Friday, May 20, 2016

Weekend (art) Challenge 052016 - Music

Hey Artisans! I'll be doing a non-art challenge this week.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design a card inspired by a song lyric, or even a piece of music. Genre does not matter to me, as long as you can link to the music on YouTube.

Every submission warrants feedback, and everyone is encouraged to give it throughout the weekend. You may use that feedback to revise your submission any number of times, though only the version rendered will be included in the review. I'll do the renders this week. 

Final submissions are due by 1PM Monday Afternoon Pacific Time.
Bonus points if you include a link to some art for the card.
Extra bonus points if you create a mechanic, named or not, thematically linked to dreaming or the creative process.


  1. To start things off, because these kinds of challenges are a little trickier to find the seed of inspiration:

    Gavony Lullavy 3WW
    Instant - R
    Exile all creatures, then return each of those cards to the battlefield tapped under its owner's control.

    Sleep, now don't you cry
    Rest your head as the angels fly
    Close your eyes
    Pure from evil's touch

    1. Do you guys like 2ww without etbt better? It's a better design but less flavorful.

  2. Eternal Summer 1GG
    Sorcery (r)
    Take an extra turn after this one.
    Skip the combat phase of this turn and that one.

    I imagine this will be rightly shot down, but... it's really just an Explore stapled onto an Early Harvest you can't stockpile, right?

    1. There are definitely some decent applications for this, but it's unquestionably a blue card.

      Cast ~ only during your first main phase. Take an additional turn after this one. Skip your next two combat phases.

  3. Voodoo Lady 1BB
    Creature - Human Shaman (R)
    Delirium- T, Discard a card: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the mana cost of the discarded card. Activate this ability only if you have four or more card types among cards in your graveyard.
    You drive me crazy with that boogieoogieoogieoogieoogieoogieoogieoogie.

    Don't have a YouTube link, but it's Voodoo Lady by Ween.

    1. Nice. I'm not a fan of the tension of having a discard outlet only after you hit delirium though.

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  4. Bard Song 1GW
    Instant Uncommon

    Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. You may waylay a creature for each bard you control. (Exile it, it gains {2}: return this card from exile to your hand)

    "But the bard's song will remain."

    As a sidenote I sent the review from the previous WAC to Jay slightly late, so he could not upload them (same for this week's challenge), but I am glad to be able to participate this week.

    1. might make it an attacking creature.

    2. I figured there had been some sort of delay. Not to worry, I'm happy to fill in every once in a while


    Across The Universe, the Beatles

    Pools of Sorrow
    Land- swamp (R)
    Dreamscape (whenever CARDNAME would untap, you may transform it, instead)
    Waves of Joy
    Land- island
    Dreamscape (Whenever CARDNAME would untap, you may transform it, instead.)

    1. I like the design, and the reference works, but I am worried about memory issues and about the fiddling it requires; transforming back and forth every turn seems annoying to do, especially in multiples.

  6. Dragula Fire 3R
    Sorcery (u)
    Fugue (Place this card third from the top of its owner's library as it resolves)
    Dragula Fire deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

    1. Seems like this might lead to really repetitive gameplay which might not be that enjoyable?

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    3. Dragula Fire 3R
      Sorcery (u)
      Fugue (Place this card fifth from the top of its owner's library as it resolves.)
      Dragula Fire deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

  7. Gates of Prophecies
    Land (Rare)
    T: Add 1 to your mana pool.
    Imprint — At the beginning of your upkeep, you may reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a land card. If you do, exile it, then put other revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.
    Gates of Prophecies has all activated abilities of land exiled by it.

    Art link
    Song:Conquest of Spaces by Woodkid

    I wanted to evoke the feeling of exploration and discovery from the song, not any particular lyric. Feedback, as always, appreciated.

    1. I'll on the fence as to whether this is rare or mythic, but either way that's a really cool design

    2. I might say in a random order in order to keep Belcher from using one copy of this as a "stack your deck for free" - otherwise, cool design!

    3. Right. Random is the correct wording. I wonder how many seemingly innocent cards the Belcher has changed.

  8. Recreate
    Sorcery - Rare
    Exile target land. Its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card or up to two cards named Wastes, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle his or her library.
    "Well, I stand up next to a mountain/and I chop it down with the edge of my hand/Pick up all the pieces to make an island/
    Not even a raisin in the sand." -Jimi Hendrix, "Voodoo Child"

  9. Written in the Stars {2}{R}

    Enchantment - Aura {rare}

    Enchant two creatures

    If one of the enchanted creatures would die, the other enchanted creature's controller may sacrifice it. If they do, the surviving creature is indestructible this turn. Otherwise, the dying creature's controller gains control of the other enchanted creature.

    "We are magnets pulling from different poles
    With no control, we'll never be apart" - Red

    Paper Boats,

  10. Statue of Hubris
    Artifact - Rare
    ~ enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each other creature you control.
    When ~ dies, destroy all creatures.

    Inspired by Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley. There is a possible image at the start of which also includes the full text of the poem. An example performance is at:

    There are settings to music, but none felt right to me. If that disqualifies the entry, never mind, I didn't have time to find an original song I had an idea for.

    To give you an idea, extracts from the poem:

    Two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert
    Nothing beside remains. "Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!"

  11. Brave Shine
    Instant - Rare
    Creatures that enter the battlefield under your control this turn gain indestructible.
    Flavor Text: "On the darkest of days, you saved my life"
    Song: "Brave Shine" - Aimer
    I have no idea what would be a good art for this, but it's the opening theme to the anime series Fate/Stay Night

    1. Alternatively,
      Enchantment - Mythic
      Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one mana to his/her mana pool of any type that land produced.
      Damage to players is reduced by half, rounded up.
      "Nanniwan's a nice place"
      Song- Nanniwan by Cui Jian

  12. Behind Blue Eyes {1}{B}
    Sorcery (mythic)
    Search your library for a planeswalker card and put it OTB with X loyalty counters (instead of the printed number), where X is the number of creatures that died this turn. Shuffle your library.

    1. Probably needs to cost {3}{B}, but let's start it at {2}{B}.