I love that the wording allows you to “nah, keep them” if there’s nothing worth 2-for-1ing yourself over.
They had to edit the rules text down to make room for the flavor text, but the original wording included a sentence that said "If you do not choose a card, remove all copies of Specter's Shriek from your deck after the game ends."
Someone brought up the fact that this is hit by Force of Vigor and the X mana X/X eldrazi isn't while also being immune to dack. Sure can't be cast off of shop, but that card saw basically 0 play.
Wasn't that played in the colorless Eldrazi decks that were kicking around a few months ago?
Edit: found an example: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/vintage-challenge-2019-06-02
Based on the current Oracle text of Finale of Revelation, Stomping Slabs, and Supply // Demand, I imagine a spell that can only be cast once per game would templated thusly:
[Lightning Bolter] - R
[Lightning Bolter] deals 4 damage to any target.
You can't cast spells named [Lightning Bolter] for the rest of the game.
The only difference there is that that wording would let you hold priority and cast multiples of them at the same time. Not necessarily a deal-breaker though.
Wow, that's a cool idea! You could easily make it similarly less painful in Magic just by giving cards with that restriction cycling.
Yea, except that you are taking a card that is already intentionally overpowered by a degree that it needed a limit put on to it and then circumventing your own limit with a pure upside ability.
Like, I believe that wotc could make the following card
R - Instant
Do 4 damage to any target. Exile the top 30 cards from your deck.
The only reason they can print a card that is otherwise strictly better than bolt is because it has SOME downside that limits how many you can play. I don't think you could however print that card with a way to circumvent its own downside.
I don't mean cycling for free though. If it was:
R - Instant
Do 4 damage to any target.
You can only play one spell named ~ each game.
that would be powerful but still have a substantial downside vs Bolt, after the first one.