I had an oppertunity to get out and sling the cardboard this weekend and boy was it a good time. I have been skeptical of the EDH Cube format since it's inception. EDH being a format with rigerous deckbuilding requirements seemed like a bad fit to be paired with a limited format. Happily I was wrong about that. When built well a Cube can likely handle most building restrictions (depending on how many packs you have time to draft. 5-Color and 250-Magic seem like bad candidates). Here is a link to the Cube List our playgroup used.
I started out expecting to draft heavy in green, since I believe, it is the best color in EDH. I ended up with an early [card]Coiling Oracle[/card] and shortly thereafter was able to pick [card]Riku[/card] and [card]Momir Vig[/card]. I originally planned to play with Riku and drafted A LOT of creatures with enters-the-battlefield or death triggers/sac abilities, as well as some powerful spells. After the drafting section we chose teams and were allowed to pass a few cards (3 I think) to each other for the deckbuilding process. My group played with 45 life, 60 card decks (highlander OBV) and I ended up having far too many good cards! This forced me away from Riku and ended up with a pretty sweet Vig deck that looked like this:
Shoe's EDH Cube Draft Deck - Momir Vig
We got a 5th turn [card]Soul Foundry[/card] with a [card]Spore Frog[/card] imprinted on it, which kept my team alive far longer than it should have. A [card]Painful Quandary[/card] and [card]Lightning Reaver[/card] (cloned in various ways a couple times) by another team cleaned up us first and the other team second rather quickly. I sat on my first turn [card]Sol Ring[/card] and 2 lands for most of the game, and my teammate, Chris, didn't fare much better. The random discard from his first turn [card]Gamble[/card] made him discard the planeswalker that was most of his early game plan and we quickly folded to attrition.
All-in-all, EDH cube is rather fun and it something I may try to put together myself. The UN-Cube and my currently active EDH decks are taking up most of the cards I would need for now, but the format is certainly fun. It gave me a good reason to play some of the fun cards I tend to avoid due to overuse in the EDH community and was an interesting building experience. Removal seemed to be a little sparse for most of the colors that weren't black. My deck seemed light on it, and the entire table couldn't get rid of ONE [card]Lightning Reaver[/card] which seemed like a balance problem.
In the end, a great time was had by all, and my opinion of EDH Cube has changed. So, until next time, if you are invited to give EDH cube a try I think you'll enjoy it.
Moderator of WOOBERG.net, the Encyclopedia of Magic Variant formats, Shoe has been playing MTG since mid to late 1994, He acquired the nickname ‘Shoe’ through a stupid joke made during a MTG game about the Chimpokomon episode of South Park. He loves MTG and gaming in general and hopes to work designing games one day. He plays mostly with his 6 year old daughter these days, but multi-player, and weird formats are his preference.