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Heartbeat of Spring 
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed October 4, 2004

Constructed: 2.8
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.2

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Mana Flare.  It's a friggin' green mana flare.  Play your dragons on turn 4.  Heck, play them on turn 3.  Here is the deal with this card:  You must be able to abuse it better than your opponent.  Once you have this card on the board, you need to be tapping out every turn.  Huge monsters, X spells - most anything that keeps stuff flying out of your hand at break-neck speed.  A friend of mine from back in Abilene told me, "You're the first person I've ever see find a proper use for Mana Flare.  It's because it works both ways.  If you can't use the mana and keep it going, it's almost useless.  One you stop tapping out every turn, then the card yields very little advantage.  Things that dump mana for a good cause...anything.  Remember - 2 or 3 of these on the board and lead to some nasty mana burn for an opponent as well - make sure that doesn't happen to you.

In limited, I hate to say it, but I don't see this card being used often.  MAYBE if you have a LOT of fat, but you simply can't squeeze the advantage out of it that you can in constructed.

Casual - your friends will love you.  Two things people love to see on the table:  A Howling Mine and a Mana Flare.  :)

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 2
Casual: 5, plus the love and admiration of your peers


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

This is a card that Casual dreams are made of. Double up your mana production to get your fatties on the board quickly.  A couple of words of caution:  Remember this also applies to your opponents, and be careful of odd casting cost spells that may leave you mana burning for one.  But if you can avoid that, you have a nice way to accelerate into your big creatures or spells, like the Myojins (Myojin of Life's Web, Myojin of Infinite Rage, Myojin of Cleansing Fire, etc.) or Dragons, such as Jugan.

In limited, this is totally deck dependant.  If you're going green at all, and if you have multiple high cc spells, like the Myojins or Dragons,  then this is an asset worth playing.  If you have anything less, leave it in your sideboard, as you have more of a chance to give your opponent an edge than yourself.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 5
Limited: 3.5 (situationally)

   Current Price:
Heartbeat of Spring - Champions of Kamigawa - $4.99

   Combos Well With:
Myojin of Life's Web - Champions of Kamigawa - $7.05
Myojin of Inflinite Rage
- Champions of Kamigawa - $6.49
Myojin of Cleansing Fire
- Champions of Kamigawa - $6.52
Jugan, the Rising Star
- Champions of Kamigawa - $6.99

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Hi, I'm Mana Flae.
In the constant retooling of the color pie, the ability to produce additional mana globally is now a green ability. Neat for casual, blah for constructed, and a waste of space for limited.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 1

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Heartbeat of Spring
Mana Flare, a once popular red enchantment, is alive again in a slighty
different form. Basically, when Heartbeat is in play, you tap an Island, you
get two blue mana, you tap a Forest, you get two green mana. Three if you
have two copies of Heartbeat in play, and so on. I have to admit that the
first time I read this card, I thought it didn't do ANYTHING at all...I
thought it was simply explaining what happens when you normally tap a land.
"Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one mana of that
type to his mana pool." RIGHT, sounded to me like a description of tapping a
land for mana. Then I read it again, properly smacked myself and figured out
the mana described in the text of Heartbeat of Spring was IN ADDITION TO the
one mana I would already get from that land without the enchantment... You
learn something new every day.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          2.0

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

Heartbeat of Spring


The newest card to play the ďdouble your manaĒ game, Heartbeat of Spring will definitely see play in the constructed format. I am sure that even as I sit here and type this, someone is building a combo deck, or a big burn deck built to take advantage of the huge amounts of mana this can generate. Maybe even a Myojin deckÖ.. Nahhhh!


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        1



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

I love mana! I know you do too. Remember all those dragons that we were showing earlier this week? Well, this is a way to help you cast them. This card should be large in casual circles. I'm sure some decks like Tooth and Nail can take advantage of it. The downside though, is that it works for both players. It doesn't hold a lot of value to competitive players for the most part, but who knows, I've been surprised before.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5
Heartbeat of Spring --

It's like Wake!...sorta. I'm sitting on the fence with regards to Heartbeat of Spring. It has potential to set up some very silly amounts of mana, much like Wake, and it does it better than Extraplanar Lens. There are only two problems I see. First, what do you do with the mana? Second, why is it any better than stuff like Krark-Clan Ironworks? I'm sure there are good answers to these questions, but I haven't seen a new, inventive way of abusing this card yet.

Casual players should just pass this card over. There are quite a few cards that have a similar effect, and I don't think any are that good.

In limited, unless I am trying to be cute and play a bunch of expensive stuff with this card, I think it will be sitting on my sidelines a lot because it got passed to me 14th or 15th pick. It just doesn't do much without a deck being built around it.

Constructed Rating: 2.5 [potential for 4.0, but not yet]
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 1.5

 Van Zandt

Heartbeat of Spring
Well, it's mana flare.  Mirari's Wake did see play at 5 mana...  so I don't
want to discount this card's potential.  But only recently has vernal bloom
found its way into deck,  and extraplanar lens got a lot of hype but didn't
really see so much time in play.  Maybe as a way to use Tooth and Nail
without depending on the lands, like Elf and Nail decks used the bloom... 
but this gives your opponent a distinct advantage too.  We'll see.
constructed 2
casual 4
limited 2

Secret Squirrel on the

Heartbeat of Spring
More like ďThis is original mana flare; the red one was a BIG misprint.  No more Mirariís Wake crap.Ē 
Anyways, this review is pretty simple; the ability is good.  If there are many decks running around using this, this will be worse.  If not too many decks are using this, it will be good.  I can predict a funny shifting of metagame between decks that use this and decks that donít... or maybe Iím just blowing this out of proportion.
Itís good, we know that.  Iím really not that sure how good it will actually be though.
In limited, it's ok, but you canít really build decks around this.  Itís decent, but wouldnít be my first pick.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 2

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