BackgroundArt by Raph Lomotan
I'm going to be the first to say it: the Dinosaurs of Ixalan were disappointing. Although they were a fine introduction as a fantasy version of these titanic creatures, they did two things wrong. First, of all the dinosaur cards, the number of constructed playable dinosaurs can be counted on one hand. A vast majority of the dinosaurs are either made for limited like Bonded Horncrest
, or they were made with only commander in mind like Zacama
. Although these cards are certainly fun in there respective formats, they leave cubers like me wanting something better. Zacama might be fun when consistantly casting her on turn 7 just wins you the game, but it's not as good when it gets countered by Cryptic Command
or you're just dead to a good mono red aggro hand. You can count the dinosaurs that are good for cube/constructed on your hands, and even then some of those are pushing it.
The second issue was the aesthetic. Before previews started, WOTC was telling everyone how their dinosaurs would have "scientifically accurate feathers." This was exciting, because most of the time pop-culture dinosaurs are portrayed as scaley monsters instead of the feathered beasts that they probably were. Unfortunately, the added a bunch of random spikes and feathers where they don't belong.
Gishath, being a Giganotosaurus
, wouldn't have had all of those random spikes all over his body.Ceratopsians
like Goring Ceratops here wouldn't have had feathers on their frills or back. If they had any feathers they would most likely resemble quills on their tale.
Worse still, WOTC calls these things dinosaurs:
Disregarding the fact that the sunwing has feathers it should not have, Kinjalli's Sunwing is not a dinosaur. It is a type of flying reptile called a Pterosaur
. Although Pterosaurs are related to dinosaurs, they are not the same thing. On blogatog, Mark Rosewater has said that "On Ixalan, anything that is remotely related to a dinosaur counts as a dinosaur." This is WRONG. Calling a Pterosaur a Dinosaur would be a lot like calling an Elf or a Chimpanzee a Human because they are remotely related.
Between low power level, scientific inaccuracies, and general tomfoolery, I am taking the reigns of DInosaurs away from WOTC. Today, you will be making me some new stompy bois! I want to see dinosaurs that have accurate portrayals of these ancient animals. Rules and Regulations
1. Cards should be new.
2. Cards should represent Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs or another extinct animal from the Mesozoic Era
. They don't have to be creature cards.
3. If you choose to make creatures, please use appropriate types. Dinosaurs should have the creature type Dinosaur, Pterosaurs should have the creature type Pterosaur, Plesiosaurs should have the creature type Plesiosaur, and so on and so forth. If you make a mammal or something with multiple established creature types to represent it, choose the closest fit. You can make a mole, for example.
4. These should be on the power level Competetive Constructed and Cube
. Not Kitchen Table, Limited, or Commander.
5. 5 entries per Smith.
I want to see Competetive Constructed
dinosaurs, not more Limited or Commander abominations.Here are some examples of what I want to see.Breakneck Carnotaurus by @Brainifyer You don't have to use enrage if you don't want to, these are just the types of cards I want to see.Avoid stuff like this at all costs!Any useful resorces? This for uploading card images
and this for forum coding.Prizes
First Place - 1 Circuit Point and 5 Favorites
Second Place - 3/4 Point and 3 Favorites
Third Place - 1/2 Circuit Point and 3 Favorites
Honorable Mention - 1/4 Circuit Point and 1 FavoriteSubmission Cutoff: May 12th, 2018.
And with that, I wish you good luck and happy smithing!