The Joker

The Joker Magic Card

I intentionally used the Revised Edition style as a template this time round. For some reason, Joker just seems to suit the retro look of the pre-4th Edition cards. The text is up to current standards, however. You can compare the old style here with the modern style of Edward. And that’s a Joker Awesome Smiley, his rarity is supposed to be Mythic though. Or maybe Promotional.

I just thought up this card on the spot, maybe because I’ve been playing Batman: Arkham Asylum (that’s the art of Joker from that game’s character profiles on the card if you noticed).

The mechanic fits perfectly with Joker’s flavor as an unpredictable, psychotic mastermind with a penchant for insidious plans that even The Detective can’t figure out until the grand reveal.

Due to the ‘exile at end of turn’ clause, you can’t simply use him to dump Eldrazi into play. This limits his use to his intended role, that of fetching the pieces of a game-winning combo (no matter what colours they might be) and popping it for the win. He can also be used as a desperation-tactic tutor for answers in a pinch (e.g. grabbing and then playing All is Dust in response to a Genesis Wave for 8, or maybe just spamming Lava Axes – totally not his style!).

You can run him with lots of life gain or life steal, or perhaps ways to untap him so that you can pop the combo in one turn as soon as he can tap.

I did seriously consider making his ability use counters to simplify the mechanic, as follows:

Tap, Pay 5 life: Put a Plot counter on The Joker.

Tap, Remove all Plot counters from The Joker: For each Plot counter removed in this way, search your library for a card and reveal it, then shuffle your library afterwards. You may play those cards without paying their mana costs this turn. At end of turn, exile those cards.

However, that opens him up to Proliferate abuse. And it’s cooler to have the opponent clearly see the three or so cards sitting face down on Joker, making them sweat with nervous anticipation as to what horrible crime he is setting up.

As for the comics/animated version of the Joker, I’m cooking up something. We’ll see how he turns out.

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