Monday, January 28, 2013

Daily Card Redesign #28: Power Sink

Daily Card Redesign is a daily Magic: The Gathering design exercise where I randomly choose a card for the scenario of it being killed late during its own set's development, and I design a replacement card that uses the same art, is the same color, is the same rarity, and has a name that, alphabetically, keeps it within the same collector number for the set.

Here's my replacement design:

Again, whenever I replace a card design, I try to mimic how it would have been worded when the original was printed.

This is a counterspell with X in its cost. There's already another one in Alpha in the form of Spell Blast. Counterspell is the spell that counters anything, and Blue Elemental Blast counters specifically red spells as a mirror to Red Elemental Blast. With this in mind, I chose to go with a counterspell that is conditional and dependent upon a certain element to be true, like Essence Scatter is.

Also, for those who don't know, I only choose designs that haven't been done before even up until now, to keep things interesting. Otherwise, I could easily just choose Mana Leak's design, for example.

Lastly, note that the name "Prevent Interruption" is a clever wordplay that doesn't state that you're preventing an interruption - because that usually wouldn't be true since both card types of instants and interruptions exists - but states that you're casting a "prevent" interruption. This means it refers to itself as an Interrupt. 

But it also means that it's preventing an interruption during your turn.

I was too scared to cost this at U. Doesn't matter, though. Development would cost it appropriately.

1 comment:

  1. There was no development in Alpha, at least not separate from design. ;-) (See: Ancestral Recall, Sol Ring, Balance, et al) - that said, leaving costing up in the air is generally fine, that is easiest to change.

    For feedback, I like this card fine. It's in a space other cards in the same era play around in (Reset) and feels like an elegant basic effect that works well in the first set. Thumbs up.