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Creature — Horror
Tap: Add (Black)(Black)(Black)(Black) to your mana pool. Target opponent gains control of Witch Engine. (Play this ability only any time you could play an instant.)
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Witch Engine Discussion
2 months ago
(I would add a proper community card but that feature seems to be malfunctioning right now.)
Farly straightforward, this card would mostly be Zedruu the Greathearted (although a different character, not simply her gone evil or something) with a casting cost of and an activation cost of . In EDH, this could lead to some fun usage of cards like the following:
(I realize you can basically already do this with any Grixis commander + e.g. Bazaar Trader, but that's a bit less straightforward.)
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I'm unsure what would be suitable for its upkeep ability. Just copying Zedruu's straight off isn't too inappropriate, as drawing is certainly associated with black and life gain isn't too far out either, but that's kinda boring. Replacing the life gain with something negative towards opponents like milling, discard or plain life loss proportional to the amount of gifted permanent could be one option that's more in line with the color change (thought the negative effects would probably targeted in order to preserve some political potential). Putting a +1/+1 counter per gift on Zedruu the Grixishearted to take advantage of commander damage could also work (especially when combined with auras like Herald of Torment), in which case you could also change power/toughness from the original's 2/4 to 4/2 to signal greater aggression.
For the sake of flavor its subtype would be Horse Djinn, with the artwork depicting a djinn with a mare's head, wearing a mouth-covering veil.
Feedback would be welcome, especially on ways to make Grixis!Zedruu more distinct from the original while still fulfilling the basic function of giving out torturous black cards, in addition to the blue and red ones they both share.
(A version containing green could also be made for the sake of giving that color a chance to show off its painful cards, in which case the creature in question should probably have monkey paws.)
5 months ago
Also Witch Engine is a strange card to be in black...
1 year ago
Hmm apparenlty I forgot the last two words of my last post now that I re-read it. It should have said "Carpet of Flowers, Xenagos, the Reveler, and Heliod, God of the Sun do not." Also, while I was right about Carpet of Flowers not having a mana ability I was trying to use it to illistrate the wrong point since I forgot the caveat about triggered mana abilities needing to trigger from another mana ability. Witch Engine better illustrates the point I was trying to make about targeting precluding an ability from being a mana ability.