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Fountain of Youth 
The Dark Uncommon

Reviewed May 9, 2003

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Fountain of Youth

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1.5
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There are many better ways to gain life nowadays, and usually in higher quantities. The one advantage that this card has is that it's an artifact, and would probably not suffer demise quite as easily as a creature that would gain you life (like Wellwisher) or even an enchantment. There just aren't a lot of killer artifacts that people are worried about, and many sideboards are against enchantments only, and not artifacts. Still, poop is poop. In constructed, there is almost no way this card could earn a valuable slot in a deck. In limited, it would be a last pick, and only actually used if filler was needed to round out a deck.

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1.75

Judge Bill

There are many artifacts that have done what this has done over the years, but this is the original. The one life point it gives you is typically not worth the slot you would give it, though.
In limited, this will typically be a 23rd in, and you will be unhappy to play it. A creature is much better in this slot.
Constructed: 1
Limited: 1.25


Fountain of Youth does suck up mana every turn but 1 extra life over a number of turns starts to add up.

Constructed - Decks are sleek and can hit hard so not a huge effect - 1.95

Limited - Most games tend to hit a point where there is a creature stall and where there is a lot of extra mana sitting around - 3.10

PEZ - Many players think this card is the answer to Burn. Maybe it is but only if you can afford the mana commitment - 2.45


Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth is what all people in Magic consider poop.  It's a bad
artifact that's only saving grace is that it doesn't cost you anything to
play.  Unfortunatley, when you look at it from the Peasant Prospective,
would you really want to waste an uncommon slot in your deck with this?  If
you answered no, then you have your answer to, "Would you ever in any fathom
of anyone's imagination waste a slot for this in a deck at all?"

In limited, it's a 23 card, simply because it is free.  It doesn't break
games, and it will rarely make a difference.  If your lucky, you might use

Constructed - 1.0/5.0 (Expensive activation, and low production... sounds
like crap to me!)
Limited - 1.3/5.0 (Like I said, if you can find a slot for it, why not?  But
there's better, there's always better.)

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