Friday, July 10, 2020

Weekend Design Challenge 071020 - Jumpstarted Legends

Hey Artisans! Click through to see this weekend's design challenge. Your mission is to design a custom magic card that follows the guidelines. Over the course of the weekend, give feedback to your fellow designers on their designs and incorporate their feedback to iterate on your own. I'll try to offer some feedback of my own starting on Monday.

I really liked the cycle of ally-hybrid legendary creature designs in the recent Jumpstart release: Emiel the Blessed, Inniaz, the Gale Force, Kels, Fight Fixer, Neyith of the Dire Hunt, and Sethron, Hurloon General. They're mono-colored legendary creatures with two abilities, one of which adds an optional allied color to their color identity using hybrid mana. They mostly don't do super-novel mechanical things, but they do a lot to make existing themes fresh and accessible, especially for deck-builders in Commander and similar formats.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to imagine a version of this cycle that uses enemy-color hybrid instead of ally-color hybrid and design a card from that cycle. Bonus points if it somehow refreshes or simplifies a well-known mechanical theme.

Good luck and have fun!


  1. Zanik, Rot Farm Elementalist - 3G

    Legendary Creature - Elf Shaman (Mythic)

    When Zanik, Rot Farm Elementalist enters the battlefield, put three +1/+1 counters on target land you control. It becomes a 0/0 Elemental creature with haste.

    Whenever a creature dies, you may pay 2B/G. If you do, put two +1/+1 counters on each land creature you control.


    1. I love how well this design tells a clear and fun story.

      Mechanically I'm not sure how I'd build around it. Awaken deck with land-creature synergies? Sacrifice deck that wins by attacking with huge lands? Lands deck that imitates Titania or Gitrog Monster? Being so open-ended is unusual for this kind of design, but I like it.

      3 mana is a lot to hold up waiting for a creature to die, so I wonder about a version that has a Deathrite Shaman / Scavenging Ooze "exile target creature card from a graveyard" activation instead.

  2. A bit late to the party but here goes.

    Izzet Redirector Mage - 2R

    Legendary Creature - Human Wizard

    Whenever an instant or sorcery you control deals damage to an opponent or a permanent an opponent controls, it deals twice that damage instead.

    Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery that targets an opponent, you may pay R/U and choose a new target for that spell. If you do, copy that spell targeting the original opponent.