Spotlight Cube Series – New Core Set Cube

Posted in Magic Online on November 20, 2020

By Harper O'Neill

Hello! I'm Harper O'Neill (@imharperoneill on Twitter), and I'm here to introduce you to the exciting refresh of the Core Set Cube.

As the senior retail development specialist for the Wizards Play Network, I put a premium on unique experiences that a wide audience of players can enjoy. It is a big part of the reason why I have such a deep respect for the role that core sets play. They're approachable, resonant, and encapsulate everything fun about Magic in a package easy for new players to digest.

Core sets are like coming home, or like checking in on friends you haven't seen in a while.

The original Core Set Cube debuted on Magic Online just two years ago, and since then, we've had two new sets of cards with which to upgrade it. I have also added in some old core set powerhouses that were absent from the last version so you can try new strategies. Overall, about a third of the cube is different, so you are in for a fresh experience.

You can draft the new Core Set Cube from November 24 to December 2.


  • 221896
  • 205227
  • 83246
  • 190566
  • 11214

If this is your first time, here's the overview. The design rules for this cube are:

  1. It includes only cards from core sets ranging from Seventh Edition to Core Set 2021 (including Magic Origins).
  2. It's 540 cards, Singleton.
  3. It goes big on nostalgia and the most recognizable Magic archetypes.

This cube is a longtime favorite of our cubing group in the Wizards building. The core set restriction allows a great number of perfectly powerful cards to shine in a new environment, as you probably wouldn't see them as often in traditionally powered cubes.

We've learned a lot since the last time it's been on Magic Online. There are more flexible removal options and ways to deal with bombs, more of an ability to splash colors, and you can still draft Goblins or Elves.


Just because it's a core set cube doesn't mean it doesn't pack the same punch as "those other cubes." I mean, what do they have that we don't?

We have a Lotus and several gem-inspired rocks!


We have powerful "Sword of"s!


We have 'Goyfs, extra turns, and powerful discard effects!


We have dual lands, creature lands, and fetch lands!


We even have Splinter Twin combo!



Control, Aggro, Mid-Range, Combo, Ramp, Spells, Tokens, Value, Reanimator, Life Gain, Mill, Lands, Goblins vs. Elves, Draw-Go, Burn . . . they're all here!

The Core Set Cube features the traditional Draft archetypes you know and love, except supercharged with a nostalgic core set flavoring. Below is where you can find these strategies the most, but these are not the only options available. Experiment with the card pool to discover exciting things to try!

White-Blue Control


Blue-Black Reanimator


Black-Red Sacrifice


Red-Green Ramp


Green-White Enchantments


White-Black Life Gain


Black-Green Midrange


Green-Blue Value


Blue-Red Spells


Red-White Go Wide



Looking for a challenge? Check out these strategies to add some spice to your Core Set Cube experience.

  1. Try sacrificing Mitotic Slime to a Bloodthrone Vampire. Then Fling it.
  2. Rebuy Jester's Cap over and over with Buried Ruin and Crucible of Worlds.
  3. Cast Scapeshift into Field of the Dead with Zendikar's Roil in play.
  4. Make an impossibly huge creature with Kalonian Hydra and Invigorating Surge.
  5. Build a deck with Polymorph and no creature spells other than Darksteel Colossus.
  6. Cast a turn-two Thundermaw Hellkite off a Seething Song and a Llanowar Elves.
  7. Reanimate an Omniscience or Form of the Dragon with Starfield of Nyx, then attack with it!
  8. Go infinite with Natural Affinity, Intruder Alarm, and Ant Queen.
  9. Get swampy with Dread Presence and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.
  10. Take the Door to Nothingness challenge!
  11. Kick Hornet Nest with a giant Earthquake.
  12. Pillage and Plow Under your opponent's lands and beat in with Magnivore.
  13. Pick up your lands with Trade Routes and throw them with Molten Vortex.
  14. Copy Warp World with Pyromancer's Goggles.
  15. Double a creature's power with Unleash Fury, then do it again with Overwhelming Stampede!

What is your favorite core set card? Share your decks and cool moments on Twitter with #CoreSetCube, and I will see you in the queues!

