Thursday, April 25, 2013

Daily Card Redesign #115: Stab Wound

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. 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.


That wound on her looks QUITE like a stab wound. But I wanted to find a different interpretation of a stab wound. Especially when I can't use -1/-1 counters in this set, and the original design already does such a great job at evoking the feel of a stab wound while still being New World Order-friendly (New World Order is the name for the current age of modern design principles/rules).

I looked at the blood and noticed how it was black. ...Seemed magical, then. Otherwise, she'd have red blood, right?

So that's when I thought, "Aha! What if the lady wizard being depicted here isn't a creature - what if it's  the player herself?" That would explain the painful, magical blood.

And that's how I arrived at a painful link between the creature and the player. Binding Agony, Ragged Veins, and Spiteful Shadows already exist - but those are all Auras. No instants! So, this was the time to make an instant one-turn version of the same effect.

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