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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


Atomic Spells: The Role of One Mana Cards in Cube

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. The atomic unit of the game’s resource shapes the decisions players have and the way plays can be sequenced.

Our listener submitted pack 1, pick 1 this week comes from nettlesomeReflexion’s Public Library Cube, emulating their first experience with Magic at their local public library: old school cards with a vanguard twist.

Discussed in this episode:


  • 2:11: Listener submitted pack 1, pick 1
  • 12:57: The nature of one mana spalls
  • 17:19: What is the first thing each of the decks in your cube want to do?
  • 23:34: Context switching — when you go from the defensive to the offensive
  • 30:56: The best start for an aggressive deck
  • 36:52: The implications of one mana spells on tempo
  • 43:15: The unadulterated joy of taking game actions
  • 47:49: The flexibility and nuances of one mana hand disruption
  • 50:16: The Ragavan Effect
  • 52:24: One mana activated abilities

Check us out on Twitch and YouTube for paper Cube gameplay.

You can find the hosts’ Cubes on Cube Cobra:

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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