Set 4 – Imprisoned Heralds Preview: Sorrow Maiden


November 8, 2014 by darkhands

Introducing Sorrow Maiden, the most playable Cull the Weak since closed beta.


Sorrow Maiden’s activated ability shares Cull’s targeting requirements, so what exactly can she kill?


Sorrow Maiden Hit List

Uranti Icemage
Flamebreak Invoker

Nexus Aeronaut
Alloyin Strategist
Arcflight Squadron
Drix, the Mindwelder
Ghox, Metamind Paragon

Nuada, Faith’s Flourish
Tuskin Sporelord
Heart Tree

Crypt Conjurer
Cercee, Hand of Varna
Nefrax, The Soulweaver
Dysian Broodqueen

Wow! That’s a long list of cards that have seen heavy play. So what does this card have that Cull the Weak doesn’t? Well, as you may have noticed, Sorrow Maiden is a creature. This means she:

  • actively prevents your opponent from playing cards from her hit list
  • forces your opponent to prioritize her over another threat if she will have a target
  • pushes damage if left unblocked
  • doesn’t get stolen from your hand by Aetherphage!

Spells have become a liability. Atherphage has been a Uterra staple since its release in Set 3. Remember when Zombies was Tier 1? Even in an environment filled with low Attack targets (Dysian Broodqueen, Bramblewood Tracker) the once dominant undead archetype has been unable to compete with Aetherphage shutting down the Xrath’s Will power plays.


How can Sorrow Maiden make her mark?

A card that prevents opponents from playing the cards they want to can earn a spot in any number of decklists. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Slot into a Broodqueen list and with the help of Xithian Direhound destroy nearly any target
  • Combine with other creature debuff engines like Darkshaper Savant or Witherfrost Succubus and make the most of Grimgaunt Devourer triggers
  • Sonic Burst with a Sorrow Maiden activation up to get that underlevel priority kill

There’s a lot this card has to offer and I’m happy to see this new take on Attack-based removal. For more Set 4 previews, check out the Set 4 Spoiler Roundup.


  1. Adam says:


    • Sad Solforger says:

      Disgusting? Just sad really, another draft horror… I think it’s worse than BQ… Either they really don’t think these cards through or they just enjoy the attention and complaining…

      Bold statement/prediction:
      With a decent draft deck and
      Drafting this just once = 3/1 90%
      twice = 3/1 with 50% 4/0
      thrice = 3/1 with 75% 4/0

      Time will tell :p

      • Adam says:

        Yea, I have played against it in draft. It was gross. There is no reason for a creature to be able to do this. I get that destruction is Nekrium’s thing, but they could at least make it come at a cost (worse stats) or make it require any kind of effort (lower target range so you need debuffs to work it).

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