Increasing Ambition

Increasing Ambition


Search your library for a card and put that card into your hand. If Increasing Ambition was cast from a graveyard, instead search your library for two cards and put those cards into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Flashback 7B (You may cast this spell from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Increasing Ambition Discussion

oakenshild on The Assasins

3 weeks ago

welp, first off, it is very much not standard so you're gonna want to change that (maybe put it as modern/legacy if you want to give it a competitive vibe, or casual if its just for fun/theory crafting)

Another good thing is to tag as to whether you want this budget or not budget. Just helps with what types of suggestions you're looking for.

That being said, here are some cards that I think could go very well in this deck:

Deathtouchers and the like:

Glissa, the Traitor is a really god card in general. She kills anything and everything and stays on the board (minus removal and burn) and she brings your cloaks back from the grave while doing so. In the same vain is Pharika, God of Affliction. Pharika is a little more different but she goes very well with your other creatures; letting you chump block something and than getting two chumps back (one for your creature and one for theirs). She also has the added benefit of making any deck based around graveyard shenanigans cry. Ophiomancer is a very similar creature, there are some differences though. 1. She doesn't rely on graveyards 2. but she only gives you on creature at a time.

Fetid Imp, Stinkweed Imp, Ambush Viper and Hornet Nest are just quality cards you might consider putting in in place of some of the ones you have. Will-o'-the-Wisp, Pharika's Chosen and Wasteland Viper are the first ones I would cut.


I personally dislike Brain Maggot. Not that it is a wholly terrible card, I just think there are better ones. Encroach, (wtf!?!?this card is so good! why is is soo cheep? is it banned or somethig???) Distress, Wrench Mind, Funeral Charm, Cry of Contrition Duress and Despise (wow there is actually a lot now that I'm looking) are budget ones that come to mind. Thoughtseize, Hymn to Tourach and Inquisition of Kozilek are some less budget ones.(there are lots of other janky and fun ones if you just search on the Mtg Card info site).


Trailblazer's Boots is the only one I could find in your colors that seemed good. Nature's Cloak could be nifty too. blue has lots but I'm not sure if its worth splashing for that.

Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor are just straight upgrades, but they are very anti-budget. Increasing Ambition is fun. TBH though I would suggest that you don't need tutors in this deck and you should take them out for things that you do need, like lots of removal. LOTS AND LOTS of removal. if yo are going to keep them in take out one of two copies of Vraska the Unseen because getting more than one of her is not optimal.

Your gonna want 4 removal spells in addition to the three you have now. Dismember, Go for the Throat, Ultimate Price, Doomblade and Murder are all good removal spells. Something like Bile Blight can really help you if you run into a tokens deck (which would make this deck cry if it doesn't get a cloak). Also I would suggest Abrupt Decay in place of Putrefy if you are going non-budget.

The last thing:

combat tricks like Irresistible Prey and Deadly Allure (which can be used twice on the turn you play it) odd cards like Revenge of the Hunted or Noble Quarry can be really fun/gimmiky ways to win, and that is what kitchen table magic is all about (+ bonus style points). you could even throw in something like Ranger's Guile to target a Noble Quarry to protect against removal spells.

Well now that I have written something equivalent to the first three game of thrones books I think I will leave the rest to you.

Mtg gatherer and Mtg card info are absolutely great resources once start looking for wacky/old cards that could be rally good in a janky/niche deck.

hateindigital on ELDRAZI SEAMSTRESS

1 month ago

Imoxator i do agree that is quite potent but at the cmc slot I've found Increasing Ambition is doing big work in playtests as its buyback is intense if the first casing resolves or is even countered. and that would require another slot for some number of Titan's Presence which I've considered as its pretty strong with the amount of colorless beasts I'm packing. Ive tried to save ambitions for bombs that can't be fetch through the other means available: exp maps or eye of ugin which can be use to fetch fatties like Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger and tron lands.

hateindigital on ELDRAZI SEAMSTRESS

1 month ago

The5lacker yeah i had thought they would have that reaction I'm considering Sphinx's Tutelage as it can net me some card draw later and i won't risk losing valuable cards when we mill...

maximus456 Thanks i think I'm gonna stick with signet for now as i like the added ramp without damage. Replaced epiphany with thirst as I'm generally able to retrieve any discarded artifacts with Academy Ruins. Dark Petition is interesting and could possibly replace Increasing Ambition. added a Condescend and will give some thought to Repeal Thanks a lot for your support I'm looking forward to testing this some. Awesome suggestions guys!

UpsetYoMama on Dominaria's Most Ancient Evil

1 month ago

I don't really like Steam Augury. Personally I would run Jace, Architect of Thought in its place.

Not sure about running Living Death in here. Often times it might help your opponent more than you if they are graveyard based.

I don't like Blast of Genius as I think it's overcosted and it's not an instant. I would try Dig Through Time in its place, that card is just phenomenal.

I would cut Browbeat completely. In single player it's great. Not so much in a format with lots of life. 95% of the time your opponent just pays the life and it becomes a little better Lava Axe.

Breaking / Entering is okay. Do you mill yourself often? If you start running more delve stuff I could see it being useful. If you're just casting the other half there is better stuff to run.

I understand why you have Waste Not in here, but it requires two things to function well: your commander is out, and you connect without them blocking. If you draw it early game it will just sit on the board and not do much. I would cut it.

Magus of the Abyss seems against your gameplan a bit. I don't like that it gives them a choice.

Take Possession is extremely expensive. Is this because you're worried about things like artifacts and enchantments? Stuff like Vandalblast or Chaos Warp may be the better choice.

I can also recommend a couple of cards to run instead of other cards, if you can acquire them:

Demonic Tutor > Diabolic Tutor

Vampiric Tutor > Increasing Ambition

Necromancy > Rescue from the Underworld

Phyrexian Arena > Underworld Connections

Animate Dead > Zombify

One other thing I would change is maybe add more filtering to set up your draws. So Brainstorm, Ponder, Sensei's Divining Top, Scroll Rack, stuff like that.

And maybe some protection for your commander or stuff to make him unblockable: Lightning Greaves, Aqueous Form, Whispersilk Cloak.

I really like the deck -- and running Nicol Bolas as your commander. Hope some of that was helpful, I know it was super long lol.

IzzetxT1nk3rer on Praetor's Silence

1 month ago

If your running black you NEED tutors. If your on a budget go with Diabolic Tutor, Increasing Ambition, Rune-Scarred Demon are a few cheap ones. Also Black loves Reanimate spells as well not just your general. You can use Beacon of Unrest, Phyrexian Reclamation. Also black has a few wrath that aren't expensive like Damnation such as Reiver Demon, Black Sun's Zenith, Deathbringer Regent, and Crux of Fate. You could also add Exsanguinate.Also cut Read the Bones and Sign in Blood there really weak in EDH and replace them with a permanent that draws cards instead. Hope you have fun Black is one of the best EDH colors.

tomasmagnum on Teysa's Command (NEED HELP)

1 month ago

You should probably have more tutors in the deck and a Sol Ring. Vampiric Tutor, Increasing Ambition, Diabolic Tutor, Grim Tutor, Cruel Tutor, Imperial Seal, Diabolic Intent, Demonic Collusion, A possible reference?

Color(s) Black
Cost 4B
Converted cost 5


Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension Rare

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