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Verdant Force 
Tempest Rare

Reviewed April  22, 2004

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.9
Limited: 3.9

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Play this card with Buried Alive (or some such) and Reanimate, and you've got Combo heaven happening. While you'll see him pop up in extended, probably it's most popular format is casual, where reanimating huge creatures that can make a LOT of babies is pretty damn fun.  RAR! rar! rar! rar!  If they don't deal with Verdant Force, it gets out of control pretty quickly. =)

In limited, you play fat if they cost 8 or less.  He does, so if you're playing green, you play him.  If he hits the board, the game should be yours.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
   Current Price:
Verdant Force - Tempest - $13.84

   Combos Well With:
Buried Alive - Odyssey - $5.26
Reanimate - Tempest - $4.71

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Damn. I hadn't started writing yet when this was last reviewed ( ;-) ). Oh well, on with the review...
A big fat creature is welcome in most reanimator decks. Throw in the extra body per turn, and you have yourself a deal. Unfortunately, they've nerfed the reanimator decks in the last round of bannings. Not a bad card, but it's popularity will rise again someday.
In casual or limited, he's a house. If you are playing green, you should be playing this guy. In limited, if you have this guy and aren't playing green, why not?
Constructed - 3
Casual - 5
Limited - 5


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

This is Jamie Wakefield's illegitimate step child.  If you don't know you that name is, go look it up :)
Seriously though, this card doesn't get played much except in casual play and in reanimator decks.  Casual players love a free creature every turn.  That's OK though, it still sells really high.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3.5

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Verdant Force
A staple game-ending threat in the top reanimator decks of the past few
years, Verdant Force is a great choice for Earth Day. Verdant Force drops a
1/1 into play on each of your turns. Back in the day, when he first
surfaced, a lot of judges had him dropping a 1/1 into play during each of
you AND your opponent's turns. The triple green casting cost says
"constructed only". That having been said, Verdant Force would look
excellent on your side of the board in any match, limited or constructed, in
my opinion.
CASUAL:            4.0
LIMITED:             3.5

 Van Zandt

Verdant Force
There are a lot of creatures like this guy...  sliver queen, luminous
angel...  but his biggest benefit is that he generates a creature right away
(on their upkeep),  in addiition to the standard one on your turn, at no
mana cost.  Kind of like a "tempo-friendly" fatty.  Even more amazing in
group games  ;)
constructed 2.5
casual 4
limited 3

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Verdant Force


This guy is the King of all Fatties, just ask Jamie Wakefield. Short of having Protection from Black, thereís very little that would make him any better. His enormous toughness already pretty much makes him Pro Red, and his ability to make tokens every turn makes him edict proof. This guy is simply one of the best creatures ever printed, and is fun for one and all.


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         5

Limited:                        4


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Verdant Force

The scariest play I have seen outside of a turn one kill in type one was at Pro Tour Houston when a player got out a turn one Verdant Force before his opponent could lay land one. If you can trick this guy out early he is just plainly a house. The ability to make a make a token in each upkeep for free is just amazing. Play casual with this guy as he is just plain cool. His casting cost does make him a little hard to manage but that is why you trick him into play.

Constructed 3

Casual 3

Limited 3


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances



Always a favorite, once in play this guy causes worlds of hurt for aggressive decks, generating a constant stream of blockers to along with its own massive body.  I remember playing Secret Force and bringing this guy out all the time; Survival/Recur also used to do that regularly, breaking Recur with the constant stream of fodder-creatures to be sacrificed.  A good, solid monster to be reckoned with.


Is there a better creature for fun games?  Thanks to Jamie Wakefield, this has become one of the most revered creatures in Magic, finding a warm place in the hearts of both casual and competitive players.  While youíll never see this in Mental Magic (probably), if you somehow get the chance, this is your man.


Tempest draft was such a fast format that a creature this expensive was virtually unplayable.  If you managed to get him into play, however, I really donít see how you could effectively lose a game to anything except evasion guys; this being Tempest draft, there were an abundance of those, making this argument fairly moot.  If somehow you see him in other limited formats, he should be a pretty fair amount of fun.


Constructed:  3.5

Casual:  5.0

Limited:  2.0


Verdant Force is just a great card. A 7/7 for 8 is beefy and not an awful price to pay but the ability to constantly gain little 1/1 critters is what breaks the card. Using those guys to chump block while your Force beats the opponent to a pulp is just the begining. I don't know about you but off hand I can think of a few hundred things to do with 1/1 token creatures . . . and none of them are good news for your opponent.

Constructed - A million ways to break 1/1's and a beefy body - 4.0

Limited - 3 colored mana means green must be your main color and the card is harder to abuse - 3.0

Casual - Casual likes beef and strange combos making this card a winner - 3.5


Secret Squirrel on the

Verdant Force

One of the fun cards in Reanimator. Gets you creatures every turn, and itís a 7/7 itself. Obviously, can only go in Reanimator/other decks that get around its horrid cc. Basically, horrible in a deck that canít get it out early, great in a deck that can.

In Limited, it costs a lot, but I think it would be worth it to get in play. Nets you a chump blocker each turn.

Constructed: 1.5 (5 in reanimator)
Casual: 5
Limited: 4

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