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Lucky Paper Radio

143 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


How to Test Your Cube

Many cube designers, Andy and Anthony included, have way more time an energy to put into their Cubes than the rest of their playgroup. Given that designers do spend so much more time thinking about and tinkering with their lists than playing them, how do you set up a feedback loop so you can effectively test your Cube? What are the compromises of testing in different ways? What information should you listen to and what should you ignore? How much trust can you actually put into bot drafts?

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Discussed in this episode:


  • 3:22 — Introduction to Topic
  • 4:23 — What do we mean by “testing”?
  • 12:31 — Testing methods when drafting with a full pod
  • 17:53 — Testing by drafting with smaller groups
  • 22:23 — Testing by drafting against yourself
  • 26:27 — Testing by drafting online with others
  • 31:14 — Testing by playing online
  • 32:28 — Testing by simulating solo drafts
  • 36:44 — Testing by constructing decks from your cube list or playing sealed
  • 40:14 — Testing by thinking really hard about your cube
  • 48:43 — Common pitfalls of looking at your cube quantitatively

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Musical production by DJ James Nasty.

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