About the Pauper Cube

The Pauper Cube is the never quite complete project of Adam Styborski, an avid Magic: The Gathering player. Combining a passion for excellence with a strict adherence to printed rarity, the Pauper Cube is a true taste of an ultimate Limited environment: creatures, removal, tempo, and mana efficiency – everything that makes great Limited great can be found in abundance here.

The defining feature of this blog will be a daily review of a common. Some reviews will be shorter compared to the handful of novels I’ll write but each one will share a bit of insight, new or old.

If you’re not familiar with the contents of my cube, don’t worry! Here are  few links to get you started:

  1. Redundancy
  2. Data
  3. Balance
  4. Archetypes
  5. Change Evaluation

More links will be added as time moves on. Let me know if you think I’m missing something!

  1. B Rad
    September 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    The link for the spoiler is broken, and directs you to another article on the Pauper Cube. The list for the Pauper Cube is nowhere on this website, which makes talking about it USELESS! MAKE A LINK THAT WORKS!!!!!

  2. joe
    October 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    The list contains “False Defeat” which seems to me to be a $100 card. Is that right? Also, Rukh (which your spoiler has misspelled as Ruhk, btw) is a rare. Sorry if you’ve already addressed these issues, but why is a $100 card and a Rare card included in a Pauper cube?

  3. Mr. Helpful Guy
    March 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    FYI Breath of Life is another way cheaper version of False Defeat if you’re looking to save $10.


  4. April 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Am I doing something wrong? Whenever I download the spoiler, it just lists 25 cards…

    • April 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      You should be able to get the entire spreadsheet through downloading from Google. I haven’t had any issues but I’ll test it again tonight.

  5. Jack
    July 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Yeah the document I download only has a list of 25 cards, what do I do to see the whole thing?

    • Jack
      July 12, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      Ah, I see, its filtered by default.

  6. Ben
    July 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Hey, cube noob here. I’m curious about why there are 420 cards listed on your spreadsheet when 8 drafters only need a total of 360 cards. Is the idea that sixty randomly chosen cards don’t make it into each draft, introducing a little unpredictability?

    • July 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Yes and no. Having some randomness (cards that randomly don’t fit into a 8 player draft) is a double-edged sword: You avoid situations where players familiar with the cube can know for certain that every card in the cube is in one player’s hands, but sometimes randomness can short a player going in on an archetype of too many critical cards. I prefer some sense of unknown and mystery than having too much certainty.

  7. September 26, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Thanks for all your efforts so far on this Adam! I spent a few weeks culling together a copy of the list too and am excited to give it a test run soon with some friends. Can’t wait to see the discussions about Theros inclusions/changes. Has there been any discussion on the different decks and archetypes that this cube encourages?

  8. December 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    I don’t know if I’m just going crazy, but the spreadsheet linked to seems to be a rather old version of the Cube.

  9. Legendary Worm Token
    December 21, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    For quite some time now I had the pleasure to play with your cube!
    It have been some awesome matches, in several different modes – including our own gametypes 🙂
    So now I would like to build it myself and was wondering where to find the current list? Maybe not the full table with all information per card, though the latest list of included cards?

    Thank you in advance

  10. Legendary Worm Token
    December 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Guess I have not been looking closely…
    here is a link to a google spreadsheet including the theros changes, so this might be the place to visit:
    Well I have not found that link on the blog.

  11. Coaster8560
    March 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    when I open your spreadsheet, I am only able to see the artifacts, and the artifact creatures.
    Can you please help?

    • May 29, 2014 at 3:55 AM

      If you’re opening the file in Open Office this may work: select ‘Data’, then ‘Filter’ and turn off ‘Auto Filter’. There may be a similar option in Excel, but I only have Open Office.

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