Database of card image descriptions?

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Posted on March 7, 2017, 10:15 p.m. by Aftertherevolution

There are many, many ways to search for cards. ie.

But I wish there was one that had a field with a description of the images. I get that it would be very subjective and difficult to boot, but has anyone attempted this? Particularly useful when building thematic/tribal decks.

I'm imagining a crowd sourced type DB that might have a field for image descriptor tags. For example, Genesis might have: centaur, dragonfly, insect, forest, rebirth, green goo, calm

Wishful thinking maybe?

RazortoothMtg says... #2

I'd love this. I always wonder how much free time someone has when they build beard tribal or hat tribal or whatever. Did they go through every card in those colors to find ones with beards? ;)

March 7, 2017 10:30 p.m.

Epochalyptik says... #3

I think at that point it'd be easier to just ask in a forum.

March 7, 2017 11:02 p.m.

Redace878 says... #4

That would be really cool, and I think it would be possible if you got enough people but had a set list of image descriptions (So people cant put "cyduwhcm" as an image tag). Also maybe something like that but for a card's use, like "control" or "aggro."

March 8, 2017 10:48 a.m.

I could imagine there would be a lot of challenges to making a useful tool like this. Mostly I was curious whether someone had tried it or not as I'de love to see where they got with it. I figure if any community would have folks keen to do something like this it would be mtg. :)

Redace878 re: restrictions on terms or not. A frequent debate on many websites (I build them in the rl world :), and lots of good reasons for both.

I think if I were to do something like this from scratch I would use a freetagging tool with autocomplete. No set descriptions for the image, and as people type words they would see a list of others with similar spelling. To reduce the number of spelling errors etc.

If a site like that got going, would probly need some thinking on a good incentive for people to participate. Lots of ways to go about it, but I can't imagine it hasn't been attempted yet.

March 8, 2017 2:17 p.m.

RazortoothMtg says... #6

If someone did create a website like this, I would love to take a week to go through and tag a ton of the older cards. Seems pretty fun, gives me an excuse to look at magi cards, and I get to learn about older cards I forgot about.

March 8, 2017 6:26 p.m.

I started looking at some cards in more detail when I was thinking about this and what kind of tags could be used, and it really gets you looking at the art in a new way. So much going on in them, I've always been so focused on the card effects.

March 8, 2017 10:50 p.m.

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