Wayward Servant


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

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Uncommon

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Wayward Servant

Creature — Zombie

Whenever another Zombie enters the battlefield under your control, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Wayward Servant Discussion

Kogarashi on Does Ethereal Haze Prevent Triggered ...

4 weeks ago

It's important to understand that while damage causes life loss, life loss is not itself necessarily damage. So as Boza said, cards that say "(player) loses X life" don't count as damage for damage prevention.

You can link cards with double brackets, like so:

[[Wayward Servant]]

Wayward Servant

Boza on Does Ethereal Haze Prevent Triggered ...

4 weeks ago

Please, for clarity, link all the cards in your question

Wayward Servant, Sanctum Seeker, Ethereal Haze

No, the abilities on the zombie or the vampire will not be affected by Haze. These creature's abilities make their opponent lose life, which is not the same as deal damage. Compare their text with say, Guttersnipe for comparison, whose ability will be prevented by Ethereal Haze.

Firebird on The (Planes)Walking Dead (Abzan Zombies)

2 months ago

@Flooremoji, what would you suggest replacing it with? The idea was to create either pressure with via bodies, or simply end the game via Wayward Servant and/or Plague Belcher. What could I replace it with that would help this deck win more games?

Saljen on Undead Esper Army

2 months ago

Tidehollow Sculler and Wayward Servant are really the only benefits you're getting from White. When I saw Varina I thought I might look into splashing White into my U/B Zombie deck, but I honestly don't think it's worth it. I'd rather just stick with The Scarab God to get my combos out more easily.

Coward_Token on Rise of the Lich Queen

3 months ago

You've probably already considered but Sanguine Bond is worth thinking about when lifegain is involved; Wayward Servant provides extra incremental damage while Gary, Varina and the two lifelink sources would do it in bursts.

Really nitpicky but if you got the cash to burn then Path of Ancestry is an upgrade over Arcane Sanctum

BlueBat93 on Varina, Zombie Tyrant

3 months ago

I would suggesrt you take a look at Corpse Harvester. In a token deck he's an amazing tutor/ramp. You might also want to look at Wayward Servant as a way to punish your opponents. If you'd like some further inspiration feel free to take a look at my list. I went for a Token-Aristocrats strategy. Even though I still have to get all of the pieces, I think it's functioning well enough.

EDIT: I especially like your inclusion of Filth. Together with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth it surely does some work. I'll consider it for my list.

ZOMBISTOCRATS [[Varina Token Tribal EDH]]

Commander / EDH* BlueBat93


Kapitein_Koekblik on Drove of the Lich Queen

3 months ago

FiveEightFiveBC That's fair enough. I mostly use Patriarch's Bidding as a finishing move if I stacked my entire graveyard with zombies. Even more with cards like; Vengeful Dead, Wayward Servant or Plague Belcher. One of the more fun combo's would be Endless Ranks of the Dead + Tombstone Stairwell. Tokens created with the Stairwell work well with the cards managed above to ping your opponents to dead or they can function as an excellent sac outlet for cards like Nantuko Husk and Grimgrin, Corpse-Born etc

zAzen7977 on ZOMBIE FACTORY (Esper Zombie Tribal)

4 months ago

Maveryk and PhyrexianPreator, thanks for the suggestions, but I think you guys are not seeing the synergy I'm trying to accomplish with Plague Belcher and Blasting Station. I want to sacrifice my Gravecrawlers and Stitcher's Suppliers to trigger the self-mill, and I can trigger life-loss with Diregraf Captain and Plague Belcher. I run so many Stations because they can be discarded with self-mill, and I'd like to come across at least one during the late game if I have a Crawler on the board.

Here's an example of how I can get a combo going with the Crawlers and Stations - with a Wayward Servant or Captain/Belcher, I sac the Crawler for 1 damage, and trigger 1 life loss. If two Servants/Captains/Belchers, that's 3 net life loss for 1 mana. So if I have 3 mana available, I can inflict 9 net life loss...etc. And Aether Vial makes it easy to play Captains/Belchers without using mana.

I've avoided Endless Ranks of the Dead because it is too expensive at 4 mana for this low-mana build, and it is too slow for my taste.

Also, I'm not a fan of Unbreathing Horde. It comes into play as a 0/0, and creature cards in my graveyard won't stay there for too long. That's why I'm running the Skaab Ruinators and Prized Amalgams.

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