So Which of the Designer Cards are the Coolest?

So Which of the Designer Cards are the Coolest?

If you didn't already know, for the Magic 2015 Core Set Wizards of the Coast conscripted a number of video game designers and other folks around the industry to develop a few cards. Here are a few of my favorites so far.

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I'm a fan of Richard Garriott's Shield of the Avatar myself. It looks like it would play very nicely in either a white weenie token deck, or Goblin tribal. Any deck that plays a lot of cheap creatures and can back them up with bigger guys later on. Most creature-focused tribal builds would do well to pack a copy of the Shield, now that I think about it. Cheap to cast and equip, keeps your favourite creature alive, and it's not even legendary so you can keep more than one creature protected if you draw a second.

Plus I love the flavour text. "We are made stronger by those we fight for."

Well, my Houseplant Arena Deck is going to love Yisan.
Of course, Hot Soup gets my seal of approval because...well, it's Hot Soup!
(The only equipment that is deadlier is the yet-to-be-unleashed Wet Towel)

Wait, nobody made a card that somehow makes Aladdin's Ring interesting? :(

It's about time Geist of Saint Traft became a waiter and delivered him some hot soup, it's so amusing.

So... Yisan is basically Aether Vial + Birthing Pod. That's pretty nasty, though the 2G per turn may get expensive. He can also slot nicely into Monsters or Jund, and should be quite lovely for just about any Commander deck that plays Green, potentially very powerful as a Commander himself.

Speaking of Commander, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled can be positively obscene, especially if you really, really hate Green or Blue. Too expensive and not very impactful for Standard, probably... at least with Desecration Demon still around. I wonder... is there a way to make other players search their libraries for some sort of benefit? one of those "group hug... TO DEATH!" deals?

Spirit Bonds has potential to get crazy... too bad they added "non-token" instead of "non-spirit", but hey... Brago, King Eternal is a thing now, as is Obzedat, Ghost Council.

Avarice Amulet looks like it'll fit into whatever becomes the next Bant Hexproof. It's everything Hexproof wants in an equipment, and the downside isn't that big a deal when you don't have to worry about spot removal (and are likely packing some of your own)... too bad it costs 4 instead of 2 or 3.

Speaking of M15 spoilers... have you seen Nissa, Worldwaker? dang! also, new Ajani and new Jace... not bad. I can't wait to see what other 'walkers M15 has in store, considering the strong hints that Sorin, Karn (or a Karn-like entity), and especially Garruk will be returning as well.

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Speaking of Commander, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled can be positively obscene, especially if you really, really hate Green or Blue. Too expensive and not very impactful for Standard, probably... at least with Desecration Demon still around. I wonder... is there a way to make other players search their libraries for some sort of benefit? one of those "group hug... TO DEATH!" deals?

Path to Exile in Modern, and by Fetch lands I guess?
Though by turn 4-5, Fetch Lands aren't quite as appealing, and Path's search function is not mandatory.

In theory it could make for a good spot filler against artifact combo, but it's too slow to deal with things like Trinket Mage.

Most effects that force players to search their libraries are pretty expensive or impractical.
Or at least, less practical than just swinging with an efficient fatty.

I'm sure there's some silly devilish search effect in Modern...but I'm not looking for it because I'll be too busy scoping for those Bards. (who are JUST too mana expensive to be played competitively, which should keep their price lowish for bored MtG madmen like me)

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So... Yisan is basically Aether Vial + Birthing Pod. That's pretty nasty, though the 2G per turn may get expensive. He can also slot nicely into Monsters or Jund, and should be quite lovely for just about any Commander deck that plays Green, potentially very powerful as a Commander himself.

Speaking of Commander, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled can be positively obscene, especially if you really, really hate Green or Blue. Too expensive and not very impactful for Standard, probably... at least with Desecration Demon still around. I wonder... is there a way to make other players search their libraries for some sort of benefit? one of those "group hug... TO DEATH!" deals?

Spirit Bonds has potential to get crazy... too bad they added "non-token" instead of "non-spirit", but hey... Brago, King Eternal is a thing now, as is Obzedat, Ghost Council.

Avarice Amulet looks like it'll fit into whatever becomes the next Bant Hexproof. It's everything Hexproof wants in an equipment, and the downside isn't that big a deal when you don't have to worry about spot removal (and are likely packing some of your own)... too bad it costs 4 instead of 2 or 3.

Speaking of M15 spoilers... have you seen Nissa, Worldwaker? dang! also, new Ajani and new Jace... not bad. I can't wait to see what other 'walkers M15 has in store, considering the strong hints that Sorin, Karn (or a Karn-like entity), and especially Garruk will be returning as well.

The problem with Ob Nixilis is that there really aren't that many cards that search your library in standard and without that effect he's over priced and not standard playable.

