"Currently, the Magic Online infrastructure doesn't support this kind of behavior. As we work on future infrastructure projects, we will explore our options for enabling these types of player-focused features."What does this mean? can you elaborate at all? I personally have 3 different cubes and would greatly enjoy making my own cubes online. I would think that it would be another format in the casual room where the first person at the table hosts the event with their cube. I don't see how this would be different from the other casual formats which are played for free with cards we own. Is this something that is being worked on? or is this considered not worth exploring?
Is this something that is being worked on? or is this considered not worth exploring?
I'll be surprised if it is offered for free, however. If free cube drafts were always available in the casual room, I bet they would cut significantly into the paid drafts they currently sell on Magic Online. They would also decimate any interest people might have in paying to play with the proprietary MTGO cube. The only way supporting free cube drafts would make business sense is if it brings in many more players to MTGO, who want to build their own cubes. That's certainly possible... but it sounds like a tough sell to the upper executives at WotC.
As someone who's never had the chance to cube before, I would have loved to play some cube on mtgo. However, since I have no experience with the format, I have no real chance of winning. I don't really feel comfortable playing in an event for $7 where I'm probably not gonna walk away with anything, even the cards I draft.
We also recognize the desire many players have to be able to craft and play their own Cubes on Magic Online. Currently, the Magic Online infrastructure doesn't support this kind of behavior. As we work on future infrastructure projects, we will explore our options for enabling these types of player-focused features.
Thanks for the article, Ryan. I appreciate the addition of the swiss queue---I fully intend never to do a single-elimination draft in my life after being surprised that such a thing existed the one time I tried MTGO. I'm positive you could also attract people to zero-prizes phantom swiss for 2 or 3 tickets, but I assume that would jeopardize the whole Limited-Constructed singles ecosystem.With the swiss option available I might even look for some time this weekend to vote with my dollars in favor of the cube product. (I'll start the updates to the client tonight, given how long it took that one previous foray. )
Thank you, Ryan, for the great article. I have played Cube twice (both times Swiss, of course) and had incredible fun.
Those events seemed to fire all the time, so I have a feeling they are going to become more expensive... which is a pity, since I feel going 2-1 in Swiss and only paying a tix was a great spot to be in.
I think it would be a great idea to have queues that cost 1 or 2 tix and have 0 prize payout -- at least for limited time. I have experience with paper Cubes, but I have heard a lot of people who have Cubed for the first time were completely lost.
I wish custom Cubes were possible, but I am aware they will be extremely hard to figure out. Maybe there is a chance for a rotating community-built cube? Have a place to submit cubes, and then some kind of voting system to choose one, offer it for some time, and then do another voting, probably with added requirement that the new Cube must be at least X cards different from the previous one.
Anyway, I am waiting for the next time Cube is available on MTGO!
And, last but not least, thanks for all the great Limited Resources episodes