Episode 99— May 30th, 2022

How To Build a Cube From Your Collection

Introduction to Main Topic
The Advantages of Building a Cube from Your Collection
What makes building a cube from your collection uniquely difficult?
How to Begin: Writing vs. Editing
How to Make Cuts: Mana Curve
How to Make Cuts: Densities and Distributions of Effects
How to Make Cuts: Power Distribution
Do you need to establish themes or archetypes for your cube?
How many fixing lands to include?

Have you always wanted a Cube of your own? Do you have a box full of jank and draft chaff taking up space in your basement that you can’t bring yourself to get rid of? You’re in luck! On this week’s show, Andy and Anthony discuss how to build a Cube from your existing Magic collection. They talk about the pros of working within novel constraints. Building from a collection likely means working with cards you already have some connection and familiarity with. The unique constraint fuels coming up with unique and creative designs. It also comes with unique challenges, making it hard to find existing experience and resources to build off off. Talking about the Cube and getting feedback becomes more difficult.

They propose a process for designing a Cube this way, separating exploring the collection, and then editing down to a final list and offer some suggestions for goals to aim for while editing.

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