Hey all! The Journey into Nyx has finally come and I’m proud – if not happy – to say I only got beat by Phenax and Mogis. Mogis even had a colossus with him! Still 2-2 in the end, so it was a little sad, as I was fairly happy with our decks.
I haven’t had a lot of time to work on game design recently, but I have updated my magic android app MTG20 LifeCounter. Check it out if you haven’t yet! Here’s a screenshot showing the new aspect, with a reminder that you can create your own profile and make it gorgeous.
Now let’s get back on track. I can finally announce that I’m back on my mini-series – or cycle if you prefer – of one card type per color. We have seen green creatures and white enchantments, now is time for black instant and sorceries.
First, here is Backstab. This one I have good hopes is a well rounded removal spell. First let’s state the obvious, this is removal for one single mana.
So did I balanced it back to a reasonable power level? Well for one it won’t destroy black creatures, which I dislike as a downside but am afraid is needed – a friend noted that it’s not printed on that version though. I could have gone for a life loss, but under 3 I feel it would have been too easy to cope with. Second, you need one of your black creatures to do the backstabbing. I love the flavor of this second mild downside. All in all well rounded, yes?
Greater Aether-Plague was harder to pull off. I knew that I was going for a mass removal spell, but it’s hard to keep those in check.
My idea was that if I was making the user pay more than for a Mutilate, and with possibly smaller numbers (-4 def against -X for Mutilate), I could use this crazy “non-black” clause that would greatly advantage black decks. Thing is, like expected, mass removal is awesome, so adding such an upside is just wild.
What to do then… Does -3/-3 for 4 sound better?
I created Nightmarish Nights for this article. Then I realized I was supposed to make instants and sorceries. Then I told myself “Oh well, it’s interesting”.
So it is actually a curse, one focused on making your opponent discard. For the power level, I believe one discard a turn shouldn’t be too good, especially considering it’s somehow optional, and will stop by itself.
The final 2 life loss is also a nice little touch to a pretty flavorful card!
Well technically it’s black, right?
I love this card. It’s mostly removal, but it’s not as easy as casting Terminate. At worse, you will get 2 damage, which might already be enough. Otherwise, you can force combat on a creature that will be weakened for a round, which sounds like Chemister’s Trick, but only better.
Little trivia, only two cards outside of Unglued and Unhinged had an exclamation mark in their title.
What do you say, do those make you want to black with black magic? I wonder what I will pick for the next article in this series… Blue flyers? Red Burn? Tell me if you have any other ideas.
Until then, have a great week!