Magic Online's Spotlight Cube Series has been around for almost exactly two years, and it is a hungry beast. I'm always looking for cubes that might fit our needs, so when I heard about an upcoming event in Wisconsin called CubeCon that was going to feature a lot of different cubes over the course of a single weekend, I reached out to them for a partnership. "Let's run a few of these cubes on Magic Online," I proposed, "and we can help out with prize support at your in-person event as well."

Sadly, recent events have made the in-person event unfeasible for the foreseeable future. However, Magic Online never sleeps, and no pandemic is going to slow us down. So, while the in-person event may be postponed, we're still going to be running two of the CubeCon cubes. And who knows—if you like these cubes, maybe when the event can happen, you'll be inspired to take a trip and play a weekend of Cube with dozens of new friends.

But for now, here's what's happening; starting next Wednesday, we're going to be running two weeks of spotlighted cubes featuring CubeCon offerings. This coming week (May 13–20), we have Gwen Dekker's Dekkaru Cube, and next week (May 20–27) will be John Terrill's Cultic Cube.

Allison Steele
Digital Product Manager, Magic Online

Hello, I'm Gwen Dekker (@GwenDekker on Twitter). You may also know me as the founder and administrator for (@CubeCobra1 on Twitter), a website that helps you build and maintain your cube. I have been playing Magic since the release of Zendikar, and much of that time has been spent playing Cube. Part of why I think Cube is the best format is that it can be whatever format the designer wishes it to be. As a cube designer, my goals have always been to create an interesting Draft experience with varied but competitive gameplay. With that in mind, today I am sharing my Dekkaru Cube.

Dekkaru Cube

[Editor's note: The full Cube list can be found at the bottom of this article.]

One metric I always look for first when evaluating cubes is the "archetype focus." I like to think of this as a sliding scale. Some cubes will have very low archetype focus and might look like a pile of "good stuff." On the other end of the spectrum, you may have something like a tribal cube, where every card has been added with the explicit intention of belonging in a select number of strategies. With my cube, I've tried to find a balance where you don't necessarily need to draft a specific archetype to succeed, but there are a few "payoff" cards that heavily incentivize playing to a specific archetype.


In this cube, you can almost always default into a control, aggro, or midrange deck, but there are a number of archetypes you can opt into as well that I'd like to highlight.


  • Spider Spawning
  • Meren of Clan Nel Toth
  • Genesis
  • Phyrexian Reclamation

This deck attempts to obtain value out of reusing creatures after they've died. Meren of Clan Nel Toth and Phyrexian Reclamation are powerful engines that can easily grind out a victory if left unanswered. Spider Spawning offers a unique build-around where the player is heavily incentivized for trading off creatures during the early to mid-game and then closing the game out with a massive Spider Spawning. Critical to the success of this deck is a density of relevant creatures to recur such as Acidic Slime or Murderous Rider.


  • Burning of Xinye
  • Wildfire
  • Coalition Relic
  • Storm's Wrath

A Cube classic, this control deck uses Wildfire and Burning of Xinye combined with mana rocks to gain mana advantage and keep the board clear of creatures. When drafting this deck, make sure to pick up as many mana rocks as possible. This deck is base-red, but it can play any color as the second for different flavors.


  • Mystic Snake
  • Brineborn Cutthroat
  • Nightpack Ambusher
  • Draining Whelk

This deck aims to abuse the power of the flash mechanic to play the game on its own terms. Brineborn Cutthroat and Nightpack Ambusher are both powerful cards that reward the player for drafting a high density of instant-speed spells.


  • Mizzium Tank
  • Kiln Fiend
  • Murmuring Mystic
  • Saheeli, Sublime Artificer

A deck we've all seen before, spells-matters looks to play a high density of spells and a couple payoff cards that can get value out of those spells. Murmuring Mystic is one the best cards for the archetype. It doubles as a payoff card and a really effective blocker against aggro decks.


  • Heroic Reinforcements
  • Hanweir Garrison
  • Intangible Virtue
  • Increasing Devotion

The tokens deck looks to pair anthems with the ability to make a large number of bodies to get the most value out of those anthems. Hanweir Garrison, an impressive attacker on its own, becomes terrifying once paired with cards like Intangible Virtue. If you can't close out the game early, Increasing Devotion will easily give you the tools necessary to overwhelm your opponent.


