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As promised, these are the non-monored land destruction cards. Yes, there have been colors other than red that has had land destruction. Frst, I must explain how I got the list. In the new ´´gatherer´´ option on MTG.com, you can type in a phrase and get all matching cards. This is why Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
, perhaps the best land-destruction ever, got left off the list. (I'm thinking I might give a LD common to anyone who PM's me with the word ´´Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
´´ after they buy cards from me for a week after this is published.) It is a definite 5-star card. I am purposely not including Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
, as it destroys all lands, not just a land or two. If I make a third in this series, I'll include it there.

BY the way, my rating (similar to X-Play's)

*: There is no reason to play this
**: It has its uses, but it is too limited for anything but casual play.
***: Decent LD card, useful as filler in a LD deck.
****: Almost an automatic include in a LD deck, and will occasionally show up in sideboards of tourney-calibre decks.
*****: The cream of the crop. You definitely add these to your LD deck, and should consider them for your tourney decks.


Ark of Blight
Ark of Blight
Ark of BlightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Text:
3 , Tap , Sacrifice Ark of Blight : Destroy target land.
— 2
Artifact
3, T, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
Ark of Blight
Ark of Blight
Ark of BlightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Text:
3 , Tap , Sacrifice Ark of Blight : Destroy target land.
: Destroy target land.

Rating — **: I'm surprised this wasn't in Mirrodin instead of Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge. (Perhaps a foreshadowing by WotC R&D that no one got?) In either event, it costs five to use, making it slow.




Army Ants
Army Ants
Army AntsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insects
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Geofrey Darrow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
tap, Sacrifice a land: Destroy target land.
— 1BR
Creature — Insect
T, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a land: Destroy target land.
1/1

Rating — **: It saw a moderate amount of use back in the day, but was mostly casual. Still, a great way to make your opponents antsy.



Befoul
Befoul
BefoulSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target land or nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.
— 2BB
Sorcery
Destroy target land or nonblack creature. It can’t be regenerated.

Rating — ***: A very nice price for its variable options. Too bad black land destruction is no longer where it was.



Benalish Emissary
Benalish Emissary
Benalish EmissarySet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker 1G (You may pay an additional 1G as you play this spell.)When Benalish Emissary comes into play, if you paid the kicker cost, destroy target land.
— 2W
Creature — Wizard
Kicker 1G (You may pay an additional 1G as you play this spell.)
When Benalish Emissary
Benalish Emissary
Benalish EmissarySet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker 1G (You may pay an additional 1G as you play this spell.)When Benalish Emissary comes into play, if you paid the kicker cost, destroy target land.
comes into play, if the kicker cost was paid, destroy target land.
1/4

Rating — **: Strictly casual; another loony card from Invasion that wanted two colors to use to its fuillest.



Demonic Hordes
Demonic Hordes
Demonic HordesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demons
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
T: Destroy 1 land.Pay BBB during your upkeep or the Hordes become tapped and you lose a land of opponent's choice.
— 3BBB
Creature — Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying

T: Destroy target land.
At the beginning of your upkeep, unless you pay BBB, tap Demonic Hordes
Demonic Hordes
Demonic HordesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demons
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
T: Destroy 1 land.Pay BBB during your upkeep or the Hordes become tapped and you lose a land of opponent's choice.
and sacrifice a land of an opponent’s choice.
5/5

Rating — ***: Once a very beloved card, especially with Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
. If you want to make a casual black land destruction deck, you pretty much have to include it. The drawback prevents a higher rating.



Despoil
Despoil
DespoilSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Destroy target land. Its controller loses 2 life.
— 3B
Sorcery
Destroy target land. Its controller loses 2 life.

Rating — ***: By the time Despoil
Despoil
DespoilSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Destroy target land. Its controller loses 2 life.
was printed, black LD had already died. Too bad, this would have seen some use.



Earthblighter
Earthblighter
EarthblighterSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
68
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2B, T, Sacrifice a Goblin: Destroy target land.
— 1B
Creature — Cleric
2B, T, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a Goblin: Destroy target land.
1/1

Rating — **: Strictly casual, although amusing. After all, Festering Goblin
Festering Goblin
Festering GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Festering Goblin is put into a graveyard from play, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
s could use some employment since Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
rotated out.



Feast of Worms
Feast of Worms
Feast of WormsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
207
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is legendary, its controller sacrifices another land.
— 3GG
Sorcery — Arcane
Destroy target land. If that land is legendary, its controller sacrifices another land.

Rating — **: A strictly provisional rating, as it was released in CoK. Unless the metagame is quite weird, I don't see this as a tourney-calibre card; Legendary lands that are used are few and far between.



