Essence Harvest


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

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Set Rarity
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Common

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Essence Harvest


Target player loses X life and you gain X life, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.

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Essence Harvest Discussion

Todespudel on Golgari counters

3 months ago

I think Essence Harvest is only good, when you're already winning on board and either bad or a dead card, if you're on the losing end. I prefer to play more removal or hand disruption in this case.

On the other side Life's Legacy could really be a good green draw spell in some situations. I think I will try freeing a sideboard spot for it. Because when you're playing against removal heavy decks like pyromancer, it could end also as a dead card in hand, when played mainboard.

Thank you for your suggestions :)

Bigfatlip on Muldrotha's Surf Shop of Horrors

7 months ago

Last_Laugh Thanks! and I like the feel of your deck as well. I ended up stealing a few things and realized I could fit in a nice counter creature package by just cutting 2 cards. As for the other suggestions I dont really want to run that many non permanents and if I had to run any more I would put in Rite of Consumption and Essence Harvest. I have looked at Life from the Loam when I was building the deck and it just doesnt do enough since you dont really care where your lands are and there are better cards that fill the dredge factor like Taigam, Sidisi's Hand and Stinkweed Imp who also is a great blocker. Bear Umbra and Sword of Feast and Famine both fit a more aggressive deck like yours and I dont really care if I attack or not unless my Jarad gets exiled. Diabolic Intent is nice but and would fit ok but just no room for another tutor. Pernicious Deed has been in and out of this deck more times than I can count and I have decided that it just slows me down too much to recast everything when I dont really care what they have on their board unless its graveyard hate and also puts a target on my head more then there already is haha. All in all though thanks for the suggestions since they made me take a step back and put a few new things in!

raavus_funkmaster on Aggro Mill 2.0

7 months ago

I have another list which ran Consuming Aberration in addition to Essence Harvest and Rogue's Passage as means of getting the damage through if need be. Damage that got buffed through mill was the primary wincon there with milling them out being a secondary. In this case I was trying to reverse those roles. Thing in the Ice  Flip is a very fun consideration for an aberration list though, I might try to slot it into the other one some time for funzies

moldycrow83 on

7 months ago

Evra, Halcyon Witness, that is really, really interesting. You're right in saying this deck doesn't use combat for lifegain, but I would love to see Evra in a Odric, Master Tactician deck (though any evasion is good). I can certainly see lots of interesting ways to make use of Evra. Aetherflux Reservoir? Essence Harvest? Haha, certainly risky if an opponent saves a burn or removal spell!

I kind of want to go make a deck with her in it now...Thanks!

Chaostrash on Kresh el Rasta

7 months ago

A lot of the maybeboard has cards you should really consider, I have a Kresh deck of my own, if you want to check it out, be my guest. Some cards you don't have include Boneyard Parley, Vona's Hunger, Victimize, Sprouting Thrinax, Essence Harvest, Mage Slayer, Flesh, Death's Presence, I could go on with this

gamer.ray on Big Zombie Pauper

9 months ago

Love this deck!

But i think that you could play at least 2 Sign in Blood in Main deck and maybe put 2 Essence Harvest into Sideboard.

bonsai11943 on (OLD) Orzhov Life.dec [LEGACY]

9 months ago


Thanks for all the suggestions!

Yup, familiar with Wall of Blood and how it can combine with Rite of Consumption and Essence Harvest. With infinite life, those cards can definitely be useful. But for my deck, it seems somewhat inefficient as it requires two whole other separate cards (beyond the core combo cards) to pull off as compared with my current finishers Unspeakable Symbol and Vizkopa Guildmage.

I have a play set of Thoughtseize as of the moment, so the price is not really that much of a problem.

I find Tormod's Crypt is especially useful against the current legacy meta, so it might be difficult for me to replace it.

From your deck, Dawn Charm is certainly appealing and might be worth play testing. Also the land cards Karakas, Flagstones of Trokair, Godless Shrine are all definitely useful. And I like Grand Abolisher, and I am currently play testing it in tourneys. Seems to work well at times, but not yet completely sold on it though (given the two white mana cost).

Once again, thanks for the suggestions!

Kronas404 on Rite of Blood

10 months ago

@ Cai_Zer Essence Harvest fits perfect in the game plan of this deck. Thank you for this nice mention!

I think i will put 2 of them in the deck instead of Fling.

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