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  • posted a message on This or That discussion.
    I think Thassa is able to get there as a blink support piece due to the 3 additional upsides it carries, chiefly the indestructibility. Teleportation Circle breaks records in efficiency for white recurrable blink, but it still “does nothing”.

    Gideon’s just plain good. Profoundly boring, but considerably effective.

    Gideon > Teleportation Circle.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on This or That discussion.
    Knight of the Reliquary vs. Voice of Resurgence?
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  • posted a message on [AFR][CUBE] Lair of the Hydra
    These are really striking me as great cards in many cube decks, but not the best use of cube SLOTS themselves. They come in tapped starting turn 3, and in high-powered environments, I want my manlands to provide value up-front and THEN serve as a backup plan if I stall out - dual manlands provide that via fixing first. I don't want a card taking up a green slot because I'm banking on our games to go long enough for it to make an impact, when the tapped-without-fixing aspect will likely hurt more often than that.
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  • posted a message on This or That discussion.
    Braids > Shepherd if you support 'Crats/Broodmoth shenanigans > Ebondeath.


    Hoping for some ranking opinions, thanks!

    Growth Spiral vs. Shardless Agent?

    Klothys, God of Destiny vs. Voltaic Brawler vs. Domri, Anarch of Bolas?

    Liliana, Heretical Healer vs. Woe Strider vs. Gonti, Lord of Luxury?
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  • posted a message on [AFR][CUBE] Nadaar, Selfless Paladin
    Good points, I guess I just think a 4/4 with a mostly-redundant keyword is never worth eating Oubliette in cube without leveraging it against your opponent like a traditional Stax deck. I'd need to be at least 2 of the 4 qualifiers (flooding, no creatures, no artifacts, discard beneficial) to be willing to take the risk of speeding to the 4/4 instead of hopefully hurting my opponent with the next few ventures. It's just a 4/4 that drained you both for 1 *shrug*
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  • posted a message on [AFR][CUBE] Nadaar, Selfless Paladin
    @Sliver Lord I’ve been trying for days to understand when anyone would choose oubliette. It isn’t symmetrical. Only you take all the punches there. I’m pretty disappointed by that, although it would be nightmarish in constructed to do that over and over. Do you have a sales pitch in mind?
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  • posted a message on [MH2] [CUBE] - Abundant Harvest
    If anyone has additional feedback on Abundant Harvest, I'd love to hear it.

    My opinion so far is that when choosing nonland, you aren't gaining card selection that other cantrips like Preordain and Opt grant, and when you choose land, you are just fixing a bad situation, where perhaps luck or better deck building or drafting could have assisted you. Either scenario seems underpowered. What I'm UNDERevaluating is the flexibility of both those options on a single card. So has anyone experienced the card solving your problems every time it comes up?
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  • posted a message on [AFR] [CUBE] Portable Hole
    On a tangential note regarding efficiency of comparable spells, I think describing 2 mana as being "twice as much" as 1 mana is a fallacious metric, and unhelpful. Yes it's mathematically accurate, but its misleading. All other mana disparities in the game that can be measured as "twice as much mana" are describing a higher amount of mana than 1. It's really just a matter of "1 mana more". Just an uber nitpick. Portable hole is 1 mana cheaper than Prismatic End when killing 2 CMC things, without flexibility at higher costs, and that's really what matters here. I think Prismatic End is a really interesting 5-color slot card, but if you are slotting it in white in a powered cube, I'd go with Portable Hole.
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  • posted a message on [MH2] [CUBE] Bone Shards
    I'm quite high on this card in theory, and will test. I think asking Spark Harvest (the previous best version of this card) to be an instant is too much. The discard is already substantially easier to pay than sacrificing a creature. Aggro decks will often have a spare land in hand, and they are the same decks that dearly need efficient removal to push through damage, or kill token-producing planeswalkers without falling behind in races. You cannot get more efficient than 1 mana kill any creature OR planeswalker, except tier 1 removal like Snuff Out. Without even considering that the discard is often an upside, I think this could shine in R + B/W token aggro decks - and in reanimator & Daretti shells, it should also fill two roles in one card. Them's my hopes, anyway.
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  • posted a message on [MH2][CUBE] Damn
    This card is depressing to me. There’s no real reason to print a strictly better Wrath of God. I don’t draft exclusively with pros, so there’s a high chance this card is passed accidentally because the white mana symbols weren’t read properly. For that reason alone, I won’t cut Wrath for it. But maybe you should depending on your playgroup!

    I’m not trying to be a design boomer here, it’s great and hype and cool, but the strictly better design space used in quite a handful of these MH2 cards is grossly unnecessary and a little rude, lol.
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  • posted a message on This or That discussion.
    Esika’s Chariot has a very satisfying floor and a surprisingly high ceiling for my cube. It’s not in danger of being cut. That being said, I personally find Garruk Relentless a stronger roleplayer.
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  • posted a message on This or That discussion.
    Please help me put the final nails in Strixhaven’s update coffin.

    Woe Strider vs. Sedgemoor Witch?

    Thalia, Heretic Cathar vs. Blade Splicer vs. Elite Spellbinder?
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  • posted a message on [AFR] [CUBE] Power Word Kill
    I have also started to dislike doom blade variants, the only ones I have remaining (not including Baleful Mastery because it’s so, so, so much better) is GFTT. And that won’t be around forever. As tight as this design is, the feel-bad of not hitting their Wurmcoil is much lower than not hitting their Baneslayer, imo. I don’t appreciate how many top-end threats this has a blindspot for. What are kills spells for?
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  • posted a message on [STX][CUBE] Augusta, Dean of Order // Plargg, Dean of Chaos
    The way I see it, the 5 mana ability of Plargg is a particular kind that we occasionally see on cube contenders: it provides inevitability and card advantage, and initially seems sweet. But in practice, I doubt it will actually be useful or worthwhile to activate. It’s pretty much never better than any card you’d have in your hand, especially given the ability is random. I’d never feel good activating it at parity, for fear of wasting mana.

    More than most formats, cube highlights the best case scenarios for the cards you play, where every single mana is crucial. A situation where you are spending 5 mana and tapping an attacker in order to cast a random, less-expensive card from your deck feels like a situation in which you are already losing, and in danger. And trying to squeeze the card advantage out of it just means you’ve spent 10+ mana to cast 2-6 mana worth of cards that you didn’t choose, because you are so far behind you’ve run out of cards in hand. Sometimes it’s all you can do and then it seems good, but in that scenario, a better bear might’ve helped me too, like Direfleet Daredevil. The cost for unlocking that upside is still a subpar rummaging bear.


    I still don’t know if Augusta is the nuts or not, but I’ve definitely fallen off Plargg for cube, as cool as the design is.
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  • posted a message on [STX] [CUBE] Baleful Mastery
    Bloodchief’s thirst super-super radical frame only got a few weeks of play time in my cube Frown but this is definitely an upgrade. No more Turn 2 Oko’s for you.
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