Colonnade is easily the best of the man land cycle. Attack for four probably unblockable damage and leave mana up for counters or eot shenanigans? Sign me up.
I went up in the Sears Tower (back when it was still the Sears Tower) in Chicago. That was definitely the highest I've ever been inside a building.
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Dec 1, 2016We cut Awakening Zone a while back, but it was never bad. It was just a little too slow. If only it made Scions instead of Spawns.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
My alarm starts going off at 5 in the morning, and I typically snooze until 6 if I feel like working out before work. If I'm feeling lazier than normal, I snooze until 630. I hate mornings.
Nov 29, 2016I play Consuming Vapors in my low power list. I still like it quite a bit there, but it's been edged out of the main cube.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
As far as vaping goes, I've never tried it myself, but I can understand the appeal. I smoked a pack a day for about six years or so before quitting cold turkey. After that initial quit, I stayed quit for a few years before I ever touched a cigarette again. Since then I've been able to control myself and have one from time to time when I'm around other smokers and we're all drinking and partying and not really want one the next day. I truly enjoy the act of smoking though, so I can understand why people vape.
Nov 28, 2016We never even tried Tragic Slip in cube. It just felt inconsistent, so not worth the effort. The only morbid card we currently run is Malicious Affliction, which is fine without the morbid trigger and extremely good with it. Tragic Slip is only playable if you can play with morbid active, so it was a safe pass. If only it was a better Disfigure, it would likely have a home.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I've had bad knees all my life, so I've taken some pretty bad falls. My funniest is probably the time that I thought it would be a good idea to stack chairs up in art class like chairs to climb up and hang my drawing on the wall. There were already several up there and I'm short and needed to get above the rest. Of course the chairs fell. I landed on my feet, but the art teacher was not pleased with my lack of judgment. My worst is definitely the time that I dislocated my knee. Had to to ride to the hospital in a truck without bucket seats with my very short (4'8") mother. Got to the hospital and had to have two nurses drag me out of the truck. This was very painful. One of them thought it'd be a good idea to prop my leg up in the wheel chair. It wasn't a good idea and this was also very painful. I did get a ton of morphine, though, so that was cool. I told a couple of the nurses how pretty they were (I was 14 at the time). And I made the doctor promise not to cut off my shorts when he came in to relocate the knee. Two nurses and my dad had to hold me down, but the doc knew what he was doing and the knee popped right back in. I was in a brace and on crutches nearly all summer that year, but it's given me a heck of a story.
Nov 28, 2016We currently only run 11 cards in our Conspiracy Module between both Conspiracy 1 & 2. This is for a few reasons. First, my group (myself included) weren't big fans of the conspiracies that referenced one specific card in your draft. This meant cards like Double Stroke and Brago's Favor weren't really appealing to us. Adding weird abilities to existing cards just feels weird to me for some reason. And we have actual free (don't you ******* abuse it or you won't be invited back) mulligans, so Backup Plan didn't really do much except keep us from shuffling as much. We also opted not to include any Un cards in this module. The is probably mostly on me because, other than the sweet lands, I hated the Un sets. We did start the module off with all of the draft altering constructs, but after a while of drafting them and seeing most of them go unpicked, we removed all but four and there's probably one or two of those that can come out as well.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
What we decided to go with were the cards that we thought added something we wanted to the draft and game play experience. A few in my group search for Worldknit each draft and slam it whenever they see it. I hope Sovereign's Realm ends up doing something similarly fun, but so far opinions have been lackluster. Hymn of the Wilds, on the other hand, is my own bread and butter. I love that effect and love building my decks around it. Lore Seeker is probably the most picked construct, followed by Cogwork Librarian. Aether Searcher and Canal Dredger are still there, but don't get picked that highly or even that often, so they are likely to go. I may keep one just to keep the module at ten cards. Paliano, the High City is just a sweet fixing land. We've found that it's unlikely that it won't fix two colors for you. Maybe my group just sucks at picking the colors for it, though. Regicide has been similarly powerful. Finally, both Arcane Savant and Volatile Chimera have been pretty broken. Savant is really sweet, but I might just give the power level nod to Chimera. The last time we drafted with the module in, my friend got Chimera with new Emrakul, Elesh Norn, and Sheoldred under it. He was a Gruul midrange deck. It was ridiculous.
