Ambition's Cost

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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 (C17) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis (DDR) Uncommon
Commander 2015 (C15) Uncommon
Eighth Edition (8ED) Uncommon
Portal Three Kingdoms (PTK) 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

hecklefeckle on Weenies Who Smile At Death

1 week ago

Nice! Mardu is one of my absolute favourite colour combos.

Personally, I like Talismans more than signets in 3+ colour decks. I'd sub out Rakdos Signet for a Talisman of Indulgence.

Another cute interaction (You're in the colours!) is Blasphemous Act/Star of Extinction and Stuffy Doll/Boros Reckoner/Spitemare. For extra style points, add Arcbond. This is actually probably a bad suggestion and I don't condone it.

Phyrexian Arena and Underworld Connections are great draw in your colours. Cut Ambition's Cost and a land? I usually run 36 lands and adjust as needed; You have a pretty low curve and probably won't be casting a lot of creatures for their actual cost.

greatdevourer on Bloodlust

2 weeks ago

OK, here's another quick run through. Consider the following changes:
These cards aren't that good, but I do see why they are in the deck. Except Spellbook, that needs to come out right now. Skeletal Scrying - do I need to exile my graveyard?, I would rather have some way to get them back via a reanimate effect or a shuffle effect. The card draw is nice, but there are better options. Final Reward - Five mana to exile one creature. Just doesn't seem as efficient as this deck wants to be. Spellbook - This is crap. Just take it out. Outpost Siege - Once again, there are better options.

These cards are kinda good, kinda bad, not sure if they should stay or go. Ambition's Cost - I don't mind trading life for card draw, but is this a keeper or should it get swapped for something else. Ashes to Ashes - This card is a great two-for-one but the five life might be a problem in some games. Disrupt Decorum - really not sure about this one. With a couple of other changes, this one might stay in. I like the tokens but it is a worthless draw after a Wrath of God. I know Baron Sengir and Irini Sengir are 'classic' Magic vampires, but they really aren't that good. I think they were just thrown in to the precon for flavor.

Here's the cards I think you should find as soon as possible. Blood Artist, Blood Seeker, Bloodline Keeper  Flip (kinda expensive), Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Cliffhaven Vampire, Kalastria Highborn, Markov Blademaster, Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle, Soul Collector, Vein Drinker, Viscera Seer are all good creatures. Vampiric Fury and Urge to Feed look like useful pump spells. Stensia Banquet and Stensia Masquerade also look pretty good. Anguished Unmaking looks like a good replacement for Final Reward. Yes there is a 3 point life loss, but it hits more targets. Oh, and let's not forget the almost mandatory Elixir of Immortality. Loxodon Warhammer or a Basilisk Collar would be great ways to get some life back. Devil's Play could be useful. Oversold Cemetery and Grave Pact are really useful and fit the theme. I know Geth, Lord of the Vault isn't a vampire, but the reanimation effect is nice.

I would defintely replace the Spellbook with Viscera Seer as soon as possible. Let me know what you think.

EssayM on Meren of Clan it Wont Stay Dead

1 month ago

Thanks for the suggestions. I have included the combo you mentioned and also Replaced Ambition's Cost with Deathreap Ritual as I feel I will get more value out of it.

Struggling to think of other cards that could go in now!!!

theindigoeffect on A Noob's Attempt At Markov Commander

1 month ago

No problem, man. If you use too many basics, you run the risk of not having enough different colors to cast certain cards.

There are other cards like Reflecting Pool, City of Brass and Forbidden Orchard that will give you the colors that you need as well, but if you run too many non-basics, people can abuse the fact that by playing cards like Ruination: it never really happens in my play group, but it's common in others.

Personally, I would replace Opal Palace when you have the opportunity: there are so many lands that let you gain mana instead of simply exchanging one colorless mana for a colored mana.

As far as card draw goes, black is arguably the best color in Magic, but with black there's always a drawback. That being said, cards like Skeletal Scrying, Underworld Connections and Necrologia may seem bad on the surface, but they allow you to draw more than Ambition's Cost. There's even colorless options like Mind's Eye and Memory Jar. Skullclamp and Phyrexian Arena are definitely worth keeping in your deck!

