Random ones

Hey there. I figured that creating random cards was taking me less time than repairing my old designs so I’m taking a little break from it. Plus after my last post I had some great feedback from Wylliam (check his blog out, he’s making some great card design himself) on my planeswalker and it made me want to make a blue and a blue-green version of her.

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Wylliam suggested most of the abilities on my previous Kiora were very blue, which was very true, and the -2 was not (I tried to mesh a green effect with a blue one though), so I figured I could try and make a blue version. I fixed the -2 to be more blue, but then again I really wanted to make a green-blue Kiora. I think there is space to make something much more thought of and flavorful, but as far as blue-green goes I decided to make it so Kiora was transforming creatures. I’m guessing she is more or a summoner so that might not be spot-on for flavor, but I really enjoyed playing with transforming creatures as a boost (+1), pseudo-removal (-3), and ultimate (+6). Note that those are blue, green and green-blue abilities, respectively. I also decided to make it a little easier to trigger the ultimate since it’s a tiny bit less powerful than usual ones (compared to Elspeth for example), and she still can’t protect herself with her + ability.

1381381868Let me squeeze a couple card ideas I had recently now. Gather against the Strong is a quirky concept. The smaller your creatures are compared to your opponents, the more cards you will draw. This has the benefit of being a little balanced I guess, but you don’t really want to be in that situation in green usually. So to keep Gather against the Strong under control I forced the double green there.

I feel like it might be hard to value the power of that card, as it does little to nothing when you are ahead on board.

 

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Now Calm Before the Battle. I don’t think there as been a white twist on Fog before, and there really should, fog being such an iconic, yet usually underpowered effect.

Now there is obviously a risk that you would be able to make way too many dudes for 2 manas. I figured that in that case you were being attacked by a lot of creatures, so you might actually need the help. Still, preventing all damage, making 4 guys could devastating on the swing back.

So I don’t know, maybe it could even be rare…

Do you like these cards? I’m having way too much fun making new ones like that; I can let my imagination runs more freely and have lots of fun with new ideas. I will probably do it more often now. Hope you enjoy!

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Intermissions

Hey all! *Insert excuses for not being around, working on other projects*

My Magic is almost ready for the world to see! I’ll be featuring it as soon as it hits google play market place, and that’s what has been keeping me busy the most recently, after work 🙂

Here’s a couple random creations for now! First one has a story. I was checking that the handsome bulky man on the intro screen of Magic online Beta client was actually Giddeon Jura, and I found the original image.

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And I realized I didn’t know about the one in the back, between Garruk and Koth. I looked her up and found the original image from Brad Rigney and it turns this lady here is Kiora Atua. I looked her up and she’s a Simic planeswalker with a love for big sea creatures, and it kinda makes me feel like she might very well show up in Theros and apparently I am not the only one thinking that way… So I made a very of her!

1381271482 (1)I can tell you, it is hard to balance Planeswalkers! I started with a 4 loyalty, 5 manas version of Kiora with a +1 ability, but when I decided to make her +2 (used to be +1) not so powerful, I decided to make her easier to cast. I think her +2 is fairly powerful, though very obviously narrow. Come to think of it a low power + ability and a narrow minus ability, that’s probably killing Kiora a little…

I really wanted the third ability to be possible. It had to be: put big sea monsters into play. I toyed with the idea of having Kiora transform lands into only islands, but that would have been too powerful. I think I might make other versions of Kiora in the future, and if you look her up you will find plenty!

1381269092Card number two I’ll just take it you will recognize. Not that much to explain about it either, I find the version I made very fun and flavorful 🙂 It’s not too bad as a card, and I can’t see how it would be too powerful either, since you could get removal at that price. Quick shout-out to the creators of the amazing cosplay I used on that card, it’s MissSinisterCosplay on deviant art.

You can also check out Dan Forden if you don’t get the flavor text (shame on you).

 

That’s it for now! I promise I’ll come back soon with awesome things to share 🙂 Have a great week!