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  • posted a message on February 2019 CCL - Round 2: "Riches of the Past"
    Quote from Gateways7 »
    Chosen card: Dragon Throne of Tarkir

    Regent of Bone 1BR
    Creature - Dragon Skeleton (Mythic)
    Flying, haste
    Whenever Regent of Bone attacks, other attacking creatures you control get +1/-1 until the end of the turn.
    When Regent of Bone dies, you may search your library for a card named Dragon Throne of Tarkir and put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

    A couple of things feel off on this one. For starter, this just can't be a mythic rare. I get the restriction on the rarity challenge but it doesn't feel mythic at all, both power-level and flavor wise. It's not even legendary Frown . Secondly: you'll need a rare card to work with your mythic card which in a limited environment is almost impossible to pull off. Also it's not very goood for constructed, seems more like something from a pre-con deck. Not impressed, sorry.
    Quote from zdtsd »

    Ghostfire Blade

    Ugin's Spirit-Blade 1
    Artifact-Equipment (R)
    Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and gains vigilance.
    Whenever a colorless creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may attach Ugin's Spirit-Blade to it.
    Only those similar in spirit to the Soul of Tarkir may wield it.

    I get what you're going for and it's cute, but I don't think leaving out Equip entirely would be a good move. It just doesn't feel right.
    Quote from void_nothing »
    Clever Impersonator

    Prevaricating Impersonation 2UU
    Enchantment (R)
    Sacrifice a face-down permanent: Add CCC.
    Whenever a permanent you control is turned face up, you may have Prevaricating Impersonation become a copy of that permanent except it has "Sacrifice a face-down permanent: Add CCC" and this ability.

    This card has such a weird appeal to it, I can't quite understand the flavor behind it. I like it though, it can have a lot of build around option, like with Ixidron, or Eldrazis, or face-down permanents Storm-aristocrats-whatever. I can see a lot of brewer like me trying to figure out what to do with this and it's something that makes me appreciate it a lot.
    Quote from Hemlock »
    Visionary Augmenter is my choice.

    Makeshift Augmentation 2W
    Enchantment - Aura (c)
    Enchant creature
    Enchanted creature gets +2/+2
    When Makeshift Augmentation is put into a graveyard from teh battlefield, create two 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature tokens.
    "Give me an arm."

    Nice concept ad clean design. It's an interesting spin to something a la toten armor, which I'm not a huge fan of. It also ties reasonably with your post "apocalyptic scenario" from your round 1 which is cool.
    Quote from willows »
    Master the Way
    Marang Trapper 2GU
    Creature — Human Scout (R)
    Wealth (When this card is put into your graveyard from the battlefield, reveal the top card of your library. If it has a lower converted mana cost than this card, put it into your hand.)
    ~ can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.
    Whenever ~ attacks, other creatures you control gain wealth until end of turn.
    Following the Path3UR
    Sorcery (U)
    Draw a card, then reveal a card from your hand. Following the Path deals damage to any target equal to the converted mana cost of the revealed card.
    The Way is different for everyone who walks it; follow not another's.

    Definitely an improvement on Master the Way, which was absolute balls especially in limited. This has much more applications and can be very good and just as bad, balancing it well.
    Quote from Subject16 »
    My throwback card: Elspeth, Knight-Errant.

    Sigil of Tirel 1WW
    Enchantment - Aura (Rare)
    Enchant permanent
    Enchanted permanent has indestructible.
    3WW: Permanents you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
    No one knows what became of Valeron's holy knight, but her love and duty towards Bant will never be forgotten.

    I really liked your round 1 submission and I'm sad to say this is not quite as good and as interesting design-wise. I would have kept in mind the Radiant ability when designing this, like giving indestructible to other permanents with the same or different colors of the enchanted one, making it more of a build around card, rather than "just" a good limited rare. It's balanced well, and the flavor is there. I just find it bland.

    1. void_nothing
    2. willows
    3. Hemlock
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on February MCC Round 2 - Ribonucleic Acid
    Zhur-taa Shaman R
    Creature - Goblin Shaman (R)
    G, T: Add two mana of any color. Activate this ability only if Zhur-taa Shaman has a +1/+1 counter on it.
    R, T: Zhur-taa Shaman deals 1 damage to any target. Activate this ability only if Zhur-taa Shaman has no +1/+1 counter on it.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on CCL February 2019 - Round 1: Homecoming
    Quote from Legend »

    Dominant Gron (Common)
    Creature - Beast
    Reshape (When this creature enters the battlefield, you may have target creature you control become a copy of this creature.)

