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Maniacal Artist MtG Set 3 by NephilV Maniacal Artist MtG Set 3 by NephilV
This is the third chunk of my Magic: The Gathering set based off of :iconmaniacalartist:'s artwork. It includes a re-do of my character, Lain, and a silly card (Curb Stomp) that is an alternate art reprint of a card from my unreleased Gears of War MtG set.

Oyashiro's curse is simple and follows the plot of the series it's from. I had fun designing Crona. I'm proud of my interpretation of Crona's madness. Fi was pretty easy as well, though I may do a companion Master Sword someday. Raz is an errata nightmare. His oracle business would rule that a matching proxy may be used in the opponents deck, and Raz's actual card may be set aside.

All artwork here belongs to =ManiacalArtist.
Magic: The Gathering belongs to Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro.

Lain Claes belongs to me.
Rena from Higurashi: When They Cry belongs to 07th Expansion.
Oso and Iver belong to =ManiacalArtist.
Crona from Soul Eater belongs to Atsushi Okubo.
Fi from The Legend of Zelda belong to Nintendo.
Raz from Psychonauts belongs to Double Fine.
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mrhardy12 Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Going through these one-by-one again, I guess.

Lain: WAY underpowered. 3 mana 2/2 is already meh, and one that makes SHROUD is painful. Again, I just like Hexproof SO much more, since it gives the user SO many more options.

Curse of Oyashiro: I LOVE THE CONCEPT OF THIS. Surprisingly, it kinda reminds me of the new Rakdos ability of "Unleash", where you get a +1/+1 counter as he enters, provided you're willing to use him as a dedicated attacker only.

Curb Stomp: That's just a functional reprint of another card, right? I could SWEAR I've seen that exact effect and cost before, though, I think it was in white....

Crona, Wielder of Ragnarok: Ack, that's painful to look at. I have no idea how you're supposed to use it. First, you lose 1 life at the start of each of your turns, which is just bad design for a mere 6/4, even IF it could have indestructible, flying and trample. Second, there's no mana cost at all, so I assume you are REQUIRED to play Crona for the madness cost. If so, it's not fun to the user, because even a 6/4 (again, even WITH Indestructible, Flying and Trample) that you are stuck with until you can discard is not fun, ESPECIALLY since you have a Hellbent section on him, which likes you to have no hand. Typically, Hellbent was more about "play everything as fast as you can", not "discard my entire hand, one by one". It was low-mana cards that would swarm out for a kill with low-mana instants and sorceries, not Madness+Hellbent. I love Soul Eater, and I like the general CONCEPT of what you did with Crona. The execution was a bit lacking.

Fi, Sword Spirit: Again, I hate shroud and love Hexproof. Anyway, a card based on equipments that amps up all of your equipped cards.... Decent idea, but pretty underwhelming stats for a 4-mana-drop. Either drop the mana cost to 2 or increase the effect to an additional +2/+2 to all equipped instead of just +1/+1.

Razputin Aquato: THIS CARD IS HILARIOUS. However, I must say one thing about his effect: picking any six cards from their deck and using them all at once is absurdly overpowered. I understand that they have to draw him before you get that, but he's also not in play at the time, and as such, his Legendary rule is avoided. You are capable of placing up to 4 of him into an enemy's deck, and then taking their best 24 cards away from them as they start to draw into them. Ridiculously OP'd as is. Maybe if you added a clause that says, "you can only have one copy of Razputin Aquato in your deck at a time", he'd be more balanced. Also, make sure that they can draw him outside of the regular draw and be fine (basically, make him like a reverse Miracle, where if THEY draw him and he's the first card they drew that turn, you get his effect). Overpowered, but the concept is superb.
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NephilV Oct 15, 2012  Professional Writer
Pretty much all instances of shroud would be hexproof now, if I were to change. Some of these were probably made since shroud was discontinued, but I'm not as big a player as I use to be so some of the new stuff slips my mind. (I still don't have a standard Ravnica deck together just yet.) I'm proud of Curse of Oyashiro. I can't say that about many of these. It lines up with the lore of the When They Cry pretty well I think. Curb Stomp is functional reprint, but this Curb Stomp is also a fictional reprint of a card from my unpublished Gears of War set, where curb stomping is a thing and needed to be represented. ManicalArtist just happened to have some art I could use for it so I went ahead and added to this set.

Crona is a mess... To match today's standards, I'd probably dropped the hellbent ability, make the effects it grants static, and changed the p/t to 8/8. I was originally designing this to be a card you pretty much had to dedicate a big chunk of your deck to.

Not sure what to do with Fi. If I dropped her own shroud for hexproof, I'd have to add that she can't be equipped with anything because that whole idea is awkward. Otherwise she is a bit weak.

Raz is the closest thing I can come up with for what he does in Psychonauts. And I just thought about the rules hell that would occur of both players had their own Raz's. I don't even want to know how hard he needs to be errata'd. Again, thanks for the input. I'm glad someone who knows their stuff is actually looking at these.
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mrhardy12 Oct 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Heh. Glad to help. I do like your cards. New Ravnica is awesome, BTW. Rakdos, IMO, got the weakest of the abilities, but that's not to say they're the weakest of them all. ALL of the new Ravnica decks can be equally threatening, though, Golgari has PERFECT synergy with Morbid from Innistrad block....

Makes sense to keep Shroud on Fi, then.

Raz.... He'd just be REALLY, REALLY hard to actually implement.
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GlennFrost Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
These are really cool! Though I need to ask something...

Crona has no mana cost... Unless you play him for his Madness cost...
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NephilV Jan 27, 2012  Professional Writer
Yep. You're required to cast him using madness. There's no way otherwise.
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GlennFrost Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ooooooohhhh........ Bacon... >.>
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Braccini Jan 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Dude, this set is awesome!
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NephilV Jan 29, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! See any Dark Ascension (the new set) stuff yet?
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Braccini Jan 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No I didn't! D: I really need to! It's hard for me to keep up with the magic news, there isn't a store that sells magic in my town and I don't visit the magic site as much as I'd like xD
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