Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth – Modern Horizons 2
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 3.50
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
The ancient and mighty forest of Yavimaya, inheritor of Argoth and one of a very few places that can claim to have defeated Urza, has been represented in nonbasic lands mainly by cards like Yavimaya Hollow and Heart of Yavimaya. Neither of those are bad per se, but neither of them give you a good idea of the depth of its power. Having said that, the Cradle of Growth arguably shows nature’s subtle power more than its forceful power. The direct comparison to Cabal Coffers would be Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary, and that is perhaps a little more fragile than the black equivalent. But it certainly plays a similar role in making part-green decks just a little bit smoother, and in ambushing people who don’t realize you’re playing green. Not to mention the fun things you can do when combining it with Blanchwood Armor, Dauntless Dourbark, or Keeper of Progenitus!
By and large, the effect to turn everything into a Forest is less impactful than the ability to turn everything into Swamps. All the same, Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth is a rather nice little tool that lets the enterprising deck with Forests do more things related to them, and green does have a couple bits of forestwalk in its arsenal (like Chatterfang in Modern Horizons 2). It’s less likely to be a slam-dunk staple compared to Urborg, but it’s still a powerful utility land that’s bound to be a common sight in most formats for helping correct colors and enable a couple rude things here and there.
Limited: 3 (unless you open Chatterfang, it’s mostly just another green land)
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