  • Falkenrath Aristocrat
  • Judith, the Scourge Diva
  • Blood Artist
  • Hissing Iguanar

Aristocrats decks pair sacrifice outlets with death triggers to build a powerful engine. This deck typically plays as a black-red aggro deck that uses cards like Blood Artist to provide extra reach if the opponent is able to stabilize. Other than the payoff cards, the core of this deck includes as many aggressively costed creatures as you can pick up.


  • Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
  • Chromatic Lantern
  • Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
  • Birds of Paradise

Five-color isn't so much an archetype as it is the benefit that inherently comes from playing five colors. Golos, Chromatic Lantern and Birds of Paradise both enable playing many colors, but you will still need to pick up as many mana-fixing lands as you can. The payoff for this archetype isn't an interaction between cards but the ability to play any card you draft. Golos doubles as an enabler and a powerful payoff as well.


  • Rankle, Master of Pranks
  • Death Cloud
  • Smokestack
  • Smallpox

This base-black deck uses cards like Rankle, Master of Pranks and Smokestack to apply an incredible amount of pressure to your opponent's permanents. Add in a few token factories such as Ophiomancer or Dreadhorde Invasion, and you will quickly grind out your opponent.


  • Prime Speaker Vannifar
  • Birthing Pod
  • Fauna Shaman
  • Chord of Calling

Prime Speak Vannifar and Birthing Pod are two excellent build-around cards. When built correctly, they double as a way to allow you to have an answer for whatever your opponent is doing and to have a way to fetch whatever finisher you happen to pick up. Fauna Shaman and Chord of Calling are fun toolbox cards that operate in a similar space.


  • Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
  • Nyx Lotus
  • Benalish Marshal
  • Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Like five color, this isn't an archetype, but I wanted to specifically highlight the payoffs for playing a monocolor deck. There are a few devotion cards that obviously benefit from being in a single color, but there are also a few cards that I consider to be monocolor payoffs, such as Benalish Marshal. In this cube, you can play any monocolor strategy, and there are a handful of cards that will reward you for doing so.


  • Thassa's Oracle
  • Jace, Wielder of Mysteries
  • Rise from the Tides
  • Bond of Insight

This base-blue deck looks to win by milling your entire library and winning on the spot with Thassa's Oracle; Jace, Wielder of Mysteries; or Nexus of Fate. Nexus of Fate does provide an instant win, as it will give you infinite turns after you mill your deck. You can also play Rise from the Tides as a win condition in its own right.

Wheel Combo

  • Leovold, Emissary of Trest
  • Narset, Parter of Veils
  • Windfall
  • Echo of Eons

Utilizing one of the few combos in this cube, this deck aims to leverage the interaction of Leovold, Emissary of Trest or Narset, Parter of Veils with draw-sevens such as Windfall. After resolving the combo, it shouldn't be too difficult to close out the game from there.

Big Ramp

  • Incubation Druid
  • Mass Manipulation
  • Primeval Titan
  • Sandwurm Convergence

This base-green deck looks to ramp all the way up to eight mana, and even further. Cards such as Mass Manipulation and Sandwurm Convergence act as excellent finishers, but if you're feeling even more ambitious, you could also opt for Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre. When drafting this strategy, make sure to pick up as many cheap mana-acceleration cards as you can find and try to have a plan for when you're paired against an aggro deck.

Green Stompy

  • Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma
  • Lovestruck Beast
  • Hexdrinker
  • Elvish Mystic

Mana dorks aren't just for the ramp deck. Playing aggressively costed midrange threats a turn or two early can create an enormous amount of pressure. This deck looks to utilize the efficiency of green's midrange threats with the power of mana dorks. When drafting this deck, prioritize mana dorks, and efficient three- and four-mana threats.

Monocolor Aggro

  • Dauntless Bodyguard
  • Stromkirk Noble
  • Diregraf Ghoul
  • Porcelain Legionnaire

Monocolor aggro decks are only specifically supported in red, white, and black. Blue has few turn-one plays, and green only has mana dorks to play on turn one. On the other hand, red, white, and black have a healthy amount of aggressively costed one- and two-mana creatures. Each color provides different strengths: red is best at pushing through damage, white has the most disruption, and black has the most resilience.


  • Parallax Wave
  • Ephemerate
  • Familiar's Ruse
  • Soulherder

Blink is one of the weakest-supported archetypes. Instead of playing a dedicated blink deck, you could splash these cards into a deck with a healthy amount of enters-the-battlefield triggers for extra value.

