Mike and I will have a four part podcast going up over the weekend where we discuss this card and a handful of the other cards that have been officially previewed thus far (*cough*Koth*cough*) but I wanted you to get a look at Painsmith in the meanwhile.
This is going to be a brutal card in Limited with any one-drop Infect creatures that might be lurking, unspoiled thus far, in the new set. With Infect the Painsmith will be crafting far more than two damage if the enhanced creature gets through. Keep in mind that dealing in poison counters is effectively dealing double damage to a player — this is not The Sliver Kids kind of poison counters. +2/+0 represents 20% of a players life total when dealt in poison and that is not even counting the base damage that the creature is doing — and it is not accounting for playing more than one artifact in a turn.
For Constructed… I am not so sure about this one although she can do some filthy stuff in a black-green deck that also has Carapace Forger and Ezuri’s Brigade — especially the latter. You can hold back your artifacts, play them out to turn on the Metalcraft of the Brigade and attack for 10 or even 12 points of tramply, deathtouchy goodness. If you can just find a way to bounce and replay your Memnites over and over again you can create a lethal attack out of nowhere but I will be content to use this guy as a Rancor-ish effect that keeps dealing and dealing as long as I can play artifacts.
Tune in over the weekend to get MichaelJ’s take on this card and a handful of the others.