Bugfix Release: Decimate 1.1 + Kaladesh

It’s a week since Decimate 1.0 and I have a list of token issues as long as my arm… Thank you to everyone who got in touch about about a missing or incorrect token! I believe that I have fixed all of the issues raised so far but if you find any more problems then please do get in touch.

In addition we also have Kaladesh, it’s Inventions and a few more missing cards.

New Cards

  • Kaladesh (KLD)

  • Kaladesh Inventions (KLD_INV)

  • San Diego Comic Con 2016 Zombie Planeswalkers (SDCC2016)

  • Lastest Buy a Box Promos (MBP) – Elusive Tormentor, Thalia Heretic Cathar & Skyship Stalker.

Bug Fixes

  • Adding Basic Lands to your Uploaded Decks now works properly.

Token Fixes & Additions

  • Added all new Kaladesh tokens.

  • Added Experience token for Commander cards.

  • Added all Planeswalker Emblems.

  • Added 4/4 Rukh token for Rukh Egg.

  • Living Weapon cards now produce 0/0 Germ tokens.

  • Nissa, Sage Animist now produces the correct Ashaya token.

  • Sorin, Lord of Innistrad now produces the correct 1/1 Lifelink Vampire token.

  • Queen Marchesa now produces the correct 1/1 Assassin token.

  • Flesh Carver now produces the correct X/X Horror token.

  • Tempt with Vengeance now produces the correct 1/1 Elemental token with haste.

  • Goblin Rabbemaster now produces the correct 1/1 Goblin token with haste.

Please note that some of these changes to token images may take some time to propagate as the images are edge cached.

Unit next time, Happy Cubing!

– Ben

New Release: Decimate 1.0

For the best past of the last 8 months I have been working hard on a new mobile-friendly front end for Cube Tutor. The Champion community recently had the opportunity to test the new drafting experience and since then I have been working through their feedback, making changes and reworking other parts of the site. This project has taken (and continues to take) a lot longer than I initially expected and I am very conscious that there has been little movement on the rest of the site in the meantime, despite the flurry of feature requests over on Champion Central. So I decided to take a little bit of time off this project to deliver you a good old-fashioned Cube Tutor feature release, and that is what I present to you today.. Decimate 1.0.

This release contains a bit of everything with two major new features, a bunch of new cards plus a few bug fixes.

New Features

  • Tokens Page (Champion Feature Request #124) – A brand new page showing all of the tokens created by cards in your cube. There are a lot of facets to this feature, please read on below for further details. http://www.cubetutor.com/tokens/[cube-id]

  • Upload Deck Page (Champion Feature Request #35). You can now create a deck from all of the cards in your cube without having to draft it or open a sealed pool. You can either add cards individually or upload a complete list. http://www.cubetutor.com/adddeck/[cube-id]

  • Starred Decks – This is a new Champion Only feature. On your ‘Decks’ page you can now mark individual decks with a Star to show them in a separate list at the top of the page. This can be used in a number of ways, perhaps to highlight an interesting brew that someone drafted or when used in conjunction with the new ‘Upload Deck’ page to show off the available archetypes in your cube.


New Cards

  • From the Vault: Lore

  • Latest FNM Promos

  • Latest WMCQ Promos

  • Latest Judge Promos

  • Latest Game Day cards

Minor Features & Bug Fixes

  • Changing the Colour Profile of a Conspiracy no longer causes it to disappear from your View List page.

  • All Flip cards in Shadows over Innistrad and Eldritch Moon now show both sides when hovered over.

  • The Deck Builder has been slightly restyled to match the new ‘Upload Deck’ page.

  • Writing a long comment on a deck no longer causes the text to overlap the bottom of the box.

  • A number of ‘Spam’ cubes that exist only to post adverts on the blog page have been deleted. If you notice any more please let me know.

  • Tags on a large number of cards have been approved for use in Castle AI.

  • Average Cubes have been updated.


Tokens Page

I’ve always liked the idea of having a page that could tell me which tokens I need to acquire for the cards in my cube, and clearly so did you guys based on the number of votes that this feature had over on Champion Central.

