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  • posted a message on The Official Cube Discussion Thread
    I work from home predominantly, so I was lucky enough to be able to just stop going into the office. My wife works retail and her store shut down through the end of the month. Luckily it's a good company and she's getting pandemic pay. This has definitely affected us as far as completely altering our normal routine, but I can't complain. I hope everyone here is doing well!
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on This or That discussion.
    Titan > Eater > Thryx (though, I have no experience in cube yet with Thryx)

    Contempt > Cut > Pact

    I'm not generally a fan of Pacts in general, so take that fwiw. I like Contempt the most because it deals with planeswalkers.

    Field > Grasp > Realm

    Wanderer > Darigaaz

    Darigaaz was a cool big dragon, but ultimately was swapped back in for Hellkite Overlord in our Jund spot. If you're mixing up your three color cards and these two are competing, I'd go with Wanderer just because it's more interesting and fun.

    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on [[Peasant]] The Peasant Cube Discussion Thread (C/U/)
    I uploaded my lists to CubeCobra while CubeTutor was having lots of issues with being attacked, which were causing the site to be slow and unresponsive. I now maintain all of my cubes on both sites. There are things I like more about CubeTutor and things I like more about CubeCobra. I've kind of transitioned into using each site for the things I prefer it for.

    I also still keep my lists updated in regular old spreadsheets because I'm an old man and I have a hard time letting these things go. Seriously, though, I like having the spreadsheets because they let me keep track of costs and preferences. I can note current version alongside preferred version and the price of the preferred. I can insert formulas for percentages and totals. That's not something that either cube site is capable of, at least not yet.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [OGW] Needle Spires
    This is the only one of the cycle that I'm not running. It's great in RWx decks that aren't curve out aggro decks. If you're in Jeskai planeswalker control or Boros Wildfire it's really good, but it burned me too many times in my aggressive decks as an ETBT land that slowed down my curve.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Cube Con
    Same. I'd love to go, but it's so far away for me. I'm in TN, so I'd either have to road trip or fly. Neither of those options really works for me this year. I hope this one is a success and in the future we see CubeCon in other areas of the country.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on [465][Powered] rantipole's cube
    I like Nadir Kraken ok, but I don't think it makes the cut in 450 powered.
    Posted in: Cube Lists
  • posted a message on Card Æsthetics Evaluation Thread
    There are a few inventions and expeditions that I'd like to get, but they're mostly for the cards that don't currently have a better foil version.

    Scroll Rack and Strip Mine are two that I'd specifically like to pick up for my cube. I'm also a fan of the Sundering Titan invention.
    Posted in: The Cube Forum
  • posted a message on Critique my Peasant Cube!
    Sol Ring is on completely different power level tier from Loxodon Warhammer. There is not a comparison to be made here. I said I like having a bomb type card in my peasant cube, but that doesn't mean I want something close to as powerful and game changing as Sol Ring.

    For what it's worth, my group enjoys playing with Warhammer in my peasant cube and that's really the only argument to be made in favor of including it for me.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on Critique my Peasant Cube!
    Cubes don't support Boggles as an archetype because there's really not enough good hexproof creatures out there to make it viable. Not to mention you'd have to litter your sections with Auras that only make the cut in that one deck. You might as well try to run Infect as a draftable archetype. Being unfun isn't why Boggles isn't a cube deck. It's just super parasitic and those types of archetypes are generally bad for cube in general.

    This argument doesn't really work for me, as almost every card can be justified this way. Could you explain why Warhammer gets the nod in your cube, but Sol Ring is excluded? Would you play Library of Alexandria or Mana Drain if cost was no issue?

    Well, you're comparing cards that are often excluded from even unpowered rare cubes because they're too powerful to a card that's often excluded from those same cubes for not being powerful enough. I want my peasant cube drafts to feel like a booster draft, but with the best cards and synergies. A card like Warhammer is a generically powerful card, especially in the peasant environment, but it's no where close to Sol Ring powerful.

