What exactly do bee smokers do?

It is very common to see beekeepers using smokers while caring for their hives, however, I’d come to notice that I didn’t know why beekeepers used smoke. 

Well, upon doing some research, here’s what I found out:

- Bees assume that there is a fire nearby, this makes them begin eating their honey as fast as possible to save it for a new hive. By doing this, they tire themselves out (much like us humans do after we eat a whole turkey dinner). 

-The smoke also masks pheromones. Bees rely on this to communicate to each other through the hive. When bees think their hive is under attack they warn the others. This smoke keeps them from doing that and confuses them. 

This allows the bees to calm down and the beekeeper to work!

Custom Card Design Challenge: Unstable Ally-Color Sword Cycle

I was having a fun discussion yesterday with @thegreateyebrows, @wretchedor30, and @ajanigoldmane about “What if Unstable finally gave us a cycle of ally-color swords?” (Similar to the cycle of enemy-color swords on Mirrodin.) 

Because of power level, @markrosewater has said in the past that it would be difficult to create ally-color swords that wouldn’t warp Standard, but a silver border set like Unstable has no impact on Standard. Also, we know that the silver bordered Hascon promo card “Sword of Dungeons and Dragons” will be included in Unstable, which could easily fit in the cycle. 

Of course this is all really playful optimism more than actual predictions/expectations, but it’s still fun to imagine, right? So with that in mind, Here are some of the potential names that came up: 

  • Sword of Mix and Match - (White/Blue) 
  • Sword of Hide and Seek - (Blue/Black) 
  • Sword of Dungeons and Dragons - (Black and Red) 
  • Sword of Hit and Run - (Red/Green) 
  • Sword of Birds and Bees - (Green/White) 

And of course after we came up with some names, I had to try designing one… 

Admittedly, this card could technically exist in black border, so its status as a silver border card is a bit shaky, but I’d like to think the four creature types on the token helps is barely squeak by. If anyone has any suggestions how to make it truly silver border, I’d love to hear them. 

Anybody else want to take a swing at designing some of these swords?