How many Magic: The Gathering formats can you name off the top of your head? There’s limited: Draft and Sealed. There’s also Constructed: Standard, Modern, Legacy, and Vintage are the most played. Let’s talk multiplayer. Two-Headed Giant, Commander, Planechase, and Archenemy are probably the most known multiplayer formats Three of those have been officially supported with ancillary Magic: The Gathering sets by Wizards of the Coast. Commander has proven so popular that 2015 is actually the fourth release of five deck sets. Planechase saw two releases, and Archenemy only one. Two-Headed Giant hasn’t seen any official release. We will see cards supporting Two-Headed Giant in Oath of the Gatewatch. And with enough feedback from fans Wizards of the Coast may print an official Cube.
According to an interview on The Escapist by Justin Clouse with Magic: The Gathering designer Ben Hayes, Wizards of the Coast will print additional sets based fan-favorite formats. “If we think there’s an audience for a type of Magic set it’s only a matter of time before we talk about making it.” For the past three years there’s been one wildly popular format that hasn’t been released in paper, at least not yet. Cube.
Making its debut at Pax East 2012 (view the original list). In the intervening time, we’ve seen several different Cube variants. Perhaps the most famous is the Holiday Cube, which features the Power Nine cards Black Lotus, Ancestral Recall, Time Walk, and friends. There’s also been the Legacy Cube and more recently the Legendary Cube. Printing an official paper Magic: The Gathering Cube, say with gold borders and alternate backs to distinguish the cards from tournament legal Magic: The Gathering cards, would certainly be welcomed by many. Having a way to obtain official Cube Magic: The Gathering cards would deter players from purchasing Counterfeit Magic: The Gathering cards. If Wizards of the Coast was worried about cutting into their paper sales or hurting the secondary market value of tournament staples such as Tarmogoyf and Force of Will, then the Cube could be distinguished in other ways, such as the cards being bigger than normal Magic: The Gathering cards or not being printed from the same materials. The company could also sell expansions to the official cube, so as to make it mimic the Holiday Cube, Legacy Cube, Legendary Cube, or any other future cube released on Magic Online.
Of course Wizards of the Coast’s support, or more curiously the lack thereof, of fan favorite formats over the past couple years has sent some incredibly mixed messages. Magic Duels 2015 didn’t feature Two-Headed Giant. This year’s Magic Duels Origins brought the beloved format back to the game. It also removed the ability to send in-game messages. Just last month Two-Headed Giant was removed from Magic Online. The format isn’t without its supporters internally at Wizards of the Coast. “I like having the opportunity to play on the same team as the friends I’ve made through playing Magic,” Hayes remarked about Two-Headed Giant, “since in most other situations involving Magic I’m playing against them. It’s a fun change of pace.” We can’t help think its ironic that a format which will be receiving support via cards printed in traditional sets has been removed from Magic Online.
“Magic is a game that brings people together, and multiplayer formats allow for everyone to interact on another level with each other. We want to meet the demands of our broadening audience and continue to make a game that is fun for everyone.” If you want to play an official Cube you’ll have to let Wizards of the Coast know. Share this article with your friends if you’d like to see a paper Cube.
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