    Also, I'd add that desired cube power level, no matter your rarity restriction, is essentially an imaginary line in the sand that you draw kind of arbitrarily and say, "This is my power level. I won't cross this threshold." If that line is drawn just past Warhammer or just before it is up to you. For example, in addition to my powered and peasant cubes, I have a third cube I built that I can only refer to as a low power cube. It has rares, but it's not running Elesh Norn, for example. There's no Jace, the Mind Sculptor, but there is a Jace, Architect of Thought. The power level here is completely arbitrary and I know that. I can't really explain exactly where the line is drawn for this cube, but it's somewhere after Jace, Architect of Thought and somewhere before Jace, the Mind Sculptor.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on Critique my Peasant Cube!
    Maybe it comes from being a predominantly powered cube player, but members of my playgroup don't get upset about quick powerful wins or having an opponent play a bomb that they can't immediately answer. Making a claim that a card like Warhammer isn't fun for either player is incredibly hyperbolic. I honestly don't think my group would enjoy the peasant list as much as they do without cards like Warhammer being available. Like leadfeather89 says here, we just call it like it is, scoop 'em up, and go to the next game. We didn't pay money to enter this tournament. Nothing's on the line. We're probably literally in my basement drinking beers and using Magic as a way to hang out with each other. Maybe the games where my opponent goes creature into creature into Warhammer into swing a couple times for the win while I just try to durdle around aren't that interesting, but I'm sure my opponent had fun doing that. Maybe I didn't enjoy that specific game as much as I would some other game, but in the grand scheme, that one game didn't ruin my night. And for every one of those games with Warhammer, there's another one where I play in a complicated board state at parity and use it to break through. Or I have a bear facing down a couple 3/3's and I topdeck it to pull me back from behind.

    Peasant is a relatively low power format, especially when compared to what people tend to think of when they think of cube. I like having bombs like Warhammer available. I think it adds a little something to the draft when you take it and think you got away with something.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [[SCD]] Necropotence
    Pretty much what wtwlf said. I'm still a fan of Necro in general, but the BBB cost is a bit prohibitive and we've gotten a ton of great black cards over the past seven years. I don't think it'll ever leave my on deck binder.
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on Critique my Peasant Cube!
    On the other hand, I do run Warhammer (and Skullclamp and Behemoth Sledge). Hammer and Sledge can really just run away with a game if they aren't answered in some way fairly quickly. The life gain combined with the buff and the trample makes them hard to fight against in combat. And if you can't answer them with a clean artifact killer, every creature your opponent plays after them turns into bomb stats even if it's just a plain bear. I've been on the other side of a Warhammer with no answer and felt like I just lost to that one card before, so I can understand why some groups choose to not run it.

    For me, though, I enjoy having cards like that at the peasant level. Peasant cube in general feels like a very good very powerful limited format. All of the cards either contribute to a supported deck or archetype or are just really powerful in their own right. Cards like Warhammer and Clamp feel like you opened a bomb in your draft and I think that makes the format more appealing to my group specifically. We have several guys, myself included, who really enjoy regular old limited, so peasant cube with powerful cards like this is right up our alley.
    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on This or That discussion.

    I've went with Mage over Geist for my list, though honestly it's probably personal preference. Arguments could also be made for Spell Queller and even Soulherder depending on preference for this slot.

    Looking at your list, are you going up in size or planning on cutting another card in your Azorius section? Verdict coming out for Shatter the Sky?
    Posted in: Cube Card and Archetype Discussion
  • posted a message on White 5, 6, and 7 drop creatures
    You may find this list helpful. It's a list I put together from polling 30 peasant cube lists around the forums here to get an "average" list based on preferences of MTGS posters. Thirty is an obviously small sample size, but given that this is probably the best source for peasant cube discussion, I really trust the results gotten from the cubes around here.

    (these both link to the same list, but people have different preferences. options are good.)

    For 6+ drops, there's really not much that's viable outside of Sentinel. Most of your big white finishers at peasant are going to be at the five drop range and will probably resemble a Serra Angel, even if it's over a few bodies (like Cloudgoat, for instance).

    If you're looking for options at peasant+ that are solid, but aren't Baneslayers, I would recommend Angel of Sanctions, which slots into pretty much any white deck outside of dedicated aggro. If you're running a decent amount of planeswalkers still, you could look at Thalia's Lancers. For six drops, you have a few options once you start including rares, but my non-Titan six of choice is Yosei, the Morning Star.

    Here is my "low power" list that started out as peasant plus pain lands, moved to peasant plus, and ultimately has ended up where is now, which is more of a legacy light power level.

    Posted in: Pauper & Peasant Discussion
  • posted a message on [720][Powered][Conspiracy]Metamind's Cube
    For what it's worth, I also always read and look forward to your in depth update articles. My low power list has your larger 720 list and explanations on card choices to thank for a lot of cards that I maybe wouldn't have thought to include in such a list. I hope you keep doing these.
    Posted in: Cube Lists
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