Tuesday, August 2, 2016

CCDD 080216—Forbidden Knowledge

Cool Card Design of the Day
8/2/2016 - I'd love for this card to be cheaper—even if it needs to be rare—but maybe 3 is cheap enough?


  1. Less clean, but you might find a cheaper balanced rare by pushing the draw to the next upkeep. Hard to find a subtle or flavorful wording of that on an enchantment, though.

    Forbidden Study {0}
    Enchantment (black)
    When ~ enters the battlefield, you gain "{B}: Draw a card" until end of turn.
    At the beginning of your end step, you lose 1 life for each card in your hand.

    1. Scholar of Dark Tomes 1B
      Creature - Human Wizard
      At the beginning of your upkeep, you may draw three cards. If you do, transform CARDNAME.
      Dark Librarian
      Creature - Horror Advisor
      You can't cast spells.
      At the beginning of your end step, lose 1 life for each card in your hand.

    2. The only reason I don't love this is that it's so much easier to sacrifice a creature, whereas an evil enchantment really feels like the cost of using dark magics.

    3. Yeah, I much prefer the enchantment.

      Maybe even an Aura - Curse?

    4. Forbidden Study is pretty cool.

      Your Curse, Jenesis, could you target your opponent?

    5. Sure, if you want them to draw a bunch of cards!

    6. I mean, if it's Forbidden Knowledge but targetable, you could kill a player with a full grip in two turns.

  2. Forbidden Knowledge 1B
    Sorcery (Rare)
    Draw three cards.
    You gain an emblem with "At the beginning of your end step, you lose one life for each card in your hand."

    1. Seems a shame to require extra cardboard. I definitely see how this is safer, but I find it quite charming that black can shirk its debt by sullying itself with white or green.