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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!