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Putrid Imp 

Reviewed November 15, 2004

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.3
Limited: 2.8

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Back in the day (Odyssey Block), when Threshold was a state to be abused, this little black would be flyer was better than advertised.  In today's environments, other than extended, he doesn't make as much sense.  In casual, he's way too boring to be seen anywhere near a casual deck.  In limited, if you need to get to Threshold, he's a decent pick. 

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 1
Limited: 3.5

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Jeff Zandi

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Putrid Imp
I found this little guy to be rather underappreciated in limited play. In
fact, he's rather puny to look at today. However, during the
Odyssey/Torment/Judgment era, it was very desirable to have a permanent in
play on your side that would allow you to discard cards from your hand
whenever you wished so that you could trigger the Madness ability. For you
guys that just started playing Magic in the past two years or so, Madness is
a card ability to be played without paying its normal casting cost when it
is being discarded from your hand. Putrid Imp SHOULD have gotten more love.
I think if we had the OTJ block to do all over again, Putrid Imp would be a
more important card in limited. Similarly, this little Imp was not very
popular in OTJ constructed decks either. The "Madness Machine" was Wild
Mongrel and I suppose Putrid Imp doesn't compare particularly well to the
Most Broken Green Common Creature Of All Time.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.0


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

I'm not a huge fan of this card, but at the time that it was released, it was actually reasonably playable. If you are using it alongside a mechanic such as Madness, this card is great. There are several things you can do with it that are kind of gimpy. Overall, I would pass on this guy more often than not. In draft, you'll probably want him, but take him as a mid range pick.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.5
Putrid Imp --

I'm definitely a fan of Putrid Imp. He doesn't seem like much, but when he was around, there were a lot of Madness spells to be abused. If you put this guy in any deck with Red, Blue, or Green, then you had a decent, secondary engine to discard to (Wild Mongrel and Psychatog had to kinda take first). I won't call Putrid Imp the best 1-Drop ever printed, since he isn't even close. However, he does provide a decent effect for one black mana.

In limited, I wouldn't play this card often, but every once in a while he made the cut. It usually had something to do with me not having enough creatures.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 2.0

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