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By: TheWolf, Shane Garvey
Sep 14 2017 12:00pm
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The last time Modern Cube was around, I remember drafting a lot of black. I also remember playing against a lot of black. It certainly (at least from my experience) seemed like the most powerful colour. Wizards of the Coast have changed some cards in and out this time, so let's see how it plays out.

As always, join me at the end for a "What's the Pick?" This will be an Hour of Devastation pack (as Magic Online does not let you open Cube boosters).

 

THE DRAFT

  Pack 1 pick 1:

  My Pick:

Cube is all about drafting a constructed deck, in essence. You want to find your archetype as early as possible and commit to it. In this pack, there are cards like Elvish Mystic, which can lead you into a green-based ramp deck and Dark Confidant which is good in black-based aggro decks. Because I have been playing a lot of Ramunap Red lately, I decided to take Hazoret the Fervent and see if I can make it work in limited. I'm actually not sure if red-based aggro decks are a thing in Modern Cube, but I intend to try and find out.


  Pack 1 pick 2:

  My Pick:

I decided right now that I was going to try and force the issue of mono-red. I didn't pass anything in pack 1 to the opponent on my left that would put them into red, and I decided to do the same here, so I took Stromkirk Noble.


  Pack 1 pick 3:

  My Pick:

Counter-magic can be a real thing in Cubes, and while this pick was out of Magma Jet or Exquisite Firecraft for me, I leaned towards the more reliable spell.


  Pack 1 pick 4:

  My Pick:

Whilst I ended up taking Heart of Kiran here, I did consider Voltaic Brawler as well. A green/red aggro deck could also work, I think. Still, Heart is colourless and the safer pick.


  Pack 1 pick 5:

  My Pick:

Pia Nalaar's ability to make a creature not block is an important one. She is a powerful card, and I was happy to take her here.


  Pack 1 pick 6:

  My Pick:

I do love me a Hellrider. In a creature-based aggressive deck, it's ability to deal a whole bunch of damage out of nowhere is massive. Having taken Pia previously, who brings another creature along with her, makes Hellrider even better. I'll be looking to pick up a bunch of creatures or token makers now.


  Pack 1 pick 7:

  My Pick:

It's red, it's a burn spell - Forked Bolt fits in the deck, so I took it.


  Pack 1 pick 8:

  My Pick:

I'm not sure whether the correct pick here was Bonfire of the Damned or Mutavault. I suspect it might have been Mutavault as, although I started with Bonfire in the deck, I sideboarded it out a lot (spoilers!)


  Pack 1 pick 9:

  My Pick:

I doubt I'll end up playing Greater Gargadon, but it might make the cut.


  Pack 1 pick 10:

  My Pick:

In hindsight, this pick should have been Hall of Triumph. I'm actually not sure why I picked Murderous Redcap over it; Hall would have been a better choice for what I was trying to do.


  Pack 1 pick 11:

  My Pick:

Ancient Grudge could be an important sideboard card; I'm not sure how relevant artifacts are in this Cube, but if it's anything like Legacy or Vintage Cube this card will see play in my deck.


  Pack 1 pick 12:

  My Pick:

I've never really been that impressed with Prophetic Flamespeaker. Having said that, it seems to be a removal magnet, so it might end up in the deck.


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  Pack 2 pick 1:

  My Pick:

I'm a bit spoilt for choice in this pack: Young Pyromancer makes tokens to go along with Hellrider; Stormblood Berserker is often a 3/3 menace for 2 mana; Figure of Destiny is a fantastic one-drop and a good mana sink; and Sword of Light and Shadow can bring dead creatures back for me. In the end I decided that I would take Figure of Destiny; it's both the cheapest and probably the most powerful of the cards here.


  Pack 2 pick 2:

  My Pick:

Soul-Scar Mage was a pretty easy pick here; Whipflare hurts me potentially more than my opponents, and while I like Release the Gremlins I already had Ancient Grudge.


  Pack 2 pick 3:

  My Pick:

Another good pack where I am spoilt for choice. Brimstone Volley, Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker and Hero of Oxid Ridge would all be fine additions to my deck. In the end I decided on Sarkhan, as he is both removal and a creature in one package.


