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Imp's Mischief
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Imp's Mischief
- Planar Chaos

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 2.50
Multiplayer: 2.75
Commander [EDH]: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Imp's Mischief
 
I like cards with effects like this simply because they're cute, and they imply cute plays like making someone Flame Slash their own creature. In practice, the effects are slow and entirely reactive, and you can never quite guarantee that your opponent will play something where the impact is worth using them. Is it really worth using Imp's Mischief to protect your creature from Flame Slash instead of something more aggressive like Giant Growth? Do you get enough advantage from making them point that Careful Consideration at you instead of themselves to justify spending the mana? Sometimes you will and other times you won't, so it's a useful card to have in mind, but not the best card to rely on every time.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H. Imp's Mischief (11/2)
 
Planar Chaos loved to fool around with colors and effects, and one of the things it did was to give black a very limited subset of blue's most notorious parlor tricks. Imp's Mischief is a weakened Redirect spell: you get to reassign the spell's target if there’s exactly one target, but it will cost you life in the process. Despite its limitations, the card is actually deceptively good; it's an answer in a color you'd not expect to have it, it redirects a lot of spells (pump spells, kill spells, targeted discard), and it has flexible color requirements.
 
The life loss is an issue, as is the reliance on your opponent having something you want to redirect and that you can redirect. In Modern and potentially Legacy, though, this can pull its weight a lot better than you'd expect, and it's worth sideboard consideration if you're playing a black deck.
 
Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2
Multiplayer: 2.5
Commander: 3

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