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Imaginary Pet
Ninth Edition


Reviewed August 23, 2005

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Imaginary Pet

If you are the kind of player who finds himself needing to mulligan down to three cards very often, Imaginary Pet might be a very serious win condition for you. Okay...mulligan to three...Island, Island, Imaginary Pet...yeah, I'll keep! This is a very cool idea, a 4/4 for two mana, but at what cost?
The cost is that you must constantly keep your hand empty or else your Imaginary Pet pops back in your hand. Really, the worst case is that you'll have to tie up two mana each turn putting a big fat 4/4 potential blocker into play each turn. The interesting upside is an aggressive constructed red/blue deck that can drop multiple Imaginary Pets and lots of cheap burn spells. In limited play, the Pet can be worth playing in many cases as well.

CONSTRUCTED: 3.0
CASUAL: 3.0
LIMITED: 3.0
 

Tim Stoltzfus

Imaginary Pet

Imaginary Pet is the wrong color. If there is any color that wants to hold onto cards in hand, it is blue. While it is exceedingly cheap for a 4/4 creature, you will never be able to effectively play it on turn two, unless your first turn consisted of playing a Chrome Mox and a land, and your second turn consisted of casting the Imaginary Pet followed immediately by One with Nothing. And if you’re using One with Nothing to get an Imaginary Pet down, well, you need more imagination. In limited, Imaginary Pet isn’t terrible, as it is functionally a 4/4 blocker with an upkeep of 1U that can help stall out the ground fight while your blue flyers are beating your opponent. Late in the game, it get even get in the fight itself once your hand is empty.

Constructed – 1
Casual – 2
Limited -- 2
 


Christine
Gerhardt

Imaginary Pet

Okay...If you can empty your hand, Pet is pretty good. But Blue doesn't tend to want to hang with an empty hand, so Pet may not be a great Blue choice. Too bad Wizards didn't make it Red or Green. Probably best relegated to limited decks.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 2
Limited - 2.5
 
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