Let's start off by congratulating the top-voted finalists of our "Heroes of Hearthstone" competition. Fantastic work! And we'll be reaching out to our winner to help us determine what's in store for you all next week.
Competition #29 - The Jousting Life
This week's theme comes from randomaniac95, whose "Ogre Knight" slayed its competition during our "Pictures Worth A Thousand Cards" competition one week ago. This week's theme follows in that knight's footsteps and lets us explore a new mechanics that I know a lot of us are pretty hyped for...
Entry Restrictions: You guessed it: Jousting! Now, yes, all of the current jousting cards have the following wording in common: "Reveal a minion in each deck. If yours costs more, ______." However, we're interested to see what fascinating new ideas you can come up with for the jousting mechanics, so instead, you're only restricted to including the following wording: "Reveal ______ in each deck. If ______, ______." The conditional blank immediately following the "If" must, like all existing jousting cards, still compare the results of your reveal to the results of your opponent's. Other than that, what's revealed doesn't have to be "a minion", and the comparison condition doesn't have to be dependent on whether "yours costs more".
We, the Fan Creation Forum Moderators, may edit and/or disqualify your entry if you neglect the competition's rules, so please read carefully. These measures are designed to ensure everyone has a fair and enjoyable experience during the contests!
You are allowed to submit one (1) entry per competition. Your entry must be a card of your own creation. You may add minimal comments to explain your card's design, balance, and/or qualities. You may not significantly alter your card once it has been submitted. (Although minor tweaks, such as to adjust balance or correct spelling errors, are acceptable.) You may not delete your submission post. Manipulating votes in any way is strictly forbidden. Any violators will receive a warning and a possible ban / disqualification from future contests. Any discussion of entries, ideas, and so on should take place in this week's designated Discussion Topic. This is the Submission Topic, and it is for submission posts and up-voting only. Recent New Rule - So called "troll entries" can be submitted but will not be able to advance to the final. Fun entries are OK, but outright, unbalanced parodies are not. If you're unsure, check with a moderator before submitting. Recent New Rule -You MUST upload your submission to a site that stores images, for example Imgur.com, Photobucket.com etc. This is for your own good as Hearthcards only keeps your image for a limited time and sometimes has problems resulting in lost images.
Entry Phase and Early Voting (Starts 20:00 UTC 13/August/2015, Ends 18:00 UTC 18/August/2015) It is during this Phase that you may submit entries to the Submission Topic. You may also, of course, feel free to give early up-votes to any submissions that you like!
Voting Phase (Starts 18:00 UTC 18/August/2015, Ends 18:00 UTC 19/August/2015) 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 19:00 UTC 19/August/2015, Ends 19:00 UTC 20/August/2015) 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 a 24-hour poll to decide the winner of the competition!
How do we determine the qualifying finalists? First, we'll take the highest-voted entry on each page of the submission topic. Then, we'll fill in the rest using the formula detailed here...
(abc) / (de) = x
Where, a = The total number of up-votes in the entire topic. b = The total number of submissions on the same page as the submission. c = The total number of up-votes that the submission received. d = The total number of pages that the entire topic spanned. e = The total number of up-votes on the same page as the submission. x = The submission's final score.
It might seem a bit complex and convoluted, but 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. It will be the ~15-25 entries that receive the highest final scores (depending on the popularity of this week's competition) that move on to the Final Phase. The spreadsheet showing the final scores of every submission will be released after each competition.
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To encourage your competitive spirit, we do of course offer a few rewards to competition winners: Their card forever immortalized in our Winners' Gallery! The power to choose the theme for a future competition! A unique Avatar Border & "Card Design Champion" Title, as depicted below!
I think all I have to say is I'd love to have that card. It's a Dragon, enabling that archetype a tiny bit more ( Even if Druid probably isn't the best recipient of it ), fits into the TONS-of-health theme of both druid and the green dragonflight ( Just look at that 12 Health Ysera ), and gives more of those tasty Dream cards. It's kinda powerful, 6/9 being roughly worth 7 mana, but you don't know which Dream Card you're gonna get, and you don't even know if you're gonna get it, so I guess it's fairly reasonable.
Combines both Blackrock Mountain's dragon theme and 'costs (1) less for each minion that died this turn' with Grand Tournament's jousting! As usual, if your opponent does not have a dragon to reveal, and you do, you win the joust and get the dragon, or if both dragons have the same health, you do not get the dragon.