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Drinker of Sorrow 
Legions Rare

Reviewed February 25, 2003

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This guy gets purchased from us fairly often. I suppose in mono-black control, he'd be pretty dang good. Mono-black just keeps removing opponent's creatures, and then you hit with this. Only takes 4 times. His troubles are that he only has 3 toughness, and also, if you lose too many lands, and he gets knocked off, it may be difficult to recover from it.

In limited, eh, I don't know. Seems he would just end up not being so good. If my opponent were playing this, I'd just chump a 1/1 in front of it. My elves become board destruction at that point, probably land destruction. In limited, you really don't want to be losing lots of land. If you are playing heavy removal, then maybe.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 2

Judge Bill

Remove Dark Ritual from the environment, and you'd think you could get good 3 casting cost black creatures, right? Not with this puppy. No trample, can't block, and have to sac a permanent everytime it does combat damage. There are much better bodies for the money ... you don't have to play this.
In limited, it's ok. The drawback of having to sac a permanent looms even larger in the early game, when this would be effective. No thanks.
Constructed: 2
Limited: 1.75

 Van Zandt

Drinker of Sorrow

He's not negator... and he doesn't trample. Not that he won't get played,  just that he's not as good as some other dudes. And in limited, they get to trade their 1/1's or morphs for your permanents, which is not so good. constructed - 3.1 limited - 2.3


Drinker of Sorrow


Don't know why but people keep referring to this guy as the new Negator, even tho he doesn't have trample and can't block they still call him a Negator. I personally don't like him in constructed, he could do wonders in limited but those two formats are as far away from each other as you can get. I know constructed is looking to be a really slow environment and anything that's fast has a lot of potential but I still don't like him. If he was red or green it would be a different story.... Maybe. 0.o


Constructed 2 

Limited 3.6

Scott Sager As soon as the spoiler was released all the obvious comparisons to Phyrexian Negator were made.  THIS IS NO NEGATOR!  Drinker of Sorrow might fill the same type of card slot in decks now that Negator did as an aggressive three drop and a quick clock against control and combo decks, but DoS has three strikes against it.

Sacrificing a permanent to attack might be negligible in the new suicide black, but it still cuts back on your ability to pump Nantuko Shades, flashback Chanier's Edicts, and shrinks Corrupts.  With such a steep drawback to attack, three toughness is not enough.  Can't block, sigh, I hate this gives the illusion of being good but it has too many things working against it (don't get me started on it not having trample) to see much play while such efficient creatures like Nantuko Shade are around.

Limited: A decent late game card when you can sac a land every turn to attack, but you'll still be breaking even on card advantage while your opponent just throws chumps in front of it.

Constructed  2
Limited  2.5


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