Also there is one unspoiled Planeswalker, and that's Garruk, in fact there are 3 unspoiled mythics left, and we already know what they'll be (5 color legendary sliver, BG Garruk, and The Veil).

But, my pick for the best guest designed card is Spirit Bonds, as it gives so much value, I mean that card is so good for aggro that it's not even funny, it and Avacyn are what sold me on picking white for the pre-release.

I could see Chasm Skulker seeing some pretty nifty modern play, especially in deck running Jace, Memory adept. Just think, getting Jace to 7, throw down skulker, ult Jace on yourself, giving you a 21/21 that, if it dies, turns into 21 islandwalking 1/1s. Run some Aqueous Forms to make your 21/21 unblockable and maybe a Stormtide Leviathan (or anything else that can change target land types. I can't think of any) to make your enemy's lands islands for your 21 1/1s. I wouldn't base my game around that, but I wouldn't rule it out. You could pull something similar with Sphinx's Revelation as well.

Notshauna:

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So... Yisan is basically Aether Vial + Birthing Pod. That's pretty nasty, though the 2G per turn may get expensive. He can also slot nicely into Monsters or Jund, and should be quite lovely for just about any Commander deck that plays Green, potentially very powerful as a Commander himself.

Speaking of Commander, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled can be positively obscene, especially if you really, really hate Green or Blue. Too expensive and not very impactful for Standard, probably... at least with Desecration Demon still around. I wonder... is there a way to make other players search their libraries for some sort of benefit? one of those "group hug... TO DEATH!" deals?

Spirit Bonds has potential to get crazy... too bad they added "non-token" instead of "non-spirit", but hey... Brago, King Eternal is a thing now, as is Obzedat, Ghost Council.

Avarice Amulet looks like it'll fit into whatever becomes the next Bant Hexproof. It's everything Hexproof wants in an equipment, and the downside isn't that big a deal when you don't have to worry about spot removal (and are likely packing some of your own)... too bad it costs 4 instead of 2 or 3.

Speaking of M15 spoilers... have you seen Nissa, Worldwaker? dang! also, new Ajani and new Jace... not bad. I can't wait to see what other 'walkers M15 has in store, considering the strong hints that Sorin, Karn (or a Karn-like entity), and especially Garruk will be returning as well.

The problem with Ob Nixilis is that there really aren't that many cards that search your library in standard and without that effect he's over priced and not standard playable.

Also there is one unspoiled Planeswalker, and that's Garruk, in fact there are 3 unspoiled mythics left, and we already know what they'll be (5 color legendary sliver, BG Garruk, and The Veil).

But, my pick for the best guest designed card is Spirit Bonds, as it gives so much value, I mean that card is so good for aggro that it's not even funny, it and Avacyn are what sold me on picking white for the pre-release.

Really? They're not just reprinting Garruk Relentless and Sliver Queen? Huh, cool.

While it's true that Ob Nixilis' first ability is a powerful nuclear deterrent against search functions (and really only abuseable alongside janky cards like Hive Mind), its his second ability that will make or break him. 6 mana is a lot, especially for Standard, and coming down as a 4/4 with no immediate impact doesn't help him, but having him online changes combat, giving you that much more value/threat from trades. (...to be removed instantly by Murder.)

I know it's abhorrent to most Magic players, but sometimes you want to play creatures pre-combat, and this is one that excels at it. As I said, though, Ob Nixilis' true value will come in Commander, where giant monsters, tutor effects, and mass destruction are commonplace.

I love Chasm Skulker. Gonna put him in my Simic EDH: Simic Grade Steroids.

I need some clarification:
If you have multiple Aggressive Minings in play, can you trigger the ability once per Aggresive Mining, or is it the ability itself and not the ability per card?

Of course Notch's card is going to have something to do with mining. It just couldn't be any other way, could it?

Chasm Skulker seems firmly aimed at the eternal formats. I think it might have had the Merfolk subtype at some point but there is this little card called True-Name Nemesis that wizards slightly regrets printing so i don't think we'll be seeing any more "OP as fuck" Merfolk any time soon.

Still it's a 3 drop blue creature that combos with card-draw and has some persistence going from tall to wide so i can easily see it being a thing. Everything else? Ehhhh I'm really not sure about any of them.

Souplex:
I need some clarification:
If you have multiple Aggressive Minings in play, can you trigger the ability once per Aggresive Mining, or is it the ability itself and not the ability per card?

Pretty sure that's one activation per card, since they're separate entities that don't interact with each other. If it was once in total, it'd say something like "Activate abilities of cards named Aggressive Mining no more than once each turn."

I really like Aggressive Mining. I am not sure how useful it will be, but I want to break it bad. Just like my all time favorite card Glacial Chasm.

 

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