I’ve been writing quite a bit about Standard, and you all know my Legacy Veedeos, but what I truly love is Vintage Cube. Whenever I have spare time, I do my best to gather 3-5 friends to Cube together with my personal Vintage Cube, where we only play 2v2 or 3v3.
Updating Cube with newer cards is always a challenge, because you don’t want to change too many cards, but you are excited to see how newer cards perform in older archetypes. Today I want to highlight some of my favorite Throne of Eldraine cards for Cube.
The Throne of Eldraine Cube Review
Brazen Borrower, Bonecrusher Giant
Brazen Borrower is seeing play in Legacy Delver, which is a big tell for the power level of the card. Brazen Borrower is cheap, versatile and a good way to win the game. The same can be said for Bonecrusher Giant, which is going to be played in every red deck that can cast it, from Mono-Red to any control/midrange deck.
Rankle, Master of Pranks
While Rankle is seeing play in Standard, I don’t think it quite has the power level to get there in Vintage Cube. It has a very unique effect though, which makes the card interesting and intriguing.
Robber of the Rich
Red aggro decks need inexpensive cards to cast. Robber of the Rich has a high power level and it might lead into some fun scenarios. I would love to add it in my Cube.
Torban, Thane of Red Fell
Torbran is very good, and it’s possible that in a deck with plenty of burn spells it’s much better than many other 4-drops. It reminds a bit of Hellrider–you cast it, you attack with a bunch of creatures and get your extra damage the turn it comes into play. Once you untap with it, any Lightning Bolt effect means the game will be over soon. Torban is an interesting card, and in a Cube like ours where red is sort of pushed, I’d love to add this Dwarf Noble.
Emry, Lurker of the Loch
This card has already revolutionized Modern, and it is incredibly powerful in Vintage Cube. It’s easily the most powerful in the entire set. Artifacts are very pushed in my Cube, with extra mana rocks such as Coldsteel Heart and Prismatic Lens. Emry will fit perfectly with cards like Daretti, Scraper Savant and Goblin Welder, or will at least allow you to recast artifacts that have been removed.
Kenrith, the Returned King
I’ve already played with Kenrith, the Returned King in Vintage Cube, as we added it last week. I was playing a white artifact deck with plenty of Signets and mana rocks like Coalition Relic. Kenrith is powerful–it has many abilities, a large body and it easily gains haste to make it an immediate evasive threat.
Gilded Goose and Oko, Thief of Crowns
I jokingly call Gilded Goose Deathrite Shaman, although while Deathrite Shaman is banned in Legacy and Modern, it doesn’t have enough fuel to be as strong in Vintage Cube. Gilded Goose provides mana immediately and later in the game can produce lifegain and artifacts for various effects like Daretti or Goblin Welder.
The more Food producers you add to the Cube, the better Gilded Goose will be, but so far I only found Oko, Thief of Crowns as a solid addition. Oko is an incredibly strong planeswalker, able to turn off any creature or artifact your opponent might throw at you. Just make sure you are ready to fight an army of Elks.
We used to play Hero’s Downfall, and I guess we found a worthy replacement. Rider is much better with cards like Survival of the Fittest and Recurring Nightmare, as well as being a 2-for-1 as opposed as just a removal spell.
This isn’t Flickerwisp, as it lacks evasion, but its smoother mana cost allows you to play Charming Prince in decks that are lighter on white, and I have to admit that there have been plenty of decks where Flickerwisp would be good but I didn’t feel comfortable playing the double-white card. Charming Prince isn’t astonishing, but I believe it could see play in Vintage Cube.
Storm is a thing in Cube, and it’s very pushed in ours. Wishclaw Talisman is seeing play in Legacy Storm, and I’m sure will be an auto-include in the Vintage Cube, as it could be exploited by other strategies like Time Vault combo, Splinter Twin or Sneak Attack.
Manic Vandal and Manglehorn are very high picks in our Cube; artifacts are very much pushed and every deck tends to have plenty of them. Opportunistic Dragon is a large threat and a good disruption effect. It will be good in plenty of decks, not only in the aggressive ones.
Just another Manic Vandal effect. This reminds me of Torch Fiend, although I prefer the Shieldbreaker. It depends on how many effects like this you want, but I can’t promise that if I’ll find the Masterpiece Foil version of this that I won’t add it in my Cube!
Random effects are fun, and Cube draft is made for fun! Outlaws’ Merriment will probably not have enough power for a Vintage Cube, but if you enjoy those kind of effects, this card is made for you!
Smokestack and Braids are in my Cube. Although the main strength of those is forcing your opponent to sacrifice lands while you keep on returning them with Crucible of Worlds or to combo with Ophiomancer, unfortunately Doom Foretold doesn’t allow you to sacrifice either of those card types, making it quite hard to fit in my Cube.
Those are all the cards of interests that I found in Throne of Eldraine. Is there something I missed? Which one would you add?