Lucky Paper Radio

A podcast about Magic: the Gathering and related topics, brought to you by Andy Mangold and Anthony Mattox.

Where to Listen

Episode 30
Kaldheim First Look
January 18th, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 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 Hype
July 5th, 2020
Andy and Anthony introduce themselves and discuss the cards that interest them most from Core Set 2021.

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