Yes yes; I'll admit that there's already a RWBY set in these very forums, but there hasn't been an update in it for months so I figured I would post in a new thread for what I've made. Consider this a different glimpse into the anime.
That being said; welcome to Remnant.
"Hello and welcome to Beacon. You are among a privileged few who have received the honor of being selected to attend this prestigious academy! Our world is experiencing an incredible time of peace, and as future Huntsmen and Huntresses, it is your duty to uphold it. You have demonstrated the courage needed for such a task, and now it is our turn to provide you with the knowledge and the training to protect our world." - Professor Goodwitch
Our journey begins with a small simple soul: Ruby Rose with her High-Caliber Sniper-Scythe known as Crescent Rose.
I'm curious about thoughts for this set. I am currently sitting at around 100 cards in my file; with about 25 of them being completely finished and ready to send if any of you are interested. This is my first thread on this site as well as I've been lurking for a while but decided to post this.
Note about Beacon Academy: The Four is a reference to how many people are on a team at Beacon. I have thought to change it's first one to any human creature spell through.
I like the idea that the Hunters and Huntresses make their weapons artifact equipment. I feel like it would be neat to make it so they can "Flip" to show the "Gun" version but I of all people understand the bane of over crowding a card.
I am excited to see the other members of RWBY JNPR etc <3
Going to add these now as it seems fitting to round off RWBY:
First up is Weiss Schnee; heiress to the Schnee Dust Company, and Ruby's team partner. I'm mixed as I really want to have her involve the snow mana even through I know it's rarely used anymore.
Blake Belladonna is next; for this I did not want to add Faunus as their own creature type so Faunus are labeled as Human, then following it would be a second type of their faunus trait. Blake's got Kitty ears so she's a Human Cat. For her abilities I figured extort really suited Blake's motifs. Shadow; now I haven't really talked about their semblances that they have in show yet, but Haste on Ruby is her semblance, Weiss uses glyphs, and Blake? She makes a shadow clone of herself that takes the hit for her; which to me sounds like a perfect reason to give her Shadow at a cost over something like unblockable, which also could work for what the goal is.
Yang Xiao Long; the final member of team RWBY, she's likely the most powerful in turns of raw strength on the team, so naturally; she's Gruul themed. Now you might be wondering why she is a flip but no one else is? Well as part of her semblance her eyes change from a lilac to a red as seen on the card itself. However she often when in anger looses control thus changing her to a Berserker from a normal Warrior Her second abilities are how I would describe her semblance in MTG: "Once you take damage, you can dish it back twice as hard" a quote directly from her Father Taiyang Xiao Long. I didn't want her to instantly return all damage so it's only combat damage.
About their weapons; I'm planning to make most of their weapons be artifact equipment separate from their owner but in Crescent Rose's case it helps trigger Ruby's own ability so it made sense to make her summon it as a token.
1) It seems a bit off for Ruby to be the only one to actually create her signature weapon as a token - especially considering that the weapons are an essential aspect of what makes RWBY what it is (not the core, but the 'everything is also a gun' aspect is certainly part of what makes it memorable). I'd suggest instead of having her make a token, have her tutor up an Equipment (or, if you'd like, just have her tutor up Crescent Rose specifically) and make Crescent Rose a separate card (and, as suggested previously, make it a flip card to represent the gun and scythe halves.
2) Unless you intend to heavily fall back on the Snow aspect, I wouldn't include it for Weiss. Especially given that she's not an ice elementalist specifically - yes, it's her preferred element, but she's a dust specialist rather than an ice specialist. Myrtenaster is specifically designed to allow her versatility - being a multi-chambered dust rapier, it allows her to utilize a variety of dust mixtures in order to get different effects (which she then combines with her glyphs). And giving her a lockdown effect really doesn't make sense for her - she's actually one of the more direct combatants on team RWBY, usually using her glyphs to give herself superior speed, maneuverability and striking power, and using dust more to set up the battlefield for that. It's odd given the character design, yes, but that's how she tends to operate. Also no reference to the Summoning aspect of her semblance, but that makes sense if we're looking specifically at season 1.
3) Extort... really doesn't make sense for Blake. You can make a case for Shadow, but I would advise against that as well - I'd honestly consider either some form of redirection ability or token-making ability to represent Blake's semblance. I suggest this both because of the fact that Shadow is a separate evasion ability that really only works within the context of sets that have it (and as such, giving Blake Shadow is committing to utilizing the mechanic fairly heavily in the set - see Weiss, and the use of Snow), but also because Blake's semblance doesn't prevent opponents from hitting her. The best examples of this that I can come up with would be the Blake v Torchwick fight at the docks during season 1 (where we see Blake's clones actually taking blows from Roman as they disperse - or at least appearing to - while she dodges), and the Blake v Torchwick rematch on the train during season 2 (where she uses both the insubstantial shadow clones to divert Roman's attention and the more substantial dust-augmented clones to block his attacks or as attacks of their own).
