Mistakes in Cubing – Basic Lands
So, the first few times I drafted my cube, I had a problem: I didn’t have enough basic lands. I thought I did, but I quickly found out otherwise, when immediately after drafting the packs, I had 7 people simultaneously asking where the lands were, why weren’t there enough plains, if they could re-sleeve their sideboard cards with their own basics, and more. I was trying to put my own deck together at the same time, got a bit frazzled, and blew up a friend sitting next to me.
Don’t do that. It’s just not worth it, and I felt really bad about it afterward. Instead, take the precautions I should have in the first place, and make sure you have enough basic lands for your cube.
Nowadays, I make sure that I have enough lands for two people in the draft to be heavy in a single color, without accounting for nonbasics. I’ve had some 8-man drafts now, so that means running at least 30 of each basic land type (sleeved). I have unsleeved lands just in case the draft is a bit skewed, as well.
So have some peace of mind, and be prepared with a lot of basic lands. Your drafters will thank you when you have them readily available, and it’s just one less thing you have to worry about when drafting.