Episode 41 April 5th, 2021

Cube Is Not a Monolith

This week, Andy and Anthony take aim at the dominating rhetoric about Cube which takes for granted it is a format showcasing the most powerful cards in Magic. They tackle the big effects that small patterns in language can have, excluding huge areas of creative cube design. Our hosts reflect on just how effective the Cube Map is at visualizing the existing diversity in the format, and hinting at the vast empty spaces yet to be explored.

Our pack 1, pick 1 comes from the Nega Cube, currently taking the spotlight on MTGO, which features only cards not included in any other MTGO cube.


  • 2:32 Tech Support: the Problem of Mismatched Mental Models
  • 8:58 P1P1 from the Nega Cube
  • 20:13 Dismantling the Monolith of Cube
  • 51:38 Andy’s Soapbox: Don’t Call Cards “Boring” or “Interesting”
  • 54:58 Andy’s Soapbox Stacked on a Soapbox: “Please Wizards, we’re good over here”
  • 1:01:30 Outro

You can find the hosts’ Cubes on Cube Cobra:

If you have a question for the show, or want us to do a pack 1, pick 1 from your cube, email us at [email protected]. Please include how you’d like to be credited on air, your pronouns, and if you’re submitting a cube for the pack 1, pick 1, a link to said cube.

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Musical production by DJ James Nasty.

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