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CardName: splitting gold and mono by card type Cost: Type: Pow/Tgh: / Rules Text: Is there something to be done with a concept were creatures (and possibly planeswalker) are all monocolored (or gold monocolor), but all other spells (minus artifact) are multicolored? What about the other way around? Flavour Text: Set/Rarity: Conversation None

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Is there something to be done with a concept were creatures (and possibly planeswalker) are all monocolored (or gold monocolor), but all other spells (minus artifact) are multicolored? What about the other way around?
Updated on 14 Feb 2015 by Alex

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2015-02-13 21:27:21: Circeus created the card splitting gold and mono by card type

What do you mean by "gold monocolour"?

But anyway, yeah, it's an intriguing idea. Reminds me a little bit of the Community Set with its "gold versus monocoloured" theme, but this would want factions divided on different lines to that, I think.

Since creatures are the backbone of a Limited deck, I think it makes more sense to have all creatures mono and all spells gold than vice versa. It's still a pretty unusual idea - which is why it's so interesting, of course.

You'd need a compelling reason why the effects were divided that way. Both flavour and something mechanical. Perhaps Shadowmoor-style colour matters.

Thinking about a typical Limited deck of two colours plus splash... The creatures would be just as easy to cast as always. The removal and other spells would be a lot harder to cast... and unless the limited format was unusual, it'd be quite unlikely that all your spells will be in one colour-pair. Say you'd drafted a RBw deck, with lots of R creatures or B creatures, one white bomb... And the spells would be hopefully about half RB, with the rest a mixture of RW, WB, and artifact. (And RBW if there are triple-colour gold cards.)

I suspect the set will need pretty good common mana-fixing. Similar to Khans of Tarkir with its ten common dual lands and five Banners. But that's okay, that's doable.

2015-02-14 07:59:07: Alex edited splitting gold and mono by card type

There are ways to make gold creatures more reliable. Morph, Suspend and Dash, for example, can operate with a gold frame and casting cost, but have a hybrid Morph, Suspend or Dash cost. I'm sure one could come up with quite a few more mechanics like that, if you put your noggin to it.

It's kind of cheating, though, and maybe that's good, or maybe not. If the point is to make a set using only straight gold creatures, then... hmm... I guess one option is to make your limited theme not revolve around creatures. Personally, I think that could be really neat. But I also think it's one of the easiest ways to create a complete disaster. Certainly possible, but I'm not sure how off the top of my head.

@Alex I've always referred to cards like Mardu Hateblade or Desperate Ravings as "monocolor gold". That is they are strictly speaking monocolored, but have multicolored color identity (technically I'd even put things like the Clan runemarks in that category too).

Ah, off-colour activations or other off-colour mana symbols. Fair enough.

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