Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
Odyssey - uncommon
Creature - Gnome - 2/1
Discard a card from your hand:
Regenerate Patchwork Gnomes
Reviewed January 09, 2002
based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ...
5 is the highest rating.
Gnomes has no place in Constructed. It is a definite
1. In Limited its a sub-par creature but can help
certain decks achieve threshold quickly. I'd say
its a 2.
The second time around won't be much more
impressive than the first appearance for these
lack-luster Gnomes. Decent at best in
limited as it deals with bears and helps achieve
Threshold... I still would be unhappy if I had to
play with them. This is another one of those
cards that gives Odyssey a low-powered feel.
sometimes when you do your homework late, you have
to do double duty (go see my Concentrate
review if you don't get this). Well, here
comes another down the chute.
Speaking of going
down the chute, I think I can clearly see a run of
Patchwork Gnomes headed directly for the commode.
Yes....it might be....it could
be.....IT....IS....TRASH!!!!!!!!!!! It is better
than Spiritualize, though. :) You just don't know
3CC 2/1s in constructed unless they have a cool
ability. Regenerating by pitching a card does NOT
classify as a cool ability. Sorry - card would
only be used in specific sideboards against weird
decks at best. Maybe there is a SB use for it I
don't know about, but,. artifacts that regenerate
might have a purpose somewhere. *shrug* In
limited, it smacks for two, and you can pitch one
of those 4 extra lands you have in your hand to
keep it alive if ya need to. Turn trash in your
hand into a quality chump blocker. In limited,
definately worth playing. Never know when regen
might come in handy - expecially when Mr. Krosan
Beast comes to say hi to you. :(
Limited Rating: 3.5
No Review Today.
Patchwork Gnomes came out, it was playable. There
weren't any cards that were able to utilize it's
discard ability to make the card advantage pay off
- and in a set with Coiled Tinviper, the Gnomes
were regenerating far too often in annoying
circumstances. Now in the days of Roar of the Wurm,
you want to throw some cards out of your hand and
into your graveyard so that you can get rolling
with the beats.
Tempest Rating - 2
Limited Rating - 3
Constructed Rating - 0
artifact creature in a recent set that isn't
completely worthless! Still, this guy doen't
really have a home in constructed. Senselessly
setting up regeneration shields isn't the best way
out there to hit threshold. His two power at three
mana means he doesn't find his way into aggressive
decks and aggro control would only consider him if
he had some form of evasion, which he doesn't. The
cost for regeneration is far too steep for control
Rating = 2
Limited: ***^ (3
Constructed: * (1 Star)
In Limited, I really like
the Gnomes since they can stop some of the biggest
creatures or just plain ol' Grey Ogres and
elephant tokens. I don't think I need to explain
my choice on the Constructed rating.
One gnome in the game
of Magic was ever any good. BATTLE
GNOMES...err Bottle Gnomes. The Ticking
Gnomes were ok too I guess. Patchwork Gnomes
are neither one of those.
In limited though, they can still be decent and
get the job done.
There's just not a whole lot of useful things that
aren't obvious to say about these guys.