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Dwarven Blastminer 
Onslaught Uncommon

Reviewed September 19, 2002

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Judge Bill
(A level 2 Magic Judge)

First, we had an Eighth Edition vote: Blood Moon vs. Dwarven Miner. Blood Moon won. Now, in Onslaught, we get a creature almost exactly like Dwarven Miner. =\
This creature is slightly stronger, however, because of the morph mechanic. You'll always be able to zap one land if he lives a turn, and you can have a 2/2 instead of a 1/1 until then. Fun.
In limited, I don't think the tribal lands are going to get played much, so this guy really isn't a big deal here.
Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 2


Dwarven Blastminer

Constructed: Hmmm. Personally, I don't like this card, and now that the invasion block is about to rotate out non-basic land destruction is probably not going to be so useful. You can't really use morph to surprise your opponent either (You: "morph blastminer, destroy your adarkar wastes", Opponent:"tap wastes for mana" for example). A 2.5 in constructed

Limited: Put it back in the box! Its ability is all but useless and at the very best its a grizzly bear. A 1 in limited.


In constructed, it can be brutal.  Drop a bear on turn 3, start blowing up land on turn 4.  This card will have an effect in most environments, IMHO.  The ability to start blowing up land is a good thing.  It will cripple multi-colored decks if allowed to live.

In limited, it's pretty bad.  A bear at best.  I might just play it, though, for the "whatever" factor.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 2


This is quite an interesting card, how good it will be will depend on the prevalence of non-basic land in the particular environment you are playing but he will certainly see lots of play in extended, as did his cousin the great Dwarven Miner. He will also help to fill out red or red/black land destruction type of decks and can be a sound utility creature in the new sligh-type Bloodboiler decks which I see being played in the new T2. In Limited he is just sort of a utility infielder, his ability may not matter but you can put him in for a small creature slot. In other words nothing special for limited.
Constructed 4
Limited 1.5 (but can be higher in the right match up)

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