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Force of Nature
Ninth Edition

Reviewed July 18, 2005

Constructed: 1.6
Casual: 2.85
Limited: 2.33

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Force of Nature

There really isn't anything good to say here. It's kind of sad this card keeps getting reprinted. No one ever plays it. There are a million green fatties that are much better and more efficient. This will likely be another rare that just gets to sit around.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2

Paul Hagan

Force of Nature --

If you ever wanted to see a good example of a big green finisher, Force of Nature would be it. For six mana, you get a true monster that will be dealing out eight damage in one way or another every turn, be it to a blocking creature, an opponent, or even yourself. The upkeep can be a bit harsh, and the four green mana in its casting cost ensure that Force won't be making too many appearances in decks with only moderate amounts of green. Overall, for constructed or casual play, I can't give Force of Nature a really high rating, but I can't bring it too far down either.

With limited in mind, as long as my deck was two colors and at least half of the deck is green, Force of Nature will absolutely make the cut. It can easily be a game-breaker, and as we all know, those generally go in the deck and not the sideboard.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 3.0

Secret Squirrel

Force of Nature

Certainly a fun card, and it’s very nice to see it reprinted. However, with a four mana per turn cost, you’re very vulnerable to land destruction. It’s also difficult to get out. Don’t plan on letting this see play in Constructed unless you’re playing against a deck with no removal, no land destruction, and no counters, but how often do you see those decks?

With the power level of 9th edition, it shouldn’t see much more play in limited, sadly. Permanently attaching four green mana sources is difficult in any environment, especially in limited. If you have that kind of mana available, I’d rather use it to cast Biorythm or Verdant Force. Although, considering green got torn up pretty badly in 9th, comparatively, this isn’t that bad.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 2

Tim Stoltzfus

Force of Nature

Force of Nature is powerful and cheap for its size, until you get to its first upkeep. In limited, this will often be a perfectly playable green creature, but it isn’t likely to be a first pick in draft. As for constructed, there’s not a lot going on here, either. By today’s standards, and 8/8 trampler for six mana is decent, but nothing great. The upkeep makes it impossible to play in reanimator-style decks. Force of Nature doesn’t really DO anything except attack, either, so you’re basically looking at it as just a giant body. Not very exciting.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.5
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