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Vine Trellis 
8th Edition, Mercadian Masques common

Reviewed April 29, 2003

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Vine Trellis

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3
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Vine Trellis is actually kind of a fun card to play in casual. It offers a couple different things: First,  it can produce mana and give you a bit of acceleration Second, it offers you some blocking ability, especially early off in the game.  While I don't think it will prove as useful overall as Llanowar Elves (LE's come down first turn, cost only 1 Green, and can inflict damage), it still could prove to be useful. Time will ultimately tell.

In limited, it's better.

Constructed: 2.75
Limited: 3.75

Judge Bill

Vine Trellis
Our replacement for Llanowar Elves, as it lost the vote to Birds. It has a large rear, which can be helpful in some situations. However, it costs 2 mana. This is to supposedly alleviate being able to have 2 1cc mana producers, which makes the environment "too fast" (read: we can't counter the important stuff, and the important stuff gets out too regularly with Birds and Elves in.)
Anyway, because it costs 2 mana, it is less likely to be played, as you want to accelerate to 3 mana most of the time, and not 4 mana. The butt helps, but not really.
In limited, the larger butt is more important than the mana ability. You'll typically want to play it for its blocking capabilities, and the mana ability is just a bonus.
Constructed: 2
Limited: 3

 Van Zandt

Vine Trellis
This is no wall of roots, but it does keep the heat off you for a turn and
accelerate your mana.  it's 2cc means it will see far less play than llanowar overall though.
constructed 3.2
limited 3.2


Vine Trellis – Again, Mana is good but I really want my Wall of Roots. In an aggressive environment a quick wall can be nice. Too bad it can’t be a blocker if used during your turn.


Constructed – A decent pick in Aggro environments, very playable – 2.65


Limited – Mana good, blockers good – 3.10


PEZ – Wall of Roots is just better but this isn’t too shabby – 2.65

Scott Sager
Vine Trellis
As sad as I am to see Llanowar Elves leaving Standard when Eighth Edition (nobody will call it "Core Set" just like nobody calls Type I "Vintage") rotates in I can't think of a better replacement.  Serves the same mana producing function, although a turn later, you gain a more resilient mana source that doesn't roll over to a cycled  Slice and Dice and can block all those nasty morph creatures without a second thought.
Limited:  A common 0/4 wall that taps for one green all for the low low cost of 1G.  Solid.
Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4


Vine Trellis

This is the card that will replace Llanowar Elves in the next set.  As much
as I hate to see Elves leave Type II for the first time, but its replacement
certainly fills its shoes well.

Vine Trellis makes a nice defensive tool, as well as mana source for any
deck.  It is sizable wall (0/4) and can tap for mana.  The key problem with
it, though, is that it is a 2cc, and it can't attack.

In limited, it's a run of the mill middle pick for green, at least for
Masques Block.  With 8th, it cannot be gauged at its usefulness, because a
spoiler does not exist yet.  Judging from how most walls are in limited,
this one smoothes out mana, and makes a nice blocker, but is still a wall,
and not a spectacular one.

Constructed - 2.1/5.0 (Playable, but its not for speed.)
Limited - 3.0/5.0 (Good ... for a wall.)

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