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  • posted a message on Commander 2021 HOT TAKES on CubeCobra!
    My Commander 2021 HOT TAKES article is up on CubeCobra!

    http://cubecobra.com/content/article/6068986d978edd106be75259

    My fourth 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 [C21][CUBE] Pest Infestation
    I haven't seen anybody mention this combo, but this is my new favorite Channel payoff.
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  • posted a message on Strixhaven HOT TAKES Article on CubeCobra!
    Quote from calibretto »
    Love these hot takes articles, man! Thanks for doing these every set.


    Thanks! Although I wasn't originally planning on writing one for Commander 2021, it turns out there's actually a good amount of things to talk about, so I'm working on that right now.
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  • posted a message on [M21][CUBE] Llanowar Visionary
    How has this card played for everyone? On the surface it looks like a boring card not worth a slot, but it also seems like exactly what I’d want to draft in most green ramp/midrange decks.


    It was a decent filler card for me. It's a better Phyrexian Rager, but that's not exactly saying much. I wouldn't go out of my way to add it, but not a bad filler card if you have a spare slot.
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  • posted a message on [C21][CUBE] Pest Infestation
    Yeah this is a power crept / shifted to a better color Release the Gremlins. Easy new green staple for me, will replace Wilt for this.
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  • posted a message on [C21][CUBE] Incarnation Technique
    Quote from MadRobot »
    I'm lukewarm on this card. If you're not playing multiple 7+ mana fatties, you're simply not going to want this in your deck. So, how does this fare within the fatty cheating archetypes?


    You saying this actually has opened my eyes to the fact that this is very playable in a non-reanimator cheaty face deck that normally wouldn't play reanimation spells that can be played as a 5-cmc Selvala's Stampede. That really raises this in for me since black is often used as a splash for tutors, and I'm often playing looting effects like Dack Fayden / Prismari Command / Izzet Charm in those decks.
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  • posted a message on [C21][CUBE] Promise of Loyalty
    Quote from asmallcat »
    It's pretty bad if they have a utility creature. Like, say they have an Orcale of Mul Daya - they get to just keep it in play and keep getting value off it.


    Yeah, a lot of creatures can still hold value even if they can't attack. Can still be blinked / used for Skullclamp fodder / crew a Smuggler's Coptor / etc. Can't say I like this more than Doomskar / Fumigate / Shatter the Sky in my own cube, and I'm currently only still playing Doomskar.
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  • posted a message on [C21][CUBE] Incarnation Technique


    So this is an interesting reanimation spell. Traditionally, the reanimation process is an A + B + C combo where you need a discard outlet, a reanimation spell, and the creature you're reanimating. The reason why Entomb is so powerful is because it's a cheap, instant speed option that turns the process into an A + B combo.

    While Incarnation Technique is expensive at 5 mana, it also potentially turns the reanimation process into a one card combo AND can potentially score you two creatures. This makes it reminiscent of other one card combos like Selvala's Stampede which don't require you to have another specific card in your hand.

    While copying it can make this opens up some risk by allowing your opponent to mill 5 / Exhume a creature, the fact that their copy resolves first means if they Exhume a Palace Jailer / Ravenous Chupacabra or something, your copies of Incarnation of Technique are still on the stack, so anything you hit off Incarnation Technique cannot be targeted by whatever your opponent is Exhuming.

    At first I overlooked this card because I was too afraid of the drawback, but now realizing that my hits can't be targeted by Palace Jailer and friends, this has potential. In my experience, getting two hits with Eureka is often game over unless my opponent has a sweeper or had Palace Jailer / Oblivion Ring or something, but there's so much less risk and set up with this. Getting to 5 mana is a bummer, but that doesn't stop me from playing things like Through the Breach / Selvala's Stampede.
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  • posted a message on [C21][CUBE] Inkshield
    Quote from Breathe1234 »

    Opposition Agent - Outside of Wishclaw Talisman, there isn't really a way to abuse it. Very swingy. Its incredibly Feast or Famine - very unfun for both players. Less welcomed in Cube

    Notion Thief - Very Swingy, but could be used as a combo with Wheel effects. It is often a build around rather than a feast or famine hate bear. Fun combo enabler. Good in Cube

    Leovold, Emissary of Trest - Somewhat Swingy, less of a build around considering its tight mana requirements + not in red for Wheel/ Dack. Feels more as a Feast or Famine style effect considering its less paired with wheel effects compared to Notion Thief. Passable in Cube.

