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 Post subject: Chopped, Season 2
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:19 pm 
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Welcome to the second NGA Chopped tournament! Where everything's made up, and the points don't matter. Except they do, especially if you end up being a finalist.

Each round will consist of a number of criteria and a lesser number of cards to made. Each contestant must use every criteria, but not necessarily in equal amounts on each card. Submissions are due at 4PM MST each Saturday, grades and the next round's criteria will be posted at that same time. At the end of each round, the bottom 1/4 of scoring contestants will be eliminated, rounded to the nearest even number. The final round will be graded, then each surviving contestant's cumulative grades will be compared to choose a winner.

If you have questions about whether or not something fits the criteria during any round, merely write an explanation why you think what you made does. Provided the explanation is not too absurd and/or gaming the system, I'll allow it. That said, I will be available at least once a day to provide clarifications. In your submission, please indicate which criteria are fulfilled by which card. If you wish to accompany your cards with notes regarding them in the manner of Yarium last season, that is welcome and in keeping with how the reality TV show operates. Don't feel pressured to do so, if you don't want to.

Now that all that is out of the way, let's get started.

Round 1

Make 2 cards that together satisfy these criteria:

* Is a public service announcement
* Is black
* Is an equipment
* Related to bluffing

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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@BelangiaJo: Just to be clear, you still need to incorporate "Is a public service announcement" and "Is black" into your submission.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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Now, I've never had any fancy training like some of these other designers, but I've been playing Magic and designing cards since the game came out. I think some of these other designers are going to underestimate me, but I can use that to my advantage to get an edge over the competition. I've created my own sets and won cotw multiple times, not to mention being a Pro Tour Champ, but now I want to add Chopped Champion to my list of accomplishments. I'm just saying, these other designers had better watch out, because I'm coming for them.

Black Bluffer

Tavern Shark
Creature ─ Human Rogue (R)
Tavern Shark can't be blocked.
Whenever Tavern Shark attacks, exile a card from your hand face down. Defending player may exile a card from their hand. If they do, reveal the card exiled by Tavern Shark. If your card has a higher converted mana cost, defending player loses two life and you draw two cards. Otherwise, sacrifice Tavern Shark.
5/5

Public Service Announcement Equipment:

Scroll of the Town Crier
Artifact ─ Equipment (R)
Equipped creature gains ": Each player draws a card."
Equip
Hear ye! Hear ye!

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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Hey y'all! It's Yarium, back again in kitchen stadium/hell's kitchen/the octagon/bachelor mansion/the island. I was robbed of my victory last time, but this time I won't let anyone get in my way. So Tevish? Watch out! (bang bang fingers towards the camera, which then shakes for some reason)

Bring Out The Dead |
Sorcery | {R}
Each player sacrifices a creature, then return a creature card from each player's graveyard to the battlefield under your control.
"Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee." —Ernest Hemmingway


Notes: This design was made as the public service announcement classic "BRING OUT YOUR DEAD!", and gave into that naturally dead-feeling by making it a black card. This card can function just fine in most environments, where it's not hard to use it for a 3-for-1 advantage, but goes really crazy good in multiplayer games where you can bring back insanely effective creatures.

Pocket Aces |
Artifact - Equipment | {C}
Equip (: Attach Pocket Aces to target creature you control. Equip only any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Equipped creature gets +1/+0.
Discard Pocket Aces: The next time you clash this turn, you win. (This does not affect an opponent's clash.)

Notes: Who said anything about bluffing? Making your opponent think you have the weaker hand, when really it's the strongest, is part of bluffing. This card would be part of a gambling or circus/carnival style set that brings back clash as a means of "playing cards" in a set-themed way.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:07 pm 
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PSA/Black:

Fatal Crossing

Instant (U)
If you control a Vehicle creature, this spell costs less to cast.
Destroy target creature.
Kolas learned too late to always look both ways before crossing a street in Ghirapur.

Equipment/Bluffing:

Mirrorblade

Artifact -- Equipment (R)
Equipped creature gets +2/+2.
: Reveal an equipment card from your hand with converted mana cost X. If you do, Mirrorblade becomes a copy of it until end of turn.
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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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Tangleglue Trap
() Enchantment (U)
As Tangleglue Trap is turned face up, exile all creatures blocking or blocked by it until Tangleglue Trap leaves the battlefield.
Morph
"A warning to thieves and robbers: Open at your own risk." - Message posted on the side of all shipments from Mercantis Harbor

Graverobber's Gear
Artifact - Equipment (R)
Equipped creature has skulk.
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to an opponent, exile a creature card from that player's graveyard. If you can't, sacrifice Graverobber's Gear and create an X/X black Zombie token, where X is the number of cards that have been exiled with Graverobber's Gear.
Equip
"I could really use a hand right now." - Iborn, Grafstitcher

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:24 pm 
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Something in the Water
Enchantment — Aura (U)
Enchant land
Whenever mana produced by enchanted land is spent to cast a creature spell, that spell gains "This enters the battlefield with a -1/-1 counter on it."
: Create a token that's a copy of Something in the Water attached to target land. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

Stealthy Blade
Artifact — Equipment (U)
Equipped creature gets +2/+2.
When Stealthy Blade is turned face up, you may attach it to target creature you control.
Equip
Morph

Second card is subject to change. Feels kinda uninspired, but it's pretty solid.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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is black, I would argue that mtg is a game of bluffing anyway

Concealed Tutor -
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Search your library for a card, shuffle your library and put that card on top of your library. Then, look at the top three cards of your library, manifest one of them and put the rest on top of your library in any order.


