Spotlight Cube Series: Temur Cube

Posted in Magic Online on January 11, 2021

By Elizabeth Rice

The Spotlight Cube Series has been going on for several years now, yet it's still always exciting when we get a new designer and a new cube up to share. Getting Ellie to design a cube for us was a real win, and when she proposed the idea of Temur Cube . . . well, Ryan Overturf's Grixis Cube was a success, so I was quite interested in the possibility of other color-limited cubes. After months of design and iteration, the result is what you'll get to play starting tomorrow.

One thing to know: there are multiple copies of some lands in the cube. That's a deliberate design decision Ellie made to compensate for the fact that there are simply much fewer multicolor lands when you're missing two colors. So, if you see two copies of the same fetch land or shock land while you're drafting, rest assured that things are working as intended.

This is also the first spotlight cube for which Play Design's feedback included a note that they were surprised and impressed with an archetype that none of the testers had seen before. Maybe some of you out there have played this before, but it's new to me: a deck based around draw-sevens like Wheel of Fortune and Wheel of Fate. It's super sweet. If you can pick up Molten Psyche, I think you'll be in for a wheely good time.

Allison Steele

Digital product manager, Magic Online


What's up, Cubers!? I'm Ellie. You may know me from my streams on Twitch (twitch.tv/ellieoftheveil), articles for Magic.gg or Channel Fireball, or Twitter (@ellieoftheveil). I prefer to keep a low profile unless there are snacks involved, but my latest project is definitely worth standing in the spotlight: Temur Cube!

The idea for this cube was born when I was invited to Mythic Championship VII Long Beach. My favorite experience was playing Autumn Burchett's Bant Cube. I was taken aback by how many archetypes three colors could support and how fun it was. That experience led to me thinking over three-color variations I would like, and I eventually settled on Temur.

My goal with this cube was to include the strategies I enjoyed playing the most. That's the great thing about cubes to me: they're personalized. Of course, this means not every cube is for everyone, but that's Magic. You will be seeing a lot of combos and potential degeneracy. Some of you may even say to yourselves, "This is more of a combo cube than anything else." You would be mostly correct. But not to worry, other archetypes are present.

Major Archetypes

Mono-Red Aggro

In order to deal with the over-the-top combos, mono-red aggro had to be swift and vicious. If the picks are obvious in this, that's because I wanted to make sure that those less familiar with the cube could fall into this deck and still have a chance of winning against the other powerful strategies. You will not find a true burn deck; rather, the aggressive form of red is based on creatures, the majority of which have converted mana costs of 1 and 2.

Artifacts

Giving up white and black meant that I could make space for artifacts. Players can find several different flavors of artifacts in the cube. Urza, Lord High Artificer and Master of Etherium may pull you toward a mono-blue shell with a potential for a combo finish. Green will likely be happy to pick up a mana rock or two to help cast its payoffs or any one of the Eldrazi titans in the cube. There are no artifacts that produce green mana; this is by design as green doesn't need any help with ramping. However, this means if your artifact deck is multicolored, it will most likely be blue-red, with cards like Daretti, Scrap Savant, and Trash for Treasure working very well with Emry, Lurker of the Loch.

Green Ramp

A familiar Draft archetype for many, green ramp relies mostly on mana-producing creatures to get to the cube's heavy hitters, whether that be Eldrazi titans or some other freakishly large creature that never missed their Wheaties. Standard format warpers such as Nissa, Who Shakes the World; Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath; and Hydroid Krasis are also in the cube. For those of you who like that sort of thing.

Elves

This deck functions by and large like the Legacy Elves list. The cube is complete with Gaea's Cradle, your usual mana-generating suspects—I mean Elves—and mana sinks such as Allosaurus Shepherd. Eladamri, Lord of Leaves is even better than usual in a three-color cube and will help you get past your opponent's larger creatures just in time.

Gruul Smash

Temur Cube would not be complete without the possibility of assembling a heavy-hitting red-green creature deck. Gruul can lean toward a landfall theme with cards like Brushfire Elemental on the low end, and Omnath, Locus of Rage or Moraug, Fury of Akoum at its top-most end.

