Monday, December 3, 2012

CCDD 120312—Encase in Solitude

Cool Card Design of the Day
12/3/2012 - Arrest is a very white card. The idea of answers that can be answered is fairly unique to white. Blue has a bunch of Frozen Solid auras that end up being similar even though the design focus is on the creature not untapping rather than the aura being disenchantable. In a similar way, today's card is black and uses the effect not to impinge on white's 'thang' but for its own reasons.

Is this a reasonable effect? Does it steal too much from white? Could it be white? Would you play it?


  1. Wouldn't it make more sense as "when its controller controls another creature, sac this"? Where's the solitude in a board full of tokens?

    Or you could make it uncommon (for wordiness) with "At the beginning of your upkeep, if its controller controls another creature, sac this". That way it makes a little mini game for the black mage to see if he or she can keep picking off other creatures with spot removal. It changes the way you play and promotes interaction, both of which I think are good.

    1. The theme I was going for was imposing artificial solitude on a creature (like a mental illness), but I quite like your second version: "Only your friends can help you escape this dungeon… And I'm going to kill all your friends!" More intuitive and at least as interesting.

  2. This could be white in terms of mechanics, but I don‘t think it‘s “stealing too much from white“. Both this version and the one Ben N suggested look very situational in terms of playability.It also resembles the AVR Loner mechanic, except you‘re imposing it on your opponent here. I like the idea of that, and it might be one of the reasons why it seems quite natural in Black.

  3. Thematically, I think it could be white: white is about the community, so exile _from_ the community is the logical punishment. But it works in black too.

    It would be nice if you could play two of these, but that's probably not likely.

  4. The creature could be becoming overly paranoid of other creatures. That fits black alright.