I don't think Leonin Lightscribe is a very good cube card. I think it's hard to make it work well here, in any deck where you can reliably go wide enough to make the anthem effect really valuable, it's going to be hard to reliably trigger it more than once in the same turn. I think Accorder Paladin will give you much the same effect most of the time without conditionally being a vanilla 2/2 in critical situations. In spell-heavy decks, I usually need my creatures to do some heavy lifting on their own. And on an otherwise empty board, I'd rather have something like Seeker of the Way. Lightscribe falls somewhere between those 2 creatures for me, and I don't know if there's a deck I build all that often in the cube that has an instant/sorcery count high enough to reliably make the anthem trigger twice that can afford to play a creature that's a bit lackluster on its own. Some cubes might have the composition to do it, but mine doesn't.
But hell, I hope I'm wrong and it plays damn-awesome for folks that try it out! Could be great.
Not a huge fan of multi-color removal spells in general, and boy are there a lot of those in Strixhaven. Even not being a fan, I'm looking at 2 cards to add in this category: Rip Apart and Prismari Command.
Good point about Plargg and Augusta not fitting very well in the same deck. That makes it an odd hybrid: it's hybrid in the cube but not in your deck. We'll see what to do with that If one or both play well enough it could be good enough, testing will tell.
I also agree that magecraft has a very high potential for cube, but it looks like all the removal has pushed some powerful magecraft cards off your list. I'm looking at testing Archmage Emeritus and Witherbloom Apprentice which both have very powerful magecraft triggers, and maybe even Professor Onyx which is expensive but has an even more ridiculous magecraft trigger. I think Rowan, Scholar of Sparks/Will, Scholar of Frost could also be a good inclusion to bolster spells heavy decks in larger cubes.
Yes, multicolor removal isn't the most exciting thing to add, but there's several really good pieces in this set.
There were a fair number of medium Magecraft cards that didn't make the list. Some are decent, but a lot of them look hard to reliably extract meaningful value from.
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. And ya, Mastery is Inquisition proof, which is sweet. Which card ranking were you looking for in particular?
Top 3 /4 in izzet / boros / Orzhov with Prismari command, Rip Apart, Vanishing Verse fit.
How would you rank the black 3 drops now with Sedgemore
Rankings for Removal suite in B with Baleful mastery now
These articles are always my favorite activity in cube design when a new set comes out. Thanks!
As an aside, I would love for you to write an article or a post sometime on the "misses" that you had when evaluating in your set articles and then an explanation on what changed or what you didn't see. I think it would help a lot of people when they are evaluating cards for themselves.
Nice article. I was sleeping on Baleful Mastery, but you made some good points. I'll be adding it to my cube.
Are there any cards you like from Commander 2021? I can see why you might not include them in this article. They are not actually in Strixhaven. Still would value your opinion.