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  • posted a message on [CUBE][M20] Knight of the Ebon Legion
    While I do think that Flesh Carver is a good card, I think I'd probably swap it for Knight of the Ebon Legion given the choice between the two. Carver's 1B activation to sac is often a bit of a feel bad where you're tapped out wishing you could get value from it. You really have to find the payoffs in the recursive black 1-drops or token generators to make Carver more than just good. There's also the chance that you pay the 1B, sac a dude to make Carver a 4/4 Intimidate, and your opponent responds by killing your Carver. You do get a replacement 2/2 in that scenario, but it still feels pretty awful. I like Knight because there's more of a threat of activation there. You can swing into an X/4 with your 1/2 and be happy no matter the outcome. They take the one or they lose their blocker, or maybe they don't block and you just activate anyway, deal 4 and have a 2/3 instead. Either of these options are sweet for your aggro deck.
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  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    Quote from DJRedLantern »
    I think I'd rather have Serra Angel over Radiant Archangel the majority of the time. You need another flying creature for them to be even, and then 2 for the archangel to outpace Serra Angel. But if you already have 2 flying creatures in play you are often times already winning and the Archangel becomes win more. You absolutely can't play Archangel in random white decks without many fliers, because as a 3/3 it's pretty garbage. Whereas, I can see playing Serra Angel in many random white decks and still being decent.

    Worth noting that Radiant is a very old card and so she sees your opponent's flyers as well. This is why I think she's a bit better than Serra Angel in general. Not only can she get beastly in the UW flyers archetype, but she's really good against your opponent's flyers too.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    Quote from Narvuntien »
    Is there some other 3 mana good stuff white creature I can use instead?

    Have you tried Soltari Champion or Kor Hookmaster?
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [465][Powered] rantipole's cube
    Just reading through that list of cuts, I can tell you put a lot of thought into the cards you chose here. You certainly cut some good cards, but it's hard not to at 450. With that said, though, I don't see any cut here that feels like blasphemy. These are all average power level cube cards, so I don't see anything here that looks like it'll be missed. That's probably especially true since you're adding in a sweet new archetype that your group will hopefully be excited to try out. I like this change and I'm intrigued by the recent interest among cubers in general in supporting this strategy.
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  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    My Gruul section is Bloodbraid Elf, Rhythm of the Wild and Ghor-Clan Rampager. I like Rampager over Sunder Shaman, fwiw.

    As to Ikoria, I haven't gotten any for the peasant cube yet, so I don't have experience with them in that format. I plan on adding Grimdancer, Heartless Act, and Titanoth Rex. I think mutate is a bit too parasitic and the ones we have access to didn't seem good enough if you only get one trigger out of them.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [EMN][CUBE] Spell Queller
    Queller would be my swap for Soulherder, but honestly, I think that slot is pretty customizable.

    I recently toyed around with the idea of an add-on to up my 540 cube up to 720 when it makes sense. Here is the 8 card Azorius section I came up with, in the order I think I'd include them as my guild section grew larger.

    Fractured Identity
    Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
    Supreme Verdict (You could probably swap this and Teferi, Time Raveler in a 3 or 4 card section, if you played around with white and made room for Shatter the Sky.)
    Talisman of Progress
    Teferi, Time Raveler
    Soulherder (This slot I think can be either this guy, Spell Queller, Geist, or Reflector Mage based on preference. I don't think I'd run more than one, though.)
    Azorius Signet
    Yorion, Sky Nomad (This is a test for me. This would be Dream Trawler if I wasn't trying out some companions.)

    If I were to move both of the mana rocks to colorless, I'd probably just throw in the two 3-drop creatures I liked most in the 6th and 7th slots behind what I've listed here. For me that's probably Queller and Reflector Mage. I don't think Detention Sphere quite gets there anymore.

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  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    Quote from Leelue »
    So uh, hi

    I may be on the brink of a new playgroup, so I came back in to check on how the old stomping grounds were doing.
    Everything's intact. Conversations are still informative, calibretto still disagrees with my position frequently, and we even have a Petyr Baelish fan.

    What are the biggest cards I missed? (starting with Throne of Eldraine)

    Since ELD? Not much, honestly. M21 is the best set we've seen for peasant in a long while, so it seems like you're coming back just in time. Syr Konrad, the Grim is probably the best card we've gotten in the past year.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [M20][CUBE] Rotting Regisaur
    Rotting Reggie is a discard outlet that also beats hard in the red zone. I agree with rant. If discarding to him is a drawback for you, then you're playing him wrong. On that note, if you are playing him in an aggro deck for the big body, he doesn't force you to play poorly. If you're against an opponent who likely has removal that can kill a 7/6, maybe don't put yourself in a position to get 2-for-1'ed.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on M21 Previews and discussions
    Maybe it's the fact that I'm still riding high on getting to actually cube with a couple of friends this past weekend, but I think this set is one of the best we've gotten for peasant cubes in the last year or more. At 360 I'm usually only looking to try out a few cards at most and I'm looking at 11 right now! Some of that may be that new card smell, but here's what I'm interested in anyway.

    Basri's Acolyte: Is this better than Relief Captain? Captain has a higher power and gives out more tokens, but historically 2/3 tends to be better than 3/2 overall. Plus this new one has lifelink, which can add up. Captain has been pretty decent and Acolyte seems like an upgrade to me. Where do you all land on this one?

    Seasoned Hallowblade: Adanto Vanguard has proven itself over and over again and I'm happy to include a virtual second copy with this guy. I don't know what my worst white 2-drop is, but it's getting the axe for this guy.

