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  • posted a message on Cube drafting bots
    I'm afraid the only ones I know of are the CubeTutor bots. However, access to them requires becoming a patreon subscriber.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on [M21] Barrin, Tolarian Archmage - Tolarian community college
    The best part of Barrin's card is the second effect, namely that it directly links back to the Ice Age methodology of 'at the end of your turn'.

    Because cool mechanics are great, but great theming is marvelous...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [M21] Mistral Singer— Good Morning Magic preview
    Damnit, WotC, stop making me sexually aroused by non-humans.


    Suit yourself, but as an anime fan, I am 100% ok with sexually arousing animal-girls Grin

    Also, this is good card. Nice staple basic all round... until the inevitable return of Wind Drake...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Polymorph Deck
    The good thing about the Polymorph deck is that it plays well in cubes that support a red based token deck. A lot of the cards for one feed into the other. The problem with the Polymorph deck is that it only plays well in cubes that support a red focused token deck because it needs a lot of the same cards. It's a nice bonus to a token deck, but it's narrow, and doesn't support goodstuff cubes.

    Oath of Druids, Red Polymorph and enough R/G token making cards might work. Both tackle the same plan from a different angle, but could overlap too heavily.

    Unless a cube already features support for tokens and OoD decks, I don't see Polymorph decks having enough speed/support to push into most cubes yet.

    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [IKO] [CUBE] Lurrus of the Dream-Den
    Quote from Cythare »
    Quote from LeyShade »
    As of now, Lurrus allows you to cast X spells from your graveyard with a value of whatever you like. Because X returns a value of 0 to Lurrus' ability when checked, the ability doesn't check how much mana is actually paid for the spell.

    People are running Stonecoil Serpent in the deck for that reason in Arena and MTGO. Just to make it known.
    As noted by jamis, this is a bug. It's even explicitly called out in the Release Notes for the set with the exact same text as jamis linked above.

    Good old spaghetti code.


    Duly noted. I mostly brought it up as it would be my conjecture that many players will rely on how the computer interprets things to decide what is and isn't acceptable within the rules, because they likely don't check the release notes (myself included). Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [IKO][CUBE] Winota, Joiner of Forces
    Also to note, is an hilarious card in cubes with R/W token strategies or Warrior tribal. Slap haste on it, it's funny.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [IKO][CUBE] Vivien, Monsters' Advocate
    Quote from wtwlf123 »
    Disgusting in testing so far. This card's the real deal.


    Seconded from the more casual players too. Card is nuts in many decks, and has elevated U/G creature decks to new levels of shennanigans.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [IKO] [CUBE] Lurrus of the Dream-Den
    Quote from Cythare »
    Quote from jamis »
    I just realized how good Lurrus is with Walking Ballista and Hangarback Walker. Not only do those creatures provide flood insurance without preventing Companion, but Lurrus turns Ballista into half of a Koth of the Hammer ultimate, and Hagarback plus a Sac outlet like Carrion Feeder is also very strong.
    This doesn't work the way you probably want. You can only cast them if you want to cast it for X=1. Lurrus cares about the cmc of the spell you're casting out of your graveyard, not the card's cmc in the graveyard. If you try to cast Ballista or Hangarback for a higher X value than 1, it'll fail to meet Lurrus' casting restriction.


    As of now, Lurrus allows you to cast X spells from your graveyard with a value of whatever you like. Because X returns a value of 0 to Lurrus' ability when checked, the ability doesn't check how much mana is actually paid for the spell.

    People are running Stonecoil Serpent in the deck for that reason in Arena and MTGO. Just to make it known.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [IKO] Ikoria Mechanics Article previews
    There's an error in the article from what I see. Since last I checked, the most recent UN-set added Trample to the keywords that activate on damage regardless of source, alongside Lifelink and Deathtouch.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Alleged Ikoria Box Toppers, leaked from a brazilian LGS
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Quote from netn10 »
    The dinosaur in the middle has a jet fighter shooting at it... No way this is real.


    Point outs

    1 Hasbro does infact got the thumbs up from Toho to use the monster characters

    2 king Caesar (whatever the creature actually name in the set) the text matches one of Maro’s teasers in Ikoria

    3 the dinosaur with cycling Gavin’s teaser was 8-mechanics coming back

    4 they said they are doing the box topper like never seen before this fits big time

    5 as leslak pointed out the artist on each of the cards match their style and are proxy’s by wizards

    6 two are not legendary but on further inspection the6 are uncommon and are probabl6 regular creatures in the sets

    7 and ofcoarse you can’t find those images anyway

    By the way there are multiple Godzilla’s to choose from they probably have the best one for a mythic alt art and alt name (if real anyway)


    I can do lists too!

    1) At current, the information presented is that Hasbro owns a license to produce and market Monopoly and Jenga themed games using material associated with the Toho properties of 'Godzilla'. A license to make card games is held by Jasco Games. The license for video games is between multiple studios. If you're going to give out information as facts, please make sure to list the facts.

    2) As already established, it doesn't match the text Maro gave. It's based 'on' the text Maro gave, the same way as the fake Commander deck list was. Similarity is not 'the same' and is not 'matching'.

    3) See previously: "Prowess, Dredge and Banding are also mechanics. The virtue of them being mechanics doesn't mean they are returning. Gavin saying eight are returning doesn't mean Cycling is definitely one of them."

    4) See previously: "They've also claimed many other things are unlike anything they've ever done in Magic. They said the same about Oko's release, WOTS increased PW number, Time Spiral's 'planeshifted' cards, the new release schedule, the release of C20 in conjunction with Ikoria. They've even said it about Bolas' first PW card. It's not something to get excited about if you've heard it so many times."