Other than that, we do run Regal Behemoth and Custodi Lich in the main cube. Both of them have been solid cards even if you lose monarch the next turn. It also hasn't always been that difficult to get the monarch status back. They aren't staples by any means, but I'm not looking to cut them any time soon.
Nov 24, 2016I use different basics for my two cubes. For the powered cube, we've chosen our favorite land (or at least one we can all agree is sweet) and worked on getting it in foil. For the low power list, I've just kind of gone through all of the lands and chosen lands that I really like, so it has all different arts.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Nov 23, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings - OVERALL Voting - CLOSEDPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Overall Top 30Magic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards 01 Library of Alexandria
02 Sol Ring
03 Ancestral Recall
04 Umezawa's Jitte
05 Black Lotus
06 Time Walk
07 ABU Moxen
08 Mind Twist
09 Sword of Fire and Ice
10 Recurring Nightmare
13 Mana Vault
14 Armageddon (Ravages of War)
15 Grim Monolith
16 Sulfuric Vortex
17 Mana Drain
18 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
19 Mox Diamond
20 Wildfire (Burning of Xinye)
24 Goblin Guide
25 Liliana of the Veil
27 Grave Titan
28 Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
29 Demonic Tutor
Nov 21, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings - 3+ COLOR RESULTSYeah, card design has come a long way since the last time we visited Shards. We mostly only have true three color cards to choose from for the Shards, while we have the 'tribrid' cards for the Wedges that make those cards more playable.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Nov 21, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings Discussion (Results in Post #2)Example 2 would be the closest to my choice there, although I fall somewhere between examples 2 and 3 on my personal preference. Although if you're looking at true "requirements" Engineered Explosives is never rainbow, since it doesn't actually require you to play it with colored mana. I've seen it played for zero to blow up a board of tokens (and Moxen) often enough.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I agree with a simplified list, but I don't think it's that easy. I feel like each card needs to be evaluated based on its functionality, so there's not really a clear rules set on how to categorize them. I'd want to go with "ideal" so Birds is green, Noble Hierarch is Bant, Shrine of Burning Rage is red, etc. Although, I'd still categorize Moxen as a colorless cycle even though they are more ideal in decks of their color, which I'll admit doesn't really make much sense outside of my head.
Nov 20, 2016I don't mind at all because it was extremely cheap at only twenty bucks. Honestly, I would have gotten two if I had more rk post options in my cube. I have Morphling and Lightning Angel, but both were already signed and mildly altered by him.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Nov 20, 2016I was able to meet rk post at an SCG Open yesterday. I had him sign and alter my Arbor Elf. I gave him free reign on the card and I'm pretty pleased with what he did. He was a really nice guy and wasn't charging much at all for alters. Signatures were free.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Nov 19, 2016Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype DiscussionQuote from wtwlf123 »The Stand is my favorite end of the world book. But then again, it's my favorite book, so it was an easy choice.
I've recently over the last few years gotten into reading more books and I've found that Stephen King is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The Stand was on my 'to read' list, but the sheer length of it was more than a little daunting. I decided to tackle it this past summer. I liked it quite a bit, but it wasn't my favorite of his that I've read so far. I really enjoyed the character interactions, but I hated Abigail, which sucks because she was supposed to be the light side. I just kept wanting her to die. I wasn't necessarily rooting for The Dark Man, but I was really not an Abigail fan.
