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Lucky Paper Radio

79 EpisodesProduced by Andy Mangold and Anthony MattoxWebsite

Lucky Paper Radio is a podcast about Magic: the Gathering hosted by lifelong friends Andy Mangold and Anthony Mattox. Focused primarily on sandbox formats like Cube, which are free of banlists, rotation, and net decking, the show is about the best parts of Magic and how to get the most out of the ga… read more

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Innistrad: Crimson Vow Cube Community Set Review

November 29th, 2021

1:34:06

Andy and Anthony are joined by Parker LaMascus to share the results of the Innistrad: Crimson View cube community survey. They look at the top cards …

Innistrad: Crimson Vow Cube Additions

November 22nd, 2021

1:29:45

Our Innistrad: Crimson Vow survey is open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set.

Andy and Anthony talk about Innistrad: Crimson Vow through the lens of their many …

Innistrad: Crimson Vow Mechanics & First Impressions

November 15th, 2021

1:00:52

Our Innistrad: Crimson Vow set survey is open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set.

Andy and Anthony take a first look at Innistrad: Crimson Vow, breaking down …

The Use and Abuse of Archetype Driven Design

November 8th, 2021

1:07:01

Andy and Anthony talk about archetypes in Cube design. They discuss what archetypes are, why they’ve become a fundamental part of limited set design, and the uses and limitations of applying the same process to Cube …

A Farewell to Cube Tutor

November 1st, 2021

24:11

For a transcript of this week's scripted opening, see our website.

Music for this episode was adapted from Matt McInerney’s EP Mined. Thanks, Matt.

Evolving Cubes and the Power of Novelty

October 25th, 2021

54:11

Andy and Anthony talk about a few loosely related Cube topics. They kick things off with a pick from a spooky cube, reflect on some recent drafts and how different playgroups can evaluate environments drastically …

A Normal Conversation About Magic Cards

October 18th, 2021

45:50

We’re compiling an audio memorial to CubeTutor, so please share your reflections on the site and the role its played in our community, or just your …

Mark Rosewater is My Personal Design Intern with Jason Waddell

October 11th, 2021

1:27:58

Andy and Anthony talk with Jason Waddell about Cube, game design, and the complications of Magic as a hobby. Jason share’s his experience with the …

CubeTutor Shutdown

October 6th, 2021

8:04

Andy and Anthony talk about the imminent shutdown of CubeTutor. Don’t forget to export your data!

We’re compiling an audio memorial to CubeTutor, so …

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Cube Set Review

October 4th, 2021

1:28:04

Andy and Anthony are Joined by Parker to dive into Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and all the cards and mechanics they’re interested in for cubes of all kinds.

For detailed, linked timestamps view the episode on our website. …

Brags & Bad Beats

September 27th, 2021

1:17:29

Last call for our Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Cube survey! This is your only chance to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set.

Cube Feelbads: Breaking Zero-Sum Fun in Magic

September 20th, 2021

1:08:15

Our Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Cube survey is open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set.

Andy and Anthony talk about the ‘feelbad’ moments in Magic and the cards that …

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Mechanics and First Impressions

September 13th, 2021

52:24

Andy and Anthony take a first look at Innistrad: Midnight Hunt breaking down the mechanics from a design perspective for Cube and other casual formats. They discuss the many different variations of transform mechanics, …

Single Card Discussion

September 6th, 2021

1:04:44

Andy and Anthony indulge themselves in talking about a few individual cards they find interesting in the context of Cube, using them as a jumping off …

Atomic Spells: The Role of One Mana Cards in Cube

August 30th, 2021

55:24

Andy and Anthony talk about the role of one mana spells in Cube. The first play of the game can be fundamental to starting off the game with a plan. …

Live from Cube Weekend '21

August 23rd, 2021

1:06:14

This is a special, ‘live’ episode of Lucky Paper Radio. The audio quality is not to our normal standards — if you’ve never heard the show before we do not recommend starting with this one!

Andy and Anthony decompress …

Cube Logistics: Sleeves, Storage, Shuffling, and More

August 16th, 2021

1:03:46

Andy and Anthony talk about the logistics of Cube including everything from storage and sleeves, to basic basic lands and tokens. They cover everything you need to know when setting out to build a new cube that isn’t …

Battlebox: No Setup, No Bad Mana, All Magic

August 9th, 2021

57:34

Andy and Anthony discuss all things Battlebox, one of their favorite casual ways to play Magic. A Battlebox is a great thing to have for quick games between and around matches. Without the variance of land draws it's …

The Cube Player's Guide to Manabases

August 2nd, 2021

1:05:26

Cube presents unique drafting a deckbuilding challenges when it comes to manabases. Retail limited is our only benchmark for drafting, but non-basic …

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Cube Set Review

July 26th, 2021

1:14:50

This week’s episode is the Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Cube set review. A much less involved affair than our Modern Horizons 2 episode, we’re …

The Mechanics of Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

July 19th, 2021

1:02:00

Andy and Anthony discuss their first impressions of Magic’s newest set, D&D: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. Setting aside individual card evaluation, they dive into the mechanics and flavor from a design and …

In Defense of Unpopular Cards

July 12th, 2021

1:03:56

Our Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Cube survey is open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set.

