Hooray! We get to help Wizards make a green card! Woo hoo!
BUT WAIT! DON’T VOTE FOR THE TYPE YET!!!
Hear me out first… I know everyone’s first impulse is to vote for a creature – it’s green, so it’s gotta be a creature, right?
No! Don’t fall into that trap.
Remember, Wizards will always be making really good green creatures; why squander our shot here, doing something they’re likely to end up doing anyway? It’s like Finkel’s Invitational card – a stupid Ophidian variant was bound to crop up in R&D at some point. We ought to aim at something like Pikula – something different and powerful.
So why don’t we make a good green instant? Seriously, how many good green instants have been made over the years that weren’t Fog or Giant Growth variants? In the struggle against control decks, green’s had little ammo other than that most fragile of cards: The creature. Instants are a great way to punish Mr.”At the End of Your Turn…” Let’s look at some of the few interesting green instants over the years:
- Green’s flashback”creatures”
- Hail Storm
- Lure of Prey
- Natural Affinity
- Natural Selection
- Storm Seeker
When you trim out the Fog and Giant Growth variants, the handful of creature tutors, Regrowth spins, and land fetchers, there’s not a whole lot left. Why not challenge Wizards to give us a great green instant – something that will hit the scene and become a classic. Something that will make Type 2, Extended, and maybe even Type 1? Something like a new Storm Seeker that does two damage for every card in hand, but where the opponent can choose to put however many cards in hand onto the top of their deck to reduce the damage – sorta like a cross between Stunted Growth and Storm Seeker. How cool would that be?
Let’s really challenge R&D to come up with a really cool, powerful green card that’s not another creature! We can always bank on getting plenty of those…