Alms of the Vein

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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

Sorcery

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.)

Alms of the Vein Discussion

BlackDragon123 on Anje Falkenrath

3 months ago

There are definitely some rocks you're not currently running that I think would be good inclusions, and I question two of them. Talisman of Indulgence and Rakdos Signet will almost never actually accelerate you to Anje at all. Since they cost 2 mana, you'll most often be playing them on turn 2 (turn one with, for example, a Mana Crypt , but that'll let you get her out on t2 on its own if you have the lands to do so), which means she's still hitting on turn 3. I like Mana Crypt , Jeweled Amulet , and Blood Pet a lot, since any of those with a second land guarantees t2 Anje, which is our goal, first and foremost. I like the Pet over Skirk Prospector since once Anje is down, black is wayyy more important to us than red. There's also one more ritual you may well want to find a slot for, in Songs of the Damned . I'm not currently sure if it's optimal to run every madness card or not, but my list is.

I would almost certainly include Kozilek, Butcher of Truth , since he can allow you to rebuy your wincons on your Worldgorger turn if you discarded them earlier, and even turns some of the doofy madness cards ( Alms of the Vein as an example) into instant-speed wincons on those turns, since you can reshuffle them in and then draw back to them with Anje, in case all your primaries ended up exiled somehow. Also, I feel like you're really missing out on a lot of power by not including Necropotence , Restless Dreams and Tainted Pact .

Xica on

5 months ago

I would prioritize having Fiery Temper over Alms of the Vein - if your meta is not overrun by burn, as in most cases the ability to point said spell at creatures & planeswalkers far outweighs the downside of not gaining 3 life.


Speaking of creatures & planeswalkers, since this deck stuffs its gravyard like there is no tomorrow, i would advise running a few (1 or 2) Magmatic Sinkhole s - as additional ways to deal with problem creatures and walkers (walkers are likely going to be even more significan't due to stuff like Wrenn and Six , Karn, the Great Creator , and UW "control" stransforming even more into a superfiends list)

In general this deck severely lacks in discard outlets. Depending on your taste and budget i would advise adding a playset of either Goblin Lore , Cathartic Reunion or Seasoned Pyromancer (the latter also acts as a way to operate if the graveyard is shut down by some enchantment - which is not that unlikely thanks to hoogak even in game 1) MAX OUT ON Hollow One & Flamewake Phoenix THEY ARE THE CORE OF THE STRATEGY - they are good in multiples, while delve creatures do diddle, since you pay you grave empty, and the second copy just orts in hand (not to mention their vulnerability to gravyard hate)

Akromathia on True Black Burn Modern

8 months ago

I would change Murder for Never / Return , they do the same, but the later can affect Pw and gets recursion. Diabolic Tutor would also go in place of Mastermind's Acquisition , and would replace some copies of Alms of the Vein with Ill-Gotten Inheritance .

Gutterbones could take the place of Vampire Cutthroat , I would add + Vicious Conquistador and remove one Skymarch Bloodletter .

Side boarding some “Hand Destruction” and “Removal” spells would be a good idea as well.

lagotripha on Advice Needed on Performance Tuning ...

8 months ago

I have a few vamps lists in the back catalogue. I've tended towards mono-black because I like to pretend to be 'the rack' for bad matchups, but I've played with mardu too.

The big question is what payoff you are looking at. You can go anywhere from pure aggro to midrange value, and since so many of the pieces work well together, the majority of options are viable.

If you have even a modest collection of vamps you can always bring something fresh to FNM which plays off the same manabase and uses the same hand disruption. This means that there is a vamps list that will work well in practically any meta, and sitting down against vamps you could be facing almost anything from pure 'small vamps/discard/burn' aggro right up to 'solemnity/unlife/ad nausiem/blood baron'.

I'm gonna try and give a quick overview of sets of cards and what they do. None of these sets are perfect, so tournament play is patchy, but some may sit in your local meta in a dominant position- use judgement and don't be scared to mix and match.

More aggro really likes lords (and Drana, Liberator of Malakir ), sac engines & Blade of the Bloodchief .

With all the small lifelinkers ( Indulgent Aristocrat , Gifted Aetherborn , Vampire Cutthroat do a lot). You play a very grindy game going over most aggro with lifelink and under most midrange with sac value. Card filtering makes a lot of value here, and things like Bloodghast / Faithless Looting (despite the meta being all graveyard hate all the time) put a lot of work in.

Madness vamps has Bloodghast engines and obscenities like Olivia, Mobilized for War / Haakon, Stromgald Scourge for vampire knight tribal, and similar 'high synergy/bad combo' setups can pack massive amounts of hand disruptiuon while cheap lifelink/deathtouch gums up the board.

Gaining a lot of life with more disruption into cards like Blood Baron of Vizkopa / Elusive Tormentor  Flip is also viable, if you are comfortable executing a more old-school control list in your meta.

You also have compelling burn options- zombie infestation, sac outlet vamps and Alms of the Vein / Lightning Bolt / Gonti's Machinations does well.

Human sac outlets into Falkenrath Aristocrat hits hard, but most of what it wants to do is done better by 'all vampires into nocturnus' lists the moment Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle was printed.

yweb on Midnight Oil

10 months ago

diä zwe fingi no cool wägem läbe

Noxious Gearhulk

Alms of the Vein

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Darth_Savage on BR vampires

10 months ago

Vampire Nocturnus is a cool card, however land are colourless (24) Burst Lightning, Shock are red (8), is 32 cards, so more than 50% of your deck won't effect Nocturnus. Luckily there are alternatives Stromkirk Condemned or Metallic Mimic , critically they both also cost less to cast than Nocturnus. Using one of these lets you play the red spells, however Burst Lightning, Shock aren't really Modern level, I'd swap them to Magma Jet and either Rift Bolt or the classic Lightning Bolt . Or you could stay almost mone black with Alms of the Vein and Pharika's Cure ... Hope this helps, good luck brewing your deck.

Darth_Savage on

11 months ago

You could use discard, since you already have Faithless Looting and , probably has the best madness cards in; Fiery Temper / Alms of the Vein.

You could go for Minotaur tribal, fitting with Fanatic of Mogis and Mogis, God of Slaughter, run cards like Bloodrage Brawler / Neheb, the Worthy. Vampire tribal is also an option; Stromkirk Captain.

Or you could maximise devotion, simply by running lots of cards like Avatar of Discord or Cryptborn Horror, similar to where you are now.

What I will say is that Fists of the Demigod, isn't a good idea, it gives your opponent an easy 2-for-1 by killing the creature. I'd replace it for now with Curse of Stalked Prey, though that could change depending on your deck style. I guess this is really over to you now, what sort of deck is it you want to build? Hope this helps a little, I'll happily add more if you want to head in a particular direction...

Darth_Savage on

11 months ago

You have probably clung onto too many creatures from Hollow One, Arclight Phoenix needs you to cast 3 spells to play it out of the grave. I'd suggest you cut Street Wraith and Bloodghast, replacing them with say Fiery Temper and Alms of the Vein for example... I could go into more detail, but sperrone1224 already has, in their deck Mono Red Hollow Phoenix, which is actually pretty close to a primer. Hopefully this helps and provides you with some inspiration.

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