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Episode 48 May 24th, 2021

Playing to Win: Evaluating New Cubes

1:57
Introduction of Main Topic
6:43
Anthony’s First Point: Read the Cube Overview
10:04
Andy’s First Point: Look for Supported Broken Strategies
14:55
Anthony’s Second Point: Look for Patterns and Familiar Cards
17:11
Andy’s Second Point and Anthony’s Third Point: Determine the Speed of the Environment
24:59
Andy’s Third Point: Quantity and Quality of Removal and Board Wipes
26:50
Should the Density of Mana Fixing Affect How You Draft an Environment?
39:22
Andy’s Fourth Point: Look at What the Cube Wants You To Do
40:46
Familiarity Bias
42:04
Know Your Opponent and Meta
46:44
Anthony’s Bonus Point: Look at the Low Mana Value Cards
49:15
Listener Submitted Pack 1, Pick 1

Andy and Anthony talk about how they approach drafting a cube they’ve never played before. What do they look for in the list to optimize their chances of success, and have a good time doing it. After discussing power outliers and big picture structure of an environment, they agree one of the most important aspects to focus on is the speed of the format, which shapes the tempo-value balance and the effectiveness of different strategies. It’s challenging to evaluate an environment just by looking at the list, and they share some heuristics they use to get a head start.

Our listener submitted pack 1, pick 1 this week comes from Ryan’s Peasantish Cube.

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