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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:34 am 
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So, while we were going on about our impressions of Strixhaven's flavor, I had a thought about what it might look like if there weren't a cycle of dragons lording over each of the schools.

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Lorehold - Could stay a Dragon with emphasis on seeking out historical treasures of the past and cataloging them in a hoard-like museum.

Prismari - Could have been a sort of Sphinx art critic who pondered the meaning of art and self expression.

Witherbloom - Could have been some form of Swamp-thing-esque Elemental that embodied the cycle of life and death and taught those who sought to unlock its secrets.

Quandrix - A sentient intelligent Hydra whose brainpower expands as it acquires new heads to help it work out the mathematical mysteries of the universe.

Silverquill - A Demon or fallen Angel who has mastered the social power of divine language and teaches others as a form of repentance or rebellion to spread and dilute that power or even strengthen their status against would-be challengers. Maybe they like the competition in negotiations over divine/demonic contracts and other wordplay. Maybe it could have been a double sided card with both a demon and an angel as co-founders who are stuck in some eternal verbal contract dispute.


Sadly, that also felt a little too Ravnica-y in the end, but that's sort of what you get when you have a group of founders and institutions that make up the core ideology of a plane.

Anyway, I'm now kind of curious what sort of cards these ideas could spawn. In that mind, I'm throwing a contest! Pick one of the schools new leadership concepts above that excites you and make a two-color (or in the case of Silverquill, possibly a double sided) card representing that leader. You have until Monday when I get to work and close this for grades. Best of luck.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:47 pm 
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Aristotle, Divine Orator
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When ~ enters the battlefield, choose a nonland card name. Search each player's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. You may cast cards you own that were exiled this way.
"A name and title carries more weight than just its individual letters and syllables."
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:06 pm 
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Osaai Dinneje, Relic Chronicler | :r::r::w::w:
Legendary Creature - Dragon Artificer

Flying
Whenever an artifact spell you control resolves, exile it in your trove instead of putting it onto the battlefield. You may then create a token copy of any artifact in your trove with an equal or lesser mana cost.
~ gains vigilance and indestructible as long as there are four or more artifact cards in your trove.

4/4

The Witherbloom | :2::b::b::g::g:
Legendary Creature - Elemental Zombie

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If a nontoken creature would enter the battlefield under your control, you may have it trigger abilities as if it had died instead.
If a nontoken creature you control would die, you may have it trigger abilities as if it entered the battlefield instead.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:41 am 
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Shadrix Silverquill :2::w::b:
Legendary Creature - Demon Advisor
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Whenever a player casts their second spell each turn, create a 2/1 white and black inkling creature token with flying.
2/4
"The secret to rhetoric? When it's your turn, say enough. When it's your enemy's, let them say too much."

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Legendary Creature - Hydra
When Tanazir Quandrix enters the battlefield, draw a card.
If you would draw a card, instead put a +1/+1 counter on Tanazir Quandrix and look at the top X cards of your library, then put one of them into your hand, where X is Tanazir Quandrix's power.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:36 am 
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Othis, Living Kaleidoscope
Legendary Creature - Sphinx
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, : Whenever a permanent enters the battlefield this turn, create a token that is a copy of it and is an Illusion in addition to its other types and has "Whenever this permanent becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.".
, : Illusions you control gain hexproof until end of turn.
, Sacrifice an illusion: Untap Othis, Living Kaleidoscope.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:58 pm 
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The Quandrix Equation
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Legendary Creature - Fractal Hydra
X can't be 0
The Quandrix Equation enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it. Note X.
Whenever you draw a card, put X +1/+1 counters on The Quandrix Equation.
:y:, Remove Y +1/+1 counters from The Quandrix Equation: Create a token that's a copy of The Quandrix Equation, except that it isn't Legendary. Y can't be 0 and is that copy's X.
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Quandrix, The Root And The Prime
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~ enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
Creatures you control get an additional +1/+1 for each +1/+1 counter on them.
Creatures you control have Ward X where X is the number of +1/+1 on them.
0/0