Storm

One of my favorite experiences of drafting Autumn's cube was losing to Thoralf Severin playing mono-blue Storm. Now I was still a baby Cuber back then, so I hadn't seen mono-blue Storm in action. I had only ever seen it as blue-red, and it was awesome. That being said, when it comes to storm, you have two options. You can go the more traditional blue-red route with cards like Goblin Electromancer, Grapeshot, and Empty the Warrens, or you can go the mono-blue route with Brain Freeze, High Tide, and Palinchron.

Blue-Red Spells

This archetype is more of an umbrella term for whatever blue-red deck you end up with that rewards you for playing spells. Of course, one is the aforementioned Storm, but that is not going to be your only option. Stormchaser Mage, Thing in the Ice, and Talrand, Sky Summoner may lead you to a more creature-based deck. The Locust God and the many wheels may take you down that route. These decks are also likely to have some sort of combo finish, whether that be through combos such as Sneak and Show, Omni-Show, or Splinter Twin, all are possibilities.

Cube Breakdown

With this cube, you can go under or over, fast with mono-red or slow with an Opposition deck. It's up to you. Just have fun with whatever route you take. I wanted to make sure that drafts weren't so rigid that individual cards only had certain decks to play in and not too loose that newer players got lost in the shuffle. That being said, a lot of cards are multipurpose, and each color has the potential to go in several different directions. Designing this cube was an incredible challenge for me. I hope you all get to enjoy what it has to offer! I'll be streaming it this week on Twitch at twitch.tv/ellieoftheveil!

