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Welcome back to Cube of Force, the article series where we build a Dungeons and Dragons themed Magic: The Gathering cube step-by-step. Last time, we updated our cube to have more clerics and rogues. Today, we are digging into creature types again by adding a variety of new warriors and wizards.
Looking through the available wizards, the thing that jumped out to me the most was spellslinger effects. Cards like Burning Prophet, Goblin Electromancer and Vodalian Arcanist all encourage you to build a deck around slinging spells, with payoffs like Adeliz, The Cinder Wizard rewarding you for building an army of wizards in the deck that does so. There were also a number of wizards with Prowess or an ability like it, making wizards like Aven Wind Mage, Stormchaser Mage, or Spellweaver Eternal become much bigger after casting only a few spells. It may also only care about instants specifically, but Lunar Mystic is also a great way to keep cards in our hand so we can sling more spells. These wizards are largely in red and blue, making an Izzet wizard deck with a spells matter subtheme among the most likely archetypes you can expect to build.
As with Clerics and Rogues, I also wanted to ensure we got some utility outside of the two primary colors for this creature type so each deck can assemble a full party if necessary. Magus of the Candelabra can untap lands to help ramp our teammates while Magus of the Vineyard ensures everyone (albeit also the archenemy) has an extra two mana in their first main phase. Kwain, Itinerant Meddler might also give the archenemy a card, but your team drawing three cards means you have a strong net card advantage. Simic Guildmage, Chronicler of Heroes, Sage of Fables, and Fathom Mage all support our cube’s +1/+1 counter subtheme. Possibly the strangest inclusion is Smogsteed Rider, which gives fear to all attacking creatures when it attacks, including those of our teammates.
Last time, you may recall that we added Tavern Scoundrel, a rogue that makes treasure based on coin flips. I took a look through what coin flip cards we could add, but also decided to look at cards that focus on dice rolls at the same time, because that really captures the feel of playing Dungeons and Dragons. This added fourteen cards total, several of which are silver bordered.