Public announcement and equipment

Goblin Loud Hailer -
Artifact - Equipment
Equipped creature has ": Target creature can't block this turn and attacks this turn if able."
Equip
Some would argue it is an improvement.


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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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Roguish Feint
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As an additional cost to cast Trickster's Feint, exile an instant or sorcery spell you control.
When you cast Trickster's Feint, it becomes a copy of the exiled spell.
"Didn't see that coming, did you?" - Indigo the Dashing

Oblivion Engine
Artifact - Equipment
Equipped creature gets +2/+1 and has Deathtouch and Menace.
Equip
Equip to Vehicle
"Attention, denizens of New Phyrexia! We have been compleated!" - Elesh Norn

1st - Bluffing

2nd - Equipment, PSA, Black


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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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ok let's friggin' do this.

so equipments are artifacts and I'm still opposed to colored artifacts, which means we can sort the criteria into two buckets: black and equipment. related to bluffing seems like a good fit for black, but I'm not really sure what a public service announcement looks like in card form. let's stick it on the black pile too, I have an idea.

Out Past Curfew-
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Secretly choose a creature. When that creature attacks, blocks, or activates an ability this turn, you may reveal the creature you chose and destroy it.
"I wouldn't be out this late if I were you."

Artificer's Tools-
Artifact
Equipped creature has ", : You may put an artifact card from your hand onto the battlefield." and doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.
Equip
"The work consumes."~Note in the margins of a text by Archyron, the Illuminated Sage

wording on Curfew based loosely on Stalking Leonin.

:duel:

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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Public service announcement plus bluffing
Storm predictor :1::g:
Creature-Human shaman(R)
Your opponents can't cast cards from their hand during your turn.
When cardname enters the battlefield and at the beginning of your upkeep, your opponents may exile any number of cards from their hand facedown, they can cast these cards until the end of turn.
"Don't leave your house tomorrow, I repeat, don't leave your house tomorrow!"
3/2

Considered making it a 1 mana 2/1 but having to point a removal spell to get rid of the effect probably felt too bad for the opponent. Also considered using Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir's second ability and having it trigger every turn, but given that you can still bluff having combat tricks only to cast something mp2 it felt too much bookkeeping for too little gain.


Black and equipment
Necromancer tome :b::b:
Artifact-Equipment(R)
Equipped creature gains "morbid- :b::t:: create a tapped 2/2 black zombie creature token, activate this ability only if a creature died this turn.".
Equip :b:.

I like the idea of colored equipments and vehicles ( I like the idea of enchantments and creatures being reflavored as artifacts less) I tried to make my card rewarding for heavy black decks by keeping the generic mana costs to a minimum, which also allows it to be more exciting without however being too broken in draft where you probably still want two colored decks and are hard pressed to squeeze more than 2 activations in a turn.


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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:49 pm 
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Currently, we have 9 contestants with posted entries.
As a reminder, this round ends in 19 hours.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:36 pm 
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Dudibus


Yarium


Libe


Silly


Q is 564453


Confused


EpicLevelCommoner


razorborne


Hello World


Standings:
1) razorborne
1) Silly
3) Confused
4) Hello World
5) Libe
6) Dudibus
7) EpicLevelCommoner
7) Q is 564453
9) Yarium

EDIT:
Yarium is eliminated. Thank you for playing.

In light of the current number of contestants, the number of eliminated contestants each round will be the closest whole number to (total)/4. This would not result in a difference until total = 5, and at total = 3 there otherwise would be no eliminations, which makes the old algorithm somewhat pointless.

At any rate,
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Round 2:

Make 2 cards that together satisfy these criteria:

* Disenchant variant
* Includes an element of chance without using coins or the word "random"
* Is a non-black skeleton
* Uses X or :x: in some way.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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the point of secretly choosing is so that they don't know which creature they can't use this turn. that's the bluff aspect.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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Oh, I understand. I'm just saying the "choose secretly" effectively operates on an honor system, which should either be recorded, or have it be ambiguous which you will kill in any case.
Like this sort of wording:
"Secretly choose a creature and record that choice. When that creature attacks, blocks, or activates an ability this turn, you may reveal the creature you chose and destroy it."
or
"When a creature attacks, blocks, or activates an ability this turn, you may choose that creature and destroy it. You may only choose one creature this way."

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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Whew. Close one. I hated my bluffing card but I was really stuck on what else to do. Like, totally stumped.

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Rattling Bonewalker
Artifact Creature - Skeleton Construct (U)
Trample
Delve
Rattling Bonewalker enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
When metal is scarce, some artificers turn their eyes towards more... creative materials.
0/0

Creeping Growth
Instant (U)
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Then, reveal the top card of your library. If it's a land card, return Creeping Growth to your hand.
They try their best with wards and barricades, but nature is nothing if not persistent.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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I should actually be eliminated, with the lowest score. Either Q or Epic can have my spot.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopped, Season 2
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...that's what I get for numbering the standings this way.
Well, rather than flip a coin or something, Q and ELC are back in.
Thanks for the catch, Yarium.

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