In Chromatic Cube, be prepared to draft decks with more expensive spells, more colors, and more dreams to live in the newest addition to MTG Arena's growing cube offerings! Read on for more event details and the philosophy of this big-mana environment.

Chromatic Cube Event Details

Chromatic Cube is a Phantom event. Cards you draft are not added to your collection.

  • Dates: November 7, 8 a.m.–November 14, 8 a.m. PT (UTC-08:00)
  • Format: Phantom Draft Best-of-One and Phantom Draft Best-of-Three
  • Entry: 4,000 gold or 600 gems
  • Match Record:
    • Best-of-One: 7 wins or 3 losses (whichever comes first)
    • Traditional Best-of-Three: 3 matches (regardless of win/loss record)
  • Rewards:
    Historic individual card rewards (ICRs) grant cards from pack releases on MTG Arena. They do not include cards that were released outside of packs (e.g., cards from Historic Anthologies). Historic uncommon ICRs have a 5% upgrade rate to rare. Historic rare ICRs may upgrade to a mythic rare; each rare is twice as likely to be awarded as each mythic rare.
Chromatic Cube Phantom Player Draft
Wins Gold Individual Card Rewards (ICRs)
7 6,000 2 Historic rare ICRs
1 Historic uncommon ICR
6 5,000 2 Historic rare ICRs
1 Historic uncommon ICR
5 4,000 2 Historic rare ICRs
1 Historic uncommon ICR
4 3,000 1 Historic rare ICR
2 Historic uncommon ICRs
3 2,000 1 Historic rare ICR
2 Historic uncommon ICRs
2 1,000 1 Historic rare ICR
2 Historic uncommon ICRs
1 500 1 Historic rare ICR
2 Historic uncommon ICRs
0 - 1 Historic rare ICR
2 Historic uncommon ICRs
Chromatic Cube Phantom Player Draft
Wins Gold Individual Card Rewards (ICRs)
3 6,000 2 Historic rare ICRs
1 Historic uncommon ICR
2 4,000 1 Historic rare ICR
2 Historic uncommon ICRs
1 - 1 Historic rare ICR
2 Historic uncommon ICRs
0 - 1 Historic rare ICR
2 Historic uncommon ICRs

Chasing the Rainbow

The main goal of this cube is to deliver a cube experience unlike Arena Cube or Tinkerer's Cube. If you've followed my exploits elsewhere, on Magic Online I created the Live the Dream Cube. So, I simply applied that cube's philosophy to MTG Arena and its Historic card pool: lots of big-mana decks and a plethora of crazy interactions to help emulate Commander, all in the context of a cube!

While Arena Cube is a great overall representation of Cube and Magic, and Tinkerer's Cube involves a great deal of synergistic small pieces to craft a deck with a unique and holistically strong mechanical identity, Chromatic Cube replaces aggressive creatures with mana rocks so we can get to the good stuff: cards that cost more and do more! This is a cube where you pray to Esika to open Ornithopter of Paradise, and Maelstrom Archangel isn’t just a meme . . .

As Good as Gold

Some cubes are pure "good stuff," meaning all the cards are individually powerful, and you take the "best card per pack" in your deck of two or maybe three colors. Other cubes are synergy driven, which means you may draft a deck that is "on rails" and is looking for a very specific piece to complete your linear, sometimes parasitic, puzzle.

This is the dichotomy of Arena Cube and Tinkerer's Cube. Chromatic Cube lies somewhere in the middle. A lot of the cards are individually good in decks, but there are eleven archetypes for ten color pairs in the game to guide drafters. Not all decks of the same two colors will be the same of course, but if you see an off-the-wall card, you can trust that the cube can support it. And since this is Chromatic Cube, you can bet that there will be enough fixing available to often play more than two colors.

Of course, there are many, many small strategies outside of these eleven archetypes; these are just the loud directions the cube will call out for you to try. Just don't try too hard to draft an aggressive deck that aims to curve out in the early turns with small creatures. This ain't that kind of cube.

Let's just take a look at the ten archetypes, shall we?

White-Blue Blink

Soulherder Cloudblazer
Teleportation Circle Thassa, Deep-Dwelling

Creatures with abilities that trigger when they enter the battlefield are great! What if you could get those abilities again? And again? It'll be Groundhog Day for your opponent as you ride your avalanche of card advantage into the sunset.

