Legendary Artifact Creature - Myr
Sunburst (This enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana spent to cast it.)
Creature spells you cast gain Sunburst.
IIW: inspired by / named after candy
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Sep 15, 2018JaceTheBodySculptor posted a message on Club Flamingo ☆ Exclusively for Custom Card Connoisseurs and GentlemenPosted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Sep 13, 2018JaceTheBodySculptor posted a message on Club Flamingo ☆ Exclusively for Custom Card Connoisseurs and GentlemenAlright guys. I don't know why I asked for this. I'm going to be more negative than usual because I was looking for cards with terrible abilities, and I think a lot of you missed the old school requirement.Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Trowel Priggants - This one gets disqualified for hybrid mana, and maybe less so for Wither too. But worst of all, it's a limited playable card with efficient stats and an interesting ability. Not what I was looking for. I like the name though.
Clurichaun Jugsmasher - What immediately stands out is that this is a red faerie, which doesn't exist outside of Wee Dragonauts, not good. Another thing that stands out is the lack of flying, but there's precedent for that. I like the mechanic but it feels a little too efficient. If I were more explicit in the challenge I would have said "create a faerie/ouphe with unplayable abilities and a line that justifies those abilities", and that's what the banding pump does. I could have said this for the first card but I'm now realizing that I'm aesthetically offended by the Uncommon declaration when these are cards meant to predate rarity indicators. Another good name.
Miscreant Ouphe - Way way way too efficient. Missed the mark on the activation cost too, ought to be GGGG.
Scryb Queen - I like this one, but it is very plain and uninspiring. Maybe that gives it extra points in a way. I like that it gives islandwalk with no justification. If it had a random activated ability with a hideous mana cost it would win easily. To be super nitpicky, it should not be a faerie itself and it should say All faeries get +1 and islandwalk, but it's more fair to assume everybody is submitting modern errata'd rules text for old cards.
Faerieland Banquet - Immediately disqualified for the Tribal type. Cool card beyond the challenge constraints though. What the hell is going on? Would like to see it at a lower cost because activated abilities that do nearly nothing should cost a lot and cards that warp the game in a big way for example Stasis should be deployed early.
Karplusan Brownie - Liking this card, but I will continue with negative criticism and say the activation costs are too cheap. They are also a bit too relevant to a game of Magic for my taste. Another 7-8/10 submission from void.
Mischevious Monomal - Blue ouphes??? Beyond that, it fits in. Along with most submissions, this is higher in p/t and/or lower in activation cost than I'd like.
Spelldreamer's Sryb Queen takes it. It could use some extra spice, but I think it would fit in best with the other oldschool sprites.
next: Design a legendary creature with Partner.
Sep 10, 2018JaceTheBodySculptor posted a message on Club Flamingo ☆ Exclusively for Custom Card Connoisseurs and GentlemenDepths Plunger 4BBBPosted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Creature - Leviathan
T: Put target creature or land on the bottom of its owner's library.
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice ~ unless you put a permanent you control on the bottom of its owner's library.
IIW: old style faeries or ouphes
Aug 28, 2018There's a saying about knowledge - you can divide your expertise into 4 categories: not knowing what you know, knowing what you know, knowing what you don't know, and not knowing what you don't know. You are in the "not knowing what you don't know" phase when it comes to sucking at Magic. You're bad and you don't know what you're doing wrong (likely you also don't know when you do things right).Posted in: MTG Arena
If you'd like to get better, or if you'd like some closure, the best way forward is to join forces with somebody who can perceive right vs wrong strategies and have them play with you over skype/discord/twitch. You already tried simulating the success of others but that hasn't worked. Try playing with live help and have them point out mistakes as you make them. A successful friend would be the best help, but if you don't know anybody, there's always twitch chat to roast you.
Aug 24, 2018JaceTheBodySculptor posted a message on Magic ethics question: Letting opponent play slowly when a drawed match favors you?I see this more as a rules question than an ethics question, because players ought to have explicit guidelines to know when they are obliged to take an action that hurts them, that way "doing the right thing" is required and more than an option that taxes kind-hearted people. I don't know the rules answer.Posted in: Magic General
Back in ethics land, I think it is good to inform them that they are slow playing, for reasons broader than the single outcome of the game. Playing slowly is a bad habit. That guy needs to be told when he's playing too slow or he won't recognize his problem. One day his problem benefits you, but is that the generic case? I would expect in most cases it doesn't benefit you (especially considering it's giving him more time to think), and it's a time loss for everybody at the tournament waiting for the round to end.
Jun 30, 2018Bandana of the Free 1Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Artifact - Equipment
R: Equipped creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
W: Equipped creature gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
U: Untap equipped creature.
Bandana of the Free costs 2 less to equip if you are a citizen of the United States of America
IIW: Explosive things
Jun 28, 2018Ambitious Hermit Crab UBPosted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Creature - Crab
X, T: Attach target creature or artifact card with converted mana cost X in a graveyard to ~ and unattach any other cards in graveyards. As long as a card is attached this way, ~ gets +0/+X.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if ~ has 12 or more toughness, you win the game.
