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Painter's Servant

Reviewed January 22, 2009

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 2.75

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Painter's Servant

This card gained its renown in Vintage for its one-shot kill combo with Grindstone. But outside of Vintage? Well, it lets you run off color creatures and still get the bonus from your Liege, but that's about it. Good in Limited, where you might have to do that, but in Constructed, unless your comboing it with something like Luminesce or Karplusan Strider-- and that just screams jank combo-- you'd be better off just building your deck so that all your cards are already the same color.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Limited- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Painter's Servant

Don't quote me on this, but there may be more cards that look at colors in some way than that care about anything else in Magic. As such, there may be more uses for Painter's Servant than almost anything else in Magic. Persecute? Ouch. Chaotic Backlash? Nasty. White Knight? Apparently he's invincible. Grindstone? That's a first-tier deck in competitive Vintage.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 3/5

Thursday 1-22-09


Painter's Servant


Constructed: This little Scarecrow need some friends to play with in standard.


Casual: The Scarecrow craze has worn off. But it somebody will awake the sleeping giants.


Limited: Well hell's bells. It looks like a another draft is in order. Will he work?


Overall one of the best new combo spell to come along.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 2

Limited: 2




Thursday - Painter's Servant

The one card that started a few new archetypes in the scary format of vintage. It's obvious power with millstone allows it to mill your opponent's deck. It's also great in limited where all the god auras want colors. Not to mention the little known interaction with Teysa, orzhov scion for board clearing. Can be fun in casual if you have cards that work with it. Not doing a whole lot in other formats beyond vintage. The one white weenie backlash deck is not good enough to just run vengeant lark.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 4


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