  Pack 2 pick 4:

  My Pick:

Again, this pick was a difficult one. I was looking at Collective Defiance, Shrine of Burning Rage and Smuggler's Copter. I ruled out the Copter in the end, as I actually didn't have a lot of creatures just yet and already had one vehicle. I then decided there was more upside to the Shrine, so I took that.


  Pack 2 pick 5:

  My Pick:

Rabble-rabble! Goblin Rabblemaster is a perfect addition to the deck to go alongside of Hellrider.


  Pack 2 pick 6:

  My Pick:

By this stage I was looking pretty heavy on the four-drop side of things. I would have taken Thunderbreak Regent if it wasn't for that. Instead, I took Burst Lightning.


  Pack 2 pick 7:

  My Pick:

We've seen how good Kari Zev, Skyship Raider can be in Standard and Aether Revolt limited. I'm about to see how good she is in Cube.


  Pack 2 pick 8:

  My Pick:

I've found in other Cubes that Phyrexian Revoker can be a very important card for red decks, enabling you to shut down planeswalkers or other annoying cards red decks can't deal with. I'm always happy to run it if I get it.


  Pack 2 pick 9:

  My Pick:

Young Pyromancer and Stormblood Berserker came back... I deliberated my entrie alloted time over this one. On the one hand, Pyromancer can make tokens that go well with Hellrider. On the other, Stormblood Berserker is very efficient. In the end I went with Berserker.


  Pack 2 pick 10:

  My Pick:

I'm not unhappy to take Release the Gremlins now. It will start in the sideboard but might come in depending on my opponent.


  Pack 2 pick 11:

  My Pick:

I took Brimstone Volley over Hero of Oxid Ridge again because of how many four-drops I already had.


  Pack 2 pick 12:

  My Pick:

I'm ending up with a lot of burn spells (which is fine by me).


  Pack 2 pick 13:

  My Pick:

Thriving Grubs doesn't seem like the best two-drop in this Cube, but it might still make the cut.


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  Pack 3 pick 1:

  My Pick:

Well, I wasn't overly happy with this pack, and Bedlam Reveler is better for me than Sweltering Suns, so that was the pick.


  Pack 3 pick 2:

  My Pick:

I would have loved to have take Goblin Guide here, but Koth of the Hammer is just such a good card, especially if you get his ultimate off. You basically can't lose at that point.


  Pack 3 pick 3:

  My Pick:

Pia and Kiran Nalaar is another token generator, so I was happy to take it.


  Pack 3 pick 4:

  My Pick:

Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh was the pick here, though I would have happily taken Westvale Abbey as well.


  Pack 3 pick 5:

  My Pick:

I liked Char more than Dead/Gone here; Char just kills bigger things and the 2 damage it deals to me doesn't really matter that much.


  Pack 3 pick 6:

  My Pick:

I decided to take Abrade over Chandra Nalaar as it would allow me to main deck some artifact removal.


  Pack 3 pick 7:

  My Pick:

There is nothing in this pack that will end up in my deck, so I took the only red card in Through the Breach.


  Pack 3 pick 8:

  My Pick:

Stoke the Flames is an excellent burn spell that I was happy to pick up here.

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THE DECK

Overall, I'm actually not very happy with this as a mono-red deck. The curve is too high for my liking, and I am forced to play seventeen lands. I certainly would have liked more one and two drops but will have to make do with what I have.

THE MATCHES

I came up against a green/white Humans/ramp deck in round one, which was using cards such as Mayor of Avabruck and Glory-Bound Initiate as well as Polukranos, World Eater. I won game one but lost the next two.  Round two I was facing a mono-white Glorious Anthem deck, which I won 2-0. I think my opponent was a little inexperienced as they made some fundamental errors during the match. In round three I faced off against a four-colour control deck, with green being the only colour not present. I won game one due to Hazoret, lost game two as my opponent removed everything I could play, and won game three once again due to Hazoret.

So, a 2-1 record (5-3 in games). Not bad overall, though I still don't think the deck was really that strong. Still, I'll take it. Join me next week where I start breaking down Ixalan!

WHAT'S THE PICK?

Here is an Hour of Devastation pack I opened on Magic Online. What would you pick, first pick pack one? Let me know in the comments!