That time of the year again! Share your includes, tests, or cards you're just keeping an eye on from AFR. Also include you cube size/type for reference! Post now and update as spoiler season continues or post when spoiler season concludes - whatever works for you.
Yep, that's it so far. Unless they've really been pulling their punches this preview season, this might be the worst set for cube since Dragon's Maze. That said, my wallet doesn't mind the breather after MH2. There's a couple other cards worthy of consideration if you don't mind the dungeon mechanic (venture), but mechanics like Monarch, Learn, or Venture don't appeal to me personally.
Anything following mh2 woulda sucked for cube. It doesn’t help that AFR has a lot of parasitic mechanics and is core set in power level. I can’t remember the last time a core set had multiple staples, it was probably origins. I don’t think I’ll include a single card, maybe portable hole.
I like the manlands alright, but the cycle feels pretty middle-of-the-road, and not that exciting. I might play one or two that I happen to get.
Moon-Blessed Oracle and Oswald Fiddlebender are the most interesting cards in the set to me. Ultimately, it's a set with a lot of parasitic mechanics. I bet it's tons of fun in draft, but I don't like things like the Dungeon mechanic in cube.
Right now, I'm including Portable Hole and watching the red, white, and black manlands. That's it. My bank account will enjoy a breather after the carnage of MH2 and Reefapalooza (a reef aquarium expo) in the same month.
There have been a few times I've wanted Inferno Titan to be able to swing when it comes out. I won't be cutting it, but alongside seems fine.
I'll be keeping my eyes on the manlands to see how they work out for other people. I've been thinking about increasing the number of lands in my cube in general to increase the number of playables that end up in decks.