Happy Cubing!

There are many more archetypes and variations to explore and try out. I'm very excited to share this cube with you, and I hope you have as much fun drafting and playing this cube as I have!

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Card NameColor
Champion of the ParishW
Dauntless BodyguardW
Dragon HunterW
Giant KillerW
Giver of RunesW
Kytheon, Hero of AkrosW
Mardu Woe-ReaperW
Mother of RunesW
Skymarcher AspirantW
Soldier of the PantheonW
Thraben InspectorW
Venerable KnightW
Adanto VanguardW
Ancestral BladeW
Charming PrinceW
Consul's LieutenantW
Imposing SovereignW
Precinct CaptainW
Seeker of the WayW
Selfless SpiritW
Spirit of the LabyrinthW
Thalia, Guardian of ThrabenW
Thalia's LieutenantW
Tithe TakerW
Benalish MarshalW
Blade SplicerW
Fairgrounds WardenW
Mentor of the MeekW
Mirran CrusaderW
Silverblade PaladinW
Thalia, Heretic CatharW
Vryn WingmareW
Hero of BladeholdW
Palace JailerW
Restoration AngelW
Angel of InventionW
Angel of SanctionsW
Cloudgoat RangerW
Venerated LoxodonW
Harmonious ArchonW
Elesh Norn, Grand CenobiteW
Elspeth, Knight-ErrantW
Elspeth, Sun's ChampionW
Mana TitheW
Path to ExileW
Secure the WastesW
Swords to PlowsharesW
Unexpectedly AbsentW
Unbreakable FormationW
Settle the WreckageW
Declaration in StoneW
Winds of AbandonW
Battle ScreechW
Day of JudgmentW
Increasing DevotionW
Spectral ProcessionW
Triplicate SpiritsW
Approach of the Second SunW
Spear of HeliodW
Legion's LandingW
Intangible VirtueW
Journey to NowhereW
Banishing LightW
History of BenaliaW
Oblivion RingW
Cast OutW
Conclave TribunalW
Faith's FettersW
Parallax WaveW
Enclave CryptologistU
Spectral SailorU
Baral, Chief of ComplianceU
Brineborn CutthroatU
Hypnotic SpriteU
Looter il-KorU
Merfolk LooterU
Thassa's OracleU
Warkite MarauderU
Watcher for TomorrowU
Champion of WitsU
Cloudkin SeerU
Emry, Lurker of the LochU
Exclusion MageU
Mist-Syndicate NagaU
Nimble ObstructionistU
Serendib EfreetU
God-Eternal KefnetU
Murmuring MysticU
Ninja of the Deep HoursU
Sower of TemptationU
Talrand, Sky SummonerU
Whirler RogueU
Consecrated SphinxU
Draining WhelkU
Agent of TreacheryU
Narset, Parter of VeilsU
Jace, Wielder of MysteriesU
Mental NoteU
Pact of NegationU
Spell PierceU
Thought ScourU
Familiar's RuseU
Into the RoilU
Logic KnotU
Mana LeakU
Memory LapseU
Force of NegationU
Sinister SabotageU
Supreme WillU
Chemister's InsightU
Fact or FictionU
Mystic ConfluenceU
Dig Through TimeU
Nexus of FateU
Ancestral VisionU
Chart a CourseU
Scour All PossibilitiesU
Strategic PlanningU
Compulsive ResearchU
Bond of InsightU
Mass ManipulationU
Echo of EonsU
Rise from the TidesU
Treasure CruiseU
Search for AzcantaU
Control MagicU
Bloodsoaked ChampionB
Carrion FeederB
Diregraf GhoulB
Dread WandererB
Stitcher's SupplierB
Blood ArtistB
Brain MaggotB
Glint-Sleeve SiphonerB
Kitesail FreebooterB
Lazotep ReaverB
Mardu SkullhunterB
Mesmeric FiendB
Order of MidnightB
Pack RatB
Priest of Forgotten GodsB
Scrapheap ScroungerB
Zulaport CutthroatB
Bone ShredderB
Grim HaruspexB
