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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.
It's been a while since I put out a bug fix release so it felt appropriate to name it after the all-format soon-to-be-banned All Star that is Treasure Cruise!
I found out recently that our hosting provider, Cloudbees is to stop it's hosting offering by the end of the year so I will be working on “moving house” so to speak over the next couple of weeks. It'll be a lot of work but once that's done I'll be able to dedicate more time to working on your feature requests so please keep those coming in through the usual channels.
So without further adieu, I present Treasure Cruise 1.0
All card images now hosted by MTGImage.com – A few months ago we made the transition to MTGImage.com for all of CubeTutor's non-promo images. Since then, Robert at MTGImage has been working his butt off and they're now in a position to host all of the card images that we need for CubeTutor including all promo's. This is great news because it is a lot easier to add new cards to the site now, meaning the delay between set release and CubeTutor updating should be very small, or even non-existent. To anyone out there who's developing an app that needs card images, look no further than MTGImage.com (and accompanying MTGJson.com), it is awesome.
Fixed Multiple Decks Saving bug – A lot of you guys have reported this one over the last few months. You'll save a deck through the Deck Builder and it will be saved 10+ times. This was a very annoying issue to track down, and it ended up being specific to IE 10 & 11. It's now fixed, and most of the extra decks have been deleted from the database.
Reworked Cube Index – If you've seen the 502 Bad Gateway error in the last month you'll know why we had to do this. In order to calculate activity scores, the Index page had to load every cube on the site and compare them to work out which were the “most active”. This was fine when we had 500 cubes, but now that we have getting on for 20,000 it is no longer feasible. The heavy lifting required was causing the site to periodically slow down and occasionally crash all together. The Cube Index has now been replaced with separate Average Cubes, Most Drafted Cubes and Search pages. Unfortunately this has been at the cost of the Activity Score, and the ability to filter by properties. The former probably won't come back, but I'm working on adding the latter to the Search page. In the mean time you've now got a bunch of new ways to search for cubes on the site including by 'Contains Card(s)'.
Restyled Menus – The look and feel has changed quite a bit. In addition
All Cube Index pages can now be found under 'Community'.
FAQ, Contact and Donate can be found under 'About'.
When logged in, you can logout using the cog icon in the new username panel.
When logged in and viewing one of your own cubes, you can switch to your other cubes in the cube sub menu.
When logged in, View, Edit and Bulk Upload can be found under the 'List' sub menu item.
Khans of Tarkir Clan Names – These now replace the old Apocalypse era names for the 3 colour wedge combinations, everywhere on the site. I also fixed the name of the 4-Colour combination “Glint Eye”, previously “Giant Eye” - thanks Henry who got in touch about that.
Added missing promos – From Game Day, FNM, Judge, Media Inserts, Prereleases, Launch Parties, SDCC and WMCQ. Thanks again MTGImage.com.
If you have any questions, comments, bugs or feature requests, then please get in touch.
M15 is live! Don't forget to check out the Top Cards By Set page to see which cards people are adding.
We decided to change our source of non-promo images for this release. For the past year we've been relying on MagicCards.info to give us all of the card information for new sets, and Wizard's "general" URL for the actual images. That all changed today thanks to MTGJson.com and MTGImage.com. These great projects simplify the whole process of adding new sets and it'll mean much faster updates for Cube Tutor. If you are working on an MTG website or app I can't recommend them enough.
As this is a new image source, there is a small chance some card images could be missing. If you notice any problems, then don't hesitate to get in touch.
Enjoy the update and we look forward to drafting your M15-enabled cubes!
We have Conspiracy! It took a little longer than usual this time because our source of card information and images was late in updating. I know that a lot of you have been waiting for this for a while so thanks for your patience and understanding.
I've had a lot of questions about the new cards with abilities that affect the process of drafting and their impact on Cube Tutor. As awesome as it would be to implement these, it just isn't feasible for a number of reasons:
The impact on the User Interface. Most of the cards ask players to reveal what they have drafted. This implies a visual of the table plan so that players can see which cards have been revealed by whom. This would be a cool feature regardless of Conspiracy, but it's not a straightforward piece of work.
Each new card would require an extension to the basic drafting engine. Whether it's adding new packs, looking at unopened booster packs, drafting individual packs, adding cards from your card pool or whatever else, Cube Tutor's basic draft engine would need to support these actions. It would also need to cater for a whole bunch of edge cases, like what do you do if you are drafting your whole cube and someone opens Lore Seeker?
Extending the bots to understand the new cards. How should a bot act upon seeing an unopened booster pack? How highly should Cogwork Librarian be picked when you are taking into account Implied Value?
From an academic point of view it would be a really interesting exercise to implement these mechanics but there is a good reason why Wizards announced that Conspiracy would not be available on Magic Online! Right now I can't see there ever being an ROI calculation that would make the time investment and complexity creep worthwhile but who knows what the future holds?
One final point, Conspiracy introduced a new card type. I've done my best to make sure that all of the Cube Tutor pages and features support this new card type, but if you find any problems then do let me know.
Thanks for reading, and happy cubing!