It varies from deck to deck, but a good rule of thumb is to have at least 10 cards that serve as mana ramp, such as Sol Ring, Dark Ritual, Mana Geyser, Caged Sun and Myriad Landscape. There are rare exceptions, where you really don't need it, like in a weenie deck where most of your creatures cost 1 or 2 mana.

Mana ramp helps you play everything earlier. I know you're not really trying to get your commander out on the battlefield, but in most decks you have a huge advantage by playing your spells 1-2 turns earlier, and cards like Jet Medallion and Burnished Hart will help ensure that the Butcher of Malakir you drew in your opening hand can be played on turn 5, instead of 7.

You typically want to have at least 10 card draw cards, too. Ultimately, you may have to adjust how much ramp/card draw you include or remove, based on how the deck performs, but that's a good starting point.

Coat of Arms is a great card, unless you're playing your friend's The Ur-Dragon deck, since it also gives your friend's dragons +1/+1 counters. A better alternative for your colors would be Shared Animosity: it's confusing to read at first, but once you understand how it works, it's actually better for a tribal deck. Anyhow, Coat of Arms is still awesome, unless you're playing against another strong, tribal deck.

Consuming Vapors doesn't allow you to pick what creature you want to destroy, so if you use it against an Edgar Markov deck, that person will just sacrifice one of their vampire tokens, instead of that annoying Captivating Vampire. Hero's Downfall lets you pick a creature or planeswalker.

Also, if you look on the right side of the page, you'll see a stat that shows your Avg. CMC (average converted mana cost) is 3.79. You can reduce that average and make your deck faster and more efficient by replacing cards with high cmc costs with lower cmc costs. For example, by replacing Dutiful Return with Death's Duet, you can make your deck run faster and reduce the overall cost. If you try to do this with every card, your deck will become more competitive as a result.

That being said, it's not worth it to to replace a good card with a worse version of the same card, even if it costs less. For example, Furnace of Rath may be cheaper, but Gratuitous Violence is definitely better and worth the higher cost.

Sometimes the worse card is actually better for your deck. For example, Grave Pact has a much lower cmc than Butcher of Malakir, and it's harder to remove an enchantment than it is to remove a creature, but since you're playing a vampire deck, Butcher of Malakir is a more synergistic choice, and that makes Butcher of Malakir a superior option.

hoardofnotions on Budget

1 month ago

Slaughter - seems good with extort stuff

Esper Panorama - more fetch lands!

Righteous Cause, Patron of the Kitsune - life gain off anyone attacking

Consuming Vapors - kill spell and life gain

Well of Lost Dreams - card draw!

Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant lots of life gain

Disciple of Bolas - do this with a big Sunscorch Regent then draw into Aetherflux Reservoir to kill somebody lol

maybe more lose life draw cards nonsense like Sign in Blood, Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Bloodgift Demon, Corpse Augur, Hoarder's Greed, Night's Whisper, Promise of Power, Wretched Confluence

I hope you get to enjoy the fun of finding hidden gems in all the cards you have sitting around! Let me know if you want to debate any cards!!!

CChaos on Night of the Vampire

1 month ago

Get rid of Bloodhusk Ritualist for a draw spell, put Ambition's Cost in the deck.

Anowon will make you sac your own non-vampire creatures, so be aware of that. If you want to you can remove him for the other draw spell: Read the Bones.

Both cards are already part of this CMDR2017 deck.

For ramp you can use Sword of the Animist.

Shinwizzles on Edgar's Dega Vampires

1 month ago

I'm really diggin' the deck, man. It's super aggressive and seems like it'd kick some serious ass in action. However, I've noticed you've sorta gone all in on the aggro theme, which is cool but it also leaves you vulnerable in other places. I would suggest, as others already have, adding in either more boardwipes, or something like Attrition, or at least more spot removal. I'm always a huge fan of Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos to keep the opposition from getting too far ahead.
Also, I don't know how set you are on the Vampires tribal theme, but you might want to consider putting Mentor of the Meek in for card draw. I tested him out in my deck, and he actually performed quite well with Edgar Markov's ability. If not the Mentor of the Meek, then perhaps something like Skeletal Scrying, Damnable Pact, or Ambition's Cost. Card draw is always beneficial. Awesome deck though, seems really solid.

Yen24 on Dragons, Dragons, Dragons!

1 month ago

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