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CardName: Peculiar Distortion Cost: U Type: Instant Pow/Tgh: / Rules Text: Choose one -- • Target creature gets -4/-0 until end of turn. • Switch target creature's power and toughness until end of turn. Entwine {B} (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.) Flavour Text: Set/Rarity: Cards With No Home Uncommon

Peculiar Distortion
Choose one —
• Target creature gets -4/-0 until end of turn.
• Switch target creature's power and toughness until end of turn.
Entwine {b} (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
Updated on 05 Jun 2019 by Link

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2011-07-19 11:51:20: Alex created the card Peculiar Distortion

This is a delightful example of two blue effects combining to make a very black effect. I'd love to flesh this out to a full cycle of modal spells whose combined effect is off-colour, but it's hard to think of many more cases that are quite this blatant.

ROFL. Yes, that's ridiculously elegant!

You could try "XUU. Choose one: target opponent puts the top X cards of their library into their graveyard; or draw X cards. Entwine B." But that's not quite as good and in the same colours.

I agree the other cards are a decent effort, but not as good as this one. Except possibly Peculiar Strength -- that's simple enough it's probably printable (indeed, I wouldn't be surprised if it had been printed already), but the difference isn't as obvious as the difference between what's appropriate for the colour is much less blatant.

Hm. How about "{u}. Choose one -- Put the creature with least power on top of its owner's library; or put the top card of target player's library into their graveyard. Entwine {b}"

There seem to be too many {u}{b} options :)

It's like blue gets lots of jigsaw pieces that can be pieced together into removal, but they usually shy away from actually giving it explicit removal.

I will note that they combined your last suggestion there into one blue card in Spin into Myth.

Linking the rest of the family: Peculiar Infiltration, Peculiar Strength, Peculiar Winds, Peculiar Chantment, Peculiar Soulwrangling, Peculiar Putrefication, Peculiar Manhandling, Peculiar Righteousness, Peculiar Ultimatum, Peculiar Savagery, Peculiar Annihilation, Peculiar Mindsifting, Peculiar Barrenness, Peculiar Meekness, Peculiar Blinking, Peculiar Aping, and more and more...

Now I'm remembering my mono-white creature destruction deck, which used Auriok Bladewarden and Brilliant Halo alongside Intrepid Hero to build a white Visara the Dreadful :) One could make a Reprisal-into-Doom Blade in this family too. In fact, I will: Peculiar Righteousness.

Actually, I think the fact that there are too many good ways to do this in Blue/Black and few other color combinations is good news. It means that, the next time someone does a Ravinica-style set, the Blue/Black mechanic can be entwine. Entwine even feels Blue/Black with all the twisting and pulling going on.

Mostly the entwines are two blue effects combining to make a black effect, but I suppose that doesn't have to be the case... Peculiar Soulwrangling, Peculiar Manhandling.

I just saw this exact card on another site, except they chose -3/-0.

Just created Peculiar Ultimatum based on a discussion of red answers to enchantments.

I'm also reminded of the way that River's Grasp, when cast for {2}{u}{b}, can be a "destroy target creature" that gets past regeneration and indestructibility.

Wizards printed something quite similar with Turn // Burn, which is 2U "target creature loses all abilities and becomes 0/1" or 1R "2 damage to target" or 3UR "exile target creature" :)

2015-09-13 21:54:43: Alex edited Peculiar Distortion
2016-05-25 00:02:21: Link edited Peculiar Distortion:


­Twisted Reflection

Had to happen at some point, I suppose


­:D:D Yay!

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