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Jonathan Woodward

Golamo

Enchantment made Golamo's creatures huge. Wielding that power, the Graforman ants might conquer the world.



CB01 - Vax Chitterpaw
[Vax Chitterpaw - community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs/Gds/gds2/fractal/SecondChallenge]
B
Creature - Rat Rogue
1/1
Frenzy 1 (Whenever CARDNAME attacks and is not blocked, it gets +1/+0 until end of turn.)

CB02 - Kohmorr Whisperer
1B
Creature - Bat Advisor
1/1
Flying
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

CB03 - Entrails Eater
2B
Creature - Rat Shaman
2/2
Whenever you sacrifice a creature, you may gain 2 life.

CB04 - Lurking Earwig
1BB
Creature – Insect
4/1

CB05 - Scorpion Hatchling
[Scorpion Guy - community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/labs:Gds/gds2/fractal/brainstorming/Black]
3B
Creature – Scorpion
2/3
Deathtouch

CB06 - Insatiable Kohmorr
[Insatiable Kohmorr - community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/metaghost/GolamoBlammo]
2BB
Creature - Bat Rogue
2/2
Flying
Whenever Insatiable Kohmorr attacks, it gets +1/+1 and target creature you control gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

CB07 - Vax Ruffian
4B
Creature - Rat Warrior
3/3
Frenzy 2
(Whenever CARDNAME attacks and is not blocked, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn)

CB08 - War Centipede
[War Centipede - community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/labs:Gds/gds2/fractal/brainstorming/Black]
4BB
Creature – Insect
4/3
Swampwalk

CB09 - Taste of Madness
B
Sorcery
Target player discards a card.
Consume. (As you cast this spell, you may sacrifice a creature or aura. When you do, copy it and you may choose a new target for the copy.)

CB10 - Carrion Snack
B
Instant
Exile up to three target cards from a single graveyard. Target creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each card exiled this way.

CB11 - Clinging Darkness
[Ravnica – Clinging Darkness]
1B
Enchantment – Aura
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets -4/-1.

CB12 - Desiccate
1B
Sorcery
Destroy target creature that isn't enchanted.

CB13 - Skittering in the Dark
[Fearsome Aura - community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/labs:Gds/gds2/fractal/brainstorming/Black]
1B
Sorcery
Target creature gets +1/+0 and has Intimidate until end of turn.
Draw a card.

CB14 - Spineless Visage
[Thug Aura - community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/labs:Gds/gds2/fractal/brainstorming/Black]
1B
Enchantment – Aura
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and can't block.
Incarnate 1B (1B, exile this card from your hand: Put a 0/0 colorless Weird creature token onto the battlefield, then put this card onto the battlefield attached to that token. Incarnate only as a sorcery.)

CB15 - Essence of Hunger
2B
Enchantment – Aura
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has "Sacrifice a creature: this creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn."
Incarnate 2B (2B, exile this card from your hand: Put a 0/0 colorless Weird creature token onto the battlefield, then put this card onto the battlefield attached to that token. Incarnate only as a sorcery.)

CB16 - Necromantic Infusion
[Ebony Erupt - community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs/Gds/gds2/fractal/SecondChallenge]
2B
Sorcery
Return up to one target creature card and up to one target aura card from your graveyard to your hand.

CB17 - Chewed by Rats
[Chewed by Rats - community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/labs:Gds/gds2/fractal/brainstorming/Black]
2B
Instant
Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
Consume (As you cast this spell, you may sacrifice a creature or aura. When you do, copy it and you may choose a new target for the copy.)

CB18 - Fangs in the Night
[Mighty Drain - community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/labs:Gds/gds2/fractal/brainstorming/Black]
3BB
Sorcery
Target player loses life equal to the greatest power among creatures you control, and you gain that much life.

Commentary:
In response to feedback, I changed my keyword mechanics substantially, removing Swarm and Erupt, and restricting Favored to uncommon and higher. In place of Favored, the common Thamarach have other enchantment-related abilities, while the Graformans have tribal benefits instead of Swarm. Erupt didn't fit the creature and aura focus of Golamo; now instants and sorceries have a tweaked version of Hunger, called Consume. To avoid punishing people for casting an aura rather than Incarnating it, Consume can feed on both creatures and auras. Although sacrificing enchantments is outside the color pie for black, sacrificing an aura seems less problematic, since black was already able to sacrifice the creature the aura was attached to. Necromantic Infusion also stretches the color pie. However, auras in this set are often effectively creatures, and colors often reach a bit to fit a set's themes; consider Grim Discovery.

Golamo also now has a minor "power matters" theme, to encourage players to make their insects and rats even bigger than they already are, and reward players for enchanting their creatures. The Frenzy keyword from Future Sight fits into this, and appears on the violent red and black barbarian Vax. The Vax also feed upon sacrificed creatures, interacting with both Consume and creatures that sacrifice themselves (such as worker ants). The blue/black Kohmorr prefer to steal things: life, cards, auras.

Removal in Golamo is a bit less effective than usual against auras, and I pushed the power of Desiccate to help auras in constructed.



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