Alms of the Vein


Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Common

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Alms of the Vein


Target opponent loses 3 life and you gain 3 life.

Madness (If you discard this card, you may cast it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)

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Alms of the Vein Discussion

Scytec on I'm Hellbent On Making This Work (Challenge)

3 hours ago

You could potentially cheat out decent spells with their madness cost...things like Asylum Visitor, Alms of the Vein, Big Game Hunter, Fiery Temper, Bloodhall Priest, From Under the Floorboards, Gorgon Recluse, and Dark Withering.

These are all pretty cheap and have some decent abilities...

Renaud on Discarding multiple cards with madness ...

6 days ago

What happens in what order when multiple cards with madness are discarded at the same time?

Situation: I cast Faithless Looting, discarding Fiery Temper and Alms of the Vein, only have 2 mana up, and my opponent has a Cursecatcher

Do I get to pay the mana for Alms of the Vein, wait for it to resolve, and then pay for the Fiery Temper, or do I have to pay for both spell before the first one resolves?

PonchoLibre on Ideas for a semi-competitive Modern ...

1 month ago

Dredge loves Bloodghast, but if you are looking for something a little more out homebrewy you could try B/R Madness Vampires. Flood the board with lots of removal and threats like Lightning Axe and Fiery Temper and the Jund all-star Olivia Voldaren. It also features the colorshifted Lightning Helix that is Alms of the Vein. Not to mention madness is super budget too. Anything that isn’t a land is usually under a dollar.

ZorrosRage on Modern Winotaur Deck (minotaur tribal)

1 month ago

since you are using Bloodrage Brawler can possibly use Burning-Fist Minotaur, and Collective Brutality for Madness enablers. gives you access to a few potential side cards Fiery Temper, Alms of the Vein and Dark Withering. Just thought it was a fun idea

also do you like Gnarled Scarhide? I know he is your only 1 drop but not sure if he is worth it.

DeviousPenguin666 on

2 months ago

I absolutely love the addition of Fiery Temper and Alms of the Vein! The synergy between those and Bedlam Reveler and Faithless Looting can be absolutely devastating for your opponent, allowing your draws to be filtered while casting another spell as well as dealing 3 damage. Pyromancer's Ascension seems pretty great too. +1!

Asy1umRat on Rats in the Walls

2 months ago

The Raven's Crime's have been working well, especially with Dakmor Salvage, but I'm not liking the Underworld Connections. They really want to be in a more control-oriented deck under perform. Ob Nixilis Reignited is fun and a good top for the curve, I'm just debating running 2 or 3 because I don't have any way to reliably fetch him later in the game.

For now I've swapped back to these changes for game night:

-3 Underworld Connections


+1 Alms of the Vein

+2 Murderous Compulsion

Nordlys on U/b discard

3 months ago

Hi there, i'll share all the knowledge i've gathered after playing discard decks for more than 5 years (i've built monoblack creatureless discard, monoblack creature discard, UB discard, RB discard, Grixis discard, specter discard, etc.).

The first i see here is that you don't have anything to deal with the board, so you'll more than probably die to anything that hits the board, even a simple 3/1 two-drop. Your deck relies too much on damaging your opponent through giving him many cards and forcing him to discard not that many; the only card in your deck that punishes him this way is Liliana's Caress and that's it, it's not reliable. You also run two copies of Painful Quandary which it's ideal mechanics are to punish your opponent for having no hand, but since you are forcing him to draw so many cards, he'll always have the option to discard while playing a spell (only taking 2 damage from Liliana's Caress and only if you have the enchant on the battlefield).

You have many cards that allow you or your opponent to draw and discard cards, but you only have Alms of the Vein to exploit this mechanic, so get rid of those or stick in more madness cards.

The description says "the goal of this deck is to get your opponent as low as possible", but you can't do that quickly by relying only on 4 copies of Liliana's Caress while you'll be recieving lot's of threats and hits. Master of the Feast will for sure get destroyed by any of the thousands removal spells you'll force your opponent to draw, so it won't be dealing too much damage if any.


Let's work on the solution. First of all, you need your deck to have more consistant way to deal damage and you also need to get rid of your opponent's threats until you've reached mid-late game and you can develop your winning mechanics.

  1. Since you have almost no creature, let's take advantage of that so that you can trade one card of yours for many cards of your opponent. Good cards to do this, depending on the money you want to spend are, for example, Drown in Sorrow , Yahenni's Expertise , Languish and Damnation.

  2. You also need to be faster or at least to be able to delay your opponent's strategy. A way of doing this is by disrupting his early moves to wreck his plan. Cards like Inquisition of Kozilek , Thoughtseize , Duress and Despise excell at doing so.

  3. To strenghten the draw and discard engine you have many cards at your disposal. I don't know if you want to keep the deck in the modern format or to build a casual free of legal restriction deck, so I'll recommend a variety of cards like Chains of Mephistopheles , Probe , Wheel and Deal , Ill-Gotten Gains , Urza's Guilt , Anvil of Bogardan , Whispering Madness , Dark Deal , Font of Mythos , Forced Fruition , Geier Reach Sanitarium , Memory Jar and Temple Bell.

  4. You need more cards than Liliana's Caress to punish your opponent for discarding or drawing cards. All of these are good for the task, suit yourself: Underworld Dreams , Psychosis Crawler , Fate Unraveler , Waste Not , Megrim and Words of Waste.

  5. Since you and your opponent will be drawing lots of cards, you will be able to discard cards too or abuse your card-drawing. This does not only work well for madness, but also with delve, retrace and other cards. Consider some of these: Chain of Smog , Last Rites , Big Game Hunter , Raven's Crime , Syphon Life , Cunning Lethemancer , Necrogen Mists , Psychotic Haze , Call to the Netherworld , Dark Withering , Gibbering Descent and also Sphinx's Tutelage.

  6. You'll be forcing your opponent to draw many many cards, so you'll need cards that make him discard more than one to win the trade. Consistant massive discard cards are for example this ones: Brink of Madness , Mindstab , Mind Twist , Mind Shatter or Delirium Skeins.

Which ones and how many

  • Pick the ones you like the most according to their mana costs and their price. Also consider the ammount of black mana symbols in their cost, because you'll be playing a two colors deck.

  • Try to keep it as balanced as you can in terms of cards functions. Maybe 30% draw/discard engine - 30% draw/discard punishment - 20% massive discard - 10% 1drops quality discard - 10% board whipe. You'll have to test and adjust the numbers.

  • I know most of those cards are black, but you can keep it UB if you want to. Best version I've made of this strategy was using Grixis (Blue Black and Red) because there's a lot of red cards that force both players to discard and draw like Burning Inquiry and Reforge the Soul for example. Grixis also enables the use of Nekusar, the Mindrazer , Blightning , Sedraxis Specter , Blazing Specter and Dack Fayden.

I hope it's helpful! Best wishes!

Grubbernaut on Rakdos Control

4 months ago

Syphon Life might be a touch better than Alms of the Vein for SB, since it's reusable and you need less lands against burn, anyway


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