Frenzied Tilling
Frenzied Tilling
Frenzied TillingSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
247
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Destroy target land. Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
— 3RG
Sorcery
Destroy target land. Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
Rating — ***: Perhaps if it was released in a different time, it would have been better. Llanowar
Llanowar
LlanowarSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures have "{T}: Add {G}{G} to your mana pool." Whenever you roll {C}, untap all creatures you control.
s would make this card better.



Ice Storm
Ice Storm
Ice StormSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Destroys any one land.
— 2G
Sorcery
Destroy target land.

Rating — *****: The extra star comes from being a pure green Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
. However, Mint it costs $23, and the cheapest you will find it is $16, which is a little too much for casual play.



Icequake
Icequake
IcequakeSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is a snow-covered land, Icequake deals 1 damage to the land's controller.
— 1BB
Sorcery
Destroy target land. If that land is a snow-covered land, Icequake
Icequake
IcequakeSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is a snow-covered land, Icequake deals 1 damage to the land's controller.
deals 1 damage to the land’s controller.

Rating — ****: Another reason why snow-covereds never saw play. A staple for mono-black LD decks.



Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2U and/or 2R. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2U kicker cost, return up to two target nonblack creatures to their owners' hands. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2R kicker cost, destroy target land.
— 2B
Creature — Wizard
Kicker 2U and/or 2R
When Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2U and/or 2R. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2U kicker cost, return up to two target nonblack creatures to their owners' hands. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2R kicker cost, destroy target land.
comes into play, if the 2U kicker cost was paid, return up to two target nonblack creatures to their owners’ hands.
When Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2U and/or 2R. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2U kicker cost, return up to two target nonblack creatures to their owners' hands. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2R kicker cost, destroy target land.
comes into play, if the 2R kicker cost was paid, destroy target land.
2/2

Rating — **: It is priced right, but that makes it too expensive.



Pain // Suffering
B // 3R
Sorcery // Sorcery
Target player discards a card. // Destroy target land.

Rating — ***: An overlooked card, thanks to Fire/Ice. Still, it is only an average card, useful for B/R LD decks.



Rain of Tears
Rain of Tears
Rain of TearsSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Destroy target land.
— 1BB
Sorcery
Destroy target land.

Rating — ****: Icequake
Icequake
IcequakeSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is a snow-covered land, Icequake deals 1 damage to the land's controller.
without the bonus that is usually not used anyways.



Rancid Earth
Rancid Earth
Rancid EarthSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Text:
Destroy target land. Threshold - Instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
— 1BB
Sorcery
Destroy target land.
Threshold — Instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth
Rancid Earth
Rancid EarthSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Text:
Destroy target land. Threshold - Instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
deals 1 damage to each creature and each player. (You have threshold if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Rating — **** 1/2: Not good enough for a 5, a little better than a 4. A nice little perk to your basic black LD card.



Reap and Sow
Reap and Sow
Reap and SowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Choose one: Destroy target land; or search your library for a land card, put that land card into play, and then shuffle your library. Entwine: 1G
— 3G
Sorcery
Choose one — Destroy target land; or search your library for a land card, put that card into play, then shuffle your library.
Entwine 1G (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

Rating — *****: A staple in Tooth & Nail decks



Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.
— BB
Sorcery
Destroy target land.

Rating — *****: Undercosted, and really sweet, which is why it costs $20 on average.



Stream of Acid
Stream of Acid
Stream of AcidSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target land or nonblack creature.
— 2BB
Sorcery
Destroy target land or nonblack creature.

Rating — ** 1/2: Not quite as good as Befoul
Befoul
BefoulSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target land or nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.
, seen only in Starter 1999. If its strictly casual, then why not?



Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

Land
T: Add 1 to your mana pool.
T, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
: Destroy target land.

Rating — *****: Restricted in Type 1; nuff said.



Thermokarst
Thermokarst
ThermokarstSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is a snow-covered land, gain 1 life.
— 1GG
Sorcery
Destroy target land. If it’s a snow-covered land, you gain 1 life.

Rating — ****: Used a lot in the old Legion Land Loss Deck; I included it in my old Druid Land Loss deck (Hmm, a future article perhaps?)



Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.

Land
T: Add 1 to your mana pool
T, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
: Destroy target non-basic land

Rating — **** 1/2: I did not intend to give so many half-stars. A very useful card, seen a lot in Extended, but not as good as Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
.



Winter’s Grasp — 1GG
Sorcery
Destroy target land.

Rating — ****: Thermokarst
Thermokarst
ThermokarstSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is a snow-covered land, gain 1 life.
's back up in the old LLL and DLL deck.

Isn't it amazing how mych better non-monored LD cards as a whole are? Maybe they don't receive the same scrutiny from R&D. There is some power here; make your own casual non-red LD decks and let me know how you did.


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