Harper O'Neill
@imharperoneill on Twitter


Card Name Color
Ajani Steadfast White
Ajani's Chosen White
Ajani's Pridemate White
Ancestral Blade White
Angelic Ascension White
Angelic Destiny White
Archangel of Thune White
Attended Knight White
Aura of Silence White
Auramancer White
Baneslayer Angel White
Banisher Priest White
Basri Ket White
Basri's Lieutenant White
Basri's Solidarity White
Beacon of Immortality White
Breath of Life White
Captain of the Watch White
Cavalier of Dawn White
Chastise White
Condemn White
Consul's Lieutenant White
Containment Priest White
Day of Judgment White
Devouring Light White
Elite Vanguard White
Faith's Fetters White
Fiendslayer Paladin White
Fortify White
Gideon Jura White
Gideon's Lawkeeper White
Glorious Anthem White
Gods Willing White
Grand Abolisher White
Hail of Arrows White
Hanged Executioner White
Harm's Way White
Heliod's Pilgrim White
Hixus, Prison Warden White
Hushwing Gryff White
Imposing Sovereign White
Invoke the Divine White
Knight of Glory White
Kytheon, Hero of Akros White
Leonin Vanguard White
Leonin Warleader White
Mangara, the Diplomat White
Mentor of the Meek White
Oblivion Ring White
Open the Vaults White
Oppressive Rays White
Pacifism White
Pariah White
Peace of Mind White
Pillar of Light White
Raise the Alarm White
Relic Seeker White
Remorseful Cleric White
Reprisal White
Resplendent Angel White
Return to the Ranks White
Rhox Faithmender White
Runed Halo White
Safe Passage White
Savannah Lions White
Seasoned Hallowblade White
Selfless Savior White
Sephara, Sky's Blade White
Serra Ascendant White
Sigil of the Empty Throne White
Soul Warden White
Spectra Ward White
Spirit Bonds White
Spirit Link White
Spirit Mantle White
Starfield of Nyx White
Sublime Archangel White
Sun Titan White
Swift Response White
Timely Reinforcements White
Topan Freeblade White
Tragic Arrogance White
Triplicate Spirits White
Vryn Wingmare White
War Priest of Thune White
Windborn Muse White
Wrath of God White
Spectral Sailor Blue
Brineborn Cutthroat Blue
Harbinger of the Tides Blue
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Blue
Merfolk Looter Blue
Phantasmal Image Blue
Thought Courier Blue
Void Stalker Blue
Æther Adept Blue
Ambassador Laquatus Blue
Barrin, Tolarian Archmage Blue
Chasm Skulker Blue
Cloudkin Seer Blue
Jhessian Thief Blue
Mirror Image Blue
Mizzium Meddler Blue
Archaeomancer Blue
Clone Blue
Dungeon Geists Blue
Talrand, Sky Summoner Blue
Whirler Rogue Blue
Cavalier of Gales Blue
Disciple of the Ring Blue
Shipwreck Dowser Blue
Soulblade Djinn Blue
Stormwing Entity Blue
Frost Titan Blue
Jace's Mindseeker Blue
Agent of Treachery Blue
Sphinx of Uthuun Blue
Waker of Waves Blue
Stormtide Leviathan Blue
Jace Beleren Blue
Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer Blue
Teferi, Master of Time Blue
Tezzeret, Artifice Master Blue
Force Spike Blue
Opt Blue
Peek Blue
Quicken Blue
Boomerang Blue
Counterspell Blue
Disperse Blue
Essence Scatter Blue
Mana Leak Blue
Memory Lapse Blue
Negate Blue
Peel from Reality Blue
Remove Soul Blue
Telling Time Blue
Twincast Blue
Artificer's Epiphany Blue
Cancel Blue
Dissipate Blue
Rain of Revelation Blue
Rewind Blue
Ætherspouts Blue
Evacuation Blue
Jace's Ingenuity Blue
Opportunity Blue
Sublime Epiphany Blue
Time Stop Blue
Nexus of Fate Blue
Ponder Blue
Preordain Blue
Sleight of Hand Blue
Displacement Wave Blue
Mind Spring Blue
Polymorph Blue
Sift Blue
Talent of the Telepath Blue
Talrand's Invocation Blue
Bribery Blue
Time Warp Blue
Flood of Tears Blue
Trade Routes Blue
Claustrophobia Blue
Equilibrium Blue
Intruder Alarm Blue
Sphinx's Tutelage Blue
Teferi's Tutelage Blue
Capture Sphere Blue
Thopter Spy Network Blue
Patient Rebuilding Blue
Persuasion Blue
Confiscate Blue
Omniscience Blue
Archfiend's Vessel Black
Knight of the Ebon Legion Black
Stitcher's Supplier Black
Vampire of the Dire Moon Black
Viscera Seer Black
Will-o'-the-Wisp Black
Black Cat Black
Bloodthrone Vampire Black
Doomed Dissenter Black
Graveyard Marshal Black
Kitesail Freebooter Black
Knight of Infamy Black
Ravenous Rats Black
