Thursday, May 23, 2013

Daily Card Redesign #142: Aerial Caravan

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.


So, Albatrossus. The name is a portmanteau of "albatross" and "colossus!" You know, if it wasn't clear. 'cause that is a giant bird thing.

I decided to change this card to be focused on the bird instead of the people riding it because, well, for one, that bird steals the show in the art! You can barely see the people riding it. Secondly, that flying monstrosity is too unusual in comparison to the plain humans riding it for it to NOT be the creature type that this creature is.

But there's still a focus on people riding this albatross. So, I decided that the mechanical implementation of this giant Bird was to have your creatures be able to ride it.

And here we are.

I like how it can make itself leave the battlefield instead of needing to rely upon dying (hard to do if it keeps getting stronger) or a bounce spell or something if you ever want to get your exiled creatures back when you want to.

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