    This feels too much like Opposition Agent from my play experience. The saving grace is Orzhov is becoming more of a control color than a aristocrats color in recent sets. But it is an unfortunate pass for me.



    I guess I‘m a little confused by these comparisons. These cards are all a lot more narrow than Inkshield, in my opinion. Requiring an opponent to swing at you with creatures is not a big ask, I’d say it happens most turns. It’s certainly a more common occurrence than an opponent searching their library or drawing extra cards. I happen to like all the cards you mentioned, and like them all more than this particular card, but they are all doing something very different than this.

    I do see you mention feast or famine type cards, but I think there’s a lot more of middle ground with this one.


    I'd argue the exact opposite:

    - Leovold is a very different beast all together. While denying your opponent's draws can be matchup dependent, his triggered ability casts a much wider net.

    - The creatures at least have the floor of being a creature where this can be absolutely deadweight in some scenarios and can't help you break a stalemate. That makes this the most feast and famine of the bunch IMO since its floor is literally a zero and its the most expensive option.
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  • posted a message on [C21] Combat Calligrapher
    It's important to note that this can generate a token the turn it ETBs as long as you have another attacker, so it's similar to Najeela in that regard.

    IMO that's all it really has going for it over Hero of Bladehold which I've cut from my cube recently since the white 4-cmc planeswalkers already do a lot of what Hero of Bladehold type creatures want to do. Sure, this has flying and makes flying tokens, but I don't think that makes up for Hero having a key 4th toughness and the amount of damage output it's able to generate in a single swing.
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  • posted a message on [C21][CUBE] Inkshield
    Quote from Breathe1234 »
    Just to clarify, combat damage includes to your creatures?

    I'm asking is if I swing in with a 4/4 into your 4/3, and you block, then I cast this prior to damage is assigned, do I get 4 tokens?


    No, this does not work with creatures that you're blocking with, only combat damage that would be dealt to you.

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  • posted a message on [C21][CUBE] Inkshield
    Best possible answer to a Craterhoof Behemoth. The reversal potential is strong, but the fact that you have to rely on your opponent hitting you for a good amount of damage is a huge strike against it for me. Seems too unreliable for 1v1, IMO, but you'll feel like a god every time you steal a game with this. I wouldn't play this over something like Blot Out the Sky, which you have much more control over.

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  • posted a message on [C21] [CUBE] Laelia, the Blade Reforged
    Quote from Goodking »
    A card-drawing 3/3 haste for 3 that randomly grows huge with Dig Through Time? Super good addition.


    It's important to note that exiling cards with Delve will only result in a single +1/+1 counter. Something like Scavenging Ooze is what you want for this.
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  • posted a message on [C21] [CUBE] Triplicate Titan
    My initial impression is that Ancient Stone Idol has the edge over Triplicate Titan due to its cost reduction, flash, and more trample power. I don't support Welder strategies and typically don't play super expensive creatures in most Recurring Nightmare shells, so the being better recursive creature isn't really a bonus for me. Also, going that wide can block your Oath of Druids.

    Quote from Grapefruit21 »
    I might consider trying this over Wurmcoil. Very few of our decks ever want it fairly and most often it's a combo reluctant Tinker target and castable finisher when you're short on game enders.


    I still like Wurmcoil Engine a lot more than this. 6-cmc is the sweetspot of being a strong cheaty face target while still being very castable.
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  • posted a message on [C21] [CUBE] Laelia, the Blade Reforged


    We've sure come a long way since Goblin Chariot. This compares well to Hanweir Garrison / Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin since it has haste, grows, and "draws" you cards. The "draw" trigger saying "play" instead of "cast" means you can play lands off this, which is really nice. I don't think this is better than Phoenix of Ash, but I can see this being better than Hanweir Garrison / Krenko since it swings immediately as a 3/3.
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