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Pardic Arsonist

Pardic Arsonist

Torment - Uncommon
2RR - Creature Barbarian - 3/3

Threshold - When Pardic Arsonist comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.42 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 3.77 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed February 4, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.



I believe Pardic Arsonist is one of the higher caliber
tourny-worthy cards in the set.  Torment shows a vast
improvement in Sligh type cards.  This one fits right
in.  Getting threshold should be little to no problem
for a deck running so much burn.  In the future, after
the next block drop, expect this card to potentially
replace FTK.

In limited, this is a solid choice.  A medium sized
creature for a reasonable cost, that has a great
ability if you have threshold.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 4.5


This guy is something interesting.  With all the new mechanics, he can possibly get you a creature with removal attached fairly easily.  However his casting cost IS a bit more hindering than that of Flametongue Kavu.  The double red could pose problems from time to time.  There aren't as many creatures with a four toughness in the newer sets, but it still won't be an FTK.  You aren't guaranteed that damage.

As for limited, I would take him for the simple fact that if I am hard up for troops, a 3/3 guy is nothing to complain about.  Later in the game though, the three damage could turn out to be pretty useful.

With it still being early, I am going to be a bit hesitant to shred this card.

Constructed: 1.9
Limited: 2.9


In red, a 3/3 for 4 with no special ability is not really bad.  In Odyssey
its actually rather above average.  With an ability that can be three to the
dome or kill basically any creature that's not gold, it becomes really above
average.  In Limited I'd basically always play this guy if I was playing
red, and its a card I'd like to see.  Easily a 3.5 or 4.  In Constructed,
its crap.  1.


Limited *****
Constructed ***

Random Scrub:  "Boy I sure do like FTK... I just wish its 187 ability wasn't worthless versus a creatureless deck."

WOTC:  Tah Daaaaaah!!!


Tastes so good, Sligh is back.  Actually, this card might see some good use in Sligh decks.  Having a 3/3 than can dish 3 to the dome ain't bad.  It's not like SRB can't put cards in their graveyards.  Look for this card to be very interesting in constructed.  I think some people are going to find a decent use for it.
In limited, dealing damage is nice.  3/3 creatures are nice.  This guy is pretty damn solid overall.

Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 4


Pardic Arsonist- This is a solid card with a reasonable casting cost which makes it a good choice in the limited environment where 3/3 creatures are actually considered big. The special ability of 3 damage for essentially 1R puts him over the top in the current block. In short this is a very draftable card. In constructed his value fall considerably. His 4 cost put him at the top end of the mana curve of most fast beats deck like sligh and in R/G there are so many other 4 drop options that I don't see him making the cut. It is interesting to note the similarity he has to the Flametongue Kavu. Flametongue costs 3R for a 4/2 which deals 4 to target creature whereas the Arsonist is a 3/3 for 2RR. So by requiring a stricter casting cost for Arsonist ( R v RR) You lose a point of toughness, gain a point of power, then lose a point of comes into play damage but gain the ability to target a creature. I am sure that there can be an endless debate about which is better but to me it seems that each creature works it's own way depending on the metagame at the time.

Ratings:  Limited 3.5  Constructed 2.5
Congratulations to Steven from Austin for making his first PTQ Top 8 Saturday and then winning the whole thing...See you in Nice.


You know what I see when I look at this card - a crappy variant of
Flametongue Kavu.  I don't see it being played much in constructed, OBC or
Type II, because it's Threshold dependent, and that makes him kind of
pointless unless you have it.  Plus, Threshold can take a while to achive. 
So, I give this thing a 1.5 in constructed, because it's just not worth
playing in decks.... Flametongue is infinitly better, even if this thing
hits players too.

In limited, he's okay, because he has size, and her has a decent ability
which can be a nuisance if you have Threshold.  I give it a 3.5, and I'd say
that he's a 4 to 7 pick, because of his size, and lack of a huge drawback.


 Limited:***(3 Stars)
Constructed:**(2 Stars)

In Limited, the Arsonist can be pretty good since you
get both removal and a critter to attack with.  If you
don't have Threshold, it's just another Hill Giant,
which can help round out the mana curve.  In
Constructed it's not as good since there are better
creatures out there that you could be using, such as
Flametounge Kavu.

John B

No Review Yet


Pardic Arsonist is like Ghitu Slingers big brother. The only problem is that you have to have threshold to make it work, and much of what aggressive red work is the cards that abuse flashback, leaving very little in the graveyard to create threshold. It's a very solid card for limited though, and I would never cut it.
Lightning Bolt..............................on a stick.
Limited Rating: 5
Constructed Rating: 2





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