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Mox Diamond 
Stronghold


Reviewed January 19, 2005

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 2.50

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Mox Diamond

It's easy for some old-timers to look down on Mox Diamond and Chrome Mox as being too far below the original five Moxes in value and usefulness to be worth talking about. In their day, the original Moxes weren't valuable because you could trade a fistful of them for a used car, they were valuable because they could add deadly speed to a deck. Mox Diamond, even with the card disadvantage that it causes, can deliver the same kind of deadly speed to a deck, as has has been proven in a number of decks over the years. Many decks were able to speed to victory by being having access to two colored mana on turn one.

CONSTRUCTED: 4.5
CASUAL: 4.5
LIMITED: 2.0

Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Mox Diamond

Mox Diamond has always been a card that I have good and bad feelings about.
It provides me with a way to tap for any color mana, but it costs me a card.
It can provide me with mana acceleration, but it still costs me a card, and that card has to be a land. So Land,Mox,5 non land cards is worse than Land, Land, 5 non land cards. Add on to that the fact that Mox Diamond is highly susceptible to artifact destruction spells, and I always worry the Mox is going to be killed early, costing me card disadvantage without a lot of benefit. I know the value of being able to go Mox Diamond, pitch a land, play a Tundra, tap, tap, play turn one Crystalline Sliver or Meddling Mage, but still, I always feel like it may have not been worth the risk.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 1


DeQuan
Watson

* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

 Mox Diamond - Wednesday

This card was such a beating when it first came out. It was a highly useful card in five color decks. Since then, it's popularity has waned a bit. Some of this is due to the creation of Chrome Mox.

It may not seem like much, but the ability of the Chrome Mox lets you play less land and that's a huge benefit for some decks.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3
Paul
Hagan
 Mox Diamond –

At one point, I would have said this card is insanely powerful, and to a degree, it still is. You can get that early jump on mana in the game, which can be absolutely devastating if your opponent is caught unaware. However, when Chrome Mox hit the scene, I immediately began to ignore Mox Diamond a bit. With Chrome Mox, you have a little bit more variety, and it doesn’t hurt that in case of emergency, you can always resort to using a Wish to get your card back. The Diamond, on the other hand, requires that you lose a land from your hand that you could have played in the future, with the benefit that you get the mana now. Don’t get me wrong, Mox Diamond is still a solid card, but other cards have pushed it aside a bit.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.5


Andy
 Van Zandt

 Mox Diamond

Not used as much as first anticipated, It still remains one of the fastest out-and-out acceleration cards available, though in general it has been trumped recently by chrome mox, since chrome mox can go in a "land slot" in your deck and this one is a bit harder to fit.

constructed 3
casual 3
limited 2.5


Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Mox Diamond
 
Retarded.  Mox Diamond is a very high powered card, and demand for it is high.  An artifact that can be utilized in any multicolor deck, it's well worth its cost. Mana smoothing is always a good thing, and this card has found its way into quite a few Extended and Type 1 decks. 
 
In casual, a bit expensive for the pocketbook, but of course still an excellent card.  In limited, mana smoothing can never be argued with except in a rare mono-color situation.
 
Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 4
 

 

 

 

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