Episode 48— May 24th, 2021

Playing to Win: Evaluating New Cubes

Introduction of Main Topic
Anthony’s First Point: Read the Cube Overview
Andy’s First Point: Look for Supported Broken Strategies
Anthony’s Second Point: Look for Patterns and Familiar Cards
Andy’s Second Point and Anthony’s Third Point: Determine the Speed of the Environment
Andy’s Third Point: Quantity and Quality of Removal and Board Wipes
Should the Density of Mana Fixing Affect How You Draft an Environment?
Andy’s Fourth Point: Look at What the Cube Wants You To Do
Familiarity Bias
Know Your Opponent and Meta
Anthony’s Bonus Point: Look at the Low Mana Value Cards
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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Musical production by DJ James Nasty.

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