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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:05 am 
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hugely dependent on if "loses half their life" is round up or round down

Their life total is even. There will never be rounding.

I actually almost wrote "rounded up" when designing the card and then caught myself.

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Do you repeat the odd tripling AND the even halving or only the even halving

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:45 am 
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Translation, if your life total is some form of 2 to the power x, i'm going to Ajani ult you...

Not terribly friendly when somewhere out there someone will need a calculator for this.

Then the reward is only life gain.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:05 am 
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Do you repeat the odd tripling AND the even halving or only the even halving

Only the even halving. I put the life gain piece first because otherwise you would end up tripling the life totals of players whose life totals you just cut down.

People have phones with calculators on them. I don't find the math to be all that intimidating.

Instants and sorceries that cost 9 mana to cast are allowed to provide swingy results.

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oh lmao Q jesus christ
this is a little too clever i think. but only because, ipso facto, the card is smarter than me

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:22 pm 
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Players can easily do the math on a calculator when they cast the card, but not when they're trying to decide whether to put it in a deck.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:33 pm 
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arathinius wrote:
Players can easily do the math on a calculator when they cast the card, but not when they're trying to decide whether to put it in a deck.

or right before you cast it for that matter.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:00 am 
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oh lmao Q jesus christ
this is a little too clever i think. but only because, ipso facto, the card is smarter than me

You are clearly not a disciple of Yennett. Tsk tsk. *Shakes head*

Join the cult of Yennett, and perhaps then you will be able to decipher her riddles. :P

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arathinius wrote:
Players can easily do the math on a calculator when they cast the card, but not when they're trying to decide whether to put it in a deck.

or right before you cast it for that matter.

Yeah, you don't really know exactly how much work it'll do during deck building, which probably isn't a characteristic you want to see in a spell that costs 9 mana.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:42 pm 
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Designed this for the Iconic Contest, but it's mythic, not uncommon, so it didn't fit the round's criteria.

Teachings of the Omniscient
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Draw one hundred cards.
"Too many of my disciples come to me, all too eager to bear the burden of endless knowledge. How tragic it is when they discover too late that precious few have a mind boundless enough to contain such a curse."
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:07 pm 
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Dovecast
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Counter target noncreature spell. Its controller creates X 1/1 white and blue Bird creature tokens, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
"You have disrupted the peace. It is only fitting that the peace disrupts you."
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Inspired by Dovescape, which is hybrid white and blue. I'm not totally convinced that this is OK from a color bleed standpoint, but it's a good homage if nothing else.

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Rise from Putrescence
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Sacrifice any number of permanents, then reveal the top X cards of your library, where X is the number of permanents you sacrificed this way. Put any number of permanent cards with converted mana cost X or less from among them into the battlefield and the rest into your graveyard.

Designed this for Shaz's contest, but ended up going with something else. Still a design worth posting.

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Not bad, but it looks too easy to abuse.

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: Add one mana of any color.
, : Target opponent gains control of Sea of Gold. Activate this ability only during your turn.
"Have you ever tried swimming through a bottomless pit of treasure? It's a lot harder than it looks."
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Sheltering Mage
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As Sheltering Mage enters the battlefield, name a nonland card.
Your opponents can't name the named card.
"Hush, little one. If the Dark One were to hear you cry, your moment, your destiny, would be forfeit. Your quiet now will earn you the loudest praise in the kingdom."

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Drown in Blood
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This spell costs less to cast for each point of life you've lost this turn.
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost X or less.
"Drink up."

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Sheltering Mage is cute, but it's hideously narrow. (It also feels much more like a Druid than a Wizard.) I feel like even if there were a card that said "players can't name cards", even that would be one of the most narrow effects ever printed.

Drown in Blood is really cool, but I almost feel like it should exile and be . If it was just each point of life you PAID this turn, then it would definitely feel black. or each point of life an OPPONENT lost this turn. but to get the discount from losing your own life feels too Retaliate-y to me to be in black alone. There is Dread in Modern, so it's not out of the question, but there are still many more effects of that nature in White than in Black.

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Any player may activate abilities of permanents as long as those abilities don't have or in their activation costs. They may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to activate those abilities.

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This was a fun design from Libe's contest that I wanted to immortalize here forever.

Thermoalchemy
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Exile the top five cards of your library and choose one of them. Add mana equal to the combined mana cost of the other cards exiled this way, then you may cast the chosen card. You may only spend mana produced by Thermoalchemy to cast that card, and mana produced by Thermoalchemy may only be spent to cast that card.
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Uplifting Sermon
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You gain 5 life.
Déjà Vu — If you cast a spell named Uplifting Sermon during your last turn, instead you gain 10 life.
"Pastor Varingham's sermons may be repetitive, but oh how they lift my spirits!"

Yesterday's Epiphany
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Draw two cards.
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"That reminds me of an idea I had just yesterday!"

My Brother's Murder
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Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
Déjà Vu — If you cast a spell named My Brother's Murder during your last turn, that creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn instead.
Of all the ways to die, Stefan always dreaded meeting the same gate as his brother.

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House Aflame deals 3 damage to target player.
Déjà Vu — If you cast a spell named House Aflame during your last turn, House Aflame deals 5 damage to that player instead.
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Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
Déjà Vu — If you cast a spell named Memories of Vitality during your last turn, that creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn instead.
"I haven't felt this good since... Have I ever felt this good?"

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