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Château Cube is a series of wide-ranging conversations about Magic the Gathering mtgcube design, play, and theory, hosted by John Terrill of YouTube's Cultic Cube. Episodes are released on roughly alternate Fridays! Come join us for convivial and high-level mtg cube talk.
 
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With Modern Horizons 2 entirely spoiled, it’s time to update the cubes! In the first of a two part series, I run through the MH2 cards that I am adding to my unpowered vintage cube. Cubes Referenced: Video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI1-QN2jI6I Eleusis Cube: https://cubecobra.com/cube/list/culticcube Petty Nobility Cube: https://cubec…
 
I participated in WOTC’s Strixhaven Symposium live on Twitch, where I represented Quandrix College! My talk: “Manamancy: The origin, application, and exploitation of Magic's fundamental resource.” For those who didn’t catch the live lecture, I reprise it now on the Cultic Cube YouTube channel and on the Chateau Cube podcast! The YT video version of…
 
Magic streamer Floopy Minx joins us today! Floopy got her start in our beloved game by playing paper Vintage Cube. When she began her successful professional streaming career, she naturally gravitated toward Cube even as she embraced other formats. She explains today how building a community around her stream fosters goodwill and supports the visib…
 
Andrew Magrini, jankmaster extraordinaire and stalwart of the New York City cube scene, joins us to talk about how he conjoins the high-powered and the broken with the intricate and the idiosyncratic. We discuss Andrew’s vintage cube in the first part of the conversation, then move on to his new passion project, which brings 3 vs. 1 Archenemy game …
 
J.J. the ManCub, cube design streamer and lover of cube curiosities, joins us to chat about his approach to creating cubes that express one’s own personality, interests, and principles. He shares joy he has found in bringing the community into his design process as he develops cubes live on stream. Then we chat about the advantages and disadvantage…
 
Andy Mangold of Lucky Paper joins us for the conclusion of the conversation that we began last week. Today we focus on the Degenerate Micro Cube, a powerful cube environment that Andy pioneered and that has been his quarantine passion project. It has a novel mechanism for bringing Vintage constructed-level consistency to a limited environment. Spec…
 
Andy Mangold is the founder of Lucky Paper, a blog devoted to cube, battlebox, and other such sandbox environments. He co-hosts the Lucky Paper podcast, which has quickly proved itself a must-listen resource for cube enthusiasts. In this first segment of a two-part conversation, Andy and I set out to talk about cube in schematic terms, discussing h…
 
Jonathan Brostoff, a.k.a. TeamJBro, is a popular streamer and peerless master of cube play. He won the SCGCon Winter 2019 cube championship, and he is by far and away the most consistent trophy leader in MTGO cubes. CUBECON is very much Jonathan’s initiative as well, and I’m excited to be part of the team that is putting together a big, real-life c…
 
Drew Pierce, a.k.a. Beyond the Machina, is an awesome artist and graphic designer who produces Magic-related work. He is also a cube aficionado and designer of a budget-friendly pauper cube. We discuss Drew’s affection for the madness mechanic and how he sculpts an environment around it, cycles and the New Phyrexian shrines, pack one pick one, diff…
 
Thomas Krone has what is, to my knowledge, the longest-running competitive cube event in history: Cubevitational, founded in the Netherlands in 2010. He and I sit down to explore a host of issues: Testing cards, vagaries of pronouncing Garruk, D6 game (Gruul!), Spell punishing mechanics, Green sections, why Thomas began cubing, benefits of differen…
 
Gwen Dekker teaches us all about advanced features of Cube Cobra and the behind-the-scenes effort that makes the cube management platform tick. We share stories about the sometimes surprising uses that we have found for Cobra tools. Here we do a p1p1 of the Dekkaru cube, talk about how the two of us met, discuss the ELO system of card ranking for d…
 
Stephen Konefal has designed many cube environments with the overarching goals of creating aesthetically unified spaces, whether by crafting environments based on place in the multiverse, moment in Magic history, or artistic impulse and style. We discuss lessons that Core Sets teach cube designers, ways of limiting new product overload, knitting to…
 
Ben Fleisher, alias fleish_dawg, is brimming with ideas about how to modify existing Magic cards in order to better fit his design vision. You may have heard me mention Ben’s innovations in Cultic Cube videos. Ben and I discuss errataing cards, the value of diverse cube fora, the importance of empathy in design conversation, Ben's boardgame theory …
 
Here’s a bonus episode that brings exciting news! WOTC is featuring one of my cubes and my guest’s cube on MTGO from May 13-27, 2020! Wizards is using two of the ten cubes that will be played in the main events at CubeCon, an event for which I am an organizer. The spotlighted cubes are legacy environments by me and by our guest, Gwen Dekker. Gwen i…
 
We welcome SirFunchalot, co-host of the MTG CubeCats podcast, to Château Cube. Dan and John talk about how Magic compares to other TCGs, the place of game theory in Magic, data collection in cube draft, the role of sideboard cards in cube design, Dan's radically different approaches to designing vintage and legacy environments, and a novel approach…
 
We welcome Usman Jamil, godfather of cube, to Château Cube. Usman and John talk about testing new sets for cube, new card overload, the origins of cube, design level-ups, the "problem" of the 5 color cube deck, multicolor sections, interpreting testing data, cooking creatively, Picasso, Freud, and Heirloom Blade (of course!). Come join us for convi…
 
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