Blood Scrivener


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragon's Maze (DGM) 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.

Blood Scrivener Discussion

lagotripha on Shadow Magic

2 months ago

For budget rack, Delirium Skeins is great, as is card draw like Sign in Blood . Getting into topdeck mode then winning there offers you a lot. Also, Davriel is better than a lot of other options- run four, he's a clock and discard two. Its really good.

Remember your sideboard- planning those cards lets you figure out where you are packing all your graveyard hate/combo hate/tron hate etc, leading to a much more complete plan. A transformative sideboard that becomes Blood Scrivener / Asylum Visitor / Liliana's Reaver / Abyssal Nocturnus creature aggro also informs the state of the mainboard, for example.

On the note of lands, I've had success with Sea Gate Wreckage . The colourless requirement does require working around, but it can be good.

Finally, for the sake of fun, Waste Not . Its great.

KaiyanK on An Extreme Amount of Dead-ication

6 months ago


Hmmm I like most of that, but I feel like keeping Blood Scrivener but replacing Doomed Dissenter for Gravecrawler is actually something I have been eyeballing.

I would love to add Cryptbreaker but I feel like the discarding a card is a little scary when I would be losing creatures but at the same time replacing it for Read the Bones and Diabolic Tutor sounds like a plan when I get the funds.

Khenra Eternal for Relentless Dead sounds good to me tho.

Diregraf Colossus looks freaking beautiful and I think would be a great replacement for Stir the Sands and two more Swamps and maybe Undead Warchief could be squeezed in somewhere... Idk. There's too many good zombie cards.

hungry000 on An Extreme Amount of Dead-ication

6 months ago

Sorry to butt in, but for a low-to-the-ground aggro zombies deck I would keep Diregraf Ghoul in. 1 mana for a 2/2 is a good rate, you want low cost creatures to flood the board with, and it gets pumped by the zombie lords so it's still fine later in the game. Here are some specific suggestions for upgrades once you get a budget for them:

Doomed Dissenter / Blood Scrivener --> Gravecrawler ( Dread Wanderer for budget)

Diabolic Tutor / Read the Bones --> Cryptbreaker (card advantage that gets buffed and makes more creatures)

Tattered Mummy --> Graveyard Marshal

Liliana's Elite / Khenra Eternal --> Relentless Dead (4 Khenras or Highborn Ghoul are fine too)

Some other cards you could look at are Diregraf Colossus , Undead Warchief , and Dark Salvation (it's probably worth playing Salvation in place of Murder ). Also, as a general tip, tribal creature decks don't play many non-creatures--around 6 at the most. Cutting some of those spells in favor of more lords would increase the efficiency and power of your deck.

Kogarashi on Blood Scrivener and Asylum Visiter: ...

6 months ago

Asylum Visitor will check at the beginning of each upkeep (including yours) if the active player's hand is empty, and if it is you will draw a card and lose 1 life. If your hand is empty at this point, then Blood Scrivener will replace the single card draw with two cards drawn and another life loss, but you'll still lose the 1 life from Asylum Visitor as well. Blood Scrivener isn't replacing that life loss, just the card draw.

So you will lose 2 life and draw 2 cards, and this can happen on any player's upkeep (1 card and 1 life if their hand is empty, another 1 card and 1 life if your hand is empty too).

serumvisions on Blood Scrivener and Asylum Visiter: ...

6 months ago

If I have Blood Scrivener and Asylum Visitor both on my side of the field at the beginning of my upkeep while I have no cards in hand, will the blood scrivener replace the draw and the life loss from the asylum visitor or just the card drawn? at the end of my upkeep, will I have lost 1 life or 2?

HowVery on Varina, Queen of the Dead

7 months ago

The discard/cycling section on EDHREC has a lot of nice things to look into, for example, Shadow of the Grave turns that filter from Varina into outright draw, Blood Scrivener is a 2 cmc zombie that acts like a Phyrexian Arena if you're dumping your hand to 0 (though I will say that's a risky prospect and the arena is more survivable).

Icbrgr on "When You Fall in a Bottomless Pit..."

7 months ago

it always feels off to brush off/disregard mana acceleration... but currently you dont seem to need it? maybe if you were running a big beautiful sorcery like Rise of the Dark Realms or more 5+ CMC stuff like Dictate of Erebos something then i could see it... but as is i think you would be better off putting in some draw spells/engines. Some budget options i can think of are Phyrexian Arena / Blood Scrivener / Null Profusion or even Night's Whisper / Altar's Reap .

Happymaster19 on The Undead Curse [Modern Zombies]

7 months ago


There are Collective Brutality s and Surgical Extraction s in the side. I may change some slots to get a couple Thoughtseize s in the side.

Which Liliana do you speak of?

I might go up some Ghost Quarter and an additional Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth if I see more Tron. That’s what the sideboard Pithing Needle s and Damping Sphere s are for.

Cryptbreaker is what let’s us get away with Blood Scrivener . That and Copter. Copter is best.

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Blood Scrivener occurrence in decks from the last year

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