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Hello again, and welcome to the (second) second Planeswalker's Journey!! Before we get started with backstory and rules, I just want to say that this is pretty much a reboot of PWJ 2, so the first few challenges will be the same (That's why it's 2.5 instead of 3, also I didn't want to call it 3 when 2 isn't done yet). I didn't do too great of a job on PWJ 2, always being late on giving out challenges, but I feel that I know now how to do this correctly! (Also, it's summer vacation now, so I'll have much more free time) Well, with that out of the way, on to the contest!
You wake up, and find yourself in a strange land. You had just experienced an insane moment that caused your planeswalker's spark to ignite, flinging you across the multiverse. You attempt to use your newfound planeswalking powers to return home, but you find that something is stopping you. An image flashes into your mind. A tower, in the middle of the world. You sense that something there is keeping you from leaving, and you must make your way there to return home. Another image comes. A serpent, created of glowing strands that seem to be the lost sparks of thousands of other planeswalkers. A sense of fear washes over you, and you know that this is the spark eater. If it catches you, you will have your spark removed and will be transported to who-knows-where with no way to return home. A name comes into your mind. Clancularius. The world, a blank slate to be carved. And so you begin your great quest to get home.Joining the Challenge
Ok! Let's begin with how you join. You need:
One starting color (Colorless is allowed)
-A 2-4 CMC planeswalker that is your starting color only, and has a name in common with your name, whether that be username, real name, or nickname. It can be a shortened version.
-A specialty or theme, referred to as a Niche, that your cards will follow (Ex. Direct Damage, Counterspells,
(insert creature type here) Tribal. Your Niche is not set in stone, and can be changed.)
-Up to 2 common cards and 1 uncommon card to accompany your planeswalker. You don't have to use these right away, and can save them for later challenges.NOTE: If you have participated in PWJ 1 or 2, you cannot recycle planeswalkers or cards from those challenges. You can use old planeswalkers and cards, as long as they follow regulations, but not if they were used in previous PWJs.The Challenge
Each week I will be posting a challenge that you can create cards for. Cards created for the challenge will be awarded more points based on how well they solve the challenge. More on grading later. As we get further into the challenge, I may sometimes make individual challenges for each contestant. Don't expect this super often, as it will not be easy to think up individual challenges for everyone. At the beginning of each challenge other than the first one, some of the people with the least points will be eliminated. Doing worse in the challenges means more risk of being eliminated.Grading
Each card will be graded on a scale of 1-10:
~2 possible points for being an appropriate power level for it's rarity (This basically means being balanced for it's rarity. It can be strong, but it needs to be balanced.)
~2 possible points for fitting your Niche
~2 possible points for flavor
~2 possible points for correct MTG wording/grammar
~1 possible point for having the artist sourced
~1 possible point for artwork choice (Having art that fits the card)
~2 possible points for being able to solve the challenge it was made for, if it was made for a challenge
For a total of 10 possible points for a normal card, and 12 for a card made for a challenge. All rarities and legendary-not legendary will be judged the same. Planeswalkers will be judged on the same scale, minus the challenge factor. Later into the challenge, if you update your Planeswalker, the points for your new Planeswalker will replace those of your old Planeswalker.
Once we get a few challenges into the contest, I will begin factoring in curve to your score. This is basically just, if your cards were a deck, what your deck's mana curve would look like. This will be graded on a scale of 1-15, with 1 being a horrible curve, and 15 being an optimal curve. Things that would hurt you in this section would be too many cards with the same mana cost, no high-cost cards, no low-cost cards, etc. In previous iterations of the contest, there was a cover factor, which graded how much stuff your spellbook could do. I am going to tone this down to just a 1-10 point grade. You won't get far with slight variations of the same card, be creative! Create different solutions for different situations and you'll do fine.Card Rules
-Old cards are allowed
-Cards can be changed until the next challenge, at which point they are set in your spellbook and cannot be taken out. Ex. A card made on Wednesday can be changed during Wednesday, Tuesday and Friday before the challenge but not after.
-Cards cannot be colors that your planeswalker is not.
-No planeswalkers other than yours, except if they are story cards.
-If you make a lore/story related card that is not one of your planeswalker's spells you may overlook all rules but you must signify that it is a lore/story card.
Note: As in the first and second PWJ, lore and story are allowed, but you don't get points for story. As someone who did story for my guy in the first one, I thought it was quite fun, but not everyone likes writing story, so it is not at all required. TLDNR Version
-Submit a monocolor planeswalker that costs 2-4 mana, and a niche (specialty) along with up to 2 commons and 1 uncommon, also monocolor in your planeswalker's color.
-Your planeswalker's name should be similar to your name, whether that be username or real name.
-No repeat planeswalkers or cards from the first PWJ.
-Cards will be judged on a scale of 1-10, with Curve (mana cost distribution) and Cover (diversity/versatilty)
at 1-15 and 1-10 respectively.
-Storytelling is allowed, but not mandatory. No points will be awarded for storytelling.
-Your starting attributes/card slots:
Colors of mana: 1
Maximum mana cost: 3
Max Legendary Cards: 0
Max Mythical Cards: 0
Max Rare Cards: 0
Max Uncommon Cards: 1
Max Commons Cards: 2
-I will be giving out challenges each week. You will get slots to make cards for these challenges, and those cards will be graded. Worse cards mean the risk of being eliminated.
Links to the first two if you want to check them out:http://forums.mtgcardsmith.com/discussion/3820/planeswalker-s-journey/p1http://forums.mtgcardsmith.com/discussion/4023/planeswalker-s-journey-2-return-to-clancularius/p1
Submissions are due on Friday, July 5, at which point the first challenge will begin.
Now, without further ado, Good Luck, Have Fun, and Happy Cardsmithing!
(If you have any questions about rules, feel free to ask!)