1. Red is still very underdrafted.
Here are the unpicked cards from the last 2 drafts:
Knight of the White Orchid
Archetype of Courage
Master of the Feast
Disciple of Bolas
My takeaway is that red is all “mindless aggro” and people don’t apparently want to play a deck in cube that they could play at FNM. In a multi-color heavy cube, the only 4 gold cards that were last picked in 2 drafts are heavy ago. (2 of the best, kird ape and Wild Nacatl at that.)
Of these, Rift Bolt, Ember Swallower, and Stone Rain were last picked twice.
I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger, but I guess I’ll start looking for themes to replace red aggro.
I’m tempted to force it myself at the next draft and show its power, but I don’t want to skew the numbers either. /sigh
One possible replacement theme would be storm. (Heavy red, spilling into blue and black.)
2. The following cards were in my testing spots, does any one have any feedback on these cards in particular?
Soulfire Grand Master
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest
Mardu Strike Leader
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Crux of Fate
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death
Shaman of the Great Hunt
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
Warden of the First Tree
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
My instinct is that Warden of the First Tree, Rattleclaw Mystic, Ugin, Alesha, Murderous Cut, and Tasigur are all good enough to be “in” and no longer in the testing slots.