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Treasure Cruisin' Modern Big Red
  • posted a message on [Monthly Card Contest] ***MCC*** Discussion Thread
    Quote from Gerrard"s Mom »

    Development -
    (2/3) Viability: My belief is that you want the +1 to work on only one permanent, but I think it works on everything, and even if it doesn't it's a very wordy way to say "Untap target permanent".
    (1/3) Balance: The most powerful part about this card may actually be the pseudo-Privileged Position. Untapping one thing is a bit weak compared to other planeswalker options and, while versatile, the tap/untap X is also not very strong compared to something like Sleep. The emblem is also pretty strong at parity but isn't good for comebacks. I guess the hexproof at least has some windows where it wouldn't be active to make it slightly less unfun.

    I guess there is no actual precedent in MTG, but the way it's worded means that each nonland permanent you control gains pseudo-vigilance, which means that when that permanent becomes tapped for the first time your turn, you get to untap it. This is a very open-ended ability that works with multiple things (mana dorks, temple bell-type effects or simply attacking with your creatures) at the cost of Derevi not being able to protect herself in any way in the unfortunate case you don't have creatures on the board/your opponent got more.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on Kaervek the Merciless - a social experiment masquerading as a deck
    I must say I loved the idea of a "social experiment" Kaervek deck ever since I saw this thread, so much so that I've built my own version of it. It works great and it's an awful lot of fun because of the feuds it creates between players ("Why are you hitting me?" "Because you hit me first!").
    The only thing I tweaked a bit (apart from the decklist because of availability/meta choices) is that I added another rule. After I explain the three rules, I usually say: "There's also another rule, but I'll explain it to you later."
    The 4th rule is: "If you cast a spell with CMC equal or greater than your life total, Kaervek is gonna hit you."
    I mean, there's a reason he's called "The Merciless", right?
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on August MCC Round 2 - No Loyalty
    Derevi, Ascended Tactician 1GWU
    Legendary Planeswalker — Derevi (MR)
    T: Until end of turn, spells you control and creatures you control gain hexproof.
    +1: Until end of turn, whenever a nonland permanent you control becomes tapped for the first time this turn, untap it.
    -X: Tap or untap up to X target permanents.
    -8: You get an emblem with: "Whenever a permanent you control becomes untapped, creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn."
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on August MCC Round 1 - Abilities!
    Ghalma's Forge
    Legendary Land (MR)
    The first artifact spell you cast each turn costs 2 less to cast.
    Metalcraft7, T: Create a token that's a copy of target artifact. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.
    Deep within New Phyrexia, the resistance gets stronger with each hit of her hammer.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on July MCC Round 2 - Just a Bit Ill
    Naaz, Deranged Healer 1BG
    Legendary Creature — Elf Cleric (MR)
    Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)
    Naaz, Deranged Healer enters the battlefield with two -1/-1 counters on it.
    (B/G), remove a -1/-1 counter from a creature: Double target creature's power and toughness until end of turn. Activate this ability only once each turn.
    "I could extract it, repurpose it and. . . Don't move! Let me go get my leeches!"
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on July MCC Round 1 - Can't Keep 'Em Down
    Irya, Inspiring Leader 3WW
    Legendary Creature — Human Knight (MR)
    When Irya, Inspiring Leader enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.
    As long as Irya has one or more counters on it, Soldiers you control get +1/+1.
    Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
    There’s no greater motivation for the troops than a leader who stops at nothing.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on Isolate
    Quote from the n00b king »

    It's a super versatile removal that requires very little investment, has no drawback and it's an instant to boot.

    Except that it's not. Lightning Bolt is versatile. This is situational and conditional to boot. I'm not gonna deny that it takes care of a lot of stuff, but you'd never start with this in your main deck, since it's a dead card against lots of matchups (Scapeshift, Kci, Tron, Jund, Jeskai Control), while you'd happily start with 4 bolts in your deck. It's a powerful sideboard card, I'll give it to it, but imho (and just imho), it doesn't deserve its rarity.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Isolate
    So, m19 was just an excuse to print some modern hosers?

