This is my "Shiny" 450 card cube. I built it from the ground up as "all foil" because I had so many junk foil cards lying around. I have since bought a bunch as well and upgraded the overall quality of its contents. If I had known what I was doing I probably wouldn't have done this - its been costly It did help me wrap my head around "cube" with a more restricted card pool though.
My playgroup has been playing Magic together a long time (since beta!) and now that we really don't have time to build decks I have introduced the cube format to them. Over the several times we have played it has been a huge success.
You may notice that there are several cards in each color that are not typical cube choices - most of them are there because I wanted to bring a sense of nostalgia to the table. Over time some these cards will probably become more annoying than fun (or side-boarded all of the time) and then I will switch them out.
I would love constructive feedback - just remember foil costs can be steep, so reasonably costed alternatives would be welcome.
I'm trying to build a cube worthy of being here - but Rome wasn't built in a day! I'm also up on DeckStats if you want to see all the breakdowns. Also on CubeTutor!
Basic Info Cube Size: 450 Cards Breakdown: 63 Each Color, 95 Colorless, 40 Guild Standard or Theme Cube: All Foil Average Draft: ~5 players, 1-2 times/month.
Card Selection Powered?: No
Cube Design Standard or Multiplayer: Multiplayer Snow Cube?: No Sideboards?: No Proxies?: No Functional Reprints?: Yes Perfect Creature/Non-Creature Balance: No Gold "As Printed" or "As Played": As Played Perfectly Balanced CMC: No Cube CMC: 2.89
It's kind of nice seeing a project like this. I acctualy like how you have inconsistant sets of non-basics. Normally if you see something like a Temple Garden you expect to see the entire cycle. But not here. Which makes people think a bit more on there feet.
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Thanks for the feedback Pringlesman! I have three cubes I always look at when trying to figure out better cards and yours is one of them - sometimes Pauper gives me a perspective I have been missing.
I'm honestly attempting to get the full cycle of shock duals but it takes time (and Gatecrash). I do like a bit of the randomness in the lands, but what are your thoughts on the fact that you are not necessarily being fair to the "enemy" pairs?
In Magic's history they have traditionally loved more on the "allied" pairs, but in a cube with such limited card pool I think giving everyone an equal chance is fair. Right now in my cube its really not. Then again.... it hasn't affected any of the drafts we have done, so I may be being overcautious.
In the end I am not really a balance purist. I consider Kird Ape a red card and Lingering Souls a white one. I know that's really not the case, but I guess I am just set in my ways
I think it is a solid upgrade, but would love to hear your opinions.
Biggest thing I have gotten over is not running one miracle for each color. I upgraded the white one (and bought tokens) and I have an Upheaval coming to replace the Blue and a Primal Command coming to replace the Green. I'm keeping the red one (Thunderous Wrath) because I think it fits nicely within the cube and I can't think of something that would fit better at that cc. Let me know if you have a suggestion.
I also have a "cycle" of lands in my cube one good non-basic land of aligned toward each color. I have figured out that this isn't really necessary. I mean I want to run Windbrisk Heights and Treetop Village but really there is no (foil) black land that doesn't "sing" must have (in my cube at least) so I pulled it. I have Desert sitting there for now, but I have a Vesuva on order to replace it.
I am just dipping my toe in this way of thinking, but I don't think that the equality in this case justifies a slot. Black will still have plenty to draft and overall the cube will be better.
(Love your cube, BTW and the storage box is awesome)
So I am getting close to where I want this thing, but I could use a little help. I have a few cards I am not in love with, but can't figure out a good replacement.
According to some of the functional replacement stats I should cut 12 creatures and add 12 colorless cards. My guess is I would add 5 planeswalkers and 5 artifacts (I still need some swords) So that would get me a bit closer to the median.
I am trying to wait to switch out the Planeswalkers until Modern Masters ships in the summer. I have a box coming and there is a foil in every pack. Even if I don't pull one the prices should drop a bit (temporarily).
I'm well aware that I have other "Oddball" cards in my cube They are just stuff that we enjoy playing or have a personal history with - so some of the cards like Rukh Egg and Serendib Efreet are staying
Here's the list of cards that I need advice on. One of my concerns is removing token producers and I am light on them as is - so if some of the recommendations could include token alternatives that would be super. Remember, I only run foils so in some cases replacements become a bit tougher
The. Swords. are. in. Pretty happy about this - 5 foil swords were not easy to get Also a host of other really good upgrades (I think) - Please let me know! (Remember all this stuff is foil, which while some of these seem like "no brainer" upgrades the cards weren't really easy to get!)