Full Cube List

Card Name Color
Aether Gust Blue
Agent of Treachery Blue
Aminatou's Augury Blue
Ancestral Vision Blue
Arcane Artisan Blue
Baral, Chief of Compliance Blue
Blue Sun's Zenith Blue
Brain Freeze Blue
Brainstorm Blue
Brazen Borrower Blue
Careful Study Blue
Censor Blue
Champion of Wits Blue
Chart a Course Blue
Cloud of Faeries Blue
Consecrated Sphinx Blue
Control Magic Blue
Counterspell Blue
Cryptic Command Blue
Curator of Mysteries Blue
Curiosity Blue
Cyclonic Rift Blue
Deadeye Navigator Blue
Deceiver Exarch Blue
Delver of Secrets Blue
Dig Through Time Blue
Disallow Blue
Disdainful Stroke Blue
Echo of Eons Blue
Emry, Lurker of the Loch Blue
Ensoul Artifact Blue
Essence Capture Blue
Evacuation Blue
Fact or Fiction Blue
Flashfreeze Blue
Flusterstorm Blue
Forbid Blue
Force of Negation Blue
Force of Will Blue
Force Spike Blue
Frantic Search Blue
Frost Titan Blue
Gifts Ungiven Blue
Gilded Drake Blue
Gitaxian Probe Blue
Glen Elendra Archmage Blue
Grand Architect Blue
High Tide Blue
Hydroblast Blue
Impulse Blue
Intuition Blue
Jace, the Mind Sculptor Blue
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Blue
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries Blue
Looter il-Kor Blue
Magus of the Mind Blue
Mana Drain Blue
Mana Leak Blue
Man-o'-War Blue
Mass Manipulation Blue
Master of Etherium Blue
Mindbreak Trap Blue
Mind's Desire Blue
Miscalculation Blue
Mulldrifter Blue
Mystic Confluence Blue
Mystical Dispute Blue
Negate Blue
Nexus of Fate Blue
Omniscience Blue
Opposition Blue
Pact of Negation Blue
Palinchron Blue
Peregrine Drake Blue
Pestermite Blue
Phantasmal Image Blue
Phyrexian Metamorph Blue
Ponder Blue
Pongify Blue
Preordain Blue
Pteramander Blue
Rapid Hybridization Blue
Reality Shift Blue
Remand Blue
Riftwing Cloudskate Blue
Sai, Master Thopterist Blue
Sea Gate Oracle Blue
Sea Gate Stormcaller Blue
Search for Azcanta Blue
Serum Visions Blue
Shark Typhoon Blue
Show and Tell Blue
Siren Stormtamer Blue
Sky Diamond Blue
Snapcaster Mage Blue
Sower of Temptation Blue
Spark Double Blue
Spellseeker Blue
Sublime Epiphany Blue
Talrand, Sky Summoner Blue
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage Blue
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir Blue
Tezzeret the Seeker Blue
Thassa, Deep-Dwelling Blue
Thassa's Intervention Blue
Thassa's Oracle Blue
The Antiquities War Blue
Thing in the Ice Blue
Thirst for Knowledge Blue
Thought Scour Blue
Tidespout Tyrant Blue
Time Spiral Blue
Time Warp Blue
Timetwister Blue
Tinker Blue
Torrential Gearhulk Blue
Treachery Blue
Treasure Cruise Blue
Trickbind Blue
Unsubstantiate Blue
Upheaval Blue
Urza, Lord High Artificer Blue
Vendilion Clique Blue
Venser, Shaper Savant Blue
Whirler Rogue Blue
Windfall Blue
Abbot of Keral Keep Red
Abrade Red
Anger of the Gods Red
Arclight Phoenix Red
Aria of Flame Red
Ash Zealot Red
Banefire Red
Bedlam Reveler Red
Bomat Courier Red
Bonecrusher Giant Red
Bonfire of the Damned Red
Bonus Round Red
Burst Lightning Red
Cathartic Reunion Red
Chain Lightning Red
Chandra, Awakened Inferno Red
Chandra, Torch of Defiance Red
Collective Defiance Red
Daretti, Scrap Savant Red
Desperate Ritual Red
Dire Fleet Daredevil Red
Dragonmaster Outcast Red
Dreadhorde Arcanist Red
Earthshaker Khenra Red
Eidolon of the Great Revel Red
Electrodominance Red
Embercleave Red
Embereth Shieldbreaker Red
Empty the Warrens Red
Experimental Frenzy Red
Faithless Looting Red
Fanatical Firebrand Red
Fiery Confluence Red
Finale of Promise Red
Fire Diamond Red
Fireblast Red
Firebolt Red
Firedrinker Satyr Red
Fires of Invention Red
Forked Bolt Red
Gamble Red
Ghitu Lavarunner Red
Glorybringer Red
Goblin Bushwhacker Red
Goblin Dark-Dwellers Red
Goblin Guide Red
Goblin Rabblemaster Red
Goblin Welder Red
Grapeshot Red
Grim Lavamancer Red
Grinning Ignus Red
Guttersnipe Red
Hazoret the Fervent Red
Heartfire Immolator Red
Hellrider Red
Ilharg, the Raze-Boar Red
Imperial Recruiter Red
Inferno Titan Red
Iron Myr Red
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider Red
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker Red
Kiln Fiend Red
Kird Ape Red
Koth of the Hammer Red
Lava Dart Red
Lava Spike Red
Legion Warboss Red
Light Up the Stage Red
Lightning Bolt Red
Magus of the Wheel Red
Mana Flare Red
Molten Psyche Red
Monastery Swiftspear Red
Moraug, Fury of Akoum Red
Past in Flames Red
