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    posted a message on This or That discussion.
    I like Cryptologist over Pilferer.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
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    posted a message on Non-Aggro Red
    Red goes well in a lot of decks outside of RDW in my experience. Of course there's two color versions of RDW, but they tend to all play a bit differently. Rakdos is normally an aristocrats value shell. Boros tends to go wide. Gruul is a beatdown deck, sometimes with a hastey theme.

    Outside of aggro, though, we've had success with different midrange and control decks. Grixis and Jeskai can go either way. Grixis Bolas control is a favorite here. Grixis value with lots of removal and two for ones. Jeskai Spells with Saheeli, Mentor, and Young Pyromancer (even Kykar if you run tri color cards) can be really fun.

    Then there's the artifact deck. Red generally plays a role there in some way. Both Wildfire variants promote their own archetype or contribute to others, like the artifact deck, for example. Izzet CounterBurn is another popular one here too. One of the guys in my group swears by "Cube Blue Red". If not the classic CounterBurn, then Sneak and Show fatty cheat or go into black too for a touch of reanimator.

    I think that while, yeah, red does tend to be aggro more often than not, it dabbles very well in other theaters and archetypes too.

    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
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    posted a message on Show and Tell
    I'd add that the bad rap also comes from people's experience playing them in MTGO cube where, by the unfortunate nature of league play instead of playing against the pod you drafted with, you can often run up against the mirror or at least another fatty cheat deck. In general when drafting my own cube, I've found that cards like Show and Tell and Eureka tend to be game winning instead of creating a parity or causing a blow out. And, in my experience, when you do get the occasional blowout it makes for a fun story rather than a feel bad. Years ago I Eureka'd in a Karn on turn 3 and though I was the best player ever until my opponent Eureka'd in a Faith's Fetters. That was literally years ago and it's a play I still vividly remember us both laughing about.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
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    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.
    Posted in: Cube Lists
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    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
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    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
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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
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    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.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
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    posted a message on This or That discussion.
    Quote from Metamind »
    Initiate > Paladin = Eidolon > Skyfisher


    Out of curiosity, what makes you rank Skyfisher so low?

    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
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    posted a message on Card Æsthetics Evaluation Thread
    I'm running the Jace foil Mystical Tutor and the foiling on these is actually quite nice. I can't wait to see what these frames look like in foil.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
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