Monday, July 31, 2017

Card of the Day - Swarm Charm

This week's theme is Charms.  I really wanted there to be four colored charms in the last commander set, but I suppose we will have to settle for these.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Card of the Day - Glass Shark

Sharks are artifacts because sometimes people make them. This is a reference to a MBMBAM joke that you can find here.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Card of the Day - Hammerhead Hatchling

Sharks are red because of the loss of control that happens when they sense blood in the water. Shark frenzy is like berserker rage.  Dig it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Card of the Day - Megalodon

Sharks are green because they are natural beings that survive on their instincts. Megalodons are an extinct species of giant shark that can be up to three times bigger than the biggest shark alive today. #sharkfacts

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Card of the Day - Brutal Mako

Sharks are black because they are selfish and do whatever they can to get on top (of the food chain.) This card is a nearly functional reprint of Sengir Vampire, with menace substituted for flying.  I think menace gives it a more interactive feel in combat than flying does.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Card of the Day - Misshapen Meditator

Imagine the future of magic. Emrakul escapes from the moon over Innistrad, and goes somewhere where elves live.  This is one of them.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Card of the Day - Patron of Renewal

A little love for my favorite guild. (Sorry Simic, you're second place.) This could be a mono-green card, but I think it fits in nicely with the flavor of the guild. Don't you?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Card of the Day - Artoan Crasher

Today's Elf is quite a bit different from yesterday's. He is still a 2/2, but he has the Boost keyword.  Boost has a number after it, and that's how much this creature's power and toughness increase when it attacks.  If you can figure out a way to attack more than once per turn, the boosts stack. Yowza.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Card of the Day - Argothian Apologist

I designed this card with Commander in mind.  There are a lot of incidental Sol Rings and signets that this fella can use to his advantage.  Worst case, he's a 2/2 for 2.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Card of the Day - Sands of Uncertainty

Everyone loves modal spells!  This card is usable at any mana cost.  For 3, you can just kill a creature that's been bugging you, and for 8, you get 5 1/1s. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Card of the Day - Stoic Krumar

Sometimes a vanilla creature with reasonable stats does good work. Abzan players would not scoff at this guy.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Card of the Day - Calculated Tragedy

I really like the idea of this. It might be better as a 4color card, but I think Abzan colors fit it well.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Card of the Day - Terrus Fen, the Anointed

Welcome to Abzan week. This week I will be featuring cards from my favorite wedge. Today's card is a two mana legendary creature.
The nice thing about creatures with off-color activation costs is that you can cast them and use them as a regular creature even if you don't have the mana to use the off-color ability.  Sure, the card gets better if you have it, but it's not necessary.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Future of Mad Olaf's Magic Cards

Hello all,

If you've seen my blog before, you know that I usually just post a picture of a card that I designed and maybe a small explanation of it.

Not today.

When I first started this blog, sometime in 2012 (has it really been 5 years?), I promised to post a new card every day.  I did that faithfully for the first two and a half years, but I've been slacking. Since I've moved to Seattle, I'm that much closer to actually achieving my dream of working for Wizards of the Coast and I think it's time to review the vision for the blog.

Originally, I posted a card every day at midnight, central time.  To reach a bigger audience, I will be posting each weekday at 6am, pacific time.  You can expect a post every day, Monday through Friday.

That is all for now, and if you haven't been keeping an eye on my blog, now might be a good time to catch up.

Thank you all,