Ambition's Cost

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 Uncommon
Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis Uncommon
Commander 2015 Uncommon
Eighth Edition Uncommon
Portal Three Kingdoms Rare

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Ambition's Cost

Sorcery

You draw three cards and you lose 3 life.

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Ambition's Cost Discussion

Karzalar on Until the Lambs Have Become Lions: Meren

16 hours ago

As you kindly asked!

Since you abuse ETB effects, Panharmonicon could be an all-star in there.

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is a very good land to consider.

Maybe some kind of all-around removal like Beast Within could help, too.

As a finisher, Craterhoof Behemoth goes well with Avenger of Zendikar.

Maybe some filtering and draw? Abundance, Mirri's Guile, Sylvan Library, Read the Bones, Night's Whisper, Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving.

(Note : Abundance and Sylvan Library combo with each other into drawing 3 cards for 0 additionnal life as a replacement effect.)

Otherwise, this seems a real solid Meren deck. Even if i find it light in removal (enchantment/artifact/planeswalker removal, i mean).

Also note, maybe some of those options aren't quite budget. Sorry!

lilgiantrobot on Life Theft

1 month ago

Sunscorch Regent doesn't drain, but it is a big beater that gains life.

Promise of Power/Ancient Craving/Ambition's Cost turn that life into cards.

g0regrind on Template: Demonic Duel Deck

1 month ago

Hey there. Prepare for a wall of text, as I think you're on to something here but could benefit a lot from some additional information.

As I have been building and playing with a Demon deck for a few years now, and my group is transitioning from casual Legacy to Modern, I have a ton of suggestions, but I will try to keep them moderately priced, assuming you are operating on a budget.

The main reason that Demons aren't played by a wide array of people is that they cannot efficiently operate without mana acceleration. Your idea is to go the sacrificing route, but in its current form that is quite inconsistent, as there aren't many demons that you can push out quickly.

I see two main avenues you could go in order to push out Demons fairly quickly and with more consistency, and without having to play weak-ass creatures (That's not the point of a demon deck after all). Outside of Modern it would be considerably easier, but lets go the Modern route.

Route 1: Mana acceleration

The problem in modern is, that most mana acceleration engines are banned. Currently you don't have too many choices in this department and they rely on creature spells, which are prone to removal.

Route 2: Creature cost decrease

  • Heartless Summoning Let this one sink in. It can be incredibly powerful and allow you to drop bombs as early as turn 5 and with consistency. If you rely solely on demons and other big stompers, the -1/-1 won't bother you in the slightest.

Specific card critique

  • If you play Demons (which don't need any powerup) and plan to sacrifice your smaller creatures (they would die inevitably, the powerup would be wasted), there is no reason to play Unholy Strength.
  • Tendrils of Corruption is probably better here than Consume Spirit
  • It depends on the circumstance, but to keep you alive Tribute to Hunger can be better than Dark Banishing
  • Larceny is just bad, unless multiples of your Imps survive until round 5, which is not a given.
  • Oni Possession You might be trading three cards for one removal spell here. First, you sacrifice a creature, then you enchant your own. If the enemy casts a simple removal spell, you lost three cards, for +3/+3 and 3 mana.

Card recommendations

Now, for the good part! More Demons, more powerful cards, a better mana curve and a stronger competitive focus!

  • Desecration Demon Arguably the best Demon for a budget. He was even features in the duel deck, albeit a different one. And you really need more cards in the 4-mana Slot. With Heartless Summoning it can be played for 2, is a 5/5 flier and let's your opponents sacrifice creatures!
  • Mutilate Boardsweeper, in case you end up being dominated before you can get out your fatties. As a bonus, if played early, your fatties will survive.
  • Bloodgift Demon A 5-mana flying, demonized Phyrexian Arena. A total bomb.
  • Read the Bones or Night's Whisper or Ambition's Cost Card Draw for a budget.
  • Whip of Erebos Can be ridiculously overpowered in this deck.
  • Lightning Greaves Haste and protection for 2 mana. Probably worth the investment, as it can be a powerhouse in most decks.

hoardofnotions on Budget Karl B/W lifegain EDH

1 month ago

anything with extort that's at least a little good. Basilica Screecher, Kingpin's Pet, Treasury Thrull, Thrull Parasite or Pontiff of Blight

Battlegrace Angel possibly not good enough

Blood Artist or Falkenrath Noble

Bloodbond Vampire for a back up karlov. this is iffy

Chant of Vitu-Ghazi, remember to block then tap for convoke.

Contemplation, combo off!

Disciple of Griselbrand, or Disciple of Bolas let you convert a big karlov to something else

Honor the Fallen - on theme graveyard hate that's also a combat trick

Mastery of the Unseen this needs a lot of mana to be great, but maybe you'll get some good use out of it. It's kinda iffy though

Patron of the Kitsune and Righteous Cause are VIP's with karlov

Resplendent Mentor this could be an all star if you go heavy white

Royal Herbalist combat tricks for karlov

Soldier of the Pantheon

Suture Priest

Vampiric Rites

Vizkopa Confessor

Wingmate Roc

Exsanguinate is good

Well of Lost Dreams and Alhammarret's Archive are nifty but expensive on the $budget$

Use all the life you gain for benefits, like card draw! Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Graveborn Muse, Night's Whisper, Ob Nixilis Reignited, Phyrexian Arena, Read the Bones, Dark Tutelage, Underworld Connections

or recursion Phyrexian Reclamation

budget cuts might include, Ajani Goldmane, Lightning Greaves (this might be Swiftfoot Boots), Angelic Chorus

Some possible cuts

Rupture Spire, Shimmering Grotto, Transguild Promenade - two color decks don't need to slow down this much for mana fixing

Sacred Cat dosen't seem strong enough for commander

Bond of Agony seems bad, maybe Exsanguinate

Orzhov Charm What mode are you adding this for?

Doom Blade could be Go for the Throat if your meta/budget allows for it

Darksteel Ingot, Orzhov Cluestone, Orzhov Keyrune could be cut for a 2 mana rock, Fellwar Stone, Mind Stone, Star Compass. Maybe one of those

Blind Hunter, Blood Tithe, Agent of Masks, Certain Death don't seem strong enough

Jeremiah_Von_Pringleton on The Lords of Endless Strife

1 month ago

shandiris: Ancient Craving, Ambition's Cost, and Painful Truths are just worse than Harmonize so I'll pass on those. But Phyrexian Arena is more consistent draw for longer games, so I'll consider it.

shandiris on The Lords of Endless Strife

1 month ago

I like Ancient Craving and Ambition's Cost as a card draw package in my own Saskia deck. Painful Truths and Phyrexian Arena are options I'm looking at myself right now.

DarkEclipse18 on Approach of the Second Daxos

1 month ago

I feel Necropotence may be a bit slow for this combo, waiting till end of turn to get it into your hand, then waiting till your next turn to cast, and hopefully resolve, the card.

I see you already have Greed, but maybe add Erebos, God of the Dead as a second 'greed' and maybe a few instant and sorcery cards that let you draw of life: Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood, Ambition's Cost etc...

Also Black Market could be nice, if it gets enough counters it will cover the colorless mana cost of your white spells and pay for your black spells.

Also speaking of black mana, I see Urborg so: Cabal Coffers, Magus of the Coffers, and Crypt Ghast are great cards.

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