Nov 19, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings Discussion (Results in Post #2)I also play EE in 2-color decks. Killing a few 2-drops is pretty sweet. Access to more colors does give the card more versatility, but it's still good with only access to two.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Nov 19, 2016Utter End is an unfortunate victim of poor print timing by WotC. This was a slam dunk include and a really great addition to the Orzhov cube suite, but the very next block gave us Anguished Unmaking. It's a shame, too. This card had some sweet art and a nice promo as well.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Does blowing up Alderaan in Star Wars count as the end of the world? No? I'll give it to the original Independence Day, then. It's funny, lots of action, a little scary and sad in parts. Solid flick.
Nov 19, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings - 3+ Color Voting - CLOSEDPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Nov 15, 2016Shambling Vent is not the best man land, but it's pretty great. Even just being a 2/3 lifelinker shows how powerful a man land can be just by getting around sorcery speed removal and being Wrath proof.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I've been doing plenty of venting since Tuesday as well. First and foremost, the election results. Second, the electoral college and my feelings about it being antiquated. Third, changes happening for me at work as we transition in a replacement manager for my team. Fourth, and probably the most important, my wife bought new pots and pans and put our old pots and pans that we've had for years in the yard sale pile. So many changes all at once!
Nov 15, 2016We have an altered black border P3K version. It's P3K, but the borders were painted (by a pro, not just random guy with a Sharpie) to be black. Honestly, I like our current version better than this foil. New frame, shooting star? Yuck.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Nov 15, 2016@Zetsu_Sensei: Earlier this year we moved from black KMC Mattes to black KMC Hyper Mattes. It seems that we bust at least one sleeve every time we cube since going to the Hyper Mattes. I believe it's due to side shuffling and the corners poking into the side of the sleeves as they come down on each other. I've also noticed several that I've had to replace due to the bottom splitting. After every few drafts, I find that I need to go through the entire cube and pull the 'bad' sleeves that are busting open at the bottom. Obviously the KMC Mattes had busted sleeves and splitting issues as well, but we had those sleeves on for something like three years or so, maybe even four and the amount of busted sleeves was nowhere near what I've seen with the Hypers. The last thing I don't like as well is the texture on the back of the Hypers vs the normal Mattes. The Mattes felt just that, matte. Not glossy. The Hypers have a rough texture that, I guess, is supposed to protect from scratches and grime. I'm not a fan of it, though. That's not really a fault of the sleeve, but more a personal preference of mine.Posted in: The Cube Forum
With all that said, it's possible that I just ended up with a few bad packs when I purchased mine, however, I probably won't be going with Hypers when we upgrade sleeves again.
Nov 13, 2016I love Remand and aggro/tempo decks. UB tempo using bounce and counters alongside Carnophages and Dauthi Horrors is one of my favorite archetypes.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Nov 12, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings - ENEMY GUILD Voting - CLOSEDPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Nov 12, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings Discussion (Results in Post #2)Hopefully enough people will vote that one person excluding planeswalkers from their vote won't make that much of a difference. So much voting controversy lately.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Nov 12, 2016Karmic Guide is a card that has a ton of potential in the right shell, but I could never make it work. I'd prefer the more generically powerful white five drops.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I currently drive a 2005 Nissan Frontier, but I'm hoping to trade that in on a new Toyota Tacoma near the end of the year. My truck has nearly 260K miles on it. It's been reliable, that's for sure.
Nov 11, 2016Batterskull is excellent even when it's not being cheated into play on turn three. There have been so many times I've seen Batterskull in play and the other player is just going, "If that just didn't have [insert one of its many abilities here], I'd be ok." It's just a great card for almost any archetype.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
My favorite battered food has to go to chicken tenders. If you're in a new restaurant and don't know what to get, you usually can't go wrong with chicken tenders. Also, I tend to eat like I'm four instead of thirty four, so I usually just get chicken tenders anyway.
