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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Howling Mine
7th Edition

"Drawing extra cards is nice. Letting your opponent draw extra cards... Not so nice." -Mason Peatross

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.59 (9 Reviews)
Limited: 1.77 (9 Reviews)
Reviewed April 18, 2002

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Ok, for all you new players out here, THIS is the card that makes a deck
'Turbo'.  You can't have a Turbo deck without Howling Mine.  For example,
you don't have a X-Go deck without Counterspell.  Anyways, Howling Mine has
old school written all over it.  I don't know that its exceptional in any
environment that doesn't have an enchantment that says "permanents do not
untap," but it is very solid.  Most likely a skilltester card.  In
Constructed, very situational, a 2.  In Limited, always gives your opponent
more cards than you, a 1.5


Drawing extra cards is nice. Letting your opponent draw extra cards... Not so nice. This only works in certain decks, and that's too limiting. You don't always want to give your opponent that advantage.
Stasis rating: integral to the master plan
Limited Rating: 2
Constructed Rating: 2


OK, this is time for the writer to share himself with the readers.

NO!, Not like that.  Come on, get your head out of the gutter.

What many of you don't know is that I actually have a large colelction of Howling Mines.  I think it was at 220 or so at one point.  Why you ask?  Simple.

I hit a point where every time I bought a starter or booster pack, I was getting a howling mine.  When I drafted...howling mine.  Sealed deck....howling mine.  So I simply just figured I see how many I could get.

Fun game time:  If any readers have a Howling Mine to part with, it would be cool for you to autograph it and send it to me at my store! :)  I'll even mention you in my article after I get it :)

e-mail me at

Constructed: 2.0
Limited: 1.3


This is kinda unfair for me to review what might be one of my favorite cards of all time.  I also am in the bad situation that I seem to read everyone else's reviews before I write my own.  That said, let me TRY to be imparital.

If you don't build a deck around Howling Mine, it sucks....bad.  If you do build around it, then it's quite good.  The trick is to use your opponents drawing cards a bad thing.  Combo with cards such as Orim's Chant and Millstone in Type 2, or the very obvious Stasis in extended, what was at one point a very symmetrical relationship turns into something downright wrong.  Reviewing this card for what it does is one thing.  I, though, am going to review it for what it can do in the hands of a good player.  There is nothing else in the game quite like the Mine - in the right deck, it just wins games.

In limited, on the other hand, it's complete and total crap.  I'd rather play with a Woodland Druid than give my opponent better card advantage than me. :(

Constructed - 4
Limited - 1.2
Current Price - $4.75

Judge Bill
Due to the fact that this is symmetrical, this is a very hard card to make any good. Good at what it does, but what it does isn't very good these days.
Constructed: 2.3
Limited: 1.4



There's not a lot to say about Howling Mine. It helps both players equally,
so you should only use it as part of a combo, or in a deck that has problems
with card drawing eg. Sligh.

Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 2.5



Andrew Chapman

Howling Mine has been around for ages and has never
seen very much play, consitantly.  It pops up here and
there.  A deck that should be able to stay ahead in
card advantage and speed as long as they just don't
run out of cards would make best use of this card.

In Limited, it seems a little dumb to play.  On one
hand, you can get to all your bombs faster.  On the
other hand, so can your opponent.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 2


Once upon a time back in the dark ages of MTG this card was played by many players. Then someone realized that your opponent enjoyed extra cards as much as you did. Nowadays it rarely sees play except in very specialized Millstone type decks and these don't seem to win much anymore. In casual play he can be great fun, especially as a way for people not to want to kill you in group games. But since rating here are based on tourney play he gets a fairly low rating.
Constructed 2
Limited 1.5


Limited: 2 1/2 Stars
Constructed: 2 1/2 Stars

Howling Mine is one of those cards that is good only
in certain situations.  If you're opponent is having a
hard time drawing what they need, you're not going to
play this.  If you're doing just fine, you're not
going to play this.  If they're beating you down,
you're probably (key word there) not going to play
this and make things worse.  If you've got a Stasis
out, you probably will play this.  Kind of one-sided, no?

Copyright 2001


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