Wild Defiance

When we’re growing our creatures, it doesn’t usually make much sense to lean heavily on “until end of turn” effects. Unless the goal is to kill our opponent immediately with infect creatures, this strategy is often laughed at and simply forgotten by most players. That’s why I’m here to tell you about Wild Defiance.

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Generous Patron

Today on Gemstone Mining, we’re going to take a trip to Valor’s Reach stadium and the world of Battlebond! This set was released with a set of very valuable reprints and a cycle of dual lands that are in high demand, but the other cards in the set fell by the wayside because they weren’t played in any competitive formats. Our gemstone Generous Patron is an Elf Advisor that seems to encourage giving away +1/+1 counters to other players’ creatures, but a more insidious plan is possible if we look a little deeper…

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Workshop Elders

Throne of Eldraine has arrived, and with it comes a plethora of fun new cards to try out. We could take time to break down what’s to come of the new Standard or Modern meta, but instead we’re going to focus on one of the more overlooked cards of the set.

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One of the phrases a red player definitely doesn’t enjoy hearing is “prevent that damage.” Against the color with easily the most spells and abilities that deal damage directly, damage prevention can be a powerful ability. So why would a red player play a card that prevents all damage to players from their spells?

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Commander 2019

Gemstone Mining will normally focus on one obscure card with a bunch of different ways to use it, attempting to highlight how something seemingly mediocre can be potentially great. This week we’re going to focus on three different gems that synergize with some of the new Commanders from the upcoming Commander 2019 set!

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Death Pits of Rath

Killing your opponents’ creatures is something you typically want to be doing. A sizable creature or group of creatures can really hinder your progress, and if you’re unable to politically bargain your way out of a combat phase or two you’re probably up a creek without a paddle. Today’s gem is rude to any deck running creatures: Death Pits of Rath.

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Desecrated Tomb

Graveyard strategies are some of the most prevalent strategies in Magic. Whether you’re trying to dredge into Vengevine or use Past in Flames to storm off by casting things from your graveyard, it’s a powerful resource. But these strategies often focus on dumping things into your graveyard to produce some powerful effect. Our gem today, Desecrated Tomb, is a long-term value engine for being less ridiculous about your graveyard shenanigans.

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Gibbering Descent

With Modern Horizons being essentially Future Sight 2.0, it got me thinking about the original Future Sight. The set had some unique mixtures of keywords and played in design space that wasn’t necessarily ever going to be played with again. Today’s card, Gibbering Descent, is a card that could’ve easily been designed in Modern Horizons.

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