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  • posted a message on This or That discussion.
    I highly disagree with the Sol Ring comparison. Gaea's Cradle is a heavy green build-around / payoff that only goes into very specific decks where Sol Ring is so ubiquitous that it can literally go into any deck. You will see Sol Ring in a deck in every draft that it appears in. Not so much with Gaea's Cradle since it can be difficult to incorporate into your deck if not taken in pack 1, and not every green creature deck really wants it anyways since it might not be ramping that hard and doesn't want the floor of a do-nothing land.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Inclusions and Testing Results
    Quote from LucidVision »
    [b]Preliminary draft impressions:[/b]

    - [b]Bloodthirsty adversary[/b] is worse than I was estimating (it was my #1 pick for the set). I miss understood that you can kill the creature in response to the counters being put on it, then the spells don't get flashed back. That being said, it wound up in a Grixis deck with recall and kologhan's command and [b]did an excellent premium dark dwellers impression. Still hyped on it[/b]. Always cast for 5 mana in that deck.

    [/b]


    You still "flashback" the spell even if Bloodthirsty Adversary dies in response to the trigger. All that matters is that you paid the cost X times, not how many counters you put on it. Not getting the counters doesn't fizzle the trigger.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Innistrad: Midnight Hunt HOT TAKES!
    My Innistrad: Midnight Hunt HOT TAKES article is up on CubeCobra!

    https://cubecobra.com/content/article/613feba5b3663a101c6ce11c

    My seventh article on CubeCobra! Let me know if there’s a card that I missed and I’ll respond back with the hottest of takes. Also, feel free to join the Online Cube Drafts Discord Group to discuss all things Cube plus use Xmage to host tournaments to draft / play with our own cubes!

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  • posted a message on Drafting on Rails
    Quote from Grapefruit21 »
    But the problem I've run into is I don't know how to support good stuff piles in a high powered archetype environment. It's hard to keep with up a good stax deck or a good storm deck if you're just trying to play good stuff on curve.


    For me it's about having good answers / closers. There are plenty of ways to disrupt the broken decks, not to mention they can just die to their own inconsistencies. Disruption / removal / efficient closers have only gotten better, which makes it a lot easier for a midrange deck to close out the game before their opponent can overpower them.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Meathook Massacre
    Quote from Resarox »
    For anyone still playing Black Sun's Zentith or Massacre Wurm (I know I have been playing those two for far too long) this seems like a better alternative to both.


    Massacre Wurm is a totally different card IMO since it serves as anti-aggro tech in Cheaty Face decks. Black Sun's Zenith putting -1/-1 counters on creatures also makes it a better control tool unless you're nerfing your own creatures.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Fateful Absence
    Quote from LucidVision »
    For those that think exile isn’t a big deal..


    Generally exile does not make or break a card. Change exile to destroy on any removal spell would nerf it sure, but would it change its viability? I don't think so. It's the same result when you do the opposite and change destroy to exile, IMO, the card's viability will remain the same.

    Destroy PW + creature > exile creature, but it’s a lot closer than people here are acknowledging.


    Yeah, but unconditional creature + PW removal at 2 mana / instant speed is quite the premium. There's no shortage of 1-2 cmc creature removal spells.

    Path to exiles drawbback is worse but exile + half the mana makes it a better card.


    Unless I missed something, I don't think anybody is arguing that this is a better card than Path to Exile.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Inclusions and Testing Results
    WHITE
    Fearless Adversary
    Fateful Absence
    Adeline, Brilliant Cathar
    Brutal Cathar (maybe)
    Cathar Commando (maybe)

    BLUE
    Consider
    Suspicious Stowaway
    Memory Deluge
    Stitcher of Dolls (maybe)

    BLACK
    Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia (maybe)

    RED
    Falkenrath Pitfighter
    Bloodthirsty Adversary
    Cathartic Pyre
    Light up the Night

    GREEN
    Tovolar's Huntmaster
    Augur of Autumn (maybe)
    Briarbridge Tracker (maybe)
    Primal Adversary (maybe)

    OTHER
    Arlinn, the Pack's Hope (maybe)
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Cathar Commando


    Strictly better Viridian Zealot at common? This is really strong for a common. Flash and a Disenchant mode gives this a lot of utility for a Blade of the Sixth Pride variant (which this set has an unusual amount of). Pretty strong aggressive hate bear if you're looking for one.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID] [CUBE] Malevolent Hermit // Benevolent Geist
    I like it for blue tempo, but not much else. I don't explicitly support blue tempo so this isn't for me.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Fateful Absence
    Quote from ThatOneNinja »
    Y'all are way overstating how bad a drawback giving a Clue is. And this card is much better than Winds of Abandon.


    This. Things like Path to Exile / Assassin's Trophy / Beast Within do the work for your opponent, and the first two are very commonly played in cubes. I cubed a lot with Declaration with Stone and it's by far the least egregious drawback, especially in the early game where they have to choose between tempo and cashing in on the clue.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Tovolar's Huntmaster
    Quote from Szko »
    The etb doesn't trigger when it transforms right?


    Correct, it's still considered the same object, so it doesn't re-enter the battlefield when it transforms.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Tovolar's Huntmaster


    Sans deathtouch, this is strictly better Grave Titan in a vacuum that you can Natural Order / Green Sun's Zenith for. Grave Titan has always been one of the most consistent cheaty face targets since it's also very castable, and this being in green means it has the benefits of green's natural ability to ramp + Natural Order. Will probably replace Hornet Queen for me.


    Mistranslation, doesn't create wolves on attack unless it's transformed Frown

    Pseudo Grave Titan on the front half that gains its attack trigger when it transforms. 10 power is still a lot of power upfront for 6 mana.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Fateful Absence


    White's take on Baleful Mastery. Generally better than Declaration in Stone unless you're hitting tokens / clones, and is generally more useful than something like Journey to Nowhere. Being an instant is really nice, a lot of white's removal that can hit planeswalkers are sorceries. Will be jamming this for sure.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Cathartic Pyre


    Kind of a mono red Izzet Charm that reminds me a lot of the flexibility of Abrade. I'm always looking for more flexible discard outlets, and this fits the bill perfectly. My only complaint is that it's rummaging instead of looting, but this is probably the best true rummage effect we've seen since, I dunno... Daretti, Scrap Savant?
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on [MID][CUBE] Memory Deluge


    New Fact or Fiction that flashes back as a Dig Through Time. Having more control of the cards you get is nice tradeoff of not digging as deep / fueling the graveyard / not being as splashable. Definitely will be testing this along side Fact or Fiction, it'll be interesting to see how they compare side by side.
    Posted in: Cube New Card Discussion
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