Thursday, November 13, 2014

CCDD 111314—The Natural

Cool Card Design of the Day
11/13/2014 - This creature is simply meant to get double the size from +1/+1 counters. How would you word it?


17 comments:

  1. I would do:

    Infectproof Bear 1G
    Creature - Bear (G)

    ~ gets +1/+1 for each counter on it.

    2/2

    I like giving the ability an obvious purpose (fighting -1/-1 counters) and then letting Johnny discover that it works really well if you can put +1/+1 counters on it.

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    1. I had that same idea. IMO, It would have gone really well in Shadowmoor or Eventide; immunity to wither and double bonuses from Reinforce and the class-tribal lords would make it have lots of potential options.

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    2. I like it.

      Strangely enough, many of the proposed templates are *less* confusing when you say "counter" rather than "+1/+1 counter" specifically (which would make your rules text sound like a tautology).

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    3. You can also say 'gets an additional +1/+1 for each +1/+1 counter on it', which keeps the clarity, but giving more options for a fairly narrow effect, and saving words, seems fine.

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    4. I thought diety of scars (the b/g hybrid god from eventide) should have had some kind of tech like this

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    5. I quite like Czynski's wording. That 'additional' goes a long way.

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  2. "All +1/+1 counters on this creature are +2/+2 counters instead."

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    1. That's a wonderful example of a template that would baffle and frustrate Melvin, but make complete sense to everyone else.

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    2. Whereas Jay's proposed template does exactly the opposite.

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  3. The Natural 1G
    Legendary Creature- Warrior
    2/2
    If one or more counters would be placed on CARDNAME, twice as many of those counters are placed on it instead.

    Awesome design idea, by the way.

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    1. And optionally: 0/0, "CARDNAME enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it."

      ... you know, this should really be a Hydra.

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    2. I agree with all of the above except the hydra part. Hydras need to be popular with Timmy. This card is pure Johnny.

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    3. There are Johnny Dragons, there could be Johnny Hydras

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    4. Abzan Natural 1G
      Creature- Warrior (U)
      2/2
      If one or more +1/+1 counters would be placed on CARDNAME, twice as many of those counters are placed on it instead.


      I'd make this ability all upside.

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    5. Corpsejack Menace's baby brother.

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