Increasing Ambition


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

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension Rare

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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

janjet001 on Atraxa lot of attention

3 days ago

I see too few ramp cards. Try adding Rampant Growth, Orzhov Signet, Simic Signet, Golgari Signet, Kodama's Reach, Cultivate.

Since you have infinite combos in the deck tutors would help. Increasing Ambition, Diabolic Tutor, Dark Petition, Worldly Tutor, Enlightened Tutor.

I see no "real" boardwipe effects so maybe jam in a Fumigate, Sublime Exhalation for budget choices but personally I run Supreme Verdict and Wrath of God in my Atraxa deck.

You won't go wrong with adding a few more card draw spells, personally I run Rishkar's Expertise.

ejikazuma on Breya, Ghost in the Shell OVER 65 INFINITE COMBOS

4 days ago

LOL yeah, I actually picked up a foil one from my LGS earlier, I didn't quite get what you guys meant about Purphoros, God of the Forge making Vela the Night-Clad unnecessary until I really thought about the fact that he's probably clearing the field to eliminate any need for intimidate so with that I just dropped Vela for Reckless Fireweaver.

One more thing I'm wondering, I'm missing a few very core combo components still and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on similar replacements to fill their spots until I could pick up the more expensive pieces. Things I'm missing still are:

Disciple of the Vault - Blood Artist LGS didn't have it

Rings of Brighthearth - No idea on a possible replacement / Dat price tag

Krark-Clan Ironworks - No idea on a possible replacement / LGS didn't have it

Nim Deathmantle - No idea on a possible replacement / LGS didn't have it

Mana Echoes - No idea on a possible replacement / LGS didn't have it

Anguished Unmaking - Return to Dust LGS didn't have it

Diabolic Revelation - Increasing Ambition LGS didn't have it

Vampiric Tutor - Fabricate Dat Price Tag

MTGApprentice2016 on Daxos The Returned - Budget upgrade

2 weeks ago

The biggest disadvantage Daxos the Returned has is the lack of evasive ability granted to his tokens. So in my mind, this is the place to start upgrading the deck. Sadly, some of the items Im going to mention will be a tad pricy so without knowing your budget, they may be out of range. Akroma's Memorial is a great card that would fit here as the key words are just strong with this card. A cheaper alternative would be Eldrazi Monument. To buff one token, or really any one creature, Eldrazi Conscription is great and synergistic with your commander. A cheaper alternative would be True Conviction which, while not as strong is a good alternative that adds incremental value as you make more tokens with Draxos. In addition to this unlike Eldrazi Conscription it impacts all of your creatures. Another card that does some serious work, Blind Obedience. I have seriously lost games do to it.

If you want to be a bit control-ish you could add Martyr's Bond and Ashnod's Altar which will ramp you some colorless mana and potentially clear the board of threats when used in conjunction. I dont know your feelings on tutors, but Diabolic Tutor, Increasing Ambition and Beseech the Queen are all fairly inexpensive and can help you find the pieces you need. I would also recommend one of the cheaper printings of Swords to Plowshares as it is just a solid piece of removal and can be fairly inexpensive.

If you want to be a bit control-ish you could add Martyr's Bond and Ashnod's Altar which will ramp you some colorless mana and potentially clear the board of threats when used in conjunction. I dont know your feelings on tutors, but Diabolic Tutor, Increasing Ambition and Beseech the Queen are all fairly inexpensive and can help you find the pieces you need. I would also recommend one of the cheaper printings of Swords to Plowshares as it is just a solid piece of removal and can be fairly inexpensive.

Athraithe on Meren of Clan Nel Toth

3 weeks ago

Behold the Beyond. Its way too much mana for tutoring what? you dont have a 3 card (or less) win con you want to be dropping on separate turns. Lord of Extinction is only really good with Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord which you dont have in the deck. i love Lurking Predators but you dont have enough big "this will win the game like, now" creatures to benefit from it. Thats more of a mayael card. Not sure your map is worth keeping, with the speed you can run through the deck. not a big fan of Increasing Ambition just due to targetted graveyard hate. I would much rather you get a creature back like sakura tribe-elder or e-wit than a flashback tutor. Thats all i really see for now, i would have to playtest the deck to find what else might be worth cutting. I have my own meren deck as well, Meren does the stuffs if you want to look at a little more control-built deck

Fh3nyx on Oona, Queen of Exile

4 weeks ago

cuts being weighed for lower cost cards maybe not even with similar effects just trying to shrink the overall cmc down.- Diabolic Revelation- Beseech the Queen- Increasing Ambition- Devastation Tide- Archaeomancer- Venser, Shaper Savant- Insidious Dreams- Paradoxical Outcome- Diabolic Tutor- Hedron Archive

