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I'm not saying the Cradle is better than Tolarian Academy, but only specific, probably already broken decks can make Tolarian Academy over the top broken. This card practically breaks itself in half.
Posted By: BongRipper420 (11/1/2012 11:18:03 AM)
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I run 3 maindeck and 1 in my sideboard (to wish for) plus an Academy. With lots of 0-drop critters (Walkers, Ornithopters, and kobolds), a Mirror Gallery, and some Ley Druids, I can easily generate 50-80 mana in a few turns. The Academy beats the Cradle on power, but not by that much.
Posted By: Motion2Dismiss (1/5/2010 10:02:25 PM)
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Oh yeah, and there was still mana burn at the time.
Posted By: themlsna (6/24/2010 5:02:38 AM)
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It says a lot about Urza's Saga that the Cradle here was actually overshadowed by more powerful lands in its day.

You should remember that in those days Green was objectively the worst color in Magic and had been for the entire history. A card like this basically seemed like a gesture of pity.
Posted By: Weary_PSI (9/1/2010 12:37:52 AM)
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The thing about Urza block was that there were so many powerful cards like this that they all didn't really seem that insanely powerful, and only a few of them were truly broken.

The cradle is not nearly as powerful as Tolarian Academy - that unimaginably broken land was banned one tournament after it was released - but it is still legalized speed and perfect for green.
Posted By: Laguz (8/31/2009 5:58:51 AM)
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MetalCrisis - say what you will; you missed out on one of the best blocks ever printed.
Posted By: TheLegendary (8/13/2009 12:28:35 AM)
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I graduated from the Academy, but I'd like to play in the Mother's Forest for awhile...maybe bring some of my saproling friends along for some fun.
Posted By: Lateralis0ne (12/26/2009 11:14:36 PM)
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I run this in a mono-black rat deck, it's that good...Marrow-Gnawer ensures that your colorless mana costs (on say, Nighteyes the Desecrator) are no object.
Posted By: izzet_guild_mage (1/12/2010 11:28:44 AM)
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A great card by itself which can produce ridiculously high amounts of mana, especially with M10 rulings which erased mana burn.
The only drawback is that it won't do anything unless you have a creature in play, but this won't be a problem in creature-based decks most of the time.
It's also fun when used along with Land Creatures (currently the only existant one being Dryad Arbor)
Posted By: Mode (10/15/2009 12:26:39 PM)
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This can break a token deck like nothing has been broken before. Wonderful card.
Posted By: surewhynot (6/16/2010 3:05:58 PM)
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As of now, worth $135. Had one in my green saproling deck, and I never knew it's price.
Posted By: car2n (2/13/2014 10:00:10 AM)
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Only ever bought one pack of Urza's Saga. Got this. Have no idea where it went :(
Posted By: gut.gemacht (1/12/2014 8:39:49 PM)
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I picked one of these up for my Karador EDH deck thinking it would be a nice mana accelerator, then I tapped it for 12 mana O.o

Broken beyond belief, 5/5 Stars
Posted By: Hunter06 (12/20/2013 6:26:02 AM)
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This card makes Voyaging Satyr playable in Legacy.
Posted By: Continue (12/6/2013 3:12:18 PM)
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Wouldnt it be great if we made a card where ALL your creatures have llanowar elves ability? Yeah but lets put it on a land and instead of the creatures tapping, the land taps for like 10 mana dude

~Stoned developer during the urza block.
Posted By: TheWrathofShane (11/15/2013 2:16:49 AM)
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@DarthParallax

some overgeneralizations in there, but 5/5 for that last line.
Posted By: CogMonocle (8/27/2013 12:19:11 PM)
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I stopped playing magic 14 years ago. I still have the price list from that day. Gaea's Cradle sold for a whopping $7.18 on average. Impressive, certainly, but not as good as Sandals of Abdallah, which would set you back a cool $8.37 on average. Yeah.

That booster box I bought back in the day seems like an increasingly good investment now...
Posted By: Haywood (8/26/2013 4:19:54 PM)
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This card is only better than Tolarian Academy because it's not banned,
Posted By: MJ_Berry (7/16/2013 12:04:04 AM)
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Price of this makes my green decks sad...
@thewrathofshane O.5/5 on your comment for being idiotic.
Posted By: atemu1234 (5/28/2013 2:53:13 PM)
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I'm really afraid Wizards is going to follow up the Legendary rules change with a list of bannings. If the secondary market spikes, and then bans occur, all they will have accomplished is turn former staples into worthless pieces of cardboard.
Posted By: Tempted_Johnny (5/24/2013 10:10:02 PM)
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