Please make it sound like it is more than just custom cards which appeal to 1 % of the customers.
It is also foils and altered cards which appeal to 99 % of all their customers.
It honestly sounds like they have a crappy product. In their own words.
Will you please let me know if they upgrade to CubeTutor standards? And maybe even beyond but that sounds unlikely with their ‘let’s get money before we spend money’ attitude.
I think you're being (very) unfairly harsh here Velrun. This project was started by someone on their own time, much like Ben Titmarsh did with CubeTutor. CC has 16 patrons worth $47, CT has 271. Interestingly, the monthly revenue from those patrons is no longer shown on CT's patron page... CubeTutor grew into what it is today over a span of six years, CubeCobra is only a few months old. CT didn't feature image hosting from the get-go either, for exactly the same reasons that CC doesn't at the moment. The developer made it open source so others can contribute, which I can't overstate how huge of a decision that is. It runs on a much better stack as well. This is not a crappy product, it's a product in its infancy, but the open source thing alone makes this the most promising CT alternative in ages.
And if they are not going to improve their product, then no one will buy it. And thus the circle of recession begins.
They should obviously start improving their product first and hope customers will later buy the improved product. Just like CubeTutor did.
From their site: "since the website is powered by scryfall, newly spoiled cards can be used at most 24 hrs after being spoiled, with no downtime!"I guess I am outvoted then That gives me hope.
Do we know from where Cobra imports card images? On CubeTutor I have beautiful, large and detailed, card images from Scryfall.
I don't think CT does that, does it? I never noticed it, anyway, and I'm a patron.
That's not the same, as you have to upload your scan and replace the image of an existing card. CubeCobra actually has the new cards available soon after they are spoiled, meaning you don't have to wait (long) for the actual card to appear in CubeCobra. With CubeTutor, new cards only become available after the entire new set is dumped into the database at once, a week or two after the set releases. I mean, I've definitely uploaded scans of new cards to CT in the way you describe, but using placeholder cards is kinda ugly still. CC's way is much nicer.Voila. All this takes < 1 minute. It can only be done if you are a Patreon.
I would strongly recomment Cobra to do what CubeTutor did and what I do in my business: Invest before I expect customers to start paying. Make a perfect product. In this way you can expect customers to get attracted. If you are only spending revenue money on upgrades, then you don’t stand a chance because customers will only flood to your product when it is super new and exciting. Take They Are Billions and Artifact as examples.
Any stats collected by CT while you are using a proxy for that Eldraine card don't carry over, such as pick order and CastleAI training data, once you make the swap to the actual card. Only the visual spoiler actually shows the "right" card, the curve and list views don't. Though you can mark it as a custom with a tag, the name displayed will still be the proxy you are using to stick the art of your new Eldraine on. In addition, unless you sideboard the card with the custom Eldraine scan, decks drafted while you are using the proxy will revert to listing the actual card you used as a proxy. I think there are tangible upsides to CubeCobra's system, and 24 hours is definitely a much more manageable timeframe to wait on those new cards than the weeks you'll have to wait on them with CT.I don’t know about the rest of you guys but if I am looking at my cube and I cannot see a difference and if I draft my cube and I canno feel a difference, then I consider that a non-factor.
Any stats collected by CT while you are using a proxy for that Eldraine card don't carry over, such as pick order and CastleAI training data, once you make the swap to the actual card.
Only the visual spoiler actually shows the "right" card, the curve and list views don't.
I think there are tangible upsides to CubeCobra's system, and 24 hours is definitely a much more manageable timeframe to wait on those new cards than the weeks you'll have to wait on them with CT.