Make sure to check out a special video made by Jason Waddell to …

The Chromatic Cube with David McDarby

July 5th, 2021

1:09:26

David McDarby of Wizards of the Coast joins Andy and Anthony to talk about The Chromatic Cube, designed by David and currently on Arena. They talk about the cube’s goals and how they contrast with those of other cubes …

Magic: the Gathering is a Difficult Game

June 28th, 2021

1:14:01

In an effort to expand on past discussion about what makes a particular cube “hard” or “easy” to play, Andy and Anthony are dedicating an entire …

Modern Horizons 2 Cube Set Review

June 21st, 2021

3:46:12

Do some light stretches and grab some popcorn, because this is Lucky Paper Radio’s most in depth set review ever. Andy, Anthony, and Jett dive into Modern Horizons 2, a set with an unprecedented number of cards for …

How to Win Friends & Influence People (into Playing Your Cube)

June 14th, 2021

55:43

Andy and Anthony talk about the practical side of cube. For many of us, Cube is about bringing people together through our favorite game, but finding or creating a consistent playgroup can be a challenge. Our hosts …

Midrange Matchups with Parker LaMascus

June 7th, 2021

1:15:54

Timestamps

  • 5:25 Introduction to Parker’s Cube
  • 19:44 High fixing density, it’s effects and player expectations
  • 23:08 What does it mean for a cube …

Hope Tender & Devoted Druid & Ragavan & Laelia

May 31st, 2021

1:00:39

On this episode, Andy and Anthony are discussing a recent draft of Anthony’s “Regular” Cube, in which Anthony made a stupid amount of mana with Hope …

Playing to Win: Evaluating New Cubes

May 24th, 2021

1:05:31

Andy and Anthony talk about how they approach drafting a cube they’ve never played before. What do they look for in the list to optimize their chances of success, and have a good time doing it. After discussing power …

Irregular Cube: Rarity in Custom Draft Formats

May 17th, 2021

1:06:43

Andy and Anthony discuss Anthony’s newest cube project, Irregular Cube. Like his primary cube it’s a lower power environment with a variety of …

Strixhaven and Commander 2021 Cube Set Review

May 10th, 2021

2:47:17

Our Strixhaven: School of Mages and Commander 2021 prospectives are out! Thank you to everyone who participated.

Andy and Anthony are joined by Lucky …

Smells Like Synergy

May 3rd, 2021

1:04:23

Our Strixhaven set review episode is coming to you next week. We weren’t able to do the episode in a timely fashion due to life circumstances, but we’re going to make sure we bring the quality. Thanks for your patience!

Strixhaven Mechanics and Kinds of Decisions

April 26th, 2021

58:06

Our Strixhaven and Commander 2021 Cube surveys are open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new sets.

Andy and Anthony talk about the new mechanics in Strixhaven and what …

The Show Must Go On

April 19th, 2021

30:14

Our Strixhaven and Commander 2021 Cube surveys are open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new sets.

Due to the loss of a close, personal friend, Andy and Anthony are off …

Cube, Art School, & Critical Discourse

April 12th, 2021

1:13:53

Our Strixhaven and Commander 2021 Cube surveys are open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new sets.

This week, Andy and Anthony share a little of their personal history …

Cube Is Not a Monolith

April 5th, 2021

1:03:05

This week, Andy and Anthony take aim at the dominating rhetoric about Cube which takes for granted it is a format showcasing the most powerful cards …

More Mana, Faster Mana

March 29th, 2021

56:08

This week, Andy and Anthony discuss changes to Andy’s Bun Magic Cube, updated to include a dramatic increase in the number of mana fixing lands and …

Introducing the Cube Map

March 24th, 2021

21:29

The Cube Map: Exploring over 20,000 Magic: the Gathering Cube lists

On this very special bonus episode, Andy and Anthony are joined by Jett to tell everyone about a project they have been working on for a long time: the

A Flat Power Level

March 22nd, 2021

1:15:40

Anyone who has spent any time in Cube design circles has heard the supposed virtues of an environment with a “flat” power level, where the worst card is no less appealing or less playable than the best. On this week’s

