Monthly Archives: July 2013

Recent Server Outage

Ovet the past 48 hours Cube Tutor has exhibitied slowness and random outages, particularly at peak time (2 – 4 AM BST).  I’ve been working with my hosting provider (Cloudbees – They are FANTASTIC) to resolve this and essentially I have outgrown the basic, free package that Cube Tutor has been running on.  This morning the site went through an upgrade and we now have 4 x the amount of CPU and memory available and have removed some of the throttled concurrency restrictions that were previously in place.

Early signs look promising, but it is very difficult to tell until we hit peak load again tonight.  I am also looking at a couple of application level improvements. 

Whilst things are heading in the right direction, there is still a chance of outage so please have a little patience with me and continue to send in your reports via Twitter and email and I will get the site back up to full strength as soon as I can.  As I’ve said in the past, this really started as a personal project and with the massive increase in usage I am somewhat learning on the job!  But have faith that I love this site and will be doing everything I can to keep it alive and healthy!


New Release! Tinker 1.0

First off apologies for the lengthy downtime this time, I ended up having to make 4 releases in total to get this live and it took a bit longer than expected.  As ever I’ve been listening to the feedback you’ve been sending my way and prioritised the most requested features and significant bugs, so if you’ve asked for something then check out the list below.

This release is under the banner of ‘Tinker’.  It doesn’t mean that the Deep Analysis release is complete but I’ve just put it down for a while to concentrate on other stuff.

In case you missed my recent tweet, M14 will be coming soon.  I’m waiting for Wizards to upload the card images to their “general” URL.

New Features

  • You can now specify the number of bots when drafting a cube.  The number of cards per pack is dependent on the size of your cube.  The number of packs (3) is still set in stone.
  • Added a ‘My Activity’ feed to your home page.  By default this shows any actions that you or any other user has performed on your cube(s) including adding/removing cards, deck building, new forum threads and comments on decks, updates and forum posts.
  • You can ‘subscribe’ to another users’ cube.  This will add to your activity feed any activities from the above list that have happened on that cube.  The subscribe button appears on the per cube menu in a rather prominent blue colour.
  • Added a ‘My Stats’ section to your home page.  This provides a summary of the activity on your cube including a gauge that rates your activity against all of the other cubes on Cube Tutor.  If you have an activity score of 79 it means that your cube is more active that 78% of cubes on Cube Tutor.  A cube is more active if it is updated and drafted more frequently than other cubes.
  • Blog posts can now be deleted.  Note that this won’t remove the underlying update, but the post will simply be removed from the blog page.  If you want to undo an update this must still be done through the edit list page.

Bug Fixes

  • The drafting algorithm for the Cube Tutor bots has been modified for colourless cards.  Previously the bots would take a colourless card in accordance with the pick/pass ratio for that card.  Now they will take the highest ranked card in their colours or the highest ranked colourless card regardless of its actual pick/pass ratio.
  • Cards that are removed from a cube are no longer deleted from the database.  This means that decks will not have those cards removed from them any more.
  • Unselecting the ‘watched’ checkbox for a card now works properly.
  • Login redirects to the home page rather than the blog page.
  • Fixed a bug where it was possible to modify the image or description for another users cube (sorry wtwlf123!).

Top 20 Most Drafted Cubes

This data was very well received the last time I published it so here we go again. This time we have to Top 20 Most Drafted Cubes, in fact all of those with an incredible 10,000 picks or more!  Why not give them a draft yourself?

In the not-too-distant future I will start featuring cubes on the home page of Cube Tutor.  Should one of these be featured first?  Or do you think that you have a unique spin on cube that deserves the spotlight?  Let me know on Twitter @cubetutor.

1. Ben’s Cube,054
2. ChampBlankman’s Cube,038
3. wtwlf123’s Cube,929
4. ZachSellsMagic Cube,112
5. Magic-Jiffen’s cube,384
6. Piccio’s Cube,098
7. Kingneb’s Powered Cube,101
8. haganbmj’s Cube,413
9. Cube#1,954
10. Dudebro cube,910
11. Fun_Titan’s Cube,653
12. David’s Cube,326
13. VibeBox’s Cube,268
14. tomchaps’ Cube,157
15. Hicham and Fredo’s Cube,054
16. Darrin’s Ravnica Cube,848
17. hardb0dy’s Cube,794
18. Arjan’s Cube,665
19. Peasant 540,648
20. stubobj 360 Modern Cube –,569