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Verdant Force
Ninth Edition

Reviewed July 25, 2005

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 2.95
Limited: 3.25

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating

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Paul Hagan

Verdant Force

I'm pretty happy this card is back in rotation, even if it served most of its Tourney Deck time within reanimator-style decks. If you don't have a way to trick Verdant Force into play, it takes a major hit, as it costs a large amount of mana for a creature that can easily be destroyed. The good news is that, unless taken care of early, Verdant Force isn't one of those creatures that you can block all day long -- the horde of tokens it creates will quickly become an issue. I have to give the Force a slightly higher rating for constructed and casual decks than it should, just because of the various and assorted reanimation strategies, but otherwise, its uses don't vary too much across formats.

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

Secret Squirrel

Verdant Force

Wow, I didn’t notice that when I selecting Cotds for this week a few weeks ago that we’ve already reviewed this … twice. I’ve even reviewed it before. And being that it is 10pm on Sunday night, I have no way of changing it. Oops. I guess I just can’t get enough of this guy.

Even though it’s exciting to see him back, he won’t have reanimator to get him out on turn 1, but he’s still pretty scary in limited. He unfortunately dies to any black destroy spell, but otherwise, you can’t ask for more. Especially in any kind of multiplayer game.

It’s exciting to see him come back in a core set. (And look, there’s no reminder text on upkeep. o.O)

Constructed: 3
Casual: 5
Limited: 3.5

Tim Stoltzfus

Verdant Force

It really surprised me to see this card on the 9th Edition spoiler lists, but in a good way. This card is freaking awesome! In limited play, I can honestly see it getting passed over because eight mana is a stiff price to pay for anything in limited. However, if you have a deck that can keep you alive until this monster hits the board, it will more than likely win the game for you, it is worth a shot. In constructed play, this is the best renaimation target ever! If the format you’re playing in allows for those kind of strategies to be viable, this card will fit right in those decks. As for casual player, do I need to point out how sick this guy can be in a multiplayer game?

Limited – 3.5
Constructed – 4
Casual – 5


Verdant Force
One of the more popular classic cards, we see Verdant Force ordered from us often. Due to its high mana cost, Force is often "forced" into play by other means, often by items with similar resurrection abilities to Recurring Nightmare Elvish Piper also fits the bill for the more casual side of play. Whatever method you use, when Force hits the board, it can get out of control, creating tokens at a crazy rate.  Your opponent will need to deal with it immediately, and if they can't, you'll most likely win.
In limited, I would take this as a game breaker in the case of a stand off, even though its cost is high.  In casual, REALLY a fun card, but prohibitively expensive in many cases up to now...its inclusion in 9th Edition might help some with that.
Constructed - 5
Casual - 5
Limited - 4

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