Cubers Anonymous with Justin Parnell

March 15th, 2021

1:28:44

Andy and Anthony welcome Justin Parnell on this week’s episode of Lucky Paper Radio. Justin was one of the first Magic writers to write about Cube and graciously shares stories from the format’s earlier days. From …

Spring Cleaning

March 8th, 2021

1:00:17

Do you like your podcast episodes to be carefully planned and tightly edited, with the hosts staying laser focused on the topic at hand? If so, then …

Restrictions & Inspiration

March 1st, 2021

1:06:48

On this week’s Lucky Paper Radio, Andy and Anthony are answering a question from listener Nate about how to decide which cards to “ban” from his Peasant Cube. To date, Nate has used the Legacy banned list for his cube, …

Spreadsheet: the Gathering

February 22nd, 2021

1:17:18

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Use the Template in Your Own Rotisserie Drafts

On this week’s Lucky Paper Radio, Andy and Anthony are returning to one of their favorite ways to play Cube in the time …

Card Evaluation and the Playtesting Paradox

February 15th, 2021

1:17:10

As a follow up to last week’s Kaldheim Set Review episode, Andy and Anthony are going back to first principles and asking, what is card evaluation? …

Kaldheim Cube Set Review

February 8th, 2021

2:34:34

Our Kaldheim Prospective is out! Thank you to everyone who participated.

Buckle your seatbelts and charge up your podcatchers, because this is our most in-depth set review ever and our longest episode to date. Andy and …

Personal Cube Level Ups

February 1st, 2021

1:18:27

This is our last chance to complete our Kaldheim Cube Survey! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set.

Every once in a while, something in your head clicks and the way …

Bread and Butter Breakdown

January 25th, 2021

1:00:14

Our Kaldheim Cube Survey is open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set.

As Andy tinkers with two lower powered and novel cubes, he finds himself presented with a …

Kaldheim First Look

January 18th, 2021

1:02:30

Given that we’re in the throes of spoiler season, Andy and Anthony are giving their first impressions on the mechanics of Kaldheim and how they relate to other mechanics in Magic or might be integrated into a cube …

Vision Design vs. Play Design in Cube

January 11th, 2021

52:57

Try as they might, our beloved hosts just can’t stay on track. On this episode, Andy’s attempt to tie up a few loose ends from last week’s episode

On Being a Cube Spike

January 4th, 2021

1:04:11

It’s a new year and Lucky Paper Radio is back! They also never went anywhere, but they’re back nonetheless. On this episode, Andy and Anthony intend

Listener Submitted Chaos Supreme

December 28th, 2020

1:00:30

In a year-end extravaganza, Andy and Anthony dedicate an entire episode to doing pack 1, pick 1s from listener submitted cubes. Is this a good idea …

Tribal Themes and Parasitism

December 21st, 2020

1:11:21

In a decidedly not-so-special holiday episode, Andy and Anthony are talking about tribal synergies in Cube and announce their first formalized …

The Making of the Degenerate Micro Cube

December 14th, 2020

1:23:47

Our hosts are finally ready to share the Degenerate Micro Cube with the world. This episode is a deep dive on what this cube is all about, why Andy loves it so much, and why it’s just not Anthony’s cup of tea. They do a …

Setting the Tempo

December 7th, 2020

1:01:01

This episode is all about tempo — what is it, when does it matter, and how do you apply it to your Cube design and gameplay decisions. Andy and Anthony talk about what “aggro” really means, why some games feel like …

Cube Potpourri

November 30th, 2020

1:03:49

This is a comparatively aimless episode where our hosts meander through a couple of vaguely related cube topics. They start off by recapping their recent draft of a friend’s greenless, “Breya” cube, which they also do a …

Designing a Commander Cube

November 23rd, 2020

1:04:46

This is your last chance to participate in our Commander Legends Cube Survey! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set.

On this episode, Andy and Anthony are discussing …

Commander Legends and a Cube That Glitters

November 16th, 2020

1:09:24

Our Commander Legends Cube Survey is open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set.

