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Vernal Bloom 
8th Edition

Reviewed December 30, 2004

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.80
Limited: 1.20

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Thursday - Vernal Bloom
Before Champions came out, this was the only legal Mana Flare type of effect that was mono-green. It helped the Elf and Nail deck greatly, as all of its lands were Forests, and this helped them get more mana while depriving their opponent.
Since Champions came out, we have this card's Ninth Edition replacement in Heartbeat of Spring.
This is OK in a casual environment, but in a more competitive environment, this is just too slow. It is also bad for most limited environments that it is legal in, since you will usually be playing 2 or 3 colors.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 1

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

 Vernal Bloom

This enchantment allows all of your Forests to tap for two green instead of one. Two Blooms in play would make your Forests tap for THREE green mana. I never used this card because the aggressive green decks that are the most popular don't really need very many cards that cost four mana or more.
Vernal Bloom doesn't do ANYTHING for you until turn four when you get it into play. No uses for this card at all in limited play. I'm afraid I'm gonna have to label this card as NOT GOOD.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
Vernal Bloom

I always liked Mana Flare. A Mana Flare that potentially does not work for your opponent is all the better. While not very useful for limited decks, this card is great for constructed and casual decks, making you both friends and enemies in multi-player. While it really requires a specific deck to be made worthwhile, its still a card to play.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 1


* game store owner

 Thursday - Vernal Bloom

This card seems to be really good if you are shooting a high mana curve and if you know the environment lacks a lot of forests. Otherwise it's useless or ends up being a rough gamble. Outside of that, there's really not a lot to say about it. When it works, it's a beautiful thing.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 1.5
 Vernal Bloom --

I can't give this card a great rating by any stretch. It has seen play, it has worked out for some people, and it probably has won some games. I just see it as a bit too expensive and not as useful as it should be. You can double your mana output, yes, but so can your opponent. I can't really think of much more that I dislike about this card, and even though that doesn't seem like much, it is enough to make me not want to play it.

In limited, I absolutely hate using any card like this, as it will likely come back to haunt you. It would also be eating up one of twenty-three or twenty-four slots, meaning you have to be saying it is better than any other card you have left.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 1.5

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