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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


Playing to Win: Evaluating New Cubes

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 outliers and big picture structure of an environment, they agree one of the most important aspects to focus on is the speed of the format, which shapes the tempo-value balance and the effectiveness of different strategies. It’s challenging to evaluate an environment just by looking at the list, and they share some heuristics they use to get a head start.

Our listener submitted pack 1, pick 1 this week comes from Ryan’s Peasantish Cube.


  • 0:00 Show Intro
  • 1:57 Introduction of Main Topic
  • 6:43 Anthony’s First Point: Read the Cube Overview
  • 10:04 Andy’s First Point: Look for Supported Broken Strategies
  • 14:55 Anthony’s Second Point: Look for Patterns and Familiar Cards
  • 17:11 Andy’s Second Point and Anthony’s Third Point: Determine the Speed of the Environment
  • 24:59 Andy’s Third Point: Quantity and Quality of Removal and Board Wipes
  • 26:50 Should the Density of Mana Fixing Affect How You Draft an Environment?
  • 39:22 Andy’s Fourth Point: Look at What the Cube Wants You To Do
  • 40:46 Familiarity Bias
  • 42:04 Know Your Opponent and Meta
  • 46:44 Anthony’s Bonus Point: Look at the Low Mana Value Cards
  • 49:15 Listener Submitted Pack 1, Pick 1
  • 1:03:53 Outro

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 on air, your pronouns, and if you’re submitting a cube for the pack 1, pick 1, a link to said cube.

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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