Larald Of The Soul Hoard
Legendary Creature - Dragon Spirit
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When ~ enters the battlefield, you may discard any number of cards. Draw a card for each card you discarded this way.
Whenever ~ attacks, an opponent of your choice chooses a creature card from your graveyard. Return that creature card to the battlefield tapped and attacking. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield.
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 2:37 am 
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Prismari, Shifting Maestro
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When Prismari, Shifting Maestro enters the battlefield, you may search your library for any number of land cards, exile them, and then shuffle.
You can't draw cards.
Whenever you cast or copy a spell, put the top card of your library into your hand.
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Shadrix Silverquill
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Flying, vigilance
At the beginning of your end step, choose up to one —
• Each player with the most life loses 3 life and creates a 2/1 black Inkling creature token with flying.
• Each player with the most creatures sacrifices a creature and draws a card.
• Each player with the most cards in hand discards a card and gains 3 life.
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Shantrix, the Word of Absolute -
Legendary Creature - Angel
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Opponents can't cast spells that shares the same name as a card on the battlefield or in a graveyard.
: All instances of 'each' on target spell or ability becomes 'Any number of target'. You change the targets of that spell or ability.
3/4
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~ can't be sacrificed.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if it is an opponent, he or she loses 2 life, then he or she chooses one:
- Each player draws a card.
- Each player sacrifices a creature.
- Each player discards a card.
- Each player creates a black and white 2/1 Inkling creature token with flying.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 10:50 am 
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Okay, contest closed. I'll have grade up sometime today.

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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 1:51 pm 
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Grades!

Originally, I was going to grade each card in the multiple entry offerings, but with an unexpected time crunch, I'm just going to grade my favorite of the two in those instances where there are multiple options and they are not a double-sided card.

EpicLevelCommoner
Overall, this philosopher angel is neat. I like that it has a sort of lopsided lobotomy effect that I guess can come in handy should this see play in a meta where many decks, including yours have similar cards. Definitely an interesting reanimation target, and even a card I'd like to see with Panharmonicon effects. However, I am a little sad that this wasn't seven mana at to match the p/t. White/black doesn't seem to be rampy enough that the 1 man difference would make this too crazy.

Tekkahedron
Of your two submissions, The Witherbloom seemed way more interesting to me. With so many creatures with ETB/LTB triggers riding on them, I'm almost positive that this is actually a broken card, and I think it would at least be a little more fun as a build-around if the trigger swap wasn't a "may" ability. Also, I'm a little sad that "Legendary Creature Elelemtnal Plant Zombie" probably doesn't fit on the typeline.

Cato
Of the two, I love the Hydra so much more. You're take on a mind-multiplying collage-founding hydra hits just about where I would have expected it to land. It has growth; it has "card draw" elements that I only really worry about if someone is drawing up lots of cars a turn. If I were to suggest a change, maybe it would trigger each time you drew one or more cards, to prevent cards like Brainstorm from loading up a ton of search triggers. You could still fake draw that many cards, but it would smooth out gameplay somewhat.

YingLung
This sphinx has an interesting collection of effects that make for a fun RU legend. It would be interesting to see what permeants could be brought to bear here, since RU is more of the spell combo colors than bodies on the field. I've been a fan of illusions as least as long as M2012, where they made a great splash. Also, I'm a fan of interesting cases where the untap ability could be utilized.

Tevish Szat
So much math and memory! At least you were kind enough to remind us to note X, even when Y becomes the new X and so on. This is one of those times where the card looks fun and a little mind-melty and would probably be fine on like Arena, but in paper form, would drive the unprepared crazy.

TPmanW
Of the two, I'm more a fan of your dragon option. It has a nice wheel effect, and I like the idea of a historical soul-hoarding museum dragon. The reanimation effect is a little abusable. I sort of want there to be some sort of limiter clause that reanimates based on the dragon's power or CMC, since that is more how White does things. Otherwise, good work.

Tevish Szat
My gut says this is extremely dangerous. However, at six mana on a legend with no real built-in protections....maybe it's fine...ish? Cheat this out to early and you may not have the mana to abuse it. Play it on-curve and maybe that gives the other side enough time to feel like they still have a chance. It can always eat a kill-spell after you turn your whole deck into just gas, which seems fine at six CMC.

Mown
How very Oriq of you. Overall, this is a pretty solid legend. I like that it cycles through options, though I'm not sure how useful those options could be.

Confused
I'm not a big fan of the front side of this. It just seems to shut down the game as a whole and makes playing really unfun. I do sort of like the second ability on the front side though. As for the back side, I'm a much bigger fan. I like the options and that it can help close out the game. Also the "can't be sacrificed clause" is a nice touch.



So overall, good submissions all around. Of them all, my favorite one was Cato's interpretation of Tanazir Quandrix. I just really kept coming back to that hydra. Good job! Cato wins!

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Ehh, I was thinking of EDH then I forgot the card was supposed to function in a standard set.


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I sort of had the same issue. My Quandrix sacrificed every sense of elegance for mechanical "Flavor" ("MATH!!!") and Prismari was two Commander-popular cards, Recycle and Mana Severance, smashed together on Arjun's hardware

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