Friday, December 8, 2017

Daily Card Redesign #187: Air Servant

Daily Card Redesign is a daily Magic: The Gathering design exercise where I randomly choose a card for the scenario of it being scrapped late during its own set's development. I design a replacement card that uses the same art, is the same color(s), is the same rarity, and has a name that, alphabetically, keeps it within the same collector number for the set. This real-life Magic R&D process is known as "hole-filling."




  • This creature is part of a cycle of "Servant" creatures. As such, the new Air Servant needed to stay named "Air Servant."

  • The existing other "Servant" creatures contain a red 4/4 & a red 4/3 while the other blue one is a 3/4. Having this be a 4/3 still feels like it's reinforcing an imbalance. Bumping to 4/4 brings a satisfying aesthetics balance
  • The other servants have CMC 4, 5, & 6. Again, with the balance, this creature was bumped to 7, to make it so that the blue Servants are endcaps to the CMC chain of Servants. Also, the mana cost was changed to mirror the red servants with just one blue mana in the cost.
  • This creature is similar to but not exactly the same as Archetype of Imagination, filling in a simple, yet unique hole that doesn't yet exist for an uncommon blue creature.

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