Nov 10, 2016Posted in: The Cube ForumQuote from Moxnix »I have seen this argument a lot and its incredibly flawed. No one knows what would happen if it was not based on the electoral college as the campaigns would have been run radically differently people in states that are not swing states who don't vote due to seeing it as useless might all the sudden vote money would have went to different areas adds ran in different places to say you know how it would be if it was another system is simply wrong. In fact the candidates themselves may have been different if it was a different system than what we have you simply cannot know. I personally know people in California that did not vote because there is no point to them because they live in California . I can see you wanting a different system but to make any assumption about this election after the fact assuming things were different is pure conjecture.
I don't disagree. If we were to ever abolish the electoral college (we won't), you're right. Campaign tactics would be completely different as candidates would need to appeal to more people and demographics across the nation. As is, someone like Trump only has to appeal the the white conservative Christians in Tennessee that are tired of having a liberal black man for their president. He doesn't need to appeal to me and others of my belief structure in that same state because our votes legitimately do not matter and he knows that. That's all because of the outdated electoral college system. Sometimes it works out for the candidates and sometimes it doesn't. Trump tried to appeal to the poor coal mining towns of Virginia to win that state, but Hillary still won. That was honestly a surprise to me considering how heavily he was supported in southwest Virginia, where I have family who are actual coal miners.
Nov 10, 2016I like Psychatog more than Ashiok as well. As has already been said, Psychatog can actually synergize with cards in several different archetypes available in cube, while Ashiok is kind of just a generic UB 'walker.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Nov 10, 2016I like this Sorin just fine. I'd actually rank him somewhere around the 5th or 6th best Orzhov card. I like him less than Lord of Innistrad and a bit more than Grim Nemesis. We cut him to give Kaya a chance in that slot for a bit.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
My wife and I plan on visiting the coast of Maine sometime next spring or early summer. Something about whale watching or something? She usually just tells me what we have planned for vacation and I'm happy with just about anything.
Nov 10, 2016The thing I find most disheartening, well other than the fact that Donald ******* Trump is going to be our next president, is that if this were an actual vote and not a presidential election, we'd still have a democrat in the office. The electoral college system really has a way of making you feel like your vote doesn't matter.Posted in: The Cube Forum
For the record, I live in TN, a predominantly Republican state, and I've voted Democrat in every election I've been able to vote in since 2000.
@rant: I'm sorry, buddy. I hope you and yours can just go on living business as usual at the very least.
Nov 8, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] Cube Power Rankings 2016 Allied Guild -- ClosedPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Nov 7, 2016@rant: I'd probably go with Caller of the Untamed and Paliano Vanguard from those options, but you're right. They both suck. I added the same URB cards you're adding, but decided against representing green and white just because none of the cards seemed powerful enough.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Nov 6, 2016Mana Vault is a broken card and there's really not much else to say about it. Now to the meat of this discussion...Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I store my cube in an aluminum briefcase. It was a random Christmas gift someone got for my cousin and had no use for it. He told me I could have it for the cube and I've been carrying it around in this thing for forever now. The cube itself is just in a cardboard long box, but the briefcase holds the two long boxes for my two cubes as well as a couple of fat packs for lands and tokens. It's not exactly a Cube Vault, but it's as close as I could get for free.
Also, I think this is my favorite thread here. The card discussion is always a good read and I love these bonus questions. I just want to extend a huge thank you to Spike Rogue for starting this thread and being an awesome member of this community. You rock, dude!
Nov 6, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings - Land Voting - CLOSEDPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Top 20 LandMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards 01 Library of Alexandria
02 Strip Mine
03 Maze of Ith
04 ONS/ZEN Fetch Lands
05 Mana Confluence
06 City of Brass
08 Mishra's Factory
10 Rishadan Port
11 Ancient Tomb
12 Grand Coliseum
13 ABU Dual Lands
14 RAV Shock Lands
15 Horizon Canopy
16 Paliano, the High City
17 Gemstone Mine
18 Terramorphic Expanse (Evolving Wilds)
19 Undiscovered Paradise
20 M10/INN Check Lands
Nov 4, 2016calibretto posted a message on What would you expect to find in a basic cube guide?Posted in: The Cube ForumQuote from Salmo »[quote from="SirPicaro »" url="http://www.mtgsalvation.com/forums/the-game/the-cube-forum/761670-what-would-you-expect-to-find-in-a-basic-cube?comment=7"]It's already massive (15k+ words) but there's so much more I want to cover. I don't expect to be done with it by the end of the year.
