Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CCDD 040412—Kettle Clanger

Cool Card Design of the Day
4/4/2012 - There's a neat poetry in the difference between Goblin Chariot and Goblin Shortcutter. They're both 2-power goblins that do something the turn you cast them. Something that screws up your opponent's blocking plans. One attacks a turn early and the other let's your team attack unhindered. That symmetry is neat and gives each card a unique identity.

But you know what, sometimes art is smashing two similar things together to see what you get:
It's not like we've invented Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Heck, this combination of abilities doesn't even result in a sum greater than its parts. It's basically half of a Markov Warlord. Fortunately, red isn't always about being clever or avant garde. Sometimes, it just wants to attack, and these two abilities let you do that a little bit more.


  1. Looks great.


    I don't have much else to say. *shrug*

    1. Get furious! Get indignant! How dare he combine these abilities on an efficiently costed Grey Ogre!

      The outrage.

  2. Replies
    1. What I mean is that it's a simple and clean card that has a clear purpose and looks like it could be in a real set.

  3. I don't have any problem with this card. But for the sake of discussion, which do people like better between:

    Kettle Clanger 1RR
    Creature Goblin (C)

    A) Haste, When Kettle Clanger enters the battlefield, target creature can't block this turn.

    B) Haste, When Kettle Clanger enters the battlefield, target creature must block it this turn if able.

    C) Haste, Kettle Clanger must be blocked if able.

    D) Haste, When Kettle Clanger enters the battlefield, target creature must block this turn if able.

    1. Duncan, how could you forgot your "Mercadian Masques" design lessons and leave out:

      E) Haste, When Kettle Clanger enters the battlefield, your opponents untap each creature they control.

    2. B & C are arguably more resonant than A. C is very simple too. They're not as red, but I think the flavor carries the minor color bleed. I'd definitely go with A or C.

    3. Metaghost, just be glad I didn't follow the Nemesis design lesson that gave us this bad boy:

      Shrieking Mogg 1R
      Creature - Goblin
      When Shrieking Mogg enters the battlefield, tap all other creatures.

    4. That's precisely what I was referencing. It's like they went out of their way to just make the most awful, cringe-inducing designs.

      I mean... that was a RARE! What on earth?

  4. Perfect common. Simple, effective, resonant. Perfect.

  5. Yeah, I'm very surprised this doesn't exist already.

  6. It's in Avacyn Restored! It's a 2/1 Human Knight for 2R, but it's so very close.