Welcome to the eleventh year of YMTC Idol!
Idol is the longest-running and most esteemed contest on the You Make The Card boards, and I'm proud to be able to host it this year. Before getting underway, two special thanks are in order - to Rush_Clasic, who has chosen to pass on the torch after hosting the past three fantastic competitions, and to SimonGlume, who has put his considerable artistic talent to work creating our deliriously magnificent new contest banner. It's a surrealist masterpiece that can only hint at the glorious madness we're about to witness.
Last year saw 39 competitors grab a guitar and rise to the challenge, and one miserable wretch managed to survive the resulting fracas. Will you be the next to stagger away from the concert hall, dazed and bleeding from the ears but somehow victorious? It's the first time in many years that an Idol contest has been run alongside an official You Make The Card competition, so maybe this competition will reveal some fierce new competition on the circuit...
How It Works:
Following an initial audition round, there will be ten rounds to separate the wheat from the chaff, eliminating contestants until a single player is left victorious. Each round's criteria will be assigned by the host (myself), and the submissions will be examined by a panel of judges. In the audition round, the entries will be ranked by each judge independently and the averages will be used to determine who makes it to the next round. The number of people who make it into the main contest will depend on the total number of entrants.
Later on, after the contestants have been whittled down to ten, the audience will be able to participate by voting for their least favourite entry among the judges' nominees. Players will also have the ability to request and receive constructive criticism from the judges. There are three judges for the contest each year , and according to tradition they are all past Idol winners. From a great tradition including Noddegamra, Dream_Spinner, zammm, Q_is_564453, ObsidianDice and Mown, I present (in counter-chronological order):
Kavu_Overlord, winner of YMTC Idol 8!
Rumor, winner of YMTC Idol 3!
and Ephemeron, winner of YMTC Idol 1!
Many different types of counter have been created for Magic. Some, like +1/+1 counters, charge counters and now loyalty counters, are an ever-present part of the design world. Others, like poison counters, time counters, and quest counters, are featured heavily in a single block or set as part of its themes. Yet many types have only appeared once or twice in the game's history. Whether to reinforce the idea behind a top-down design, to add some flavourful spice to a mechanic, or simply because strange counters are fun, we've seen a huge gamut of weird counters over the years. In fact, you can find a comprehensive index right here. But it takes more than just a cute concept to make a card worthy of being on that list - a great design should take that unusual flavour and make it feel both intrinsic and essential to the play of the card.
Create a card which involves a kind of counter rarely used in Magic.
You have approximately one week (until 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 5) to submit an audition card.