You Make the Card 3 Step 2 - Card Type

Posted in Feature on February 8, 2005

By Mark Rosewater

Working in R&D since '95, Mark became Magic head designer in '03. His hobbies: spending time with family, writing about Magic in all mediums, and creating short bios.

Two weeks ago we asked you to select the art for the third You Make the Card. And you did. The winner was this piece of art, created by Rebekah Lynn Osario, which received 3726 votes.


Art by Rebekah Lynn Osario

Here's how the voting went down.

Piece # Image Votes
Piece #5 Piece #5 3726
Piece #4 Piece #4 1515
Piece #3 Piece #3 1369
Piece #7 Piece #7 943
Piece #8 Piece #8 761
Piece #6 Piece #6 567
Piece #9 Piece #9 510
Piece #1 Piece #1 450
Piece #10 Piece #10 300
Piece #2 Piece #2 269

So what's next? It's time to start figuring out what the card is. To do that we have two logical avenues. One, we could figure out its color. Or two, we could figure out its card type. As You Make the Card #1 & #2 both started by choosing color, I thought it would be more interesting to start with card type.

There are six choices, but I've condensed it down to three. First, I've combined instant and sorcery as both card types are identical from a creative standpoint. Plus, mechanically it's best to leave us the ability to modify spell speed as a tool to later fine tune the card. Second, I've eliminated artifacts, as the art does not support being an artifact. And third, I've eliminated land for the same reason. This leaves us with three options:

  1. Creature

  2. Enchantment

  3. Instant or Sorcery

The deadline for this vote is midnight this Friday (Feb. 11). If you would like someone to bounce thoughts off of, please visit this article's thread on the bulletin board.

As always, have fun!

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