    Interesting ability, I would like to see it on a more interesting creature though. Another concern I have is that it doen't really feel rathian.
    Quote from mirrodin71 »
    Kamigawa, Rebuild after Kami's War

    Araba's Garrison 3
    Artifact - Fortification(R)
    Whenever fortified land becomes tapped, create a 1/1 white samurai token with Bushido 1 (Whenever this creature blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.).
    Fortify 1W (1W: Attach to target land you control. Fortify only as a sorcery. This card enters the battlefield unattached and stays on the battlefield if the land leaves.)

    Ah, Kamigawa, I see you're a man of culture aswell. I love your take on a "rebuilding" of Kamigawa and the Fortification flavour works really well. As for powerlevel, I think it's a bit too strong since you get a token for just 1W every turn.
    Quote from Jimmy Groove »

    Foothold To Nyx 1G
    Sorcery (C)
    Bloat (You may discard an enchantment card or sacrifice an enchantment as an additional cost to cast this spell.)
    You may search your library for up to two basic land cards that share a basic land type and reveal them. Put those cards into your hand. If Foothold to Nyx was bloated, put one of those land card onto the library instead. Shuffle your library.
    The gods wondered what mighty force could possibly be draining their strength. They never imagined an invasion could begin with mold.

    Bloat fits well in Theros, sure. I like how you restricted it to basic lands of the same type to justify the 2 cmc.
    Quote from netn10 »
    Lorwyn, synergize with Clashing and Kinship

    Faeries' Feast 1B
    Tribal Instant - Faerie (Uncommon)
    Regress (As an additional cost to cast this spell, you may put a card from your hand on top of your library.)
    Target player discards a card. If you regressed this spell, you gain 4 life.

    I like how Regress works with Kinship as you mentioned, but I'm not sold on it as a mechanic by itself. My problem with this card in particular is I don't think I ever want to give up my next turn draw step for 4 life. I know it's just an added bonus, but it's not like kicker which gets better as the game progresses.
    Quote from Cardz5000 »
    Return to Shadowmoor with widespread Hybrid mana

    Transmogrify (G/U)(U/R)
    Instant {U}
    Gain control of target creature an opponent controls until end of turn. Untap that creature. It loses all abilities and becomes a green Beast with base power and toughness 3/3 and gains haste until end of turn.

    Weird hybrid mana costs lead to weird color-pie-breaking-cards. Like mono U shouldn't have this kind of effect. But I like weird hybrid mana costed color-pie-breaking-cards, so you get a pass.
    Quote from Theelkspeaks »

    Decomposing Assassin 3B
    Creature - Zombie Assassin (U)
    Decomposed Assassin enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters if it was cast from your hand.
    Unearth B

    I love Unearth and this is a very nice spin on it. I really like it.

    1. Theelkspeaks
    2. mirrodin71
    3. Cardz5000
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on Orzhov Menagerie
    Brought a tweaked list to FNM tonight for the first time and got first place with 2 wins and a draw against Jeskai Drakes, Esper Control and Sultai Midrange. Here's the current deck and a quick report:

    Match 1 against Jeskai Drakes (2-1):
    Conclave Tribunal on his first Drake followed by a Plaguecrafter taking care of a Teferi; a Pilfering Imp taking out their Settle the Wreckage before attacking for lethal take care of game 1.
    Game 2 I'm stuck on two lands for too long and can't get anything on board, easy scoop.
    Game 3 goes really well with two Tithe Taker on the board, forcing him to play Chemister's Insight on his turn, letting me play out a massive board. I take his Syncopate with an Imp and cast a Priest that deal the last 2 points of damage through a Settle the following turn.

    Match 2 against Esper Control (1-1):
    I mulligan to 5 the first game, flood out and lose miserabily to Nexus of Fate.
    Game 2 he mulligans to 5 (thanks karma) but manages to wipe my board twice with Kaya's Wrath. Even then, a perfectly timed topdecked Menagerie brings back the team and the Plaguecrafter takes care of a Deputy of Detention, he concedes the next turn.
    Game 3 was incredibly long, between me taking care of two Thieves with a Mortify and Priestand he wiping the board again a couple times. I bring back the whole thing with Menagerie but it's too late for both of us to win. We shake hands.

    Match 3 against Sultai Midrange (2-0):
    Game 1 I absolutely demolish him. The deck curved perfectly and managed to make him sac his whole board with a combination of Priest, Plaguecrafeter and Menagerie. In three turns with an unanswered Priest on the board he lost 2 Llanowar Elves, 2 Merfolk Branchwalker, 1 Carnage Tyrant and 1 Hydroid Krasis. It was great.
    Game 2 was extremely grindy with his 2 Wildgrowth Walker and Jadelight Ranger taking him back to 20 more than once. With 5 spirits on board I had a real clock though. His Walkers were huge and had to chump a couple times. With both of us drawing one too many lands, a miraculous Gruesome Menagerie bring back a whole lot of spirits and a Priest. The game is won in a couple turns and I am stunned that my deck was able to outgrind the best deck in competitive standard. What a joy!