Blue-Black Thievery

Thief of Sanity Ashiok, Nightmare Muse
Futurist Spellthief Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Sure, your deck might be sweet, but what about your opponent's? Utilize your opponent's cards in this controlling archetype to beat them at their own game. Just make sure you've got enough removal, as this is the slowest archetype, and you better hope your opponent drafted a good deck! Take all the fun and give nothing back.

Black-Red Sacrifice

Angrath, the Flame-Chained Ob Nixilis, the Adversary
Braids, Arisen Nightmare Stensia Uprising

Not only will this archetype remove your opponent's creatures, you'll remove . . . your own. But I promise it'll be a good time. You'll use their delicious life essence to further your own schemes by drawing cards, draining life, and doing all the other things Rakdos mages like to call "fun."

Red-Green Stompy

Kogla and Yidaro Halana and Alena, Partners
Terror of the Peaks Selvala, Heart of the Wilds

Creatures are the way most Magic decks win games, and this deck has the best ones! Creatures in this archetype can add mana, draw cards, remove other permanents, and most importantly win the game! Hit fast, hit hard, and hit the ground running! Meat and eggs, indeed!

Green-White Tokens

King Darien XLVIII Voice of Resurgence
Doubling Season Divine Visitation

While nothing could be more Selesnya than making tokens, the tokens in the Chromatic Cube come in many shapes and sizes. You'll not just be flooding the board with 1/1s, but they're often doubled in number, quadrupled in size, and octupled in their capacity to brawl!

White-Black Planeswalkers

Oath of Kaya Sorin, Grim Nemesis
The Eternal Wanderer Davriel, Soul Broker

You are a Planeswalker, and if you draft white-black, you'll be playing with them too! Control the board of all those pesky creatures and use this card type that's like a cross between a battle and a Saga for maximum value!

Blue-Red Storm

Magma Opus Ral, Storm Conduit
Double Vision Karn's Temporal Sundering

Draft some mana ramp, big spells, and some copy effects, and what do you get? The most fun you can have! There are lots of pieces to this strategy, but if the plan all comes together, you'll be playing a completely different game than your opponents. Extra turn effects are particularly potent in this cube, so don't waste any time in taking them.

Black-Green Graveyard

Old Rutstein Polukranos, Unchained
Ishkanah, Grafwidow Forgefire Automaton

Stop me if you've heard this before: this color combination enjoys accruing value from cards being in the graveyard. The philosophy is the same here, but we tend to go even bigger, so this deck plays in drop G, and turns your graveyard into a raveyard!

Red-White Surprise!

Capricious Hellraiser Thalia's Lancers
Quintorius Loremaster A-Winota, Joiner of Forces

While most Boros decks want to quickly attack, red-white decks in the Chromatic Cube want to knock your socks off and cast things for free! This archetype is like a box of booster packs: you never know what you're gonna get (to cast for free)!

Green-Blue Lands

Tatyova, Benthic Druid Nissa, Steward of Elements
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath Storm the Festival

Every deck should have lands, but this deck should have the most, since that's how you win! Often in Magic, the player with the most mana wins. And in this cube, that axiom is especially true, so be sure to grab all the land acceleration you can! You'll most likely be able to splash all the other good cards you see, so you mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

Five-Color Dream

The Kami War
O-Kagachi Made Manifest
Invasion of Alara
Awaken the Maelstrom

Chromatic Orrery Niv-Mizzet Reborn

And finally, we have the bonus eleventh archetype that uses every color we can throw at you. You'll be the slowest deck, the most eccentric deck, and the deck with the most lands (I hope). What you'll also be, though, is the deck with the sweetest turns, as you'll be playing some of the most individually powerful cards in the cube. If you can dream it, you can do it!

Of course, there are many other build-around cards just waiting for you to draft and see what you can make out of them!

