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Scott Van Essen

Doom of Wodotha

Armies rallied to repel the blight. But when it arrived, they saw nothing.

Common Cycle:

CW01
Weary of Death
1W
Sorcery
Target player gains 4 life.
Requiem - If a creature was put into a graveyard from the battlefield this turn, that player gains 8 life instead.

CU01
Vapors of the Blight
[Blightlost Vapors - http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/svanessen/submissionhub/finalchallenge3.general]
U
Sorcery
Put the top three cards of target player's library into his or her graveyard.
Requiem - If a creature was put into a graveyard from the battlefield this turn, put the top six cards of that player's library into his or her graveyard instead.
Source: Blightlost Vapors

CB01
Memories of Bereavement
1B
Sorcery
Target player discards a card.
Requiem - If a creature was put into a graveyard from the battlefield this turn, that player discards two cards instead.

CR01
Flames of Retribution
[Pyre Shot - http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/svanessen/submissionhub/finalchallenge3.CR01]
1R
Sorcery
CARDNAME deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
Requiem - If a creature was put into a graveyard from play this turn, CARDNAME deals 4 damage to that creature or player instead.
Source: Pyre Shot

CG01
Seeds of Rebirth
[Seeds of Rebirth - http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/svanessen/submissionhub/finalchallenge3.CG01]
2G
Sorcery
Put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens onto the battlefield.
Requiem - If a creature was put into a graveyard from play this turn, put four 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens onto the battlefield instead.

Uncommon Cycle:

UW01
Rescue from the Blight
2W
Enchantment - Aura
Enchant Creature
Flash
Enchanted Creature gets +1/+1
When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that card to its owner's hand.

UU01
Rise above the Blight
2U
Enchantment - Aura
Enchant Creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has flying
When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that card to its owner's hand.

UB01
Feast on the Blight
[Feast on the Blight - http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/svanessen/submissionhub/finalchallenge3.UB01?action=watch]
2B
Enchantment - Aura
Enchant Creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has lifelink.
When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that card to its owner's hand.

UR01
Charge through the Blight
[Havelock Vetinari's Revel in the Blight - http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/svanessen/submissionhub/finalchallenge3.UR01]
2R
Enchantment - Aura
Enchant Creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.
When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that card to its owner's hand.

UG01
Endure the Blight
2G
Enchantment - Aura
Enchant Creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has shroud.
When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that card to its owner's hand.

Mythic Rare Cycle:

MW01
Celiana, the Protector
4WW
Legendary Creature - Angel
5/5
Flash, Flying
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield or is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may return any number of other permanents you control to their owner's hand.

MU01
Ventaro, the Preserver
[Havelock Vetinari's Ventaro the Preserver - http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/svanessen/submissionhub/finalchallenge3.MU01]
4UU
Legendary Creature - Sphinx Wizard
4/4
Flying
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield or is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return all instants and sorceries in your graveyard to your hand.

MB01
Maltor, the Betrayer
4BB
Legendary Creature - Demon
5/5
Intimidate
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield or is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, Blight all other creatures. (Destroy each permanent with a Blight counter. Then put a Blight counter on each Blighted creature)

MR01
Rantor, the Ravager
4RR
Legendary Creature - Giant Warrior
5/5
First Strike
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield or is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, blight target creature, then untap it and gain control of it until end of turn. It gain haste until end of turn. (To Blight a creature Destroy each permanent with a Blight counter. Then put a Blight counter on each Blighted creature)

MG01
Gaesta, the Rebirther
4GG
Legendary Creature - Spirit
6/6
Trample
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield or is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return all other creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.

Commentary:

Commons - I chose sorceries because instants make Requiem too easy to use. Also, sorceries encourage attacking, add thought to your opponent's blocking decisions, and encourage bluffing. Instants are more interactive on a micro-level, but on a macro level, you're more likely to hold back creatures and cast the spells after blocking, making your opponent more reticent to attack, and decreasing overall interactivity.

Uncommons - Given the high lethality of Wodotha, I wanted my Auras to have built in protection against card disadvantage. I also wanted to reuse the extra graveyard (and enters the battlefield) triggers a set based around death has.

Mythics - My Mythic concept was "Each color's ultimate representative for dealing with the onset of the blight". White escapes it; Blue passes knowledge beyond it; Black embraces it; Red says "screw it, let's get wild"; Green endures. This cycle took many iterations, some "do-nothing", some BAHroken. The dual "enters the battlefield" and graveyard triggers solved the problem in multiple ways. The Black and Red cards needed to blight at least twice so that the ability is relevant outside the bio-dome. They all need an early trigger so they aren't just big bodies when you play them; and a late trigger so that they feel like they're "carrying on beyond the Blight". Overall, they felt like haymakers without being knockout blows, and combos they made were slow, fun, and escapable. Additionally, the Blue and Green Mythics play into the milling sub-theme Shawn has set up.



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