Why not break it into multiple shorter articles with different topics? I'd love to see a regular cube article again. To be completely honest an extremely long article would just end up being tl;dr for me no matter how much I enjoy the subject matter.
Nov 1, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings Colorless Voting - ClosedPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 31, 2016I like that this is the first ever suspend card and I'm glad they revisited this type of design space in a less clunky way later on.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I didn't do anything tonight for actual Halloween (my wife and I are Halloween Scrooge's), but we did go to a Halloween themed wedding over the weekend. We dressed as Cards Against Humanity cards.
Oct 29, 2016I think that's a helpful guideline, but I also think it can vary based on group and cube composition. At 555 I'm also not running all of the white 2 power 1-drops, but there are folks out there who believe in running every single possible 2 power 1-drop. Part of it comes down to "feel". If your aggro decks end up cutting those guys during deck building, then maybe that's an area where you can afford to lose one or two cards.Posted in: The Cube Forum
At 555 I'm running 10 1-drops in white. Only 7 of those are true 2 power 1-drops. The others are either scalable (Steppe Lynx, Student of Warfare) or utility (Mother of Runes). And, honestly, Elite Vanguard is on the chopping block. I think this is why it's hard to define a true skeleton for 360 cubes. Not all of the 1-drops are created equal and you need to make sure you're including not only the staple two power guys, but also cards like Mother of Runes that technically count as a 1-drop, but aren't specifically there to make aggro work.
I'd be more interested in seeing a 360 list compiled by MTGS members that says "These are the white 1-drops that make the cut at 360." I don't personally find the CubeTutor average lists that helpful because there's so many different types of cubes up that the results are sometimes a bit skewed. (Delver of Secrets makes the 360 list in blue and that card is terrible for cube.)
Oct 28, 2016I could see running this over Expanse or Wilds if you wanted to avoid the exact duplicate effect in a 360/450 cube. I don't think it makes the cut in addition to those two at those cube sizes, though. I'll be running it at 555, though I'm not yet sure what my cut will be.Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
Oct 28, 2016calibretto posted a message on [CUBE][C16] Commander 2016: Includes and Testing ResultsAsh Barrens will be it for us as well. I'm honestly kind of relieved at how unexciting this release is for cube. The last few months have just been bam bam bam set after set. It's been almost a constant state of spoiler season and I've not yet even gotten proper testing in with the Shadows Over Innistrad cards.Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
Oct 28, 2016It seems hard to keep this color neutral based on number of cards at each casting cost since not every color necessarily wants an equal amount of 1cc creatures. Though I would be interested in seeing what the "ideal" MTGS 360 skeleton starter list consists of.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Oct 26, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings - GREEN Voting CLOSEDPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 26, 2016I run (and love) Pox, but found Smallpox to be just shy of good enough. I do run and like it in my lower power list, but it doesn't make the cut in my powered cube.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I rarely get sick, but it seems like when I do it's never just a common cold. It's always the flu or bronchitis or something equally terrible. I also complain to my wife a bunch and generally act like a child while self medicating until I get better or have to see my doctor.
