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Lucky Paper Radio

85 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


Cube Feelbads: Breaking Zero-Sum Fun in Magic

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 are more likely to create them. This seemingly narrow topic turns out to be one of the most critical and easy to take for granted aspects of Cube design: how do we make it fun? They pick out some of the most likely cards they play that can lead to negative experiences, why those experiences create the emotional responses they do, and where that risk is worthwhile.

Our listener submitted pack 1, pick 1 this week comes from Nick’s Noob Cube, a Cube designed to be approachable for new players including uncommons and doubled up commons. Nick created the amazing MTG Multiverse project, cataloging cards from the planes of Magic. Invaluable to designers building set themed cubes.


  • 0:00 — Official Cube banlist update
  • 4:18 — Listener submitted pack 1, pick 1
  • 10:20 — What is a "feelbad"
  • 12:51 — Cards people think have feelbad potential in Andy's Bun Magic Cube
  • 15:06 — Is Magic a Zero Fun game?
  • 19:09 — Cards Andy himself thinks are feelbads in his Bun Magic Cube
  • 27:43 — Combat tricks, Force Spikes, and feelbads in Anthony’s Regular Cube
  • 40:17 — The agony and the ecstasy of Whitemane Lion and cards it feels bad to win with
  • 46:30 — Effect density
  • 48:43 — Repetitive play patterns
  • 50:02 — Inheriting impressions from other formats and exceptions to the rules
  • 53:17 — Esper Sentinel vs Thalia and perceived choices
  • 55:05 — The inherent feelbad of variance
  • 55:58 — Is there a way to make natural power outliers not feelbads?
  • 59:51 — Summary — TLDL;

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If you have a question for the show, or want us to do a pack 1, pick 1 from your cube, email us at Please include how you’d like to be credited, your pronouns, a link to your cube if relevant. You can also find both your hosts in the MTG Cube Talk Discord.

If you’d like to show your support for the show, please leave us a review on iTunes or wherever you listen.

Musical production by DJ James Nasty.

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