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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


The Cube Player's Guide to Manabases

Cube presents unique drafting a deckbuilding challenges when it comes to manabases. Retail limited is our only benchmark for drafting, but non-basic lands are so few and far-between that they don’t have a meaningful impact on most drafts. In cube, however, we don’t have to settle for 9-8 manabases of basics only, but how do you navigate mana successfully in a cube draft?

In this episode, Andy and Anthony put their cube designer hat aside and go deep on lands from the perspective of players. How highly should you take non-basic lands when drafting? How many lands should you put in your deck? What counts as a mana source? How many sources do you need to cast your spells reliably? What kinds of cards should you splash and how do you manage a splash successfully? What about four and five color decks?

Our listener submitted pack 1, pick 1 this week comes from listener Tristan. Thanks, Tristan!

Discussed in this episode:


  • 0:00 — Turbo Cube full draft review
  • 7:58 — Main topic preview
  • 11:17 — Listener submitted pack 1, pick 1
  • 14:59 — The pros and cons of lairs
  • 16:48 — Beginning of main topic: How highly should you draft lands?
  • 23:40 — How many lands should you put in your deck?
  • 33:56 — What counts as a mana source?
  • 37:28 — How many mana sources do you need to cast your spells reliably?
  • 47:20 — Tying it all together: building your manabase at the draft table
  • 54:55 — An addendum on four and five color manabases

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 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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