Rules are made to be broken

Posted by Mr Z on Sunday, January 30th 2011 at 04:32

You know how I said that Planeswalkers were only admitted to the cube when their sets rotated out of Standard?

Well there is an exception!

Peter opened a foil Koth
Koth of the Hammer
at the prerelease, and as I don't have a lot of use for Koth in any decks right now, and because he is shiny, he gets into the cube right away!

On the subject of Peter, his luck at prereleases continues...

Jammy little shit!!!!

Prerelease Result

  • Peter playing Mirrans - 1-2-1 for 11th on the day
  • Myself playing Phyrexian - 3-1 (9-2 games) for 2nd on the day

Loved the how the sets are coming together - the world is starting to feel more whole - which is odd as it is being destroyed by the war... go figure.

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On the level

Posted by Mr Z on Thursday, January 27th 2011 at 20:31

Two days out from Mirrodin Besieged prerelease and I am looking at the cube under a magnifying glass. I'm looking to see what cards are not pulling their weight, and making a shortlist for cards to cut.

One class of cards that appear destined to tae a back seat after this rotation are the levellers from Rise of the Eldrazi. I have really wanted them to be good, but there are only a couple of leveller cards that look like they will survive. The ones that are certain to remain are - Kargan Dragonlord
Kargan Dragonlord
, Transcendent Master
Transcendent Master
and Student of Warfare
Student of Warfare
. Dragonlord and Student are super efficent creatures, while the Master can take over a game all by himself if not stopped quickly.

On the cusp are Guul Draz Assassin
Guul Draz Assassin
, Coralhelm Commander
Coralhelm Commander
, Hedron-Field Purists
Hedron-Field Purists
and Lord of Shatterskull Pass
Lord of Shatterskull Pass
. Each has positives, but also have limitations on how effective they are in a game. The telling factor are the levelup costs. It seems that anything more than a single mana per level is prohibitive.

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Tweaking more features

Posted by Mr Z on Wednesday, January 26th 2011 at 10:44

Got off my butt to install the card popup code on my database for cube update history. One more tweak and its done...

Yet another change made to the site - now the deck view has a version change log feature showing what cards are different from the previous version.

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Other Cube Considerations

Posted by Mr Z on Saturday, January 22n22 2011 at 08:08

I have been thinking about the Eldrazi and the cube. I have not been a fan of the Eldrazi in my cube, as supporting them in the cube is problematical. There is one card that I think is worthy of consideration - All is Dust.

A 7 mana cost board sweeper that destroys all coloured permanents seems pretty reasonable. It does represent another way of dealing with planeswalkers, something that is quite important. Depending on the number of good rtifacts in the next set, ALl is Dust may well be included in the coming update.

Planeswalkers

Speaking of Planeswalkers, I have been contemplating how to handle the growing number of Planeswalkers in the cube.

As previously outlined, Planeswalkers (apart from the origional 5) get added when they rotate out of standard. This means that when Zendikar block leaves, Jace 2.0, Nissa, Chandra Ablaze, Gideon, and Sorin will all be under consideration for admission.

I am considering capping the Planeswalkers at 3 per colour, and one per colour pair/triad. This way the cube is not over run by walkers

In order to keep things fresh, all walkers deemed worthey of entry will rotate in and out of the cube with each months updates to spice things up a bit.

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Foiled my Jace, The Mind Sculpter!

Posted by Mr Z on Thursday, January 20th 2011 at 19:36

Yippee.... just got my foil Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
to add to the cube. Traded in 2 normal Jaces for this baby. Am really happy.

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Mirrodin Besieged - Cards of interest

Posted by Mr Z on Monday, January 17th 2011 at 21:11

Artifact

  • Bonehoard
  • Brass Squire
  • Sphere of the Sun
  • Spine of Ish Sah
  • Thopter Assembly
  • Titan Forge

Black

  • Black Sun's Zenith
  • Go for the Throat
  • Phyrexian Crusader
  • Phyrexian Rager
  • Sangromancer
  • Spread the Sickness

Blue

  • Blue Sun's Zenith
  • Consecrated Sphinx
  • Distant Memories
  • Neurok Commando
  • Steel Sabotage
  • Treasure Mage
  • Vedalken Anatomist

White

  • Accorder Paladin
  • Hero of Bladehold
  • Leonin Relic-Warder
  • Leonin Skyhunter
  • Mirran Crusader
  • Victory's Herald

Green

  • Green Sun's Zenith
  • Lead the Stampede
  • Thrun, the Last Troll
  • Viridian Emissary

Red

  • Crush
  • Goblin Wardriver
  • Hero of Oxid Ridge
  • Koth's Courier
  • Red Sun's Zenith
  • Slagstorm

Multicolour

  • Glissa the Traitor
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Cube Rotation Shortlist

Posted by Mr Z on Sunday, January 16th 2011 at 14:22

With Mirrodin Besieged two weeks away, I am starting to wead out the weaker cards for replacement. The following cards are on the short list for replacement.

Artifacts

Black

Blue

White

Green

Red

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