Oct 25, 2016calibretto posted a message on [POWER RANKINGS] 2016 Cube power rankings - Red ResultsI thought the same thing, Salmo. I'm glad I got my vote in after work yesterday instead of waiting until today.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 24, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings]2016 Cube Power Rankings - RED Voting ClosedPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 24, 2016I wouldn't mind the text box watermark so much if the set symbol wasn't exactly the same symbol. I liked it better when it was the FNM logo in the watermark. And I do really like the guild or phyrexian watermarks on foils.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Oct 23, 2016Good thread. I totally agree with both Helm of Possession and Pestilence still being great cards. There are definitely some cards on these lists that I want to try in my low power list (link in my sig). I would add these all stars from that cube to this list of stand out "casual cube" cards.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Goblin Heelcutter (surprisingly powerful for a common)
Lust for War
Great Oak Guardian
Artisan of Kozilek
Magister of Worth
Assemble the Legion
Oct 21, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings - BLUE ResultsPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype DiscussionQuote from psly4mne »
Arcane Savant, it seems, didn't make the list solely because too many people decided to disregard the vote to include draft-matters cards.
I don't think that's true. I didn't include it because I don't yet think it's a top 20 card. It's completely dependent on the cards you pick up during the draft. It's power level ranges from broken to solid to mediocre. With a range like that, it was hard for me to rank it as a top 20 blue card. With that said the card has only had a couple months of play in the cube. Maybe next year with more experience it'll be ranked higher.
Oct 20, 2016I like this change as well. I don't know how long Grenzo wlll stay in my list, even at 540. He's a solid dude for aggro, but I don't care for the double red and honestly, I get tired of telling people what goad is. I kind of hate that he has so much rules text that they didn't have room for reminder text.Posted in: Cube Lists
Oct 20, 2016It seems like Consecrated Sphinx took a while to catch on for cubes for some reason. Maybe I'm remembering that wrong. Mirrodin Besieged was quite some time ago. I'm glad it did, though. It's a kill or be killed type of card. It doesn't protect itself per se, but it draws you two extra cards per turn cycle, which makes protecting it by other means that much easier.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
My favorite control finisher is Wurmcoil Engine. I've seen so many games where Wurmcoil just turned the tables immediately. I also have a fondness for Sheoldred, Whispering One, but I know she's a bit of a pet card for my group (and by my group, I mean me).
Oct 20, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings - BLUE ResultsPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype DiscussionQuote from SowerOfTemptation »I find it crazy that despite MANY people here touting Jace, Memory Adept as "too good/unfun" for cube me and Krazedkarl were the only ones to vote on it at all...
Maybe that was consensus when it was first revealed, but after running him for a while we found him to either be a game winner or a giant dud and not much in between. I could maybe see bringing him back at 720 or higher, but I think he's probably the second worst Jace. He's definitely not a top 20 card, in my opinion.
Oct 20, 2016Here's a sample pack from the PT Cube. This actually doesn't look terrible. I'd be happy taking several cards from this pack. I'd be worried about taking a card and getting excited about the potential for that deck and then not being able to pick up the proper role players to make it work in a limited environment. Also, there's a lot of duds in this pack that you'll see on the wheel.Posted in: The Cube Forum
What's your pick? What are you looking to get back in a pack like this from a PT Cube?
Oct 19, 2016Not much to say about Stormblood Berserker other than he's a solid role player for aggressive red decks. Good card is good.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I can't believe no one has mentioned the full art Reclamation Sage artwork yet. That art is gorgeous! Clint Cearly knocked it out of the park on that one.
Oct 18, 2016calibretto posted a message on [Power Rankings] 2016 Cube Power Rankings - BLACK Voting CLOSEDPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 18, 2016I don't even run Entomb in my cube. We did run it for a while, but it rode a lot of sideboards and felt a little too narrow. It's a solid reanimator enabler and it's cute with flashback spells, but I don't feel like reanimator needs it to be competitive and the other applications felt kind of niche.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 18, 2016I think the idea of a PT cube is interesting, but it's not something I'm excited to draft myself. Then again, I'm sure there are people who feel that same way about pauper, peasant, and even powered cubes.Posted in: The Cube Forum
Oct 18, 2016Posted in: The Cube ForumQuote from bondafong »This is just one big joke of a contest, and it's obvious for everyone that they chose some contestants for their recognizable names. What a shame!
