Well, it's been a while since I've done one of these. Also my first time holding a Circuit Challenge. But contests are fun, and I always get more creative seeing other people's cool ideas. So let's see what y'all got!
This challenge is to decide a card that fits within any of the wedge-colored factions on my custom plane of Knathaara. Each faction sports a different theme and ability, so let's break those down so y'all know what I'm looking for.
Abzan Forest Spirits (colors: white/black/green, theme: waste/bog/moss counters; which transform lands into Plains, Swamps, and Forests respectively) - This faction is made up of sometimes undead dryads, nymphs and treefolk of the Deepwood, who despise intruders and civilization and will stop at nothing to encroach back. They care about counters on lands (see theme), tapped permanents you control, and land sacrifice.
Jeskai Steampunk (colors: blue/red/white, theme: steam-powered mana; produced by a special cycle of basic lands, and spells cast using mana from these lands are considered steam-powered) - This faction is a classic steampunk city in a civil war between a megalomaniacal warlord (U/R) and the oppressed resistance (R/W). They care about steam-powered mana, artifacts (sometimes in the 'yard), and Ships/zeppelins.
Sultai Eldritch Horrors (colors: black/green/blue, theme: Lurking (You may cast this card from your graveyard by sacrificing a land in addition to paying its other costs.)
) - Creepy subterranean oozes, horrors and aquatic monsters from the Underground that pick off port towns and intruders. Land destruction and land sacrifice is the name of the game, and a little bit of mill.
Mardu Cultists (colors: red/white/black, theme: Pact - COST (At the beginning of your upkeep, pay this permanent's pact cost. If you can't, sacrifice this permanent.)
) - Zealous, evil clerics and worshippers who follow an ancient Angel Demon Dragon by the name of Majesticwing, from the Winged Abyss. They pay valuable resources (often lands) for greater power, and themed around tribal Angels, Demons, and Dragons.
Temur Dragon Riders (colors: green/blue/red, theme: Elf and Dragon tribal) - Elves and dragons who form special bonds between rider and mount, to preserve laws of nature. Themed around elves and dragons.
Some additional rules:
1) Up to five entries are allowed, but they are not restricted to any one faction, or across all five factions.
2) Modern sux. I'm looking for Pauper, Commander, and Legacy format power levels. Long live eternal formats! (lol)
3) The flavor descriptions are just guidelines. Still want the card to be world-themed, but have fun.
4) No joke cards, please. Older cards may be allowed if they have strong flavor for doing so.
5) Pro tip: As powerful as rares/mythic rares are, and allow for a lot of design space, a tightly designed common or uncommon really draws my eye.
Prizes! Finally the good part!
There will be one honorable mention for each faction (so five total). Each cardsmith will get a favorite on a card of their choosing, and 1/4 Circuit point.
Third place gets two favorites, critique on a card of their choice, 1/2 Circuit point, and their entry gets added to my set.
Second place gets three favorites, critique on two cards of their choice, 3/4 Circuit point, and their entry gets added to my set.
First place gets five favorites, critiques on three cards of their choice, ALL their entries get added to my set, an ENTIRE Circuit point, and they get a VANITY card made by me!
END DATE: 3 weeks, or March 5th.
Have fun, y'all!