Chromatic Cube Card Lists

White mana symbol


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Angel of Invention

Angel of Sanctions

Archangel Elspeth

Archangel of Wrath

Banishing Light

Blade Splicer

Cast Out

Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Cathar Commando

Cavalier of Dawn

Charming Prince

Cleansing Nova

Collective Effort

Divine Visitation

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines

Elite Spellbinder

Elspeth Conquers Death

Emiel the Blessed


Esper Sentinel

Giver of Runes

God-Eternal Oketra

Harmonious Archon

Heartflame Duelist

History of Benalia

Inspiring Overseer

Intrepid Adversary

Kenrith, the Returned King

Leyline Binding

Lion Sash

Loran of the Third Path

Luminous Broodmoth

Lyra Dawnbringer

March of Otherworldly Light

Mikaeus, the Lunarch

Monastery Mentor

Mondrak, Glory Dominus

Planar Disruption

Pull of the Mist Moon

Realm-Cloaked Giant

Restoration Angel

Sanctuary Warden

Serra Paragon

Serra the Benevolent

Skrelv's Hive

Skyclave Apparition

Spirited Companion

Starnheim Unleashed

Static Net

Stroke of Midnight

Sun Titan

Sune's Intervention

Teleportation Circle

Thalia's Lancers

The Eternal Wanderer

The Restoration of Eiganjo

The Wandering Emperor

Thraben Inspector

Touch the Spirit Realm

Virtue of Loyalty

Welcoming Vampire

Werefox Bodyguard

White Sun's Twilight

Blue mana symbol


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A-Thousand-Faced Shadow

Agent of Raffine

Ingenious Prodigy

Clone Crafter

Fblthp, the Lost

Jacob Hauken, Inspector

Rona, Herald of Invasion

Snapcaster Mage

Aether Channeler

Barrin, Tolarian Archmage

Champion of Wits

Futurist Spellthief

Oracle of the Alpha

Phyrexian Metamorph

Saiba Syphoner

Surgical Metamorph

Thassa, Deep-Dwelling

Whirler Rogue

Cavalier of Gales



Voracious Greatshark

Dream Eater

Frost Titan

Horned Loch-Whale

Warzone Duplicator

A-Hullbreaker Horror

Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant

Scholar of the Lost Trove

Teferi, Master of Time

Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim



Cyclonic Rift

Into the Roil

Joint Exploration

Vesuvan Mist


Kindred Denial

Memory Deluge


See Double

Gale's Redirection

Spell Swindle

Commence the Endgame

Sublime Epiphany

Commit // Memory

Hard Evidence

Multiple Choice

Chart a Course

Snowborn Simulacra

Mythos of Illuna

Karn's Temporal Sundering

A-Alrund's Epiphany

Midnight Clock

Extraordinary Journey

Search for Azcanta

Virtue of Knowledge

Shark Typhoon

One with the Multiverse

Twining Twins

Black mana symbol


(Select for card list)

Concealing Curtains

Evolved Sleeper

Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia

Nullpriest of Oblivion

Reezug, the Bonecobbler

Swarm Saboteur

Valki, God of Lies

A-Nashi, Moon Sage's Scion

Braids, Arisen Nightmare

Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor

Lord Skitter, Sewer King

Murderous Rider


Sedgemoor Witch

Woe Strider

Eradicator Valkyrie

Gonti, Lord of Luxury

Nightmare Shepherd

Rankle, Master of Pranks

Ravenous Chupacabra

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

Cavalier of Night

Doom Whisperer

Junji, the Midnight Sky


Grave Titan

Massacre Wurm

Noxious Gearhulk

Forgefire Automaton

Toxrill, the Corrosive

Hoarding Broodlord

Liliana of the Veil

Davriel, Soul Broker

Sorin the Mirthless

Liliana, Death's Majesty

Lolth, Spider Queen

Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Vraska, Betrayal's Sting

Black Sun's Twilight

Sheoldred's Edict

Mythos of Nethroi

Soul Servitude

Pile On

Price of Fame

Bloodchief's Thirst

Collective Brutality

Drown in Ichor

Feed the Swarm

Finale of Eternity

Soul Transfer

Extinction Event

Settle the Score

Yawgmoth's Vile Offering

Breach the Multiverse

A-The Meathook Massacre

Black Market Connections

The Cruelty of Gix

The Eldest Reborn

Virtue of Persistence

Invasion of Fiora

Red mana symbol


(Select for card list)

