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Dross Harvester 
Mirrodin Rare

Reviewed October 24, 2003

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Dross Harvester - um..... with Wrath of God in a life gain deck?... heck, I dunno. Okay, I talked it over with Scott and we came up with this combo...Tombstone Stairwell and Dross Harvester. Tombstone Stairwell:

2BB -  Enchantment - Cumulative upkeep 1B - During each upkeep, each player puts a black 2/2 Zombie Tombspawn token with Haste into play for each creature in his or her graveyard. At the end of any turn or if Tombstone Stairwell leaves play, bury all of these tokens.

SOOoooo... A bunch of creatures hit play each turn, then hit the grave at the end... gain tons of life =).  And black is never bad at getting creatures into the grave now, is it? And in case you are wondering, yes, tokens actually are put into the graveyard for a fraction of a second before they evaporate.

Casual Constructed: 4
Limited: 2.5
Current Price:


Judge Bill

Friday - Dross Harvester
A very undercosted creature with an appropriate drawback. If you don't win quickly, you'll lose unless you can make 2 creatures go to the graveyard each turn. This would fit in an aggressive black deck quite well, but black isn't even close to the best aggressive color right now. (Try red, and white.) So this looks like a card without a home. We'll see for sure tomorrow, though.
In limited, the drawback is much too severe to even consider playing this.
Constructed: 2.75
Limited: 1

 Van Zandt

Dross Harvester
The most important thing on this guy is his protection from white.  
Otherwise he's just too touchy to play,  but with that, he may yet prove
that he has a reasonable function in society.  The worst part is that he
hurts you before you hurt them.
constructed 2.6
limited 2


Dross Harvester
I opened this the other night, and thought it was rather broken.  Let's break him down.  4/4.  1BB.  So its power and toughness both exceed his CC (Casting Cost).  Thats a good thing!  Protection from white.  Protection thrown into the casting cost.  This is a good bargain so far.  Lose 4 life a turn.  This is a bit steep, but, the early beats should keep the game level.  Just as long as you apply pressure, it should all be good.  Gain 2 life whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play.  Icing on the cake. 
 Put this guy in a deck with a husk or carrion feeder, a wretched anurid, or any other big, cheap black creature, and you can have your opponent on the back foot right from the beginning.  IF your life total gets too low, make your husk/feeder really big and gain lots of life.
I'm gonna be watching this card, because it will be interesting to see how he goes.  However, Grinning Demon was essentially the same thing, and I think he killed his controller more than he gkilled hsi opponent. At least you gain life when they chump block with this guy.
Limited, Id certainly play it. 
Constructed rating - 2 - 4 (Im not sure about the metagames)
Limited rating - 1 or 4 ( losing 4 life a turn in a creature standoff can be bad, but beating for 4 on turn 4 can prevent a stand it can be on either end of the spectrum)
Nice twist on the Juzam Djinn/Grinning Demon rating - 5


Dross Harvester

This is one of my favorite cards from Mirrodin, and the first rare I pulled.
Thats pretty lucky. There has to be some way to use this card correctly. If
you dont have a constant stream of creatures going into the graveyard, it'll
kill you. I've made a Multiplayer MBC deck with this guy in it. The deck has
Barter of Blood, Innocent Blood, Infest, etc to kill lots of creatures.

Dross Harvester
Casual Rating: 4.3
Art Rating: 3

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