This is the same reason I now run it (and new Vraska) over Maelstrom Pulse. Technically not as strong, but way more interesting.Quote from rantipole »I currently run DRS over Decay because I want more than just removal spells in the guild. I do think that on power alone, Decay is the better card.
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Feb 21, 2018Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Feb 17, 2018As of now, I run Abrupt Decay and Pernicious Deed, but not Maelstrom Pulse. I decided that I wanted to diversify a little, so when I was making a cut, I left Vraska, Relic Seeker and cut Pulse over Decay. I think the uncounterable+instant is relevant often enough to be the better card.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Feb 14, 2018It's up!Posted in: Magic Storyline
EDIT: Looks like they address some of the inconsistencies with card art and the story (such as Sphinx's Decree) in the story, which is nice, albeit somewhat kludgy.
Feb 11, 2018I went ahead and made the following changes:Posted in: Cube Lists
Impulse -> Condescend
Duskwatch Recruiter -> Noose Constrictor
Sylvan Caryatid -> Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
Ripjaw Raptor -> Wickerbough Elder
Jadelight Ranger -> Hornet Queen
This shifts the CMC up slightly due to cutting a 3-drop to put Hornet Queen back in, but I think I'm ok with that. Otherwise, I went through your list as well as wtwlf's and noticed I never put in Noose Constrictor or Rofellos, so I cut the two lowest-performing 2-drops for them. I'd prefer to have Oracle of Mul Daya instead of Wickerbough Elder, but Elder costs ~$0.50 while Oracle is a $25 card, so I'll make that swap if it's in Masters 25 or in a couple months when I can better budget for one.
I opted to cut Impulse for Condescend since I think I like Serum Visions slightly more.
Feb 10, 2018Regal Behemoth is better than Ripjaw Raptor, but I like the 5th 4-drop more than the third 6-drop. I'm still trying to figure out whether to cut Champion of Wits or Nimble Obstructionist for Condescend. At this point, I'll probably wait to see what's in Masters 25 before I figure it out, though.Posted in: Cube Lists
Feb 9, 2018After last weekend's cube draft, I'm undoing some of these cuts (most were due to availability, though):Posted in: Cube Lists
-Rekindling Phoenix -> Sulfuric Vortex This wasn't the original swap, but I jammed Glorybringer into the cube when I couldn't find my Vortex, and I liked it much more than Phoenix. I also didn't really miss Hero of Oxid Ridge, so Glorybringer's staying in for now.
-Steel Hellkite -> Watermarket: I really want to run Watermarket with the density I've created in my cube, and Steel Hellkite was added specifically for it. I cut Watermarket for Thaumatic Compass last weekend, but I kinda like how Compass played out.
-Regal Behemoth -> Deranged Hermit: I brought Regal Behemoth and Ripjaw Raptor in for my missing Deranged Hermit and Hornet Queen. Didn't like Behemoth as much, and I want Hermit back in. Not sure what I'll do about Hornet Queen yet.
-Kokusho, the Evening Star -> Massacre Wurm: Also an availability swap. I like Massacre Wurm more.
Feb 4, 2018I guess that's fair. If it's a card that's currently old-frame, I understand not wanting to swap it over. For me, if the current card is 8th Edition or newer, unless the art is somehow atrocious, I'll almost definitely make the swap. For the record, I'm currently at 76/495 cards with watermarks that have 2 in the cost, which is just over 15% of the cube.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Feb 3, 2018Managed to do some playtesting today but didn't get as much focus on RIX cards as I'd hoped. We ended up drafting twice with a group of 4 due to timing issues with half of the intended drafters. That said:Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
Ravenous Chupacabra was great in the deck it was in. It usually functioned as a worse Nekrataal, but the player playing it was able to use it at one point to destroy a Griselbrand that he otherwise couldn't have.
I drafted Dire Fleet Daredevil, which due to the weakness of the rest of the deck it was in, never really got to shine because I kept having to run it out when I didn't want to. It didn't seem that great in a control shell.
