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 Putrefy
- Dragon's Maze

Reviewed April 26, 2013

Constructed: 4.10
Casual: 4.20
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 3.55

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Putrefy

The return of a classic. Putrefy was a staple in Golgari decks in the last Ravnica block, mainly because it's just so generally useful. You always played it, because no matter who you were up against, you'd find a target for it. But Putrefy's commonality was primarily a result of Golgari being such a strong deck in the first place. So far, a solid Golgari deck hasn't really solidified. We also have Abrupt Decay to compete for Putrefy's spot in the line-up.

Putrefy is just as good as it was the first time around-- it still kills just about everything it used to (I don't know of any prominent regenerators this time around, though I'm sure someone will correct me). The real question is, do we still need it as much as we did last time?

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.0

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Putrefy
 
I remember Putrefy from its first time in Standard, and honestly, it's still just as good this time around. The fact is, a card like this can really only get better with time, as more creatures and artifacts are always being made, and it's not like they're going to stop putting powerful effects on each. You're probably wondering how it'll impact on Standard, and it's hard to imagine that it won't do so - it gives you a versatile answer to many of the most powerful cards in the format, from Witchbane Orb to Boros Reckoner, and frees up sideboard slots in the process. Obviously that's a thing for competitive players, but it's also the centerpiece of the Cards That All Have One-Word Names deck - if you didn't have a chance to get the older versions, grab this one. You won't regret it.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Putrefy a powerful reprint from the original Ravnica block that had just received a release in the Return to Ravnica based duel decks. In standard I can guarantee this card has sideboard if not main deck potential based on the variety of threats that are available in the format and the need to react to them. This card is too solid of a choice to not see play in a large way. In if putrefy is seeing play as of now this card just makes it more readily available, once again a powerful instant speed answer for sideboards. In legacy and vintage I don’t see this card tearing up any tables as of now so it’s not poised to make a return with this reprint. In casual and multiplayer artifact destruction is an important but often ignored portion of your deck, being able to combine creature and artifact destruction at instant speed is a blessing for sixty card kitchen table decks as it allows it to deal with two problems with a single card, versatility being the key. In limited its removal and powerful removal at that a high pick. Overall a powerful but not overpowered card that should see a wide variety of play.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Putrefy which is a three mana Black and Green that destroys target artifact or creature and it can't be regenerated. 
This is a reprint from Ravnica, but it hasn't lost any of the usefulness over the years as it is still an excellent and flexible removal choice for decks with Black and Green mana.  Three to destroy like Murder, with Terror's non-regenerate clause, and the option of being used on an artifact makes it a top choice for Jund or Golgari themes.
 
In Limited this is a top pick above weak or out of color rares and an automatic inclusion in any Sealed including these colors.  The cost is reasonable and it can eliminate nearly any threat on the board making it one of the best answers in the block.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming
      Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we close out our week of previews from Dragon's Maze by looking at a card reprinted in Dragon's Maze, Putrefy. Putrefy is an uncommon black and green instant that costs one generic, one green, and one black mana. Putrefy says destroy target creature or artifact, it cannot be regenerated. 

      I loved Putrefy from the original Ravnica block, so I was so excited to see that it earned a reprint here in Dragons Maze. I believe going into the prerelease that Golgari decks are going to make a surge. The amount of great removal being granted to that color combination should make playing those colors an excellent choice. At just an uncommon, it will not be hard to get a hold of, maybe. That all depends on how lucky you are no one else goes with your colors. 

     Obviously an easy selection when drafting. One of the best removal spells, and cheap. Takes down any creature or artifact, barring of course Hexproof and Shroud, but there hasn't been much of that to really worry about. 
 
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

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