The Cube is ready. Without further ado, here is my list:
It breaks down like this:
800 Total Cards
- 367 Creature cards, 80 of which are Legendary
- 85 Instant cards
- 108 Sorcery cards
- 64 Artifact cards (Artifact creatures are counted with creatures)
- 76 Enchantment cards (For some reason, Deckbox counts the Gods and their weapons as enchantments over creatures or artifacts… as such they are included in the enchantment count.)
- 16 Planeswalker cards
- 84 Non-basic land cards
The colors break down like this:
- 92 White cards
- 92 Blue cards
- 92 Black cards
- 92 Red cards
- 103 Green cards
- 165 Multi-colored cards
- 76 Colorless cards
- 84 Non-basic land cards
The green is heavy over the other colors, but this is because green is heavy in the Commander pre-constructed decks as well. The overall balance of color is fairly even however, because among the multi-colored cards, green is less prevalent. According to the deck stats in the link above, the Cube has the following breakdown of mana symbols:
- 240 Black
- 236 Green
- 222 Blue
- 221 Red
- 220 White
So you can see that black is the highest, with green trailing, but overall it is relatively even.
It took quite a bit of time to pull all the cards together, both because I was trying to be very careful about what I added to the base cards, and because I was being very thorough in my record-keeping. In fact, I hit a portion where my physical card count didn’t match my online list, so I had to go through card-by-card to figure out the issue. The issue was two guildmages that are present in both Commander sets, but I didn’t see them in my initial check because in one product the hybrid mana cards come after the multi-colored cards and in the other they are mixed in, so I didn’t notice the duplication. As an example of my method of pulling cards, if I had a card that had to come out of one of my own Commander decks, say Ghave, Guru of Spores, then not only did I take that card from the deck, I also wrote it on a note-card which I put in the deck box (along with the empty sleeve) AND I added it to a spreadsheet which I am using to track every card in the cube that came out of one of my regular Commander decks. Also in that spreadsheet, I have all 220 cards that I added to the cube listed out so that I know which cards can be traded in and out (remember that no matter what, the original pre-constructed decks will all remain within the cube).
When determining what to add to the preconstructed decks, I took many things into consideration. My first step was to add legendary creatures in an attempt to evenly cover every mono-, two-, and three-color combination, as well as colorless and 5-color. Next I had to determine which Planeswalkers were going in. My final decision was to have the original five, and then attempt to add one in each two-color pair. Unfortunately, the only blue/green Planeswalker won’t be available for a month or so, and there also isn’t a white/green Planeswalker at this time, so I added an additional white, blue, and green Planeswalker to help balance the colors, for a total of 16. Then I looked at support cards for some of the Commanders. For example, I chose to put in Sliver Queen, which meant that I also needed to have enough slivers to at least make it possible to draft a Sliver deck. I also have Scion of the Ur-Dragon, so in addition to the wedge tri-colored dragons from the original Commander product, I also added in the 5 shard tri-colored dragons (though not the original dragon legends), as well as several other red dragons. I know Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund isn’t in the cube, so I don’t have to worry about that aspect of it! While doing all of this, I also kept in mind the inclusion/exclusion lists of my playgroup and tried to accommodate them as much as possible.
I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m very excited to draft Commander. I’m picking up sleeves tomorrow, then I’ll do a little testing on Sunday to be followed up by a true draft on Tuesday night’s game night!