I argue later that you should take lands higher, and part of that is because it’s much more important that you don’t get colour screwed – Limited decks can function with worse mana bases, Constructed and Cube decks absolutely can’t – in Cube, if you can’t cast your spells 20% of the time, that is a loss 15% of the time. A card like Feather, the Redeemed, Ulamog, or Gray Merchant of Asphodel can be a strong early pick, and then you can see whether the archetype they best fit into is open and try to move in; the payoff if these cards work tends to be far greater than the impact of the average Bomb in Cube, and especially if you’re seeing those cards fifth or sixth pick, that’s a great reason to move in. All Rights Reserved. In Draft, you’re looking for the most powerful cards – a card like Dream Trawler will often take over the game immediately, and your opponents are unlikely to be able to stop it. This article is mostly about general Cube strategy; I will not specifically be discussing the archetypes or evaluating cards here, as I would rather do that once I have had the chance to draft the cube a few times; this is the day of release, and I wouldn’t want to misinform people! If that means you have to play a less synergistic card in your deck or a card that’s very slightly worse, that’s really not a big deal. Check out the card list by clicking the link above! A draft and strategy specialist, of special mention are his limited reviews and draft coaching service. Updated June 14, 2020. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. Slower decks need catch-all answers in Cube; there are a huge variety of different permanent types you’ll have to deal with. I’m really excited to dip my toes in, and hope all of you will put some of the advice I’ve given here into practice as soon as you can. There are 555 total cards in the cube, chosen from the Historic card pool. This is the complete card list for the Arena Cube Draft event on MTG Arena. Not in Cube though! You still get six packs and you build your deck with them. the difference between an average card and a good card is much smaller. There are exceptions to every rule, so I’ll try to talk about some of them, but if you’re on the less experienced side then stay away from these cards completely. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The deckbuilding stage will generally be harder than in a regular Limited format, because you’ll have so many more cuts to make – imagine having to make 20 cuts from a deck instead of five, and most of the cards being of similar power level! In basic terms, if you’re seeing good cards in certain archetypes or colours, those should dictate to you which deck to move into – early on, you just want to take the best cards until you have a clear idea of where you’re going, and you’re beginning to sacrifice more than is worthwhile in abandoning what you already have; it takes a surprising amount of time to get to that stage though. I do give some examples of cards I would recommend staying away from, however, and I do touch on which archetypes I believe will be well-represented. Share Article. By Wizards of the Coast. Drifter is our site’s content manager and main editor! *This is why some especially broken or unfun cards like Oko, Thief of Crowns and Agent of Treachery were excluded, and why there are some inclusions that aren’t all that powerful: they were included for other reasons such as being fun/popular or Wizards felt they would improve the environment by creating unique decks, filling slots etc. That being said, the cards do need to be powerful – because most cards aren’t that much better. On that basis, a versatile removal option like Maelstrom Pulse is far better than something like Epic Downfall; neither of those cards is particular good against aggro, so they don’t fill that role, but only one is embarrassing against planeswalkers and cards like Ethereal Absolution. In Cube, you’re looking for direction, for a powerful payoff which you can then pick around enhancing and building synergy with. For more information, check out my first article for MTG Arena Zone, back in September, where I give a very in-depth explanation on how to follow signals and stay open! Arena Cube Draft is a format which selects the best cards on Arena, puts them all together, makes various changes to improve the environment*, and then throws you into some action-packed Drafts pitting them against each other, with an amalgam of familiar faces and cards you may only have heard of in legend rather than seen before, spread across a multitude of different sets! Every Cube has its share of terrible cards and traps, though generally there are less than in Draft formats; I’ll run down the ones in the Arena Cube that I think you should almost never play. The event is phantom, which means you don’t keep any of the cards you Draft – you are paying for the experience and prizes. White. Searchable card list for Magic: The Gathering Arena with full text search and powerful filters. Be varied in your preparation – you’re playing best-of-one games so you’ll only have one shot at beating your opponents, and there’ll be a lot of different strategies on display. MTG Arena Zone © 2020. That means that it’s correct far more often to take the card you perceive to be weaker, if it synergises with your deck, is good on your curve, or you have any other good reason to – it’s common for Limited decks not to even want 1 drops, even in aggro decks, but most 1 drops in Cube will be of good quality, so it makes sense to take them much higher, and Aggro decks absolutely need them.   Thank you, going to blame tiredness for that…. First […] Consider carefully which removal options you run; unlike in regular Drafts, you don’t just want to throw all of them in there, especially in decks which favour pro-activity, like every aggro deck and most midrange decks. What are the effects of this? Arena Cube Draft is a format which selects the best cards on Arena, puts them all together, makes various changes to improve the environment*, and then throws you into some action-packed Drafts pitting them against each other, with an amalgam of familiar faces and cards you may only have heard of in legend rather than seen before, spread across a multitude of different sets! 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