Alternate arts will be Crosis the Purger, Animate Dead and Cabal Therapy. Meaning we'll get the above scene, unchanged, wrapped lovingly in the new Magic card borders.
Sometimes its hard to identify with the villians in today's Magic story lines. In Wizard's rush to make their art grittier and more realistic, artists often end up handing over horrific creatures who have lost all sense of humanity. It is hard for me to empathize with Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur or Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre.
But this anonymous Phyrexian minion in the art for Diabolic Servitude, more than just about any other card, espouses a belief all black mana-using mages have always held.
Sometimes, it feels good to be bad.
Sure all the "emergency" midnight appointments at the cemetery really cut into your party time. But that pile of body parts doesn't just lay around the office stinking up the place. You bring that stuff to life!
Despite Innistrad being 25% all about lightning-charged science zombies, we have to dig back to Urza Block tp see one actually controlled by a sweet thumbstick remote. Especially boss when you have to fashion your own double A's out of aether and meteoric nickel.
The guy takes pride in his work.