I make a lot of cards, and I try not to publish too many of them because I find other people's custom cards boring or stupid. Anyway, while I wait for more feedback on my other string of It's the Magic articles, I'm putting up some of the more conceptual and fun cards I've made.
I'm not sure of the source.
The original was an underpowered 6/4 uncommon for seven mana. Comparable creatures do more than swing a larger-than-average body. I wanted to make her a bit cheaper and give her some abilities. I kicked around a lot of dragon-based abilities, but I eventually decided that the Flying and Intimidate would make her a distinct threat, give her immunity to most dragons she might be fighting, and keep her simple.
Six was a quick fix for her cost. Six is expensive, but part of her identity is being expensive. I shopped around for the cost and found that for six mana, black and blue, 6/4 with some evasion was slightly over the curve.
Plasma Elemental is outright unblockable, but still only swings for four (I get the feeling that its single point of toughness is a tradeoff for that much hard-to-block power). Thorntooth Witch is 3/4 with the ability to hit 6/1 or to simply kill a small-medium dude whenever you cast the right spell. Skaab Goliath only gets by with its massive body and trample because it costs you dudes in your graveyard.
Instead of bringing her back up to seven mana, I opted to just lower her power down to four. I wanted five, because she is legendary and multicolored, which warrants her having a few moves over something like Cloud Djinn. On the other hand, that might push her up to a level with Mahamoti Djinn. I’d rather have a “meh” uncommon, than just powerful french vanilla rare.
Art is NéNé Thomas’ original work for the card.
Granted, Twisted Image's cantrip and status as an uncommon make me think that maybe it's better than common. I'm probably missing some of the utility of the original cards
Thinking of taking away the “creature you control” bit, so it has multiplayer flexibility.
Not sure on the source for this one, but I am working on it.
Art is by Skottie Young, available here.
Illustration by Dave Willis. Used without permission from here.
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