Drain Life


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

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Set Rarity
Beatdown Box Set (BTD) Common
Fifth Edition (5ED) Common
Mirage (MIR) Common
Fourth Edition (4ED) Common
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Common
Revised Edition (3ED) Common
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Common
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Common
Collector's Edition (CED) Common
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Common
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Common
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Common
Promo Set (000) Common

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Drain Life


Spend only black mana on .

Drain Life deals X damage to any target. You gain life equal to the damage dealt, but not more life than the player’s life total before the damage was dealt, the planeswalker’s loyalty before the damage was dealt, or the creature’s toughness.

Drain Life Discussion

Cloudius on My Gain is your Pain!

2 months ago

eyes2sky These are very good points you made. Admittedly, I haven't been upgrading this deck in awhile since my current focus is on tweaking my new PDH deck.

I have to admit the over-reliance on the Commander is a down side, both in EDH and PDH but at the pauper level, there aren't that many redundancies, Epicure of Blood is probably the closest but it triggers off each life gain instance, and not each life point gained. Am also trying to find a way to fit this card in.

My removal spells help fill up opponents' graveyard so it is not difficult for Incursion to find a fat graveyard filled with creatures. Combat tricks like sending my lifelinkers to die in combat (blocked by stronger creatures) and then targeting my own graveyard with Incursion won me several games too.

Currently, am only running 4 protection package for my Commander. Let me do a bit more research to see if there're versatile cards that can both protect my Commander while providing other utilities too.

Admittedly, the alternate routes of victory for this deck ain't robust for its over-reliance on the Commander. Certainly can explore other paths like:

A) Creature Beatdown

B) Direct Life Drain - Extort, Sovereign's Bite or the classic Drain Life type effects, though the latter is restrictive since we need for it.

Decisions... Decisions... Decisions...

goldlion on Breaking Carnival of Souls

2 months ago

This conversation is great to see. I agree, it’s an untapped card (heh heh) and it was fun playing around with it in the deck Hamroids linked to above. This was more of a janky flavour version I built, but I want to do a cEDH version with the altars and cards like Torment of Hailfire and Exsanguinate . Drain Life is the version I used, a card I found in a free box but which works fantastic in here as a single target removal for both creature or opponent. I did throw in Sanguine Sacrament like Joe_Ken_ mentioned, especially for response to an opponent playing a bunch of tokens, but also Suffer the Past , for the same reason and as a response to graveyard tricks by opponents.

It was great to see your thought process leading to Abzan as the colours. Ghave is the king for breaking Carnival of Souls because he has both sacrifice and creature production built on board, both for the magical cost of one.

How about I get started on the cEDH version of what I did then get you guys on board for focusing it on breaking the carnival?

Hybrow on Gisa & Geralf's Zombification

4 months ago

I know its budget, that's why i only suggested lower cost cards. Then was reading above comments..

Cheaper alternative for extra mana would be Cabal Stronghold - with the amount of swamps in here, it should be useful (I do agree with Sol Ring though, didnt even notice you didnt have it on list.)

If you are looking for a less than $10 boardwipe (though expensive mana wise).. Necromantic Selection works well

If you are looking for card draw and cant afford a Rhystic Study, Necropotence could work, and so would Necrologia. You might just need more life gain to support them. I threw in a Exsanguinate, Drain Life and Gary just to help out with my card draw.

LordTsukune on Damia, The Degenerate

6 months ago

when i built my version i threw in some big beastys like Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger to keep opponents from doing things while at the same time swinging and they still fit the theme. http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/never-lose-card-advantage/ Tho i too am looking for a definitive win con i don't rely on infi mana combos cause they're to easy if your gonna do it tho you can also throw in Torment of Hailfire, Exsanguinate, Consume Spirit, Drain Life if your gonna rely on a infi mana combo. I also threw in a little mill with Sire of Stagnation its slow but it also allows for your opponent to question wither or not to put a land for turn sometimes that messes with plays and i like the 5/7 allowing me to swing without fear. i also threw in this card Villainous Wealth cause it lets me remove cards from the top of players decks

Grubbernaut on D's - Pauper Black Control

7 months ago

Sovereign's Bite is pretty bad, as it doesn't effect the board state; any X spell or similar is better. Consume Spirit, Drain Life, Tendrils of Corruption, Corrupt, etc

KayneMarco on Marchesa, the Black Rose

8 months ago

Maybe put in some of the black spells that Drain Life from opponents so you always have more life than them that way your creatures are always getting bigger when they attack.

Boza on Help discovering a new combo ...

8 months ago

There are a lot of them. But combo is not a good archetype in pauper, because it usually requires way too much cards or colors, both of which have consistency issues with only common cards. Here are a few uncommon combos:

Tokens + attack + Keep Watch + Rites of Initiation
Around 20 creatures in the yard + Songs of the Damned + Drain Life
Exhume + Ulamog's Crusher in the yard + Dragon Breath in the yard

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