This weeks theme comes from timmult, whose "Murlidan Tiderage" was the winner of our "Power Pellets" competition.
The restriction this week is simple: Your card must have the text "If your deck has no duplicates..." on it. That's it! After all, Standard knows what it's looking for in a card. It is open to new experiences, though, so note that your card doesn't actually need to be a minion or a legendary. Existing examples include Kazakus, Raza the Chained, Inkmaster Solia, Krul the Unshackled, and Reno Jackso-no, he's the one Standard is avoiding, stop bringing him up, we're trying to have a good time.
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These are the rules that remain consistent from competition to competition.
First, these are the rules about Posting:
You are allowed to submit only one entry. An entry normally consists of only one collectible card, plus any necessary additional material or commentary (explained below).
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Speaking of the Discussion Topic, that is where any discussion of this competition should go. This thread is for submissions only. If you want to discuss your card or ask questions about the competition rules or process, you can find a link to the Discussion Topic at the top of this thread. Plenty of folks there will be happy to help you out.
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Accompanying the image of your card, you may offer some minimal additional commentary to explain its design, balance, and/or other qualities. Flavor text is also welcome.
You may not submit any Gold cards or animated cards. (It's just a cheap attention grab tactic that makes it unnecessarily difficult to determine what class your card is for.)
Your entry must be a card of your own creation. We've been doing this for a while, so if you blatantly rip off somebody else's idea, we will know.
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Fun and even humorous entries are perfectly allowed, but "troll" entries will be disqualified. If you're worried that your card may be misinterpreted as a troll card, contact a moderator before you submit.
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Finally, know that manipulating votes in any way is strictly forbidden. Any violators will receive an official warning, and will be banned from this and all future HearthPwn Card Design Competitions.
Entry and Early Voting Phase (Starts Now! Ends 19:00 UTC 13/February/2017) During this Phase, the Submission Topic is made available for your submissions. You may also, of course, feel free to give early up-votes to any submissions that you like! Voting Phase (Starts 19:00 UTC 13/February/2017, Ends 19:00 UTC 14/February/2017) During this Phase, the Submission Topic will be locked, so no more entries may be submitted. Instead, use this time to browse the submissions and up-vote your favorites! Final Phase (Starts 20:00 UTC 14/February/2017, Ends 20:00 UTC 15/February/2017) During this Phase, the Discussion Topic will also be locked, and a new Poll Topic will go up. Discussion will be allowed to continue in the Poll Topic, and it will also include all the qualifying finalists and poll to decide the winner of the competition!
How do we determine the qualifying finalists? First, we'll pull up-vote data from each submission using the formula detailed below:
(ab) / (c) = x
Where, a = The total number of submissions on the same page as the submission. b = The total number of up-votes that the submission received. c = The total number of up-votes on the same page as the submission. x = The submission's final score.
The formula basically measures which cards stood out the most, with the necessary assumption that each page is about equal in overall submission quality. It will be the entries that receive the highest final scores that move on to the Final Phase.
The bottom line is that, although entries on the earlier pages of the Submission Topic are much more visible and thus receive many more up-votes than entries on later pages, you don't actually have to rush to get your entry in as soon as possible because the up-votes end up being weighted by what page your entry ends up on in order to determine its final score.
But wait, there's more! During each Weekly Card Design Competition, each Fan Creation Forum moderators will be given a Wild Card, which they can use to advance any one entry that they feel was initially overlooked or under-appreciated to the Final Phase, regardless of its final score. Wild Cards are our way of spicing things up a bit, but please don't ask to be given one or be upset if you aren't given one. These are just supposed to be fun. (Also, it should go without saying that, while we moderators are allowed to participate in the competitions, we are not allowed to benefit from Wild Cards.)
Bragging rights are always awesome, but as usual, we do offer a couple of HearthPwn site rewards to competition winners: Their card forever immortalized in our Winners' Gallery! They will be allowed to select the next card design competition theme. And a unique Avatar Border & "Card Design Champion" Title, as depicted below!
A powerful, consistent healing tool in the late game that I think solves the snowballing issue of Jade Idol's Golem summoning while keeping the removal of fatigue. The extra condition on it means you either have to save one for the lategame if you want consistent value, or run a singleton deck altogether, your choice. Combos well, but not brokenly so, with Gadgetzan Auctioneer.
And hey, what better to give Standard on the first date than some flowers?
This Minion has a continuous effect to smoothen the early game or set up specific draws.
It works similar to the "Clockwork Card Dealer" mechanic, except that all cards drawn per turn match the mana crystals you have that turn. Your draws turn back to normal once the Librarian dies, since it is no battlecry.
First version gave infinite healing capabilities, which is something we've seen before. So I went more towards the double cast path there. No via any Battlecry triggers but, by giving the effect while in play(like Brann) It has a powerful effect and a lot of cool new interactions. I.e Blessing of Kings, Avenging Wrath and ofc secrets can only 1 one unique active at any given time.
Trivia: Name of the card is the name of an Paladin trainer within World of Warcraft.
At 10 mana you gain Excess Mana and it is an epic to increase consistency and also introduce a real trade-off in consistency when other no duplicates cards are around (like e.g. Reno Jackson). Also while the artwork represents a moonkin (typically related to spell damage), I felt like the art was appropriate for the effect. Also the fact its a beast gives you some extra The Curator synergy.
The biggest problem with control hunter is that the hero power becomes so suboptimal. This guy fixes that by giving the button some board control capability in addition to the default 2 face (or whatever you changed your hero power into with other cards). He encourages a playstyle that lacks some consistency (reno), but creates a clock for your opponent simply through the act of controlling the board.