AscendThis mechanic was obviously inspired by the transform cards from innistrad. Although I didn't love the idea of transform cards at first, the design space it opened up is pretty huge. I've always liked the idea of "ascension" in various fantasy stories and I thought the transform mechanic would showcase this idea very well.
Example CardsJace, Apprentice Mage 2U
Legendary Creature - Jace
Tap: Draw a card, then discard a card. Put a loyalty counter on Jace, Apprentice Mage.
Ascend - If this creature has 3 or more loyalty counters on it, transform it.
Jace, Planeswalker(transformed side)
Planeswalker - Jace
-1: Draw a card.
-3: Return 2 permanents to their owners hand.
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