In order to generate a list of token producing cards I cobbled together a relatively complex Regular Expression to examine the text field of each card to work out if it produced tokens, and if so how many and of which colour and type. Given the myriad ways that token producers are templated (even in modern day cards) it took a lot of time to get this right, or as ‘right’ as I could. Take a card like Benevolent Offering for example, it is difficult to detect that this card produces 6 tokens using a Regular Expression.

All of this to say that I fully expect that some cards will be missing and that the odd card here and there will be configured with the wrong number or type of token. If you find such a card, please do get in touch.

So, first things first, some ground rules! The tokens page will not detect the following types of cards:

  • Cards that say put a token into play that is a copy for example Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.

  • Tokens with a specific name that Wizards never printed a token for. For example Mirror-Sigil Sergeant tokens.

  • Cards that ask you to choose a creature type and put a token of that type into play, for example Riptide Replicator.

  • Some older token types that never got a card will just show the card back image. If you have a cool custom image for a token that we are missing and image for, then please get in touch.

The tokens that are detected will appear on your tokens page along with a list of cards that produce each token and the number of tokens produced by those cards. Some cards are straightforward, Spectral Procession produces three white spirits with flying and that’s that. Other cards produce a variable number of tokens and we have two different ways of specifying that.

  • ‘N’ – These cards produce N tokens. For example Dragon Fodder is 2.

  • ‘X’ – These cards have an effect that is likely to put multiple tokens into play either at once of over the course of several turns. Examples include Secure the Wastes, Bitterblossom and Ant Queen.

  • N+’ ­– These cards produce N tokens and might be able to put them into play more than once but it takes a bit more work than an X card. For example Grave Titan is a 2+ token producer as it may put 2 tokens into play more than once but it requires being able to attack. Planeswalkers that produce tokens are generally considered to be N+ cards as they have multiple modes and may not produce a token every turn.

Whether a card is an N, X or N+ token producer is somewhat down to context and opinion, of course Dragon Fodder could produce 4 tokens with a Doubling Season in play, or a Snapcaster Mage but these sorts of cases are not considered for our purpose.

Two players are assumed for all tokens that put a number of tokens into play based on the number of players.

The final concept is the Suggested Minimum number of tokens that you should have available for gaming with your cube. For the purposes of calculating this number X token producers are assumed to produce 5 tokens and N+ token producers are assumed to produce 2N tokens, e.g. the value for Hero of Bladehold ­is 4.

Please bear in mind that this number is a suggested minimum not a suggested optimal number of tokens that you should have available!

Thank You

Finally I would just like to reiterate my thanks to everyone who supports Cube Tutor. I’m very proud to have achieved consistent month-on-month growth in the number of Champions and it means so much to know that you guys appreciate Cube Tutor enough to support it financially.

To everyone else who sends the odd message of encouragement, bug report over email or suggested feature with a Tweet – thanks to you guys too. It really helps!

If you find any issues or have any suggestions please do get in touch.

Until next time – Happy Cubing!

Ben

New Release: Urza’s Average

Hello! I have a small release for you today that will tie up a couple of loose ends and also build on the groundwork for an upcoming beta test. More information on the beta will be sent out to previous beta testers and Cube Tutor Champions very soon so watch your inbox! In the meantime here are today’s new features & fixes:

New Features & Bug Fixes

  • The algorithm which generates the average cubes has been changed to only use cubes that have been modified in the last six months. This should provide a much more accurate picture of the cards that are currently considered ‘staples’ for the various cube sizes.

  • The Top Cards By Set page can now be accessed using the set code on the URL like this www.cubetutor.com/topcardsbyset/SOI.

  • The View Tag page is fully operational once more! e.g. www.cubetutor.com/viewtag/1/4

  • Champion Feature Request 174 – Using the links in the top menu (‘Community’, ‘About’ etc) no longer causes the cube to change to “Ben’s Cube”.

  • Open Graph meta tags have been added to improve link sharing on social media.

  • The process for approving tags for cards has been much improved. Tags for popular cards should now be approved a lot quicker than they have been.

