Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CCDD 080118—Not Your Time

Cool Card Design of the Day
Here's a counterspell that doesn't net you a card if its target costs more.

It took me a bit to settle on the numbers for this. Prohibit shows we can counter a spell of the same cost or less, with upside. Remand, Unsubstantiate, and Failure (to Comply) show that returning a spell to its owner's hand costs 2. I think this is the right spot for this effect, though I wouldn't be shocked if playtesting shows it needs to be {U}{U} (or even {2}{U} that bounces spells costing 5+).


  1. I mean 1U counter target spell with CMC <2 is already a pretty exciting counter. I feel like the bounce clause is burying the lead while also pushing it over the top. I also like:

    Decoil UB
    Return target spell to its owner's hand. That player discards a card.

  2. I like it! I think that templating this as a modal spell makes its utility more clear:

    Not Your Time 1U
    Choose one:
    - Counter target spell with CMC 2 or less
    - Return target spell with CMC 3 or greater to its owner's hand.