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Wasteland
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 Wasteland
- Tempest

Reviewed July 14, 2014

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 2.50
Multiplayer: 3.33

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Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Wasteland

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is one of the most powerful nonbasic land hate cards. In legacy this card can single handily warp formats and encouraged the fetching up of basic lands and deck construction due to vulnerability to this card, it truly defines legacy and sees widespread play. In casual and multiplayer there exists cheaper and more widely available nonbasic hate if needed, the amount of nonbasic lands fluctuates by playgroups obviously and this cards effectiveness varies in well. In regards to limited applications is an obvious money draft card but pretty poor for limited. Overall one of the most important cards available in legacy.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Wasteland which is a land that taps for one or if tapped and sacrificed will destroy a target non-basic land. This is a somewhat weakened form of Strip Mine that is still extremely powerful and is a staple in the Commander format. There is little drawback to a one for one trade of this for an opponent's most useful land, though it is possible to run into a deck with only basic lands it is not likely to happen often.

In a Limited format with this the effect is less likely to be used, but is still valuable and can leave an opponent without necessary mana which is reason enough to always include it in Sealed. For Booster it is a reasonable early pick, likely first considering the monetary value and versatility, that can fit into any deck. Even though bomb creatures or removal are more visible this can be very disruptive and it would take an extreme dedication to winning instead of card value to not draft this over any rare.

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


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Wasteland

In a sense, Wasteland is eminently "fair" - it only does what it does under a very specific set of circumstances. In practice, though, many formats use so many nonbasic lands that Wasteland is always "on", and the fact that it exists means that keeping anything less than a perfect hand can be a risk. That's true of Legacy and Vintage and it's even true of Commander: the only thing more popular than big spells is multicolor decks, and those decks need lots of nonbasic lands. (Though I'd try and branch out with something monocolor, personally. It also makes it easier to play cool stuff like Nightmare!)

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

pojo
PojoBill
I was looking at a list of Most played cards in Top 8 Commander decks and saw this sitting at #2.  (70.8%)

The card also regularly sells for $65 to $75 in Lightly Played to Near Mint Condition on Ebay.  I guess Tempest is 17 years old now, but still ... wow!

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