Wayward Servant


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
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

zAzen7977 on ZOMBIE FACTORY (Esper Zombie Tribal)

1 week 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.

ZombieTribalFTW on ZomBaes (M19)

1 month ago

After playtesting the deck I think there should be 1-2 plains because if it comes to the situation where I can use Field of Ruin on your Isolated Chapel it locks you out of any Wayward Servants or possible sideboard interaction.

EpicBox75 on Esper Zombies

1 month ago

SP3CTR3_chelts I am happy that you enjoy this deck and I will try to keep it updated.

I am testing different versions on MtGo and in FNM and if this deck is good enough I may play it in Finland nationals.

But I have few things that I want to test and every suggestion may help me to remember random card or give me more ideas so I am thankful for your suggestions. And your suggestion of Wayward Servant is still in mind and will be tested.

EpicBox75 on Esper Zombies

1 month ago

Hey SP3CTR3_chelts and thanks for the comment.

I am going to keep this deck as mono Black because if white is added it may be too inconsistent but I have given Wayward Servant a thought. Anointed Procession is a different story because what I have played tokens aren't the main point and in this deck there are only 8 cards that make tokens.

Even though I love Festering Mummy I have to sadly say no. This deck has already 8 turn 1 plays and that is enough and it usually gives the -1/-1 counter to the creature that blocked it or become blocked by it.

Your suggestions could work in a different deck because BW zombies can be a thing but personally I want to stay in black (and staying in black means that I can play more nonzombie creatures if I want) and Festering Mummy could be played if you don't want to get Dread Wanderer

SP3CTR3_chelts on Esper Zombies

1 month ago

Hi loving the deck. I can see the zombies really getting quite big. One suggestion could be splashing a little white in the deck. I know it could mean getting some cards out onto the field (like graveyard marshal) a little more difficult. However, if you kept it to a bare minimal splash for Wayward Servant it could be quite effective. This splash could be made quite easily with Concealed Courtyards and or Isolated Chapels. Which would also enable you to put an Anointed Procession in there (double the zombies=double the fun :D)
if you do not like the idea of adding white Festering Mummy is quite a nice 1 drop I know it is not as big as Diregraf Ghoul but its death effect can be very useful especially against aggro decks. It also can still trade with an opposing creature with 2 toughness the same as Diregraf Ghoul. Sorry for the long post, I am excited to see zombies make a comeback :) Thanks for reading, Ed

zAzen7977 on LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies M19)

1 month ago

Clark1424, that would probably work as well, but I chose not to go the white route since I already have a white/black modern zombie deck, and I wanted something different for standard.

In my opinion, it's not enough to splash white only for Wayward Servant and Binding Mummy. The latter is not aggro enough. There's no Tidehollow Sculler-equivalent that would make me want to play white. Also, adding white to the manabase reduces consistency and prevents you from using Cabal Stronghold. The Stronghold isn't great, but I think it may help the deck go wide during long games.

Notorioez, the deck will be legal as soon as Core 19 becomes legal.

clark1424 on LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies M19)

1 month ago

Or maybe... Play a WB version with lots and lots of draining thru Wayward Servant and lots of tapping with Binding Mummy

Morthius on Dead man walking - Magic Core 2019

1 month ago

Changed my mind with the mono black zombie deck. Want to use Phylactery Lich with Bontu's Monument. Now there are a lot of lifeleech cards like Wayward Servant and Plague Belcher in this deck.

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