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Bottle Gnomes

Reviewed December 6, 2007

Constructed: 2.40
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.75

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Bottle Gnomes
It's a cheap, colorless way to hold off an opponent's attack for a few turns, and it's a 1/3 with a free sacrifice ability that you never really wouldn't want to play.  Under what circumstance would gaining 3 life be "a waste of an ability you could've gotten more use out of"?  Never, so there's never really a good opportunity for an opponent to try and kill it.  Good in midrange decks, decks that care about artifacts, or decks that want to sacrifice/recur their creatures.
Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 4


Thursday - Bottle Gnomes

Another pretty classic card, and unfortunately, another iffy card. 3 for a 1/3 is a terrible deal, even if it's an artifact creature, and the 3 life won't help matters much. The only good use for this is in a combo to gain infinite life, but it's likely that there's a better ( i.e. game-winning) combo available. Life gain is popular in casual, though, so he's OK in casual.

In limited, a pretty average card, but it might be able to chump block and then buy you some extra time with the life.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bottle Gnomes

Bottle Gnomes is a solid, if unspectacular, card. Three life doesn't look like much, but against aggro decks it can be important to buy an extra turn or so. The fact that this card is an artifact is also a big advantage since any color deck can sideboard it. In the current Standard environment, creatures tend to be slightly larger and slightly more expensive, so Phyrexian Ironfoot may be better if you can support the snow theme. The Gnomes are also okay for limited play; three toughness is pretty decent for a blocker, the three extra life is just a bonus.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5

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Bottle Gnomes

It's a 1/3 for 3 mana that gains 3 life upon sacrifice. It's a guaranteed 3 life gain against aggro and can either chump block a big creature, hold small creatures off or eat a burn spell. The first option isn't that great because it still loses a card, but still ok. The other 2 options seriously damages an aggro deck's tempo and that can lead to a win. The only thing is it's mana cost is very high for it to stop aggro making it rather ineffective, but it's artifact so it can be splashed into any sideboard that needs to stop aggro. It also combos with Mishra, Artificer Prodigy so I guess you can use it there.

In casual, I don't see any reason to play it.

In limited, it's ok, stopping small creatures, gains 3 life and playable in any colour, but its inefficiency makes me iffy about it.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 2/5

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