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Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 3.04 (8 Reviews)
Limited: 2.59 (8 Reviews)
Reviewed March 18, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating


I always liked this card better than Millstone, as its effect could be so much greater. I've seen 10+ cards sent to the graveyard in one pass in constructed. Its a very solid card, probably an average pick in limited as it does not effect the gamestate. Its no Whetstone because it doesn't end the game very quickly usually, but it can be a killer. If it was included in today's environment, it has almost the same functionality as Milikin, but you could use it on your opponent after you reached threshold. In constructed, a 3, in Limited a 2.5.


Grindstone is a fun card. Any card with chain reaction effects is fun. It's also very playable in every format it's legal in, especially ones in which mono color decks are popular. You could also use it on yourself now to enable Threshold.
Limited Rating: 3
Constructed Rating: 3

Andrew Chapman

When's the last time you saw this in a successful deck? It's been a while if there ever was a time.

Sure, you can pull off neat little tricks with it, but there just seems to be more solid ways of winning in the fast-paced world of extended.

In Limited, this is all but useless. Too many colors, too many lands means this won't work very well.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 1


This card is darned good if you like to play stupid, boring, non-interactive magic. Myself, I think the game requires more strategy, tactics, and across the table interaction than this card promotes. It's sort of like sex without a partner, it gets the job done but there is no meaning to it. The Godfather would never play this card.
Constructed- 4 if you like the deck type
Limited-2 can be used but not real good
Old School Beatdown Rating-Useless as a 1st level Wizard 


Well, it's better than Millstone in my eyes.  I like it a lot.  Unfortunately, Grindstone doesn't fit well in many decks.

I wish I had more to say about it, but I don't.  I can tell you that it does trade well, so keep some in your trade binder.  As for stores, they do definitely sell well too.

Constructed: 2.8
Limited: 3.2

Doc Mackerel

Grindstone is a strange beastie. It doesn't directly harm your opponent's game, but slowly toils away in the background reducing their library. It's a slow, but reliable win condition as few decks can get rid of artifacts. 

Unfortunnately, this card's effectiveness is based on luck. The effect is sometimes better than that of Millstone, but you pay more for it. In a constructed deck, it wouldn't be a bad idea to complement your library depletion with a couple of these. In limited you'd be very fortunate to win via Grindstone. Limited decks are also likely to be multi-coloured, hindering Grindstone's extra ability.

Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 2

John Hornberg

Hmmmmm, a variant of Millstone........ I'm not impressed. It doesn't matter when it drops, be it first turn like this card or second turn like Millstone, because you don't get to grind until third turn with both. 

Grindstone, though, has the added feature or being a nuisance to mono color decks, paticularly the low-land, very fast mono green deck for extended.

Still, it's not all that effective against it. All in all, it doesn't have very much of a place in extended. I give it a 2.5. 

In limited, why not? It's much like Laquatus, you're milling 2 cards away from there deck, and if you're lucky, you get 2 more. It's okay in limited, but not a first pick. I give it a 3.5, because decking your opponent is nice, but not reliable, especially with a card like this.


Limited: 3 1/2 Stars
Constructed: 3 1/2 Stars

I don't really care too much for color specific cards in draft, but alternate win conditions are pretty nice in case of creature stalls. In constructed, I like Grindstone more for sideboards since they can totally screw mono color decks (obviously).






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