    The deck felt amazing honestly. Gruesome Menagerie is an incredibly powerful card when paired with such an arsenal of persistent creatures. Plaguecrafter is insane, especially when recurred and when you virtually lose nothing. In a control meta, Pilfering Imp overperformed. Being able to pack hand disruption alongside Tithe Taker and not-targeted removal all in the main deck, without it being "forced", is crazy; it gives us the edge G1 against virtually any deck. The resiliance of this list is absurd: it laughs at spot removal and can rebuild incredibly fast after a boardwipe.
    After tonight, I think the deck has definitely legs and I'm gonna bring it next friday too. See you then!
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on February 2019 CCL - Round 2: "Riches of the Past"
    Quote from picnic_bomber »
    Return to Kamigawa: Bushido matters!

    Sokenzan Raiders 2R
    Creature - Human Samurai (U)
    First strike
    Bushido 1
    Whenever a creature with bushido you control deals combat damage to a player, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.
    Promise of Bunrei

    Soulsplit Strike W
    Instant (R)
    Exile target nontoken creature. Its controller creates four 1/1 colorless Spirit creature tokens.
    "I have learned not to fear it, now I will learn how to master it."
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on February MCC Round 1 - Golden Memories
    Stage Dive 2BR
    Sorcery (U)
    Spectacle BR (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
    As an additional cost to cast Stage Dive, sacrifice any number of creatures.
    Stage Dive deals damage equal to the sacrificed creatures' total power divided as you choose among any number of creatures and/or planeswalkers target player control.
    "No! Don't catch him!"
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on January CCL, Round 4/Top 4: Introducing the One and Only
    Quote from willows »
    Ajani, Hero of the Pride 3GW
    Legendary Planeswalker — Ajani (M)
    Starting Loyalty: 4
    +1: Up to one target creature gains first strike and vigilance until your next turn.
    -2: Exile target creature. Its controller searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, and shuffles their library.
    -8: Create Kagiso, a legendary 5/5 white Cat Avatar creature token with hexproof and lifelink.
    Whenever Kagiso attacks, you get an emblem with “Creatures you control get +1/+1.”

    I got my account deleted for some EU copyright stuff, it happened to a lot of people in here. Nothing of value was lost for me though Smile

    Solid planeswalker design. I would have liked a new character over Ajani, but that's just me. As for Kagiso, I like how quickly it can take over the game and how it can create emblems by attacking, although being a bit weird ( Wink ), it's something I've never seen before.
    Quote from Hemlock »
    Ssrretch, Draconian Captain 2RW
    Legendary Creature - Viashino Warrior Ally (m)
    When Ssretch, Draconian Captain enters the battlefield, create a Legendary colorless Equipment artifact token named Prasz, the Reptilian Halberd. It has "Equipped creature gets +3/+0 and has haste and indestructible", equip 2RW and equip commander 0.

    I love names that are nigh impossible to pronounce and sounds like someone's blowing his nose. + 1 point!
    This is a very cool card with a lot of interesting things going on. A Legendary Reptilian Halberd sound REALLY cool but how does it grant indestructibility? Equip commander is a great mechanic but at 0 it's maybe too good. A bit unpolished design overall, I really appreciate the uniqueness though.

    1. Hemlock
    2. willows
    Since I tend to recognize more the unique, unsafe and creative entries, I'll give more credits to Hemlock's. Really close round though, sad to see JamBlock not participating :(.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on CCL February 2019 - Round 1: Homecoming
    Return to Kamigawa: Bushido matters!

    Sokenzan Raiders 2R
    Creature - Human Samurai (U)
    First strike
    Bushido 1
    Whenever a creature with bushido you control deals combat damage to a player, you may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on January CCL, Round 4/Top 4: Introducing the One and Only
    Age of Flourishing 2GG
    Enchantment - Saga (R)
    (As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
    I — You get an emblem with "Colored mana doesn't empty from your mana pool as steps and phases end."
    II — Double the amount of each type of colored mana in your mana pool.
    III — Create Indomito, a legendary 1+*/1+* green Elemental creature token with trample, reach and "Indomito's power and toughness are each equal to one plus the amount of colored mana in your mana pool."
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on Orzhov Menagerie
    Priest of Forgotten Gods is a card too good not to be built around so here's my take on it:

