As you may or may not know I enjoy playing Magic: The Gathering. I’ve had my ups and downs with it, my days where all I’ve wanted to do is play Magic over and over again. Days where I didn’t even want to look at a Magic card. Even worse were the days where I was ignoring important personal things for Magic or just wanted to take my cards out back and set them on fire.
It’s that beautiful love/hate relationship many of us have with our hobbies. It can end up more on the side of hate with our friends and significant others if it gets TOO much in the way though.
Regardless, I used to be a reasonably competitive player. I wasn’t one who was going out to big tournaments but I did keep up with what was going on in the game (which players refer to as the “meta game” or “meta”), building and rebuilding constructed decks into fine tuned machines and reading draft theory about what was best to draft. Eventually I began to grow tired of the competitive scene and got out of more competitive playing. This likely also had to do with losing the community I had at Amazing Wonders Gaming & Hobby Center, my favorite place to play Magic, since we had a good group of casual and more importantly a nice group players who didn’t take the game as seriously as if it were their full time job. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it’s not my scene and it’s not the type of Magic I enjoy. I enjoy Magic somewhere between the kitchen table, which is a phrase that is used to describe very casual Magic players, and the more competitive scene, where players grind out what are called Planeswalker Points in hopes of receiving invites to big tournaments and events.
Needless to say after 2 years of playing Magic and dumping literally hundreds, probably $1,000+ into the game I was looking for something to do with my collection of cards.
This lead me to the thought of creating what is called a Magic Cube. A Cube is a collection of cards that you shuffle together and draft. What’s a draft? In a sealed draft players will open a pack of Magic cards, choose a card from that pack and then pass it to the left. This is repeated until all of the cards from that pack have been chosen. Then additional packs are opened two more times being passed to the right and for the last pack back to the left. Players then build their decks, or libraries, from these chosen cards.
Leave me a comment and I can get you caught up before part 2 where I go into more detail about what makes up the Magic cube and some of my thoughts or theory behind what I’m attempting to do with it.