Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CCDD 021814—Occult Tutor & Whispering Demon

Cool Card Design of the Day
2/18/2014 - Today's mechanic follows in the path of Spoils of the Vault but takes Demonic Consultations perspective a bit further: Instead of naming a card and hoping you find it soon, you simply bid some number of cards and take the best one among them.

Occult Tutor is the direct implementation of this idea. If it's not clear, you choose how many cards you'll reveal before you reveal any. Possible the template needs to spell that out more.

Because this choice comes with a cost of potentially decking yourself, but that's unlikely with a one-time effect, I also wanted to see it as a repeated effect:

Whispering Demon uses devotion to black instead of giving you a choice because its lame when you just choose 1 every turn once your deck gets low.


  1. Shouting Demon (rare)
    Creature - Demon
    If you would draw a card, instead put a +1/+1 counter on CARDNAME. Then exile the top X cards of your library, where X is CARDNAME's power. Put one of the cards exiled this way into your hand.

    1. Wait, this actually prevents you from milling yourself by replacing the draw! I would add a clause about "if there is at least one card in your library."

  2. Replies
    1. It would cost 7 mana easily if this was a card

    2. Therefore needs loss of life. RnD will probably try to be carefull with cards like this because of ad nauseum.

  3. Occult Tutor is very cool. The template does need some clarification, unfortunately. Also, I believe this should cost 3, as many similar effects do (Forbidden Alchemy, Machinate, Glimpse the Future, Thieves' Fortune) even when they don't give you the option of going deeper.

  4. I like deal-with-the-devil effects on Demons well enough, but they're often better more evocative on enchantments where black really can't get out of them. I'd be partial to something like Mind Unbound.

  5. One Occult Tutor seems clear to me.

    But it seems nearly as good as Demonic Tutor, if you can exile 2/3 of your deck (whenever you're not playing against a mill deck, or whenever you're playing a combo deck).

    Whispering Demon is a lot more interesting, because it gives you some control, but there's a real cost.