  • A new Featured Cube! If you want your cube to be considered for the spotlight then please get in touch and tell me why it’s awesome: www.cubetutor.com/contact

Happy Cubing!

– Ben

Bugfix Release: Shadows over Innistrad 1.1

I hope that you all enjoyed the prerelease, personally I’m very excited for this set and can’t wait to draft it! As many of you pointed out the flip/double faced/transform cards from Shadows over Innistrad were missing from the last release. Thanks to everyone who got in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Email – sorry that I didn’t get a chance to reply to all of you but I got so many messages!

A New Feature

So here they are in all their glory! Not only that but I snuck a new feature into this release too. When you hover over the name or image of a Double Faced card, you’ll see both sides. This is something that many of you have asked for via Champion Central so here it is!

If you are a Cube Tutor Champion and you’ve uploaded a custom scan for a double faced card then that image will show instead of the new double sided image.

Enjoy Shadows over Innistrad and I look forward to seeing what you all add to your cubes.

– Ben

New Release: Shadows over Innistrad

Today’s release brings Shadows over Innistrad & Duel Duels: Blessed v Cursed to Cube Tutor along with some updates to the following promo sets. In some cases I had to settle for less than optimal quality scans of these cards, if you’d like to provide some better scans then read on below!

  • FNM – Latest Promos.

  • Grand Prix – Stoneforge Mystic.

  • Happy Holidays – Goblin Sleigh Ride.

  • Judge Rewards – Command Beacon & Mana Drain.

  • Media Inserts – Various alternate art promos.

  • Game Day – Immolating Glare & Jori En.

  • Prerelease Promos – BFZ & others.

Send me missing card images

I know that we are still missing a few bits and pieces so I’d like to ask for your help in collecting them. If you have a scan of a card that is missing from Cube Tutor, or even if you have a better quality scan than we do then please send them in! Please make sure that:

  1. The card is in English.

  2. The card image completely fills the frame – with or without the border is fine.

  3. The file type is .jpg or .jpeg or .png.

  4. The file name is in lower case with none of the punctuation or spaces removed, e.g.

  • jace, the mind sculptor.jpeg

  • nissa’s renewal.jpg

  • lightning bolt.jpeg

Send them in a zip file or similar to ben@cubetutor.com. Thank You!

Today’s release also sees an update to the Featured Cube. Check out Khans of Alara “Rearranging the color wheel can create new allied guilds and shards. The focus on these new shards, a plethora of custom cards and unlimited Crumbling Vestiges, combine for a refreshing experience!”

The Average Cubes have also been updated.

Happy Cubing!

– Ben

Bug Fix Release: Oath of the Gatewatch 1.1

I Wasted no time in getting Oath of the Gatewatch on to Cube Tutor however there were some basic features that only tapped for colourless when they should’ve been tapping for mana of any colour. Oath of the Gatewatch 1.1 has landed!

Bug Fixes

  • Wastes now properly contribute to the card totals on the Deck and Deck Builder pages.

  • The default picture shown for Wastes is now the more attractive full art version.

  • Cube Tutor Champions (you guys rock!) may now upload their own custom image for the Wastes basic land type.

  • Wastes now show up in exported deck lists.

  • Exporting a cube sideboard now works correctly.

  • Exporting either a cube list or sideboard now works nicely with the filter. You can filter your cube as you wish and only export the selected cards.

  • The total card count updates when filtering your cube or sideboard.

Waste away!

– Ben

New Release: Oath of the Gatewatch

A belated Happy New Year everybody!

It’s been a little while since the last release but in line with the wishes of my Champion community I’ve been focussing on a larger piece of work – more on that in a future update. For now it’s Prerelease weekend and time to get a new set on to Cube Tutor.

Oath of the Gatewatch has brought with it a significant addition to the game in the new Colourless mana symbol. I’ve made the necessary modifications for this symbol but given the fundamental nature of this change there is a small chance that something may be broken. If you find any issues related to the new symbol, or anything else in this release than please do get in touch.

