Quote from cuttupsI think I would consider the card you are proposing.
Returning Flame - 1R
Returning Flame deals two damage to target creature or player.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Returning Flame is in your graveyard, you may put Returning Flame on the top of your library.
Quote from TakeABowSacrificing permanents at random isn't the most intuitive design.
Also that card is extremely powerful when it 'goes off'. The life stuff probably could get trimmed.
Even something like this would be near extremely good - which is strictly worse than that original in multiple ways.
Speaking of discard spells though:
Quote from killem2Brutal Tithe 1BB
Target player discards two cards at random. For each land card discarded this way, that player sacrifices two non-token permanents at random. For each creature sacrificed this way, that players loses 5 life and you gain 5 life.
Quote from RCarlysleI once farted during the final match for prizes at an FNM. It was a tense moment, everything was quiet, control vs control, I was about to mana leak, thought about it.. and farted. Then mana leaked.
Quote from cuttupsPained Learning - B
Target player draws a card. Then that player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
Edit - To continue this theme maybe:
Pained Growing - 1R
Target player searches his or her library for a land and puts it on to the battlefield. Destroy target land that player controls.
Quote from HinotamaEh, why would you ever use Pained Growing on your opponent?
Quote from SpicayThose "Pained" cards are just bad.
Quote from LanxalMazegrowing 1G
Search your library for a basic land card and put it onto the battlefield tapped. Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.
The idea of a fog + ramp came to me during some common card discussion (talking about Yavimaya Elder). What would you have to do to this card to make it cubeable, while still printable?
Quote from JujuI think Pained Growing would have to at least be:
Destroy target land an opponent controls, search that player's library for a land and put it into play tapped under their control
Draw a card.
Quote from Altaurus321Call of the Dryad G
Put a 0/1 green Dryad creature token onto the battlefield. That token is a Forest in addition to it's other types.
A 2-step Cultivate that's weak to board wipe effects. Worth it I think.
Quote from SabettCultivate doesn't ramp you up two, and doesn't ramp you at all prior to turn 3 short of BoP, this needs to also be a sorcery. I could see this actually being printed now if it cost two.
Quote from Altaurus321I agree that it should be a sorcery. But in my opinion, the vulnerability of the ramping is enough to temper the potentially explosive start you could have.
Quote from PhantizleI have to disagree. The card is way too good at 1CC. It blows a mana elf out of the water. 1G with a flashback of G would still go in every cube and be great.
Quote from BlimpyThe only problem is that tokens generally don't have text on them and are just random dorks. They made an exception with Eldrazi Spawn because they were so prevalent, but I think that might be the only exception in recent years.
Quote from wtwlf123That card's so insane that it needs reminder text on it that lets you know you can kick your opponent right in the junk when it resolves.
Quote from NofWhen I see Healing Salve, I'm often like "Oh girl, I wish I could turn every card into this." Thanks they removed the gain life part, otherwise this would have been broken.