Vintage Cube October 2021 Update

Posted in Magic Online on October 19, 2021

By Emma Handy

Howdy, gamers!

Vintage Cube updates? Vintage Cube updates.

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Just in time for the spooky season, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt is here, bringing with it a host of changes to Vintage Cube. Last time, we saw Modern Horizons do some work shaking things up, and monocolor aggro decks got a bit of a power boost in various Naya colors.

This time, we're looking at expanding the parts of the sandbox that include build-arounds and reactive cards.

Dive into the details below and check out the updated Magic Online Vintage Cube list for the latest breakdown.

The Sandbox

In this case, "The Sandbox" refers to the entire environment and what tools are available. For example, last update, I removed the cards Niv-Mizzet Reborn and Birthing Pod. Both decks are linchpins of their respective archetypes, and this unfortunately did some damage to narrow the range of archetypes that can be played. That ran antithetical to the general goals I have when curating cubes, in that it shifts the range of ways that people can engage with cubes and play Magic in ways they find compelling and fun.

So, as you may have guessed, those are back in. To that end, this update to the cube has a handful of other cards being added for the sake of allowing other kinds of archetypes. These enablers are generally going to be effects that are harder to replace in their respective archetypes or have more unique effects.

These are cards like Karmic Guide and Rite of Harmony. Some of their use cases may be obvious, but having a Karmic Guide to grab with Survival of the Fittest, for example, is a way to provide additional consistency to green-rooted reanimator decks that would otherwise be more difficult to obtain.

Enablers aren't the only part of expanding the sandbox, however. Part of what's important is providing reasonable countermeasures against things.

Some of the cards in the newest update are explicitly to push against some of the stronger things in the cube and make it main deckable. Sure, something narrow like Crush is going to be strong against the artifact decks in the environment, but it's so rarely making main decks that it won't always come up in the matches where it matters. Cathar Commando, on the other hand, is the type of card that will make it more likely that that artifact removal shows up when it's needed, even if the creature itself isn't the strongest thing to be doing in 100% of instances.

One of the least-exciting-but-most-necessary parts of environment cultivation is ensuring that players are able to cast their spells on time. Thankfully, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt has a new dual land cycle that's incredible for Cube, one that I'm excited to add to the environment. Some flashier cards are being cut for them, but the amount of traditional mana fixing felt just a hair under, and I suspect this will help bring that to a better place.

Finally, we've got some goodies from supplemental tabletop products coming to Vintage Cube: the new and improved Wheel of Misfortune and Laelia, the Blade Reforged. Both cards are Cube all-stars, and I couldn't be more excited to try them out here.

As always, I'll be scarfing down candy diligently watching how this version of the cube plays out and am excited to see the new decks people build. I'll see you in the queues!

Full Cube List

Card Name Color
Giver of Runes White
Kytheon, Hero of Akros White
Sungold Sentinel White
Mother of Runes White
Student of Warfare White
Thraben Inspector White
Containment Priest White
Selfless Spirit White
Soulfire Grand Master White
Stoneforge Mystic White
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben White
Tithe Taker White
Wall of Omens White
Leonin Relic-Warder White
Blade Splicer White
Skyclave Apparition White
Monastery Mentor White
Recruiter of the Guard White
Intrepid Adversary White
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar White
Flickerwisp White
Vryn Wingmare White
Silverblade Paladin White
Restoration Angel White
Loyal Warhound White
Hero of Bladehold White
Linvala, Keeper of Silence White
Karmic Guide White
Seasoned Hallowblade White
Elspeth Conquers Death White
Baneslayer Angel White
Lyra Dawnbringer White
Sun Titan White
Spectral Procession White
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite White
Karakas White
Mox Pearl White
Condemn White
Palace Jailer White
Land Tax White
Mana Tithe White
Path to Exile White
Swords to Plowshares White
Balance White
Disenchant White
Honor of the Pure White
Oust White
Banishing Light White
Cathar Commando White
Council's Judgment White
Gideon Blackblade White
Usher of the Fallen White
Armageddon White
Faith's Fetters White
Ravages of War White
Damn White
Elspeth, Knight-Errant White
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar White
Elite Spellbinder White
Parallax Wave White
Wrath of God White
Elspeth, Sun's Champion White
Solitude White
Cave of the Frost Dragon White
Unexpectedly Absent White
Gideon Jura White
Adanto Vanguard White
Archangel Avacyn White
Iona, Shield of Emeria White
Thassa's Oracle Blue
Spell Pierce Blue
Baral, Chief of Compliance Blue
Daze Blue
Mana Leak Blue
Phantasmal Image Blue
Remand Blue
Snapcaster Mage Blue
Thieving Skydiver Blue
Counterspell Blue
Mana Drain Blue
Deceiver Exarch Blue
Pestermite Blue
Spellseeker Blue
Trinket Mage Blue
Shark Typhoon Blue
Force of Negation Blue
Narset, Parter of Veils Blue
Vendilion Clique Blue
Memory Deluge Blue
Control Magic Blue
Glen Elendra Archmage Blue
Jace, the Mind Sculptor Blue
Sower of Temptation Blue
Urza, Lord High Artificer Blue
Venser, Shaper Savant Blue
Mulldrifter Blue
Bribery Blue
Commit // Memory Blue
Tezzeret the Seeker Blue
Treachery Blue
Consecrated Sphinx Blue
Frost Titan Blue
Torrential Gearhulk Blue
Upheaval Blue
Inkwell Leviathan Blue
Shelldock Isle Blue
Ancestral Vision Blue
Mox Sapphire Blue
Gitaxian Probe Blue
Ancestral Recall Blue
Brainstorm Blue
Mystical Tutor Blue
Ponder Blue
Preordain Blue
Brain Freeze Blue
Chart a Course Blue
Portent Blue
Miscalculation Blue
Time Walk Blue
Emry, Lurker of the Loch Blue
Frantic Search Blue
Show and Tell Blue
Thirst for Knowledge Blue
Timetwister Blue
Tinker Blue
Fact or Fiction Blue
Mystic Confluence Blue
Turnabout Blue
Cryptic Command Blue
Gush Blue
Force of Will Blue
Mind's Desire Blue
Time Spiral Blue
Palinchron Blue
Treasure Cruise Blue
Dig Through Time Blue
Repeal Blue
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Blue
Riftwing Cloudskate Blue
Sea Gate Stormcaller Blue
Suspicious Stowaway Blue
Brazen Borrower Blue
Time Warp Blue
High Tide Blue
Opposition Blue
Duress Black
Fatal Push Black
Inquisition of Kozilek Black
Thoughtseize Black
Cabal Ritual Black
Collective Brutality Black
Dark Confidant Black
Bloodchief's Thirst Black
Kitesail Freebooter Black
Bone Shards Black
Valki, God of Lies Black
Night's Whisper Black
Power Word Kill Black
Wishclaw Talisman Black
Hymn to Tourach Black
Scrapheap Scrounger Black
Bone Shredder Black
Ophiomancer Black
Opposition Agent Black
Rotting Regisaur Black
Toxic Deluge Black
Hero's Downfall Black
Woe Strider Black
Murderous Rider Black
Nighthawk Scavenger Black
Damnation Black
Gonti, Lord of Luxury Black
Ebondeath, Dracolich Black
Liliana, the Last Hope Black
Ravenous Chupacabra Black
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician Black
Shriekmaw Black
Dark Petition Black
Liliana, Death's Majesty Black
Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia Black
Bazaar of Baghdad Black
Rishadan Port Black
Mox Jet Black
Dark Ritual Black
Entomb Black
Imperial Seal Black
Putrid Imp Black
Reanimate Black
Vampiric Tutor Black
Animate Dead Black
Demonic Tutor Black
Exhume Black
Oona's Prowler Black
Pack Rat Black
Shallow Grave Black
Infernal Grasp Black
Corpse Dance Black
Necromancy Black
Recurring Nightmare Black
Yawgmoth's Will Black
Liliana of the Veil Black
Makeshift Mannequin Black
Tendrils of Agony Black
Unburial Rites Black
Living Death Black
Grave Titan Black
Yawgmoth's Bargain Black
Massacre Wurm Black
Sheoldred, Whispering One Black
Griselbrand Black
Mind Twist Black
Bitterblossom Black
Tasigur, the Golden Fang Black
Archon of Cruelty Black
Bolas's Citadel Black
Goblin Guide Red
Goblin Welder Red
Grim Lavamancer Red
Soul-Scar Mage Red
Monastery Swiftspear Red
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer Red
Bomat Courier Red
Abbot of Keral Keep Red
Dire Fleet Daredevil Red
Bloodthirsty Adversary Red
Embereth Shieldbreaker Red
Runaway Steam-Kin Red
Young Pyromancer Red
Eidolon of the Great Revel Red
Shrine of Burning Rage Red
Char Red
Goblin Rabblemaster Red
Imperial Recruiter Red
Magda, Brazen Outlaw Red
Seething Song Red
Wheel of Fortune Red
Seasoned Pyromancer Red
Sulfuric Vortex Red
Avalanche Riders Red
Flametongue Yearling Red
Hazoret the Fervent Red
Hellrider Red
Pia and Kiran Nalaar Red
Rampaging Ferocidon Red
Glorybringer Red
Thundermaw Hellkite Red
Siege-Gang Commander Red
Goldspan Dragon Red
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker Red
Inferno Titan Red
Den of the Bugbear Red
Strip Mine Red
Wasteland Red
Mox Ruby Red
Burst Lightning Red
Chain Lightning Red
Firebolt Red
Unholy Heat Red
Lightning Bolt Red
Abrade Red
Smoldering Egg Red
Desperate Ritual Red
Incinerate Red
Lightning Strike Red
Flame Spill Red
Pyretic Ritual Red
Pyroclasm Red
Light Up the Stage Red
Birgi, God of Storytelling Red
Daretti, Scrap Savant Red
Past in Flames Red
Sneak Attack Red
Chandra, Torch of Defiance Red
Laelia, the Blade Reforged Red
Koth of the Hammer Red
Splinter Twin Red
Through the Breach Red
Dragon's Rage Channeler Red
Fireblast Red
Wheel of Misfortune Red
Banefire Red
Zealous Conscripts Red
Empty the Warrens Red
Faithless Looting Red
Mana Flare Red
Arbor Elf Green
Avacyn's Pilgrim Green
Birds of Paradise Green
Ignoble Hierarch Green
Elvish Mystic Green
Fastbond Green
Fyndhorn Elves Green
Joraga Treespeaker Green
Llanowar Elves Green
Noble Hierarch Green
Birthing Pod Green
Oath of Druids Green
Regrowth Green
Sakura-Tribe Elder Green
Survival of the Fittest Green
Sylvan Caryatid Green
Sylvan Library Green
Wall of Roots Green
Channel Green
Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary Green
Cultivate Green
Search for Tomorrow Green
Rift Sower Green
Courser of Kruphix Green
Circle of Dreams Druid Green
Oracle of Mul Daya Green
Eureka Green
Court of Bounty Green
Natural Order Green
Storm the Festival Green
Wrenn and Seven Green
Tovolar's Huntmaster Green
Primeval Titan Green
Augur of Autumn Green
Green Sun's Zenith Green
Finale of Devastation Green
Gaea's Cradle Green
Mox Emerald Green
Nature's Claim Green
Nissa, Vastwood Seer Green
Devoted Druid Green
Fauna Shaman Green
Gilded Goose Green
Scavenging Ooze Green
Wall of Blossoms Green
Beast Within Green
Ramunap Excavator Green
Reclamation Sage Green
Eternal Witness Green
Garruk Relentless Green
Elder Gargaroth Green
Garruk Wildspeaker Green
Hexdrinker Green
Polukranos, World Eater Green
Questing Beast Green
Thragtusk Green
Acidic Slime Green
Biogenic Ooze Green
Deranged Hermit Green
Nissa, Who Shakes the World Green
Toski, Bearer of Secrets Green
Magus of the Order Green
Avenger of Zendikar Green
Craterhoof Behemoth Green
Woodfall Primus Green
Tireless Tracker Green
Heartbeat of Spring Green
Terastodon Green
Plow Under Green
Angrath's Rampage Rakdos
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger Rakdos
Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast Rakdos
Kolaghan's Command Rakdos
Rakdos's Return Rakdos
Yorion, Sky Nomad Azorius
Teferi, Time Raveler Azorius
Fractured Identity Azorius
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria Azorius
Geist of Saint Traft Azorius
Figure of Destiny Boros
Lightning Helix Boros
Showdown of the Skalds Boros
Nahiri, the Harbinger Boros
Wear // Tear Boros
Lonis, Cryptozoologist Simic
Oko, Thief of Crowns Simic
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Simic
Trygon Predator Simic
Hydroid Krasis Simic
Tidehollow Sculler Orzhov
Lingering Souls Orzhov
Vindicate Orzhov
Ashen Rider Orzhov
Liesa, Forgotten Archangel Orzhov
Manamorphose Gruul
Wrenn and Six Gruul
Arlinn, the Pack's Hope Gruul
Huntmaster of the Fells Gruul
Dragonlord Atarka Gruul
Baleful Strix Dimir
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver Dimir
Ludevic, Necrogenius Dimir
Fallen Shinobi Dimir
The Scarab God Dimir
Kitchen Finks Selesnya
Knight of Autumn Selesnya
Knight of the Reliquary Selesnya
Rite of Harmony Selesnya
Mirari's Wake Selesnya
Goblin Electromancer Izzet
Dack Fayden Izzet
Expressive Iteration Izzet
Thousand-Year Storm Izzet
Expansion // Explosion Izzet
Assassin's Trophy Golgari
Maelstrom Pulse Golgari
Old Stickfingers Golgari
Grist, the Hunger Tide Golgari
Vraska, Golgari Queen Golgari
Leovold, Emissary of Trest Multicolor
Omnath, Locus of Creation Multicolor
Sphinx of the Steel Wind Multicolor
Niv-Mizzet Reborn Multicolor
Ancient Tomb Land
Badlands Land
Blackcleave Cliffs Land
Blood Crypt Land
Bloodstained Mire Land
Celestial Colonnade Land
Flooded Strand Land
Hallowed Fountain Land
Lavaclaw Reaches Land
Library of Alexandria Land
Urza's Saga Land
Mishra's Workshop Land
Prismatic Vista Land
Seachrome Coast Land
Tolarian Academy Land
Tundra Land
Arid Mesa Land
Botanical Sanctum Land
Breeding Pool Land
Inspiring Vantage Land
Lumbering Falls Land
Mishra's Factory Land
Misty Rainforest Land
Mutavault Land
Needle Spires Land
Plateau Land
Sacred Foundry Land
Tropical Island Land
Concealed Courtyard Land
Copperline Gorge Land
Godless Shrine Land
Marsh Flats Land
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Land
Raging Ravine Land
Scrubland Land
Shambling Vent Land
Stomping Ground Land
Taiga Land
Wooded Foothills Land
Creeping Tar Pit Land
Darkslick Shores Land
Polluted Delta Land
Razorverge Thicket Land
Savannah Land
Stirring Wildwood Land
Temple Garden Land
Underground Sea Land
Watery Grave Land
Windswept Heath Land
Bayou Land
Blooming Marsh Land
Hissing Quagmire Land
Overgrown Tomb Land
Scalding Tarn Land
Spirebluff Canal Land
Steam Vents Land
Verdant Catacombs Land
Volcanic Island Land
Wandering Fumarole Land
Deserted Beach Land
Haunted Ridge Land
Rockfall Vale Land
Overgrown Farmland Land
Shipwreck Marsh Land
Academy Ruins Land
Black Lotus Colorless
Chrome Mox Colorless
Everflowing Chalice Colorless
Mana Crypt Colorless
Mox Diamond Colorless
Mana Vault Colorless
Sol Ring Colorless
Azorius Signet Colorless
Rakdos Signet Colorless
Boros Signet Colorless
Simic Signet Colorless
Winter Orb Colorless
Crucible of Worlds Colorless
Tangle Wire Colorless
Lodestone Golem Colorless
Smokestack Colorless
Karn Liberated Colorless
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Colorless
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth Colorless
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger Colorless
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre Colorless
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn Colorless
Lotus Bloom Colorless
Lion's Eye Diamond Colorless
Skullclamp Colorless
Gruul Signet Colorless
Lotus Petal Colorless
Orzhov Signet Colorless
Umezawa's Jitte Colorless
Coalition Relic Colorless
Sword of Body and Mind Colorless
Sword of Feast and Famine Colorless
Sword of Fire and Ice Colorless
Gilded Lotus Colorless
Batterskull Colorless
Wurmcoil Engine Colorless
Relic of Progenitus Colorless
Sensei's Divining Top Colorless
Dimir Signet Colorless
Phyrexian Revoker Colorless
Selesnya Signet Colorless
Dismember Colorless
Oblivion Stone Colorless
Phyrexian Metamorph Colorless
Solemn Simulacrum Colorless
Memory Jar Colorless
Mindslaver Colorless
Stonecoil Serpent Colorless
Hangarback Walker Colorless
Walking Ballista Colorless
Emrakul, the Promised End Colorless
Golgari Signet Colorless
Grim Monolith Colorless
Izzet Signet Colorless
Smuggler's Copter Colorless
Porcelain Legionnaire Colorless
Basalt Monolith Colorless
Metalworker Colorless
Worn Powerstone Colorless
Karn, Scion of Urza Colorless
Thran Dynamo Colorless
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim Colorless
Kuldotha Forgemaster Colorless
Myr Battlesphere Colorless
Sundering Titan Colorless
Blightsteel Colossus Colorless
Coercive Portal Colorless

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