- Usman "The Rad" Jamil started playing Magic around the time of Revised and Fallen Empires, joining the mass of people who quit the game around Masques and came back to the game at the Betrayers of Kamigawa prerelease. Since returning to the game, he focused mainly on Limited formats and discovered the cube drafting format around the time of Morningtide. He has since become an expert in the fledgling format, through discussions, in-depth analyses, writing articles and maintaining a blog on the format at idratherbecubing.wordpress.com. During his MBA studies, he focused on approaching Magic, especially cube drafting, from an efficiency and holistic-based point of view in a similar way that Japanese automobile manufacturers did in the 1980s. His quantitative and strategic background has given him a unique insight to the format. When he's not drafting the latest set or a cube, he is an active member of the cube community, sharing knowledge about the cube drafting format as well as providing occasional financial information on cubing and Magic.
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Posts by Usman Jamil
By Usman JamilUsman's farewell article shares why he believes there's more to cubing than just optimization and winning.
March 25, 2011 1 Comments
By Usman JamilCube systems? How do they work?
March 11, 2011 4 Comments
By Usman JamilIn the final Cube SWOT article Usman shatters notions around Artifacts, levying ruin to the everyday average.
March 4, 2011 1 Comments
By Usman JamilPart summary, part style, all hot Cube theory. Usman shares a SWOT on pure gold.
February 25, 2011 3 Comments
By Usman JamilIn the fifth part of his ongoing series, Usman gives us a SWOT on green in cubes!
February 17, 2011 4 Comments
By Usman JamilYou'll be seeing red this week as Usman runs through part 4 of his Cube SWOT series!
February 10, 2011 5 Comments
By Usman JamilIn part 3 of his Cube SWOT series, Usman discusses the strengths, weaknesses, and archetypes represented in black and how these manifest in cube.
February 2, 2011 1 Comments
By Usman JamilThis week, Usman continues his series of SWOT articles for each color in cube, examining the strengths, weaknesses and what each color brings to its archetype. This week's SWOT analysis is on blue.
January 26, 2011 3 Comments
By Usman JamilThis week, Usman begins a series on performing a SWOT analysis on each color in cubes, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each color and what it brings to aligned multicolor pairs, starting with an analysis of white.
January 19, 2011 4 Comments
By Usman JamilIn this article, Usman discusses how to take a pool of cards and pare it down into a cube list that can be used for drafting using a sample section from a commons cube. Hop in!
January 5, 2011 0 Comments
By Usman JamilIn a special holiday-timed post, Usman breaks down two of the latest presents from our glorious Wizards overlords and shares some of the key steps he takes in making the most of every look at cards for cubes!
December 24, 2010 4 Comments
By Usman JamilThe considerations the go into the foundation of a cube are myriad. Join Usman as he begins delving into the depths of what makes a cube through restrictions!
November 30, 2010 3 Comments