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Lucky Paper Radio is a podcast about Magic: the Gathering hosted by lifelong friends Andy Mangold and Anthony Mattox. Focused primarily on sandbox formats like Cube, which are free of banlists, rotation, and net decking, the show is about the best parts of Magic and how to get the most out of the game.

Where to Listen

Episode 51
How to Win Friends & Influence People (into Playing Your Cube)
June 14th, 2021
Andy and Anthony discuss the logistics of playing cube including how to introduce a cube to your playgroup and how to host a draft.
Episode 50
Midrange Matchups with Parker LaMascus
June 7th, 2021
Parker LaMascus joins Andy and Anthony to share his cube design experience and highlights from a draft of his midrange focused cube.
Episode 49
Hope Tender & Devoted Druid & Ragavan & Laelia
May 31st, 2021
Andy and Anthony are discussing the nuanced differences in their approaches to Cube design, taking a few cards as case studies to help them articulate their goals.
Episode 48
Playing to Win: Evaluating New Cubes
May 24th, 2021
Andy and Anthony talk about how they approach a new cube — what they look for in the list to set themselves up for success, and a good time, while drafting.
Episode 47
Irregular Cube: Rarity in Custom Draft Formats
May 17th, 2021
Andy and Anthony pick apart Anthony’s new ‘Irregular Cube’ which features a separate set of ‘rare’ cards and discuss what rarity can enable in Cube design as well as its challenges.
Episode 46
Strixhaven and Commander 2021 Cube Set Review
May 10th, 2021
Andy, Anthony, and Jett are discussing the results of the Strixhaven and Commander 2021 Cube surveys and sharing some of their own thoughts about the standout cards in the latest sets.
Episode 45
Smells Like Synergy
May 3rd, 2021
Andy and Anthony discuss and try to come up with a definition of synergy, how it manifests in different Cube environemnts, and what it adds to gameplay. They talk about hot dogs again.
Episode 44
Strixhaven Mechanics and Kinds of Decisions
April 26th, 2021
Andy and Anthony talk about the mechanics of Strixhaven and what they’re most interested in for Cube, from avant garde new draft mechanics to polished up clasics.
Episode 43
The Show Must Go On
April 19th, 2021
Guest hosts Parker and Kennedy break down their most recent Cube experience to discuss how cards — and decks — change in different contexts.
Episode 42
Cube, Art School, & Critical Discourse
April 12th, 2021
Andy and Anthony get personal about their formative art school experiences and the hard learned lessons about the value of critical discourse.
Episode 41
Cube Is Not a Monolith
April 5th, 2021
Andy and Anthony are not holding back about how the predominant language, focusing on Cube only as “the best cards in magic” limits opportunities of a myraid other Magic experiences... save a few dozen caveats and qualifications.
Episode 40
More Mana, Faster Mana
March 29th, 2021
Andy and Anthony discuss updates to Andy's cube: more lands and fast mana. Have we found the upper limit of lands? Can fast mana work in a fair environment?
Bonus Episode
Introducing the Cube Map
March 25th, 2021
Andy and Anthony are joined by Jett to tell everyone about a project they have been working on for a long time: the Cube Map!
Episode 39
A Flat Power Level
March 22nd, 2021
Andy and Anthony are discussing power level and its impacts on designing a cube. How do big outliers affect an environment? Is a truly flat power level possible, or even desirable?
Episode 38
Cubers Anonymous with Justin Parnell
March 15th, 2021
Andy and Anthony are joined by Justin Parnell for a walk down memory lane, discussing how Cube has changed over the years.
Episode 37
Spring Cleaning
March 8th, 2021
Andy and Anthony are going on a little stroll, conversationally speaking, and talking about GeoGuessr, Andy’s awful draft deck, and issuing a correction on Esika’s Chariot.
Episode 36
Restrictions & Inspiration
March 1st, 2021
Andy and Anthony are answering a listener question and discussing a recent video, both addressing restrictions in Cube design.
Episode 35
Spreadsheet: the Gathering
February 22nd, 2021
Andy and Anthony are talking about the recent rotisserie draft of Anthony’s Regular cube and all that you can learn as a designer from drafting your environment in this novel way.
Episode 34
Card Evaluation and the Playtesting Paradox
February 15th, 2021
Andy and Anthony are going back to first principles and asking the question, what even is card evaluation anyway?
Episode 33
Kaldheim Cube Set Review
February 8th, 2021
Andy and Anthony are joined by Jett, the author of Lucky Paper’s set prospective series, for their most in-depth set review ever.
Episode 32
Personal Cube Design Level Ups
February 1st, 2021
Andy and Anthony take some time to reflect on each of their four biggest Cube design level-up moments.
Episode 31
Bread and Butter Breakdown
January 25th, 2021
Andy and Anthony are doing the math on the densities of removal, countermagic, hand hate, card draw, and mana fixing in their respective cubes and talking about what it means, if anything.
Episode 30
Kaldheim First Look
January 18th, 2021
Andy and Anthony are in the throes of spoiler season and give their first impressions of the mechanics in Kaldheim.
Episode 29
Vision Design vs. Play Design in Cube
January 11th, 2021
In a follow up from their last episode, Andy and Anthony are talking about how Magic R&D’s approach to “vision design” and “play design” might be applied to Cube.
Episode 28
On Being a Cube Spike
January 4th, 2021
Andy and Anthony are talking about what it means to be a “cube spike”, whether such a thing even exists, and how terminology is fraught in the Cube community.
Episode 27
Listener Submitted Chaos Supreme
December 28th, 2020
Andy and Anthony are doing an episode made up entirely of pack 1, pick 1s from listener submitted cubes to close out 2020.
Episode 26
Tribal Synergies and Parasitism
December 21st, 2020
Andy and Anthony are discussing tribal synergies, parasitism, and their newly formed rivalry which a much more successful Magic: the Gathering podcast.
