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So you remember how earlier I was talking about the fact that Constellation being spoiled as a mechanic made Mana Bloom a decent spec? Well, it's been a matter of hours since I wrote that and this new spoiler makes me change my mind. I will explain.
Obviously this little combo is pretty cute. You play a X=0 Mana Bloo for G, draw a card and bounce the bloom to replay it next turn. I am not here to evaluate whether it's cute or good, because like I said earlier, I don't think Mana Bloom is going to go up twice under any circumstances. I think there are 2 possibilities.
- Mana Bloom is not good with Eidolon. It spikes based on hype but after people test, it doesn't pan out.
- Mana Bloom is good with Eidolon, and green decks play this combo.
Either way, I think the price will only go up once, and this means you might as well sell into hype if you have copies. The problem? I don't recommend buying copies anymore.
I said earlier today that as more cards get spoiled and something truly sick with Mana Bloom doesn't get spoiled, it will build anticipation and give people slower on the uptake the chance to buy copies of Bloom hoping to strike it rich. Since Eidolon was spoiled so early, people have less time to buy the copies before everyone tests this. You won't have much time to get copies before people start buying out Bloom and I think with all the copies being bought now (if we see a run on Bloom), there won't be buyers later. This means this will only be a good spec if the combo is good (something that is not always the case) and I am not sure this is a good combo. People will certainly want to try it out and there is a lot of talk about Mana Bloom, but I like it less as a spec than I did before they spoiled a card that interacts well with it. It may seem counter-intuitive, but I really wish this card hadn't been spoiled so early.
In non-Mana Bloom news, this card has potential. It's not easy to keep a 2-toughness dude alive, but you can get some real value if you do. Flashing in a Boon Satyr and drawing a card is good. Like I mentioned earlier, constellation says enchantment, not enchantment card, meaning you can get a ton of draw triggers with Heliod, for example. Now, you can do that with Ephara as well, and people have spent the last three months not doing that, so take that for what you will. Ephara is white already and pairs well with Heliod and is harder to kill than Eidolon of Blossoms, but maybe people will try it. Anything that says "Draw a card" will attract people, so expect hype.
All of this is one man's opinion, so look to the rest of the finance community for their take about this viability of this card both now and after Ravnica Block rotates. I personally think Mana Bloom and Eidolon make a cute combo but I'm not sure how good it is.