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  • posted a message on Set (P)review - My top 20 Zendikar Rising (ZNR) cards for the cube!
    Awesome article as always! Only surprise was that Sea Gate Restoration ended up so low--I figured you were going to grade all of the mythic MDFC lands as stone cold 360 staples. Looks like only 3 or 4 are--which is still outrageous.

    Can't wait to give the set a whirl. I think I might be the only person on the internet with a small cube that's excited to play Akoum Hellhound.
    Posted in: Articles, Podcasts, and Guides
  • posted a message on Card Æsthetics Evaluation Thread
    OMG, somehow I missed the Time Spiral Remastered announcement. Thanks for bringing it to my attention Cythare Smile

    I've always thought foil looks kinda dumb so I go out of my way to not foil my cube, but if these old bordered cards only come in foil, it's still worth it. I plan to upgrade every card possible.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on Set (P)review - My top 20 Magic 2021 (M21) cards for the cube!
    Best part of spoiler season for me. Thanks for putting in all the work.

    I know you usually do these after you've playtested the cards a fair bit--I assume you weren't able to do so this time around, right?

    Posted in: Articles, Podcasts, and Guides
  • posted a message on [CUBE][M20] Knight of the Ebon Legion
    So, uh, is this card any good? It looks awful to me, but in the past couple weeks, across multiple platforms, I've heard it described as black's best aggro 1-drop.

    That can't possibly be true, can it? People with experience with this card, can you chime in and tell me why I'm crazy for dismissing it?
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [CUBE][IKO][C20] Includes and Testing Thread
    Quote from wtwlf123 »
    I'm currently playing all 10 in my cube, and would likely do that at any size for any cube. I'm hoping the entire mechanic gets a conspiracy-esque banning and get relegated to kitchen tables where it belongs. It's a miserable mechanic, IMO, and it's basically ruining every format it's a part of.


    Thanks for sounding the alarm on these things. I made the decision not to run them largely because of your explanations. Quick question though: since companion is such a miserable mechanic, why haven't you excluded them from your cube?
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [450][Powered] wtwlf123's Cube
    Quote from wtwlf123 »
    My focus was on cards I could live without. Making white more focussed on combo and archetype play has made it a lot more successful. So the first round of cuts go to cards that don't meet that description.


    Interesting. Was white always less successful for your group, or did it start lagging behind when you increased the card count and started focusing on archetype play in the other colors? In other words, would you keep the white archetype cards if your cube went down to 540/450/360?

    Also: just saw you cut Arc Lightning and Flames of the Firebrand. You were probably the biggest proponent of those dividable burn spells on these boards. Have you found them to be underperforming of late, or are they just cuts because you wanted more combo/archetype pieces?
    Posted in: Cube Lists
  • posted a message on [450][Powered] wtwlf123's Cube
    Wow, interesting change! I'm surprised that you didn't re-add Deep Analysis. When I asked you about the cut a few months ago you said that it was the first card you were planning on putting back in. Did your, uh, analysis of the card change in the interim?

    Anyway, I'm really interested in your changes to white. Would you mind walking me through your thinking on the cuts to Thalia, Heretic Cathar and Spectral Procession? Pretty surprised to see both on the block for you, considering they're in most smaller lists, including mine. (Imposing Sovereign, too, but much less so.)
    Posted in: Cube Lists
  • posted a message on [450][Powered] wtwlf123's Cube
    Dang dude, I'm surprised you finally joined our hivemind and cut Deep Analysis. What prompted the change?

    Also, I see you dropped Blast Zone and Voracious Hydra, two new-ish cards that were generally pretty well regarded around here when they first dropped. Why do you think they were underperforming?
    Posted in: Cube Lists
  • posted a message on [ELD][CUBE] Wicked Wolf
    Quote from BlackWaltz3 »
    Quote from noshadowkick »
    Fair enough. I was asking about what you said before the offending comment, but no worries.


    I think the following reddit thread does a really good job at fully fleshing out what I've stated here if you want to go more in depth. The jist being that immediate value/resilience in the face of removal is important but so is impact if your opponent can't deal with it. The higher up the CMC chain you go the more impact you have to get in exchange for lacking some immediate value/resilience.