Agreed. After I voted (for the peasant list) and I saw the results of Klug being over 50% of the votes already, I gave up hope on this contest. Not to say anything negative about Klug or his PT cube. He's a great guy, does great alters, runs a sweet peasant list, and is a wonderful member of both the cube and Magic communities. However, a PT cube - as cool of an idea as it is - is not something that I see wanting to draft over and over again the same way one tends to run cube drafts on MTGO. It's a novelty that you maintain, but only break out once or twice a year for a draft or two. I have no doubt that Klug will win this contest and, while I'm happy for him because he's a good dude and good things should happen to good people, I don't think he deserves to win this contest on the back of the cube he submitted. He will win because people like him.
Oct 17, 2016What I've been doing is looking at my current list and trying to narrow it down. I'm thinking about each card and how often I've cast or had it cast against me and had it just be extremely powerful. I'm trying to also take into account how highly I value these cards in draft as well, but I like that this is not the only metric. There are only about 5-10 for each color that I'm really stoked about taking at P1P1, so the last half of each list was mostly made up of cards measured by the metric we're currently using anyway. Basically it's about evaluating each card and forming a cohesive list. How powerful is this card? How highly do I value it in draft when I'm already that color? Is it so good that it sways me toward that color? How important is it to the cube as a whole? Does it create an entire archetype in and of itself? I like this metric because it lets me truly evaluate each card for what it is rather than just asking if I'd take it over the next card at P1P1.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 17, 2016Because you have to house rule Contract From Below for it to work properly in a cube environment, I don't think it should be included in the vote. Obviously a draw 7 (8?) for a single black mana is ridiculous, but that's not what the card actually says.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 17, 2016I had a gold bordered Rishadan Port for a while until I got the recent promo. I Sharpied it. Black borders or bust.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 17, 2016Imperial Recruiter is a fine cube card and is in no danger of getting cut, however, I don't think he's worth the price tag. You'd be better off spending that money on other cube staples that are much less expensive.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I despise white borders. They are the ugliest thing WotC has ever done to Magic cards. I will Sharpie them all.
Oct 16, 2016I like Death Cloud too, but it's very much a control card. It can be crafted to really stick it to your opponent whereas Pox kind of needs to be cast in a certain window to get the most out of it. Death Cloud can leave your opponent permanent-less. I threw that one in my low power list because I like the effect, but it being so expensive means you really have to work to make it good.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 16, 2016calibretto posted a message on [POWER RANKINGS] 2016 Cube power rankings - Blue Voting CLOSEDPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 16, 2016As a Pox supporter, I don't think there's one specific portion of the effect that's the main focus. I think it's the ability to build your deck around it. I view it a lot like Wildfire where you can craft your deck around it so when it resolves, it's much more detrimental to your opponent than it is to you. The cards going to your graveyard might come back either through a built in ability or through the use of some other card like Crucible of Worlds or something.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Pox decks in our meta tend to be one of two builds. They're either an aggro Pox strategy or a combo/control Pox strategy. The aggro deck utilizes that black aggressive guys, especially the ones that can recur themselves and uses Pox as just another tool to set the opponent back. The combo/control strategy slides Pox into a Stax type list where, again, your creatures and lands are recurring or you have an effect that's pumping out creatures every turn. I love playing these types of decks, so I guess that's why I love Pox so much.
