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An Introduction to the Degenerate Micro Cube

December 14th, 2020 — Andy Mangold

Table of Contents

The List

White

Giant Killer
Giver of Runes
Mother of Runes
Aegis of the Gods
Containment Priest
Hushbringer
Leonin Relic-Warder
Remorseful Cleric
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Vryn Wingmare
Auriok Salvagers
Gideon of the Trials
Journey to Nowhere
Mana Tithe
Path to Exile
Swords to Plowshares
Balance
Council's Judgment
Sevinne's Reclamation

Blue

Gilded Drake
Snapcaster Mage
Emry, Lurker of the Loch
Sphinx of Foresight
Aether Spellbomb
Daze
Disrupting Shoal
Foil
Force of Negation
Force of Will
Ancestral Recall
Brainstorm
Concerted Defense
Flusterstorm
Force Spike
Miscast
Spell Pierce
Stubborn Denial
Unsummon
Echoing Truth
Flash
Mana Drain
Mana Leak
Careful Study
Time Walk
Show and Tell
Tinker

Black

Brain Maggot
Kitesail Freebooter
Mesmeric Fiend
Vampire Hexmage
Murderous Rider
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana, the Last Hope
Animate Dead
Force of Despair
Dark Ritual
Entomb
Diabolic Edict
Liliana's Triumph
Unmask
Duress
Inquisition of Kozilek
Mind Twist
Reanimate
Thoughtseize
Agonizing Remorse
Collective Brutality
Toxic Deluge

Red

Goblin Welder
Goblin Cratermaker
Goblin Engineer
Greater Gargadon
Pyrite Spellbomb
Sneak Attack
Abrade
Faithless Looting
Red Sun's Zenith

Green

Scavenging Ooze
Oath of Druids
Crop Rotation
Nature's Claim
Serene Remembrance
Channel

Miscellaneous

Gitaxian Probe
Mental Misstep
Noxious Revival
Once Upon a Time
Dismember
Elvish Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit Guide
Deathrite Shaman
Judge's Familiar
Memory's Journey
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Unburial Rites
Abrupt Decay
Assassin's Trophy
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Wurmcoil Engine
Chancellor of the Annex
Ashen Rider
Woodfall Primus
Inkwell Leviathan
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Nullstone Gargoyle
Void Winnower
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Worldspine Wurm
Blightsteel Colossus
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Artifacts

Stonecoil Serpent
Walking Ballista
Hope of Ghirapur
Phyrexian Revoker
Phyrexian Metapmorph
Lodestone Golem
Chrome Mox
Engineered Explosives
Jeweled Amulet
Lion's Eye Diamond
Lotus Petal
Mox Diamond
Mox Opal
Aether Vial
Chromatic Star
Conjurer's Bauble
Elixir of Immortality
Feldon's Cane
Mana Vault
Pacification Array
Pithing Needle
Scrabbling Claws
Sensei's Divining Top
Sol Ring
Ratchet Bomb
Sorcerous Spyglass
Sphere of Resistance
Thorn of Amethyst
Ensnaring Bridge
Tangle Wire
Trinisphere

Lands

City of Brass
Forbidden Orchard
Gemstone Caverns
Gemstone Mine
Mana Confluence
Tarnished Citadel
Tendo Ice Bridge
Undiscovered Paradise
Ancient Tomb
Bazaar of Baghdad
City of Traitors
Dark Depths
Mishra's Factory
Mishra's Workshop
Rishadan Port
Thespian's Stage
Tolarian Academy
Wasteland
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Summary
Core Elements
Creature Cheat Combo
Cheat Matrix
FlashTinkerShow and TellReanimatorWelderSneak AttackOathChannel
Wurmcoil Engine
Chancellor of the Annex
Ashen Rider
Woodfall Primus
Inkwell Leviathan
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Nullstone Gargoyle
Void Winnower
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Worldspine Wurm
Blightsteel Colossus
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
⭑ Premier Target
● Viable Target
○ Situational or Suboptimal Target
Fast Mana
Free Interaction
Force of Will
Unmask
Mental Misstep
“I’ve never thought so hard about Magic in my entire life.”
— Riku, Playtester
Inevitability
“Figuring out this board state is like navigating a chess endgame.”
— Jay, Playtester
Five-Color Mana Fixing
City of Brass
Gemstone Mine
Undiscovered Paradise
Playing the Degenerate Micro Cube
Drafting
Gameplay
“Are you really playing Magic if you don’t have your decklist open, trying to figure out the exact composition and order of your remaining 6 cards?”
— Internet, Playtester
Mulligans
“The best draw spell is the one that every player has access to: Wheel of Mulligan. Costs zero!”
— VolatileRig, Playtester
Gemstone Caverns
Sphinx of Foresight
Chancellor of the Annex
Sideboarding
Draws
Foundations
Minimum Deck Size
Deck size
Copies of
card X in deck
Chances of having
card X in opening hand
60
4
40%
40
1
17%
15
1
47%
Not Losing to Drawing from an Empty Library
Draft Format
History
“I can’t be salty about a match that ends in five turns.”
— Dai, Playtester
Frequently Asked Questions
Acknowledgments

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