For my Vazu’jin: Gnomeferatu removes the card completely and has vanilla stats (2/3). This has the niche of locking the card, but this will only matter for several decks and for several decks the additional draw will be an advantage, for examle decks that throw a single card a turn in the lategame without looking at the Cost. I think this is worth the additional stat on Vazu’jin.
The problem here is that Rogue can abuse this a lot better than Warlock can. Shadowstep, Daring Escape, Spirit of the Shark, etc. I'm also not too sure that many decks "throw a single card in for the late game" without thought, either. And you say "single", therefore, there is a very low chance of it getting set to (10), and a much higher chance of a low-costing card getting locked.
I won't delve into this too much, you won the contest after all, so others enjoyed your creation more than I did. Congratulations on your win all the same.
I'm glad I'm not the only person who thought Vazu'jin was over-powered.
As for Pharoah Imp, I actually suggested the creator to bump up the stats (was originally 3/4) though I did not give my input on what I thought the stats should be. My reasoning was that Neferset Thrasher was way better than a 3/4 Pharoah Imp since you only took 3 damage each time, and you weren't punished for playing other cards. If anything, you can compare this to Unlicensed Apothecary and balance a 2 mana version of that.
If it is possible, I would like to ask organizers of WCT to clarify one thing - this is second WCD where it is mentioned that participants who make some kind of extra effort will receive bonus points.
For this WCD 10.5, the theme was grandmothers, and it is said that anyone who uses grandmother or art with older women will receive bonus points. I see from this finale that some entries did not make this extra effort. On the other hand - there were some submissions (including mine, mind you :)) that used grandmother or related art, and didn't qualify for the finale. So I just want to understand - what kind of bonus points are we talking about? Who gives them? :)
Right-o, I believe in transparency so:
For now we're only saying bonus points as a bit of a joke. It's more of a creative guidelines/thematic challenge. Zanywoop and I have discussed of adding 1 vote point to any entry which uses a grandmother art (or indeed, any theme that was the bonus challenge that week).
At the same time, I pointed out that adding a theme restriction creates a bigger chance of people using a poor choice of art. The mod team is still trying to decide how to go forward here. The best way is to get input from the contestants but most people do not use the fan creations discord channel so I can only hope people see this reply and weigh in.