Quote from Cythare »I've gone out of the way to remove textless cards from my cube entirely, for the same reason as I've worked to avoid non-English cards (still one short on that one though!). Even if most people I would cube with are enfranchised, occasionally I'll have people join that don't otherwise play any more. They're generally fine with reading up on/having new mechanics explained to them, but anything I can do to minimize people asking questions during draft (and thereby revealing to everyone what's in the pack) generally improves the play experience, both for them for not having to feel awkward asking and for everyone else for maintaining the integrity of the draft. If people want to chat about packs because it's a casual event, that's fine, but if they feel they have to ask because they don't know/remember what something does, then that's less great.
I agree completely. I have no completely textless cards in my cube and very few non-English cards left that I want to replace. I do have a few non-English cards that I don't want to replace, though, that I feel are worth the exception.
Japanese Foil Buy-A-Box Birds of Paradise
Japanese Foil Mercadian Masques Counterspell
Japanese FBB Lightning Bolt
Korean Foil M12 Llanowar Elves
These cards are just so iconic that most people, even those that aren't so enfranchised, would know what they are and what they do. Plus they look sweet! I love my Korean Llanowar.
We also have a Spanish Foil Meloku. The text reads that it makes 2/2s. We don't play it that way, but it is a sweet misprint.
Here's a true story from 100 years ago when we still had Diabolic Servitude in the cube. One of our players calls out in the middle of a draft, "What's this card do?" He holds up the Servitude. At the time we had a lot more foreign cards in the cube, so I honestly just assumed it was foreign. Another player explains what it does, the guy acknowledges and places it back in the pack, makes his pick and passes. The pack reaches the guy who had explained the card and he exclaims, "Dude, this card is in English!" This has since been a running joke among our group and the go to response whenever someone asks about a card now. Cube is a blast.