My Limited Card Pool
I guess a few of my readers might be interested in the composition of my limited card pool for Next Level Cubes. For those I attached a pdf of my list:
(last updated 03.07.12)
The cards are sorted by effective color (I’m not going by the strict rules definition, but by how the cards get used when building a cube), as indicated by the third column, starting with cards not affiliated to a color or color combination, then White, Black, Red, Green and Blue (alphabetically sorted backwards in German because that works best), followed by two-color combinations with Ravnica guild names, then three-color combinations with Alara shards names and Apocalypse wedge names. (The asterisks are just there for sorting purposes.) I also use this column to divide each color by creatures (ending with K), lands (L) and others (A), this time going by strict rules definition. Next sorting criterium is mana cost, counting up, with lands showing as “#”. Finally, there’s the card names alphabetically. Once you get used to it, it makes a lot of sense (okay, except for color order, but there’s just no gain in following proper order here).
The fourth column shows cards I usually consider in cycles, naming these cycles (sometimes using German-English hodgepodge terms, I’m afraid – they’re just for my private use after all) and giving their total number, making it easier for me to remember them and find other members of a cycle. The next two columns show some interesting mechanics or themes the cards possess or work well with to facilitate finding them when I build a cube, in alphabet order. (There’s actually a third column, not shown for formatting purposes, which gets used for a total of two cards – if you really care: Carrion Feeder and Gwyllion Hedge-Mage also have a “tokens” tag.)
That’s the status quo as of today (okay, I still need to get some of those cards). If the MTGSalvation spoilers for Planechase 2012 are correct, I will add Beetleback Chief and replace Loxodon Hierarch with Elderwood Scion.
If you have any questions why I do or do not include certain cards, just go ahead and ask – I’ll probably answer. You know me!