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Vine Trellis 
Mercadian Masques Common

Reviewed July 24, 2003

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Vine Trellis

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3
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Vine Trellis is Wizards replacement for Llanowar Elves. But by doing so, they have slowed down the environment as Trellis costs 2 to get into play. As Judge Bill points out, you're usually looking to get out your 3 drops early. Trellis instead of Llanowar Elves breaks up the tempo enough in that it will slow down decks considerably. We'll have to wait and see just how big of an impact this will have on the environment after 8th becomes legal.

In limited, it's a good wall that will hold off a morph or early casted creature, while gaining you a bit of acceleration if needed.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 3

Judge Bill

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: People can't play their big stuff, as your important stuff gets out too quickly with Birds and Elves in. TIM-MAH!!!)
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


Vine Trellis is nowhere near as good as Wall of Roots but a cheap wall that can accelerate your deck and be a good sized blocker is nothing to sneeze at.

Constructed - Probably more useful stuff out there but not bad at all - 3.05

Limited - Mana is good, so are blockers - 3.45

PEZ - Go with the Wall of Roots instead - 3.05

Danny Tatro

Vine Trellis

       A nice wall with a contradictive ability. No where near as good as Wall of Roots. Whether this will see play is questionable, but I know people will play this over Wirewood Elf. Birds of Paradise however blows this card out of the water.

       In limited its a good early drop and mana accelerator. A middle pick.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3


This is 8th Edition's replacement for the lost Llanowar Elves. I would
rather use Birchlore Rangers or Fyndhorn Elders then this wall in type 2. If
you are not playing type 2, I don't see why you would use this card when you
have Llanowar Elves at your disposal. Vine Trellis is not a bad card, just
so much more better cards to use instead.

Vine Trellis
Rating: 2

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