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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


A Flat Power Level

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 Lucky Paper Radio, Andy and Anthony are unpacking this truism and discussing the impacts of individual card power delta on a given cube more broadly. They two also touch on Magic as a spectator sport, PVDDR’s Youtube channel and subsequent article on Star City Games, Andy’s biggest weakness as a player (or at least one of them), whether or not power level delta and 4-5 color “goodstuff” decks are causally linked, and Anthony’s radical idea for his next cube project.

Our listener submitted pack 1, pick 1 this week comes from Nate’s “Peasant Combo” cube. Thanks, Nate!


  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 5:45 Listener Submitted p1p1
  • 16:23 Power Level Disparity within a Cube
  • 48:09 Build-Arounds and out-of-strategy cards
  • 58:58 Summary of Power Level Discussion
  • 1:11:35 Outro and Anthony’s Pita Bread Recipe

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.

Musical production by DJ James Nasty.

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