On this episode, Andy and Anthony are joined by their friend and Commander …

Designing for the Draft

November 9th, 2020

1:14:16

The boys turn their attention to what at least Andy thinks is an under-appreciated context in which to evaluate cards — the draft. Instead of discussing how cards are played in game or what an ideal deck looks like, …

Man vs. Machine

November 2nd, 2020

1:16:14

On this episode of Lucky Paper Radio Andy and Anthony are looking at the suggestions from Cube Cobra’s recommender for adds and cuts to their respective primary cubes. This is a jumping off point for discussion about …

Context is King

October 26th, 2020

1:05:09

This episode of Lucky Paper Radio covers a range of topics all surrounding the importance of context in cube design and card evaluation. To start, Andy and Anthony do a very spooky pack 1, pick 1 from listener Stephen’s …

How and Why to Build a Cube

October 19th, 2020

1:01:22

In a deviation from our regularly scheduled programming, this episode is specifically catered to new cube designers or players that are interested in …

Complexity in Cube Design

October 12th, 2020

1:18:16

On this week’s episode, Andy and Anthony discuss the new, extensive description and draft guide Anthony wrote about his “Regular” Cube and then …

Playtesting & Theorycrafting

October 5th, 2020

1:06:39

Andy and Anthony are tackling a big subject in this episode: how do you turn experience playing your cube into informed design decisions that improve your environment? What do you do when your players insist that cards …

Zendikar Rising Cube Set Review

September 28th, 2020

1:37:32

On this special episode of Lucky Paper Radio, Andy and Anthony are joined by Lucky Paper founding contributor Jett Crowdis to preview the results of …

Turbo Eggs

September 21st, 2020

1:01:55

This is your last chance to submit a response for the Zenikar Rising Cube Survey. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set so your voice can be part of our upcoming

Power Creep, Sacred Cows, and Boiled Frogs

September 14th, 2020

1:02:01

Our Zenikar Rising Cube Survey is open! Please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re testing in your cube from the new set, or if you’re not …

Lay of the Lands

September 7th, 2020

1:17:19

This episode is a deep dive on evaluating the new modal double-face card mechanic from Zendikar Rising by comparing it to a variety of existing mechanics from Magic’s past. Andy and Anthony kick things off by weighing …

Zendikar Rising First Look

September 2nd, 2020

40:58

On this very special episode of Lucky Paper Radio, Andy and Anthony give you their first impressions of Zendikar Rising based on the September 1st …

Analysis Paralysis

August 31st, 2020

1:45:36

This is an episode about how difficult it is to design a cube. First, Andy and Anthony do a pack 1, pick 1 from Anthony’s “Regular” Cube, which leads …

Rotisserie Rundown

August 24th, 2020

1:32:33

On this episode, Andy and Anthony bring you the long awaited conclusion of their rotisserie draft of Andy’s cube. They also do a pack 1, pick 1 from, …

Matchup Matrix

August 17th, 2020

1:34:27

On this episode, Andy and Anthony discuss how Andy evaluates cards for his cube based on how they perform against opposing decks rather than on their interactions with other cards in the same deck. They do a pack 1, …

The Spirit of Singleton

August 10th, 2020

1:21:15

On this episode, Andy and Anthony talk about the nature of singleton. They do a pack 1, pick 1 from MinorBug’s “Tringleton II” cube, an environment with a 3x card limit as opposed to the more common singleton …

The ABCs of Aggro

August 3rd, 2020

1:24:52

On this episode, Andy and Anthony are talking all things aggro. They do a pack 1, pick 1 from catofcraft’s “Fast Cube”, a low-to-the-ground, efficient environment with no shuffle effects. Anthony dozes off for awhile as …

The Problem with Five-Color Goodstuff

July 27th, 2020

1:23:26

On this episode, Andy and Anthony discuss a pack 1, pick 1 from listener Elle’s ”Graveyard Cube”, then have a conversation about a recent draft of …

Drafting Your Own Cube Poorly

July 20th, 2020

1:23:29

On this episode, Andy and Anthony discuss a pack 1, pick 1 from listener Chris's "Dichotomy Cube", which consists of 180 white cards, 180 black …

Optimal Sealed Environment

July 13th, 2020

1:21:33

On this episode, Andy and Anthony discuss a pack 1, pick 1 from Andy's cube, their experiences with IKO and M21 sealed, a theoretical cube designed specifically for playing sealed, and how kitchen table Magic is the …

A Cube with No Color

July 5th, 2020

1:15:40

On this episode, Andy and Anthony discuss Anthony's array of cubes, and do a deep-dive on his monoblack Cube, talking about its origins, how the environment feels, and some potential changes thanks to new cards from …

Core Set 2021 Cube Set Review

July 5th, 2020

1:14:46

On this episode, Andy and Anthony discuss the cards that interest them most from Core Set 2021.

If you have a Cube of your own please consider …

Teaser

June 30th, 2020

1:33

Lucky Paper Radio is a podcast about Magic: the Gathering hosted by lifelong friends Andy Mangold and Anthony Mattox. Focused primarily on sandbox …

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