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Cadaverous Bloom

Reviewed March 30, 2006

Constructed: 3.31
Casual: 3.4
Limited: 1.6

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Cadaverous Bloom

You can pretty much sum up this card, and it's crazy history, in one word, COMBO. If you were going to associate it with a tournament and a place, that would have to be Pro Tour Paris, 1997. If you want to associate this card with one player, it would have to be Mike Long. Long piloted the Cadaverous Bloom combo deck straight to the top of Pro Tour Paris, until one of these cards was found in an unusual and fatal location. in Michael Long's seat. Be that as it may, there has been no more amazing combo deck in the history of Magic than the Pros-Bloom deck of Pro Tour Paris. This amazing combo deck was built in a block constructed format including only two sets, Mirage and Visions. This deck's bit was to sacrifice lands to Squandered Resources, refilling your side of the board with land using Natural Balance, then drawing a lot of cards with Prosperity and sacrificing a most of those cards to Cadaverous Bloom in order to pile up enough mana to fire off a fatal Drain Life. Some versions of this deck, including Mike Long's, contained only a single Drain Life. (I guess Mike was a lucky guy to always draw the Drain.) An amazing deck. I once lent the whole deck to a friend who never returned it. If you're in the know, you're giving me an understanding nod.this deck featured 16 or 20 rares in it. Oh, well, EVERYONE has lost a valuable deck at one time or other! Other than in this one very special combo deck, there really isn't anything special to say about Cadaverous Bloom. This card was NOT good in limited, either.



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Cadaverous Bloom

Unfortunately, there's not a lot to say here, because this is a card that pretty much does nothing by itself. You need to have some type of mana dump to make use of this card. OR if nothing else, you need a way to take advantage of it on repeated turns. Obviously, there are a couple of decks through the years that really enjoyed this card, but it's not strong enough in the environment today for people to take note of it.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

Jordan Kronick

Cadaverous Bloom - Everyone's got their tall tales about Magic. And some of them are true. Mine is that I was the first person I knew to make a ProsBloom (that's Prosperity and Cadaverous Bloom for the uninitiated) deck. In my own little corner of the world, I invented the deck. Of course, I didn't make it popular and I didn't take it to the pro tour or the World Championships. But I was happy to see that happen. At least it gave me the sense that maybe I had a little intuition for these sort of things. Cadaverous Bloom looked like junk when it was released. It took a while for people to recognize the ridiculous tricks you could do with it. What if every card in your deck was a Dark Ritual? What would you do?

Constructed Rating - 4.4
Casual Rating - 3.5
Limited Rating - 1.2


Cadaverous Bloom

I’ll abstain from the Mike Long jokes. This card was the cornerstone of a combo deck around Mirage Block time that could generate near infinite card and mana advantage on one turn and kill you with a rather large Drain Life. In general, I would say the card is not very good. It has no place to go other than a Cad Bloom deck, where it is obviously required. My rating will obviously not reflect this deck.

In limited, it’s too slow to have any real impact – can’t see it ever making the cut.

Constructed: 2

Limited: 1.5


Cadaverous Bloom

You can see the huge potential for abuse here. Often used in many evil old school ways: (See Abeyance, Prosperity & Drain Life).

In limited, it could be a source of accelleration, except that it plays awfully late at 5 mana. At that point, do you really need to accel?

Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 5
Limited - 2.5


Cadaverous Bloom

Essentially, it's free mana. Well, it's not really free, but you can use it to make the finishing play, so it may as well be. And it's Green and Black. Green likes lots of mana for huge beatsticks and Black likes lots of mana for Consume Spirit and Demons and such. Luckily it's not in a color that excels at card drawing, though Green and Black are getting better at card drawing.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 5
Limited- 2
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