The Creature Formula
Ok, in this article, I felt I would outline what (as it seems to me) is the standardized cost formula for most creatures. I do have a purpose for this as well, which will become obvious after the basis is set up.
1 colorful gets you a 1/1 with no abilities but
perhaps a usable creature type (like goblin)
1 colorful and 1 colorless gets you a 2/1 (again,
with either a usable creature type or
2 colorful will almost invariably make the critter a
2/2 and give him an almost
1 colorful and 2 colorless usually nets you the
standard grey ogre sized critter (2/2) and
This usually progresses on with each colorless mana
equaling 1 toughness or 1 power, or
Icky Liver creatures:
Very similar to the Vanilla creatures, but usually with a colorless mana tacked on, and having a greater tendency towards the usable creature type rather than a generically playable ability. Grey ogre, hill giant, lots of the kavu (like the ancient kavu), and many others are good examples of this.
Tasty chocolate chip creatures:
As Vanilla, but minus a colorless mana, or with a
highly useful ability or combination of abilities that
was heretofore unwarranted…
And now for the point… bog gnarr? What on earth? I hate seeing garbage like this. I understand the need for flak creatures, but this goes below and beyond the icky liver variety. It costs 2 colorless mana too much. Not only is it's ability not good enough to warrant costing one extra mana (let alone 2), it isn't even a creature type of note (even if it was a kavu goblin rebel this guy wouldn't be playable). Him and all those like him (and you know you're a bad creature when I rank pyknite above you) have no place amongst the reasonable ranks that we call the flak creatures. Go back to your bog, I like your cousin the glade gnarr far more, and glade gnarr is still not constructed worthy (but at least you can convince someone else to burn a counter on your turn before you attack to pump the glade one…).
And, since I'm on the subject of bad cost relations, blue itself should have a 2/2 flying guy for 2 blue, red should not have to pay an extra colorless on it's firebreathing critters, and black and green should be not be charged the normal extra colorless for their regeneration abilities. (*looks at drudge skeleton and pygmy pyrosaur meaningfully*).
There is a thin line between flak and unplayably bad. Please, in future, try not to cross it.