Recap: 10/7 Draft

October 7th, 2013

Congratulations to long-time Cube drafter Paul M. on his first tournament win!

Draft the official Magic Online Cube

September 21st, 2013

We’ve uploaded the official Magic Online Cube to so you can practice a draft or sealed deck in anticipation of this Wednesday’s release. Happy drafting!

Recap: 8/26 Booster Draft

August 26th, 2013

Mike's Cube Victory

Congratulations to Mike A. for winning this week’s booster draft with his black/white deck dubbed “Big Momma” after countless turn one Mother of Runes drops throughout the evening. Check out the winning deck list below, along with those of our other Cube competitors this week:

We’ll be taking a break from Monday Night Magic next week, but stay tuned for more updates to come!

Recap: August Booster Draft

August 20th, 2013

Congratulations to tonight’s winner of the August booster draft: Keston!

The Champion: Keston O.

Keston’s deck withstood all of the competition, relying on insane artifact mana acceleration, planeswalker power, and devastating board clear. In a thrilling best-of-one finals match versus Tyler’s RW Aggro, Keston was able to drop a turn one Jace, which was promptly handled with an Oblivion Ring. Two Exalted Angels turned out to be too much for Tyler to handle as Keston rode them to victory. Well played everyone!

View the full image album below. Now on to the decklists:

Draft us now at CubeTutor!

August 14th, 2013 has officially joined the fray and uploaded our Cube to an incredible solution for managing your very own Cube. You can draft our official Cube by following the links below: Sample Pack Booster Draft Simulator Sealed Deck Simulator

Stay tuned for a recap of our upcoming draft on Monday, August 18th. Until then: keep slammin!

July 2nd, 2013

Our friends over at TokyoMTG are launching their new site this month! Be sure to check it out.

September Cube Draft – This Sunday!

September 26th, 2012

I’m going to take a quick break from getting my butt whooped on Cube via Magic: Online to let you all know that our September Draft will take place this Sunday, 9/30 in downtown Portland. If you live in the Portland area, you can always find more details about our upcoming drafts here:

And for those of our readers who can’t make it in person: think about getting a few Cube drafts in online to practice up!

New shirts on the way!

September 17th, 2012

Just a quick update that the shipment of our brand new shirt has 14 suspend counters on it — meaning participants in next month’s Cube draft will have a chance to win one of their very own! Check ‘em out:

Last month’s draft winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, will also receive his shirt as promised ( always pays its debts!) OK, we actually haven’t quite gotten around to blogging the exciting outcome of the August draft…but stay tuned for that.

Oh, and if you’d like a shirt but can’t come to Portland to compete for one, leave us a note in the comments and we’ll try and get one to you at minimal cost. Happy drafting everyone!


The Cube is back!

July 29th, 2012

“…and from the fiery ash rises The Cube, reborn.”

Today marks a special day in the history of as it makes its move from the Beaverton suburb to downtown Portland. With its new location and group, along came a fresh set of drafters who dueled it out in a four round Swiss tournament on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The action was packed despite the reduced number of drafters, and in the end, Cube Architect Tavish L. emerged at the top of the smoke stack with a record of 2-1.

Honorable mentions go to the remaining three drafters: Keston O., Nick P. and Mohammad A., all who showed out to welcome the MTG Cube back into primetime. We’ll see you all next time!

August Cube Draft

August 28th, 2011


This was the first draft we did after dropping the Moxes, Black Lotus and the signets. I was worried about control having a difficult time but when I first picked Elspeth and got an early Fact or Fiction and Sower of Temptation I decided it was time to go for a control plan (and get hunting for some cards with a lower CMC!). This turned out to be wise, as the other white and blue drafter was on my left, and pack 3 slammed me with p2 Day of Judgement and p3 Wrath of God.

The lack of reliable acceleration really made me rethink control. Though I had many powerful cards in the 5+ CMC slot, I realized that I may never be able to cast them in time. Gideon Jura and Time Spiral were the only expensive cards that made the cut. I felt I could rely on the finisher package of Luminarch Ascension (a wonderful dark horse of a card), Gideon, Exalted Angel and Elspeth.

So with a bunch of sweepers and planeswalkers it looks mostly like a normal control deck, however the Tangle Wire and cheap creature package was the true backbone. Tangle Wire + Flickerwisp took entire games by themselves, with aggro choosing between swinging and developing their board, and rival control and mid-range decks unable to do anything. I can’t say those were fun games, but they showcased the power of Tangle Wire, even in a deck without a lot of manafacts or cheap permanents. I have always valued it highly but it’s close to first pick material for me now. The built-in asymmetry and the colorless mana cost make it incredibly attractive.

Another notable, but obvious, combo that made the deck hum was Gideon + Lumiarch Ascension

A final note about land drafting. I picked up a Tropical Island at some point, thinking I was going Bant, but it didn’t pan out. However, that pick turned a late Windswept Heath into a virtual U/W fetch.  Never underestimate the boost in power that a dual land can give to any fetches that come along later.