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Lotus Bloom
Time Spiral

Reviewed October 17, 2006

Constructed: 3.7
Casual: 4.05
Limited: 3.35

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Jeff Zandi

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Lotus Bloom

Like many other new rares in Time Spiral, Lotus Bloom brings us close (as
close as WOTC designers will allow) to enjoying a great old card. Lotus
Bloom probably comes closer to recreating Black Lotus than any other attempt
to date. Unfortunately, Lotus Bloom has no casting cost, requiring you to
play it with Suspend and get your "Black Lotus" later in the game. When a
card is created with the new Suspend ability but WITHOUT a normal casting
cost, it seems to me that Wizards of the Coast is admitting that their card
is too powerful to allow you to simply cast it. Still, there may be a life
ahead for Lotus Bloom in constructed, where you can play four of the card
and thus may reasonably expect to draw one at the beginning of a game. In
limited, Lotus Bloom is just not good enough, since there is no way to
reliably expect to gain any advantage from the card. This may be the way in
which Lotus Bloom most closely approximates Black Lotus. Black Lotus,
thousand dollar price tag and all, really wouldn't be much better in



Lotus Bloom

Remember, even if you suspend it on the first turn, it doesn't come into play until turn 4. So it lets you accelerate to seven mana on turn 4. What good is that? It might be passable with Mishra and multiples, since you could get two out on turn 4, but that's still underwhelming. In Limited, it's a mana source. You can use it to help with your splash cards. It's okay.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2
Limited- 2

Nick Tan

Lotus Bloom

The new Black Lotus. Once again, it’s free, but the cost is three turns of waiting. Is the price too high? Not exactly, depending on the situation. The new Lotus can be quite a useful mana accelerator still, if played right. For all the hype, though, I wouldn’t depend on this card all the time, as in late game, it might just be too slow.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 3

The Antman

Lotus Bloom- Rare- Time Spiral

Man it has been a long time since I've done a review, but I have finally stopped being lazy and am back in action (hopefully ^.^), anyways today we have Lotus Bloom to look over.

Most people are on opposite sides of the spectrum on whether it is good or not. I personally think that Lotus Bloom is one of those cards that can be insane in some decks, and trash in others. For instance, it is being used in various builds of the new Dragonstorm deck, but you won't see it in any aggro builds. It is a card that will be used but only when that extra 3 is REALLY needed, as it is in the dragonstorm decks (plus the extra storm count helps).

constructed- 3/5 like I said, good in some decks, bad in others therefore no special score
casual- 4/5 I can see a lot of uses for this, or just a poor mans lotus
limited- 1/5 not useful at all here, it isnt hard to get to 8+ mana in this format


Lotus Bloom

Today's throwback card is the latest remake of Black Lotus. This is good for combo decks, especially those abusing storm, as you can suspend two of these on your first turn and then use them to fuel some storm. There's a deck in the works right now that tries to Dragonstorm with a storm count of 4, dropping 4 Bogardan Hellkites and ending the game right there. Outside of combo, not sure how much play this will see in constructed. The casual crowd should gobble this up though.

In limited, if you really need the fixing, take it, but don't take it early unless there's absolutely nothing else in the pack.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 2

Matt Cortez

Lotus Bloom

Constructed - A great Free mana fixer. On turn 4 you get an additional three mana. Making that 7 mana on turn 4. Not including any other mana fixer's that are already in play or additional Lotus Blooms you may have played.
That is if you did play the Bloom on your first turn. It's great can't wait to see it used.

Casual - Fun in casual. Lots of fun. Cast your enormous creatures or spell's a few turn earlier and make your friends cry. Why not include some?
Limited - TAKE IT! Not many mana fixer's in Timespiral. A free one is never a problem. The only thing wrong is that you have to suspend it and just play the card. Take it. A first pick.

Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 5


Lotus Bloom

"Over such beauty, wars are fought. With such power, wars are won."
Gilded Lotus's flavor text is quite relevant. Easily the most well known card in the game, Black Lotus was probably the most powerful Magic card ever printed. It has its rightful seat at the top of the Power Nine, offering obscenely powerful mana acceleration to anyone who can fork over an equally obscene amount of money to buy one. You spend one card and get three mana, of any color you want, at no cost to you. What's not to love about that?

In an attempt to "fix" Black Lotus, a suite of variants have come and gone. Lotus Petal, Lotus Vale, Gilded Lotus... all were created to capture the excitement and suspense that the original Black Lotus provided, without also being so ridiculously broken.
Lotus Bloom, I believe, is the most potentially game-winning Lotus variant printed so far. For the drawback of suspending it for three of your own upkeeps, you get the real deal when it comes into play. This can offer quite a few decks the massive mana acceleration it needs to wrest control of the game. Putting yourself even temporarily several turns ahead gives you a huge advantage. All it needs is a deck to go into, and perhaps a way to get it into play without having to suspend it. If it gets what it needs, it will be a dominant force in Standard.

