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Set Prospective

Dominaria United

September 19th, 2022 — Parker LaMascus

This article is one of our set prospectives, a series in which we survey the Cube community about the cards they intend to play in their cubes from a particular set. Our survey is conducted between the set’s full-spoiler and official release and is meant to measure and document Cube designers’ first impressions of new cards.

“This set is the first in a while in which the cube “discourse” hasn’t been unanimous in assessments and opinions…”
Results
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Card TestersRank 
Cut Down58.5%2.5
Aether Channeler52.0%2.6
Cult Conscript43.9%2.4
Evolved Sleeper38.9%2.2
Guardian of New Benalia33.3%2.1
Squee, Dubious Monarch32.2%2.2
Electrostatic Infantry27.8%2.1
Serra Paragon25.4%2.2
Phoenix Chick23.1%2.0
Quirion Beastcaller22.5%2.0
Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim21.3%2.2
King Darien XLVIII20.8%2.0
Tear Asunder20.2%2.2
Shivan Devastator19.9%2.1
Haughty Djinn19.6%2.0
Radha's Firebrand19.3%2.0
Resolute Reinforcements19.0%2.1
Jaya, Fiery Negotiator18.1%2.1
Ertai Resurrected18.1%2.1
Tail Swipe15.2%2.1
Rona's Vortex14.9%2.0
The Raven Man14.9%2.0
Founding the Third Path14.9%1.9
Temporary Lockdown14.6%2.1
Llanowar Loamspeaker14.3%2.0
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse13.7%2.1
Braids, Arisen Nightmare13.5%1.9
Lagomos, Hand of Hatred12.6%2.2
Balmor, Battlemage Captain12.3%2.2
Yavimaya Iconoclast12.0%1.9
Urborg Lhurgoyf11.7%2.1
Vohar, Vodalian Desecrator11.4%2.2
The Elder Dragon War10.8%2.0
Battlewing Mystic10.8%2.0
Leyline Binding9.9%2.2
Joint Exploration8.8%1.8
Defiler of Vigor8.8%2.0
Phyrexian Missionary8.5%2.1
Baird, Argivian Recruiter8.5%1.9
Garna, Bloodfist of Keld8.5%2.2
Karn's Sylex7.9%1.9
Nishoba Brawler7.6%2.1
Twinferno7.6%2.0
Sprouting Goblin7.6%1.9
Urborg Repossession7.3%2.0
Tolarian Terror7.3%1.9
Anointed Peacekeeper7.3%2.0
Keldon Flamesage6.7%1.8
Golden Argosy6.7%1.9
Soul of Windgrace6.7%1.8
Shadow Prophecy6.4%2.0
Knight of Dusk's Shadow5.8%2.1
Runic Shot5.8%2.1
Llanowar Greenwidow5.8%1.9
Weatherlight Compleated5.6%1.9
Archangel of Wrath5.6%2.1
Geothermal Bog5.3%2.5
Queen Allenal of Ruadach5.3%1.8
Benalish Sleeper5.3%1.8
Sacred Peaks5.0%2.5
Radiant Grove5.0%2.5
Molten Tributary5.0%2.5
Contaminated Aquifer5.0%2.6
Knight of Dawn's Light5.0%1.9
Protect the Negotiators5.0%2.0
Wooded Ridgeline4.7%2.5
Tangled Islet4.7%2.5
Sunlit Marsh4.7%2.5
Idyllic Beachfront4.7%2.5
Haunted Mire4.7%2.5
Aron, Benalia's Ruin4.7%1.9
Defiler of Instinct4.7%2.0
Threats Undetected4.4%1.8
Pilfer4.1%2.0
Yavimaya Steelcrusher4.1%1.7
Bite Down3.8%1.7
Thran Portal3.8%2.2
Silverback Elder3.8%1.9
Academy Loremaster3.8%1.9
Balduvian Atrocity3.5%1.9
Uurg, Spawn of Turg3.5%2.1
Rulik Mons, Warren Chief3.5%2.0
Drag to the Bottom3.2%2.0
Combat Research3.2%1.9
Stronghold Arena3.2%1.9
Danitha, Benalia's Hope3.2%1.9
Meria, Scholar of Antiquity3.2%2.6
Micromancer3.2%1.8
Crystal Grotto2.9%2.0
Strength of the Coalition2.9%2.2
Writhing Necromass2.9%1.7
Impede Momentum2.9%1.9
The Cruelty of Gix2.9%2.0
Najal, the Storm Runner2.9%2.0
Ajani, Sleeper Agent2.9%1.8
Sphinx of Clear Skies2.9%1.9
Cards being tested by fewer than 10 respondents not shown.
Single Card Discussion
United Front-runners
Cut Down
Aether Channeler
“I like that they used recurring mechanics and intuitive designs. They will be easy to grok.”
Alternatives for Aggro
Cult Conscript
Evolved Sleeper
Guardian of New Benalia
Squee, Dubious Monarch
Electrostatic Infantry
Serra Paragon
“SQUEE!!!!”
— papazedruu
“This is a banger set for low power cube. There's tons of interesting options.”
Other Notables
Radha's Firebrand
Tear Asunder
Founding the Third Path
Tolarian Terror
Urborg Repossession
Jaya, Fiery Negotiator
“Many of the off-colored kicker cards allow cube builders to play with color identity in a minor-yet-interesting way.”
— Harrison Fjord, famous actor
Conclusion

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Aron, Benalia's Ruin — Jody Clark