The following keywords are banned. Discover: It is strange for a new player starting out with a Basic set to be discovering from cards they have no idea of. Secret: Complex mechanic, requires at least 3 out of 10 of your slots. Class keywords: Blizzard is pretty clear about saving these for Initiate. Immune and Counter: Far too niche to have a place in Basic.
Week Two: 10 "Initiate" cards.
"Initiate" means the supplemental 20 cards Blizzard printed for Demon Hunter. Yours do not have to be named Initiate.
Week Three: The other 10 "Initiate" cards.
Week Four: Your pre-Core expansion cards.
Week Five: Core Set consolidation + 15 post-Core expansion cards.
Be sure to read over Rules & Information section as there is a lot to go over this contest due to the complex shifts caused by the introduction of the Core Set.
You must adhere to the following submission rules or risk disqualification:
Unless otherwise stated, you are allowed three cards to showcase. All other cards must be hidden in a spoiler.
You may include flavour texts. For the showcase cards, their texts do not need to be spoilered.
All tokens must be in a spoiler.
You may include a single banner at the top of your submission post. It may not be overly fancy. This is entirely subjective and the moderators have the right to remove a banner they feel is too fancy and, therefore, gives an inherent advantage over other posts.
Golden cards are not allowed, nor are huge images that feature your cards with a background.
If you choose to include other images other than a banner, they must be hidden behind a spoiler.
Flavour text is allowed behind a spoiler.
Golden cards are not allowed.
Week Four has *a lot* of challenges, or rather, a challenge system. You may *pick and choose* boons and banes this week! However, the banes and boons you pick must even out to be 0 points.
Example: You have 3 points in boons, you will then need to pick 3 points in banes, it does not matter how you get the three points, so long as they are equal.
You may showcase a 4th card. (ONE POINT)
This boon has two options (TWO POINTS):
If your chosen pre-core expansion has two legendaries, you can have one as a spell or weapon.
If your chosen expansion mandates a legendary minion alongside a legendary weapon/spell, this Boon is not applicable, example, KAC, Ungoro
Instead, if your chosen expansion has one legendary minion, you can replace one epic card with a legendary minion. (This is what happened in TGT)
You can bring back an old cycle from a past expansion, example, Illidari Studies. (TWO POINTS)
If your chosen expansion had one class with only one Hero Card, you may also have one like Witchwood, Rastakhan. (FOUR POINTS) If you expansion was one where multiple classes had a Hero Card, this Boon is not applicable.
You must showcase at least two common cards. (ONE POINT)
Only three cards in your pre-core set can have four lines of text. (ONE POINT)
You have a choice: No Deathrattles, Rush, or Taunt in your pre-core set. (ONE POINT)
You must have a card for every mana cost between 0-10, inclusive. The remaining four cards do not need to follow this rule. (ONE POINT)
Rules & Information
How is the Initiate set split in half?
There are 8 commons, 6 rares, 4 epics, and 2 legendaries. That makes splitting the Initiate set in half rather easy.
For Weeks Two and Three, contestants will create 4 commons, 3 rares, 2 epics, and 1 legendary.
What does pre-Core expansion mean?
You may select any expansion before the Core set was introduced! Anything from GvG all the way up to Darkmoon Faire is up for grabs.
What does post-Core expansion mean?
Either Forged in the Barrens or United in Stormwind.
What do I do about class cycles?
You must have at least one all-class cycle from your chosen expansions.All-class, in this context, means both a cycle shared between all 9 classes, or a cycle that the League of EVIL classes or Explorers classes share.
While, at first, it seems to make sense that your custom class should adhere to all all-class cycles in a given expansion, Demon Hunter, for example, did not have a Prime legendary, therefore you only need to use one such cycle.
What about card cycles not shared between all nine classes, like Studies spell cards, or Aspirant cards?
You may pick and choose from those, these are not mandatory.
What about Hero Cards?
So after much debate and discussion, Hero Cards are allowed with an asterisk. More information will be given, but for now, take note that they are only allowed in Week Three.
Can I rename the "Initiate" set to whatever I want?
What watermarks do I use?
For the "Initiate" set, you can use whatever watermark you think makes the most sense. There is a list of watermarks here.
Do I have to follow the rarity distribution of the Demon Hunter Initiate set?
You may not introduce a Legendary spell, weapon, or Hero in the Initiate set as there are none in the current Demon Hunter example we've been given.
Do I need to adhere to Warcraft lore?
During this contest, I will be experimenting with asking contestants to integrate a little bit more Warcraft lore into their submissions. However, for the most part, you will be free to ignore Warcraft lore.
Do I need class-exclusive keyword?
Can I do a Monk or Death Knight class?
Can I create my own spell school or minion tribe?
We'll try this out this competition: Yes, you can.
Week 1: July 7th - July 14th Week 2: July 17th - July 24nd Week 3: July 25rd - August 1st Week 4: August 3rd - August 10th Week 5: August 11th - August 18th
All threads close at 3 AM, EST. There may be delays due to United in Stormwind being released. I also do have some overnight shifts at my workplace, so I will give 24 hours notice if there needs to be a delay.