Constructed 4/5: This card might have what it takes to be golden. It only needs someone to unlock its potential.

Limited 5/5: There is almost no reason whatsoever to not take this if you see it. The mana advantage that this thing can give you will allow you to drop your expensive bomb three turns earlier than normal.

Casual 5/5: Amazing. What it lacks in speed, it makes up for in raw power. I haven't been crazy enough to try to get any yet, but if you have one, it is worth giving it serious consideration in your casual deck.

Gackley Ferguson

Gackley Ferguson's Review for MTG-COTD for 10/17/06

It's Tuesday, and you all know what that means! Nothing really, I was just trying to get you all psyched for today's card. Lotus Bloom! Everyone remembers Black Lotus, you know, play it for free, tap it, sacrifice it, and you get three black mana. That's a really good card, since you can play a 4 cast spell on turn one a 5 cast spell on turn 2 etc, etc. Well Lotus Bloom does essentially the same thing, but there are certain variations that need to be looked at.

First of all, you can't hard cast Lotus Bloom due to the fact that it doesn't have a casting cost. Instead you have to use it's suspend ability.

For those of you that don't know the suspend ability is a new ability from TimeSpiral. Basically on a suspend card, you pay it's suspending cost, and remove the card from the game with the appropriate amount of "time counters"
Once during each of your folllowing upkeeps you remove a time counter from the card, and when you remove the last one, you play the spell w/o it's casting cost.

So in the case of Lotus Bloom you pay it's suspend cost (which in this case is zero) and three turns later, you have an artifact that you can tap, sacrifice, and squeeze three of any one kind of mana out of. So you can't get a 4 cast on turn one...but after three turns (you could speed it up if you had clockspinning) you could unleash a 6 cast.

Yes this is a really great card, but the fact that it has to be three of a single type of mana is a drawback, but nothing too major.

Here's the verdict.

Constructed: 4/5- I'm giving it a 4/5 in all three because while it's not a
5/5 (if you didn't have to use it's suspend, or you could produce multiple mana colors, it would get a 6/5) this is still a really good card, that when used properly can get any card combo off once it hits the board. 4 of these belong in every deck.

Casual: 4/5 See above explination.

Limited: 4/5- again, nothing changed here.

Mr. Anderson

Today's card is the watered down version of the Black Lotus, Lotus Bloom. As turn 3 starts, you have 6 mana already, if you suspended it on your first turn. In constructed, this will make Ravager Affinity dominant again in Extended. This will speed things up in casual. This is a definate in limited. In all formats, run it unless you don't have any copies.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 4

Cyrus Huang

Lotus Bloom: A very interesting card to rate at this point of time. Right now with the influx of a ton of new cards, no one really knows what the new tier one decks are going to be, so most people are sticking to the old U/R control builds and various aggro builds. Lotus Bloom is obviously a combo card, being too slow for aggro and pointless for control. Combo decks are the hardest to figure out when a new set comes in, so it's extremely difficult to see the future of this card.

Constructed: So far there's been only one deck that's emerged running this card, and that's Dragonstorm.dec. If you haven't seen it yet, basically it runs 4 copies of bogardan hellkite and a couple of other dragons, 4 dragonstorms, red accel like seething song, counters and card draw, and finally Lotus Bloom. Dragonstorm is the deck I've been testing with for the past two weeks, and let me tell you, it is going to be tier 1. It's nothing like heartbeat combo of the past. It's much more similar to enduring ideal decks where all you gotta do is play your main card and survive for about 2 more turns to win the game. Lotus Bloom is essential in the deck because it raises the storm count and acts as copies 5-8 of seething song.
However, I believe Lotus Bloom has even more potential. I'm fairly sure this card will make a splash in the future combo deck, whatever it may be. Probably not now, but when other sets come out, we'll see.

Limited: The decision of adding this card into your deck is an extremely difficult one. I've seen it in my pool before and I've come to a conclusion. Unlike most artifacts which you can basically divide into automatic-play or automatic-garbage in sealed, the addition of this card is based upon the mana curve of your deck. If you have 8+ mana bombs in your deck, you play this card. If you don't, forget about it. Not all decks are going to have that Akroma or Bogardan Hellkite, and that's just fine. If it does though, Lotus Bloom is going to be a huge help in getting it out. If your deck has a good number of 6-7 mana fatties, play it anyways. If your deck is an evasion/control or weenie deck, this guy isn't going to help you.
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