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Aggressive Mining from 'Magic 2015'

Aggressive Mining from "Magic 2015"
Aggressive Mining from "Magic 2015"
Photo courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, used with permission.

Aggressive Mining is one of the newest Magic: The Gathering cards revealed today June 23, 2014 from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expansion set Magic 2015 in a tweet on Twitter. This red rare enchantment is one of several cards designed by video game developers, in this case by Minecraft's Markus "Notch" Persson.

Aggressive Mining - 3R
Enchantment (Rare)
You can't play lands.
Sacrifice a land: Draw two cards. Activate this ability only once each turn.

Red doesn't receive too many cards which allow you to draw, at least without some sort of drawback. Dack Fayden, Faithless Looting, and Desperate Ravings are three recent examples of red cards which will force you to discard. Aggressive Mining actually lets you gain card advantage, if at a bit of a steep price. In the late game sacrificing extra lands isn't that big of a deal, as you'll be able to continue casting your spells. Aggressive Mining's downside is that it prevents you from playing additional lands. There's a few ways of mitigating or circumventing Aggressive Mining's shortcomings altogether though.

Zedruu the Greathearted will allow you to effectively donate Aggressive Mining to your opponent so they can't play additional lands, while you gain additional cards and life in the meantime. Combined with land destruction spells, your opponent will have a tough time keeping up with you. Of course, this strategy could also result in losing a friend so use it at your own risk.

One idea for abusing Aggressive Mining is to use cards that put lands directly onto the battlefield such as Burgeoning, Walking Atlas, and Skyshroud Ranger. Of course you could discard those lands you can't play to effects such as Seismic Assault or to activate other special abilities of cards. Another idea is to simply sacrifice Aggressive Mining when you don't need to anymore to Greater Gargadon, Crack the Earth, Perilous Research, or Claws of Gix.

How will you use Aggressive Mining? Please let us know in the comment section below.

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