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CardName: Zōtōmaro Cost: 6 Type: Artifact Creature - Elemental Pow/Tgh: */* Rules Text: When you cast Zōtōmaro, search your library for three cards that share a name, plus one additional card. Target opponent chooses one of those cards. Put all cards that share a name with the chosen card in your graveyard, and the rest in your hand. Shuffle your library. Zōtōmaro's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand. Flavour Text: Set/Rarity: Mashup: the Gathering Alpha Rare

Zōtōmaro
{6}
 
 R 
Artifact Creature – Elemental
When you cast Zōtōmaro, search your library for three cards that share a name, plus one additional card. Target opponent chooses one of those cards. Put all cards that share a name with the chosen card in your graveyard, and the rest in your hand. Shuffle your library.
Zōtōmaro's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand.
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Updated on 23 May 2014 by jmgariepy

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2014-01-20 14:19:16: jmgariepy created the card Zōtōmaro
2014-01-20 14:20:53: jmgariepy edited Zōtōmaro

Last slot! Random Generator gave me Maro and Gifts Ungiven. Interesting. I need a Mythic Rare, so I made this, then made it a rare because it has too many words.

When I first previewed, this just passed the flyspeck text... but it didn't have a name at the time. Zōtōmaro isn't a big word... but it was enough to bump to tiny text.. how annoying. I can't figure out a way to cut words and stay within modern templating rules without damaging what I think is a pretty cool ability - pinning an opponent into giving you three Lightning Bolts and a bigger Maro, or a single Wrath of God. Bonus points awarded for searching for something like 3 Think Twices: Get your opponent coming and going.

Ah, what to do. I'm not sure. It turns out the only thing that drops the text is a one word name, and that won't do. In case you're wondering, Zōtō is the Japanese word for 'gift giving'. Yup, yup.

2014-01-20 14:42:45: jmgariepy edited Zōtōmaro

Holy carp. Well, I got there, but it ain't pretty, and there's a bit of ambiguous shorthand speak that, if made a real Magic card, would need to immediately be rewritten in Oracle... but I'm pretty sure everyone would be able to figure it out. Maybe. Two functional changes as well. 'enters the battlefield' became 'cast' to save space, and 'up to three cards...' became 'just search for the damn cards'... meaning that if you fail to find, you fail to find it all. That's pretty frustrating. But at least you can always just grab 3 Forests, so it ain't all bad.

That is indeed a distinctly nifty ability. I like the change from 2/2 to 3/1 given the Maro effect. Pity it's not quite mythic, but I agree it isn't.

If you want mythic, and fewer words... Replace "When you cast ~" with "{t}:"

Ha! That certainly an idea, though, I think there would still be too many words for it to qualify as a mythic. It's a pity, actually... I would have liked "Discard two cards, {?}, {t}:" for an activation to help feed the "if you let me have my three crappy cards, they become fuel" theme... but that's just more words, eh?

2014-01-22 01:12:00: jmgariepy edited Zōtōmaro
2014-05-23 01:02:44: jmgariepy edited Zōtōmaro

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