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 Mind Grind
- Gatecrash

Reviewed March 12, 2013

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mind Grind
 
Mind Grind is one of the absolute last cards you want to see pointed at you in formats with relatively small deck sizes - if it resolves, it puts you in real danger of running out of cards imminently. In other areas, it's less of an existential threat, but its effect will more often than not be huge (don't forget that it doesn't specify a maximum number of non-lands to be milled), and can easily set up devastating graveyard-stealing shenanigans in a deck that isn't dedicated to milling. Beware.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Mind Grind which is a Blue, Black, and X that has each opponent reveal cards from their library until they reveal X land cards then puts all cards revealed that way into the graveyard.
This is a strong mill card that is one of the few in that theme that works very well in Multiplayer, though it can not be used on your own library to fuel Dredge or similar effects.

In Limited it is actually possible, if often unlikely, for a Dimir deck destruction build to win games and using Mind Grind drastically increases those odds. With sixteen lands about the average in the format playing this with X at five or six can easily clear most of an opponent's remaining deck in one turn while more mana makes it into a finisher. It still requires some support, but in Sealed it can win games and should be included with even a small amount of additional mill. For Booster it is a potential first pick that needs to have later picks to assist, which can be helped by the lower likelihood of them being drafted by other players.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


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