    5) As a cursory Google search revealed, all of those artists have worked on franchises outside of Magic before. Claiming it's 'their style' is irrelevant. It's whom commissioned the work that's important. (Fakes have credited real artists before, while pulling their work from non WOTC affiliated sources).

    6) WOTC's own design and promotion rules prevent them releasing uncommon cards as Boxtoppers (see their documents on product design). Also, there being four different boxtoppers is unlikely, it actually lowers sales. See: Yu-Gi-Oh, UFS/UniVersus and MLP (also owned by Wizards). (As of last known iteration).

    7) The arts are all available on Google, if you actually look. Saying 'you can't', when you've yourself not tried, is a fallacy.
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Alleged Ikoria Box Toppers, leaked from a brazilian LGS
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Quote from leslak »
    The pack might be real but the cards are not, or if they are they are not legal but a "oh look we made a partneship with Sony and made those promos that you can use on your homebrews of commander" but even if soo the lack of any sony logo and the lack of the legendary border makes it clear the cards are fakes.

    For why the cards are printed: they are foil, and proxi foil cards are easy to do, soo there is that.


    https://io9.gizmodo.com/hasbro-and-parker-brothers-godzilla-monopoly-and-jenga-1841667852

    You sure on that Hasbro has the license for Godzilla

    But yea they have to have gotten permission from the company to do this

    But here’s some errors team fake is missing (but these only apply if they did get permission from the company to actually do Godzilla characters as alt art for cards)

    1 if you look under the name of the cards there’s another name probably the real name of the card of the set (so these are probably alt art and alt name)

    2 the king Caesar ability one of maro hints was “x is the number of times this creature was mutated” it matches it

    3 cycling is a claimed mechanic one of Gavin’s hints was 8-returning mechanics cycling is a mechanic

    4 they said this earlier
    https://wpn.wizards.com/en/article/ikoria-draft-booster-boxes-have-box-toppers
    just know that this box topper is unlike anything Magic has ever done.

    That would fit for this



    1) We've seen fakes with this type of naming convention done before, largely copied from other games (this template borrows from an early UFS/UniVersus design for promotional cards).

    2) The hint doesn't match accurately. Maro was quoting card text. If he was referencing it in design text, his words would of been "~", not "this creature".

    3) Prowess, Dredge and Banding are also mechanics. The virtue of them being mechanics doesn't mean they are returning. Gavin saying eight are returning doesn't mean Cycling is definitely one of them.

    4) They've also claimed many other things are unlike anything they've ever done in Magic. They said the same about Oko's release, WOTS increased PW number, Time Spiral's 'planeshifted' cards, the new release schedule, the release of C20 in conjunction with Ikoria. They've even said it about Bolas' first PW card. It's not something to get excited about if you've heard it so many times.

    In future, I'd suggest you refrain from claiming 'team fake hasn't noticed'. Not raising something doesn't mean we haven't noticed, it means it's beneath our criticism, as they're things we consider self-evident in their fallacy, that we shouldn't need to point them out as they're obvious to the majority of onlookers.


    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on [CUBE][TBD]Dryad of Ilysian Grove
    The relevant questions I see:

    Are you playing Prismatic Omen or Explore?

    If you're playing either of the above, does this card do enough extra to justify the increased range of removal it can die to?

    If you're playing either of the above, is the cheaper cost of those cards more or less beneficial than the additional blocking creature?
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [[SCD]] Library of Alexandria
    Quote from calibretto »
    For sure. I wasn't trying to imply that he is somehow wrong, just that it's an unpopular opinion in the cube community, especially on these forums. Cube is what you make it and everyone has their preferences. We can all offer advice based on our own experiences, but at the end of the day preferring X to Y in cube will never be wrong if that choice is what you and your group prefer.


    The apologies are mine, it seems I came off rudely without intent. Sorry for that. I was trying to reiterate the point. And also note how LoA lacks an easy comparison to make due it's unique effect, unlike how Talismans and Signets or various 4 CMC counters can be compared. Due to that, I think it makes it hard for newer players to familiarize themselves with a modernized/restrained version of the mechanic to easily recognize how broken the legacy version of it is.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [[SCD]] Library of Alexandria
    Quote from calibretto »
    I wouldn't presume why LSV feels the way he does about cube inclusions. He's also said that Signets are better than Talismen because the Talismen "do damage to you."


    If your cube is more aggro focused, has a lot of pain effects, or minimizes life gain then he's not wrong. I find that with cards that fill similar roles which is 'better' often comes down to how they interact with their environment. Speaking of which...

    LoA is a card that, alike Sol Ring and the Moxen are cards that shouldn't be in any cube that's not tuned to power, otherwise it generates so much card advantage that slower, unpowered cubes simply can't race against it outside of very discard heavy cube design. Drawing two cards a turn allows you to, functionally, play at twice the speed of the opponent. That it can go into most any deck because of it being a land, increases it's pick threshold into the Sol Ring/Mox category, which are also cards that belong nowhere near unpowered cubes due to the ridiculous advantages they generate.

    Also, it's a card I strongly discourage balking at newer players for not getting, as it's an older card that breaks the fundamental game rules as newer players will have learned them, and requires a level of hand management they may still be learning. Sadly, there is no more recent, 'check at upkeep' style equivalent I know of that can be used for unpowered cubes, which likely speaks to the broken power level of that mechanic...
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
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