The Wonderful All-Encompassing Card Clinic Sept 2, 2019 17:54:49 GMT
Post by kinotherapy on Sept 2, 2019 17:54:49 GMT
Common knowledge ― Whenever a card is added face-up to your hand, <effect>.
One of the reasons I'm posting this here is because I'd like to know if it's clear when this will trigger. To be clear, common knowledge will trigger when:
• you add a card that was revealed from your library to your hand.
• you return a card from any faceup zone (your graveyard, the battlefield, or exile) to your hand.
This is pretty interesting, but it being a pseudo-ability means the rules text has to be 100% accurate, which might be a nightmare to state succinctly. I believe cards in public zones are usually called visible, so it might be something like:
though it's possible that I'm wrong and this is nonsense (or I'm wrong and you can literally just put "visible card". I'm not really sure. The rules concerning these definitions are hard to find.) If the mechanic were an actual ability, you could cheat with reminder text, but it might be hard to get the versatility you want with it.
Common knowledge — Whenever a revealed or visible card is put into your hand from anywhere, [effect]
As for the function of the mechanic, I'm curious to see how well it plays but I think you'll need to support it pretty heavily at low rarities. I notice that the only common common knowledge card (that's a little confusing) is a very low-floor-high-ceiling card, which feels like a mistake; it would play better with your lavish payoffs at uncommon and your functional designs and enablers at common. I'm sure you've thought about this already, but I'm thinking of support cards to include like Adventurous Impulse, Pieces of the Puzzle, Salvager of Secrets and Whitemane Lion. (I wonder if this faction mechanic was partly inspired by Bond of Flourishing?) You could also add a random "players play with the top card of their library revealed" card at a higher rarity for funsies.
White seems kind of hard to design for here and I'm not a fan of the exile idea, but the "dig for small creatures" idea is good, although there's something wrong with the example because it does nothing with the card it finds, and if it did then it would enable its ability common knowledge rider by default.