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Drinker of Sorrow 

Reviewed January 21, 2004

Constructed: 2.2
Casual: 1.9
Limited: 1.8

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* game store owner (Shuffle and Cut Games,CA)

The impotent version of Phyrexian Negator. Everyone else sums it up very well, thank you. What a great team =). The best thing I can say about this card is that I can use it for my "Fat Fat Fatties" auctions on eBay that features creatures of power 5 or greater. =/

Not so good in your limited deck, either.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1
Limited: 2
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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Remove Dark Ritual from the environment, and you'd think you could get good 3 casting cost black creatures, right? Not with this puppy. Once dubbed the "new Phyrexian Negator," it has come up short because it is missing one very important thing: trample. Without trample, they can just chump block until the cows come home, forcing you to sacrifice a permanent every time they do so. Without a way to guarantee getting through to your opponent, it quickly finds its way to the crap rare bin.
In casual, this could be somewhat effective, depending on the evasion you are able to give it.
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
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 1


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Drinker of Sorrow
This is another one of those strange cards that seems like it could be better than it is.  People talked about this card a little bit at first but couldn't make anything work.  Also, right now without a control style element, many people have gotten away from playing black.  This doesn't help the popularity of this card at all obviously.
This is a terrible casual player card, since it will either die easily, or just cause you to waste more permanents.
I'm not sure about how I feel regarding this guy in limited.  I think I would take it in the 3rd-5th pick in a booster draft if I was in black, but I wouldn't be relying on it to be a game winner.
Constructed: 1.8
Limited: 2

 Van Zandt

 Drinker of Sorrow
Doesn't trample, doesn't block, low toughness, plus its other drawback?  Let
me know what you're supposed to do with this guy, cuz I'll trade you a few.
Constructed 2.3
Casual 2.6
Limited 2.6

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Drinker of Sorrow


It seems like a fixed Negator doesn’t it? 3 mana for a 5/3… Can’t block… Sacrifice a permanent when it deals damage… All Negator type effects. But it lacks the most important thing that made the Phyrexian Negator an amazing card… Dark Ritual, er I mean Trample!  Because without Dark Ritual, er I mean Trample it just doesn’t have the speed and power it needs to get through for an early win.


Casual: 1

Constructed: 2

Limited: 1


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years

Drinker of Sorrow

I like cheap creatures as much as the next guy but I just don’t like drinker of sorrows. He is a huge creature but if your opponent is running any kind of creature deck this guy becomes pretty useless. Heck he cant even block. I can say that in a current suicide black deck he not to bad but there are better options. Instead of this guy look for the original in the form of Phyrexian Negator. He fairly decent in limited but the drawbacks don’t change.

Constructed 2.5
Casual 2.5
Limited 3


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Drinker of Sorrow

“Hey, Mr. Negator! I know you’re the guy, but I wanna be the guy too!”

“No way, man, you’re just a kid!”

That is the short version of what this guy is like in constructed. His drawback is negligible, but the lack of trample makes him pretty pathetic. The lack of Dark Ritual is also crippling.

In limited, he’s really no better. Early game, he’s just going to run into someone bigger or better than he is; late game, he’s just poop unless you happen to wander into an ideal situation for him (an empty board). Good luck with that.

In casual, just play something else. I feel like playing casual is about playing cards that are silly and fun; this guy is neither. He doesn’t promote you doing anything ridiculous, so don’t bother.

Constructed: 1.25
Limited: 1.5
Casual: bleh

Drinker of Sorrow is another great creature in a long line of cheap Black beatdown. Losing a single permenant each turn is okay with a threat like this running around. To maximiaze the power make sure that it can't be blocked either with creature enhancements or with removal.

Constructed - A great card to support many Black builds - 3.85

Limited - A strong creature but less powerful in a format that rewards mass ground battles - 2.85

Casual - A perfect creature for reckless fun - 4.25

Chase Drinker of Sorrow

If there is a viable Suicide Black, this guy will NOT go in it. I would go with Grinning Demon, Bane of the Living, and maybe Soul Collector. There are many reasons that I don’t want to play this guy which are: he can’t block, he doesn’t trample, and he dies to small burn. Do you really want to trade your lands for this package? I didn’t think so.

In Casual, it’s a little too high stakes for me. There are more stable cards for this archetype here that I would rather play.

In Limited, they’ll just chump block this each turn with a pointless morph which will be simultaneously allowing you to set yourself back a few turns.

Constructed: 2

Casual: 2

Limited: 1.5 

Drinker of Sorrow
Apparently this card is the little brother to an old beat stick.  I can;t remember the name o f it, but I am sure all my fellow reviewers will have mentioned him a billion times already, so maybe it's a good thing I am n00b! 
The fact that he is 5 power for 3 mana is very nice.  THe fact that if you play him as soon as you can, your not gonna ahve a lot of permanents to sacrifice, isn't.  Maybe a suicide black deck, with cheap fat creatures (Wretched Anurid, Dross Harvester, Shepard of Rot, Festering Goblin, Carrion Feeder) you could make it work.  The synergy between killing a blocker, saccing a festering goblin, killing thier 1 toughness creature, all while having the Harvester out is very very nice.  In fact, thats my FNM deck tonight, and I only jsut realised how the Drinker fits in!  So there ya go!
Constructed rating - 3 (just to be safe, but with a gameplan like mine...probably a 5000000!) *chuckles*
Limited rating - *slaps you* Why are you playing with legions anyway?  *sigh* 4 I guess.  Remember, in limited, creatures are your friends.  Big creatures are even better friends, regardless of drawbacks!
Probably gonna end up on table 11 again tongiht rating - 100% probablity. (Although, that's what people said about my lethal vapours deck.  an undeafeted night later...)
Danny Tatro
Drinker of Sorrow
     I don't like this thing at all. It's like phyrexian negator, but waaayyy worse. It can't take a hit being a 5/3, and you have to feed it cards constantly, which always lands up being 2-for-1. The can't block isn't much of a drawback, but nonetheless it's also a drawback. The drawbacks hinder what its actually supossed to do, and thats be an early beater. Unfortunetly all those drawbacks put a stop to that.
    In limited it's just as bad. Don't play this, it's not worth it to even try.
Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 1
Limited - 1

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