Post by PEacefulOtter on Jul 27, 2020 13:28:32 GMT
With the recent inclusion of Mill in m21 and Jumpstart, it got me thinking. Or there any other abilities that should be keyworded. With doing this, it would allow Wizards to make cards that care about these new keyworded abilities, similar to how with Bruvac it showed a mill matters card. Previously Bruvac's ability would have been hard within the rules, but with this simple rules
Threaten target creature (Gain control of that creature until end of turn, untap it. It gains haste.) Threaten all creatures on the battlefield (Gain control of those creature until end of turn, untap them. They gains haste.)
This could allow for synergy like the above-mentioned Bruvac; for example
Whenever you threaten a creature, sacrifice that creature at the beginning of the next end step.
Whenever you threaten an artifact, gain control of that artifact for as long as you control ~.
With key-wording abilities like Threaten, it allows for potential synergies that might not have been there without the change. So this is why I made this thread, for us to keep track of the abilities that should be keyworded, but aren't, and use them collectively in the sets we make.
The biggest problem that comes from keywording effects like Threaten or Firebreathing is that you often lose a lot of the flavor behind the card. Look at Threaten, for example. Sometimes it's stealing something, sometimes manipulating something, etc. Keywording that as "Threaten" means a lot of those cards would lose their flavor. Additionally, there isn't as much of a need to keyword these effects as there was for Mill. Milling already had complex text so cards that cared about milling couldn't really work without it being keyworded, since there would be way more text than needed.
That said, there are certainly some abilities that could be keyworded. While WotC doesn't like to keyword downside mechanics, I feel like "This creature attacks each combat if able" is one I'd like to see keyworded, perhaps as "Aggressive"