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Steam Vines 

Reviewed July 7, 2004

Constructed: 1.4
Casual: 2.4
Limited: 1.3

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Yeah, something is definitely steaming here...

Bleh.  This thing is just a wasted of cardboard and ink.  Even if you can put it on a critical land, they still get to use it once before it's destroyed.  Just not very effective, and when it comes back your way, eh... not much of a point, and please tell me you can think of something better for this slot in your deck.

In casual, perhaps there is a combo.  I have no idea what it would be.  Okay, maybe you could use it to whack a Squirrel Nest. There.

(Editor's Note:  On of our Fans wrote in and exposed this casual combo with Steam Vines... Mindslaver your opponent, then use the Vines to destroy all their lands,  Armageddon style.  Nice!)

In limited, really pointless. Just don't play it.
Constructed: 1
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1

   Current Price:
Steaming Pile - Odyssey - $0.73

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

w00t probably has a combo for you for this card (he's already asked me about
it). A new take on Kudzu, and probably more in flavor than Kudzu is, it's a
fun little effect that turns the land it's on into a self destroying City of
Brass. It helps in a Ponza type deck, but there are usually more effective
ways of destroying lands.

This is a very casual type card, with a good amount of politics into the

Not an effect that is good in limited.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 1

2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Steam Vines


Yuck.  Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck.  Not a competitive card…


…however, just like Kudzu and Takklemaggot, this is one of those cards that make multiplayer games a load of fun.  At least it serves some purpose, heh.


For draft…yuck.  Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck.


Constructed:  1.0

Casual:  3.0

Limited:  1.0


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Steam Vines
This card did not see much use in limited play during its day, and even less
in constructed. Still, I like the idea of using this as another land
destruction card in MONO RED land destruction deck. In limited, Steam Vines
would tend to sit on the first land enchanted, virtually destroying that
land by rendering it useless. Land kill is bad in limited, in case you
didn't know.
CASUAL:              3.5
LIMITED:              1.5

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer

Steam Vines


This is one of the more interesting cards created by Wizards of the Coast, while not the best land destruction spell ever, it certainly can have its place. Often it turns into a Stone Rain, as the opponent simply never again uses that land so its abilities never go off. This card is also one of the only land destruction spells I would find appropriate for a player to play against me in a casual game (the other is Political Trickery), especially in multiplayer, where it can be downright funny.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        1




Honestly, I'm not too big on this card.  It's just basically trading damage.  There are other cards like Kudzu and Spreading Algae that have similar effects that are more devastating.  In red, there are just much more efficient ways to kill land and/or deal damage.  It's very likely that your opponent just won't tap the land you put it on.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

Steam Vines is among a group of cards that I never really understood. Basically, why would any player make use of a card that effects them just as negatively as the opponent. To be sure there are solid exceptions to this and decks can be made to abuse the really useful effects: Raze is a perfect example. But for mediocre cards it just isn't worthwhile. In addition, this card requires the land to become tapped allowing your opponent great control over when the effect goes off.

Constructed - Giving your opponent options and waiting for the hurt to come latter is never a good plan - 1.0

Casual - This card gets a little better in Multiplayer if you can get your opponents to throw the vines amoungst themselves - 1.5

Limited - It ain't a creature, removal, or combat trick nor is it a bomb - 1.0

PEZ - This card fares no better in a fast format - 1.0

 Van Zandt

Steam Vines
Kudzu wasn't impressive, this isn't either.  In general, it's just a
color-heavy stone rain...  the enchanted land just gets set aside as if it
was dead,  and even worse, gives them the option of use if they really need
constructed 0.5
casual 1
limited 1.5

Secret Squirrel on the

Stream Vines
Multiplayer fun.  You can put it on one of your opponent’s great lands (LoA, Cradle, or anything) and have it instantly destroyed and have this deal one damage to them.  Then of course, they’ll probably move it onto your land, and if you want to do it again, you’ll have to sacrifice a land and a life (unless you have COP: red in play).  It isn’t bad if all your mana is creatures/instants (Birds, instant mana accel) because then you will have so few lands.  Remember, Stream Vines has to move to land unless it’s disenchanted so if you have no lands, they’ll have to move it to one of their lands.  Combo this with other red burn spells, and your opponent will not be happy.  Definitely not for constructed, that combo is for casual. 
Limited, chain spells are cool, but you don’t have much control over them, which makes the playing field more even and not to your advantage.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2
Steam Vines --
I am never happy to play cards that work just as well against you as they do your opponent...they rank right down there with cards that read "Flip a coin..." -- they are just too untrustworthy.  Because of this fact, Steam Vines never made an impact in Constructed, and it usually was one of the last cards picked up in any draft.  I am sure that somewhere, there may be a home for Steam Vines in a casual deck (perhaps in some form of wacky Land Destruction deck?), but there are a lot better options.
Constructed Rating: 1.0
Limited Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 1.5


Steam Vines-
Constructed - Bad LD. Period. Let alone the fact, LD isnt the first deck choice when building an extended or T1 deck. Even if you chose which lands it went on, it wouldn't be that good in serious formats.
Casual - Again, the big problem is that you dont chose what land it goes on. If you really want to build with this card... the best use i can think of off the top of my head: Darksteel forge (prob. someway to get it into play quick.. maybe trash for treasure?) + All artifact lands + Early frost on a scepter perhaps. You could theoretically kill 1 land, do 1 damage, tap 2 other lands for the price of 2 a turn. It takes alot of cards, but it'd be fun to try.
Limited - LD is almost never viable in OTJ limited. Neither is this bad form of LD. Nothing else to say.
Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 1.5

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