Liliana, Heretical HealerB
Murderous RiderB
Plague EngineerB
Rotting RegisaurB
Ruin RaiderB
Woe StriderB
Braids, Cabal MinionB
Gonti, Lord of LuxuryB
Rankle, Master of PranksB
Ravenous ChupacabraB
Custodi LichB
Doom WhispererB
Gray Merchant of AsphodelB
Massacre GirlB
Ink-Eyes, Servant of OniB
Tasigur, the Golden FangB
Gurmag AnglerB
Vilis, Broker of BloodB
Liliana of the VeilB
Ob Nixilis ReignitedB
Cast DownB
Doom BladeB
Go for the ThroatB
Ultimate PriceB
Hero's DownfallB
Murderous CutB
Wretched ConfluenceB
Inquisition of KozilekB
Agonizing RemorseB
Collective BrutalityB
Night's WhisperB
Ransack the LabB
Death CloudB
Consuming VaporsB
Dread ReturnB
Wishclaw TalismanB
Whip of ErebosB
Bolas's CitadelB
Phyrexian ReclamationB
Dreadhorde InvasionB
Phyrexian ArenaB
The Eldest RebornB
Bomat CourierR
Falkenrath GorgerR
Firedrinker SatyrR
Goblin BushwhackerR
Goblin WelderR
Jackal PupR
Monastery SwiftspearR
Reckless WaifR
Stromkirk NobleR
Village MessengerR
Zurgo BellstrikerR
Abbot of Keral KeepR
Dire Fleet DaredevilR
Earthshaker KhenraR
Embereth ShieldbreakerR
Goblin CratermakerR
Kiln FiendR
Stormblood BerserkerR
Viashino PyromancerR
Young PyromancerR
Ahn-Crop CrasherR
Anje's RavagerR
Bonecrusher GiantR
Hanweir GarrisonR
Hissing IguanarR
Krenko, Tin Street KingpinR
Pia NalaarR
Rampaging FerocidonR
Reckless BushwhackerR
Sin ProdderR
Flametongue KavuR
Pia and Kiran NalaarR
Goblin Dark-DwellersR
Ilharg, the Raze-BoarR
Siege-Gang CommanderR
Zealous ConscriptsR
Inferno TitanR
Bedlam RevelerR
Chandra, Fire ArtisanR
Daretti, Scrap SavantR
Sarkhan the MasterlessR
Chandra, FlamecallerR
Rites of InitiationR
Shivan FireR
Fall of the HammerR
Jaya's GreetingR
Magma JetR
Thrill of PossibilityR
Stoke the FlamesR
Magmatic SinkholeR
Faithless LootingR
Flame SlashR
Forked BoltR
Arc TrailR
Cathartic ReunionR
Arc LightningR
Fight with FireR
Light Up the StageR
Nahiri's WrathR
Skewer the CriticsR
Storm's WrathR
Burning of XinyeR
Shrine of Burning RageR
Mizzium TankR
Goblin BombardmentR
Experimental FrenzyR
Arbor ElfG
Avacyn's PilgrimG
Birds of ParadiseG
Elves of Deep ShadowG
Elvish MysticG
Fyndhorn ElvesG
Joraga TreespeakerG
Llanowar ElvesG
Devoted DruidG
Fauna ShamanG
Incubation DruidG
Lotus CobraG
Merfolk BranchwalkerG
Paradise DruidG
Sakura-Tribe ElderG
Satyr WayfinderG
Sylvan AdvocateG
Sylvan CaryatidG
Thorn LieutenantG
Voracious HydraG
Wall of BlossomsG
Wall of RootsG
Boon SatyrG
Courser of KruphixG
Eternal WitnessG
Lovestruck BeastG
Managorger HydraG
Reclamation SageG
Rishkar, Peema RenegadeG
Thrashing BrontodonG
Tireless TrackerG
Beast WhispererG
Bramble SovereignG
Goreclaw, Terror of Qal SismaG
Nightpack AmbusherG
Oracle of Mul DayaG
Polukranos, World EaterG
Ripjaw RaptorG
Acidic SlimeG
Biogenic OozeG
Deep Forest HermitG
Ohran FrostfangG
Wolfir SilverheartG
Carnage TyrantG
Primeval TitanG
Avenger of ZendikarG
End-Raze ForerunnersG
Hornet QueenG
Pelakka WurmG
Woodfall PrimusG
Vivien, Champion of the WildsG
Grapple with the PastG
Return to NatureG
Chord of CallingG
Crashing FootfallsG
