Quote from DCO »Quote from JuiceBOX »There are a lot of snow matter cards that you can center a theme around for lower powered cubes to build an archetype around... to say otherwise, kind of suggests you are a cube owner not particularly a cube designer.
As for just changing your basics to snow basics, I don't have an issue with that. But even then, these cards don't cut the mustard for most average Cubes.
I don't know what you are meaning by the difference between cube owner and designer. I assume that everyone who has a cube, does modifications on their own which makes every cube owner a designer. I highly doubt that people copy a cube online and leave it like that forever.
Owning a Cube, evaluating a card, and making a cut - isn't the same as curating an entire environment for you Cube to provide players. My intention was not to sound condescending (I apologize if that is how it came across), but merely say that the two are different processes entirely.
The snow matters theme only works for low-low power, you are right. This is the reason why it is not interesting for standard nonpower vintage cube, which
is still the most popular cube. Of course, you can also include Snowbasics in your draft picks, but that is obviously no option for standard nonpower vintage cube. In addition, some Snow cards are way to powerful for midpower cube, like Icefang Coatl, Astrolabe, Dead of Winter, Skred, etc. even Blood on the Snow (of course unless you don't play Snowbasics instead of basics).
I don't really have anything to say on this bit, I think you and I are in agreement here.
It is pretty clear that you just play Snow basics if you want to play Snow cards in vintage cube and that you will have to do something more elaborate if you want a real snow theme which would imply drafting Snowlands because it is pointless otherwise.
You initially stated that "Snow is not really a theme". My counter argument is that, it is should you actually want to play snow cards and ultimately a lower powered Cube. The premise being that no snow card is individually good enough to be anything more than a fringe card in world where vintage cubes are the standard.