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Poll ended at Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:12 pm
Palace Chambermaids 18%  18%  [ 7 ]
Phantasmal Embrace 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Magpie's Instinct 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Formal Escort 20%  20%  [ 8 ]
Bloodstained Ronin 5%  5%  [ 2 ]
Hidden Temple 13%  13%  [ 5 ]
Voltaic Sparkplug 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Palindrome 8%  8%  [ 3 ]
Skittish Springjack 3%  3%  [ 1 ]
Faithful Companion 10%  10%  [ 4 ]
Spreading Darkness 15%  15%  [ 6 ]
Loyal Test Subject 5%  5%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 40
Total voters : 13
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:12 pm 
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hey folks! so Parad asked me to run Card Of The Year this year so... I'm doing that. yay! unfortunately COTY was built on the premise of Card Of The Month which we kinda don't do anymore, so instead of tossing up a massive 52-card poll, we're gonna have to break things down a bit first. I considered a couple different approaches, but it feels like the best way to do it for time is probably just four seasonal prelims, then a final bracket. for the sake of fairness, since this is a lot of cards, I'll be taking the top... let's say 3 vote-getters and doing a run-off to determine the actual Card Of The Winter, so for now feel free to vote for as many options as you want and we'll handle the rest later. I'll probably put up a new seasonal prelim every couple days, so we're not stuck waiting a week for every poll. anyway! the cards!

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Palace Chambermaids
Creature - Human (R)
There is a cleanup step after each phase. (At the end of each phase, the active player discards down to their maximum hand size, damage wears off, and "until end of turn" and "this turn" effects end.)
"Oh heavens, look at the size of this mess."
0/1


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Phantasmal Embrace-
Enchantment-Aura
Enchant creature you control
Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 and gains flying.
When enchanted creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it and transform Phantasmal Embrace.
"It is, of course, well known among scholars that dragons are no more than a fantasy designed to keep the population in line..."~Grevin Eir, Lecturer in Crytozoology
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Aetherform Whelp
Creature-Dragon
Flying
"...but it should be noted that even fantasies can be deadly in the hands of an incautious magician."
3/3


Eph wrote:
Magpie's Instinct -
Sorcery (C)
Target creature with flying fights target artifact creature.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every winged creature - from the smallest faerie to the mightiest dragon - must be in want of Shiny Things.


Formal Escort
Sorcery (R)
Create four 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens. The next spell you cast this turn has convoke.
The crowds roared at the approach of the color guard marching in perfect time to the city's anthem. When they saw what followed, however, their cheers were replaced by silent awe.


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Bloodstained Ronin
Creature - Human Samurai
Haste, bushido 2
(Whenever this creature blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.)
Whenever Bloodstained Ronin blocks or is blocked, each player sacrifices a creature that isn't attacking or blocking.
"There are ronin who have honor but lack a lord. And there is me."
3/3


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Hidden Temple
Land (U)
If a spell or ability an opponent controls would cause you to reveal your hand, you may reveal only this card from your hand instead.
: Add .
Jace stood in uncomfortable silence. He was surrounded by at least a dozen monks, yet couldn't hear a single thought.


Yarium wrote:
Voltaic Sparkplug |
Artifact | {R}
Whenever an artifact becomes tapped, Voltaic Sparkplug deals 1 damage to that artifact's controller.
,: Draw a card.


Palindrome
Creature — Incarnation
If you control only two other creatures, and those creatures share a name, Palindrome gets +2/+2.
"Don't worry," sighed Palindrome, as she lay down to rest. "It'll all come back around."
—The Book of Middles
2/2


Skittish Springjack
:1::w:
Creature - Goat
Whenever Skittish Springjack blocks or becomes blocked, remove it from combat.
When Skittish Springjack is dealt damage, transform it.
Doyo's flock was too clever for his liking, and always knew to hide when the time came to shear them.
1/3
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Cloak of Kith and Kin
Artifact - Equipment
Equipped Creature gets +0/+3. Prevent all noncombat damage that would be dealt with it.
Equip :2:
"Springjack Wool shorn when the sun is lowest in the sky is best for protection against all weathers" - The Book of Kith and Kin


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Faithful Companion -
Creature - Hound Spirit
When Faithful Companion enters the battlefield, if you cast it from your hand, put a loyalty counter on another creature you control.
At the beginning of your end step, if a creature you control has a loyalty counter on it, return Faithful Companion from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
Some dogs always find their way home.
2/1


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Spreading Darkness
Sorcery (R)
Destroy target creature.
Overload
"The power to strike down thine enemies," the demon agreed. It did not mention however, the ability to control such power.


Yarium wrote:
Loyal Test Subject |
Creature - Cat Dog Frog | {C}
Loyal Test Subject has vigilance as long as you control another untapped creature.
"Who is a good experiment 32? The question is rhetorical. It is you."
[3/3]


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oh also I'm not voting 'cause I'm gonna be the tiebreaker in case we need a tiebreaker, so everyone please try to vote for the ones you think would be my favorite in order to compensate.

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Thanks so much for doing this, razor! :)

Palace Chambermaids, while probably rather unprintable outside of an Un-set, as the cleanup step has never been mentioned on a printed Magic card and only shows up on gatherer from when they cleaned up (no pun intended) substance, is still brilliant and worthy of a vote, if only for the YMtC factor. If it were designed today, I'd probably give it the Peasant subtype, but that didn't exist when it was posted.

Hidden Temple is really evocative, and as a card, perfectly solid, but is also mostly just YMtC factor.

Palindrome is also incredibly cute. I think I'm beginning to see a pattern in terms of what kinds of cards win CotW. It should really cost . If they ever do print a /2/2, it's gonna be vanilla to start. Plus, it turns the mana cost into a palindrome as well.

Spreading Darkness is lowkey kinda brilliant and I wouldn't be surprised if it saw print directly if Wizards ever brings Overload back.

Loyal Test Subject has some adorable flavor text, but I really don't think Simic should be getting Watchwolves with upsides. I'd probably have voted for it if it were a 3/2.

None of the others really speak to me, but they're all definitely cool cards. I also threw a vote to Formal Escort because it felt bad not to, and I'd probably try to make it work in a weenie deck, but it doesn't impress me as much as Chambermaids, Hidden Temple, or Spreading Darkness do.

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