I am building a commander deck for my little brother with Teysa, Orzhov Scion as commander and I noticed that Teysa + Painter's Servant is a nice combo, but Painter's servant is expensive and I believe not even legal in commander. I really liked this interaction though, so I was wondering if there is another card I could use as a replacement (that's not too expensive).

The combo in question being the following:

  1. Have Painter's Servant replacement named black
  2. Have 3 white creature (tokens) to sacrifice
  3. Use Teysa's activated ability to exile a creature
  4. Teysa's second ability triggers on each of the tokens dying, generating 3 new tokens
  5. Repeat the process until you opponents have nothing left

Thanks in advance.

  • The [mtg:] autocard feature does not work with apostrophes in card names, which is why I didn't link the correct name.
    – Hackworth
    Jun 14, 2016 at 11:21
  • @Hackworth No problem Jun 14, 2016 at 11:23
  • Painter's Servant is indeed banned in Commander, you can find the full banlist here.
    – diego
    Jun 14, 2016 at 12:55
  • Luckily in Duel Commander, it's legal :-) Jun 30, 2016 at 2:01

1 Answer 1


No, there is no such replacement for Painter's Servant.

There are some permanent cards that change the colors of all creatures, such as Shifting Sky or Darkest Hour, but none of them add colors to creatures, they all replace them with a single color.

With Sleight of Mind or similar cards you could replace all of occurences of "black" on Teysa with "white" or vice versa. That would allow that specific Teysa to do the combo with any 3 white (or black) creatures. However, with all such cards being blue, they would be outside of your commander's color identity and thus not legal for a Commander deck.

For future reference, under http://gatherer.wizards.com you will find the Oracle database, the official and searchable MtG card database.

  • I think that wouldn't even work since it says that they become the chosen color (not in addition to their other types) so I would have all black tokens which I couldn't sac to Teysa or all white tokens which would mean I wouldn't get any tokens from teysa's second ability Jun 14, 2016 at 11:08
  • Fair enough. I didn't know what exact combo you were referring to though.
    – Hackworth
    Jun 14, 2016 at 11:11
  • I have added the combo/synergy to my post now Jun 14, 2016 at 11:17
  • Wouldn't Slight of Mind (gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3945) work for this? Just replace all instances of "white" with "black" (or vice-versa).
    – GendoIkari
    Jun 14, 2016 at 13:52
  • @GendoIkari Good point, that would work. Unfortunately, only outside of Commander. And also a good point why these kinds of questions are really hard to answer comprehensively, because there seems to be always one more combo to make it work.
    – Hackworth
    Jun 14, 2016 at 13:56

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