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predation We've actually found in playtesting that deciding when to play a Howling Mine is quite a balancing act :)

All else being equal, it's usually better to wait for your opponent to play theirs, since you can bounce it back to their hand, and of course they're the one spending the mana on it. Relic Barrier further reinforces this, since tapping down your own mine means neither player draws a card, while you can tap down theirs such that only they draw a card, making their mine a liability. The best way to use the mines seems to be as finishers once you have the tools to capitalise on it. The ideal turn 5 hand would be something like casting two mines, holding up a red mana for Runeflare Trap on the opponent's turn, dealing huge burst damage out of nowhere. You can get away with casting mines early in the game, but it's a risky play, not to mention that your mana could be spent on playing owls, or even drawing cards deliberately to dig for damage sources before your opponent can find them, since you'll be discarding to hand size anyway.

In sum, it actually tends to become a pretty tense game of chicken, with constant risk vs. reward evaluation on both sides. Waiting for the right time to put your mines on the board has definitely contributed to that :)

May 18, 2024 6:32 a.m.

My Dandan decks with 4+ copies of the same card are marked as "Not Dandan legal" which is obviously incorrect, given that the format has no deck restrictions at all, let alone a card limit of 4, since the original deck has 10 copies of Dandan. Examples of decks marked illegal: Tempo/Good Dandân by BradenMTG, Wrath Wrath by Harrison Fang, and Owling Mirror by me.

May 15, 2024 5:58 a.m.

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