Thursday 31 March 2016

The Deck Lists


15 Lands

Myriad Landscape
Flooded Strand
Hallowed Fountain
Prairie Stram
10 Islands

25 Spells

Chrome Mox

High Tide
Mystical Tutor
Gitaxian Probe
Chromatic Star

Merchant Scroll
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
Brain Freeze
Sunscape Familiar
Snapcaster Mage
See Beyond

Frantic Search
Show and Tell
Compulsive Research

Cryptic Command

Temporal Manipulation

Mind's Desire
Time Spiral

Treasure Cruise

Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

The Phyrexian

Scalding TarnBrainstormArcane DenialPestermiteJace the Mind SculptorForce of WillDig through Time
Polluted DeltaPonderRemandDeceiver ExarchSplinter TwinKiki-Jiki, Mirror BreakerTemporal Mastery
Misty RainforestSpell PierceFire/IceDrift of Phantasms
Volcanic IslandUnsummonPyroclasmAnger of the Gods
Steam VentsMizzium SkinImperial Recruiter
Temple of EpiphanyLightning Axe
Cascade BluffsFlame Slash
Sulfur FallsElixir of Immortality
Shivan ReefSensei's Divining Top
Wandering Fumarole
Island * 5

Sideshow Cob


Ancient Tomb
Darksteel Citadel
Vault of Whispers
Ancient Den
Blinkmoth Nexus
Inkmoth Nexus
Mishra's Factory
Mana Confluence
Seat of the Synod
Tree of Tales
Great Furnce
Underground sea
City of Brass



Mox Diamond
Mox Opal


Disciple of the Vault
Signal Pest
Arcbound Worker
Hex Parasite
Vault Skirge

Mana Vault
Voltaic Key
Springleaf Drum
Galvanic Blast


Arcbound Ravager
Ethersworn Canonist
Etherium sculptor
Steel Overseer

Cranial Plating


Trinket Mage
Master of Etherium
Etched champion

Yawgmoth's Will
Thirst for Knowledge






Myr Enforcer


Bloodstained Mire
Blood Crypt
Blackcleave Cliffs
Lavaclaw Reaches
Dragonskull Summit
Sulfurous Springs
Barbarian Ring
7 Mountains

Monastery Swiftspear
Goblin Guide
Grim Lavamancer
Stromkirk Noble
Zurgo, Bell Striker
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Young Pyromancer
Ash Zealot
Dark Confidant
Chandra Fire of Kaladesh

Lightning Bolt
Chain Lightning
Burst Lightning
Pillar of Flame
Arc Trail
Rakdos Charm
Kolaghan's Command

Ankh of Mishra
Molten Vortex
Sulfuric Vortex

Action Dan

1 drop
2 drop
3 drop
4 drop
5 drop
Mother of Runes
Umezawa's Jitte
Hallowed Spiritkeeper
Elspeth, Knight Errant
Soldier of the Pantheon
Kor Firewalker
Mirran Crusader
Sublime Archangel
14 Plains
Student of Warfare
Stoneforge Mystic
Silverblade Paladin
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Sword of Fire and Ice
Gideon's Lawkeeper
Imposing Sovereign
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Unexpectedly Absent
Mardu Woe Reaper
Kataki, War's Wage
Path to Exile
Swords to Plowshares
Land Tax

Old Fava Beens

Birds of Paradise
Arbor Elf
Experiment One
Kird Ape
Seal of Fire

Lotus Cobra
Scavenging Ooze
Flinthoof Boar
Punishing Fire
Atarka's Command
Kavu Predator

Kitchen Finks
Domri Rade
Burning Tree Shaman
Boggart Ram-Gang
Beast Within

Bloodbraid Elf
Ghor-Clan Rampager

Thundermaw Hellkite

Wooded Foothills
Kessig Wolf Run
Grove of the Burnwillows
Arid Mesa
Treetop Village
Stomping Ground
Raging Ravine
Cinder Glade
Copperline Gorge
Karplusian Forest
Fire-Lit Thicket
3x Forest
2x Mountain

