Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekend Art Challenge 052617—AlexKonstad

Click through to see the illustration and design requirements for your single  card submission, due Monday morning. Every submission warrants feedback, which you may use to revise your submission any number of times. I will aim to review the most recent submission from each designer.

CCDD 052617—Spider Sense

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/26/2017 - Was messing with auras yesterday, primarily using flash to mitigate their risk of card disadvantage, and found a tribal line to explore.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

CCDD 052517—Feed the Cluster

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/25/2017 - Spider Pack is replicate-for-spiders. You could apply any creature tribe to pack, for more tribal effects. You could alternately apply card types or colors. You could even remove all conditions and just have a version that lets you pay for any number of legal targets.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CCDD 052417—Ambush Spider

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/24/2017 - Fixing Qasali Ambusher and Giant Trap Door Spider by merging them.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CCDD 052317—Widow's Trap

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/23/2017 - Here are two green spider-flavored removal auras.

First, green ~Pacifism with a Spider-tribal bonus.

Monday, May 22, 2017

CCDD 052217—Pack Spider

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/22/2017 - If solitary spiders aren't disturbing enough, consider the spider colonies of Peru. Here's a less disturbing card.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekend Art Challenge 051917—InaWong

Click through to see the illustration and design requirements for your single  card submission, due Monday morning. Every submission warrants feedback, which you may use to revise your submission any number of times. I will aim to review the most recent submission from each designer.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CCDD 051817—It's Dangerous

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/18/2017 - Started designing a Briarpack Alpha-à-la-carte spell only to discover it was just Savage Summoning with +2/+2 until EOT instead of a +1/+1 counter (and it was counterable), so I decided to explore a lower rarity version instead:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CCDD 051717—Mind Lure

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/17/2017 - Lure and Mind Control share a certain flavor, and play well together too.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CCDD 051617—Sylvan Ambush

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/16/2017 - Here's a combat trick that repays its mana cost. Or untaps your creatures. It's slightly tribal, favoring elf decks, but usable in any green creature deck.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekend Design Challenge 051217—Hour of Devastation mechanics

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

CCDD 051117—Fiery Youth & Wolf Cub

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/11/2017 - A couple of common tribal cards (with a triggered effect rather than static, to avoid post-combat damage confusion).

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CCDD 051017—The Strong Take

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/10/2017 - Bred for the Hunt gets an upgrade.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CCDD 050917—Ditch

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/9/2017 - Ditch is a smoothing mechanic. It's free, conditional cycling. Could go on anything (except planeswalkers… and it would be awkward on sorceries/instants since they're not the same type), but is ideal on land.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Weekend Design Challenge 050517—God-Pharaoh's Gift

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

CCDD 050417—Haunted Blade

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/4/2017 - Top-down equipment.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CCDD 050317—Liliana's Will & Liliana's Command

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/3/2017 - In Impact, Liliana demonstrates command over the undead; not just the ability to raise them, but to turn any undead to her own bidding. When I read that, I had to make this card:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CCDD 050217—Staff of Wisdom

Cool Card Design of the Day
5/2/2017 - Staff of Wisdom is a hybrid between color-fixing like Mana Prism and card advantage like Jayemdae Tome. I was thinking about ways to let a deck play out differently more, and using your opponent's deck is the perfect resource.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Weekend Art Challenge 042817—RadoJavor

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

CCDD 042717—Curvebell

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/26/2017 - I wanted to make a card that would both reward players for playing on curve and help them to do so. It's pretty wordy, but I like what it does.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CCDD 042617—Seek All Destinies & Celestial Parade

Cool Card Design of the Day
1/25/2017 - A couple of splashy all-the-auras rares.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CCDD 042517—alternate gods

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/25/2017 - Inspired by one facet of yesterday's discussion—the one about Amonkhet's gods—I made some alternate Hazorets.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Amonkhet Design Review

Hey folks. Please enjoy another post from guest columnist Jake Mosby.
—Jay Treat


The release of Amonkhet is just around the corner! Since we’re focused on design here, we’ll be discussing the design philosophy and implementation used for Amonkhet based on documents published by WIzards and by reviewing the set itself.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend Art Challenge 042117—arvalis

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

CCDD 042017—The Place Foretold

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/20/2017 - Here's another kind of land that wants to be enchanted.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CCDD 041917—Enchanted Valley

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/19/2017 - If you really wanted to make land auras relevant to a set, you could make a land that wants to be enchanted.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CCDD 041817—land auras

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/18/2017 - Relevant to last weekend's design challenge.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weekend Art Design Challenge 041417—land aura

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

CCDD 041317—devotion

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/13/2017 - How about devotion as a cost-reduction mechanic? It's a lot like affinity for [color] permanents, but we've actually only seen affinity used for artifacts and lands, so it's still novel functionality.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CCDD 041217—Pisonic Intrusion & Nightmare Made Real

