by ElspethFTW, Old School Duelist
Grindstone is a powerful card,and the primary engine for the popular Imperial Painter deck in Legacy. The deck plays Imperial Recruiter and Painter's Servant. When it enters the battlefield, the Recruiter grabs the Painter's Servant (or any creature with power 2 or less) from your deck to your hand. Painter's Servant makes all cards not in play, any spells and any permanents a chosen color in addition to their other colors.
The combination of Grindstone and Painter's Servant means that once Grindstone is activated, you can "deck" a player in one shot., since every card in a player's deck will be the same color (yes, even lands). This makes it a rather nasty win condition. The only way to stop an effect like this once it resolves is to play a card that would shuffle itself and that player's entire graveyard back into their deck (like one of the major Eldrazi such as Emrakul). Barring that sort of shuffle effect, Grindstone/Painter's Servant is a viable strategy that has been a profitable deck for many Magic players over the years.
The Imperial Painter deck is much more popular online due to the fact that its overall cost is so much less. Imperial Recruiter is a $200 card in paper due to its rarity from being only printed in Portal Three Kingdoms. As the Recruiter was a rare in the widely drafted Master's Edition II set on Magic Online, copies are only about $13 a piece.. Painter's Servants are also about 1/5th of their paper price (roughly $2 vs $9). Grindstone isn't exactly expensive, though, only about $8-9 online vs $15 or so in paper.
But with the Tempest Remastered reprint on the horizon, there will soon be some more supply of Grindstone. It is being reprinted at mythic rare, however, so it will not be opened as nearly as much were it still printed at rare. This rarity decision was based on its power level in the draft format, as any "mill" cards like this are powerful in limited formats. In any case, there will be new copies on the market which should lower the acquisition card of this powerful Legacy card considerably
by ElspethFTW, Old School Duelist
Humility is a card originally printed in Tempest that has seen some play in lock-down decks in Legacy over the years. On Magic Online, however, it will be receiving a reprint in the limited edition online-only set, Tempest Remastered. Like some other powerful cards being reprinted in this draft set, Humility will be reprinted at mythic rare. This is mostly due to the fact that Humility is an extremely powerful card. But as this is currently about a $10 card on line, even with the more limited supply because of mythic rare printing, the price will still drop.
This Enchantment costs 2WW (2 colorless, 2 White) to cast and makes all creatures into vanilla 1/1 creatures. Making creatures lose all abilities is especially important, as many creatures in Legacy have powerful abilities. Nerfing creature abilities and making them into like 1/1's is one of the most powerful control strategies in the history of Magic. However, over the years, playing a 4-drop Enchantment has become harder and harder as the format has sped up. Also a card like Humility does nothing against a lot of popular combo strategies that exist in the game today. Resource deprivation decks such as Stax have out-moded decks that would use cards like Humlity.
All that being said, Humility doesn't see a bunch of Magic Online play any more. However, one of its best friends in the lock-down deck, Grindstone, is also being reprinted in Tempest Remastered at mythic rare, as well. These two key cards seeing greater supply on Magic Online may bring interest back to that nasty Icy Manipulator/Winter Orb deck, even if not back into any meaningful competition. At the very least, there will be a dip in value for old Tempest copies of Humility. If this is a card you've considered picking up online, May 2015 will be a good time to watch for it as many people will be selling copies to fund their Tempest Remastered drafts.
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