Target player loses X life and you gain X life, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.
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|Avacyn Restored (AVR)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Essence Harvest occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%
Essence Harvest Discussion
1 week ago
1 month ago
Forgotten Ancient insanely good with Corpsejack Menace Primordial Hydra counters quadruple every turn Bioshift lets us put our 8 +1/+1 counters on another creature so it gets + 16/16 Then use Essence Harvest for the win
1 month ago
Some wholesale changes after a weekend with my buddies, leaning even harder away from storm-style cards and fewer creatures overall:
In: Shadowspear, Essence Harvest, Nyx Lotus, Sangromancer, Extraplanar Lens, Phyrexian Arena, Swiftfoot Boots, Venser's Journal, Soul Channeling, Withering Boon, Tendrils of Corruption, Arcane Signet, and 22 Snow-Covered Swamps
Out: Greed, Blood Celebrant, Demon's Horn, Deathgreeter, Magus of the Coffers, Tendrils of Agony, Vampire Nighthawk, Charcoal Diamond, Haunted Crossroads, Knight of the Ebon Legion, Diabolic Intent, Spawning Pit, Crypt of Agadeem and 21 Swamps
2 months ago
hey Boza, thanks for your opinion. I was already thinking about adding one more land, or maybe two, but definitely not more. Adding also Loam Dryad wouldn't really do because I'm not looking to ramp up some big crature, and actually having only three lands in play can let you play a good match. What's more, you'll get the lands you'll need with Viridian Emissary, and with Altar's Reap. About the "needing a big creature" (actually only 4 cards do), yeah, having a Bloodthrone Vampire down on the board it's not always granted, but you can easily make up for her using Hunger of the Howlpack on a 3/3 Boar token, or on Viridian Emissary, which lets you play at least a 5/5 paying only 3 mana with Miming Slime or leeching 5 life with Essence Harvest (and it can often be game ending or game changing). Anyway, what would you suggest removing to add in more lands? I was thinking about moving Sylvok Lifestaff to the sideboard. I'll think about adding Loam Dryad (or some Llanowar Elves, which I prefer) instead of the two lands, to add more possible sacrifices
2 months ago
Yeah I guess I didn't take a close enough look at your creatures. You don't have too many big beaters. that's fine, but you can still probably do better than Corrupt in terms of one shot life gain spell. Maybe try something like Essence Harvest instead? I'm no mono black player but even I know that Corrupt is a precon level card haha. You could always add Kokusho, but without a way to loop it I don't see a reason for it. Polluted Bonds and Revenge of Ravens are also more solid cards to me than Corrupt.
As for the removal question, I'd take Doom blade and Gofor over Murder any day of the week. If I'm going to run murder, I might as well run Hero's Downfall instead though. Your deck does look pretty solid though. I would still cut the Primastic for Mind stone unless you find yourself hurting for black mana. The geode could also come out for the diamond unless you value the scry highly.
3 months ago
Twist35: thanks man, I knew that suicide hub wouldn't really fit, but I couldn't find the right one! As for your suggestions, Carrion Feeder surely is very good, but in this particular case I prefer the vampire because she can really deal 20 damage in one turn (helped by other spells), and maximize the effect of Essence Harvest and Miming Slime . Mortician Beetle feels definitely good, maybe I'll pur him in instead of Aphotic Wisps , that I was thinking of removing, and some more creature would really help. I'll think about the "more card recursion" side, but I think that maybe I'll only add 1 more Unearth . Grisly Salvage is nice, I don't really know what would need to be removed though. Anyway, thanks for your advices!
4 months ago
Chainer, Nightmare Adept normally gives Greven haste, and his reanimating ability has two-way synergy with Greven's sac ability