Copperline George

Elves of Deep Shadow
Jorga Treespeaker
Noble Hirarch
Elvish Mystic

Elvish Visionary
Wall of Roots
Satyr Wayfinder
Voice of Resurgence
Demonic Tutor
Abrupt Decay
Survival of the Fittest

Eternal Witness
Courser of Kruphix
Reclamation Sage
Nissa, Vastwood Seer
Recurring Nightmare
Pernicious Deed
Liliana of the Veil

Solumn Simulacrum
Restoration Angel


Grave Titan

Avenger of Zendikar

Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Volrath's Stronghold
Hissing Quagmire
Overgrown Tomb
Twilight Mire
Llanowar Wastes
Tainted Wood
3x Forest
1x Plains
1x Swamp

Tuesday 29 March 2016

The Rotisserie

A group of local friends did an online rotisserie of the unpowered cube with me. It took us just over two weeks to complete and allowed me a much greater opportunity to analyse and think about both my picks and other peoples. I spent a worryingly large amount of time thinking about this draft over the last month and figured I would share some of my thoughts on the matter. We did 45 picks for 40 card decks with no sideboards. Partly this was because there were players who have not done this type of cube play before with even more of the player base having no constructed tournament experience of using designed and targetted sideboards. Most of the good hate cards would be entirely knew to over half the people playing! That said it was a wild success and we haven't even played the games yet! We will be doing another and that will be with sideboards. For now here are our picks, some decklists and analysis to follow! 

For reference here is the banned list we used:

Black Lotus
Sol Ring
Mana Crypt
Mox Pearl
Mox Jet
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Mox Emerald
Chaos Orb


Ancestral Recall
Mana Drain
Time Walk
Time Twister

Strip Mine
Tolarian Academy
Mishra's Workshop
Library of Alexandria

All Ante cards, which in reality is just Contract from Below

All cards from unglued, unhinged and other joke sets (silver boarder cards)

All "conspiracies" from the Conspriacy set - they just don't really work properly in rotisserie