    The deck aims to develop our board while at the same time emptying our opponent's, draw lots of cards and quickly bring them to 0. Our Priest is able to do all of this as just a 2 drop, which is insane. How do we take full advantage of her wide array of abilities?
    First things first: we need sac fodder - a lot of it. Hunted Witness is our premium 1 drop, leaving behind a lifelinking token. Orzhov Enforcer does the same thing but is a lot better as a deathtoucher and with 2 toughness. Doomed Dissenter is less exciting but does the job well. No Imperious Oligarch as the mana cost is a bit clunky, especially with the Priest producing BB. At three mana we have Ministrant of Obligation which leaves behind not one but two flying bodies! These sixteen cards are not just cattle, they work well as early chip damage and gainst spot removal and mass removal.
    Midnight Reaper gives us an insane amount of cards, transforming our sacced creatures in fresh new meat to offer the Priest. The combination of these two cards quickly refill our hands letting us capitalize on the BB we get for the effort.
    To top it all, Gruesome Menagerie lets us rebuy up to three of our previously sacced creatures, generating a ridiculous amount of value. In fact, the rest of the deck is built around Menagerie, rather than the Priest. We need an almost equal amount of 1,2 and 3 drops in the deck to fully get the best out of it, here is where Pilfering Imp, Deadeye Tracker and Militia Bugler come into play.
    The Imp and the Tracker are both 1 drops that are still relevant in the late game. The Imp is Thoughtseize on a flying body, while the Tracker can hit some relevant spell in our opponent's graveyard while generating even more value for us. Militia Bugler finds every creature in the deck save for Midnight Reaper and is very powerful when recurred with Menagerie.
    Two copies of Conclave Tribunal to have some kind of non-creature interaction, and that's it.
    Feel free to leave suggestions and test it out yourself, this deck is fun and very good, I promise!
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on January CCL, Round 3/Top 8: Mirror, Mirror
    Quote from willows »
    Ascend to the Heights 3WW
    Sorcery (R)
    Create a token that's a copy of target enchantment, except it's a 3/3 white Angel creature instead of any other types and colors and it has flying.

    The fact that the Angel token is a 3/3 instead of 4/4 bugs me beyond belief. Other than that, it's a nice, clean and interesting design, a bit too safe for my taste but that's ok. Just ok.
    Quote from Cardz5000 »
    Reproof 2WU
    Instant {R}
    Return target spell or non-land permanent to its owner’s hand.
    Replace 3UB
    Sorcery {R}
    Create a token that’s a copy of target creature. Exile that creature until the token leaves the battlefield.

    It's a well balanced card, with great versatility and would definitely see play if ever printed. Thing is, it's just two effects already existing stapled on a single card. Great, not exciting sadly.
    Quote from Gateways7 »
    Necrotic Deluge 3UUBB
    Sorcery (M)
    Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for 1.)
    Create a token that’s a copy of target creature.
    For each permanent card exiled with Necrotic Deluge’s delve ability, create a token that’s a copy of that permanent.
    The poisons of the Marang have an interesting effect on the dead.

    This is a very interesting card with a cool flavor and concept but it's just too powerful. Delve is a busted ability on its own and you're pushing it even further beyond that by getting insane value out of the exiled cards. I see how you tried to balance it with a harsh mana cost and a maximum of 3 discount, but it's not enough. I really like it overall, though.
    Quote from RaikouRider »
    Duplomancy 1GUR
    Instant {R}
    Choose one -
    • Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
    • Copy target activated or triggered ability. You may choose new targets for the copy. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.)
    • Create a token that's a copy of the card target permanent spell would become as it resolves.

    Nice concept with a lot of utilities, I love the idea of copying an activated or triggered ability a lot. I feel the third choice is overcomplicated though, I guess you were trying to play around hexproof/shroud but I don't see the need, honestly. I appreciate the effort of making something new nonetheless.
    Quote from JamBlock »
    Swelling Splendor (G/W)(G/W)(G/W)
    Enchantment - Aura (R)
    Enchant player or permanent
    At the beginning of your end step, for each other Aura attached to enchanted player or permanent, create a token that's a copy of that Aura attached to enchanted player or permanent.

    Jeez, Bogles are annoying already! It's a fine design, but this shouldn't be able to copy token Auras.
    Quote from TheDrB »
    Utter Dominance4RG
    Enchantment (MR)
    Whenever a creature an opponent controls dies, if that creature was dealt damage by a source you control, create a token that's a copy of that creature.
    2RG: Target creature you control fights target creature an opponent controls.
    I will take victory. You can have that other thing.

