Episode #8 – The Eldritch Horror Cube Part 2: Blue

The discussion of Josh’s Lovecraftian cube continues as the crew reviews the blue section.

Being one of the main colors for the spider spawning archetype, there are plenty of self mill creatures.

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Blue is home to two of the most important tribes supported in the horror cube:

Zombies…

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And Spirits!

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Besides tribal support, blue bolsters the spells/flashback archetypes, as well as an aggressive mill strategy, that Alec believes might be too strong.

See how deep the madness goes!

Next episode we’ll explore the black section, arguably the most difficult to narrow down and keep on the same power level.

 

The Eldritch Horror Cube on CubeTutor

Episode #7 – The Eldritch Horror Cube Part 1: White

This episode introduces the “Cube Crafter” series. This will be a recurring segment on the podcast, where your hosts introduce a cube or cube concept and then build or rebuild the cube from the ground up. In this first installment, Josh introduces his Eldritch Horror Cube, a limited environment that Attempts to emulate the H.P. Lovecraft mythos.

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From tentacles, flesh eating masses, madness inducing cosmic beings, and shapeless nameless entities, to vampires, werewolves and the undead in its many forms, the Eldritch Cube brings all the darkness and dementia from mind of H.P. Lovecraft to the world of Magic. Utilizing both the Innistrad and Shadows over Innistrad blocks, as well as some support from other Magic sets, Josh has crafted a limited environment that focuses on specific draft archetypes, and is heavily bound by theme.

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The focus of this episode is to discuss the white section of the Eldritch Cube, the synergies, decks, and card choices found within, and it’s relation to the other colors in the cube. Alec and Mason provide insight into changes, power level concerns, and recant past experiences with the Innistrad sets.

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There’s horror abounding in this and the next several episodes as the guys delve deep into the process of creating an environment bound by theme, synergy, and top-down design.

 

 

The Eldritch Horror Cube

 

Episode #6 – On Power and Balance

Is “Eternal Command” and archetype? Alec and Mason disagree on the particulars.

In this episode Alec, Mason, and Josh discuss ‘aggro’ as an archetype and what goes into supporting it. The conversation broadens to the idea of archetypes as a whole, and how people draft them.

Mason talks about how people get tunnel vision when drafting from week to week. He challenges cubers to stop “seeing the same cards” when they draft and keep an open mind about drafting new cards.

The meat of the episode revolves around playing (or not playing) Sol Ring and Mana Crypt in an unpowered environment. Just how balanced are games where ring and crypt are present? If one cuts sol ring and mana crypt, what becomes the best card in the cube?

The final discussion in the cast focuses on combo in the cube. When is it appropriate to play 2-card combos in the cube, versus more synergistic combos that have multiple cards supporting them?

Find out how to bring balance to your cube in this latest episode!

 

Josh’s 450 Cube on Cubetutor

Episode #5 – Taco Hedron Signet

Taco Bell Draft. It’s the future.

Battle of Wits cube probably shouldn’t exist.

Would Hedron Alignment actually be a viable strategy using Josh’s “draft-1-get-4” rule?

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The guys’s go over the two undefeated decks from their last cube draft:

Simic Midrange by Mason Lange

Jace, vryn’s prodigy
Kitchen finks
Mulldrifter
Eternal witness
Thragtusk
Ishkana, grafwidow
Emrakul, the promised end
Dragonlord silumgar

Nissa, vital force
Jace, the mindsculptor
Cryptic command
Ponder
Counterspell
Mox diamond
Preordain
Treasure cruise
Mana crypt
Crucible of worlds
Cultivate
Brainstorm
Mystic confluence
Regrowth
Fact or fiction
Mana leak

Evolving wilds
Terramorphic expanse
Breeding pool
Creeping tar pit
Treetop village
Mirror pool
Flooded grove
Strip mine
Island x4
Forest x2
Swamp
Wastes

Sb:
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Release the gremlins

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Birds of paradise
Elvish mytic
Arbor elf
Cryptbreaker
Lotleth troll
Oona’s prowler
Grave titan
Elesh norn grand cenobite
Myr battlesphere
Sundering titan
Ulamog, the ceaseless hunger

Survival of the fittest
Thran dynamo
Demonic tutor
Hymn to tourach
Liliana of the veil
Victimize
Reanimate
Dark ritual
Inquisition of kozilek
Grim monolith
Duress
Dance of the dead
Gilded lotus

Overgrown tomb
Misty rainforest
Underground sea
City of brass
Swamp x6
Forest x6

Congrats on both of their victories!

In the heart of the episode, your hosts discuss the cycle of signets, what their impact is, whether or not they are healthy, should they be cut, and what could take those slots.

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Josh’s Cube on cubetutor

Episode #4 – “Landscaping” Part 2.

“What are your lands doing for you?”

This is the the first and most important question you should ask yourself when you are crafting the lands section of your cube. In this episode the guys discuss lands that don’t fit into your main mana fixing cycles.

Ash Barrens is one of the more interesting recent additions to the line of basic fixing lands like evolving wilds and terramorphic expanse. Providing an untapped source, but also being able to fix, trigger cards like The Gitrog Monster, add to delirium and delve, and synergizing with Life from the Loam, it does a little of everything.

Why has Mirrorpool fallen out of favor? Presenting a number of onboard tricks, giving you powerful options in the late game, and creating huge value at low opportunity cost, this is a land you should give a chance!

Have you considered Cloudpost? In Josh’s tradition of the “draft-1-you-get-all-4” rule, this land could be a huge boon to eldrazi titan/big mana strategies.

Later in the episode the guys touch on how you should be prioritizing your lands during the draft. Should your first few picks be lands? How well do you know the cube you’re in? Mason discusses cube familiarity and it’s relation to drafting lands vs. spells. All this and more!