A listener of the podcast asked for an expanded edition of our 2018 Path to Cube awards. This will allow more detail on the honorable mentions than was done during the episode. As a reminder, eligible sets are Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, Magic 2019, Commander 2018, Battlebond, and Unstable. So, although a little late, here it is.
Most Overrated Card:
This was touted as the red Snapcaster Mage. It is not. It ends up being much too situational and dependent on the opponent’s actions to be powerful unlike Snapcaster Mage that allows the player to build their deck to optimize its power. Flash is a more powerful mechanic than first strike on a 2/1 body as well as on a value cards like Snapcaster Mage and Dire Fleet Daredevil. I would say Abbot of Keral Keep is still the best red 2 drop in a vacuum with Young Pyromancer passing it in certain situations.
Currently, there is no consensus on how to create the best commander cube experience and it continues to be a challenge in part due to the problem never being laid out in a clear way. The goal of this article will be to have a clear goal and guidelines for designers to begin to bring fresh ideas to the table without having to struggle with a vague notion of the problem and to knowingly tackle all problematic aspects of the commander cube.
let us define a commander cube. A commander cube is a cube that is meant to be
played with commander rules. That includes one commander, singleton, and
commander color identity (all cards in your deck must be the color of your
commander’s color identity.) What changes from regular commander is no banned
list, as the cards to include are up to the cube owner, and the deck size will
have to be smaller than 100 cards. Since constructed to limited is 60 to 40,
commander to limited commander can be 100 to 60. That allows for decks mana
bases to piggyback off already know land counts. If a number other than 40 or
60 is chosen, land counts will be less intuitive as there is no format to
compare them to and having to be based on raw percentages instead.
For reference we have listed the cards we reviewed in our Ravnica Allegiance cube set review podcast (Part 1)(Part 2) into easy to digest categories of our thoughts on power and playability. If you don’t have time to go through the entire set, take a look at our list of with our category breakdown!