So, for weeks now (possibly months) I've been lurking the card creation competition threads, mentally designing cards and never getting around to actually making an account.
This week I was, once again, too lazy to do so by the deadline. However, I have grown rather attached to my designs this week so figured I'd finally post them - I'm aware I'm out of time for the competition, this is just to share.
So, based on the below... Thoughts? Think I'd have had a chance of winning? :P
P.S. Apologies if posting after the deadline isn't allowed for whatever reason. I'd have used the discussion thread, but it's locked since the submission window is past.
Flavour Text: Turns out these are what Ragnaros has been yelling about all this time...
1/1 body means a little less than 1 mana of stats. This gives me ~1.5 mana to spend on the effect. Given Cold Blood and Blessing of Might, the statistical average result of +3.5 Attack is balanced at 1 mana; the extra 0.5 balances out the highroll potential plus card efficiency (of being attached to a body). Result is, in my opinion, slightly underpowered versus similar but more flexible cards.
Flavour text: The treants are real.
Actually a pretty tricky one to balance. Discovering a spell is probably valued at around 1 mana based on other, similar effects. The additional potential of adding a Dendrologist is hard to value, given it's a card being generated which, itself, generates further cards. However, in my opinion the extra (1) is worth the potential Dendrologist add because a) the Dendrologist itself is just a dumb 2/3 body, requiring an activator to add value, and b) other cards with a similar overall effect of creating potentially unlimited non-snowball value at a tempo loss tend to value this at around (1) to (2). Valeera and Hagatha hero powers, for example, generate random cards at a presumed efficiency of (2) (although hard to judge since their powers are strictly 'free', loss of original power notwithstanding). It's a tough call, but I think this feels right.
EDIT: Should have noted - the card art for Die Insect is just clip-art mashed together with my complete lack of artistic talent. The art for Insaption is just the Inception poster, edited with no real attempt at finesse. Credit where it's due.