Reassembling Skeleton Black
Crypt Rats Black
Doomed Necromancer Black
Embodiment of Agonies Black
Fleshbag Marauder Black
Hypnotic Specter Black
Liliana, Heretical Healer Black
Nantuko Husk Black
Phyrexian Rager Black
Rotting Regisaur Black
Vampire Aristocrat Black
Vampire Nighthawk Black
Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose Black
Xathrid Necromancer Black
Carrion Grub Black
Demon of Catastrophes Black
Disciple of Bolas Black
Dread Presence Black
Fell Specter Black
Hell's Caretaker Black
Mindslicer Black
Mortivore Black
Nekrataal Black
Cavalier of Night Black
Fallen Angel Black
Priest of the Blood Rite Black
Shadowborn Demon Black
Vampire Sovereign Black
Grave Titan Black
Massacre Wurm Black
Soul of Innistrad Black
Lord of the Pit Black
Rune-Scarred Demon Black
Demon of Death's Gate Black
Liliana of the Dark Realms Black
Liliana, Waker of the Dead Black
Sorin Markov Black
Disfigure Black
Ulcerate Black
Abnormal Endurance Black
Doom Blade Black
Eliminate Black
Grasp of Darkness Black
Terror Black
Murder Black
Tendrils of Corruption Black
Finishing Blow Black
Blackmail Black
Duress Black
Ostracize Black
Consume Spirit Black
Distress Black
Macabre Waltz Black
Mind Shatter Black
Sign in Blood Black
Smallpox Black
Read the Bones Black
Blood for Bones Black
Languish Black
Mutilate Black
Zombify Black
Beacon of Unrest Black
Necromantic Summons Black
Sever Soul Black
Corrupt Black
Sorin's Vengeance Black
Zombie Infestation Black
Demonic Embrace Black
Engineered Plague Black
Phyrexian Arena Black
Stab Wound Black
Demonic Pact Black
Liliana's Contract Black
Sanguine Bond Black
Frenzied Goblin Red
Goblin Arsonist Red
Goblin Glory Chaser Red
Grim Lavamancer Red
Mogg Fanatic Red
Abbot of Keral Keep Red
Dark-Dweller Oracle Red
Dismissive Pyromancer Red
Ember Hauler Red
Generator Servant Red
Goblin Instigator Red
Goblin Piledriver Red
Heartfire Immolator Red
Stormblood Berserker Red
Viashino Pyromancer Red
Young Pyromancer Red
Ball Lightning Red
Bolt Hound Red
Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh Red
Chandra's Phoenix Red
Ghirapur Gearcrafter Red
Goblin Chieftain Red
Goblin King Red
Goblin Rabblemaster Red
Guttersnipe Red
Scab-Clan Berserker Red
Thopter Engineer Red
Viashino Sandstalker Red
Krenko, Mob Boss Red
Magnivore Red
Ogre Battledriver Red
Pia and Kiran Nalaar Red
Scampering Scorcher Red
Cavalier of Flame Red
Siege-Gang Commander Red
Terror of the Peaks Red
Thundermaw Hellkite Red
Inferno Titan Red
Shivan Dragon Red
Drakuseth, Maw of Flames Red
Bogardan Hellkite Red
Chandra, Acolyte of Flame Red
Sarkhan, Fireblood Red
Chandra, the Firebrand Red
Lightning Bolt Red
Shock Red
Fling Red
Guerrilla Tactics Red
Incinerate Red
Lightning Strike Red
Reverberate Red
Searing Spear Red
Thrill of Possibility Red
Unleash Fury Red
Burn Bright Red
Seething Song Red
Goblin Wizardry Red
Stoke the Flames Red
Beacon of Destruction Red
Banefire Red
Crash Through Red
Earthquake Red
Fireball Red
Magmatic Insight Red
Thud Red
Dragon Fodder Red
Krenko's Command Red
Pyroclasm Red
Tormenting Voice Red
Volcanic Hammer Red
Exquisite Firecraft Red
Flames of the Firebrand Red
Hammer of Bogardan Red
Mark of Mutiny Red
Molten Birth Red
Pillage Red
Threaten Red
Transmogrify Red
Chandra's Ignition Red
Cone of Flame Red
Wildfire Red
Destructive Force Red
Warp World Red
Mask of Immolation Red
Hammerhand Red
Molten Vortex Red
Form of the Dragon Red
Arbor Elf Green
Birds of Paradise Green
Caustic Caterpillar Green
Elvish Reclaimer Green
Llanowar Elves Green
Elvish Visionary Green
Fauna Shaman Green
Joiner Adept Green
Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse Green
Leaf Gilder Green
Satyr Wayfinder Green
Scavenging Ooze Green
Skinshifter Green
Sylvan Ranger Green
Thorn Lieutenant Green
Utopia Tree Green
Azusa, Lost but Seeking Green
Elvish Archdruid Green
Elvish Champion Green
Elvish Rejuvenator Green
Hornet Nest Green
Llanowar Visionary Green
Managorger Hydra Green
Nissa, Vastwood Seer Green
Reclamation Sage Green
Thrashing Brontodon Green
Troll Ascetic Green
Wood Elves Green
Elvish Piper Green