Pia and Kiran Nalaar Red
Pyretic Ritual Red
Pyroblast Red
Pyroclasm Red
Pyrokinesis Red
Rift Bolt Red
Rite of Flame Red
Robber of the Rich Red
Runaway Steam-Kin Red
Sarkhan the Masterless Red
Searing Blaze Red
Seasoned Pyromancer Red
Seething Song Red
Shenanigans Red
Siege-Gang Commander Red
Simian Spirit Guide Red
Skewer the Critics Red
Skullcrack Red
Sneak Attack Red
Soul-Scar Mage Red
Splinter Twin Red
Storm's Wrath Red
Sulfuric Vortex Red
Sweltering Suns Red
Temur Battle Rage Red
Terror of the Peaks Red
Thrill of Possibility Red
Through the Breach Red
Thundermaw Hellkite Red
Tormenting Voice Red
Trash for Treasure Red
Underworld Breach Red
Wheel of Fate Red
Wheel of Fortune Red
Young Pyromancer Red
Zealous Conscripts Red
Zurgo Bellstriker Red
Acidic Slime Green
Allosaurus Shepherd Green
Arbor Elf Green
Avenger of Zendikar Green
Awakening Zone Green
Azusa, Lost but Seeking Green
Barkhide Troll Green
Beast Whisperer Green
Beast Within Green
Berserk Green
Biogenic Ooze Green
Birds of Paradise Green
Birthing Pod Green
Bloom Tender Green
Carnage Tyrant Green
Champion of Lambholt Green
Collector Ouphe Green
Courser of Kruphix Green
Craterhoof Behemoth Green
Crop Rotation Green
Cultivate Green
Deranged Hermit Green
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove Green
Duskwatch Recruiter Green
Edge of Autumn Green
Elder Gargaroth Green
Elvish Archdruid Green
Elvish Mystic Green
Elvish Reclaimer Green
End-Raze Forerunners Green
Eternal Witness Green
Experiment One Green
Exploration Green
Fastbond Green
Fauna Shaman Green
Finale of Devastation Green
Force of Vigor Green
Fyndhorn Elves Green
Garruk Wildspeaker Green
Genesis Hydra Green
Genesis Wave Green
Glimpse of Nature Green
Green Sun's Zenith Green
Groundswell Green
Gyre Sage Green
Harmonize Green
Harrow Green
Heartbeat of Spring Green
Heritage Druid Green
Heroic Intervention Green
Hexdrinker Green
Imperious Perfect Green
Incubation Druid Green
Jadelight Ranger Green
Joraga Treespeaker Green
Kazandu Mammoth Green
Kogla, the Titan Ape Green
Kraul Harpooner Green
Krosan Grip Green
Lambholt Pacifist Green
Life from the Loam Green
Llanowar Elves Green
Lotus Cobra Green
Merfolk Branchwalker Green
Might of Old Krosa Green
Nature's Claim Green
Nature's Lore Green
Nettle Sentinel Green
Nightpack Ambusher Green
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar Green
Nissa, Who Shakes the World Green
Noxious Revival Green
Nullhide Ferox Green
Once Upon a Time Green
Oracle of Mul Daya Green
Paradise Druid Green
Pelt Collector Green
Plow Under Green
Polukranos, World Eater Green
Primal Might Green
Primeval Titan Green
Questing Beast Green
Quirion Elves Green
Rampaging Baloths Green
Ramunap Excavator Green
Reclamation Sage Green
Regrowth Green
Rishkar, Peema Renegade Green
Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary Green
Scavenging Ooze Green
Scryb Ranger Green
Scute Swarm Green
Scythe Leopard Green
Shifting Ceratops Green
Snapping Gnarlid Green
Song of the Dryads Green
Summoner's Pact Green
Survival of the Fittest Green
Eladamri, Lord of Leaves Green
Sylvan Library Green
Sylvan Scrying Green
Terastodon Green
Territorial Scythecat Green
The Great Henge Green
Thragtusk Green
Thrashing Brontodon Green
Tireless Tracker Green
Titania, Protector of Argoth Green
Tooth and Nail Green
Vengevine Green
Verdurous Gearhulk Green
Vivien Reid Green
Wilderness Reclamation Green
Wood Elves Green
Worldly Tutor Green
Yavimaya Dryad Green
Ancient Grudge Multicolor
Atarka's Command Multicolor
Bloodbraid Elf Multicolor
Brushfire Elemental Multicolor
Burning-Tree Emissary Multicolor
Coiling Oracle Multicolor
Dack Fayden Multicolor
Domri Rade Multicolor
Domri, Anarch of Bolas Multicolor
Edric, Spymaster of Trest Multicolor
Electrolyze Multicolor
Escape to the Wilds Multicolor
Etherium-Horn Sorcerer Multicolor
Expansion // Explosion Multicolor
Fire // Ice Multicolor
Fires of Yavimaya Multicolor
Frilled Mystic Multicolor
Gallia of the Endless Dance Multicolor
Genesis Ultimatum Multicolor
Ghor-Clan Rampager Multicolor
Goblin Electromancer Multicolor
Growth Spiral Multicolor
Grumgully, the Generous Multicolor
Gruul Spellbreaker Multicolor
Huntmaster of the Fells Multicolor
Hydroid Krasis Multicolor
Imoti, Celebrant of Bounty Multicolor
Incubation // Incongruity Multicolor
Ionize Multicolor
Izzet Charm Multicolor