SwankerOld Fava BeensMeAction DanCopperline GeorgeSideshow CobThe Phyrexian
Lightning BoltBirds of ParadiseJace, Vryn's ProdigyUmezawa's JitteRecurring NightmareMana VaultForce of Will
Monastery SwiftspearTarmagoyfTreasure CruiseSwords to PlowsharesDeathrite ShamanGrim MonolithDig through Time
Chain LightningKitchen FinksCryptic CommandStoneforge MysticLiliana of the VeilSkullclampBrainstorm
Goblin GuideThundermaw HellkiteSnapcaster MageElspeth, Knight ErrantSurvival of the FittestVoltaic KeyScalding Tarn
Sulphuric VortexLotus CobraTime SpiralPath to ExileEternal Witnessarcbound ravagerJace the Mind Sculptor
FireboltWooded FoothillsMinds DesireSword of Fire and IceJoraga Treespeakertrinket mageArcane Denial
Searing BlazeTaigaFrantic SearchMother of RunesThoughtseizeCranial PlatingSplinter Twin
Ankh of MishraScavenging OozeMystical TutorArmageddonDemonic TutorYawgmoth's willKiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Abbot of Keral KeepVengevineMerchant ScrollLand TaxCourser of KruphixbalanceImperial Recruiter
Figure of DestinyBloodbraid ElfTurnaboutWastelandselvish visionarymox diamondPestermite
Grim LavamancerBurning-Tree EmissaryHigh TideSoldier of the PantheonVerdant CatacombsAncient TombDeceiver Exarch
Eidolon of the Great RevelGhor-Clan RampagerPact of NegationSublime ArchangelReclamation SageDisciple of the VaultPonder
Arc TrailDomri RadeChrome MoxCouncil's JudgmentNoble HierarchThirst for KnowledgeVolcanic Island
Winter OrbBurning Tree ShamanEmrakul, the Eons TornStudent of WarfareWall of RootsFrogmiteRemand
Burst LightningArbor Elf Gitaxian ProbeKor FirewalkerWindswept HeathOrnithopterSapphire Medallion
Stromkirk NobleNature's ClaimBrain FreezeMana TithePernicious DeedMyr EnforcerElixir of Immortality
Rift BoltKessig Wolf RunHelm of AwakeningThalia, Guardian of ThrabenBayouMaster of EtheriumMagma Jet
FireblastPunishing FirePreordainUnexpectedly AbsentSolemn SimulacrumEthersworn CanonistFoil
CharGrove of the BurnwillowsShow and TellMirran CrusaderNissa, Vastwood SeerUnderground SeaSensei's Divining Top
Bloodstained MireArid MesaMental MisstepKataki, War's WageAcidic SlimeSteel OverseerBonfire of the Damned
MutavaultTreetop VillageFlusterstormImposing SoverignGrave TitanEtherium sculptorTemporal Mastery
Wild SlashVithian RenegadesSnap Leonin ArbiterElves of DeepshadowMishra's FactoryFire/Ice
IncinerateStomping GroundTemporal ManipulationBatterskullSavannahTinkerCounterflux
Zurgo, Bell StrikerKavu PredatorSee BeyondKytheonRestoration AngelMyr BattlesphereLat Nam's Legacy
Chandra, Fire of KaladeshInvigorateFlooded StrandMarsh FlatsScrublandSundering TitanMisty Rainforest
SkullcrackRaging RavineTundraGodless ShrineAbrupt DecayInkmoth NexusPyroclasm
DismemberW├╝rgewurzelgeistSpellskiteShambling VentSatyr WayfinderThoughtcastDrift of Phantasms
BadlandsSeal of FireSunscape FamiliarLingering SoulsHissing QuagmireHex ParasiteAnger of the Gods
Dark ConfidantCindergladeHallowed FoutainVindicateWood ElvesEtched ChampionSteam Vents
Pillar of FlameBoggart Ram-GangPrairie StreamMardu Woe ReaperPrimeval TitanSignal PestSpell Pierce
Blood CryptThragtuskShelldock IsleDragon HunterVoice of Resurgencemox opalTemple of Epiphany
Ash ZealotHellriderWurmcoil EngineSilverblade PaladinPack RatSeat of the SynodCascade Bluffs
Stoke the FlamesSphinx of the Steel WindCrush of TentaclesChampion of the ParishShriekmawVault of WhispersElectrolyze
Sulfurous SpringsExperiment OneLotus PetalGideon's LawkeeperDeranged HermitAncient DenPolluted Delta
Cursed ScrollKird ApeMana LeakGather the TownsfolkElvish MysticGreat FurnaceZealous Conscripts
Blackcleave CliffsFlinthoof BoarQuickenLinvala, Keeper of SilenceBloodghastTree of TalesWandering Fumarole
Lavaclaw ReachesOrcish LumberjackMystic ConfluenceHallowed SpiritkeeperOath of NissaDarksteel CitadelSmouldering Marsh
Kolaghan's CommandCopperline GeorgeMyriad LandscapeIsamru, Hound of KondaAvenger of ZendikarMana ConfluenceShivan Reef
Rakdos CharmKarplusan ForestAbeyanceElite VanguardKokusho, the Evening Stararcbound workerDaze
Dragonskull SummitFire-Lit ThicketTangle WireKnight of the White Orchidmaelstrom pulseBlinkmoth NexusLightning Strike
Barbarian RingAtarka's CommandStifleHonour the PureOvergrown TombGlimmervoidSulfur Falls
Molten VortexCreeperhulkChromatic StarMonastery MentorTwilight MireVault SkirgeFlame Slash
Porcelain LegionareLlanowar ElfImpulseBaneslayer AngelLlanowar WastesGalvanic BlastUnsummon
Young PyromancerBeast WithinCompulsive ResearchSpectral ProcessionTainted WoodSpringleaf DrumMizzium Skin
Keldon MauradersRG checklandDawn CharmBrimaz, King of OreskosVolrath's StrongholdCity of BrassLightning Axe