Oct 15, 2016I'm pretty sure we've not yet copied a single thing with Mirrorpool. With that said, we've also not yet flipped Abbey, but I'd rather have the potential big monster than the potential spell/creature copy.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 15, 2016Agreed on Upheaval. It's a powerful build around, but it's still pretty good in just about any blue deck that can survive past six mana. Upheaval followed up by pretty much anything that can put you a few turns ahead of your opponent is good.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 15, 2016I wouldn't cut either of those 3-drops. Both are great in their respective decks and help to make those decks better instead of just being filler. Also Feldon combos so well with so many ETB guys. Avalanche Riders, anyone?Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Rank the black 3-drops:
DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards 01 Ophiomancer
02 Mardu Strike Leader
03 Drana, Liberator of Malakir
04 Vampire Nighthawk
05 Flesh Carver
06 Liliana, Heretical Healer
07 Hypnotic Specter
Coercive Portal is the best card on that list of artifacts. I run it in my low power list and it's ok there. I also run Shrine of Loyal Legions in that list, which ends up being a pretty solid midrange/control finisher (or a target for artifact hate). Of the rest, the only other card that's even on my radar is Silent Arbiter, which has been in my on deck binder forever and I've never found myself really wanting to include it.
Cut: Village Messenger, Mirrorpool, and Cloudblazer
Oct 13, 2016Pretty much every 2 power 1 drop black has to offer > CryptbreakerPosted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
I tried Cryptbreaker in my low power cube thinking it would function more like a fair and balanced Pack Rat. I wanted it to crank out a dude every turn and eventually take over the game. I wanted it to shine in midrange decks. Instead it did basically nothing. It can't really attack and it dies to everything. The activation cost is very steep for what you get from it and I never wanted to tap six power worth of creatures to draw one card (and lose a life). You'd be better off with black's worst option for 2 power 1 drops than Cryptbreaker.
Also, I agree that Harm's Way is way better than Hyena Umbra. Harm's Way is in my on deck binder as a possible inclusion for either my current low power list or my rare list if it were to ever go up in size. Copies of Hyena Umbra sit in a box somewhere in the dark.
Oct 13, 2016I still really like Phyrexian Arena (old border Apoc foil, ftw). It does exactly what it says and two cards a turn is pretty good, even when it costs you a life. It's a great midrange card and a fine control card.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
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Oct 12, 2016Balance is a card that looks asymmetrical, but isn't. You can cast it at times that are opportune for you, but very inopportune for your opponents. So while you may have to sacrifice one land and discard a card, your opponent may be losing an army of creatures and his entire board presence. And that's really without much effort at all on your part. There's also the times that you can combo with balance using sac outlets or discard effects turning Balance into a two mana Wrath of God, Armageddon, or Mind Twist or all of the above. For TWO MANA!Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Oct 10, 2016Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype DiscussionQuote from steve_man »
While I generally agree with this ranking, I don't think 2-powered aggressive 1-drops should be compared with Gargadon / Lavamancer / Goblin Welder since they're entirely different cards with different applications.
I agree. To say that Goblin Guide is better than Goblin Welder is a matter of context and is situational depending on the cube, the archetypes it supports, the draft and the deck being drafted. In a vacuum, I'd say Goblin Welder is somewhere near the top as far as power level is concerned. That card does some serious work in the right deck. With that said, though, if I were to build a new cube, I think this would probably be my order of inclusion.
That makes sense. I hadn't thought about those two creatures. I don't know that my cube will ever be big enough for twenty 1-drops, but this is good to keep in mind for those with very very large lists.
Oct 10, 2016Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype DiscussionQuote from TheGroglord »What are the red 1 drops people put above it
My ranking would look like this:
01 Goblin Guide
02 Zurgo Bellstriker
03 Firedrinker Satyr
04 Falkenrath Gorger
05 Grim Lavamancer
06 Greater Gargadon
07 Goblin Welder
08 Jackal Pup
09 Monastery Swiftspear
10 Village Messenger
11 Stromkirk Noble
12 Reckless Waif
13 Goblin Glory Chaser
---------------------- I run all of the above at 555. If I were to drop to 360, I'd probably run everything above Jackal Pup and possibly Pup itself if I could find room.
14 Mogg Fanatic
15 Frenzied Goblin
16 Legion Loyalist
17 Lightning Berserker
18 Foundry Street Denizen
20 Spikeshot Elder
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