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Crash Test Dummy

In my mind, I picture the dummy jumping in front of an incoming Lightning Bolt or charging Progenitus to save a fellow battlemate. Poor expendable soul.

Instead of regenerating a creature, preventing all damage to you by one source was my other main contendant. But the effect wasn’t good enough. And preventing all damage for the turn dissolved too much the idea I reflected on the first paragraph.

(mm, now that I think about it, Meat Shield would’ve been a more fitting name…)

For costing I based myself mostly on Herbal Poultice (although with an eye on Pteron Ghost). I costed it a bit more aggresively, since for a mana less in casting and no mana in activation you get a 1/2 body. I never put Herbal Poultice in my Limited decks, but I think I would play Crash Test Dummy.

The 1/2 allows you to get something else besides the ability from it. You can use it to block incoming damage, then sacrifice it to save another blocking creature. With nothing else on the battlefield, and being an early bird at 2 mana, perhaps you can even make it deal some damage through.

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So when I decided to make a card about pizza, I thought: “what’s the most characteristic thing they have?” And that is, of course, all these 2×1 deals.

I tried that idea first. The initial iteration of the mechanic was called “Tuesday’s Special Offer” and offered you the copy token when you casted it on a Tuesday. That felt a little too Unglued-y, and since I try to keep the cards as real-Magic as I can, I settled on a “second pizza for 50%” deal that is also quite common.

Again, I am sure that since this is an additional cost for casting, that ability should be the first line on the card. But remember to never put the punchline on the title, kids.

And what other characteristic does pizza have? You share it with your friends and feel great eating it. So a buff that many creatures can enjoy – bit by bit. Counters came to mind. It also had to be an artifact, because everybody loves pizza.

I needed an even casting cost for the extra 50% and pizzas are usually cut into six or eight portions, but that was too unplayable, so I reduced it to four. With the special promotion, for six mana you can pump +8/+8 permanently, at delayed instant speed, among your creatures; it also interacts great with persist, proliferate and metalcraft.

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