Cube: Pre-Avacyn Restored

This is just a quick update before I start to weigh in on the cards Avacyn Restored brings to the table. This a fairly minor update, but brings in a couple really sweet cards, and brings back a couple of my favorite cards.

Blue

Jushi Apprentice » Frantic Search

Jushi Apprentice has had its turn. It’s a decent method of drawing cards, but many cube lists have long since stopped running it. I have been wanting to bring back Frantic Search for a bit, and this seemed a good time as Avacyn Restored brings in the miracle mechanic and Search works great for triggering miracle at the end of an opponent’s turn.

Green

Beastbreaker of Bala Ged » Scavenging Ooze

Ooze is on another level than the Beastbreaker, and I don’t have much to say about this exchange, except that the Beastbreaker has been decent but not excellent. Beastbreaker of Bala Ged would be great in a common/uncomon cube.

Restock » Genesis Wave

I’m removing Restock to make room for Genesis Wave. I removed Wave last update, but I feel green needs big haymaker spells like Genesis Wave. After playing with Wave in the MtGO Cube format I was reminded of how fun it is to play with.

Blue / Green

Snakeform » Edric, Spymaster of Trest

I discussed this change in my last post. If removing Snakeform turns out to be a mistake, I’ll swap it back in for Lorescale Coatl.

Thoughts

I’ve tried to keep up with the Twitter banter about Avacyn Restored and the cube lately, and I’ve heard many people comment about limiting the number of planeswalkers in each color. This seems like a good move. It’s definitely feeling like there’s enough planeswalkers now that we, who maintain cube lists, should be more choosey about which planeswalkers make the cut. Some forward-thinking cubers, like Thea Steele and Justin Treadway, have already been limiting the number of planeswalkers in their list. I have finally come around to agreeing with them on this. I figure I’ll keep two or three planeswalkers per color grouping, and only one planeswalker in multicolor groups. This will also open up a few slots in each color to try out Avacyn Restored cards, so there’s some upside to doing this.

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