Dragonmaster Outcast

Rotisserie Elemental

Dismissive Pyromancer

Magda, Brazen Outlaw

Magmatic Channeler

Plargg, Dean of Chaos

Smoldering Egg

Young Pyromancer

Captain Lannery Storm

Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin

Professional Face-Breaker

Seasoned Pyromancer

Squee, Dubious Monarch

Voldaren Thrillseeker

Atsushi, the Blazing Sky

Fallaji Antiquarian

Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion

Redcap Gutter-Dweller

Twinshot Sniper

Cavalier of Flame

Ilharg, the Raze-Boar

Siege-Gang Commander

Skitterbeam Battalion

Terror of the Peaks

Zealous Conscripts

Capricious Hellraiser

Combustible Gearhulk

Etali, Primal Storm

Inferno Titan

Realm-Scorcher Hellkite

Etali, Primal Conqueror

Jaya, Fiery Negotiator

Sarkhan, Wanderer to Shiv

Chandra, Hope's Beacon

Lightning Bolt

Play with Fire



Electrostatic Blast

Fires of Victory

Big Score

Devil's Play

Mishra's Command

Purphoros's Intervention

Avacyn's Judgment

Crackle with Power

Mephit's Enthusiasm

Roil Eruption

Shatterskull Smashing

Tribal Flames

Collective Defiance

Fight with Fire

Nahiri's Warcrafting

Mizzix's Mastery

Burn Down the House

Star of Extinction

Explosive Singularity

Stensia Uprising

The Elder Dragon War

Double Vision

Virtue of Courage

Fiery Emancipation

Decadent Dragon

Alchemist's Gambit

Green mana symbol


(Select for card list)

Avacyn's Pilgrim

Elvish Mystic

Llanowar Elves

Armored Scrapgorger

Bramble Familiar

Ilysian Caryatid

Incubation Druid

Llanowar Loamspeaker

Lotus Cobra

Menagerie Curator

Paradise Druid

Voracious Hydra

Augur of Autumn

Chatterfang, Squirrel General

Courser of Kruphix

Dryad of the Ilysian Grove

Esika, God of the Tree

Gwenna, Eyes of Gaea

Llanowar Visionary

Nissa, Resurgent Animist

Reclamation Sage

Selvala, Heart of the Wilds

Springbloom Druid

Tireless Tracker

Beast Whisperer

Champion of Rhonas

Doomskar Warrior

Nantuko Slicer

Oracle of Mul Daya

Timeless Witness

Vizier of the Menagerie

Cavalier of Thorns

Ishkanah, Grafwidow

Silverback Elder

Kogla, the Titan Ape

Primeval Titan

Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider

Hornet Queen

Titan of Industry

Craterhoof Behemoth

Wrenn and Realmbreaker

Garruk Relentless

Vivien, Monsters' Advocate

Wrenn and Seven

Nissa, Ascended Animist

Tear Asunder

Primal Might

Awaken the Woods

Emergent Sequence


Finale of Devastation


Storm the Festival

Tooth and Nail

Esika's Chariot

The Great Henge

Azusa's Many Journeys

Fight Rigging

The Huntsman's Redemption

Doubling Season

Glorious Sunrise

Virtue of Strength

Mosswood Dreadknight

Multicolor mana symbol


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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Lutri, the Spellchaser

