Episode 79— January 3rd, 2022

Power Cuts Both Ways

Introduction to topic
What even is “power” and the importance of context
Do’s and don’ts of thinking about power level as it applies to your cube
The wider variety of cards available to lower-power cubes
Why designing at a lower power level is so difficult
Getting to play with pet cards
Why you actually don’t need to worry about power level early on
Power level’s relatedness to speed, consistency, and interactivity
The correlation between complexity and power level
The importance of expectations and perceptions
The financial cost of power
Why is playing with more powerful cards more fun?
A revolutionary new naming paradigm that will finally rid the cube community of the “more powerful is better” fallacy forever

In an attempt to record a canonical episode about the concept of power level and how it applies to cube, our heroes are chatting about the advantages and disadvantages playing with the most powerful cards and effects. How is power level actually defined? How is it related to the speed and removal density of a format? What deck from Anthony’s Irregular Cube could possibly beat a deck from Andy’s Degenerate Micro Cube? Answers to all these questions and more within.

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