Drain Life


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

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Drain Life


Spend only black mana on .

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

Drain Life Discussion

Hybrow on Gisa & Geralf's Zombification

1 month 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

3 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

4 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

4 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 ...

5 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

Boza on What is the "Worst" Pauper ...

5 months ago

Most combos are the worst archetype, along with 4 and 5 color decks due to poor fixing. They both take too many cards, filtering and setup. If you are looking for the worst, a self-mill deck utilizing Drain Life, fueled by Songs of the Damned should be right up your alley.

A tricolor aggro-combo deck using Keep Watch + tokens + Rites of Initiation is also quite bad, but should be fun to play.

SenseiRamen on Shirei's Little Helpers

6 months ago

Your deck seems a little low on card draw. You might want to consider adding] Read the Bones, Night's Whisper, Ambition's Cost, Reprocess and Damnable Pact (the latter can double as a life drain spell).

Also, in a deck with so many expendable creatures, Eliminate the Competition seems like an excellent removal spell.

If they're within your budget, Dictate of Erebos and Grave Pact would be amazing in this deck.

Some not-so-great cards you can swap out are Guiltfeeder, Dash Hopes, Vampire Cutthroat, Drain Life and Life's Finale.

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Drain Life occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Black: 0.05%