In the last round of You Make the Card 4, R&D was accepting submissions of names from participants around the world to fit the card first known as Revenge of Necromancy, and afterwards as Waste Not during the sketch concept phase. Now that we know what the art will sort of look like, it's time to put a real name to discard-synergizing enchantment, as Ethan Fleischer explains.
The feature article notes that there were 4245 name submissions, which outside contractor/worldbuilding expert Matt Knicl and then the Creative team narrowed down to eight. I'll go through each of the brackets of those top eight:
- Skullduggery vs. Spoils of Misery: On one hand, Magic has a fine tradition of black cards with Spoils in the name that are all about profiting off someone's pain - an opponent's or your own. On the other, who can resist the chance to get a good one-word card name in the game - and one that's both as punny and as vocabulary-enriching as Skullduggery? Advantage: Skullduggery.
- Carpe Noctem vs. Waste Not: One of the names that was submitted many times was the concept name Waste Not - a lot of people found it flavorful, pithy, and perfectly appropriate as a real card name. I tend to agree. But having called this card Waste Not for several rounds, I feel like there are so many better names that could be used for it, and that the name Waste Not would be better served on a somewhat different design. Carpe Noctem is an awesome name, and not just because I am a former student of Latin. It's another "educational" name, which will be amusing to people who already know that phrase and edifying to those who have to look it up. Advantage: Carpe Noctem.
- Drudge Rummage vs. Riches from Rags: The word "Drudge" in Drudge Rummage has always been associated with necromancy in Magic, and the similar sounds in those two words make that name roll off the tongue quite well. But Riches from Rags is just too clever a turn of phrase to pass up. In a close match, Advantage: Riches from Rags.
- Necroharvest vs. Vile Plunder: My absolute least favorite matchup. Both of these names are too generic for this card's unique effects. Advantage: Vile Plunder, for being somewhat less generic.