In the past, I’ve been super religious about not making any swaps until a new set is completely spoiled. I guess I’m getting impatient in my old age, because no freaking way this time. Here’s what we’ve changed so far (a few non-SOM changes are included).
I’m excited to have the Mystic in with all this good equipment appearing. I like all the Shadow guys, but Visionary is the least bang for buck and I believe his ability has triggered exactly once.
Seraph was sometimes good, but I have loved Stormfront Pegasus since it’s been back, and wanted more.
Could have cut Keening Banshee here, but I still like her a lot, though I know she’s a cube anomaly. Ob is sometimes good but sometimes not enough and/or chumpable and/or just dies. It’s a fairly big change curvewise as well, since Ob is really a six drop.
Laquatus has won a whole bunch of games, but I think Geth will be just a bit more backbreaking and I’m kind of a sucker for reanimation. I think the other six-drops are too strong to cut.
Red Akroma has been underperforming for a while now, and in the spirit of adding more artifact destruction, we decided to cut her instead of just replacing Yuki-Onna.
This is the first time the one planeswalker thing has kind of hurt. But while Chandra is very, very good in the cube, she doesn’t really support a traditional red strategy-it’s more like, here is my control deck that is playing red. Koth is clearly bananas, on the other hand.
As far as the one planeswalker thing, I think when green has another cube-worthy PW, we might let two in per color. But it seems insanely unfair to me let every busted white card in while denying the already-weakest color one of the most powerful card times.
Speaking of green, we just haven’t been happy with where it’s at. Twinblade Slasher was a big hit, so we’re continuing on that path by lowering the curve and cutting a few of the amazing-on-paper high end critters. Also, we wanted more Naturalizes, and Nature’s Claim is solid.
This is the fun part! Grim Poppet is an easy cut, though I liked her pretty well.
Phyrexian Processor is another card I like that will be getting worse from now on in our cube (by design), the dudes you make don’t swing until turn six, so curve-wise this feels ok.
Justin loves Mask of Memory, but it didn’t see much play, whereas everyone loves Bonesplitter. I’m excited to have this in my decks.
A bunch of people have said that they aren’t happy with Venser in their cubes, but I definitely want to give him a try. That’s a bit of bias, because he fits into my favorite deck, but I also think that even “conditional” planeswalkers can be awesome. Sarkhan the Mad, for example, has been a huge bomb in our cube. We’ll see!
I’ve never really loved Reflecting Pool- it’s usually a worse filterland in my decks- and I kind of love LD. Plus, Judge Foil!