Cube Draft

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Cube Draft is a casual Magic: The Gathering format where players create a cube, a large pool of cards selected for the purposes of playing a limited game.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Cube Draft encompasses many of the most enjoyable aspects of Magic, combining elements of both Constructed and Limited play, trading, and playing the game with friends.[2][3] To prepare for this format, a player (or, if you prefer, your entire play group) prepares a "cube" — a specifically selected set of at least 360 different cards. Many cubes contain upwards of 720 cards to provide more variety among drafts.

Once the cube has been built, you can use it for any draft format. The most popular option is to build makeshift "booster packs" out of 15 randomly selected cards from the cube and then run a regular Booster Draft. But you can also use your cube for Winston Draft, Solomon Draft, or any other kind of draft format.

Building a cube is a great way to get some extra play value out of your favorite cards, or even out of cards that haven't found a home in your Constructed decks. The best aspect of it is how personalized it is. Every cube is different, and you can build the pool of cards you'll draft with however you choose. Some players even create intricate lists of the most powerful Magic cards ever created and try to include each one in their cube.

In 2015, UltraPro sold the MOX CUB3™ deck box, which was especially designed for Cubing.[4]

Magic online[edit | edit source]

Cube Draft is a popular format on Magic Online which is held on occasionally on selected periods.[5][6][7][8][9][10] Magic Online Championship Series occasionally adopted Cube Draft as one of the formats they played throughout the whole season. In 2017 season, it becomes the only non sanctioned format that give out QPs in MOCS as Pauper events no longer give out QPs as rewards in that season (until being reintroduced in May 2017).

In major tournaments[edit | edit source]

It was one of the formats played at the 2007 Magic Invitational. The 2012 Players Championship also adopted Cube Draft as one of their formats played.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (August 11, 2008.) “Casual Formats”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Tom LaPille. (June 05, 2009.) “A Boy and his Cube”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Max McCall. (November 27, 2012.) “Power, Cubed”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Blake Rasmussen. (January 27, 2015 .) “What's in the Mystery Box?!”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Monty Ashley. (March 13, 2012 .) “Magic Online Cube”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Monty Ashley. (September 26, 2012.) “The Cube Is Back”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Trick Jarrett. (April 30, 2013.) “MTGO Cube Returns”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Randy Buehler. (November 3, 2014) "The New Magic Online Legacy Cube, Daily MTG",, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. David Whitfield. (August 5, 2015.) “Announcing the Legendary Cube”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Jules Robins. (March 23, 2016.) “Legendary Cube Returns!”,, Wizards of the Coast.

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