Blood Scrivener


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragon's Maze Rare

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Blood Scrivener

Creature — Zombie Wizard

If you would draw a card while you have no cards in hand, instead draw two cards and lose 1 life.

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Blood Scrivener Discussion

Xica on What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse

1 week ago

Asylum Visitor can be amazing, but you have to build the deck to be hellbent.
Since it has a "second playset" in Blood Scrivener, and you can support it with cheap removal and a variety of discard outlets that were printed for the madness cards of shadows over innistrad, like: Call the Bloodline (which can net a token both on your own turn, and on your opponent's turn), Stromkirk Condemned, Heir of Falkenrath, or stuff like Sinister Concoction, or Soul Spike.

When you draw 2-3 cards every turn, getting rid of unwanted lands to keep hellbent is a bigger concern, than "unreasonable cost" of discarding for removal.

Still such deck play differently from tipical jund or grixis midrange, as they attempt to expend all resources (mana or cards in hand) every turn, instead of holding them for the opportunity to provide the most value.

wfavinger on 8 Rack with Bob

3 weeks ago

Good question. I couldn't afford Dark Confidant nowadays either, I just started getting back into magic and had a play-set lying around from back when they first came out.

Blood Scrivener is probably the most like for like replacement. However, you could also try something entirely different as the 4xAsylum Visitor might be enough card draw. I love being super aggressive and have thought about trying to find a way to squeeze Geralf's Messenger into this deck. Wrench Mind could also be an option that a lot of other 8 rack decks run.

PickleNutz on Budget Zombies!

1 month ago

Blood Scrivener official rulings -

Any time you are instructed to draw more than one card, you draw them one at a time. For example, if you control Blood Scrivener and have no cards in hand and youre instructed to draw two cards, your first card draw is replaced by drawing two cards and losing 1 life, then youll draw the second card from the original instruction. In total, youll draw three cards and lose 1 life.

Each additional Blood Scrivener you control will effectively add one card and 1 life lost. Say you control two Blood Scriveners and would draw a card while you have no cards in hand. The effect of one Blood Scrivener will replace the event draw a card with draw two cards and lose 1 life. The effect of the other Blood Scrivener will replace the drawing of the first of those two cards with draw two cards and lose 1 life. Youll draw two cards and lose 1 life, then draw another card and lose another 1 life.

Paired with Cryptbreaker when you get a few of these cards combining, you can draw a lot of cards. Since the deck runs really cheap you can effectively cast your drawn cards in most situations by turn 4. This is budget though, so it's not exactly a top tier deck in terms of effeciency.

Gravecrawler I've considered adding, but I just don't know if he will fit in because I don't want to sacrifice any of the effects that are going on in the deck.

sharky69 on

1 month ago

@tazleon7, Thanks for the suggestions i would replace Duress for Inquisition of Kozilek but it is so expensive where i live it is like 7 euros STILL, the Blood Scrivener would be also a great idea but i think about do some testing and see how it roles the deck with only 2 of them after that ill make the change, Thanks anyway.

lemons452922 on zombie power

2 months ago

I don't know how competitive/expensive you want to get, but whenever I see a tribal deck, I think Cavern of Souls and Aether Vial are good choices. Other notables, (depending on what rout you want to go):

Vile Rebirth: Instant speed dudes just seems good. Plus it can interrupt graveyard interaction with creatures.

Blood Scrivener if you feel like you're top decking a little too much

Lord of the Undead for recursion

Geralf's Messenger for annoyance

Diregraf Ghoul for aggro

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to ensure you have that black mana (especially if you go with Geralf's)

Fetches/Shocks(?) to thin out the deck

All in all, seems like it could be annoying!

Darth_Savage on Black Hole

2 months ago

The default discard deck is 8 Rack, named for The Rack and Shrieking Affliction, you can find Rack decks here.

Now that being said, if you want to try something a little different, thats ok. You do have one bad card choice, Assassinate isn't good. You want instant speed kill spells and you want them to cost less than what you are killing. Victim of Night or Fatal Push would be better choices. Alternatively you could use Dark Withering as you should be able to use madness, also madness gives you Call to the Netherworld.

You really want 2 copies of Lilliana Necrogen Mists can pretend to be your second copy. I'd say you want Blood Scrivener rather than Asylum Visitor for the zombie synergy. For the same reason Gifted Aetherborn would be better as Black Cat. Finally the Tree of Perdition is a cool card but Liliana's Reaver would now fit in with a zombie sub theme and it causes discard.

Couple of other cards to look at are Waste Not and Tasigur's Cruelty. Hope this helps.

wittenss on Doran Zombies

2 months ago

Couple alternative creatures:Blood Scrivener for card draw if you manage to empty your hand (probably too conditional). Unbreathing Horde for a large and durable threat, or a vanilla 3/3 with sudo-persist 90% of the time if played on curve. Gangrenous Zombies is a overcosted 2/2, but if you run snow-swamps its a low level board wipe on a stick. Wight of Precinct Six cmc 2 gets you a 1/1 at worst, with +1/+1 for each creature in your opponents bin, not great against creatures sparse match-ups. Ghoulraiser randomized regrowth stapled to a 2/2 for cmc 3. Putrid Warrior if it connects, it connects as a 3/2, or a 1/2 with lifelink, the modality may have some added value. Zombie Master give all other zombies regeneration for B, and swampwalk if that incidentally is relevant, I realize the 2/3 body is not great in the format.

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