Monday, February 4, 2019

Camouflage: An appeal

Camouflage is one of the strangest cards in the base set. In it, as written, you effectively put your cards face down, rearrange them as accordingly, in an awesome game of bluff. However, as currently worded, it is this illogical mess:

"Cast this spell only during your declare attackers step.
This turn, instead of declaring blockers, each defending player chooses any number of creatures they control and divides them into a number of piles equal to the number of attacking creatures for whom that player is the defending player. Creatures those players control that can block additional creatures may likewise be put into additional piles. Assign each pile to a different one of those attacking creatures at random. Each creature in a pile that can block the creature that pile is assigned to does so. (Piles can be empty.)"
What bullshit am I looking at with this? This, this is a fucking mess! Here's the printed text:

"You may rearrange your attacking creatures and place them face down, revealing which is which only after defense is chosen. If this results in impossible blocks, such as non-flying creatures blocking flying creatures, illegal blockers cannot block this turn."

 So why did they change it? Some of you might be asking. Well, you see, in the early 2000's a children's card game named Yu-Gi-Oh! came out (yeah, never heard of it), and a large part of it's mechanics were playing cards face down. It even inspired some meme's.

So this got WotC for the first time in a decade to revisit the idea of turning cards upside down. The result, Morph.

It's been 15 years and I still don't understand why this don't trample.
It was quickly realized that with Morph, Camouflage had new life, as it could easily turn a group of attacking Morphed creatures face up. It quickly got a hastely written errata, that in my opinion makes the card literally not function. Now if we are going to errata things, can we errata this to work as printed? We will never have to worry about Morph, and it's honestly a fun (and cheap) card. 


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