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CardName: Boo! Cost: B Type: Instant Pow/Tgh: / Rules Text: Remove target creature from combat. It's controller loses 2 life. Flavour Text: Set/Rarity: Goblin Artisans Weekend Challenges None

Boo!
{b}
 
Instant
Remove target creature from combat. It's controller loses 2 life.
Updated on 1 Nov 2020 by Jack V

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2020-11-01 10:42:28: Jack V created and commented on the card Boo!

https://goblinartisans.blogspot.com/2020/10/weekend-design-challenge-103020.html

This week's challenge is to design an instant or sorcery card that represents being scared or frightened somehow.

This is probably too narrow, and not really in pie, and would need the combat rules to be streamlined again to make removing a blocker intuitive[1], but it was the one that had the best "scary" flavour.

[1] I'm not sure if it works, but now that the assign-damage-order rules have been there for a while, it feels like you could remove the special meaning of "blocked", and just say "a creature is blocked if it is blocked by any creatures" and "when damage is finally assigned, the defending player or planeswalker is always last in the order, but is only assigned damage if there are no blocking creatures or the attacking creature has trample". It feels like the benefits would be similar to removing "combat damage on the stack" -- you can remove a blocking creature and have the effect you intuitively expect, but you can't block and then sac, you have to choose.

Oh, I forgot. It probably is too narrow as is, but a rider like "flashback {4}{b}" would make sense, having the scare happen once, then have it hanging over you.

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