I’m fairly active on Twitter too so for the latest news and updates please do follow me: @cubetutor.

Today Changes

  • Added new set: Oath of the Gatewatch (‘OGW’).

  • Added all new Expeditions to the ‘EXP’ set.

  • You can now add Wastes to your decks through the Deck Builder.

  • Bug Fix: Filtering by subtype now works correctly for BFZ cards.

  • Bug Fix: Setting your land images for a non-primary cube now works properly.

  • Updated Average Cubes.

It is build number 1337 of Cube Tutor no less🙂

Happy Cubing

-Ben

The Cube Tutor Championship

Cube Tutor has partnered up with the awesome Milo: The Gathering to bring you The Cube Tutor Championship! If you haven’t checked out Milo’s channel then where have you been?! His funny and informative MTG content with a focus on cube makes for essential viewing. If you haven’t been following his videos then stop reading now and check out his channel.

Together with Toronto’s Face to Face Games we are proud to present to you The Cube Tutor Championship! This double elimination draft of Milo’s Noob Cube will take place over 6 episodes and is fully commentated and presented in beautiful HD.

Each of the 8 players had to qualify to get here so it is sure to be a nail biter. They are:

Rob Anton

Lucas Childs

Maya Carroll

Jeff Sereda

Daniel Fournier

Josh McLain

Frank Vanderzwet

Theo Raposo

It’s not just pride that is on the line. The winner of this tournament will receive a Cube Tutor Champion account PLUS the opportunity to design their own card that will be featured on the home page. This special card will be available for everyone to add to their cubes on Cube Tutor!

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the first video in the series here:

Happy Cubing!

– Ben

New Release Land Grant 2.0

It’s time for a release and as promised I present Land Grant 2.0 a little shy of two weeks after Land Grant 1.0.

When Land Grand 1.0 went out I put out a survey to the Champion community to find out how it was going and also to gauge the community response to the granularity of the releases up until now.

You guys gave me a really clear message! 67% of those who took the survey would prefer that I put out larger releases on a less frequent basis. Of that 67%, 60% asked me to focus on rewriting the front end to improve the experience on mobile. I’m very aware that in 2015, Cube Tutor should work a lot better on a phone than it does. The remaining 40% asked me to work on larger releases every 2 months or so.

With this in mind, starting from the next release I will be changing the release model to one release every 2 months. Each release will EITHER consist of features on Champion Central (http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/vote) or a block of work on the mobile rewrite. I expect the mobile rewrite to take roughly 6 months on my current part time schedule so we’re looking at around three of these larger releases for that. It’s a lot of work!

I will of course continue to roll out bug fixes, new card sets etc as per usual.

Let me know what you think of this plan via Email, Facebook, Twitter or a Cube Tutor Conversation!

One final note before I get on to today’s release. I will be out of the country for 2 weeks from 14th November and am going to a place with very little wifi! This means it’s going to take me a bit longer than usual to respond to your messages and to upgrade Champion accounts.

New Features

See Picks After Saving Deckhttp://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/3 – This was a large undertaking and has a few facets.

  • If you draft with Castle AI and subsequently build and save a deck you will be able to see the picks made by each Castle AI bot during the draft through that deck’s page.

  • You can now submit Castle AI pick reports after a draft has been completed.

  • In addition you can now click on the Human player (through the deck page only) and see the cards that he/she picked and passed from each pack. This feature is only available when the deck is built from a draft which included 1 or more Castle AI drafters. Therefore it is only available on cubes owned by Champions.

  • Obviously you cannot submit a pick report for a Human player’s picks! Perhaps consider starting a conversation with them instead!

  • This data is only available for decks drafted after the Land Grant 2.0 Release.

  • To make navigation of the picks easier they’ve been reordered so that P1P1 is first and I’ve added ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ buttons.

Other Additions

  • Added Commander 2015 set.

  • Added missing 2015 Judge Promos.

  • Added missing Dragon’s of Tarkir Dragonfury Promo’s.

  • Fixed the name of ‘Into the Void’ in the Origins Deckbuilders Toolkit set.

Happy Cubing!

