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Gaea's Cradle 
Urza's Saga Rare

Reviewed June 29, 2004

Constructed: 4.2
Casual: 4
Limited: 2.8

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

One of the most favored land cards ever, and well deserving of it.  Cradle can accelerate you into many kinds of madness if you play lots of creatures, especially weenies like elves.  Now add to that some insane "X" spell, and you've got quite a nice finish to your game.  Just a few of the combos mentioned below by our CotD staff include: Fireball, Stroke of Genius, Overrun, Verdant Force, and I could go on and on.

In constructed, it's amazing, and still one of our hottest sellers.  As you can see by all the reviews below, it's a staple in MANY decks, and could almost always be used instead of a Forest if you played creatures.

In limited, it's playable if you have an X spell to set off, or if you have some massive creature you'd like to get out early.

In casual, there are about as many uses for this card as there are X spells.  Absolutely one of the more fun cards to build a deck around.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3

   Current Price:
Gaea's Cradle - Urza's Saga - $25.11

   Combos Well With:
Fireball - Darksteel - $0.99
Stroke of Genius - Urza's Saga - $10.35
Overrun - Odyssey - $1.39
Verdant Force - Tempest - $13.73

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Gaea's Cradle
A great card to have in green creature decks, as it helps you acceleration toward Verdant Force and other similar green fatties. It also has an Archetype named for it - "Elf-Ball," which uses the mana from it and creatures like Llanowar Elves to accelerate into a big Fireball (or similar burn spell) to finish you off, or an Overrun or two to attack for the win instead.
Great for casual decks, as it helps you get the mana to cast bigger spells.
Again, this is also banned in block constructed.
I wouldn't want this in sealed. It provides acceleration, but the acceleration comes too slow for it to make any real difference.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 1.5

2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Gaea’s Cradle


Guy A:  “I like Elves!”


Guy B:  “You don’t say…”


Guy A:  “No, I mean, I really like Elves.  Lots of them.  I like ‘em everywhere.  They’re great! I make soooooo much mana!”


Guy B:  “Right…I’m going to go over here now.”


Guy A: “Fireball you for 40 with my Elves and Cradle! HAHAHHAHAHAHA!”


This somewhat simulated conversation is kinda how it feels to play with Cradle; that rush of being able to cast…well, anything, is pretty powerful.  Between various Elf deck, Cradle has fueled Opposition decks, Rebel decks, Secret Force, and pretty much anything else that was able to spit out a slew of creatures.  This is raw power at a level we probably will not see again.


You like creatures, you like lots of mana, you like this card.  It’s a great option for Mental at times, it’s good just to drop eight guys into play and go to town.  Fun for everyone involved, especially if you’re the guy at the table with Cradle while everyone else is stuck with theirs in their hands.


This was a kinda strange card in limited; you never wanted to have this be the only land in your hand when you were starting the game.  Obviously it could be situationally powerful, but it was better to just rare-draft it and let it rest in your sideboard until you found a pile of Elves that needed to be made into a deck.


Constructed:  4.5

Casual:  4.5

Limited:  2.0


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

Gaea’s Cradle:


While the Cradle is not Academy, it’s certainly close enough to create such decks as Elf Balls, and the Green Blue Hermit Druid deck from Urza’s Block. This card has had the most longevity of these cards, mainly because creatures are what the casual decks are all about, and a card that rewards you for playing creatures is a Good Thing ™ to casual players. While it doesn’t fit in every deck, it certainly comes close in the casual world. If your deck uses green mana, and has creatures, this is the card for you.


Constructed:                 5

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        2



This card is soooo much fun.  I loved this card and played it every chance I got.  I wish I had a good deck for it in extended right now.  I'd gladly play the hell out of it.  Casual players love this card to death.  In limited play, it doesn't have a lot of value, but honestly...who cares.  It's still amazing for everything else :)
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 1.5

 Van Zandt

Gaea's Cradle
One of the cards most often shoved into decks that don't really need it,
just because it's better than another forest most of the time.  Then,
sometimes it produces a very large amount of mana.  Probably most famous for
its use in Elf Ball decks,  to power up huge fireballs after you swarm in
for a couple damage.
constructed 4
casual 4
limited 4.5 

Secret Squirrel on the

Gaea’s Cradle

This one I know is definitely good.  Great in Extended in basically any mono/two color green deck.  This plus birds, elves, and any of the hundreds (well not really) green creatures gets your fatties out earlier than usual.  Play Crush of Worms..haha , hmm not really, anything really.  It’s been a staple in plenty of decks, and should stay that way until it rotates out of extended.  

Definitely good in limited too, though not as much, still speed is speed, and this provides speed every turn.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4


Gaea's Cradle -
Constructed - Lets think of it's abilitys here.
Turn 1 : Forest, Birds of Paradise.
Turn 2 - Forest, Rofellos, Bop.
Turn 3: Gaeas Cradle. How much mana do we have here? 9 Mana. On turn 3!!!! You can cast Biorythym + Shock or unsummon with that mana! Or you can cast a Masticore + Derranged Hermit. You can go many routes, with your 9 mana beast. Gaea's Cradle can be a quick "Mana Isn't a problem" card.
Casual - Casual players love critters. Gaea's Cradle Loves Critters. See the connection?? Use it with the usual small critters, and then quickly power up to a turn 3 Silvos. In any creature heavy green deck, this card can be the mana needed to cast the large boys quick.
Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 3.0
Limited - N/A

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