Crash Test Magic returns with a vengeance this week with not one custom Magic card design, but a whole cycle of five cards. We’ve even created a new keyword: Cursed! See if you can break them, abuse them, create amazing combos or come up with some more card ideas using this mechanic.
My brother Joe and I were playing Magic yesterday, doing Rochester drafts with some Alara Block packs we’d ordered from Troll and Toad, when a rules question came up: can you equip an Equipment Artifact to your opponent’s creatures? I was pretty certain the answer was no (indeed, you can not), but it lead to a whole “What if…?” conversation, and Joe coming up with the idea for the Manacles card on the spot. We figured we could just work around the equipping limitation with some special text: “This equipment can be equipped to creatures your opponent controls.”
Later, I got to thinking that this was a cool idea and could be used for a bunch of different cards. Then I decided we could make the equipping change a keyword and do a whole cycle, and came up with the other card ideas. I depowered the Manacles a bit since the flavor of such an item would suggest restraint rather than killing (originally they gave -2-2). Of course, now they’re the crappy common of the set (sorry Joe), but it’s still a great card for a sealed deck format.
Check out the gallery below, browse the new cards, and see what you can come up with. I think the Cursed Tome is interesting in that it’s the only you might want to put on one of your own creatures. I also have a feeling there’s some kind of ridiculous combo you could use Cursed Plow for, but I can’t figure out exactly what it is. I think Cursed Sword might need an “at end of turn” addition, so the creature can successfully deal its damage before it hurts itself.
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