Strip Mine

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Strip Mine is a land card banned in Legacy and every other widely played format except for in Commander and in Vintage, where it is Restricted. This is actually a contributing factor as to why the card is a lot cheaper than Wasteland, which is a strictly worse Strip Mine. Wasteland is allowed as a four-of in Legacy, creating more demand for that card than the accumulated need for single copies of Strip Mines from Vintage and Commander players.

The Most Played Land in Vintage

Strip Mine has also been printed in nine different tournament-legal versions (12 if you consider that Antiquities (March 1994) had four alternate artworks for the card). Wasteland, on the other hand, was only printed six times – four of which were Extra Rare versions, such as the ones in Judge Reward Promos (June 1999) and a Masterpiece in Zendikar Expeditions (October 2015). The lower demand and increased supply all added up in making Wasteland around five times as expensive as a Strip Mine 

But don’t let the price fool you. Strip Mine is one of the strongest lands ever printed in the history of Magic: The Gathering. And if it was allowed in Legacy, it would probably be one of the most played lands and reduce the number of players playing basic lands, which are often played in that format, simply because Wasteland cannot target them. In Vintage, Strip Mine is in fact the most played land of all and it is included in more than half of the decks played competitively in Magic’s most powerful format.

Strip Mine with Wrenn and Six

The release of Modern Horizons (June 2019) further increased the already high popularity of Strip Mine with the arrival of the 2 CMC planeswalker Wrenn and Six. As soon as Wrenn and Six was spoiled, players predicted the card’s great future in Eternal formats, not least in Vintage. While the planeswalker’s -1 ability is sweet for picking off Snapcaster Mages and Phyrexian Revokers, the real power comes from the +1 ability, allowing a player to use, for example a Strip Mine, over and over. Used in conjunction with the now un-restricted Fastbond, players are quickly able to clear all lands from their opponent’s side of the board.

Being a land, Strip Mine cannot be countered. And it even provides you one colorless mana, which sometimes comes in handy. Only cards such as Stifle or Pithing Needle can stop the mighty Mine from destroying any land at instant speed once it is on the battlefield.

Is Strip Mine a Goldmine?

While it is still possible to find an Italian Strip Mine from Rinascimento (July 1995) in poor condition for around 3,50 € and a white-bordered Fourth Edition (April 1995) English version for just above 10,00 €, the fancier version, such as the foil printings in From the Vault: Exiled (August 2009) and Zendikar Expeditions (October 2015) masterpieces begin at respectively 25,00 € and 70,00 €.

The original four Strip Mines from Antiquities have a wider price spread, beginning at somewhere between 9,00 € and 29,00 € for the most worn copies. The cheapest version is usually Version 3 due to the fact that the illustration for that version was re-used in Fourth Edition and in the foreign language equivalents of Chronicles (September 1995). Most expensive of the four originals is Version 4, most recognizable because of a small tower at the edge of mine pit. This version may also be the best version to invest in since later expensive printings are more likely to be reprinted than this quarter century old illustration.

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