Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CCDD 042314—Spike Bait

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/23/2014 - A friend put together the Gatherer-Terrible Cube and we played last night. It was a blast. We did 2HG where my Andradite Leech was basically unstoppable, my partner drew her Pus Kami when she had 8 mana and a spirit in her graveyard, but Grollub never ever attacked or blocked. Ethan talks in that article about the kinds of cards that made the cube, but what stood out most to me were the cards that were legitimately good, but had been rated low because they had an optional ability that was unappealing.

An important aspect of Limited is including cards of various power levels so that some are obviously good to players new and old alike, and some are obviously bad, but there are also cards in between that stronger players can identify and use. It occurs to me that those don't always have to be subtle:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CCDD 042214—You Need to Change

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/22/2014 - This is a silly flavor expression for this design, but I couldn't resist.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend [Art] Challenge 041814—Journey into Nyx

Weekend Art Challenge
Click through to see this weekend's design challenge. Your single, final submission is due by Monday morning. Every submission warrants feedback, which I will try to provide, and which everyone is encouraged to provide as well. You may use that feedback to revise your submission any number of times. If and only if you provide a direct link to art for your submission, and the artist's name, will I mock it up and include it in a follow-up review.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CCDD 041614—Mental Infestation

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/16/2014 - I was designing a card with a mechanic I knew was iffy at best, and while trying to find a discard effect worth 1.5 mana, came up with this idea which I immediately extracted for its own card. And that's why you needn't avoid seemingly dead-ends.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CCDD 041514—Fiery Reflection

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/15/2014 - Fiery Reflection is a Shock with a Reverberate added on. Or, it's a Reverberate with a Shock added on. The best part is that you can always choose to copy itself for two Shocks when there are no better targets.