Pojo's Magic The Gathering news, tips, strategies and more!

Pojo's MTG
MTG Home
Message Board
News & Archives
Deck Garage
BMoor Dolf BeJoSe

Paul's Perspective
Jeff Zandi
DeQuan Watson
Jordon Kronick
Aburame Shino
Rare Hunter
Tim Stoltzfus
Judge Bill's Corner

Trading Card

Card of the Day
Guide for Newbies
Decks to Beat
Featured Articles
Peasant Magic
Fan Tips
Tourney Reports

Color Chart
Book Reviews
Online Play
MTG Links

This Space
For Rent

Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day
Daily Since November 2001!

Magic: The Gathering
Image from Wizards.com

Cradle of Vitality
Shards of Alara

Reviewed Dec 04, 2008

Constructed: 1.50
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 1.75

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

Click here to see all our 
Card of the Day Reviews 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Cradle of Vitality

Many life-gaining cards are not terribly relevant by themselves, although recent sets have gone a long way towards remedying that; everyone who's ever jammed Magma Spray or Unmake into a crowded decklist because they feared opposing Kitchen Finks will attest to that. Cradle of Vitality attempts to give lower-tier lifegain a little more relevance. The ability can get out of hand pretty fast if you have a repeatable effect like Honden of Cleansing Fire (and don't look now, but it makes Kitchen Finks even sillier). This card is sure to be an instant hit with casual players everywhere, and it even has constructed pedigree - Davin Mitchell placed third in the Alaska state championships with two copies of the Cradle in his deck. Definitely one to watch.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10

Cradle of Vitality

I have yet to see this one be pulled off. I think it will rest in many a trade binder. If it were just one cheaper to make the counters maybe. However, the casual crowd and jonnies may like it.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 3
Limited: 2

Thursday  12-04-08

Cradle of Vitality


Constructed: Use it with Kitchen Finks???


Casual: Might throw one in with my Beacon deck with Panoptic Mirror.


Limited: Oh yeah I am going to draft Invincible Hymm and Cradle of Vitality, with a Battlegrace Angel. Better watch out!


Overall, one of the lowest cards for tournaments, but has fun written all over it.


Constructed: 2

Casual: 4

Limited: 2




BeJose Cradle of Vitality
Verry meh. While the effect is powerful if you can reliably use it I can't see it finding a home in a constructed deck. In limited while there are a number of ways to gain life, I don't see it being a reliable card. However in casual this can be quite fun. It will allow to recur your Kitchen Finks forever and with repeatable life gain effects can create a beast of a creature.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 1/5 (unless you somehow get multiple copies and build a deck around it)

Copyrightę 1998-2008 pojo.com
This site is not sponsored, endorsed, or otherwise affiliated with any of the companies or products featured on this site. This is not an Official Site.