Master of the Wild Hunt Green
Nightpack Ambusher Green
Obstinate Baloth Green
Roaring Primadox Green
Yeva, Nature's Herald Green
Acidic Slime Green
Ant Queen Green
Cavalier of Thorns Green
Kalonian Hydra Green
Mitotic Slime Green
Seedborn Muse Green
Silklash Spider Green
Thragtusk Green
Primeval Titan Green
Soul of Zendikar Green
Hornet Queen Green
Pelakka Wurm Green
Genesis Hydra Green
Primordial Hydra Green
Voracious Hydra Green
Garruk Wildspeaker Green
Nissa, Worldwaker Green
Vivien Reid Green
Giant Growth Green
Ranger's Guile Green
Heroic Intervention Green
Return to Nature Green
Fungal Rebirth Green
Invigorating Surge Green
Natural Affinity Green
Might of Oaks Green
Chord of Calling Green
Primal Might Green
Farseek Green
Gather the Pack Green
Rampant Growth Green
Cultivate Green
Nissa's Pilgrimage Green
Bramblecrush Green
Fungal Sprouting Green
Ranger's Path Green
Scapeshift Green
Overwhelming Stampede Green
Plow Under Green
Hurricane Green
Rancor Green
Wild Growth Green
Evolutionary Leap Green
Fertile Ground Green
Arachnus Web Green
Blanchwood Armor Green
Gift of Paradise Green
Overgrowth Green
Rites of Flourishing Green
Verdant Haven Green
Zendikar's Roil Green
Primeval Bounty Green
Prodigious Growth Green
Dauntless River Marshal Multicolor
Tomebound Lich Multicolor
Flinthoof Boar Multicolor
Radha, Heart of Keld Multicolor
Satyr Enchanter Multicolor
Corpse Knight Multicolor
Poison-Tip Archer Multicolor
Garruk, Apex Predator Multicolor
Risen Reef Multicolor
Enigma Drake Multicolor
Experimental Overload Multicolor
Skyknight Vanguard Multicolor
Heroic Reinforcements Multicolor
Chromium, the Mutable Multicolor
Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Multicolor
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker Multicolor
Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire Multicolor
Kykar, Wind's Fury Multicolor
Yarok, the Desecrated Multicolor
Hangarback Walker Colorless
Phyrexian Revoker Colorless
Adaptive Automaton Colorless
Palladium Myr Colorless
Skyscanner Colorless
Solemn Simulacrum Colorless
Scuttling Doom Engine Colorless
Triskelion Colorless
Pentavus Colorless
Platinum Angel Colorless
Darksteel Colossus Colorless
Brittle Effigy Colorless
Elixir of Immortality Colorless
Pithing Needle Colorless
Charcoal Diamond Colorless
Fellwar Stone Colorless
Fire Diamond Colorless
Howling Mine Colorless
Marble Diamond Colorless
Mazemind Tome Colorless
Mind Stone Colorless
Moss Diamond Colorless
Ratchet Bomb Colorless
Sky Diamond Colorless
Star Compass Colorless
Sword of the Animist Colorless
Crucible of Worlds Colorless
Darksteel Ingot Colorless
Dragon's Hoard Colorless
Druidic Satchel Colorless
Loxodon Warhammer Colorless
Sigiled Sword of Valeron Colorless
Sword of Vengeance Colorless
Haunted Plate Mail Colorless
Icy Manipulator Colorless
Jester's Cap Colorless
Perilous Vault Colorless
Quicksilver Amulet Colorless
Trading Post Colorless
Coat of Arms Colorless
Gilded Lotus Colorless
Meteorite Colorless
Pyromancer's Goggles Colorless
Door to Nothingness Colorless
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim Colorless
Adarkar Wastes Land
Glacial Fortress Land
Dismal Backwater Land
Drowned Catacomb Land
Underground River Land
Dragonskull Summit Land
Sulfurous Springs Land
Karplusan Forest Land
Rootbound Crag Land
Blossoming Sands Land
Brushland Land
Sunpetal Grove Land
Caves of Koilos Land
Scoured Barrens Land
Temple of Silence Land
Jungle Hollow Land
Llanowar Wastes Land
Temple of Malady Land
Temple of Mystery Land
Yavimaya Coast Land
Shivan Reef Land
Temple of Epiphany Land
Battlefield Forge Land
Temple of Triumph Land
Wind-Scarred Crag Land
Buried Ruin Land
Cathedral of War Land
City of Brass Land
Evolving Wilds Land
Fabled Passage Land
Faerie Conclave Land
Field of the Dead Land
Foundry of the Consuls Land
Gargoyle Castle Land
Mutavault Land
Mystifying Maze Land
Quicksand Land
Rupture Spire Land
Terramorphic Expanse Land
Treetop Village Land
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth Land

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