Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cube Blog: Back to Basics

Who knew Invasion basics would cost $1.00 - $1.30 each? Maybe I shouldn't have left my "land box" at my friend's house all those years ago. We used it for drafting and there was about 500+ land in that thing. Now that my Cube is officially "done," let's talk about land. If you had to get of 20 basic lands of the same pic for your favorite 360 card Cube, which lands would you choose? For me it was an easy choice:

These are my favorite:
  • English
  • Non-Foil
  • Not Signed
  • Un-altered
  • All from a matching set.

And I wouldn't have them any other way. I have zero interest in "pimping."

(What can I say? I'm a purist when it comes to this stuff.)

Revised basicss were my favorites for the longest time, but I was finally won over when Invasion rolled around. The black boarders, the great art (mostly notably by John Avon), and the new huge mana symbols. The lands were just beautiful. But maybe there's more to it?

I think the reason why I like these lands so much is the same reason why I immediately gravitated towards the morph mechanic and Onslaught in general when I first set out to build a themed Cube. The period from Invasion to Odyssey to Onslaught was easily the period of time where I played the most Magic with some of my best friends from high school. I think I gravitate towards this stuff because I have so many good memories of hanging out and just having fun. It also didn't hurt that all three of those sets were fantastic (especially after the travesty that was Mercadian Masques). Good times.

$33 dollars spent on Invasion basics later and I have myself a full set of 20x of each of the above lands.

Do you have a Cube? Which basics do you use? Do you even care about this stuff?

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