Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Limited: 3.24 (8 Reviews)
Reviewed May 1, 2002
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|These guys are a
powerful vehicle to denying your opponent the
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
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
I would take it in limited, because you just might
be able to isolate some lands.
only one thing to say about this art....
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
Limited - 4
Current Price - $1.00
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
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.
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