– Ben

New Release: Land Grant 1.0

Hello again, time for another release! Last time around, for Nut Collector 1.0 I set out a new sizing system for these releases and committed to delivering either Two Medium, One Large or an Update on an Extra Large release. Today I’m delivering One Medium release plus and update on an Extra Large release. I’d really hoped to get all of this out as one large release about a week ago but you have to know when to cut your losses. I’d rather get a smaller update out for you guys and explain where I’m at with the bigger piece of work than leave it another week or two before getting the release out, so here we go.

What is not in Today’s Release

I decided to focus on hitting some of the most requested features on Champion Central (http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/vote) for this release. The top two (Simulated Drafts and See What Castle AI would pick) are simply not achievable in a month but I felt like I could tackle See Picks after saving deck in the time frame.

I was wrong! The real challenge with this piece of work is the sheer volume of data. Every bot has ~45 picks of 1-15 cards, each containing meta data about why that pick was made, plus a list of cards that were passed, with meta data about why those cards were passed! Finding a way to store and retrieve this data sensibly has been the main obstacle to overcome.

As it stands at the moment this piece of work is about 60% complete but still requires a lot of development and testing time. To get it to this stage I’ve gone far beyond my ‘part time’ commitment, particularly over the last two weeks but I still don’t quite have something to show you guys. I’m hoping to get this complete and releasable within the next two weeks as part of a Land Grant 1.x release, so watch this space.

What is in Today’s Release

It was clear to me about half way through the month that I just wasn’t going to get See Picks after saving deck complete in time, so I switched gears a little to tackle another high priority feature from Champion Central Assign Basic Land Art to each cube.

This piece of work is complete and I present it to you today. It has two strands

  • Anyone can change the basic lands used by their cube to one of seven pre-defined sets of basic lands Zendikar (The Default), Unglued, Unhinged, Beta, 7th, Ravnica or Lorwyn.

  • Champions can upload scans of their own basic lands (one scan for each basic land type).

These basic lands are cube-specific and will show up whenever someone drafts your cube and adds basics to their deck. To manage your basic lands simply visit http://www.cubetutor.com/myaccount/mybasicland/

In addition I have spent a good chunk of time sorting out a bunch of missing cards. Cube Tutor has an automated process for gathering new card data. All of these cards were missing from our source of card information so it was a case of manually downloading the images and writing database inserts. It was very time consuming but it’s something that the community has been asking me for repeatedly over the last few months. Here’s the complete list of added cards.

  • Clash Pack promos – Dromoka, Honored Hierarch, Siege Rhino etc

  • Deck Builders Toolkit Origins Reprints – Aegis Angel, Nightmare, Serra Angel etc

  • Origins Into Pack – Pia and Kiran Nalaar (I’m aware that there are some others that we are still missing)

  • FNM – Frost Walker, Orator of Ojutai, Path to Exile, Roast, Serum Visions, Ultimate Price

  • Launch Party Cards – Blight Herder, Mizzium Meddler

  • Box Toppers/Media Inserts – Genesis Hydra, Relic Seeker, Ruinous Path

  • Game Day – Languish, Conclave Naturalists, Radiant Flames, Stasis Snare

  • Pre Release Promos – All date stamped cards from Tarkir block & Origins

  • WMCQ – Thalia, Liliana of the Veil

  • SDCC Planeswalkers – The 2015 ones!

Bug Fixes & Other:

  • Fixed an issue with deleting a Primary Cube.

  • The Bulk Uploader no longer produces an error when cards are manually added.

  • Updated Average cubes (as of 28/10/2015)

  • A new Featured Cube – Milo: The Gathering’s Noob Cube! Cube Tutor will be working closely with Milo on a super awesome upcoming project so keep an eye out for that. Remember that if you’d like to be considered for the featured cube, just drop me a Conversation or an Email with a message about your cube and why it is awesome.

I’ll be putting out a poll to the Champion community asking you guys how I should proceed with working on your feature requests in the future so look out for that soon.

In the meantime thanks for your understanding and Happy Cubing!

– Ben.