KingNeb’s Altered Art Cube
This is a powered 540 Cube with alternate art proxies! The sweet cards I use in real life have been uploaded to CubeTutor & now you can draft with these awesome looking cards. Enjoy!
I was thinking about holding this feature back for a larger release but it has been requested SO MANY times and was also voted for by the Champion community recently (www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/9) so I decided it would just be best to release it straight away.
You can now see the 'Top Cards' on Cube Tutor here: www.cubetutor.com/topcards
Sorting the grid by Cube Count will show you the most popular cards based on how many cubes that they appear in (please ignore 'Ow' which only features so frequently because it is often picked up from mis-spellings through the Bulk Uploader). You can also sort the grid by Pick Percentage which gives you the Global Pick Order (i.e. highest picked cards in Draft) that is used by Castle AI bots.
We also have a new Featured Cube – KingNeb's Altered Art cube which really showcases what you can do with the new 'Upload Card Scans' feature of a Cube Tutor Champion account.
If you enjoy using Cube Tutor and would like to get a bit more out of your account, or just want to support the site then please do consider becoming a Champion: www.cubetutor.com/champion. I'm tantalizingly close to my Part Time Milestone now!
We've been having a big problem with spammers the last couple of days. I've put in a few measures to reduce their impact on the site, and also to help me detect and prevent them from using it in the future... In order to get these changes out I'm also putting live a few features that I've been working on over the last few days. I haven't had as much time to test these as I'd like so please let me know if you come across any problems!
We also have Origins! I'm sorry that it's taken so long for this update, and i'll look to speed things up for the next set release.. please bear with me!
Here is the complete list of changes:
Users may now only post one forum thread per day. This is hopefully an interim solution until I find a better way to deal with these spammers.
Champion Feature Request 6 – Working 'Remember Me' function. The 'Remember Me' box on the login page should now work properly and you should no longer have to log in multiple times per day. It should also work across multiple devices. There was a lot of work involved in this change, so do let me know if you find a bug.
Champion Feature Request 55 – Collector's Edition Prices. TCGPlayer list these in a rather bizarre, non-standard way. I finally found out how to get hold of these prices through the API so you can now see them on your price page.
Marking individual cards as Owned or Not Owned on the Price page no longer causes the page to scroll back to the top.
When filtering the View Curve page, the number of cards in the resulting set is now properly updated.
It is no longer possible to attempt to load the prices for an empty cube, which would previously load indefinitely.
Added a few new user-requested pimp types: Stamped, Crimped, Full Art, Artist Altered.
I've decided to open up the Castle AI Pick Report pages and the Feature Voting pages for everyone to view. It will still only be possible for Champions to comment and vote on these items but I see no reason why everyone shouldn't be able to see what is going on.
Today I'd like to take a bit of a look at what people have been writing on those pages and provide my own thoughts. So to start off with let's address a few common themes in Castle AI Pick Reports. You can view these here:
Untagged Cards are undervalued by the AI. Simply put if a card is not tagged, the AI doesn't know how to evaluate it from a Strategy point of view. If you see powerful cards right down the bottom of the pick order, then please click on the card name to see if it has any Approved Tags. If it doesn't then the AI won't evaluate it correctly just yet. Once a card has been categorised by 10 Users it is marked for approval so if there is a particular card that you would like to be approved then please help out by suggesting some tags on that cards' own page, e.g. http://www.cubetutor.com/card/1/23482. You can also tag random cards through the Categoriser (www.cubetutor.com/categoriser). Examples of this issue:
Cards that are missing SOME tags are drafted incorrectly. For example in Report 9 (http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/castleai/pickdecisionreport/9) the fix will be to add the 'Cares About (Creature)' tag to Mother of Runes. If you take a look at the Strategy Guide you will see that Control does not favour this particular tag on a card. By adding the tag, a Castle AI bot drafting a Control Deck will no longer value this card so highly. Some other examples of this
The AI isn't bulletproof at detecting Combos just yet. Essentially it detects combos using a threshold on the "Two Way Synergy" between two cards. Synergy itself is a measure of the pick ratio (pick count / pass count) for any two given cards, but it is directional i.e. "If I have Voltaic Key and I then pick Time Vault" is a different stat to "If I have Time Vault then I pick Voltaic Key". Two Way Synergy is a weighted average of these two statistics. The reason that the AI uses this particular threshold is that a flat out list of two card combos would simply be two cumbersome to maintain. By inferring whether any two cards are a combo based on how real Cube Tutor drafters have picked, we've got something that is constantly evolving and doesn't require maintenance. However it does come with a cost as it isn't 100% accurate at detecting combos. I'd like to open up this method for discussion. What would you do differently? Some examples of this:
Draft Around Me cards possibly sway the AI a little too much, particularly early on in the draft. This is another threshold that is really difficult to get right.. too low and Reanimator/Storm/Other Combo Decks are under-drafted, too high and they are over-drafted. Examples:
One thing I would like to say here is please don't be afraid to downvote/disagree. Votes are completely anonymous and it really helps me to gauge the popularity of a particular feature request.
See Picks after Saving Deck –http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/3. I would love to be able to do this, the only problem is the quantity of data. For each draft we'd need to store all of the cards that each bot picked and passed along with how each of those cards very evaluated by the AI and the detected Strategy for each pick. It's fine to keep all of this "in memory" to show it during the draft but making it available later would require saving a lot of information. It's possible that I could solve this using a different storage system, like a NoSQL data store. Like every feature request it's a cost-benefit thing and I really need to gauge how important this would be for the community before committing to it.
Working “Remember Me” function - http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/6 It was my view that the Remember Me check box worked perfectly as long as you only used it on one device (this isn't ideal I know). However you guys are telling me that it's not always working for you even on one device so I totally intend to go back to this feature and make it work properly. For anyone in the Champion community, I'd really appreciate hearing about your experience using the feature in the comments on that page.
Group Rotisserie Draft –http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/16. The difficulty I have is that (for the time being at least) I must avoid anything that could be considered Multi Player. It's a delicate situation but suffice to say anything that could theoretically compete with Magic Online is something that I will be avoiding. Now I'm completely aware that MTGO does not offer a Rotisserie draft function (heck you can't even draft a personal cube on there yet) but if they were to turn around tomorrow and decide that's what they wanted to do then I don't want to be in a position where Cube Tutor could be taking away business from them. I'm also completely aware that other sites out there may offer things like this (either now or in the near future) but I can't speak for them, all I can do is tell you guys where I'm coming from.
Solitaire Mode –http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/17. This comes back to the same principle that I must avoid features which may be considered to compete with Magic Online. I know that a solitaire system may not seem like much but it is a feature that could take us down a path of simulating the process of playing a game of Magic the Gathering. Cube Tutor is all about management and testing, not playing. Whilst I can totally see how Solitaire mode could help you test your cube I'm afraid it's just a step too far, for now at least. However I do believe that a Sample Hand Generator is a reasonable request. I'm completely aware that other sites out there may offer things like this (either now or in the near future) but I can't speak for them, all I can do is tell you guys where I'm coming from.
Card Quality should be Editable for AI purposes – http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/15. The AI builds a per cube Pick Order based on the global Cube Tutor pick order. A few people have mentioned that the AI seems to rank strong cards quite low for Quality. Whilst the measure of quality is cube-specific I can still understand that players may wish to configure this quality scoring for particular cards. I've marked this one as Pending Fix and will look to complete it in an upcoming release.
Mass Edits to Lists –http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/14. This one could be a little tricky from a User Interface perspective but I can completely understand why people want it. The Edit List page could do with a small overhaul to improve performance so, based on the popularity of this request I will probably tackle this piece of work when I get on to that.
Mobile Friendliness - http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/20. I'm very aware of how difficult it can be to use parts of Cube Tutor on a mobile device. It's a big piece of work but if I am afforded the time to do so by the community and the Patreon Campaign, it's certainly something that is high on my personal To Do list for Cube Tutor.
Sort/Filtering by Artist – http://www.cubetutor.com/championcentral/features/feature/12. This is a nice idea. Currently the Cube Tutor database does not contain Artist information for each card, and it is relatively non-trivial for me to add it. However, like anything I will judge this request on it's popularity in the Champion community.
Obviously there are a lot more feature requests to go through and I am looking at them all so if your item hasn't been mentioned here then it may well come up in a future blog post.
Thanks for reading and remember even if you don't have a feature to propose, please do check out what other people are suggesting and weigh in with your own opinions. Votes are anonymous and it really helps me out to know what you guys are thinking!
Until next time,
THANK YOU so much for getting me beyond the level where Cube Tutor's server costs are covered!! It's such a great feeling to know that the future of the site is secured, and that this has been achieved by the collective effort of the Cube Tutor community! You guys are amazing!
We've had a couple of minor bug fix releases since launch but for the most part the site has held together which is a testament to the hard work of the team involved in the Beta Program. Thanks guys! We will undoubtedly be holding another Beta session some time in the near future so if you'd like to apply for that then just drop me an email.
I've been reading through all of your Bug Reports, Castle AI pick decision reports and New Feature requests and will start to tackle some of these in anger from about mid next week once the dust has settled. In the mean time, please keep that feedback coming in so that I can prioritise accordingly.
Everyone who has signed up to the Patreon should now have their account upgraded. Let me know if you've somehow slipped through the net!
That's about it for now... Long Live Cube Tutor.. Thanks to YOU :)
My name is Ben and I am dedicated to building the best suite of cube management and testing tools on the internet.
Over the past two years Cube Tutor has grown from a tiny project shared amongst friends to the Go To tool for cube management and testing for tens of thousands of players around the world. I love Magic: The Gathering, the Cube format and this community and want to keep doing this as long as possible.
I don't make any money out of Cube Tutor.. in fact quite the opposite. Over the past few months the popularity of the site, and resulting server costs have reached a level that is unsustainable for me. So I am appealing to you to help me keep the site up and running by covering those server costs through a Patreon campaign.
As a THANK YOU to anyone who is able to donate just $5 or more a month, your account on Cube Tutor will be upgraded to a Champion Level account granting you access to some awesome new features including a custom built Advanced Drafting AI (“Castle AI”), Grid Drafting, Winston Drafting, Custom Card images and much more! Check out the Champion home page to see what's included:
In addition, as a member of the Champion community you will receive voting rights to help shape the future of the platform by telling me what I should be working on next!
Anything beyond the first milestone of this campaign represents MY DREAM. I would love to work on Cube Tutor to the point where I could consider it my job that paid the bills. This would mean more new features, more releases and more awesomeness for the site as voted for by you guys in the Champion community.
Cube Tutor Champion Program: www.cubetutor.com/champion
Patreon Campaign: www.patreon.com/cubetutor
New Features (for Non-Champions too!)
In addition to launching the Cube Tutor Champion program this release also includes a bunch of new features for Non Champion members too. I fully intend to continue rolling out new features to you guys who perhaps can't afford to donate and become a Cube Tutor Champion. For this release, we have...
Card Prices – You can access the current price for your cube on a new Price page. You can mark cards as 'Owned' or 'Not Owned' and will see a summary of the total value of the Owned and Not Owned portions of your cube. All prices are provided by TCGPlayer.com.
Sideboard – A place to store cards which aren't in your main list but that you want to keep track of. You could use this for cards that you are considering for inclusion in your main list or for those people with an EDH cube, this might be the place to store your list of Commanders. It's just a really flexible space for you to use as you choose. You can move cards to your Sideboard from the Edit List page, and view your Sideboard on the new View Sideboard page.
My Account Redesign – I've reorganised My Account into separate pages, and it's now accessible through the gear icon in the Top Right corner.
Each card now has it's own page that you can reach by clicking on a card image or name. From this page you can see all of the available versions of that card, including prices. You can also view the approved tags and suggest new tags which are heavily used by Castle AI.
View Tag page. You can see all cards tagged with a particular property. This page can be reached by clicking on a tag on the View Card page, or in the Castle AI documentation. For example: www.cubetutor.com/viewtag/1/8
Stars – You will notice that some members have stars after their usernames. A gold star indicates a Cube Tutor Champion and a blue star indicates a member who helped out in the Cube Tutor Beta program.
We now have a custom 404 Error page. It shows a random card too!
The Something Went Wrong page has been snazzed up a bit too.
The card images on the Draft page have been reduced a bit in size to make it easier to draft without scrolling.
'Subscribe' has been renamed to 'Follow'. Follow a cube to get an update on your home page when people interact with it.
Many bug fixes – too many to mention!
If you find any problems, then please report them to Ben directly through the usual channels (www.cubetutor.com/contact). This release will be very busy for me, please bear in mind the following:
It is very likely that the site will be taken offline sporadically over the next few days for bug fixes and general maintenance. You can trust that I will only be doing this when it is absolutely necessary.
Champion accounts will be manually upgraded in batches every few hours but it may take up to 24 hours for your account to be upgraded. Please ensure that your email address on Patreon matches your email address on Cube Tutor (which you can see and modify through My Account). If you would like them to be different, that's no problem just let me know.
Castle AI may perform strangely on “jank” cubes at the moment. This is because it relies heavily on our crowd sourced tagging system (The Categoriser) and many of the less popular cards simply have no approved tags yet. Without these the AI does not know how to evaluate them. Please bear with us while we get through the backlog.
If you would like to push a card up the priority order, then you can suggest tags for it directly on the page for that card.
We will be doing our best to review your Castle AI pick reports, but initially at least things are going to be very busy so please don't expect a quick turnaround time on modifications. CTAdmin's will get around to your reports as soon as we can.
Thanks a lot for reading and I hope that you are as excited about this as I am!