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Orcish Settlers

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 3.17 (9Reviews)
Limited: 3.24  (8 Reviews)
Reviewed May 1, 2002

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These guys are a powerful vehicle to denying your opponent the ability to
play spells.  They are easily killed, but if your opponent has no way to
kill them the turn they come into play, goodbye lands.  This card is so
powerful I've seen it splashed into RecSur decks.  In Constructed, a 3.5, in
Limited its a powerhouse and rates a 4.


A take off on American Gothic by artist Grant Wood, this card is one that has pretty good art.
The card is actually playable too, which is very strong. Good Art + Playable
card means "good for sales". I loved the art on Cursed Scroll, and that was
my favorite card, EVER.

Art Rating: Magnificent parody.
Limited Rating: 3
Constructed Rating: 3


I've never really understood the real painting that these guys are modeled after.  That aside, I still think this card was neat.  It got very little tournament play, but it was huge among recreational players.

I would take it in limited, because you just might be able to isolate some lands.

Constructed: 2.8
Limited: 2.9


I have only one thing to say about this art....

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!'s funny.  Funny, it's damn playable.  If not dealt with, it's really bad for you.  In limited, it's harder to deal with, and even worse for you.

Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 4
Current Price - $1.00

Judge Bill
Finally, a card that is at least somewhat decent. You get a 1/1 for 2, which
would be halfway decent these days, and the ability to blow up lands is good
for a LD deck. If anything, it's another Stone Rain.

In limited, these guys can be really good to cripple a splash color. Don't
draft them high though, as I've found they'll come later.

Constructed: 3.2


X will rarely be anything other than 1, but still a very reasonable card.  It can kill a land on turn 3, and has other options.

Andrew Chapman



They wouldn’t know their house from a charred hole in the ground.
What great flavor text. It reminds me a lot of constructed magic today particularly at Regionals where a bunch of people played the hot net decks that they didn't know from a charred hole in the ground. (End Rant). This card also has great art rather reminds me of "American Gothic" The painting not the TV show. This card is actually reasonably playable although the LD ability is a bit expensive it was definitely usable in its day. Limited-wise this card was great fun in old school sealed and draft due to the relative slowness of Mirage block. He would really be fun if he had shown up in Urza block.


Let me say this about Orcish Settlers:  It has the best damn card art ever!  I love the spoof of "American Gothic," not to mention the flavor text is just the greatest.

Now, the card on the other hand is kind of in the middle.  It's not a praticularly strong uncommon by constructed terms (too mana intensive and slow for a color that is built on speed), and isn't all that great in limited either.

Settler's has tremendous potential, though, and to rate is to say that this card really sucks.  In constructed, I give it a 2.5, which is a decent rating for something that wouldn't appear in any red decks from the time, or in extended for that matter, and a 2 in limited, because it is mass land removal, which in limited has potential, but not a lot.  The fact that it's a 2/2 makes it at least a decent late pick.



Orcish Settlers come a close second to Knight of the Hokey Pokey as funniest
card of all time. A 1/1 for 2 isn't dreadful, and the ability has the
potential to be devastating. Pay 6R and kill them to destroy 3 lands of your
choice? Excellent value.

In constructed, Orcish settlers can be the most effective card in a
land-destruction deck. You can even blow them up early for an unexpected yet
still effeciently costed effect. As for limited, they're a nice option to
plough extra mana into to secure your position.

Constructed - 4.5
Limited - 4

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