Settle the Score


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dominaria (DOM) Uncommon

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Settle the Score


Exile target creature. Put two loyalty counters on a planeswalker you control.

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Settle the Score Discussion

fettywapmtg on LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies GRN)

3 weeks ago

zAzen7977 looking good, though I will say a copy of Mausoleum Secrets goes a long was for enabling Detection Tower (or whatever other card; it's essentially an instant speed Demonic Tutor at 1-copy in here). mmaestri isn't wrong about Vraska's Contempt, though. Settle the Score works here too, but doesn't take care of planeswalkers. Being that Necrotic Wound already exiles creatures, contempt does add a bit more coverage. Settle the Score is still a solid card though, and worth running 1-of as well as 2 Vraska's Contempts.

I finally put together a Dimir deck that's been performing well against a lot of decks, and I skipped out on Vraska's Contempt as well. I just uploaded it her real quick, if you want to check it out:

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zAzen7977 on LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies GRN)

3 weeks ago

mmaestri, thanks for the suggestion. I'm conflicted between Vraska's Contempt for the lifegain/planeswalker exile and Settle the Score for the loyalty counters for Liliana, Untouched By Death. I'm leaning towards Contempt now that Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip and other planeswalkers will probably be more prevalent. What are your thoughts?

PauperPower on f.r.i.e.n.d.s *S6:E3*

1 month ago

Oath of Teferi

Azorius Signet

Dimir Signet

Thran Dynamo

Gilded Lotus


River's Rebuke

Pir, Imaginative Rascal

Toothy, Imaginary Friend

Settle the Score

Paradox Engine

Go all in with those cards, stick some walkers, blow up lands and keep playing spells with rocks and signets.

tetsuothecat on Atraxa Superfriends Control

1 month ago

Updated to remove Dovin Baan for tezzeret. Added Settle the Score and Runic Armasaur

zAzen7977 on LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies GRN)

2 months ago

SirChris39 and Zazmage, thanks for your comments and +1!

Zazmage, sounds like you and I are on the same page. I think this self-mill variant is is both more resilient and mana-efficient than a straightforward lord-based zombie build.

I'm still not sold on Phylactery Lich. Losing an artifact and Lich to a single artifact-hate spell is pretty rough.

You're right about Lost Legacy, I'm actually already running two on the sideboard for the reasons you mentioned.

OldScarecrow, regarding matchups, I haven't played Standard in a long time, so I'm out of the loop. I've tried to design the sideboard to help against general deck types. Against control, Duress and Desecrated Tomb, and Liliana's Mastery if you go up against heavy removal. Against weenie/ramp/mirror, bring in Yahenni's Expertise and Settle the Score. Against burn, bring in Battle at the Bridge.

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3 months ago

HighOnBuffs: I only had one game with this deck since my update. Settle the Score surprised me a lot. I'm able to surprise the table by ultimating Tamiyo, Field Researcher when she was at 5 loyalty and everyone thought they have several turns to deal with her. This eventually won me that game. I haven't had the chance to draw the other new cards yet to come to any conclusion. But settle is definitely a good card when you're able to stick a walker in play, if not its just an overcosted removal.

zAzen7977 on LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies GRN)

3 months ago

Thanks cdogdakilla! I appreciate your comments. It's been years since I've played Standard and I do not have a grasp of the entire meta yet.

You bring up great points about exiling creatures. I'm going to swap some stuff around to mainboard Never and sideboard Settle the Score.

My conflict is whether to mainboard Desecrated Tomb. It helps in the long run, but in the short run removal may be more useful. I'll think about it.

cdogdakilla on LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies GRN)

3 months ago

I don't know how your LGS meta is, but if I were you I would put Settle the Score in just because it exiles instead of destroys. Exiling gets rid of a plethora of tricky threats like Rekindling Phoenix and The Scarab God.

I would also consider mainboarding more hard removal. Fatal Push is great, but it's not gonna save you from late game bombs if the zombies don't curve out early game. So no matter if you decide on Never or Settle the Score I think either one could find a place in the mainboard. Possibly consider moving Desecrated Tomb to the sideboard for the midrange matchups?

Of course I don't know how your testing is going, so maybe you don't need any of this advice, but these are just my thoughts.

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