Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mashup Contestant #05: Nicholas Grayson

Pair 5: Lightning Blast and Gift of the Woods

Jay Treat: 6.7 (Fun: 4 Aesthetics: 8 Mechanics: 6 Bonus: 2)
Jonathan Woodward: 3
metaghost: 1
Chah: 4 (Fun: 5 Aesthetics: 5 Mechanics: 2 Bonus: 0)

Average: 3.7


Chah: They say Bushido is a great ability and it might come back with a name that isn't plane-specific. Mettle seems to be a fair enough candidate for that. However, the flash is odd here - you can only surprise-pump for blocking, not for attacking.

metaghost: Chah has pointed out how Flash doesn't benefit half of this card's function, which is disappointing. And while this is very clean otherwise, I wasn't especially keen on this being more of a showcase for renaming Bushido, rather than an interesting amalgamation.

Pair 3: Pestermite and Tivadar of Thorn

Jay Treat: 4.3 (Fun: 2 Aesthetics: 7 Mechanics: 4 Bonus: 0)
Jonathan Woodward: 7
metaghost: 3
Chah: 5 (Fun: 4 Aesthetics: 6 Mechanics: 5 Bonus: 0)

Average: 4.8


Chah: I think having an ability for hosing blue + protection from blue is too blatant. I do like how it could fight Faerie decks and Fish decks. But I wish it wasn't blue, because it would just be used by Faerie decks to fight other Faerie decks.

metaghost: I take it this guy is Llawan, Cephalid Empress' obnoxious brother-in-law? The permanency of his effect is just too debilitating and hateful for me to accept as reasonable. Mistbind Clique was rude, this is just face-punchingly mean.

Pair 1: Dromar's Charm and Mortal Wound

Jay Treat: 6.3 (Fun: 6 Aesthetics: 5 Mechanics: 7 Bonus: 1)
Jonathan Woodward: 6
metaghost: 6
Chah: 6.7 (Fun: 6 Aesthetics: 9 Mechanics: 5 Bonus: 0)

Average: 6.25

Jay Treat: "Surprise! I hate the spells you cast because of their color."
I'd like Wits better without Flash, Volnikov against green or red and Ire if it always did both.

Chah: It's neat how the two effects reflect green and white's different combat styles. At the same time, the anti-green side makes you lose card advantage while the anti-white side gains you card advantage, so their power level is too far apart.

metaghost: Though Chah is right that the anti-white option will more often result in concrete card-advantage, I don't think the power-discrepancy is that great. My main concern is I don't like how splashable this is, as I feel that color-hate should demand a real commitment, especially if I'm going to gain access to a one-sided Massacre.

Total for all 3 cards: 14.8

1 comment:

  1. Warrior's wit is almost perfect. I would trade flash for an ability that lets you put the aura onto the battlefield if you are attacked, and probably limit it so that it can only enchant white creatures. I don't know why you bothered in renaming Bushido if the contest isn't setting specific, though.

    I don't see why the Merfolk has flash, why it has protection, and why it's so aggresively costed, but given that merfolk is the best deck in legacy hands down, I think it's a mistake that the card that hates it also goes in the same deck. It would work better as a green or red enchantment, in the line of Curse of Marit Lage.

    I like Ire of the Lich Lord. I can't add anything to a good design.