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Card of the Day

Patchwork Gnomes
(Odyssey, Tempest)

Patchwork Gnomes
Odyssey - uncommon
3Artifact Creature - Gnome - 2/1
Discard a card from your hand:
Regenerate Patchwork Gnomes

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 1.31
Limited: 2.94
Reviewed January 09, 2002

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



Patchwork 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.


Constructed *
Limited ***

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.


And 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. :(

Constructed Rating : 1.5
Limited Rating: 3.5


No Review Today.


When 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

John B

Wow, an 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 decks.

Rating = 2


Limited: ***^ (3 1/2 Stars)
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.

Constructed: 1.4
Limited:  2.7





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