    I wouldn't go as far as to say that, but you gotta admit that the sheer quantity of hosers/sideboard cards at rare is definitely higher than in recent sets. On one hand I understand this move, as a core set allows WOTC to print the card they need without worrying about flavor/names, but on the other the fact that someone is gonna open one of these unplayable rares while the guy next to him opens some bomb rare is gonna lead to a lot of feel-bad moments.
    And while I agree with Havrekjex that not all sideboard cards should be uncommons, one could say that there are anyways tons of uncommons that don't see play in limited (the first that springs to my mind is Blazing Hope), so I don't see the problem in the downshift of one or maybe two of these sb-rares, as this would also allow more players to get their hands on them. I mean, by that logic, why wasn't Damping Sphere printed as a rare? It hoses two decks (storm and tron), which is very akin to Amulet of Safekeeping (storm/token hoser), yet the latter is a rare.
    Edit: grammar and typos.
    2nd edit:
    @13055: I admit I did not read the recent articles, but now that I know that, it makes this even sadder. If WOTC wants this set to be opened as much as the others, just make it a good one that experienced players would like to draft, like Origins, for example. Or maybe put in some money reprints (which is what they did to a certain extent here). But them saying that most new players will look mostly at commons/uncommons is flat out bad. While what they say is true to a certain extent, you cannot deny that many of us were left mouth agape when we opened some bomby rare: that's one of the best feelings you can give to a new player. I still remember opening a Terra Stomper and feeling on top of the world.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Isolate
    Death's Shadow? The slew of ultra-efficient 1-drops played in eternal formats (including but not limited to: Goblin Guide, any 1-mana mana dork, Champion of the Parish, Serra Ascendant and Heritage Druid)? Aether Vial?
    And these were just off the top of my head, I'm sure there are plenty of other valid targets Smile

    I do agree that such a niche card should've been an uncommon, I definitely wouldn't see this warping limited because there's basically nothing substantial you could kill there, and therefore you wouldn't start with this in your main.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Arcades the Strategist
    Quote from Volrath »
    Stoic Angel
    Marble titan
    Retribution of the meek
    Wave of reckoning
    Slaughter the strong

    This is shaping up to be a hilarious deck.

    You forgot Dusk/Dawn, which is gonna be a powerhouse in this deck.
    Unconventional anthems like Spidersilk Armor, Hold the Gates, Angelic Shield, Parapet, Leyline of Vitality, Lumithread Field and Castle/Builder's Blessing are basically straight upgrades over other "normal" anthems.
    Also, for extreme spiciness, effects like Tower Defense or Solidarity are basically instant-speed +5/+5 to the team!
    For the longest time I tried to brew a defenders deck (using Kynaios and Tiro because Vent Sentinel), now I can't wait to brew with Arcades dot dot dot

    @SimicNuggets, for maximum dramatic effect I use the Latin/Italian pronunciation, which is:
    Ar (as in arrival) - ca (as in karate, this is the stressed syllable) - des (as in desert) Smile
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on June MCC Round 2 - Family history
    Vanguard of the Reliquary GW
    Creature — Human Knight (R)
    When Vanguard of the Reliquary or another Knight enters the battlefield under your control, you may search your library for a Forest or Plains card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
    Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, target creature gains indestructible until end of turn.
    Knowledge of the battlegrounds gave the Knights of the Reliquary the upper hand against the invaders.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on June MCC Round 1 - History in the making
    Annalist's Ward GWU
    Enchantment (R)
    When Annalist's Ward enters the battlefield, you may pay X. If you do, search your library for a historic card with converted mana cost X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
    Historic permanents you control have hexproof. (Artifacts, legendaries, and Sagas are historic.)
    "For history to be learned, it has to be preserved."
    —Valus, court historian
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on May MCC Final - Toonces the Driving Cat
    Myros, Dauntless Paladin 2WW
    > Legendary Creature — Human / Knight (MR)
    Exponent (Whenever this creature blocks or becomes blocked, you may tap any number of untapped sapient creatures you control. If you do, this creature gets +1/+1 for each creature tapped this way.)
    Whenever Myros, Dauntless Paladin or an Equipment enters the battlefield under your control, create two 1/1 sapient white Soldier creature tokens.
    W, Sacrifice a Soldier: Target creature gains indestructible until end of turn.
    A paladin is only as strong as the people supporting him.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on [Monthly Card Contest] ***MCC*** Discussion Thread
    Quote from bravelion83 »

    Viability - Each ability makes sense for its colors, except maybe for the Doran in monoblack (everything with a hybrid mana cost must make sense in each monocolor). The only black card with that ability is Doran itself, and it's a gold card. Then we have Belligerent Brontodon (green-white) and Assault Formation (monogreen). That's all.

    I knew such a small detail wouldn't go by a veteran judge's eye. Your critique was on point as always, Bravelion Smile
    My reasoning behind the black of that ability (which, as you already said is used primarily on green cards) is because I think black in MTG could make use of this ability but flavoring it in a more devious way, while green could depict this ability as an instinctual attack or something. This could open some gameplay possibilities for black to mess with combat while not specifically restricting itself to removal or -x/-x effects. The card was also designed with a multiplayer environment in mind, in fact the first two abilities can be used politically as they aren't limited to creatures you control.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on May MCC Round 3 - Do You Understand?
    Kosaku, Blade of Jukai BGU
    > Legendary Creature — Snake / Warrior (MR)
    Other sapient Snakes you control get +0/+3.
    1(U/B): Target creature gains skulk until end of turn. (It can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)
    1(B/G): Target creature assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than its power until end of turn.
    1(G/U): Whenever one or more creatures you control deal combat damage to a player this turn, draw a card.
    "Our tribes must unite: war is upon us again."
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
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