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Verdant Force
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Verdant Force
Graveborn

Reviewed November xx, 2011

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.83
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 4.00

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BMoor

Verdant Force

Why is Verdant Force in the Graveborn set? Probably because it's such a ripe target for Animate Dead-- the -1/-0 don't matter much to a 7/7, the Saproling production ensures that you get something for your trouble even after your opponent Disenchants the Animate Dead, and with a casting cost of 5GGG, reanimating Verdant Force is a much better choice than hardcasting it. The Force's lack of trample or any other combat-relevant ability hurt it, as do its lack of any ability that might grant its controller some semblance of security against kill spells. Verdant Force's ability shines the longer you can keep it on the table and churning out Saprolings, but its lack of resistance to kill spells make that unlikely, as does its high casting cost. The game will likely be over before you've had a chance to keep Verdant Force on the table for more than a few turns. Regardless, Verdant Force is a classic example of Big Green Meat-- a huge creature that players love to play with. It's a nostalgic favorite and a modern jewel, and I don't think anyone's sad or disappointed to see it back for another round.

Constructed- 2

Casual- 3.5

Limited- 3.5

Multiplayer- 4


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Verdant Force

Here's the thing about the Graveborn premium deck: when it was first announced, I thought the term "Graveborn" was going to be something to do with zombies, rather than reanimation. I really wasn't expecting to see cards like Verdant Force in the deck. For all the problems and issues we've heard in recent years about lands and what they did for color differentiation, we've heard very little about black's ability to access any awesome creature it wants via strategies like the Graveborn deck. I'm not complaining, though. The more people who get a chance to see creatures like Verdant Force in action, and realize that, regardless of which creatures have been getting the recent publicity, it's just as elegant and capable of taking over games as it ever was, the better.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 5/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Verdant Force which is an eight mana Green
7/7 that produces a 1/1 saproling during each upkeep.  Being each upkeep and not just your own is nice for token production, but Verdant Force itself lacks Trample or any other effect to really stand out.  For the cost Green has more impressive options that can provide a bigger immediate threat instead of just playing some blockers or supporting a generally earlier in the game token rush.
 
For a Limited format where this is legal it is a huge benefit to Green deck as both a large creature and for the card advantage of producing tokens.  The regular increase in creatures on your side of the field should be difficult for most builds to handle and it is an excellent way to break out of stalemate situations.  In Sealed at least half the deck should be Green when playing this card, but otherwise there is no reason to not include it whenever possible.  Verdant Force also makes an easy first pick in Booster to be followed by any acceleration available.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


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