Friday, March 30, 2012

Card of the Day - Intangir

This is my favourite creature in Final Fantasy VI.  So I made it into a card.  It generally sticks around for a long time.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Card of the Day - Mistji Autarch

Here's my first submission for Counterspell Friday, as suggested by fellow game designer Chimzar. This is a Violet Dawn card.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Card of the Day - Eager Thaumaturge

I call this guy Channel Dude.  Paying life for mana always felt more black to me than green. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Card of the Day - Goromak

This is an old design.  I wanted to make a powerful blue flier that was absurdly cheap.  It was basically as mashup of Tar Pit Warrior and Serendib Efreet.  Now that Phantasmal Dragon exists, I feel that this could possibly be pushed a bit further. 6/7 perhaps? 6/8?

 Edit:  Cleaned up templating a bit and made it 6/7.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Card of the Day - Fragile Fiend

I made this card when I was designing vanilla creatures a while back. It didn't fit as a common, but I liked that you had to jump through some hoops to use it effectively.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Card of the Day - Bloom Lurker

No specific theme this week; just some cards I find interesting for one reason or another.  I like how this one feels like a spider and an elf at the same time.  If it was black, it could be a Drider.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Card of the Day - Curse of Blinding Instinct

This card does something that I've never seen a card do before.  Seems powerful against blue.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012


I was utterly enchanted with Curses when they were first revealed in Innistrad.  This week, I'll make some new ones!  Let's start with the biggie.

This should have been a card in Dark Ascension.  It literally turns someone into a werewolf! It's a tricky curse though, because whoever is a werewolf can't cast spells anymore, and ultimately becomes more fragile.

Here's a curse that's better in multiplayer.  The guy that this is enchanting is probably going to be mad at you.

Here's a useful common curse that's almost discard.  Nice in multiples!

Enjoy the curses this week!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Card of the Day - Korrud, Bane Lich

I wanted to make a planeswalker with the ultimate ultimate.  Winning the game pretty much sums that up.  Keeping him alive for seven turns might be a little trickier. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Card of the Day - Soulbound Sacrifice

Not an Avadnu card, but it has the same feel as one of those.  Seems abusable. :)

Edit: Added "another".

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Card of the Day - Nayrd Grub

These things explode into goopy stuff all over the baddies. ew.  It's getting more apparent that there are a lot of gross things on Avadnu.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Card of the Day - Agraukith Drone

I like how this card forces the opponent to reevaluate combat math.  It seems quite powerful.

Card of the Day - Adithari Ancient

This could be a good card for a Jund or Rock deck. 5/5 for 5 with a built-in resistance to removal.

Also: the worms live inside it.  ew.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Denizens of Avadnu

Since we've seen some cards for each of the humanoid races of Avadnu, let's take a look at the local fauna.

Centioch - This creature resembles an overgrown centipede with a scorpion tail.  Its venom is deadly.

Blood Ooze - Formed from the remains of battlefields, these creatures use the lingering energy of spilled blood to roam the countryside.

Argill - The tentacles on their heads are how they extract oxygen from the environment.  They can stay underwater for hours at a time.

Culkma - Desert dwelling lizards that can grow to 6 feet long.  Their skin is pale yellow but has a limited ability to match the surrounding environment.

Eri - Eris are ancient beasts that seek to preserve the balance of nature.  They help wanderers survive in harsh environments.

These are just a few of the creatures that roam the plane.  This week's cards of the day are a cycle of  uncommon and rare creatures from Avadnu with a common theme.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Card of the Day - Shrieking Harpy

This is an old design.  A bit convoluted, but permanent "gain control" is a powerful ability.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Card of the Day - Veteran Recruiter

I pushed the white one a bit.  Who doesn't love tokens?  At instant speed?  For free?!

Edit: oops.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Card of the Day - Vexing Serpent

I originally made this a smaller, cheaper creature but the Grandeur ability is quite strong. It's usually a good idea to keep an extra one of these in your hand; just in case.

Edit:  With obligatory "can't attack unless" and reduced cost.

Card of the Day - Obfuscator Adept

I like this guy because you can force a discard at instant speed; something not done very often.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Reexploring Grandeur

I wanted to explore the Grandeur ability a bit more ever since it appeared in Future Sight.  It has only appeared on Legendary Creatures so far, and only at rare.  I thought limited formats would appreciate Grandeur much more if it was stretched across all rarities, with special consideration for commons.

Here are examples of a common grandeur creature, an uncommon equipment, a rare land, and a mythic legendary creature (a bit of a throwback with a twist.)

 I don't want to make the common grandeur creatures too overpowered, but I wanted to keep them playable.

Uncommon is a good place to expand into other card types.  I chose an equipment here, but enchantments and non-equipment artifacts could both have interesting applications.  The grandeur ability is quite powerful on this card, and could be a blowout if one is lucky enough to get this card in multiples in any limited format.

 Here's a powerful land with grandeur.  This one should see play in lots of constructed formats.

Here's a splashy mythic with two cool abilities that work well together.

This week's cards are a cycle of common grandeur creatures.  Enjoy!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Card of the Day - Zeidian Peacekeeper

I like giving Defender instead of taking away the ability to attack.  It's exactly the same thing unless they have Wakestone Gargoyle.

Happy March!

This month, I'm going to change the format of the blog.  Instead of writing a blog post on Fridays talking about something independent of the cards of the day, I'll be posting the blog on Monday.  This way, I can talk about the topic of the week's cards.  Thanks!

Also, it's been two months already! Holy cow!