Tuesday, June 28, 2011

062811—Bellowing Ape

Cool Card Design of the Day
6/28/2011 - Bellowing Ape was inspired by the recent Overrun discussion and even bears a resemblance to Chah's Overwalk. Basically it's "what if Hungry Spriggan could give its attack bonus to another creature?" Bellowing Ape is plenty aggressive on its own, but as soon as you get a bigger creature out it could well be worth it to boost that creature instead for the trample advantage, which is the main point of the Ape's ability (hence the smaller P/T bonus).

You may also notice a functional kinship to Infantry Veteran. Both of them want you to attack, but one of them sits back tapped while the other keeps swinging in. (See what I did there?)


  1. Very cool card, Jay. I don't see any reason in particular to limit the target to attacking creatures (can't a trainee get some love?!) There would also be a certain pleasing symmetry if you made a slight tweak to the numbers:

    Bellowing Ape
    Creature -- Ape
    Whenever Bellowing Ape attacks, target creature gets +2/+2 and gains trample until end of turn.

    Again, great work!

  2. The ape is interesting, it even echos the bendalish veterans that was just spoiled. The problem is that if you aren't using the ability on himself, it probably means that a 3/3 isn't big enough to get through. Which means that the ape is attacking as a 2/2, which isn't going to get through either. So 90% of the time it's just using on itself, and when it isn't its probaby on a suicide run. That doesn't seem on flavor.