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/12/2017 - Here are a couple cards to help support mixing mill and damage as a strategy.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CCDD 041117—splitmeld

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/11/2017 - Okay, today's idea is weird. Real weird. Buckle in, kiddos.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Keep Your Friends Close

Hey folks. Please enjoy another post from guest columnist Jake Mosby.
—Jay Treat


Understanding the color pie is a core skill for anyone who wants to design Magic cards. Luckily, there are a lot of resources available to designers that analyze the broad strokes of the color pie. Mark Rosewater has been writing about the color pie for 15 years, and he's written at length about how the colors interact with one another. In all that time, I have yet to see anything more than cliffnotes about how colors come into conflict with their allies. For example, if you want to make a set where green is at odds with white (like Mirrodin Besieged), there isn’t a go-to resource out there to help you identify potential sources of that conflict. This article aims to change that.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekend Art Challenge 040717—Josu Hernaiz

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

CCDD 040617—transfuse

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/6/2017 - Today's mechanic is a blend of repurpose and bloodpact: Rather than discard a card to upgrade a static effect according to the CMC of what you discard, you can pay a variable amount of life.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

CCDD 040517—Give Me a Hand

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/5/2017 - Seeing the red and blue Amonkhet gods got me wondering how you could turn both on at once. The result is an un-card.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CCDD 040417—Repurpose

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/4/2017 - What if you had a spell with a static effect, that you could upgrade to a variable effect at the cost of a card instead of mana? Repurpose is loosely inspired by the Shoal cycle.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekend Art Challenge 033117—maciejkuciara

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

CCDD 033017—Tactical Genius

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/30/2017 - Tactical Genius wants you to attack, or for your opponent to attack, or both. It's stats are tuned for survival: its own and that of enemy attackers. Give her enough combat data, and she'll start churning out plans to help you win the war.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CCDD 032917—Bloodpact

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/29/2017 - Here's a keyword for suicide black and dead guy red. These colors care more about hurting their enemy than themselves, so they're happy to pay a few life to make their creatures more aggressive.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Designing Duel Decks

Hey folks. I'm pleased to announce a new guest columnist for Goblin Artisans. Please welcome Jake Mosby. This article was originally posted to MTG Salvation.—Jay Treat

Introduction
There are countless formats and ways to play Magic: The Gathering, and there are just as many different ways to participate in amateur/custom Magic design. Some people enjoy designing single cards. Some people enjoy participating in design challenges. Many embark on the journey of creating an entire custom set. But strangely, few custom designers focus their energy on creating one of the best tools to develop design skills: the Duel Deck.


Monday, March 27, 2017

CCDD 032717—Barter in Bone

Cool Card Design of the Day
1/25/2017 - I'm postponing the Weekend Art Challenge Review a day because I'm sick and my brain not work good. Here's something I made when it did.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Art Challenge 032417—Aaron Miller

Click through to see the illustration and design requirements for your single  card submission, due Monday morning. Every submission warrants feedback, which you may use to revise your submission any number of times. I will aim to review the most recent submission from each designer.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CCDD 032317—Sorting Hat

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/23/2017 - Top-down Jenny strangeness.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CCDD 032217—Sylvan Preserver

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/22/2017 - Here's a green creature that helps you combat countermagic.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CCDD 032117—Carrion Screecher & Singing Sister

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/21/2017 - The harpy challenge earlier this month got me thinking about harpy tribal, for some reason. When I think of harpies, I imagine them in a small flock, attracted to dying victims.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend Art Challenge 031617—Anna Lakisova

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

CCDD 031617—Stream Forder

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/16/2017 - I was playing a Limited game online a while back and was struck by the distinct moment when my strategy switched from primarily aggressive to totally controlling. I observed that the benefits of racing as I had been were dropping slowly but that I wasn't far from establishing sufficient board control to reach inevitability.

What if there were a card that helped a player switch from aggro to control?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CCDD 031517—Nighthawkmobile

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/15/2017 - Vampire Nighthawk is the new let's-make-callbacks-to-this-broken-card card. Deathgaze Cockatrice, Insatiable Harpy, Aerial Responder, and Gifted Aetherborn are all examples. So here's another, in vehicle form.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CCDD 031417—Sizeable Destiny

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/14/2017 - I tried to make a variant of totem armor where you can save a creature by enchanting it when it would die, perhaps for a return to Theros where aura keywords are viable.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weekend Art Challenge 031017—ukitakumuki

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CCDD 031017—Virgin Territory

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/10/2017 - As a bonus CCDD, here's a City of Brass for players without access to a lot of dual lands.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

CCDD 030917—Vacant Mansion

Cool Card Design of the Day
3/9/2017 - We don't usually want to reward players for doing nothing (because if the reward is substantial enough, they will, and nothing ain't fun), but helping a player comeback from a position where they can't do anything seems reasonable.

Walk with me.