Episode 25
The Making of the Degenerate Micro Cube
December 14th, 2020
Anthony indulges Andy in a 90 minute discussion about the project he’s been working on almost non-stop since the beginning of the first COVID-19 lockdown: his Degenerate Micro Cube.
Episode 24
Setting the Tempo
December 7th, 2020
Andy and Anthony are talking about tempo — what it is, when it matters, and how you apply it to your Cube design and gameplay decisions.
Episode 23
Cube Potpourri
November 30th, 2020
Andy and Anthony are all over the place this week! With no specific topic in mind, the duo touch on four-color cubes, multiplayer cubes, and hypothetical cubes where you begin the game with only one life.
Episode 22
Designing a Commander Cube
November 23rd, 2020
Andy and Anthony are discussing how they would do about designing and building a Commander cube. How do you capture the spirit of EDH in a drafted environment?
Episode 21
Commander Legends and a Cube That Glitters
November 16th, 2020
Andy and Anthony are joined by a special guest to discuss Commander Legends and a very unique sort of cube.
Episode 20
Designing for the Draft
November 9th, 2020
Andy and Anthony are discussing how card choices affect how your players draft your environment and the different aspects of the draft to keep in mind when designing a cube.
Episode 19
Man vs. Machine
November 2nd, 2020
Andy and Anthony are discussing the suggested adds and cuts to their primary cubes from Cube Cobra’s machine-learning based recommender feature.
Episode 18
Context is King
October 26th, 2020
Andy and Anthony are answering listener mail, reviewing Andy’s recent changes to his cube, and talking about how important context is in cube design and card evaluation.
Episode 17
How and Why to Build a Cube
October 19th, 2020
In a special episode directed at people who are interested in building their first Cube, Andy and Anthony are talking about why they love the format so much and how to get into it.
Episode 16
Complexity in Cube Design
October 12th, 2020
Andy and Anthony are talking about Mark Rosewater’s definitions for the three different types of complexity in Magic and how those concepts might be applied to Cube design.
Episode 15
Playtesting & Theorycrafting
October 5th, 2020
Andy and Anthony are tackling a big subject in this episode: how do you turn experience playing your cube into informed design decisions that improve your environment?
Episode 14
Zendikar Rising Cube Set Review
September 28th, 2020
Andy and Anthony are joined by Lucky Paper founding contributor Jett Crowdis to preview the results of our Zendikar Rising cube survey and talk about our evolving impressions of the set.
Episode 13
Turbo Eggs
September 21st, 2020
Andy and Anthony spend an entire episode talking about Anthony’s experience designing and playtesing a cube that features a teeny-tiny modification to the core rules of Magic.
Episode 12
Power Creep, Sacred Cows, and Boiled Frogs
September 14th, 2020
Andy and Anthony talk about the concept of power creep as it applies to cube design and how it's easy to be unaware of subtle changes in your environment over time.
Episode 11
Lay of the Lands
September 7th, 2020
Andy and Anthony go deep on evaluating the new modal double-face card mechanic in Zendikar Rising by comparing it to a variety of existing mechanics from Magic’s past.
Bonus Episode
Zendikar Rising First Look
September 1st, 2020
Andy and Anthony give their first impressions on the September 1st Zendikar Rising announcement.
Episode 10
Analysis Paralysis
August 31st, 2020
Andy and Anthony talk about how difficult it is to design a cube. Then, they are joined by John Terrill of Cultic Cube to discuss the data he received from Wizards of the Coast about how players drafted his cube on MTGO.
Episode 9
Rotisserie Rundown
August 24th, 2020
Andy and Anthony bring you the long awaited conclusion of their rotisserie draft of Andy’s cube and discuss how profoundly player perceptions shape a draft and our resulting understanding of our environments.
Episode 8
Matchup Matrix
August 17th, 2020
Andy and Anthony discuss how Andy evaluates cards for his cube based on how they perform against opposing decks rather than on their interactions with other cards in the same deck.
Episode 7
The Spirit of Singleton
August 10th, 2020
Andy and Anthony talk about the nature of singleton. They explain why they each break this common restriction in their own cubes, in different ways, even though they adhere to the underlying spirit.
Episode 6
The ABCs of Aggro
August 3rd, 2020
Andy and Anthony are talking all things aggro. What are our hosts’ personal histories with aggressive strategies? What is the definition of aggro? How does it manifest itself in typical cube lists and how it might be approached differently?
Episode 5
The Problem with Five-Color Goodstuff
July 27th, 2020
Andy and Anthony discuss a pack 1, pick 1 from from listener Elle’s graveyard themed cube and Anthony talks about the recent 3-0 of his cube by a five-color goodstuff deck.
Episode 4
Drafting Your Own Cube Poorly
July 20th, 2020
Andy and Anthony discuss a pack 1, pick 1 from from listener Chris’s “Dichotomy Cube” and Andy reflects on his repeated poor performances playing his own cube.
Episode 3
Optimal Sealed Environment
July 13th, 2020
Andy and Anthony discuss a pack 1, pick 1 from Andy’s cube, their experiences with IKO and M21 sealed, a theoretical cube designed specifically for playing sealed, and how kitchen table Magic is the purest and best form of the game.
Episode 2
A Cube with No Color
July 5th, 2020
Andy and Anthony discuss Anthony’s array of cubes, and do a deep-dive on his Monoblack Cube, talking about its origins, how the environment feels, and some potential changes thanks to new cards from Core 2021 and Jumpstart.
Episode 1
Core Set 2021 Cube Set Review
July 5th, 2020
Andy and Anthony introduce themselves and discuss the cards that interest them most from Core Set 2021.

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