Drain Life


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual 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
Revised Edition (3ED) 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.

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Drain Life Discussion

eyes2sky on Salt Mine Prison Escape

1 day ago

Tardigrade_Cain Thanks for the upvote! You are correct there is no well-defined win-con for this build. So far most games end with opponent scooping before they get to 0. I added the Organ Grinder to hopefully get to 0 a little faster, although it might not be reliable. Do you have any suggestions? Would cards like Drain Life or Consume Spirit be worthy of a playtest(prob not though since only on X)? Death Watch? But I might have to have more targeted removal. Tyrant's Choice? That might be an easy lose 4 life...could be a finisher. Dash Hopes?

LeaPlath on Contamination of the Meta

1 month ago

Like, at the end of the day this deck isn't doing anything powerful.

This looks like a cross between a black prison/stax deck, the gate and suicide black without any of the upsides of any of them? Shizo, Death's Storehouse isn't doing anything besides being a land you can have wasted. You aren't going big enough for Drain Life to be more than just a low quality fireball. And most of your threats line up poorly to the stuff you see now.

My suggestion would be to lean into one of those style more. For stax, I would be dropping stuff like Bob, demon, phyrexian, turning off all your opponents removal, relying on bitterblossom/contamination combined with a card like Black Vise so they can't play spells and are being burnt for 3 or so a turn.

For the gate, you basically go harder on the disruption, jitte, bob and play aggro control without ritual.

For suicide black, you want similar stuff to the gate but with ritual and psudo burn/rapid draw stuff.

Quinnagin27 on Contamination of the Meta

1 month ago

I like the idea of this deck alot. I saw your post in the legacy deck help forum. would your win condition be through your creatures with Dark Confidant? The only thing i would recommend to you would be Drain Life. you could really hurt there health with Contamination This deck seems it would be very disruptive and i like it :D. +1

berryjon on Pattern Recognition #50 - Alpha ...

2 months ago

ClockworkSwordfish: Fixed. Thanks.

And I would characterize my description of Dark Ritual as more Understated, and not Undersold. I have a couple playsets of the card myself, so I know from doing the dealing and the receiving of what that card can do. Though I preferred a sudden Drain Life that put someone from just-out-of-reach to 'dead'.

Tyrant-Thanatos: And without those two printings, M10 and M11, Lightning Bolt would not be a Modern legal card. Can you imagine what Red burns decks would be like without it?

Hyperalgialysis on Oloro's Suicide

5 months ago

Paradox Haze would be cool in here since you would get double upkeep triggers. Sphinx's Revelation is a great mana sink that nets life and cards. Since you have urborg you could run Drain Life and reaply ruin someone's day. Vizkopa Guildmage would be another potential all star. Chalice of Life / Chalice of Death and Tainted Sigil should also be considered.

Hybrow on The Cranberries with an eyepatch

6 months ago

Chris15Henry I have thought about Erebos and did have him in here in a previous build. But one game someone cloned him and then all of my Exsanguinate and Drain Life types wouldnt fire. So removed him at that point

I do already have Door of Destinies in here, its a great card for this deck.

010101nature of the cards you mentioned.. Black Market is definately my favorite. I may have to find room for it in this deck. My problem is always what to removed, think i might start taking out the secondary Drain Life type cards, which means there may again be room for Erebos :)

lithium142 on

7 months ago

alright, so i'm not greatly familiar with creature based mono-black decks in modern. There's a good handful of black control strategies out there. most of them either use The Rack and Shrieking Affliction alongside a heavy dose of discard spells like Raven's Crime, Liliana of the Veil, Smallpox. What you're trying to do with this is interesting, but actually pretty darn good.

I can only think to make some tweaks to it since you already have most of the essentials. Idk if you're aware, but modern is packed to the brim with combo decks ever since blue control fell even further out of favor last year, so i'm pretty happy to see you already have Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize.

anyway, tweaks. I think your creature choice is spot on. I might consider Vampire Nighthawk, and even Gravecrawler could be good. Decks where things just dont want to die can be very frustrating to deal with, so the combination of Gravecrawler, Bloodghast, and Geralf's Messenger could be very potent.

on the flip side, i love your idea of using Relentless Dead for recursion. same idea as using Gravecrawler, but it could bring back any of your threats, including (as you said) a way to drain twice with gary.

your removal could use some upgrades. Fatal Push is excellent. Go for the Throat is a good budget kill spell, but affinity decks are likely something you'll end up facing. it's pretty awkward staring down an Ornithopter with lethal sized Cranial Plating, and all you have is a Go for the Throat to defend yourself. that said, Dismember kills just about everything in modern. look at your deck for example. see anything that survives? =P lastly, Surgical Extraction. Honestly one of my favorite cards. it can rip lands right out of somebody's hand if they have 2 of the same fetchland in their opening hand. it can cripple combo decks into conceding games, and take the foot off the gas of just about any graveyard strategy. that said, unless you're playing a dedicated mill deck, it should realistically be in your sideboard. most decks dont care about their graveyards, and pulling some redundancy from somebody's deck doesn't make the card worth having over another threat or removal spell.

now for lands. Arena is interesting, but i cant say im a fan. personally not something i would run. i'd rather just have a swamp and guarantee ill have mana. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth can make up for Arena's shortcoming, but it wont happen consistently. it also covers nykthos. the key change here would be to add some fetchlands. I'd say around 8 fetchlands that go into black would be plenty to help filter your deck. this really isn't a big deal, and honestly you could save the money and run 20 swamps. I think the deck is consistent enough that it wouldn't even be an issue, but if you want to make the upgrades, i think a few fetches are ideal.

As some other ideas for you to consider: Dark Confidant is an option in place of Phyrexian Arena, although i actually like the arena since it wont get killed as easily. however, bob also acts as another threat. it's a tricky choice. I saw in your maybeboard you were considering Liliana of the Veil and Liliana of the Dark Realms. Liliana of the Veil is arguably the most powerful planeswalker in the game. right up there with Jace, the Mind Sculptor, she can win games all by herself. 2 or 3 copies will cost you a kidney and your firstborn child, but i promise you'll see some success with her. dark realms i wouldn't recommend. she doesn't synergize with your deck very well. another that might interest you instead is Liliana, the Last Hope. she acts as removal, psuedo-draw, and recursion. 3 things your deck already does, and would be happy to have more of. Also, she's rotating out of standard at the end of September, so her price is sure to drop when that happens.

Well, i hope that helps. I actually had to do a little research for you, but this deck has a lot of potential. even if you played it as it sits right now, i think you'd be pleased with its performance. I really like this deck. it's super old-school, and reminds me of the older black control decks with Hymn to Tourach, Necropotence, Drain Life. you've got a lot of very similar cards in here, and it's pretty sweet!

anyway, let me know what you think, and if you need help with sideboarding

slvstrChung on UTron (Budget)

9 months ago

You could also throw some Izzet mana sources in and run Blaze, Fireball or some other burn spell. (Drain Life would have worked and been in-color except that it requires and you have .)

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