Izzet Signet Multicolor
Keranos, God of Storms Multicolor
Keruga, the Macrosage Multicolor
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy Multicolor
Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner Multicolor
Klothys, God of Destiny Multicolor
Maelstrom Wanderer Multicolor
Manamorphose Multicolor
Mystic Snake Multicolor
Mythos of Illuna Multicolor
Niv-Mizzet, Parun Multicolor
Omnath, Locus of Rage Multicolor
Orcish Lumberjack Multicolor
Phylath, World Sculptor Multicolor
Prime Speaker Vannifar Multicolor
Radha, Heart of Keld Multicolor
Ral, Storm Conduit Multicolor
Rattleclaw Mystic Multicolor
Roalesk, Apex Hybrid Multicolor
Rubblehulk Multicolor
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed Multicolor
Saheeli, Sublime Artificer Multicolor
Shardless Agent Multicolor
Song of Creation Multicolor
Sprite Dragon Multicolor
Stormchaser Mage Multicolor
Talisman of Creativity Multicolor
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales Multicolor
Tatyova, Benthic Druid Multicolor
The Locust God Multicolor
The Royal Scions Multicolor
Thousand-Year Storm Multicolor
Trygon Predator Multicolor
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Multicolor
Wrenn and Six Multicolor
Zhur-Taa Goblin Multicolor
Aetherflux Reservoir Colorless
Basalt Monolith Colorless
Batterskull Colorless
Blightsteel Colossus Colorless
Candelabra of Tawnos Colorless
Chromatic Lantern Colorless
Chrome Mox Colorless
Cloudstone Curio Colorless
Coalition Relic Colorless
Coercive Portal Colorless
Coldsteel Heart Colorless
Crucible of Worlds Colorless
Defense Grid Colorless
Doubling Cube Colorless
Duplicant Colorless
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn Colorless
Emrakul, the Promised End Colorless
Ensnaring Bridge Colorless
Everflowing Chalice Colorless
Expedition Map Colorless
Grim Monolith Colorless
Hangarback Walker Colorless
Karn Liberated Colorless
Karn, Scion of Urza Colorless
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth Colorless
Kuldotha Forgemaster Colorless
Lightning Greaves Colorless
Lion's Eye Diamond Colorless
Liquimetal Coating Colorless
Lodestone Golem Colorless
Lotus Bloom Colorless
Lotus Petal Colorless
Mana Crypt Colorless
Manifold Key Colorless
Memory Jar Colorless
Metalworker Colorless
Mind Stone Colorless
Mindslaver Colorless
Mox Diamond Colorless
Mox Opal Colorless
Myr Battlesphere Colorless
Oblivion Stone Colorless
Palladium Myr Colorless
Phyrexian Revoker Colorless
Phyrexian Triniform Colorless
Scarecrone Colorless
Shrine of Burning Rage Colorless
Smuggler's Copter Colorless
Solemn Simulacrum Colorless
Stonecoil Serpent Colorless
Sundering Titan Colorless
Sword of the Animist Colorless
Tangle Wire Colorless
Thran Dynamo Colorless
Thran Temporal Gateway Colorless
Ugin, the Ineffable Colorless
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Colorless
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger Colorless
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre Colorless
Umezawa's Jitte Colorless
Voltaic Key Colorless
Walking Ballista Colorless
Worn Powerstone Colorless
Wurmcoil Engine Colorless
Academy Ruins Land
Ancient Tomb Land
Blast Zone Land
Botanical Sanctum Land
Breeding Pool Land
Breeding Pool Land
Castle Embereth Land
Castle Garenbrig Land
Castle Vantress Land
Copperline Gorge Land
Desolate Lighthouse Land
Fabled Passage Land
Field of Ruin Land
Field of the Dead Land
Fiery Islet Land
Frontier Bivouac Land
Gaea's Cradle Land
Ghost Quarter Land
Hinterland Harbor Land
Kessig Wolf Run Land
Ketria Triome Land
Library of Alexandria Land
Lotus Field Land
Lotus Vale Land
Lumbering Falls Land
Maze of Ith Land
Mishra's Workshop Land
Misty Rainforest Land
Misty Rainforest Land
Mystic Sanctuary Land
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Land
Prismatic Vista Land
Raging Ravine Land
Rishadan Port Land
Rootbound Crag Land
Scalding Tarn Land
Scalding Tarn Land
Sheltered Thicket Land
Spirebluff Canal Land
Steam Vents Land
Steam Vents Land
Stomping Ground Land
Stomping Ground Land
Sulfur Falls Land
Taiga Land
Temple of Abandon Land
Temple of Epiphany Land
Temple of Mystery Land
Tolarian Academy Land
Tropical Island Land
Volcanic Island Land
Wandering Fumarole Land
Wasteland Land
Waterlogged Grove Land
Wooded Foothills Land
Wooded Foothills Land

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