On March 11, the first You Make the Card event in eight years commenced - and now, more than six months later, all of the submissions, votes, and revotes have led up to this. The process is finally over, and we have a finished card, in the form of Waste Not.
Waste Not 1B
Enchantment (Rare? Presumably.)
Whenever an opponent discards a creature card, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.
Whenever an opponent discards a land card, add BB to your mana pool.
Whenever an opponent discards a noncreature, nonland card, draw a card.
Apparently, the originator of the name Waste Not was none other than longtime Wizards of the Coast editor Jennifer Clarke Wilkes - Ethan Fleischer specifically thanks her for her stroke of brilliance in his feature article.
Two mana is certainly a pushed converted mana cost for this card; alongside such cards as Megrim and Liliana's Caress in Modern the kind of card advantage and threat output this card provides is absolutely brutalizing. It also does double duty as a means of defense for the kind of discard-based combo-control deck those cards go in.
It's unclear what set this will appear in yet, but either "Huey" or Magic 2015 seems possible or even likely. In the case of the latter, it'll share a Standard with Rakdos's Return, an altogether scary and delicious thought.
All in all, this is a card that requires building-around and some skill to use, but is satisfyingly strong and fun - not the format-breaker that Spikes wanted it to be, and not splashy enough for Timmy, but a great Johnny card with appeal to both Vorthos for that excellent name and art and Melvin for the symmetry of the design.
In the end, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf EDH decks will eat it up, and as long as a card appeals to someone, it's not a failure.
Looking forward to the printing of Waste Not? Let me know in the comments.