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Yavimaya Granger 

Reviewed April  5, 2004

Constructed: 2.9
Casual: 3.1
Limited: 3.3

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

 An elf doing what an elf does best.... mana!  Granger is nice, because it lets you go find ANY color mana and doesn't limit you to green.  As a 2/2 for 3, it's not bad, but it's ability makes it really decent.  Something to really consider when you need something to smooth your mana out.  It's not something you'll see in current Extended, but it's not bad in casual if you're looking at a multicolor deck.

In limited, definitely a great card if you have a good green base.  This make things splashable from other colors. Depending on your deck, could be a good mid pick.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Current Price: Yavimaya Granger $0.50

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Looks like we get to look at a couple of utility creatures from the Urza's Legacy set to begin the week. First, we have "Rampant Growth on a stick."
This guy is great for smoothing out your mana draws, which can be a crucial part of limited play. Not as exciting in constructed play, as the better land searcher was released in the next set (Yavimaya Elder). Still, a nice thing to have in your casual pool, and if you need more than 4 land searchers in a casual recursion deck, this would be nice to have there, too.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5


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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Yavimaya Granger
I remember playing this card a lot.  It was a great way to search lands out of your deck.  Not only did you get a land, but you got to put it into play.  Also, you get a 2/2 creature for your troubles.  Even if you didn't pay the echo, this was still great.  Honestly, there were a lot of ways to abuse this guy, just because of the Echo ability.
In limited formats, it almost always got played.  Any card that lets you get land out of your deck AND gives you a 2/2 at a reasonable cost is fine by me.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.5

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Yavimaya Granger
Latin second cousin to Hermione Grainger? No. Most broken card ever printed?
It's not that, either. The echo mechanic was large and in charge when
Yavimaya Granger was printed in Urza's Legacy, thanks to its successful
launch a few months earlier in Urza's Saga. Considered very powerful forms
of card economy by Quality Magic Players, cards like Yavimaya Granger were
typically played for their non-creature capability and rarely had their echo
costs paid when the next upkeep arrived. Very decent, no matter how you look
at it. Granger helped solve mana issues in limited play, and was a very
important part of some combo decks.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.5

 Van Zandt

Yavimaya Granger
Card advantage, certainly,  or acceleration if you don't echo it.  But not
amazing at either.  I'd rather play something more specialized in
constructed, towards whichever end you need.  Still quite useful in limited
though, fixes your mana, thins your deck, is a blocker, etc.
Constructed 2
Casual 3
Limited 3.5

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

Yavimaya Granger


Back when I was tapping the forests and sending in the little green men, this guy had his own personal flavor. Heíd speed up your mana base, and you didnít even have to pay echo on him if you didnít want to. He was kind of like the Avalanche Riders gone good. In, fact, I wouldnít be surprised to see some kind of sled tucked away in that guys back shed, a grim reminder of the days he used his powers for destruction rather than growth. If you get the chance and see him in your card case, pull him out and send him in once for me, a reminder of a simpler time.


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        4


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Yavimaya Granger

Yavimaya Granger is a card that is a good land searcher but thru the years it has found more suitable replacements. In todays game I would use Solemn Simulacrum instead of the Granger. The echo cost makes it a just a little too expensive for play. In limited he isnít that bad and his ability is a bonus. In casual play he isnít bad but again I would consider several other cards befor I played this one.

Constructed 2

Casual 2

Limited 2


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