Gaea's Cradle


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Rare

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Gaea's Cradle

Legendary Land

: Add to your mana pool for each creature you control.

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Gaea's Cradle Discussion

FireStorm4056 on [PRIMER] Death & Staxes: Competitive Meren EDH

12 hours ago


I think the question with Spore Frog is: what is the problem we encounter that this seeks to solve, and is it worth spending our Meren triggers bringing this tool back over the alternatives? By spending resources recurring Spore Frog, it means we aren't utilizing a Reclamation Sage, Fleshbag Marauder, etc. so we should be sure it's the right choice.

Spore Frog seems to shine best as an anti-aggro strategy against a single aggro deck (since he can't protect you from multiple). The price paid is your Meren trigger each turn. If your meta is such that this gives you the space to win the game, I think there is nothing wrong with the choice - but keep in mind that Spore Frog doesn't deal with problems permanently and requires a continuous stream of resources (Meren triggers) to maintain. So, it is worth examining whether Spore Frog handles the problem better or worse than simply adding more removal (either that which is already in the list above, or alternatives like Infest, Drown in Sorrow, Fatal Push, Snuff Out, Go for the Throat, etc)

Yes! Living Plane has benefits outside of the combo. Off the top of my head:

  • (a) It gives all lands summoning sickness so helps with our goal of slowing down the game (works ESPECIALLY well vs. fetchlands!)
  • (b) It makes lands vulnerable to Grave Pact, Fleshbag Marauder, and other similar effects which we run quite a few of (I'm heavily considering Pox since this makes it even better than it already is)
  • (c) It goes pretty wild with Gaea's Cradle

LVL_666 on Ixilan Spoilers - Itlimoc, Cradle ...

1 week ago

My assessment of Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun is that it's basically a budget Gaea's Cradle. It has definitely caught my eye though, as it looks like it has a lot of potential in EDH. As an enchantment, it's ability is kinda meh, as it's basically Sensei's Divining Top on an ETB trigger. The Mindcensor'd tutor effect is kinda useful though as it can help get me a creature in hand. I think i'd like to try and test this card out, as ramp is always welcome.

I'm trying to think of a way to add this card to my deck, The Queen's Egg - but what should I take out? It's both a land and and an enchantment. Initially it's kind of a Mirri's Guile/Sensei's Divining Top, but then it becomes Gaea's Cradle. Should I swap it in for a land? Hopefully someone can give me some help or suggestions.

multimedia on Freyalise, Llanowar's Perfection (Competitive)

1 week ago

Hey, you're being too concerned with Freyalise dying. Freyalise dying shouldn't really be a problem because you can take advantage of the fact that the deck makes tons of mana. You can just recast her from the Command Zone. Now I'm not saying to just throw her away for nothing, but because of the mana strategy you have more freedom here with her.

As far as you're strategy goes she isn't really a big part of it other than creating Elves who can ramp for you. She's being used as a support Commander here for Elves which is fine, but playing cards that Elves can directly benefit from is more important than maybe Freyalise dying.

I noticed you said you aren't playing Beast Within because the 3/3 can pressure Freyalise and the same about Crossroads. I urge you to change your mindset about Freyalise because using the reason for not playing some very good cards because she has the possibility of dying is not as bad as you think. You already got some value, although not very good value for the mana, from her either a Elf token or got to destroy an artifact/enchantment. She's done her duty if she dies before you can -6 her it's fine because you can get her back.

Think of Eternal Witness as a versatile back-up plan. If you're mass mana producing Elf gets killed which will happen or one of the infinite mana combo artifacts get destroyed or Gaea's Cradle gets Strip Mined or Sylvan Library is destroyed or Karn gets Counterspelled. Witness can get any one of these cards back to your hand. That's much better than Crushing Vines.

Something to think about is Eldrazi Temple is good with three Eldrazi in the entire deck where as Hollow is good for every creature in the deck. Cutting Path for Hollow is a good idea as Path is even more narrow, situational than Temple is. Versatility and squeezing as much value as you can out of a card are two important things about being competitive.

When using Survival and Fauna it's better to utilize creatures with affects that spells have rather than the spells. This is because these two powerful cards have synergy with creatures and not spells. If there's a creature who has the same effect as a spell such as Regal and Revelation as example then Regal in my opinion is the better option. It's much more likely that you can tutor for Regal than it is you draw Revelation. The same can be said comparing Witness to Regrowth. Both are very good cards, but because Witness is a creature she's better here.

dana.roach on Yeva, Nature's Herald

1 week ago

For starters you're too deep on dudes unless you're running some kind of Primal Surge deck, which this isn't. You're asking to overextend into a board wipe with too many creatures that don't do a lot alone.

More ramp. You've got some mana dorks, but they die the first second someone drops an Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite or Night of Souls' Betrayal or just casts a wipe. Cultivate and Kodama's Reach are a good start. I'd find a slot for Rampant Growth, Nature's Lore and Skyshroud Claim, plus probably Emerald Medallion.

You need more draw. Harmonize is a good start. Rishkar's Expertise is busted AF. Get one. Selvala's Stampede can do really good work, and Genesis Wave is never bad. Collective Unconscious and Shamanic Revelation are possibly usable here too, and if they are so is Garruk, Primal Hunter who should almost always draw you 4-5 for five mana.

Scavenger Grounds will save your life some game, and it won't hurt you given your lack of colorless lands. Same for Strip Mine when someone starts tapping Cabal Coffers for 14. Plus with those new crazy flip lands from Ixalan everyone gets a Gaea's Cradle and you'll wanna kill that thing ASAP.

There's also Hall of Gemstone but that feels like cheating.

kanokarob on Growing rites of itlimoc

1 week ago

Ramunap Excavator is a terrible parallel to draw because its inherently worse than its counterpart for being a creature. It's a great card, but its much less than Crucible because on the whole its worse.

Growing Rites of Itlimoc is a card that is generally not terrible to have in creature heavy decks, as an impulse for creatures. They may not play cards like that right now, but if it rewards them for playing their deck normally with a Gaea's Cradle (and a strictly better one at that) they'll certainly consider it. Yes on the whole its worse than Cradle because you have to put a little bit of effort into it, but most cards are arguably worse than Gaea's Cradle. And again, its effort that decks which will play it are putting in anyway.

Its never going to command an unreasonable price tag because sets are printed in such high volume, and its merely a rare as opposed to mythic. But, its playability will keep it at a strong financial position; its easily a modern playable.

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 week ago

Arguel's Blood Fast is like Greed or Erebos, God of the Dead, only cheaper than both, and with a built in lifegain defense if you find out you have overused it. Awesome.

And bringing back Gaea's Cradle, with a flip condition, but giving it a little bonus to help flip it, that is pretty insane. So turn 1 elf. Turn 2, 2 more elves, and something else. Turn 3, cast that enchantment for 3, get a creature in the top 4 cards of your library. You have 3 elves you can still do something with, so you cast that creature. And at the end of turn, flip the enchantment for a Gaea's Cradle, you have . That is the end of turn 3. Untap turn 4 for like 10 mana.

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