    I feel this card should have B somewhere, somehow. I also would have liked this at 5 cmc and just as a rare, doesn't really stands out as mythic to me. It's a good and clean design overall, just a bit too safe.
    Quote from Hemlock »
    Ora, Seraph of Mirrors 3UW
    Legendary Creature - Angel Illusion (m)
    At the end of each combat, create a token that's a copy of the creature with the highest converted mana cost among creatures that dealt combat damage to you this turn. If two or more creatures are tied for the highest converted mana cost, choose one of them.

    I like this a lot. Surprise flying blocker plus a second body the same turn it comes out. Really powerful but completely fair, with a cool flavor attached. It just has nothing wrong honestly, good job!

    1. Hemlock
    2. Cardz5000
    3. RaikouRider
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on January CCL, Round 3/Top 8: Mirror, Mirror
    Progenitooze GGUU
    Legendary Creature - Ooze (R)
    When Progenitooze enters the battlefield, exile another target creature until it leaves the battlefield.
    XT: Create a token that's a copy of a creature with converted mana cost X or less exiled with Progenitooze, except it's an Ooze in addition to its other types.
    "What do you mean it's not the Soul of the World?!"
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on January CCL, Round 2: Dig Something Up
    Quote from Gateways7 »
    Reckless Prosecution 1W
    Enchantment (Uncommon)
    Whenever Reckless Prosecution enters the battlefield or a creature you control dies, investigate.
    R, Sacrifice a Clue: Exile the top card of your library. You may play that card until the end of the turn.
    “No, don’t burn the evidence! We need that!”

    I feel like this card should be BW, even though the second ability belongs to R. Speaking of that second ability, I find it a bit redundant as you can already sac a Clue to draw a card. As for the first abilityUlvenwald Mysteries did something simlar to this but had a more interesting twist by producing tokens while generating card advantage. Neat design, but nothing really new.
    Quote from Subject16 »
    Inspector's Case 1WU
    Enchantment (Rare)
    Whenever a creature dies for the first time each turn, that creature's controller investigates.
    2, Sacrifice two clues and an equipment: Exile target creature. Any player may activate this ability.
    "Old Rustein is the murderer! And he did it with this fork!"

    I really like this card flavourfully, but it's just too niche. Sacrificing equipments is something so weirdly appealing and at the same time so counterproductive! I see what you were aiming for and it's awesome, but I'm not gonna fill my deck with durdly equipments just to make this work. So close to be so good!
    Quote from JamBlock »
    Question Reality 1UU
    Enchantment (R)
    When Question Reality enters the battlefield, exile any number of other permanents you own, then investigate that many times.
    Whenever you sacrifice a clue, you may put a card exiled with Question Reality onto the battlefield.

    What a card! Abusing enters the battlefield effect, protecting anything from removal while also drawing cards? That's crazy good! Maybe a bit too much in fact. Flash definitely break this card. Also, you could tap all of your lands, floating a lot of mana, exile all said lands, sac some clues, getting back those same lands untapped, and draw some more. Whew! Make it nonland permanents, non-Flash and it's ok. Great design, just a bit overpowered.
    Quote from kwanyeegor »
    Mad Constable 2U
    Creature--Human (Uncommon)
    When Mad Constable enters the battlefield investigate
    Sacrifice a clue: swtich target creature's power and toughness until end of turn

    I wish this would switch power and toughness as an additional effect to sacrificing a Clue. As it is, I feel I never want to give up card draw for an effect like that. Also, just "human"? Cool concept, just low power level.
    Quote from TheDrB »
    Weregild 1BB
    World Enchantment (R)
    Whenever a nontoken creature dies, its controller creates a colorless Treasure artifact token with “ tap symbol , Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.”
    2: Sacrifice a creature. Any player may activate this ability.
    Every soul has value. A set amount.

    World Enchantments, nice! A safe, symmetrical design, nothing new nor groundbreaking. It works nonetheless!
    Quote from willows »
    Biomechanical Engineering 2U
    Enchantment (R)
    When Biomechanical Engineering enters the battlefield and whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, investigate.
    Sacrifice a Clue: Add CC. Spend this mana only to cast artifact spells.

    Now, this is something I like to see. Great design with a lot of space to work around and cool flavour. It's just waiting to be broke!

    1. willows
    2. JamBlock
    3. TheDrB
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
  • posted a message on [RNA] Ravnica Allegiance Previews: Modern Discussion
    How do you guys see Tithe Taker in a BW Smuggler's Copter deck?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on For "My Account Was Just Deleted" Users
    picnic_bomber here, I'd like to have my account restored, if possible.
    Posted in: Community Discussion
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