so every once in a while, they will print one of your printable designs. But I'm sure the road that led to that design was very different.

    Besides, it's against Wizards contracts to look at any custom designed cards. I don't think any designers are willing to put their jobs on the line to wade through the seas of garbage designs to find the gems, when they could simply try to design gems themselves.

    Starting with "no" doesn't make you right and others wrong. Cool That being said, I agree with your first point. However, beyond convergent evolution, during my 13+ years of being involved in the amateur design community, I have seen so many parallel designs between amateurs and professionals that it defies the laws of probability to the point of being miraculous. Not just singular cards either (which I would consider inevitable "convergent evolution"), but mechanics, particular groupings of mechanics, entire block themes, etc.

    It's a bit on the naive side to believe that the contract clause restricting employees to look at this and similar sites exists for any other reason than to legally hedge WotC and, by extension, Hasbro. To do so is to put too much faith in humanity when it comes to its relation to economy. We all know that "the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil."

    There's nothing stopping MTG specific WotC employees from looking at this and similar sites during their off time. And since no one is allowed to look at them, how could they tell on each other even if they recognized an amateur design without revealing her or him self. Ultimately, there is no accountability in this matter and one must simply come to one's own conclusion about it.

    I for one think that they do look at this type of site. After all, Hasbro wants results that produce profit. And if the current staff doesn't produce, Hasbro will get another staff. Therefore, I think it's reasonable to assume that they're checking us out on a regular basis (as opposed to wading through tons of garbage). I have no problem with this because I think it makes for a better product.

    I have personally designed a multitude of cards, themes, mechanics, etc, that have seen print. And have at times had to debate heavily in their defense. So I find it extremely vindicating when WotC implements an idea of mine (either purposefully or coincidentally). Especially when it was a radical idea that was ill received from me and yet we'll received from WotC.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on El Shaddai
    someone been readin the Bible?
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Unreal
    Quote from Druki

    Unpossible would be my guess as to the name. Wink

    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Unreal
    Quote from Catrix
    Unplugged? Modo only?

    Haha, nice.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Unreal
    Whatever the name, I'm still rooting for Unreal though Undone is quite possible too, I still think it'll be based on classic fantasy such as Alice in Wonderland, Aesop's Fables, The Brother's Grim, and the like. Unless they can pull it off that flavor in a nonunset.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Unreal
    Ah, maybe Unbelievable then.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Unreal
    Is there any hint as to when or if there's gonna be a third Unset?

    I think that if there is, it will be called Unreal and be based on things like Alice in Wonderland, Aesop's Fables, The Brother's Grim, and the like.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Being Silly
    Destroy target creature.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on [[Official]] The Top 50 List (Indefinite Hiatus)
    Is there an explanation somewhere in these 2350 post as to why Fabricate is on the blue noncreature list while Tinker isn't?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Lightning Balls
    Lightning Balls (Rare)
    Put a 6/1 red Elemental creature token with haste and trample onto the battlefield. Sacrifice it at end of turn.
    If an opponent kicked a spell last turn, put two of those tokens onto the battlefield instead.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Best Creature Card Of All Time?
    Quote from SirZapdos
    Super tough question. I could easily say one of the many insane two-drops, however, each of them needs support. Very few of them are good "by themselves." For example,

    Stoneforge Mystic - You need to play busted equipment like Jitte or Batterskull to maximize its potential.
    Snapcaster Mage - You need to play a good amount of instants or sorceries to maximize its potential.
    Dark Confidant - You need a low curve and/or library manipulation, otherwise he'll kill you.
    Tarmogoyf - You (or your opponent) need to play fetchlands and cantripping instants/sorceries for him to be of value. EG, Tarmy would probably suck in today's standard.

    Even the bevy of broken red cards need some help. Goblin Piledriver, Goblin Recruiter and Goblin Lackey need other Goblins. Goblin Welder needs a bunch of artifacts, as does Arcbound Ravager. Psychatog and Hermit Druid also require very specific builds.

    Basically, there are so many great creatures that it's hard to pick. So my tie-breaker is to pick cards that don't need a lot of extra help in being great. My nominations are:
    W: Mother of Runes
    U: Vendilion Clique
    B: I don't know
    R: Goblin Guide
    G: Noble Hierarch
    Colourless: I don't know
    Hybrid: Figure of Destiny
    Gold: Bloodbraid Elf

    So, if I had to pick one card. Gah, so tough. I guess I'd go with Vendilion Clique over Noble Hierarch by a hair.

    Good stuff.

    Black is indeed whack. I nominate Phyrexian Obliterator and Bloodghast.

    I'd put Kird Ape or even Vexing Devil over Goblin Guide. imo, "need-a-forest" isn't a drawback especially compared to Goblin Guide's.

    I'd put Phyrexian Dreadnought over "I don't know". jk Grin
    Posted in: Opinions & Polls
  • posted a message on Mechanic Brainstorming
    Enhance looks like a decent riff on Extort.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on [W] Lightforger, Burial Priest, Blood Tax, Dustcloak Sliver ***&*** Brea, Sky's Armor
    "Lightforger" sounds more like it should be "forging" Auras from hand or library rather than Equipment from graveyard.

    Lightforge Mystic Sneaky
    Creature - Human Artificer
    When Lightforge Mystic enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an Aura card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
    1W, T: You may put an Aura card from your hand onto the battlefield.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Domri of the Clans, Zhur-Taa Phoenix
    Quote from luminum can

    Hmm... I don't think I like haste + bloodrush.

    I didn't know that about bloodrush.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Domri of the Clans, Zhur-Taa Phoenix
    nice phoenix. it could have haste
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
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