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Crystal Quarry 

Reviewed April 14, 2004

Constructed: 1.50
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 1.78

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

 And here it is, the ultimate land for help with 5 color decks. Strictly a casual thing, but really, really great in casual.  It allows you to play those WUBRG spells that are so fun.  Here is a list of some of them:

Legacy Weapon - Remove a permanent from the game.  ANY permanent you can target. Yes, that includes indestructible stuff.

Last Stand - This would actually work best in an otherwise mono colored deck so you could utilize the Last Stand's abilities to the fullest.

Cromat - A 5/5 Badass that has some pretty cool abilities.

Sliver Queen - It seems Crystal Quarry was made for Sliver Queen.  Sends her out on the board quickly and effortlessly.

Sliver Overlord - See above.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 1
Current Price: Crystal Quarry $2.49

Combos Well With:
Legacy Weapon - Apocalypse -$3.74
Last Stand - Apocalypse -$1.34
Cromat - Apocalypse -$2.05
Sliver Queen - Stronghold -$30.78
Sliver Overlord - Scourge -$5.34

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Wednesday - Crystal Quarry
The ultimate in rainbow mana producing, you get to filter 5 mana of any color (or even colorless) into one of each color for things like Sliver Queen, Coalition Victory, and other 5 color cards. Not bad if you just need 3 of the colors, either. The fact that this taps for colorless mana is gravy for casual.
Decent in limited as mana fixing, but not something you'd want to touch in competitive constructed.
Constructed - 1
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 2.5


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

This is the card you want when trying to play your Coalition Victory, Sliver Queen, or Sliver Overlord. It's easy to use and activate. And since it's a land, it's easy to get into play. Unfortunately, it has some VERY specific uses.

But, even while, I type this, I think it might fit into a five color sliver deck just to have every color mana available for casting slivers.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 1

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Crystal Quarry

This land is only useful in decks that need access to ALL FIVE COLORS, or at
least four of the five colors of mana. They COULD have called this card The
Land of Splash, because hypothetically, this land could make every virtually
every card ever printed splashable in your deck. Oh, wait, April Fool's Day
was two weeks ago. Don't get into a quandary over Quarry, it's strictly
CASUAL:            2.5
LIMITED:             2.5

 Van Zandt

Crystal Quarry

A card designed to get out those fatty 5 color legends, and potentially to let you splash cards that are 5 mana with a single colored mana requirement.
Basically though, it makes whatever spell you cast cost 1 more mana
overall- in that you have to tap the quarry in addition to the five other cards. There are usually better ways to get multi-colored mana.

constructed - 1.5
casual - 2
limited - 2

Ray "Monk"

*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Crystal Quarry


Contrary to the previous days card, I DO fine Crystal Quarry fun. It’s very limited, but it’s so cute as a mana fixer, how can you not like it. You can cask Coalition Victory with this card. You can cast Sliver Queen with this card. Most importantly, you can activate your legacy weapon with this card! What else can you ask for in a land?!


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         5

Limited:                        1


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
-Crystal Quarry

The funny little land that tries to be a good land. It cost you effectively six mana to get one of each color. When played in conjunction with Legacy Weapon it can be fun. I personally never used this card because it just didn’t prove to be effective. In casual play this card will find more uses than in any other format.

Constructed 1.5
Casual 2.5
Limited 1.5


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Crystal Quarry


So Legacy Weapon and Crystal Quarry walk into a bar…err…right, anyway, so this saw play with the Weapon occasionally, letting you run the Weapon in a deck that sported less than five colors.  While this didn’t necessarily make it “good,” it certainly was fun, and hey!  You got to play Legacy Weapon in constructed!  Whoo-hoo!


This seems an obvious (if funny) mana-fixer in big casual games.  You can pair this with the aforementioned Weapon, or Last Stand, or a giant Sliver of your choice.  Fun!  Obviously pointless in Mental Magic.


For draft…look, there’s not going to be much of anything to use this with in draft.  Pick the Mongrel in the pack and ship this thing to the guy to the left.


Constructed:  2.0

Casual:  2.5

Limited:  1.0


Secret Squirrel on the

Crystal Quarry

At first it looks like a good fixer for 5 color deck’s mana problems. It’s not bad, but first, it’s easy to mana burn, you can only use it once per turn, and you can’t specify how many of a certain color you want (this is a problem when something costs BBW). However, it’s nice in casual, because usually you don’t want to pay the money and life for the pain lands. Gets you a turn 5 Sliver Queen with no drawbacks. I honestly can’t think of any other combos for this, as I’ve spent combo brain for the rest of this week’s cards.

In limited, if you’re playing a 5 color deck, you’re going to lose. I guess this could be ok in a 3 or 4 color deck, but you’re probably going to burn each time you use this, which will put you behind in the game pretty quickly.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 2
Danny Tatro
Crystal Quarry
Actually this card is really interesting. A non-basic land that still gives colorless but can filter into one of each of type of color mana? Strange! You could use this and maybe the Urzatron to get out fast sliver queens and sliver overlords in casual. Cromat too! Get your akward army out and lay some beats on your friends in casual multiplayer!
Constructed: 1
Limited: 1
Casual: 2.5

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