    Vryn Wingmare: This one may just be a little false excitement of seeing a rare come down to uncommon. One toughness is a bit of a bummer, but we really don't see many taxing effects at our rarity level. Thalia is an all star in rare cubes, so I really want to find a way to fit this one into my peasant list.

    Liliana's Devotee: I'm thinking of swapping Eternal Taskmaster for this. It's a similar effect and, honestly, I don't know that I've ever seen Taskmaster bring anything back from the 'yard. It should be relatively easy to get value out of this guy, plus the random zombie buff.

    Goremand: Am I crazy for wanting to include this as a sweet top end for ramp and reanimator? Is this better than Vampire Sovereign? A 5/5 flample is pretty beefy.

    Village Rites: This feels like a solid deal with it being at instant speed. I haven't wanted this effect at two mana and sorcery really, but one mana instant might be the sweet spot. EOT sac a token, draw two sounds real nice. Respond to my opponent's removal to draw two sounds even better.

    Heartfire Immolator: One of the best red twos we've seen in a while. Kind of like the Hallowblade guy in white. Find your worst 2-drop and make that swap.

    Bolt Hound: I'm not completely sold on this. Battlecry can be good in go wide decks, but three mana 2/2's aren't that great in general, even if you tack haste onto them. I'm interested in this one, but I think I might have a hard time finding cut, so he probably won't make it.

    Quirion Dryad: This is maybe also another case of seeing that gold symbol turn silver and getting excited about it. I've also been playing Magic since the stone age so I was around for UG Miracle-Gro (and later UGW Super-Gro) where Dryad was the original Tarmogoyf. I'll probably find a cut here out of pure nostalgia.

    Llanowar Visionary: This didn't really impress me on first glance, but I've seen several people talk it up. Is this better than something like Civic Wayfinder?

    Warden of the Woods: I think I like the draw two clause on this more than the reach on Skysnare Spider. At the very least, that sounds like a pretty comparable easy swap for testing.

    This set is sweet. Lots of options for cube, so I can't wait to prerelease and retail draft. Core Set drafts usually end up being some of my favorite retail draft formats.

    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on Hybrid Mana and Split Cards
    That sounds like a better plan than trying to force ten hybrids in and including some subpar options. If I might recommend a Rakdos card, I'd go with Judith. She's been absolutely amazing here. We've all gotten that control opponent to just within death and had them Wrath our board and stabilize. Judith often means Wrath spells a game loss for them.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on [C17][CUBE] Curse of Disturbance
    Curse of Disturbance is a good card, but I don't think it's good enough for 360 powered. I run in my low power 450 list and it's great in peasant.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Hybrid Mana and Split Cards
    I still don't think there's enough hybrids to make a hybrid section worthwhile. The appeal is there, considering how hybrids play, but I don't think we've hit that critical mass yet. That's especially true if you're avoiding the companions. It's also frustrating that some guilds have a multitude of options and others barely even have one. I still prefer just having a guild section and including all of my guild aligned cards there.

    FWIW, rant, I run Dovin, Hand of Control in my peasant cube and he's been pretty sick there. It's obviously a completely different environment, but he definitely slows the the game down and helps to take pressure off against aggressive decks.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on [CUBE][M20] Knight of the Ebon Legion
    It's a good 1-drop for aggro because it's often a one mana investment for a 2/3 or a 3/4 creature. It also gives aggro decks something to do with their mana in the event that the game goes longer than they'd like.
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  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    Quote from MagicFever »
    Unfortunately there is so much multicolor that the packs are almost dead after 7-8 picks and only 3+ color good stuff decks are viable...

    Agreed. There are a lot of questionable cards that could easily be swapped for something better. This list feels like a someone's first peasant list with not much work put into trying to develop themes or archetypes. It's the kind of cube someone posts here or on Reddit and gets lists of recommended swaps to help fill it out and make it more cohesive. Also, there's a metric ton of multicolor cards, but not really a multicolor theme, so it feels like he just likes gold cards and wanted to include a bunch.

    It's unfortunate because peasant cube is kind of what showed me that cube doesn't have to always be about big flashy plays and can be just a really fun custom limited environment using some of the limited all stars you've loved from the past. It'd be nice to be able to convey that to the masses. I have seen a few streamers open things like Ridgescale Tusker and be like, "Wow, remember this guy? He's a house!" That's the type of feelings I want my peasant cubers to have when they draft my own peasant list, and I think there's just too much chaff in the list on MTGO to fully replicate that.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on Looking For Feedback On Rakdos Aristocrats
    Rakdos Aristocrats is a great archetype to support in cube because you really only need to fit a few cards in specifically for the deck. Most of the support are cards you'd typically see in an average cube because they tend to be good value cards, like sac outlets and recursive creatures. Because of this, my advice would be to not over think it and try to shoehorn in a bunch of cards to force that archetype. I wouldn't try to include a bunch of sac outlets (like Attrition or Ashnod's Altar) unless you're also looking to support a persist deck that needs to share these payoffs. You'll be running a bunch of the support already for aristocrats, so it's easy to throw in just a few pay offs and trust your drafters to know it's there. Carrion Feeder, Blood Artist, and Goblin Bombardment going around the table alongside already cube all stars like any of the recursive black 1-drops, Ophiomancer, red token makers, etc is bound to spark the attention of the Rakdos player at your table. I would try to make sure my Rakdos guild cards acted as signposts for the archetype. If you're running three cards in that section, for instance, then maybe you include Daretti, Judith, and Falkenrath Aristocrat. These let drafters know there's a sacrifice deck available, but are also good in their own right if the deck doesn't quite come together.
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