Jadelight Ranger ended up in the portion of the cube that didn't get drafted because I inadvertently forgot to include it when I was trying to make sure all of the RIX cards ended up in packs that got drafted.
Skymarch Aspirant was fine - the player playing it seemed happy to have it but it didn't gain flying as far as I'm aware. I did get to make a token copy of it with The Scarab God, which was great, but at that point, it could have been literally any creature that had flying, since the p/t was fixed.
Rekindling Phoenix was (as expected) fairly garbage. I drafted it in the first round. Not having haste on the initial cast really hurts it in cube. In one game, it got mugged with a Treachery which really hurt. In another, it got hit with an exile effect. While it seems absurd for Standard, it really doesn't bring enough to the table for cube, which others had voiced concerns about, but that I was ultimately happy to be able to see with my own eyes.
I didn't end up testing Path of Mettle since the slot that it was going to fill got replaced with an additional land cycle.
Feb 2, 2018Dredging this back up because of the M25 announcement:Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Apparently nearly every card in M25 is going to have a watermark that's the set symbol of the original printing (Jace doesn't have one, so presumably it's just that planeswalkers are exempt because of the extended art).
This makes me both excited and also disappointed - excited because this helps with Watermarks-matters, but disappointed because it means I'd have to potentially acquire a bunch of new versions of cards.
Does this change anyone's feelings on this card in theory (with the caveat that we don't know what's in M25 yet)?
Feb 1, 2018I added Nekrataal back in (cutting Buried Alive). My issue with Condescend is mostly that I'm trying to provide more creatures for blue, and also I don't want to cut my MMQ foil Misdirection. I'll compare the two newer creatures and probably add Condescend back in after the draft this weekend once I've had another chance to see them side by side.Posted in: Cube Lists
Jan 31, 2018It's fine - if drafted early, there are often enough other creature with relevant ETB effects that the player drafting doesn't feel bad about Kiki, but it's not a top performer. It does very occasionally sit out if the person drafting it ends up with a different red deck, since red isn't exactly the highest density of ETB effects compared to the other colors. I'm not looking to cut it any time soon, though, although I'll admit part of it is the nostalgia factor for me.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Jan 31, 2018I don't think that if you run Kiki, you need to run Twin. I run Kiki-Jiki, Resto, and Zealous Conscripts (and both Recruiters, but not Celebrant). I like having Kiki in because I don't think that he's that strong of a combo signal. Twin definitely reads like a stronger signal, and I don't like Pestermite, Celebrant, or Exarch enough to try/put them back in. That being said, after reading your response, I do like the idea of thinking of it as a primarily WR archetype by supplying tools for the deck in those colors but not in blue.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Jan 30, 2018I'm open to cutting Probe, but I'd like to keep the others for now. I'd probably prioritize adding Crystal Shard back in.Posted in: Cube Lists
Open to removing Buried Alive, but I'm concerned that's too many 4-mana 187 creatures - maybe this cube is big enough that it isn't a concern?
I'm open to cutting Evolutionary Leap, so that swap works for me. I just added Pod so I'd like to see how it plays first.
Hanweir Garrison is in an awkward spot where it's strong but I don't like having cards that indicate to drafters that they should be on the lookout for something else. I can't see myself adding Hanweir Battlements back in as well, so I'll probably keep that out for now. I'll see how things look after we draft this weekend.
I like Psychatog too, but the other cards excite me more, especially if I'm going to be cutting a slot from each guild for a land.
Thanks for all the feedback!
Jan 29, 2018Follow-up: Due to budgetary constraints, I'm thinking short-term of ally checklands (I already have them all, and some of the ally fastlands are above where I'd like to pay), but since I don't own enemy fastlands or enemy checklands, was thinking of just getting the fastlands.Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
Would you find it annoying/bad if you drafted and had this split since it doesn't account for whether a given color pair is aggressive or slower? The ultimate goal would be all fastlands, and I think it makes more sense not to buy lands I'd already be planning to replace, but am indecisive on this front.
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