Thursday, August 15, 2019

CCDD 08152019 - Hermit Squirrel

The Beacon of Creation podcast had a design challenge to create a card for the commander 2019 decks this past week. I had an idea to create a new Magus-like cycle, where instead of creatures embodying various classic non-creature cards, it was artifacts embodying classic creatures. For the Populate deck, I immediately went to Deranged Hermit as a possibility, but they just printed Deep Forest Hermit in Modern Horizons. Instead I came up with this:

A seed for a Wurm tribal deck, plus there's a reasonable number of Wurm token-making spells out there that can take advantage. Also, a tiny name reference to Craw Wurm. It doesn't get more classic than that.

Thinking about my Deranged Hermit idea some more, I decided it would be fun to make a kind of reverse lord for squirrels. May I present, Hermit Squirrel: