Spotlight Cube Series – Mardu Cube

Posted in Magic Online on April 5, 2022

By David McDarby

Welcome to Mardu Cube! This will be the Magic Online spotlight cube running for a week starting on April 6 and follows in the footsteps of Ryan Overturf's Grixis Cube, Ellie Rice's Temur Cube, and Autumn Burchett's Bant Cube in that it features only cards from three colors of Magic. This time, it's red, white, and black! So, if you're interested in attacking quickly, casting lots of removal spells, or otherwise not having to worry about green creatures or blue instants, then this is the cube for you!

  • Usher of the Fallen
  • Dark Confidant
  • Fiery Temper
  • Crackling Doom

Just a smattering of what Mardu Cube offers.

We Mardu what others Mardon't.

This cube is unique in that it features three colors prominently and has a whopping 600 cards! This is a classic cube number and borders on the "large" range. But since this experience is limited to only three colors, it was important to have diversity for repeat drafts, as you experience the full range of what the three most aggressive colors in Magic have to offer! That's not to say there aren't control or combo strategies, but I wouldn't expect to be playing a lot of counterspells or creatures that add mana this time around.

  • Lightning Skelemental
  • Cruel Celebrant
  • Sacred Fire
  • Phyrexian Metamorph

Mardu Cube also offers plenty of gold cards to—hey wait, the Phyrexians are here, too?

Degavolving Themes

Since there are 600 cards that are mostly in these three colors, there are a lot of deep cuts that you might not see in most cubes, which allow for a cornucopia of experiences illustrated with only red, white, and black ink. For that reason, each color combination has two different themes: an "aggro" one for those who like to Smile at Death, and a "control" archetype for those who like to Crackle Doom. But since only 360 cards are present in each draft, they aren't quite as "thick" as they might be in other cubes. Many of the themes blend together, even across color combinations, to make your decisions while drafting that much harder and/or fun!

And to continue to set expectations, while all the cards featured in these themes are sweet build-arounds, there is a plethora of cheap creatures that attack and removal spells that stop them from attacking! Oh, and hybrid cards are fair game, as long as one of their colors is red, white, or black.

BLACK-RED: STEAL 'N' SAC and MADNESS

  • Carrion Feeder
  • Zealous Conscripts
  • Anje Falkenrath
  • Violent Eruption

For the Rakdos in all of us, you can either take your opponents' creatures and sacrifice them for your nefarious deeds or you can discard your own cards for value by using the madness mechanic. Either way, you're making things go down, whether it's the cards in your hand, the number of creatures on the battlefield, or your opponent's life total!

WHITE-BLACK: ARISTOCRATS and LIFEGAIN

  • Tithe Taker
  • Teysa Karlov
  • Dawn of Hope
  • Markov Purifier

For those who don't mind if their creatures die, there are a good number of cards that actively want your creatures to die, often by your own hand. On the flipside, for those players who don't want to die themselves, we have plenty of spells to stop that from happening. All Orzhovian themes are present!

RED-WHITE: EQUIPMENT and PIÑATAS

  • Puresteel Paladin
  • Godo, Bandit Warlord
  • Truefire Captain
  • Blasphemous Act

For the classic Boros player, we've got more sticks and stick shakers than you can . . . shake a stick at. And for the refined cuber who loved Magic Online's Live the Dream Cube, we've brought back creatures that want to be dealt damage and spells that deal lots of damage! That's what we call a combo in the biz.

RED-WHITE-BLACK: REANIMATOR and DRAGONS

  • Griselbrand
  • Offspring's Revenge
  • Piru, the Volatile
  • Kaalia of the Vast

And for those who want to use all parts of the Dinosaur Cat Nightmare, we've got a myriad of ways to bring back bigguns with a pile of reanimation spells and ways to benefit off your bigguns being unarguably the greatest creature type in the game: Dragons!

Sans-Simic

There are of course the usual suspects of aggro, burn, and tokens for you to try for a spin, but there are also other exciting paths to walk as you try to live free under the wind:

  • Approach of the Second Sun
  • Triskaidekaphobia
  • Sulfuric Vortex
  • Queen Marchesa

As always, the rest of the Magic Online team and I read your feedback, so keep it coming! There will of course be more cubes and other sweet experiences to come soon as we're about to enter the Streets of New Capenna, and you can always check out the Magic Online schedule on our Calendar here.

So, whether you played these colors back in Invasion when it was called Dega, played them when they were called Vehicles during Kaladesh, or maybe even during Khans of Tarkir when they were gifted their name, I truly hope you enjoy your time playing Mardu Cube!

Magic Online Product Manager David McDarby and the Magic Online team
@J_Beleren on Twitter

Mardu Cube Card List

Card Name Color
Dauntless Bodyguard W
Esper Sentinel W
Giant Killer W
Giver of Runes W
Kytheon, Hero of Akros W
Mikaeus, the Lunarch W
Soldier of the Pantheon W
Student of Warfare W
Thraben Inspector W
Toolcraft Exemplar W
Usher of the Fallen W
Adanto Vanguard W
Cathar Commando W
Charming Prince W
Fleeting Spirit W
Intrepid Adversary W
Lion Sash W
Precinct Captain W
Puresteel Paladin W
Seasoned Hallowblade W
Selfless Spirit W
Shaile, Dean of Radiance W
Sram, Senior Edificer W
Stoneforge Mystic W
Tithe Taker W
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar W
Benalish Marshal W
Brightling W
Brutal Cathar W
Bygone Bishop W
Cloudsteel Kirin W
Elite Spellbinder W
Flickerwisp W
Hallowed Spiritkeeper W
Heliod, Sun-Crowned W
Kitchen Finks W
Lurrus of the Dream-Den W
Mentor of the Meek W
Mirror Entity W
Monastery Mentor W
Recruiter of the Guard W
Resplendent Angel W
Skyclave Apparition W
Welcoming Vampire W
Archangel of Tithes W
Archon of Sun's Grace W
Arena Rector W
Basri's Lieutenant W
Emiel the Blessed W
Fey Steed W
Halvar, God of Battle W
Hero of Bladehold W
Icingdeath, Frost Tyrant W
Luminous Broodmoth W
Mangara, the Diplomat W
Palace Jailer W
Restoration Angel W
Angel of Invention W
Angel of Sanctions W
Ao, the Dawn Sky W
Archangel Avacyn W
Archangel of Thune W
Baneslayer Angel W
Cavalier of Dawn W
Crested Sunmare W
God-Eternal Oketra W
Karmic Guide W
Lyra Dawnbringer W
Regal Caracal W
Reveillark W
Solitude W
Stonehewer Giant W
Timeless Dragon W
Yorion, Sky Nomad W
Archon of Coronation W
Sun Titan W
Angel of the Ruins W
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite W
Realm-Cloaked Giant W
Basri Ket W
Ajani, Strength of the Pride W
Elspeth, Knight-Errant W
Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis W
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar W
The Wandering Emperor W
Elspeth Tirel W
Elspeth, Sun's Champion W
Ephemerate W
Mana Tithe W
March of Otherworldly Light W
Path to Exile W
Swords to Plowshares W
Unexpectedly Absent W
Lapse of Certainty W
Settle the Wreckage W
Banishing Slash W
Damn W
Gather the Townsfolk W
Martial Coup W
Collective Effort W
Council's Judgment W
Lingering Souls W
Sevinne's Reclamation W
Spectral Procession W
Battle Screech W
Late to Dinner W
Sram's Expertise W
Invoke Justice W
Righteous Confluence W
Farewell W
Approach of the Second Sun W
Emeria's Call W
Ancestral Blade W
Barbed Spike W
Maul of the Skyclaves W
Spear of Heliod W
Legion's Landing W
Swift Reconfiguration W
Dawn of Hope W
Banishing Light W
The Restoration of Eiganjo W
Touch the Spirit Realm W
Wedding Announcement W
Cast Out W
Court of Grace W
Faith's Fetters W
Felidar Retreat W
Divine Visitation W
Elspeth Conquers Death W
Bloodsoaked Champion B
Cabal Therapist B
Carrion Feeder B
Cryptbreaker B
Dockside Chef B
Dread Wanderer B
Forsworn Paladin B
Gravecrawler B
Gutterbones B
Knight of the Ebon Legion B
Okiba Reckoner Raid B
Asylum Visitor B
Blade of the Oni B
Blood Artist B
Bloodghast B
Brain Maggot B
Dark Confidant B
Dauthi Voidwalker B
Fiend Artisan B
Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia B
Nullpriest of Oblivion B
Orzhov Enforcer B
Priest of Forgotten Gods B
Scrapheap Scrounger B
Voldaren Bloodcaster B
Zulaport Cutthroat B
Armix, Filigree Thrasher B
Ayara, First of Locthwain B
Biting-Palm Ninja B
Callous Bloodmage B
Coffin Queen B
Fell Stinger B
Isareth the Awakener B
Jerren, Corrupted Bishop B
Liliana, Heretical Healer B
Liliana's Standard Bearer B
Midnight Reaper B
Morbid Opportunist B
Murderous Rider B
Nashi, Moon Sage's Scion B
Ophiomancer B
Plaguecrafter B
Rotting Regisaur B
Sedgemoor Witch B
Skullport Merchant B
Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire B
Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose B
Woe Strider B
Braids, Cabal Minion B
Crypt Ghast B
Dread Presence B
Eradicator Valkyrie B
Erebos, Bleak-Hearted B
Gisa, Glorious Resurrector B
Gonti, Lord of Luxury B
Grief B
Henrika Domnathi B
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet B
Kels, Fight Fixer B
Murderous Redcap B
Nightmare Shepherd B
Phyrexian Obliterator B
Rankle, Master of Pranks B
Ravenous Chupacabra B
Sling-Gang Lieutenant B
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician B
Bone Miser B
Cavalier of Night B
Gravebreaker Lamia B
Gray Merchant of Asphodel B
Junji, the Midnight Sky B
Sidisi, Undead Vizier B
Syr Konrad, the Grim B
Tergrid, God of Fright B
Witch of the Moors B
Burning-Rune Demon B
Grave Titan B
Gyruda, Doom of Depths B
Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni B
Massacre Wurm B
Noxious Gearhulk B
K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth B
Sheoldred, Whispering One B
Archon of Cruelty B
Griselbrand B
Liliana of the Veil B
Liliana, the Last Hope B
Sorin the Mirthless B
Liliana, Death's Majesty B
Lolth, Spider Queen B
Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools B
Liliana, Dreadhorde General B
Malakir Rebirth B
March of Wretched Sorrow B
Liliana's Triumph B
Foul-Tongue Invocation B
Vraska's Contempt B
Bone Shards B
Thoughtseize B
Unearth B
Agonizing Remorse B
Collective Brutality B
Damnable Pact B
Feed the Swarm B
Foul Play B
Murderous Compulsion B
Agadeem's Awakening B
Foreboding Fruit B
Soul Transfer B
Toxic Deluge B
Dread Return B
Crux of Fate B
From Under the Floorboards B
Invoke Despair B
Unburial Rites B
Mukotai Soulripper B
Whip of Erebos B
Bolas's Citadel B
Bitterblossom B
Life of Toshiro Umezawa B
The Meathook Massacre B
Tribute to Horobi B
Bastion of Remembrance B
Necromancy B
Phyrexian Arena B
Inner Demon B
Triskaidekaphobia B
The Eldest Reborn B
Bomat Courier R
Dragon's Rage Channeler R
Falkenrath Gorger R
Falkenrath Pit Fighter R
Fervent Champion R
Goblin Guide R
Grim Lavamancer R
Rabbit Battery R
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer R
Rakdos Cackler R
Zurgo Bellstriker R
Dismissive Pyromancer R
Earthshaker Khenra R
Embereth Shieldbreaker R
Flametongue Yearling R
Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei R
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider R
Lizard Blades R
Magda, Brazen Outlaw R
Magmatic Channeler R
Mogg War Marshal R
Ogre-Head Helm R
Plargg, Dean of Chaos R
Rimrock Knight R
Robber of the Rich R
Runaway Steam-Kin R
Young Pyromancer R
Anax, Hardened in the Forge R
Anje's Ravager R
Birgi, God of Storytelling R
Bonecrusher Giant R
Feldon of the Third Path R
Flameskull R
Glint-Horn Buccaneer R
Goblin Chainwhirler R
Goblin Rabblemaster R
Imperial Recruiter R
Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin R
Laelia, the Blade Reforged R
Legion Warboss R
Lutri, the Spellchaser R
Rampaging Ferocidon R
Seasoned Pyromancer R
Squee, Goblin Nabob R
Toggo, Goblin Weaponsmith R
Zurzoth, Chaos Rider R
Atsushi, the Blazing Sky R
Delina, Wild Mage R
Fireflux Squad R
Flametongue Kavu R
Hazoret the Fervent R
Hellrider R
Ill-Tempered Loner R
Manaform Hellkite R
Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion R
Pia and Kiran Nalaar R
Purphoros, God of the Forge R
Rekindling Phoenix R
Thunderbreak Regent R
Toralf, God of Fury R
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell R
Twinshot Sniper R
Wildfire Devils R
Brash Taunter R
Cavalier of Flame R
Fury R
Glorybringer R
Goldspan Dragon R
Ilharg, the Raze-Boar R
Obosh, the Preypiercer R
Ox of Agonas R
Rionya, Fire Dancer R
Siege-Gang Commander R
Terror of the Peaks R
Thundermaw Hellkite R
Zealous Conscripts R
Godo, Bandit Warlord R
Inferno Titan R
Ruin Grinder R
Drakuseth, Maw of Flames R
Sarkhan, Fireblood R
Tibalt, Rakish Instigator R
Chandra, Torch of Defiance R
Daretti, Scrap Savant R
Koth of the Hammer R
Zariel, Archduke of Avernus R
Chandra, Heart of Fire R
Lightning Axe R
Lightning Bolt R
Abrade R
Cathartic Pyre R
Draconic Roar R
Shredded Sails R
Thrill of Possibility R
You Find Some Prisoners R
Fiery Temper R
Force of Rage R
You See a Pair of Goblins R
Violent Eruption R
Faithless Looting R
Firebolt R
Purphoros's Intervention R
Rolling Earthquake R
Avacyn's Judgment R
Dragon Fodder R
Krenko's Command R
Shatterskull Smashing R
Collective Defiance R
Hordeling Outburst R
Seize the Spoils R
Sweltering Suns R
Cut // Ribbons R
Fiery Confluence R
Burn Down the House R
Into the Maw of Hell R
Star of Extinction R
Blasphemous Act R
Mask of Immolation R
Cursed Mirror R
Hammer of Purphoros R
Pyromancer's Goggles R
Embercleave R
Goblin Bombardment R
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker R
Sulfuric Vortex R
Outpost Siege R
The Akroan War R
Double Vision R
Fiery Emancipation R
Bloodtithe Harvester BR
Dreadbore BR
Dreadhorde Butcher BR
Grenzo, Dungeon Warden BR
Juri, Master of the Revue BR
Valki, God of Lies BR
Anje Falkenrath BR
Bedevil BR
Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast BR
Judith, the Scourge Diva BR
Kolaghan's Command BR
Lightning Skelemental BR
Mayhem Devil BR
Unlicensed Disintegration BR
Anje, Maid of Dishonor BR
Ashenmoor Liege BR
Chainer, Nightmare Adept BR
Falkenrath Aristocrat BR
Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos BR
Hurl Through Hell BR
Immersturm Predator BR
Kardur's Vicious Return BR
Prosper, Tome-Bound BR
Terminal Agony BR
Angrath, the Flame-Chained BR
Bituminous Blast BR
Greven, Predator Captain BR
Olivia, Crimson Bride BR
Rakdos, the Showstopper BR
Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim BW
Blot Out the Sky BW
Can't Stay Away BW
Cruel Celebrant BW
Gerrard's Verdict BW
Priest of Fell Rites BW
Tidehollow Sculler BW
Anguished Unmaking BW
Kaya, Geist Hunter BW
Kaya's Guile BW
Markov Purifier BW
Oath of Kaya BW
Doom Foretold BW
Dramatic Finale BW
Firja's Retribution BW
Kaya, Ghost Assassin BW
Silverquill Command BW
Teysa Karlov BW
Utter End BW
Deathbringer Liege BW
Kaya the Inexorable BW
Liesa, Forgotten Archangel BW
Obzedat, Ghost Council BW
Rampage of the Valkyries BW
Shadrix Silverquill BW
Spirit-Sister's Call BW
Magister of Worth BW
Angel of Despair BW
Ashen Rider BW
Chained to the Rocks WR
Figure of Destiny RW
Boros Charm RW
Eiganjo Uprising RW
Koll, the Forgemaster RW
Lightning Helix RW
Rip Apart RW
Sacred Fire RW
Soulfire Grand Master WR
Akiri, Fearless Voyager RW
Boros Reckoner RW
General Ferrous Rokiric RW
Mila, Crafty Companion RW
Orim's Thunder RW
Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice RW
Blade Historian RW
Brion Stoutarm RW
Bruenor Battlehammer RW
Nahiri, the Harbinger RW
Radiant Scrollwielder RW
Showdown of the Skalds RW
Spitemare RW
Truefire Captain RW
Winota, Joiner of Forces RW
Balefire Liege RW
Hofri Ghostforge RW
Lorehold Command RW
Nobilis of War RW
Aurelia, the Warleader RW
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death BRW
Crackling Doom BRW
Ghen, Arcanum Weaver BRW
Isshin, Two Heavens as One BRW
Kaalia, Zenith Seeker BRW
Mardu Charm BRW
Mathas, Fiend Seeker BRW
Brutal Hordechief BRW
Butcher of the Horde BRW
Extus, Oriq Overlord BRW
Kaalia of the Vast BRW
Mythos of Snapdax BRW
Queen Marchesa BRW
Smiting Helix BRW
Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt BRW
Offspring's Revenge BRW
Zurgo Helmsmasher BRW
Ruinous Ultimatum BRW
Piru, the Volatile BRW
Stonecoil Serpent Artifact
Containment Construct Artifact
Ornithopter of Paradise Artifact
Circuit Mender Artifact
Phyrexian Metamorph Artifact
Solemn Simulacrum Artifact
Stuffy Doll Artifact
Duplicant Artifact
Wurmcoil Engine Artifact
Myr Battlesphere Artifact
Emrakul, the Promised End Artifact
Karn, Scion of Urza Artifact
Ugin, the Ineffable Artifact
Karn Liberated Artifact
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Artifact
Eater of Virtue Artifact
Shadowspear Artifact
Batterbone Artifact
Boros Signet Artifact
Heart of Kiran Artifact
Lightning Greaves Artifact
Mazemind Tome Artifact
Mind Stone Artifact
Mortarpod Artifact
Orzhov Signet Artifact
Rakdos Signet Artifact
Reckoner Bankbuster Artifact
Shrine of Burning Rage Artifact
Shrine of Loyal Legions Artifact
Smuggler's Copter Artifact
Swiftfoot Boots Artifact
Talisman of Conviction Artifact
Talisman of Hierarchy Artifact
Talisman of Indulgence Artifact
Umezawa's Jitte Artifact
Cultivator's Caravan Artifact
Dragon's Hoard Artifact
Grafted Wargear Artifact
Heirloom Blade Artifact
Heraldic Banner Artifact
Loxodon Warhammer Artifact
Mimic Vat Artifact
Sword of Light and Shadow Artifact
Sword of Sinew and Steel Artifact
Sword of War and Peace Artifact
The Celestus Artifact
Coercive Portal Artifact
Fleetwheel Cruiser Artifact
Trading Post Artifact
Batterskull Artifact
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship Artifact
Kaldra Compleat Artifact
Badlands BR
Blackcleave Cliffs BR
Blightstep Pathway BR
Blood Crypt BR
Bloodstained Mire BR
Canyon Slough BR
Dragonskull Summit BR
Graven Cairns BR
Haunted Ridge BR
Immersturm Skullcairn BR
Lavaclaw Reaches BR
Rakdos Carnarium BR
Sulfurous Springs BR
Caves of Koilos BW
Concealed Courtyard BW
Fetid Heath BW
Godless Shrine BW
Great Hall of Starnheim BW
Isolated Chapel BW
Marsh Flats WB
Orzhov Basilica BW
Scrubland BW
Shambling Vent BW
Shattered Sanctum BW
Silent Clearing BW
Vault of the Archangel BW
Arid Mesa WR
Battlefield Forge RW
Boros Garrison RW
Clifftop Retreat RW
Inspiring Vantage RW
Needle Spires RW
Plateau RW
Rugged Prairie RW
Sacred Foundry RW
Slayers' Stronghold RW
Sunbaked Canyon RW
Sundown Pass RW
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion RW
Savai Triome BRW
Cabal Coffers B
Castle Embereth R
Cave of the Frost Dragon W
Den of the Bugbear R
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire W
Emeria, the Sky Ruin W
Fabled Passage Land
Hive of the Eye Tyrant B
Mishra's Factory Land
Mutavault Land
Phyrexian Tower B
Prismatic Vista Land
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance R
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire B
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth Land
Windbrisk Heights W

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