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Mar 19, 2018Would that deck be interested in Urza's Factory?Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Mar 14, 2018Yeah I'm not sure how desirable Preacher is to have in your cube.. I wonder if it will just either be too slow and do nothing, or it trades for a removal spell, or it just shuts down everything your opponent is trying to do.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Killing the preacher at instant speed gives the creature back though, so perhaps there is some interesting counterplay?
Mar 9, 2018This is a weird spoiler, since we know no rarities. Looking at Vraska's Contempt, I wouldnt be surprised if Settle the Score was a rare, for example. Fight Fire with Fire also looks rare. There is already another burn spell with Radiant Lightning too. Potentially doing 10 to the face on turn 6 doesn't seem like it will play fun in retail limited as an uncommon. Can you imagine a deck with multiples?Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Is Dark Bargain the black instant draw spell we want?
Mar 8, 2018That's a bit of a harsh biteoff, but it is really hard to answer something like that. You are basically asking people to spend several hours writing a massive essay.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
A better approach is probably to structure this for yourself and start with one or two questions at the time and then keep coming back for more. That way people see it as more manageable to respond.
Mar 8, 2018The Limited Resources guys use phrases like "pulls you into a colour" as a measure of strength. That could also be something to think about. The 4s are strong enough that you consider switching over when you see it pack 2 pick 1.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Might be less relevant in Cube than in retail limited, since the power level is flatter in Cube, so you don't gain as much by including a bomb. On the other hand, the playable count is also higher, so the risk of being punished with too few playables by jumping colours is also lower.
It also might not be correct in terms of cards like lightning bolt. Hm.
Mar 8, 2018Wasn't this seen as really good before? I think I remember people being high on this when I first put my cube together, although perceptions might already have been dwindling by then. That would have been early 2014.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
I can see it, as a hard to remove finisher it could perhaps have been one of the best top-end blue creatures back in the day.
Mar 7, 2018I'm a bit back and forth on this, but at the moment I don't think "clearly the best card for role X in colour Y" should by itself give a four. I think this is very clear if you think of silly examples like Hornet Sting.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
But I also don't think a card must be good in all archetypes to earn a 4. If it does one job, but does it extremely well, that should be enough (provided it is a job worth doing).
I like the "lower your cubes power level by excluding it". Could we also think about it in terms of P1P1? I think a 4 should be the cards you are happy to first pick, and you don't really think that much about it either, unless there is another 4 in the pack.
Mar 7, 2018Leelue: Could you remind me about your "no stricly betters" design philosophy? I seem to remember there being a bit more than just no strictly betters.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Mar 6, 2018Posted in: Pauper & Peasant DiscussionQuote from Leelue »cards that are in almost every cube except those with philosophical oddities.
Could this be the new 4?
Interesting to see how high you all are on Heir. Definitely trust your real experience over mine from Magic Duels. For what it's worth, I had blood-chin rager at 3 on the first draft, and then dropped it to 2. I might have been a bit too strict overall. The Horror can very well be a four, I'm not sure.
I know that far from every category has a four. Red and white for example, doesn't have a 4 two drop for either creatures or non-creatures. So we have used a pretty high bar for 4. And we did apparently give the Horror a 4 last time around.
EDIT: Bacchus, while looking at fours, it seems as if Ash Barrens has been left out, should be a 4 in the fixing lands category probably.
Mar 5, 2018I agree with both sides here. I think there is a big difference between Doom Blade and Kor Firewalker (with River Boa sitting somewhere in the middle). But I also think that minimising all colour-based variance is probably a good thing.Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
And by putting Nezumi Cutthroat in your cube, you can't tell your players that they chose to expose themselves to risk by running it, since the cut-throat likely forced a lower variance card like Vampire Interloper to be cut from the cube. So the option wasn't there for them to draft the Vampire.
Mar 5, 2018Posted in: SpeculationQuote from draftguy2 »
Thats true but I do have alittle faith Richard Garfield is making Dominaria... His standards are known for MANY things weak is NOT one of them... (infact he is known for the 3 times standard had to have a real ban, he REALLY pushes power levels ALOT and the few major homeruns with really FUN sets)
He (and MaRo) doesn't touch power level though. That's up to Play Design.
Mar 5, 2018Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
Congratulations! Really impressive that you have been able to keep up with all the work for so long. It has been fun to participate.Quote from bacchus2 »we are up to date with all sets!
This next category has some cards that some people might not choose to run, like creatures with Shadow and Fear, as well as double faced cards. Is that part something we completely ignore? If we drop everything below a certain threshold to NRTC, then the options available to those who exclude these keywords might be too few. So I guess I'm asking if this means that we give a few of the very "best" NRTC cards a 1. Or is this just a bad slippery slope to walk down?
For these, I'd go:
With Skulking Ghost probably being the closest to a zero, and if I had to pick a four it would be the wasp.
I don't think the upside of Bloodsworn over Interloper is large enough that we need to differentiate them. I don't think I've ever hasted another vampire with it, but if you happen to be BR its nice to have the option of playing it as a 1BR haste.
I have not cube with Heir, since I dislike the logistics of double faced cards. With limited experience with it in Magic Duels, I probably also think its a bit worse than I initially thought. The discard hurts. It's still fine, and having some discard outlets can be good.
I'm not sure if I have put the correct penalty on Foul Imp and Dauthi Slayer for being BB.
The rating on Fledgling Djinn also depends on how hard you push the life-payment creatures (and stuff like Ulcerate and Vendetta. If you run all of them, then the life-loss might start to add up eventually).
Is the death-touch on Thrill-Kill Assassin evasive enough that it should be considered here...?
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