    Link?
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - LAND RESULTS
    Thanks so much, BW! I dropped off the map for the last few rounds of voting, but I was paying attention throughout. I'm really grateful for all your hard work, and I agree that we got some fun, useful data.

    And thanks everyone else who participated! It's been lots of fun.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Set (P)review - My top 20 Throne of Eldraine cards for the cube!
    Great as always! Thanks for all the hard work you put into these. Smile
    Posted in: Articles, Podcasts, and Guides
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - ALLIED GUILDS voting CLOSED

    1. Fractured Identity
    2. Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
    3. Geist of Saint Traft
    4. Talisman of Progress
    5. Azorius Signet
    6. Supreme Verdict
    7. Dovin, Grand Arbiter
    8. Spell Queller
    9. Teferi, Time Raveler
    10. Reflector Mage


    1. Baleful Strix
    2. Psychatog
    3. Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
    4. Talisman of Dominance
    5. Dimir Signet
    6. The Scarab God
    7. Dragonlord Silumgar
    8. Hostage Taker
    9 .Thief of Sanity
    10. Shadowmage Infiltrator


    1. Rakdos Cackler
    2. Kolaghan's Command
    3. Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast
    4. Talisman of Indulgence
    5. Rakdos Signet
    6. Dreadbore
    7. Judith, the Scourge Diva
    8. Terminate
    9. Vial Smasher the Fierce
    10. Falkenrath Aristocrat


    1. Wrenn and Six
    2. Dragonlord Atarka
    3. Bloodbraid Elf
    4. Talisman of Impulse
    5. Gruul Signet
    6. Tattermunge Maniac
    7. Xenagos the Reveler
    8. Sarkhan Vol
    9. Huntmaster of the Fells
    10. Arlinn Kord


    1. Knight of Autumn
    2. Dryad Militant
    3. Kitchen Finks
    4. Talisman of Unity
    5. Selesnya Signet
    6. Nature's Chant
    7. Mirari's Wake
    8. Voice of Resurgence
    9. Knight of the Reliquary
    10. Qasali Pridemage
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - RED voting CLOSED
    1. Sulfuric Vortex
    2. Goblin Guide
    3. Wildfire
    4. Chandra, Torch of Defiance
    5. Fiery Confluence
    6. Koth of the Hammer
    7. Wheel of Fortune
    8. Young Pyromancer
    9. Sneak Attack
    10. Lightning Bolt
    11. Goblin Rabblemaster
    12. Purphoros of the Forge
    13. Greater Gargadon
    14. Imperial Recruiter
    15. Thundermaw Hellkite
    16. Daretti, Scrap Savant
    17. Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
    18. Faithless Looting
    19. Feldon of the Third Path
    20. Grim Lavamancer

    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - BLACK voting CLOSED

    1 Mind Twist
    2 Recurring Nightmare
    3 Demonic Tutor
    4 Vampiric Tutor
    5 Liliana of the Veil
    6 Toxic Deluge
    7 Braids, Cabal Minion
    8 Imperial Seal
    9 Damnation
    10 Dark Confidant
    11 Pack Rat
    12 Entomb
    13 Thoughtseize
    14 Grave Titan
    15 Griselbrand
    16 Bitterblossom
    17 Dark Ritual
    18 Reanimate
    19 Duress
    20 Shriekmaw
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Ranking Project 2019 - BLUE voting CLOSED
    1. Ancestral Recall
    2. Time Walk
    3. Mana Drain
    4. Tinker
    5. Upheaval
    6. Opposition
    7. Jace the Mind Sculptor
    8. Treachery
    9. Show and Tell
    10. Mystic Confluence
    11. Snapcaster Mage
    12. Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
    13. Vendilion Clique
    14. Fact or Fiction
    15. Dig Through Time
    16. Mystical Tutor
    17. Control Magic
    18. Glen Elendra Archmage
    19. True Name Nemesis
    20. Time Spiral
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
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