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
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

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

yweb on Midnight Oil

2 weeks ago

diä zwe fingi no cool wägem läbe

Noxious Gearhulk

Alms of the Vein

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Darth_Savage on BR vampires

1 month 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

1 month 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

1 month 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.

Darth_Savage on Confuson fuuu-

1 month ago

Phyrexian Obliterator, is actually not that difficult to play around, Dismember, a Revolt Fatal Push or a Morbid Tragic Slip will all kill it, without triggering it's ability as will a Delve Murderous Cut, which will also kill Eidolon of the Great Revel without triggering it. Also the Eidolon normally appears in burn lists, just take the two damage if necessary and move on, throw some lifegain in the deck like Alms of the Vein or Sovereign's Bite and play through.

If you want removal on a creature then Necropolis Fiend would fit your bill. Or, since your using Dredge cards anyway, you could try Necroplasm, there are lots of ways to add +1/+1 counters... To use Vengeful Pharaoh as a removal tactic would require three copies, you also need a spell like Cathartic Reunion or Thought Scour to kick it off and the reason Dredge is powerful now is Creeping Chill.

I'm still not clear on what it is you are aiming to do, what is your win condition? Is this a graveyard (dredge, reanimation) deck, or a pyromancer (high spell count) deck, or is it a fast mana deck using Dowsing Dagger? At present your deck is like a mash of 3 different ideas, the best decks are those which are consistent and have a singular goal.

I happen to have a deck that uses Phyrexian Obliterator, want to know the funny thing, it's a Devotion deck, I want the Obliterator as an enabler for Gray Merchant of Asphodel which is the primary wincon, it looks like this Sweet (black) devotion. Essentially it's a zombie tribal deck, which leverages the devotion mechanic. That single sentence description is what you want to have, for your own deck.

rdean14 on Reckless Rakdos (Current)

1 month ago

Darth_Savage, Thanks for your feedback! This is actually kinda inaccurate. I mainboard Fiery Temper, not Curse of the Pierced Heart. I usually don't get enough black mana to use Alms of the Vein, in my experience. Also, the 14 lands may seem too low but has yet to be a problem Frankly, I just mulligan to at least one land and a Faithless Looting, or Runaway Steam-Kin and Simian Spirit Guide. I need to get Blackcleave Cliffs for my mana base as well.

I run the Gurmag Swiftwing for its flying. It's replacing Falkenrath Aristocrat. I understand the Pyromancer Ascension and Quest for Pure Flame, but it is my response to Lantern Control, which tends to prevent me from getting any burn spells. The Curse lets me use attrition against them.

OMG, Bedlam Reveler is amazing!! It's going to be my new topper, much better than Experimental Frenzy and Falkenrath Aristocrat.

Reckless Rakdos (Ideal) Is the better version of the deck.

Darth_Savage on Reckless Rakdos (Current)

1 month ago

Gurmag Swiftwing should probably be a Gurmag Angler or Bedlam Reveler, to take advantage of your graveyard. 14 land plus the Simian Spirit Guides might be a little close to the bone, even with your low curve. You run the risk of Thunderous Wrath being a dead card, if you draw into it with Faithless Looting so possibly Fiery Temper or Alms of the Vein and Curse of the Pierced Heart might be too slow, compared to Pyromancer Ascension or Quest for Pure Flame. Hope this helps, have fun brewing your deck.

Darth_Savage on How Much Life You Got?

1 month ago

Budget doesn't need to be bad and some of your card choices here are just bad, particularly Insatiable Harpy, which should be Vampire Nighthawk or Gifted Aetherborn. Squelching Leeches is also marginal, Dread Shade, Desecration Demon or even Korlash, Heir to Blackblade would be better choices. Given the number of creatures you are running Throne of the God-Pharaoh might work, also since you are mono black Mire's Toll and Soot Imp might be worth a shot. I occasionally run a devotion deck Sweet (black) devotion, which might give you some ideas, though it definately isn't budget.

If you simply want to build a lifegain/drain deck, I'd look at cards like Sovereign's Bite, Alms of the Vein, Rite of Consumption and maybe Chancellor of the Dross. Also have a look at Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox, this is a list of the major black cards for modern. I hope this is of some help, good luck with your brew.

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Alms of the Vein occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.02%

Rakdos: 0.26%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%