There are many perks to competing in the Magic Invitational. The travel, the glory, the free snacks. But those are available to all the competitors. The coveted reward - the one that goes only to the winner - is designing your own card. Each year, the winner of the Magic Invitational gets to work with R&D to design their own card featuring their mug in the artwork.
It’s a unique chance to become even more a part of the game’s history, and many of the past winners’ submissions have gone on to become powerful and popular cards. Here then, with a little formatting help from Paul Barclay and Del Laugel, are this year’s submissions from the Invitational competitors.
Creature - Human Wizard
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may discard a card from your hand. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on Ebony Lie-Spewer.
Whenever Ebony Lie-Spewer deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand for each +1/+1 counter on Ebony Lie-Spewer.
Creature - Human Soldier
Each creature other than Fanatical Crusader loses all abilities.
If you control fewer lands than an opponent, you may play Undiscovered Island during that player's turn as though it were your turn.
Undiscovered Island comes into play tapped.
, Return Undiscovered Island to its owner's hand: Add to your mana pool.
When Mindwarp Demon comes into play, sacrifice it unless you discard your hand.
Whenever Mindwarp Demon deals combat damage to a player, that player discards his or her hand.
Target player sacrifices a permanent.
Nojj Elf Kin
Creature - Elf Wizard
Whenever you play a land, you may pay . If you do, draw a card.
Ojtam, Supreme Strategist
Artifact Creature - Legend
When Ojtam, Supreme Strategist comes into play, you may search your library for up to four cards and remove them from the game, then shuffle that many cards you own from outside the game into your library.
"Are you sure that this is the optimal build?"
Elf O' War
Creature - Elf Rogue
You may play Elf O' War any time you could play an instant.
When Elf O' War comes into play, return target creature to its owner's hand.
Chock, o Matador
Creature - Dragon
When Chock, o Matador comes into play, remove all other permanents from the game. If you have less than seven cards in hand, remove Chock, o Matador and your hand from the game.
Target player gets nine poison counters.
Destroy all artifacts and creatures.
Defender of the Skies
Creature - Human Wizard
When Defender of the Skies is put into a graveyard, draw a card for each 1 damage dealt to it this turn.
Creature - Human Druid
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, if that player controls fewer creatures than an opponent, the player may reveal cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a creature card. The player puts that card into play and the rest into his or her graveyard.
Sacrifice Druid Master: Draw a card.
"We will promote life, even at the cost of our own."
When Unilateral Disarmament comes into play, draw a card.
Activated abilities of equipment can't be played unless they're mana abilities
Creature - Human Cleric
Sacrifice a permanent: You gain 1 life
When Nameless Researcher is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an artifact or enchantment card with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of cards in your graveyard and put that card into play. If you do, shuffle your library.
Creature - Djinn
When Okamoto Djinn comes into play, destroy all Islands.