Keruga, the Macrosage

Yorion, Sky Nomad

Discovery // Dispersal

Fiend Artisan

Gyruda, Doom of Depths

Jegantha, the Wellspring

Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner

Invasion of New Phyrexia

Deputy of Detention

Obscura Polymorphist


Elite Guardmage

Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset


Thief of Sanity

Atris, Oracle of Half-Truths

Ertai Resurrected

Hostage Taker

Talion, the Kindly Lord

Ashiok, Nightmare Muse

Hidetsugu and Kairi

Silumgar's Command

Bank Job

Crucias, Titan of the Waves

Kolaghan's Command

Ob Nixilis, the Adversary

Prosper, Tome-Bound

Angrath, the Flame-Chained

Olivia, Crimson Bride

Territorial Kavu

Radha, Heart of Keld

Svella, Ice Shaper

Halana and Alena, Partners

A-Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes

Escape to the Wilds

Kogla and Yidaro

Ravager Wurm

Voice of Resurgence

Faeburrow Elder

King Darien XLVIII

Ajani, Sleeper Agent

Captain Sisay

Yenna, Redtooth Regent

Mirari's Wake

Trostani Discordant

Priest of Fell Rites

Anguished Unmaking

Oath of Kaya

Invasion of Tolvada

Kaya the Inexorable

Obzedat, Ghost Council

Sorin, Grim Nemesis

Kaya, Intangible Slayer


Prismari Command

Rootha, Mercurial Artist

Ral, Storm Conduit

Ral's Outburst

Niv-Mizzet, Parun

Magma Opus

Skull Prophet

Maelstrom Pulse

Old Rutstein

Binding the Old Gods

Nissa of Shadowed Boughs

Polukranos, Unchained

Casualties of War

Rip Apart

A-Winota, Joiner of Forces

Nahiri, the Harbinger

Showdown of the Skalds

Quintorius, Loremaster

Aurelia, the Warleader

Response // Resurgence

Growth Spiral

Hydroid Krasis

Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy

The Goose Mother

Zimone, Quandrix Prodigy

Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Rashmi, Eternities Crafter

Tatyova, Benthic Druid

Tamiyo, Field Researcher

Raffine, Scheming Seer

Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God

Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh

Slimefoot and Squee

Unleash the Inferno

Back-Alley Gardener

Zacama, Primal Calamity

Borborygmos and Fblthp

Genesis Ultimatum

Siege Rhino

Thalia and The Gitrog Monster

Nethroi, Apex of Death

Zurgo and Ojutai

Yarok, the Desecrated

Emergent Ultimatum

A-Omnath, Locus of Creation

Atraxa, Grand Unifier

Invasion of Alara

Jodah, the Unifier

Niv-Mizzet Reborn

Omnath, Locus of All

The Kami War

Colorless mana symbol


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Golos, Tireless Pilgrim

Timeless Lotus

Hangarback Walker

Ornithopter of Paradise

Bronze Walrus

Palladium Myr

Thran Spider

Solemn Simulacrum

Platoon Dispenser

Wurmcoil Engine

Meteor Golem

Cityscape Leveler

Emrakul, the Promised End

Karn, Scion of Urza

Ugin, the Ineffable

Coldsteel Heart

Guardian Idol

Mazemind Tome

Mind Stone

Reckoner Bankbuster

The Irencrag

Treasure Map

A-Lantern of Revealing

Chromatic Lantern

Cultivator's Caravan

Dragon's Hoard

Heraldic Banner

Karn's Sylex

Letter of Acceptance

Realmbreaker, the Invasion Tree

Relic of Legends

Skyclave Relic

The Celestus

Firemind Vessel

Hedron Archive

Key to the Archive

Gilded Lotus

Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

The Immortal Sun

Chromatic Orrery

Portal to Phyrexia

Land mana symbol


(Select for card list)

Deserted Beach

Glacial Fortress

Hallowed Fountain

Hengegate Pathway

Irrigated Farmland

Temple of Enlightenment

Clearwater Pathway

Drowned Catacomb

Fetid Pools

Shipwreck Marsh

Temple of Deceit

Watery Grave

Blightstep Pathway

Blood Crypt

Canyon Slough

Dragonskull Summit

Haunted Ridge

Temple of Malice

Cragcrown Pathway

Rockfall Vale

Rootbound Crag

Sheltered Thicket

Stomping Ground

Temple of Abandon

Branchloft Pathway

Overgrown Farmland

Scattered Groves

Sunpetal Grove

Temple Garden

Temple of Plenty

Brightclimb Pathway

Godless Shrine

Isolated Chapel

Shattered Sanctum

Silent Clearing

Temple of Silence

Fiery Islet

Riverglide Pathway

Steam Vents

Stormcarved Coast

Sulfur Falls

Temple of Epiphany

Blooming Marsh

Darkbore Pathway

Nurturing Peatland

Overgrown Tomb

Temple of Malady

Woodland Cemetery

Clifftop Retreat

Needleverge Pathway

Sacred Foundry

Sunbaked Canyon

Sundown Pass

Temple of Triumph

Barkchannel Pathway

Breeding Pool

Dreamroot Cascade

Hinterland Harbor

Temple of Mystery

Waterlogged Grove

Spara's Headquarters

Raffine's Tower

Xander's Lounge

Ziatora's Proving Ground

Jetmir's Garden

Savai Triome

Ketria Triome

Indatha Triome

Raugrin Triome

Zagoth Triome

The World Tree

Cascading Cataracts

Crystal Grotto

Fabled Passage

Field of the Dead

Forsaken Crossroads

Hall of Oracles

Mana Confluence

Temple of the Dragon Queen