Jun 27, 2018Ukor's Hex - Super sexy card. Has potential to be both back-breaking and low impact, with the most devastating case being playing this against an opponent stuck on two lands and nothing else to sacrifice, and the worst case this never interrupting the opponent in a significant way, similar to Torment of Scarabs. At first I was put off by the second color in the Echo. Can't black do this all by itself? But I appreciate that this card could be annoying to play against as an uncommon in limited, where it does belong in terms of complexity, so it's nice to limit its full effect to Rakdos players or black players paying the price of splashing red.Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Pupating Hydra - I'm not much of a Timmy, but I like this big monster. It is flexible. It is modal: if you'd like, you could play it with the intention of sacrificing it to Echo to get the insects immediately; plus you get to decide the X in the Echo. I like the triple green as the minimum Echo cost because it is not as trivial to pay as a single mana but also may leave you with some mana open if that's your game plan. I like that this guy doesn't have trample because it is already a sweet rare, and I'm not a fan of piling on extra power where it's not needed.
Tibalt, Cackling Fiend - Oh boy. When I made Echo the challenge I knew I was in for cards that would be difficult to evaluate, since Echo lets you cram in more power on layaway. Now you put it on a planeswalker, the most difficult card type to evaluate! The most interesting thing about a planeswalker with Echo is that you don't need to pay the Echo if your opponent kills it before your next turn. So your opponent must decide (if they have a choice) if they want to attack it immediately or wait for you to spend more mana on it. That's a fun mini-game to play. It does look like Tibalt is the kind of guy you want sticking around, not to play for a one time effect. The land transfer ability is too weak to intend to play this and not pay the Echo, unless there's an important utility land you want to blow up. It's neat that you can target your own land with the second ability. After paying Echo, or even after playing him for the first time, you can destroy your tapped mountain and search up a fresh one. That's a big deal at such early turns when one mana is 50% or 1/3 of all the mana you have access to. It's good that he costs RR otherwise the ability might be used too often as color fixing. Overall I like him and think he's printable, which is higher praise than it sounds given how difficult it is to design a fair planeswalker with Echo.
Stitcher's Workshop - I'm a little torn here. I really like the kind of flexibility seen in Ukor's Hex, where you can play a card with the intention of not paying Echo and get fair value. You can't do that here at a steep 5 mana, and I wish you could, but I also see that it's not necessarily correct to fiddle with the costs and make it cheaper by putting some mana in the Echo, because part of the appeal of this card is that there is no mana at all in the Echo, so you can spend your whole turn paying for a creature you return. Letting go of that desire for flexibility, I see a fun card that is conservatively costed. Hitting the opponent ranges from nearly free to very difficult. To go along with the Stitcher's theme I would like to switch the combat requirement with an EOT trigger that checks whether one of your creatures has died this turn, that way you have a constant churning of corpses.
Hall of Infinite Echoes - I like that although this has nearly zero immediate impact, it can have some immediate impact if any permanents entered last turn. 5 mana looks right. Extra curses are always appreciated. Might want to be legendary. The blink effect seems too good even at 10 mana. Not that 10 mana is too cheap, but that you can do it repeatably. It needs another meaningful cost, something that stops you from spamming it over and over, maybe exiling some number of cards from your library like Arc-Slogger, or sacrificing two lands. Other than that, sweet prison card.
Lots of great cards this challenge. Win goes to void_nothing's Ukor's Hex because I'm biased towards simplicity and lower rarities designed for limited.
Next: Alternate win conditions on things other than enchantments and/or alternate win condition keywords.
Jun 26, 2018bump!Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
judging either late tonight or tomorrow afternoon
Jun 24, 2018Speedrunner's Charm RPosted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Choose one - Target creature gains haste until end of turn; or target creature gains double strike until end of turn; or target creature cannot be blocked by walls this turn.
IIW: let's see some Echo
Jun 19, 2018Ritualist's TombPosted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
~ enters the battlefield tapped.
T: Add B.
When ~ is put into your graveyard from anywhere, add BBB.
IIW: A legendary permanent that transforms into a nonlegendary permanent
Jun 17, 2018Zap Technician 1(U/R)(U/R)Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Creature - Human Wizard
T: ~ deals 0 damage to any target.
Increment (Except for casting costs, add 1 to every number on cards in your hand and cards or abilities you control on the stack.)
So this makes Bolt deal 4 damage and Divination draw 3 cards. It would not affect power and toughness because they revert to normal on the battlefield. Adds extra targets when a number is involved, for example Early Frost. Does nothing with single targets or instances of "draw a card" (which can be used to your benefit with effects like Desperate Ravings
Jun 16, 2018Aven Retriever (W/U)Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
Creature - Bird
Rescue - When ~ enters the battlefield, return a permanent you control to its owner's hand.
IIW: a legendary permanent that transforms into a nonlegendary permanent
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