Traverse the UlvenwaldG
Winding WayG
Search for TomorrowG
Plow UnderG
Birthing PodG
Mirri's GuileG
Utopia SprawlG
Vessel of NascencyG
Wild GrowthG
Treetop VillageG
Sandwurm ConvergenceG
Reflector MageWU
Sphinx's RevelationWU
Supreme VerdictWU
Fractured IdentityWU
Baleful StrixUB
Thought ErasureUB
Forbidden AlchemyBU
Thief of SanityUB
Fallen ShinobiUB
Discovery // DispersalUB
Rakdos CacklerBR
Dreadhorde ButcherBR
Judith, the Scourge DivaBR
Kolaghan's CommandBR
Falkenrath AristocratBR
Rhythm of the WildRG
Bloodbraid ElfRG
Ruric Thar, the UnbowedRG
Dryad MilitantWG
Nature's ChantWG
Knight of AutumnWG
Mirari's WakeWG
Tidehollow ScullerBW
Kaya's GuileWB
Lingering SoulsWB
Unburial RitesWB
Maelstrom PulseBG
Meren of Clan Nel TothBG
Ishkanah, GrafwidowBG
Spider SpawningBG
Find // FinalityBG
Growth SpiralUG
Hydroid KrasisGU
Edric, Spymaster of TrestUG
Mystic SnakeUG
Prime Speaker VannifarUG
Izzet CharmUR
Fevered VisionsRU
Saheeli, Sublime ArtificerUR
Fire // IceUR
Niv-Mizzet, ParunUR
Figure of DestinyWR
Lightning HelixWR
Skyknight VanguardWR
Heroic ReinforcementsWR
Solar BlazeWR
Cruel UltimatumUBR
Nicol Bolas, PlaneswalkerUBR
Leovold, Emissary of TrestUBG
Golos, Tireless PilgrimWUBRG
Porcelain LegionnaireC
Phyrexian MetamorphC
Solemn SimulacrumC
Kuldotha ForgemasterC
Precursor GolemC
Ancient Stone IdolC
Kozilek, Butcher of TruthC
Myr BattlesphereC
Sundering TitanC
Ulamog, the Infinite GyreC
Karn, Scion of UrzaC
Everflowing ChaliceC
Azorius SignetC
Boros SignetC
Dimir SignetC
Golgari SignetC
Gruul SignetC
Heart of KiranC
Isochron ScepterC
Izzet SignetC
Lightning GreavesC
Mind StoneC
Orzhov SignetC
Prismatic LensC
Rakdos SignetC
Selesnya SignetC
Simic SignetC
Smuggler's CopterC
Sorcerous SpyglassC
Chromatic LanternC
Coalition RelicC
Cultivator's CaravanC
Grafted WargearC
Heirloom BladeC
Mimic VatC
Sigiled Sword of ValeronC
Sword of VengeanceC
Worn PowerstoneC
Coercive PortalC
Fleetwheel CruiserC
Hedron ArchiveC
Nevinyrral's DiskC
Nyx LotusC
Thran DynamoC
Gilded LotusC
Skysovereign, Consul FlagshipC
God-Pharaoh's GiftC
Adarkar WastesL
Flooded StrandL
Glacial FortressL
Hallowed FountainL
Irrigated FarmlandL
Drowned CatacombL
Fetid PoolsL
Polluted DeltaL
Underground RiverL
Watery GraveL
Blood CryptL
Bloodstained MireL
Canyon SloughL
Dragonskull SummitL
Sulfurous SpringsL
Karplusan ForestL
Kessig Wolf RunL
Rootbound CragL
Sheltered ThicketL
Stomping GroundL
Wooded FoothillsL
Scattered GrovesL
Sunpetal GroveL
Temple GardenL
Windswept HeathL
Caves of KoilosL
Godless ShrineL
Isolated ChapelL
Marsh FlatsL
Silent ClearingL
Llanowar WastesL
Nurturing PeatlandL
Overgrown TombL
Verdant CatacombsL
Woodland CemeteryL
Breeding PoolL
Hinterland HarborL
Misty RainforestL
Waterlogged GroveL
Yavimaya CoastL
Fiery IsletL
Scalding TarnL
Shivan ReefL
Steam VentsL
Sulfur FallsL
Arid MesaL
Battlefield ForgeL
Clifftop RetreatL
Sacred FoundryL
Sunbaked CanyonL
Aether HubL
Ash BarrensL
Fabled PassageL
Grand ColiseumL
Mishra's FactoryL
Nykthos, Shrine to NyxL
Prismatic VistaL