Pedro Fernandes Wins The Magic: The Designing Contest

I meant to announce the winners of the Magic: The Designing Contest yesterday so I’m sorry for the added suspense. We received a bunch of great entries but Frank and I decided that this entry by Pedro Fernandes was the clear winner. This entry both encapsulates the ideas of art/design and the basic mechanics of old school Magic cards. I think all the details in this really sell it as well, I can totally see this being a real Magic card. I also love the inclusion of the Magritte style hat that acts as the symbol for which collection it’s a part of. Awesome job Pedro!

I’ve also decided to include a couple of other gems that popped up that I enjoyed. First is Buckminster Fuller by Patrick Stephenson which was a very close second, and then Takashi Murakami by Robert Weiss which totally made me laugh. I’ll also try and do more of these mini-contests in the future since a lot of readers enjoyed this idea.


13 Comments Pedro Fernandes Wins The Magic: The Designing Contest

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  2. justin van zyl March 23, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    buckminster fuller is awesome!

  3. Chipotle March 23, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I wanted to create a card of Frank Lloyd Wright and another of Luis Barragan, unfortunately I had tons of work during the week and I couldn’t do them. Maybe next time. I agree with Justin…keep’em coming this kind of contest however

  4. Tiago T. March 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Nice ones! But I was hoping to see more proposals…

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  6. Rachelle March 23, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    LOL… I kind of hate that I know the “this is not a pipe” reference because of class. Haha.

    These look great though!

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  8. Lee Gallegos March 24, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Oh man, this is freakin’ perfect. Especially Ceci n’est pas une pipe and Murakami. =D!

  9. perezvila™ March 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    i reall like the idea of online contests, not for the aim of competition, but becouse they get us to work ! and great stuff comes out!

    hoping for the next!

  10. Ricardo Pisani March 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    You should make a round 2 for Magic: The Designing!

  11. Jason Hager March 24, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Sorry I’m going to geek out here, but it annoys me when people put that much effort into making a great looking magic card but don’t know how to format a card’s text. My apologies for my neurosis.

    The templating for the pipe makes it a non-functional m:tg card, which may be the point, but in case you are curious here is how to more properly format it to get any function. (The reason it currently doesn’t work is that it generates a comes into play trigger, which can’t happen because the pipe is technically already in play when the ability is used and has thus already passed the point in which it can possibly trigger, merely changing the name of itself doesn’t make it come into play again.) Even though the card is an “old school” magic card tribute, this card would not be functional during any era.

    Try this to get functionality and retain the flavor:

    X,T: This Is Not A Pipe is now named A Real Pipe. X target tapped permanents do not untap during their controller’s untap steps. Use this ability only if this card is named This Is Not A Pipe.

    This allows the ability to be played only once, but locks down the permanents (which is the correct word, since the word “card” includes cards in non-battlefield zones, like hand or deck) forever (but only during untap steps, which means someone could possibly untap their permanents through other means [i.e. twiddle]).

    Also, this card would be brutal with an end of your opponents’ turn Mana Short, untap play This is Not a Pipe, and Real Pipe the crap out of them. In fact, the card is so good it would never be made without reducing its power by increasing costs, adding caveats, etc.

    If it was me, I would have the card somehow require a pipe token, which must be a real pipe, which would confuse the entire situation beautifully!

    Again, sorry, I’m done now. : )

  12. pedro freenandes March 25, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    ahahahhaahah! nicely put, Jason! :)

  13. Lauren P. March 29, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    damn wish i had seen this before it was over!!!

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