WrathofCod on shirei in refining

4 weeks ago

@ frwtr1968 Love the deck so far! It seems like a very fun and efficient mix of ramp, stax, sacrifice effects and reanimation! Normally, I would suggest adding some more ramp, but honestly I think you are pretty good! However, 37 lands for a deck with an average cmc of 2.86 is a lot and I would suggest cutting a land or two and adding in some more mana doublers like Nirkana Revenant and Magus of the Coffers to help ramp you (I would lower your land count to 36 lands if it was up to me, but 37 is just fine too). Nirkana Revenant is also a great finisher if you can somehow manage to get it through unblocked with something like a Whispersilk Cloak! The only thing I am struggling with is how you plan to win the game. While winning through attrition and recursion is definitely possible, I feel like you deck lacks staying power late game. Since you have a bunch of 1/1s and 2/2s, you aren't really winning through combat damage, and since you don't have any infinite combos (that I can see) you can't threaten to combo off and win that way. I would personally recommend adding in at least one infinite combo, a few more tutors and some more sac effects to help you win the game easier! In particular, I would recommend including the Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Walking Ballista/Triskelion combo to close out games that go long. In addition to being a combo piece, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed is an amazing value engine that provides redundancy in terms of recursion and synergizes with Black Sun's Zenith! Another way to increase the power level of your deck is to add more tutors. Some tutors that are underused and would work great in your deck are Diabolic Intent, Increasing Ambition and Beseech the Queen. Lastly there are a TON of cards that synergize with your sacrifice theme (of permanents in general, not just creatures) or that benefit from creatures dying, that I think warrant some serious consideration. It don't have time to explain them all, so I will just provide a list and let you decide which ones to include! Alright, here are the cards I think should probably be in your deck: Fume Spitter, Tree of Perdition, Toxic Deluge, Death Cloud, Deathgreeter, Demon of Death's Gate, Ob nixilis, the unshackled, Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath, Weaponcraft Enthusiast (amazing reanimation target), Nezumi Bone-Reader, Malicious Affliction (Best removal for your colors!), Exsanguinate, Lake of the Dead, Bitterblossom (a must include in my opinion), Tragic Slip, Darksteel Plate (to protect Shirei), Hope of Ghirapur, Champion's Helm (same reasoning as Darksteel Plate), Bone Splinters, Killing Wave, Ashnod's Altar, Altar of Dementia, Waste Not, Cryptbreaker, Strionic Resonator (Does double Shirei triggers sound fun?!), Wretched Confluence, Entomb, and Champion of Stray Souls! Anyways, I know that's a lot of suggestions and a lot of information to take in, but I figured I should give you all the advice I have and let you decide what to do with it! Feel free to ask me for more advice or suggestions if you need to. Good luck with this amazing deck!

GuardGamer on Slithering to Victory! (PLEASE HELP)

1 month ago

Increasing Ambition is a good tutor as it has a pricey flashback, but you get to look for 2 extra cards.

If you wanna keep the Infect in your deck (I personally really like the ability) add Serpent Generator! It won't take up space for your creatures and allows you to gain snake tokens with infect :D

Hero's Downfall is only slightly better than Murder because you can kill plainswalkers as well and I personally like running it instead.

All in all I really like this deck :) I had a similar idea with having Pharika the Commander, but made it a mono-black infect instead.

greatdevourer on Toshiro the Killslinger

1 month ago

Great looking deck. I like the core ideas you have. I've played against a similar deck before and it wrecked me. However, I noticed some cards in the deck that could be swapped out for better options to make the deck stronger. Let me explain.

One of the concepts that took me a long time to learn when playing Magic was card advantage. Simply put, more cards in hand means more options. So in most of my decks, I don't use tutors such as Demonic Tutor, Diabolic Tutor, and the rest.At best, they are a 1-for-1 trade of a card in hand for a card from deck. But you get more options drawing cards. Additionally, when playing blue, I never counter a tutor spell, I wait an counter whatever you tutored for. That way I use 1 counter spell and get rid of 2 cards in your hand. Dark Petition and Diabolic Tutor could be cut to make room for more instants that Toshiro Umezawa can use. For most black decks, I would suggest Rune-Scarred Demon and Increasing Ambition but I think you should keep your mana costs low.

Another problem I saw was that you have a couple of "maximum hand size cards" which I think are weak. Simply put, if you have more than 7 cards in your hand why aren't you playing them? Lack of mana? Waiting for some specific condition? Usually, it isn't that great to just sit around holding that many cards. I'm not saying that you shouldn't have cards in hand, but do you really need more than 7 on a regular basis? Thought Vessel, Venser's Journal seem to do too little for you and work against the card drawing engine of the Null Profusion. Also, since your general allows you to view your graveyard as an extension of your hand, why worry about hand size at all?

Withering Boon seems a bit weak for a creature kill card. I think you would get more out of the Oblivion Strike in your maybe board instead.

Consuming Vapors is a card that I think would be great in your deck. Opponent loses a creature, triggers your general, rebounds, and you get life out of it. Seems pretty awesome. What about Avatar of Woe or Visara the Dreadful are reusable creature kill abilities? Caged Sun might help ramp your mana. But it depends on whether you're playing multi-player or dueling.

I hope these suggestions at least give you some new ideas. Also, feel to take a look at my decks and let me know what you think. As always, temper these suggestions with your collection and your budget.

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