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The Power Nine on Magic Online

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The Magic: The Gathering Online Cube is being updated for a special holiday treat: A "fully powered" cube draft. Image a pack that looks like this:

Which card would you pick first? Joining the array of broken mana sources are the contingent of ten signets from Ravnica: City of Guilds block. Will you be ready to draft on December 19?  Prepare yourself by checking out the comprehensive list of changes at the bottom.

Even better, will you be ready to own your copies of digital power by the end of next year?

[W]ith Magic's 20th anniversary on the horizon, I can't think of a better way to celebrate than letting our fans collect—and build decks with—these amazing cards before the end of 2013.

—Chris Kiritz, Magic Online Business Manager

(The full announcement can be found here.)

 

The changes to the Magic Online Cube included the addition of Power and other powerful mana acceleration, but also significant cuts  to get the card pool down to 540 cards.  This new cube also features Ravnica [card=Dimir Aqueduct]Bouncelands[/Card] and [card=Izzet Signet]Signets[/card] to try to balance the higher variance cards like Power.

These changes undermine the importance of green ramp and the effectiveness of some of the aggressive strategies.  Artifacts that are both acceleration and fixing like Signets and Moxen allow the control decks to be  to leverage their more powerful spells earlier and more consistently.  Will this push the format towards three- and four-color midrange decks built on the power of Signets and Bouncelands?  How will aggressive strategies adapt to the new environment?  We'll find out on December 19!

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