Gemstone Mine enters the battlefield with three mining counters on it.
, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, sacrifice it.
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Gemstone Mine Discussion
1 day ago
Hi! Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I originally had Pyromancer Ascension in the deck so Rune Snag worked better with that and Thought Scour but I might cut them for 3x Mana Leak and 1x Logic Knot
I haven't tested the deck a tonne yet but so far the results have been good
I beat a mono White Korr Equip deck pretty handedly and an outdated Mono Red Burn list. For tier decks I'm 1-0 vs Jund and 1-0 vs Junk surprisingly, 0-1 vs Boros Burn and 1-0 vs Eldrazi aggro which I think was extremely lucky as he tried to get out a T2 Reality Smasher with 2x Eldrazi Temple and Gemstone Mine in play and I countered with Rune Snag
1 week ago
For budget decks, I like Lupine Prototype as it can attack / block quite quickly, it also enables running Stubborn Denial as a great counterspell. Inventors' Fair seems not good, maybe you should go rainbow manabase with Gemstone Mine or even Tendo Ice Bridge, it will help to cast your spell without Mox Opal. Also have you tried the white bird Glint Hawk? It is not an artifact, but it is a great menace with evasion.
2 weeks ago
I would strongly recommend playing Gilder Bairn, Vorel of the Hull Clade and Tangle Wire, also Tezzeret the Seeker to get this awesome lock a bit easier...and you could include a sort of Toolbox then as well with stuff like Pithing Needle, Cursed Totem, Ratchet Bomb, Contagion Clasp, Sensei's Divining Top, Scroll Rack...
Crystalline Crawler and Coalition Relic are surely better than some of the mana producing stuff you use at the moment (and of course your average cmc of 4.09 is quite high, so I would also consider adding a speed package with Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Mox Opal, Grim Monolith, Lotus Petal if you have some money left).
I've been playing 4 colour Stax for awhile now and I can only say that the fetchlands and duals in all possible combinations are perfectly fine, but I recommend using more other lands that produce ALL colours instead of other (worse) two colour lands that can't even be found by fetchlands or (even worse) come into play tapped. The best ones are Glimmervoid, Mana Confluence, City of Brass, Gemstone Mine, Spire of Industry, Reflecting Pool - except glimmervoid all of these are really cheap to buy.
3 weeks ago
Changed the manabase some. I found that without blue or green in the deck, Exotic Orchard was effectively colorless or a single applicable color a lot of the time, and needed a change. The Tainted duals (Tainted Field, Tainted Peak) were good, but also ended up being colorless lands a lot. I also had a realization that I don't need a ton of land with this deck, and keeping lands in my hand helps to keep the illusion that I am about to fog or something. I then use the lands for Scroll Rack and draw a bunch, shuffling them away with various effects. I also noted how cool it is to cut my lands in play without cutting my mana options by dropping Lotus Vale. This helps with all my Land Tax effects, and helps with Acidic Soil. When I realized this, I figured that I wanted some good mana fixing with lands that drop my land count on the battlefield. I then decided to add the Ravnica Karoo lands and Gemstone Mine. We will see if this does anything bad for my available mana while at the same time increasing the available lands in hand for Scroll Rack, as well as limits the number of lands to optimize my Land Tax and Acidic Soil effects. Now for playtesting.
1 month ago
Hmmm. Let's get to work! You said you planned to make your friends hate life, so I'm throwing all complaints about "friendly magic" out the window here.
You're missing several important Stax pieces. Static Orb and Storage Matrix are vicious mana denial cards. More notably, they (and Winter Orb) can be turned off using cards like Quicksmith Spy (and the rest of the to-be-revealed cycle). Contamination is a complete lockdown in the right metas. Cataclysm is often a strict upgrade over Armageddon, though you should be playing both. You might consider the infamous smokestacks, but you'd have to playtest them.
Divine Reckoning is a great board wipe in decks like this, because it spares your commander and wipes away token and aggro decks. Toxic Deluge is one of the best board wipes of all time, especially since it's low in cost and modular. In terms of removal, Swords to Plowshares is one of the best options, bar none.
Your landbase isn't complete obviously, but I rarely play below 36-37 lands. Especially in a deck like this, where you plan to lock down mana, you need your land drops consistently. Since you're already playing Sylvan Library, I'd add Land Tax and Abundance to the list (the latter for the combo with Library).
You are in the best tutor colors, and they can find your stax pieces. I would recommend Fabricate, Demonic Tutor, and Enlightened Tutor at the least. You currently have very few targets for Green Sun's Zenith, so it might be cut for a different tutor.
In terms of lands, Aether Hub is very good with Atraxa (along with Tendo Ice Bridge, the Depletion lands, the Vivid lands, Gemstone Mine, etc). In general, my multi-color land bases always include City of Brass, Mana Confluence, Forbidden Orchard, Reflecting Pool, and Exotic Orchard.
You want cards that can make your Stax effects asymmetrical. Unfortunately Prophet of Kruphix is banned, but Seedborn Muse can do a decent impression. Same with the new Paradox Engine (seriously, that card is freaking busted).
You might want some more counterspells. In mana denial decks, Mana Leak can be a hard counter more often than you'd think. Krosan Grip is also an amazing kill spell, and Mystical Tutor finds whatever you need when you need it.
I hope that helps! Happy deckbuilding! :)
1 month ago
Any Atraxia deck should probably have more than one Planeswalker... There are too many to name, so take your pick, but maybe also try Liliana Vess, Elspeth, Sun's Champion, Elspeth, Knight-Errant, and Jace, the Mind Sculptor--I hear they're good in control decks.
1 month ago
few suggestions for your mana given your proliferate abilities:
no love for the artifact creatures? what about Sage of Hours?
Ezuri, Claw of Progress can also prove to be somewhat interesting
Magosi, the Waterveil - this one is interesting. take one passed turn, and then pump him full of counters with atraxa, deepglow, contagion, etc. Acrobatic Maneuver for lols with deepglow (or another re-ETB card)
2 months ago
Why not run synergistic lands like:
And then there's Llanowar Reborn