Dunno why but ive been imagining the card worded this way today to add a little additional flavor.
Exile target hound creature you control to do 1 damage to target creature. Return that creature to the battlefield at the beginning of your next end step.
makes the dog run off and come back
I was actually considering doing something like that, but I figured a) the spell does the damage, and the Hound gets it back - not the dog doing the damage and b) I think getting the stick works as a tap because the exile clause makes it seem like the dog momentarily stops existing to go get the stick.
kinotherapy Agreed that the counter interaction is unfair to Blue. I think mentioning the stack is a bit awkward though so I instead tweaked the wording to have it exile whenever it would enter the graveyard.
This might go against precedent, but I think a choose 1 format might work better here. While the syntax is readable as it is, it can still be a bit confusing. The first time I read it, I thought it was pay and 2 life OR pay , only on a reread did I get the pay , pay and 2 life, or pay
shiftyhomunculus Fair enough. I didn't like the bullet points either, after I did it, which is why I did the second one with semicolon delimiters. Also, from a flavor standpoint, should paying red also include discarding a card? Or does that overcost it?