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I put out a call last week for new Cube Tutor features. Specifically things that you guys are still using your spreadsheets for but can't yet achieve through CT. The response was fantastic! A couple of things, namely Average CMC charts and a 'View Curve' page came up repeatedly so I decided to tackle those first.
In addition to these new features, make sure to check out Quinn Edward French's Modern Banlist cube which is now in residence at #13 and featured on the home page after he won our November contest. Quinn's feature request was to add a 'Require Multicolour' check box to the Cube Filter.
Without further adieu, here is the list of changes.
Average CMC Charts on the Analysis page. You can now see the Average CMC of the cards in your cube split by mono colours, guilds and multicolour combinations. The fourth chart shows combined averages. As with everything on this page you can use the filter to refine the list of cards that are analysed.
Multicolour Pie Chart on the Analysis page. Shows card counts for the tri colour combinations.
View Curve page – http://www.cubetutor.com/viewcurve/1. You can now view the curve of your list split by colour, and then creature & non-creature. If you've checked out the Average CMC charts to see that your Average Mono Red CMC is too high then this view should help you figure out what to change. As you'd expect this page also includes the filter & tag colours.
Require Multicolour cube filter option. Tick this box to restrict the filter results to only multicolour cards.
Reset Pick Orders – You can now reset just the pick orders for your draft bots. This is useful when you want to make wide sweeping changes to your cube and force your bots to “re-learn” how to draft it.
Increased Blog Comment Size – Many of you have been frustrated at only being able to write 1000 characters on your blog posts. This has now been increased to 20,000 characters.
Fixed a number of Search Bugs. Thanks to Erik Balgard who contacted me through Facebook to report these.
Setting cube size from 360 to 360 cards did not return any results.
Setting a cube size in conjunction with a card name (e.g. Gravecrawler in cubes between 359 and 361 cards) did not return any results.
Setting “Drafted X Times” in conjunction with a cube size did not return any results.\
Average Cubes have been updated.
A subtle restyle on the header.
As ever, if you have a problems or want to run anything else by me, please get in touch.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Being an Englishman I don't do anything to celebrate, other than watch in wonder as my local Tesco gets ransacked for Dr Dre headphones but nonetheless I know that lots of you guys do celebrate it so I hope that you had a nice day!
I spent this morning working and listening to the MTGin3D cube podcast on ManaDeprived. Pedro, Liam and the guys do a great job of chatting all things cube and I highly recommend it to anyone who is not a regular listener. The topic of CubeTutor came up and one of the guys mentioned how the Analysis page is sorely lacking a “Average CMC” section, and that this was the only thing holding him back from dumping his old spreadsheet. Well to me, you shouldn't have to maintain your list in two different places, CubeTutor should do everything that your spreadsheet did and more. So I'll make a commitment to get this fixed for my next bugfix release.
What I want to know from you guys is, what else is holding you back from getting rid of your old spreadsheet? Having to maintain a list in two places is a pain, and if I can get rid of any of these little sticking points then I will. I get a ton of suggestions from you guys every day, and they are very much appreciated, but what I'm looking for here aren't cool new features like [X] 2 Player Draft Format or Commander Cube support (I know about those things, don't worry!), but more the little issues that you can still do on a spreadsheet (or wherever else you host your list), but not on CubeTutor.
You've still got a couple more days to get your entries in for our November Competition. The prize is having your cube moved to ID #13 which will be featured, and a day of my development time to work on something you'd like to see on CubeTutor. For more information check out this post:
Once I've agreed a new feature with the winner of this contest, I will implement that along with the most popular “niggles” sometime in the next couple of weeks. So if you've got a suggestion, then please send it to me the next week or so and I will work on what I can. All the usual contact channels apply:
We're having to do a bit more DNS work, this time changing our Name Servers. This means that from 8AM GMT tomorrow, Cube Tutor will not be available on cubetutor.com. I will have no control over what is displayed and it will likely be a UK2.NET landing page.
The site will be available as usual on cubetutorbeta.com. I have no control over the duration of this downtime but from experience it typically takes 2 to 8 hours.
To celebrate the successful move to our new servers we will be running a little competition in November. The winner will receive:
1) Cube ID number 13! Now that we are up to the 20,000 mark with Cube IDs, help distinguish your list with a nice low cube number! Lucky number 13 has been long since removed but the winner will have their cube moved to this desirable number.
2) Cube number 13 will be featured. Show off your list to the community and get some valuable draft feedback.
3) A day of my development time to build something that YOU want to see on Cube Tutor. I have a long list (currently over 300) feature requests that I am slowly working through. The winner will see their idea shoot to the top of the list to be realised in the next release. Of course I will retain the final say on what will and won’t be permitted for this so don’t go crazy, and it must be something that I can reasonably complete in a day of development. If you need some inspiration, I’m hoping to see a few ideas on this Reddit thread!
So how do I enter?
Simple! Just take to Twitter and tell your followers why you think that Cube Tutor Rocks. Eligible tweets must mention @cubetutor and use the hashtag#CubeTutorRocks. Other than that you can write what you like. You can make up to one entry every day for the whole of November, and the winner will be drawn randomly from all of the available entries on December 1st.
The time has come to up sticks and move Cube Tutor to warmer climes. We’re changing our hosting provider.
It’s taken a fair amount of work to get to this point but we should hopefully see further performance improvements in our new home.
In order to complete the migration we plan to take the site down tomorrow Thursday 30th October at around 10AM GMT. The process will involve backing up our entire live database and importing it on to the new platform. We expect this to take 3-4 hours. In addition we will need to update our DNS record to point the domain cubetutor.com to our new servers. This can take up to 24 hours so in the meantime we will publish another URL that you can access Cube Tutor on.
We’ve taken all of the precautions that we can but there is a chance that something may go wrong. This is the equivalent to moving house in real life, and sometimes the removal company destroys your furniture or you realise that you accidentally bought a 1 bed studio rather than the 4 bed family house that you needed! For that reason we will be hanging on to our old setup for a week or two so that we can switch back if necessary. Hopefully that won’t need to happen but you never know.
For the first few days we will be monitoring things very closely and it would be great if you guys could report any problems as soon as you experience them. The quicker that we can get things sorted, the better.