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 Post subject: Tolarian Academy vs Gaea's Cradle
AgePosted: 2017-Feb-20 5:18 am 

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I have long wondered why the academy is banned but not the cradle? They both do the same thing, just in different colors.


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 Post subject: Re: Tolarian Academy vs Gaea's Cradle
AgePosted: 2017-Feb-20 6:39 am 

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Quick answer: Academy is more explosive because of low/zero cost artifact mana, and there are generally fewer checks on its power in the form of removal/sweepers.

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 Post subject: Re: Tolarian Academy vs Gaea's Cradle
AgePosted: 2017-Feb-20 7:39 am 
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Over time, Cradle will likely produce more mana than Academy. Academy just does what it does far earlier.

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 Post subject: Re: Tolarian Academy vs Gaea's Cradle
AgePosted: 2017-Feb-20 12:03 pm 

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Summoning sickness has a pretty significant part in this as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Tolarian Academy vs Gaea's Cradle
AgePosted: 2017-Feb-22 6:05 pm 
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0 cost artifacts and/or artifacts that generate more mana then it costs to cast them.

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 Post subject: Re: Tolarian Academy vs Gaea's Cradle
AgePosted: 2017-Feb-23 5:23 am 

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Artifacts also get swept away much less frequently than creatures. If you are getting a decent amount of mana out of Cradle, it is because you have a significant commitment of fairly fragile resources to the board.


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