The Twisted Cube has come and gone, but it was a ton of fun and I want everyone to get a chance to check it out. If you haven’t seen the Twisted Color Pie Cube yet, it was well worth a look. It was the winner of the first ever You Make The Cube contest from Wizards and it’s a fantastic break from the regular Vintage/Legacy Cube that is typical of Magic Online. Made by Simonot Timothee, the Twisted Cube took each color and put a bit of a spin on them. White was reanimation, Blue was more aggressive, Green was enchantments instead of ramp, etc. It made for a very refreshing take on more normal Cubes and if you’re a Cube afficionado I highly recommend checking out the list and even sleeving up a copy in real life. In terms of Cube it didn’t seem overly expensive and the different style of gameplay was really worth it.
As far as the UR Pingers deck goes, I think that after drafting the Cube a lot on stream and then specifically forcing the deck here, it’s less of a main archetype than a supplement. Generally, you’ll only need to spend 3-5 slots on the cards for the Pingers and the rest of your deck can concentrate on one of the other archetypes available like Wizards or Tokens with Krenko and Opposition. The biggest card you need to find is the Basilisk Collar. The card is so important in the deck I’m not even sure that there is really an “archetype” at all without it, just some single decent pingers. The strategy is worth it too; this Cube is a little lower on removal so going deep on a bunch of pingers and a Collar is more powerful than in traditional Cubes. I definitely recommend picking up a speculative Collar if you think you might be Blue or Red, or already have a pinger in your deck. Collar is so important I think once you have one, you will take Trinket Mage over most other cards simply to have the redundancy. We saw in our games just how powerful Collar was as our opponent kept tapping and untapping mana into it, realizing that all of their creatures were blanked.
Kaladesh is beginning to draw to a close and Aether Revolt is soon to be upon us. Check in next week as we Unleash some flashback drafts and Scavenge for value with Return to Ravnica!