Ambition's Cost


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Commander Anthology (CM1) None
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


You draw three cards and you lose 3 life.

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Ambition's Cost Discussion

Keelroth on Rona, Disciple of Gix

4 hours ago

I would suggest a little more removal/board wipes. AEtherize and Whelming Wave are good on a budget. In Garruk's Wake Bontu's Last Reckoning and Decree of Pain are also good budget boardwipes. Also a few good targeted removal spells Hero's Downfall to deal with planes walkers and Malicious Affliction since you have a sacrifice subtheme. Nighthowler Mortivore and Eater of the Dead go good with mill theme. And probably good use some more cars draw Ambition's Cost Ancient Craving Treasure Cruise and Blood Divination are good on a budget.

Elf0491 on Drana's Knights of Sacrifice (EDH MTGO 1v1 Rules)

3 weeks ago

A few comments. First, what in the **** is your meta where this needs to be a thing? I'm just...kind blown away that you would need to be absolutely this fast. Anyway, card suggestions:

Easy includes off the top of my head are Doomfall, Plaguecrafter (strictly better than Fleshbag Marauder), Phyrexian Obliterator, maybe Crypt Ghast for more mana, Glaring Spotlight and Arcane Lighthouse (lay down the hate on hexproof), and Sudden Spoiling (can't be countered)! Also, you can't play Sparring Collar in mono black.

What I think would be good idea: these are cards I think are solid, but might not be fast enough for you. The Eldest Reborn, Abyssal Gatekeeper, Shriekmaw, Phyrexian Scriptures, and Dread.

I also think some better card draw would be useful, and Phyrexian Arena isn't that great if the games are going very short. Instead, consider instant effects like Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Dark Prophecy, Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, or Midnight Reaper.

I know you want everything to be cheap, but I'd recommend at least a few spells that can serve as bombs if the game gets to later rounds. Maybe something like Exsanguinate, Killing Wave, or Torment of Hailfire.

If you're interested in the combo, go for Mikaeus + Walking Ballista. :)

I also thought of Leonin Bladetrap, though that card isn't great...

Finally, quick question. In the description you mention equipment that grants deathtouch, but I don't see any in the actual deck. Is that still something you wanted to do?

Kirtanian on Shamble and Rot

2 months ago

Thanks for checking out my Grim-Grin deck.

A couple cards that are nice for getting more creatures in their graveyard to abuse Scarab God are Geralf's Mindcrusher and Geth, Lord of the Vault

Lord of the Undead can be solid to get your creatures back. Especially those with ETC effects. Dreamborn Muse or Graveborn Muse are possibilities, although you have to be careful with graveborn.

Serum Visions looks like a pretty weak card for Commander. Basically you are paying 1 to scry 2 since the draw just replaces the serum visions you cast. Ambition's Cost, Morbid Curiosity, Promise of Power, or Ancient Craving are better for one off card draw.

Cryptbreaker could be fantastic in this deck if you can keep it alive. Greed, Grim Haruspex, and Rhystic Study are solid repeatable draw for Commander.

Hope some of these suggestions are useful. Good Luck!

bem77 on Wort, Boggart Auntie EDH

2 months ago

With this deck being very aggro-centric and relatively low CMC, you are going to run out of cards in your hand. Not a fun situation to be in. So I would recommend Dark-Dweller Oracle and Rummaging Goblin as some synergistic card advantage. For just straight good card draw, I would lean into your black card draw spells such as Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, Ambition's Cost, and Blood Divination.

A tutor or two wouldn't be bad idea. For this deck I would look at Diabolic Intent. With it's current reprinting in Battlebond it is also somewhat affordable.

Speaking of Battlebond, I would also look into Last One Standing as it is a fantastic and cheap (both CMC and money-wise) board wipe.

usaDiabetic on Hyper Markov

3 months ago

My only issue is a lot(not all) of that card draw is conditional, you need to cast a vamp,need a amp on top, have a creature die, ect. and Forerunner isn't really card draw. Also with Banner and the Sun at 5-6 CMC I would prefer to also have stuff like Read the Bones, Night's Whisper, Ambition's Cost, ect.

I love having access to "just get rid of it" cards like Anguished Unmaking, Swords to Plowshares, Utter End, Vandalblast ect.

Like I said your build looks really fun, I would just sure up some stuff like lands so you cant cast your big impact stuff, have access to more utility like Field of Ruin, Ghost Quarter Detection Towerect. and even just for fixing.

It's always good to have acess to good cheap unconditional card draw and a few emergency button removal spells.

JoeNathan37 on Dance of Pales [EDH]

3 months ago

You might want to consider Champion of Dusk as a strong source of card draw, as well as maybe Greed and Necropotence. In my experience these types of card draw effects tend to work better here than Ambition's Cost type effects.

Also, Shared Animosity is very strong here. It can pump your army to ridiculous levels of power with little effort, and in many cases is a better Door of Destinies. The problem with the Door is it has no immediate effect when it hits the board and it requires gas afterwards to get it working, and it’s an absolutely terrible draw late game.

I also play an Edgar Markov deck as you might imagine. Feel free to check mine out, you might find some more cards you want for your deck: Edgar Markov tokens

PlattBonnay on Dance of Pales [EDH]

3 months ago

Ambition's Cost is likely worse than Painful Truths. One mana cheaper is a big deal for aggro decks. Also, is Mox Diamond missing because of cost or did you choose to exclude it?

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