Looking at the spoiled cards, the overall powerlevel seems really high.
Augury Raven is a strict upgrade on Phantom Monster.
I like the Wolf as well as the Masked Vandal.
Dual Lands at common also open some very interesting synergies...
--> Kird Ape et al.
--> Farseek, Wood Elves
--> Elvish Aberration et al.
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Nov 24, 2020Here is my listPosted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Nov 19, 2020Posted in: Pauper & Peasant DiscussionThe flip lands are actually a perfect example of why I switched to just using my judgment on what rare lands to include as opposed to strict rarity. Because they are non-abusable, low upside, consistency machines... which are put at rare to sell packs.
I looked at your list and I am patricularly interested in your experience with the Castles from TOE.
I played uncommon duals when I started my C/Ube. The more I read opinions, the more I liked the idea to help aggro with better lands that entered untapped. So I changed Gates and Gainlands.
First, I tried with full cycles: Painlands and Checklands for everybody, also Prismatic vista and Fabled Passage. There are still Vivids and now Thriving lands instead of Trilands, but aggro had untapped lands, at least.
Games were good for aggro, but I like to read and read about the format, what I should run to improve my decks, learning about what matters or not if you play aggro, midrange or control, and finally, I recently changed my lands again. And the solution was to give each guild the appropriated land. Control had good options to cast Counterspell on T2 with a Painland, but will suffer against aggro with those pesky lifes to pay the colored mana. Also, a Checkland doesn't help too much if your first land was a Painland, for example.
So I gave each deck better lands for what the guild does. For example, all guilds now have shocklands. You may decide to play them tapped or untapped, so you are taking decisions, what is good and fun. And for control decks this only represents two lifes IF THEY WANT and not 3, 4 lifes if that was a Painland. Now Checklnds have more sense, but I opted to give my Blue (control) decks, also Temples and Bicycle lands from Amonkhet. You know, they enter tapped but you gain the opportunity to filter some draws, more decisions for colors that doesn't matter if they are a bit slow but gain some advantage later. And if it's late game you even can cycle them (Fetid Pools) to draw another thing. I don't have an izzet Bicycle land so I play with the UR canopy, Fiery Islet. Izzet plays midrange, tempo oriented, so you can change that land for a card if you need gas.
Boros and Rakdos have only lands to play fast. Well, shocklands, fastlands and canopy or painlands.
And midrange decks play with some mix, sometimes Temples, bicycles, checklands, even bouncelands in green...
I need more drafts to test these changes, because the pandemia doesn't allow me to play so much, but I think these lands should be a good addition for the games. I don't have a designer vision where I only have to play with uncommon tapped lands for cohesive / aesthetic reasons with a grey symbol on them.
I play Peasant for budget reasons, and many of these rare lands are proxies, to test them. Some fastlands and shocks are really expensive, but temples, painlands and bicycles not so much. I started with a Pauper cube but the lack of good payoffs in my guilds made me migrate to Peasant and I'm so happy with this change that I didn't look back. So, why not improve my decks with better lands when Wizards is making many of them Rares for monetary reasons?? I have it clear.
Thank you for this detailed post. I like your pragmatic way of thinking and design.
Jul 30, 2020I do not have high hopes for any cube-worthy downshift to be honest. They kept cards at rare that would not make the cut in most lists if they would have been downgraded.However, I would have loved Swiftblade Vindicator and cards of that powerlevel at uncommon as they feel like natural fits powerlevel-wise.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Jul 21, 2020We have our first downshift in Sphinx Summoner . I think as it is the card is not enough supported in our cube setups, but I hope that it is a start for an artifact theme that may be an option in the future.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Jun 13, 2020Posted in: Pauper & Peasant DiscussionLifegain matters is always going to be an archetype that I abstain from adding to cube, no matter how much support it gets. It is intrinsically much better against certain decks where gaining life in itself is a reward (i.e aggressive strategies). I don't like to have a match up that is so polarizing that it feels hopeless.
Even outside of a dedicated lifegain shell Silversmote Ghoul might honestly be a strong card as it's above rate if you can get it back once, which isn't overly difficult if you make minor deckbuilding considerations.
I just browsed through my list and maybe you are right. In white you have some lifegain and/or lifelink (eternalized Sunscourge Champion, Seeker of the Way with one prowess trigger). In black you also have your generic lifelink creatures plus Blood Artist et al.. As you said, even bringing him back once is already above average.
Jun 12, 2020I am sure I wasnt talking to you.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
You have anything meaningful to add to the conversation?
Anyhow, I totally missed Lilianas Devotee and will be sure testing him. Will be interesting to see whether he can be valuable outside of a BW or BR sacrifice deck.
Also, a lot of lifegain matters card in the set but I guess we are far away from an archetype in this regard?
Jun 12, 2020Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussiondude wtf, watcher of the spheres is super efficient??? what a bear holy moly.
Everything okay with you? I never said it is super efficient, but a 2/2 flyer for 2 isnt that bad as a baseline in my books. I think I like my current UW options better, but nevertheless it is a card to consider dependent on your cube dependent on your configuration.
man, one problem with this set is that i feel like i need to completely disassemble my cube and start again. there's just so many archetypes that work now, it's crazy.
That is a problem I like to have ;-). But looking at your cube I think you already support most of the regular archetypes.
Jun 12, 2020Tolarian Kraken: I like the effect, especially with all the new additions that care about drawing cards, but I think the card is too expensive.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Falconer Adept: Nice effect, but the a 2/3 vanilla for 4 is just bad.
Watcher of the Spheres: This is a very strong card especially if you support UW flyers. Comes down early as a 2/2 which makes the cost reduction ability very relevant. Also nice with Lingering Souls, Migratory Route, Battle Screech etc..
I am not sure about the Conclave Mentor. I really like build-around / payoff cards that are good on their own. Can the Mentor be good in a cube that doesnt specifically support the +1/+1 archetype but only runs good cards that coincidentally give +1/+1 counters such as the Good-Fortune Unicorn?
Jun 8, 2020The Concentrated Veteran is a trixky one. Adanto Vanguard is one of the best white tow drops we have. Like the Vanguard, the Veteran protects itself from most removal bar exile stuff and -x/-x but discarding a card is much worse than paying life (at leats in aggressive decks). On the other hand, the Veteran is a 3/1 also on defense.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
The question is, can we make use of the free discard outlet? I dont think the Veteran can cross-pollinate in Worm Harvest sytel decks as white as a color does not offer enough support. Besides ots role as an aggressive creature, the Veteran might perform as an Oona's Prowler in a BW reanimator shell?
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