Quote from steve_man »There are a few problems with Null Rod effects in even powered cubes:
- Even in a Vintage cube, the critical mass of mana rocks in the average deck to hit just isn't there for this to be relevant in most matchups.
- Not enough payoff to build around.
- In cube you'd much rather just play any Uktabi Orangutan effect over this
1. It will be a mediocre card in a lot of match-ups, but it's an absolute house in the matches where you really need it to be - broken (mostly Ux) decks with lots of mana accelerators (we're playing 15/360 in our cube) and other powerhouses like Time Vault or Engineered Explosives. You're always at a disadvantage against those decks, and Collector Ouphe gives you a fighting chance.
2. It doesn't require building around? I would normally play 3 Equipment cards MAX in an aggro deck and that's only if I drew the premium stuff (Skullclamp, Jitte, Grafted Wargear). I have zero issues having this extremely minor anti-synergy in my deck; my opponent will almost certainly be playing more artifacts and if he doesn't, I still get to play the Ouphe to my advantage as I can see the board state when I play it or have it get killed in combat. Of course if you managed to draft a lot of power, you probably shouldn't put Collector Ouphe in your deck. No biggie.
3. You're glossing over the fact that Collector Ouphe costs you only 2 mana, which is a massive difference. Urangutan is a better fit for more midrangey builds, and I certainly wouldn't play it over the likes of Goblin Rabblemaster in an aggro deck. A bear by contrast is much less embarrassing as a body for an aggro deck. Of course if you could play a Tin Street Hooligan in mono colours that always triggers you'd be an absolute madman not to play it. So on that one point we agree: Urangutan's triggered ability is superior to Ouphe's static ability.