4) Yang's semblance is specifically the ability to strengthen herself upon taking damage. However, it isn't a change from a warrior to a berserker-style mindset - Yang is always aggressive, reckless and hotheaded, with a tendency to go overboard when she gets truly angry (or when someone touches her hair). The idea of her being a transform card is fine (and a one-off transform card is much more within design allowances than one-off keywords for a standard set), though her base power decreasing when she transforms is irksome (even when considering the addition of double-strike), and the fact that she doesn't get anything from damage taken pre-transformation makes little sense. I'd recommend giving her a +1/+1 counter whenever she takes damage (or just from combat damage if you'd prefer), reduce the toughness a touch on both sides, and give her a lower transform threshold (such as flipping at 3 +1/+1 counters), with the front side having first strike and the back side getting trample and/or menace.
5) Everything else looks pretty good, though I'd allow the mana from Beacon Academy to be used for artifacts as well as creatures (due to the weapons that the huntsmen use - and the fact that you look to be setting up Dust as being represented by artifacts, given Dust Explosion). Maybe even go so far as to make a specific creature type for Huntsmen/Huntresses, using Tribal to attach it to their gear (and spells representing their abilities) as well, and tying Beacon's ability to that typing specifically - if only to avoid the incongruity of tapping Beacon Academy for mana to summon Grimm. And Jaune... yeah, you've got him spot on. It fits his personality, it fits his combat style, and it fits his semblance (and the fact that he was using said semblance from the time he first unlocked his aura, though only unconsciously and outside of his direct control). That one's a home run.
I actually thought for a while about using Hunter which is an obsolete creature class that was blended into Cleric. A reason I didn't choose it was because of the other RWBY set actually (Right here); it was suggested there not to use Hunter so when building my own; I figured to listen to the advice given to the other person. You were also right in noticing Weiss's focus is pre-summoning, which is the goal for this set. I wanted to do Volumes 1-3 as I personally was thinking of doing a what if scenario where Ruby herself ignites during the Battle of Beacon as a secondary set alogn with Volumes 4-6+. You weren't wrong about making Crescent Rose a flip as I actually have in that ideal sequel:
This was planned for the second ideal set where Ruby ignites and ends up on Kaladesh; which is the perfect plane for someone like Ruby with how she is with weapons. And thus this card really makes use of that and even buffs if it's an red and/or blue card, through it's half finished I just exported it to mention it here. I might look for art and rename it to be the new Crescent Rose for Ruby to search in this instead. Another reason I did it as a token was because of this card:
The goal was to make it seem Crescent Rose was inspired by Harbinger but still be slightly cheaper and of course less powerful as Harbinger's a mythic currently.
For Weiss and Yang: I've bumped the snow off of Weiss as suggested, instead making her ability just a White and a Blue and her cost being 2WU now. Yang now has the combat removed her her abilities so it's when ever she gets hurt end of. I also made her 2/3 in base and 3/6 on the flip, and made the charge counters three instead of five.
Blake I was never really happy with compared to the rest of her team so I might redo her based on the suggestions.
In the meantime:
Now Nora is a Berserker!
Side note will fixing an error: I updated The Academy as well, and Yes dust are artifacts. Not tokens but more like the diamond cycle of artifacts.
I guess I'll show off my take on Pyrrha now. Now her ability is odd yes, but it's the only way I figured how to reflect her Polarity semblance being a hard ability counter for artifacts. (Crewing comes to mind actually, as does Scrying using artifacts.) I think she really suits the White Blue theme I'm building around Atlas themed cards. But She's from Mistral I hear. The school she went to was in Argus which while in Mistral is basically a section of Atlas. (Think Mistral is Spain and the Atlas base/Argus itself is Gibraltar)
Finally to finish JNPR is Lie Ren, who I've been bouncing around and might add more to to focus on his own Semblance a little more. (Side note: Due to me not really wanting to add Aether to the set I didn't really touch on Nora's semblance as I don't know how it would work unless I give her Prowess or something.
I guess I'll reveal this as well; when I saw Totem Armor I knew it was an interesting and canonical to MTG way to explain aura and thus semblances a little bit more within the realms of MTG. I wasn't even looking for Totem armor I was looking up white aura spells for a idea for a card to pair with Jaune when it was the second row on Google Search; I look it up and sure enough it's a real deal ability. While it hasn't had a card in print in a while I'm sure I will be able to have multiple cards using the ability in all five colors to fit the theme of the set.