Thursday, 14 December 2017
The Last Combo - drafting cube changes
The game play experience against the cheat in a fatty decks isn't the best either. It is not entirely uninteractive but it is very polar. The right piece of interaction will beat them on its own while no relevant interaction is probably a loss. It is all a bit short and unsatisfying regardless of which side of the board you are on or what the result is. Not all the games go this way but it is more than any other non-combo archetype. The draft, design and game play issues have always existed and I have long wanted to remove the combo. I had held off until now simply because I didn't think black would be able to hold its own or have any real colour identity if I removed the cheat in fatty cards. Black gets loads of play these days. It is mostly as a support colour but that is largely down to it not really having an option to be the lead colour with other than Reanimate in my cube.
I have been very impressed with the effectiveness of Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat and think there is enough support and overlap with other good cube cards and strategies that I should be able to make them appealing as a potential black strategy. I have also returns the various premium Smallpox style cards to the cube to give black further options and identity. Most of the combo and support cards being removed were black and so this swap kept colour balance reasonably well intact. Blue had the second most removed and I replaced those cards with a bit more creature support for blue tempo. I envisage some more tweaking will be needed to get the new black archetypal options optimal and supported suitably by other colours too.
I try and keep my cube list accurately updated on Cube Tutor and have done so thus far pretty consistently. Although the initial major changes have been listed below the whole picture and ongoing refinements are better viewed at http://www.cubetutor.com/viewcube/36623
Show and Tell
Emrakul, the Eons Torn
Sphinx of the Steel Wind
Dance of the Dead
Yahennie, Undying Partisan
Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim