I started playing Magic as a kid in 1995, and most of my cards back then were Revised/4th Edition. I then took about 15 years off until some friends got me back into drafting. I like drafting the new sets, but have huge nostalgia for the 4th edition era cards. And I still have a ton of those cards. So a friend and I decided to try to "remaster" 4th Edition into a draftable set.
We've been working on this for a while, and think it's in pretty good shape. We started with 4th Edition and Chronicles (about 500 cards) and then cut it down to a modern-size set of 234 cards. This allowed us to get rid of most of the painfully bad cards. We also assigned cards rarities to replicate the feel of drafting a set. There are 4 copies of each common, 2 copies of each uncommon, and 1 copy of each rare. (The card quality is way too low for a singleton cube.) We've drafted it once and it basically works, though the cards are very straightforward. I'd really appreciate any feedback for further edits. I'm not looking to make major changes, just tweaks here and there to improve the draftability. This includes card replacements and changes in "rarity."
Here are the parameters:
4th Edition and Chronicles only. Those are the cards I have and the ones I feel nostalgic for. Plus it keeps the cost down.
I want to preserve the feel of the 4th Edition era, which means leaving in some weak but thematic cards (Healing Salve, Sea Serpent, Walls).
True to this era of Magic, the spells are mostly strong and the creatures are weak. I want the cube to embrace that rather than trying to fight it.