Major Cube Update

We decided to cut back on multicolor and use the increased spots to make WUBRG 65 cards each. This is a big change, but I was tired of constantly mocking Intet whenever she showed up in drafts. This let us set up a few new subthemes, and I’m super excited to see how the changes play out. I consider the cards that we added to be somewhat probational- some will stay, and some will probably be replaced when Scars comes out or we decide they aren’t working out.

First off, the cuts:

Tri-color wedges: Intet, Teneb, Vorosh, Oros, and Lightning Angel.
Deft Duelist
Undermine (good, but basically a blue card)
Wrecking Ball
Vithian Renegades
Phantom Nishoba
Death Grasp
Suffocating Blast
Nath of the Gilt-Leaf
Soltari Guerrillas
Lorescale Coatl

Thistledown Liege
Wasp Lancer
Ashenmoor Gouger
Boartusk Liege
Wilt-Leaf Cavaliers
Divinity of Pride (a sad cut for me- I love this card and it’s a beautiful foil. But stay strong!)
Mindwrack Liege
Diety of Scars
Hearthfire Hobgoblin
Murkfiend Liege

And the inclusions:

In white, we wanted to emphasize the low end and more shadow dudes. We’re also cutting Linvala, so that leaves six spots. SerraVeng is back!

Kami of Ancient Law
Stormfront Pegasus
Honor of the Pure
Serra Avenger
Soltari Trooper
Soltari Monk

In blue, we wanted to add a little more bounce and card quality, but not increase the number of counterspells. We brought back some old favorites:

Riftwing Cloudskate
Enclave Cryptologist
Preordain
Gifts Ungiven
Echo Tracer

In black, we are adding some cheap evasive dudes as well as removal.

Doom Blade
Duress
Consuming Vapors
Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi Marauder

In red, we brought back a few cards as well, and finally made a spot for Aftershock.

Ghitu Slinger
Keldon Vandals
Keldon Marauders
Fireblast
Aftershock

In green, we’re doubling up on instant fan favorite Survival, and adding acceleration.

Fauna Shaman
Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
Cultivate
Viridian Zealot
Krosan Tusker

We’ve done one draft since these changes, and so far I’m really happy. I think that when we get back to doing 4 person drafts (at our wedding if not sooner!) the changes will be really noticeable.

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2 responses to “Major Cube Update

  1. Saša Miličević

    excellent revisions to the cube that will surely increase the quality of your drafts

  2. Its going to be all cube all the time, for like 5 days!!!!!!!

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