Midnight Oil


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh Rare

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Midnight Oil


Midnight Oil enters the battlefield with seven hour counters on it.

At the beginning of your draw step, draw an additional card and remove two hour counters from Midnight Oil.

Your maximum hand size is equal to the number of hour counters on Midnight Oil.

Whenever you discard a card, you lose 1 life.

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Midnight Oil Discussion

WiltLeafElves on ValleyGirl Atraxa

6 days ago


Phyrexian Arena has been added to the deck 3 weeks ago.

Midnight Oil is not even in the deck.

Mr_Rhinolicious on ValleyGirl Atraxa

6 days ago

try Phyrexian Arena instead of Midnight Oil.

It's more consistent, keeps the hand size at 7, and only takes 1 life.midnight oil is only beneficial in standard.

Chewy5150 on Hour of MINOTAURS

1 week ago
  • 1 from me.

Any comments on Faith of the Devoted or Alms of the Vein in this deck? I run them in a red/black burn and Midnight Oil deck and they might fit in here.

skoobysnackz on Free Kittens!

1 week ago

That's a fair point Naksu, I was thinking Boomerang could be used on an opponent's land to stall until I find my combo pieces, but it doesn't seem like it's worth the harder casting cost. Just took a look at your deck and it looks pretty good! I see you were interested in Midnight Oil, and I was just wondering if you tried it out and how it worked for you. It's something I've been considering, but I'm not sure it's the best idea given that it could end up making me discard combo pieces in certain situations.

KuraiU on Worthiness Comes from Heck

3 weeks ago


Yes, I know that Phyrexian Arena is a lot better than Midnight Oil which hurts my strategy due to the lifeloss from pinging yourself, but that's the point because this is Black/ Red Minotaur Aggro. You want to discard your hand to get the bonuses. I would rather lose life from discarding a card rather than during each of my upkeeps

Delirium Skeins is interesting, I'll consider it

From Under the Floorboards will be considered

This deck doesn't care too much about having a lot of black mana so I don't see the point of running Cabal of Yawgmoth

KuraiU on Worthiness Comes from Heck

1 month ago


Midnight Oil was put in as a way for me to draw more cards because the specific wording on the card means that regardless of whether or not Midnight Oil has counters on it or not, I'm still drawing two cards per turn. The one life from discarding isn't too much of a punishment to me because the deck is very heavy aggro and is like a slightly worse/ better (in this case) Phyrexian Arena

I have considered adding some madness cards, but I haven't really found any that I really wanted to add to the deck, any suggestions?

Battlemaster39 on Worthiness Comes from Heck

1 month ago

I feel like Midnight Oil is counter-productive in this deck because you WANT to discard cards and this punishes you for it. Also, have you considered a madness subtheme because SOI brought a lot more to the table in terms of budget madness options and it benefits off of discard.

landofMordor on Argy

1 month ago

Collateral for renting decks would be driver's license and your left shoe, haha. You couldn't walk away and forget that way (pun intended).

Yeah! Theme nights could be tribal, certain archetypes or colors, or even "terrible" (read: fun) build-arounds like Midnight Oil, Seance, or Lich's Tomb (you'd have to have a 4-of at least one from the list). And then you could have a yearly build-a-rental tournament where the top 2-8 decks are rotated into the rental selection, and last year's rotate out to go back to their creators (that way, you could keep the power level similar because players know their cards might get abused over the next year, so there will be no foil Affinity decks running around).

I'm still thinking decor and design, too...typical MtG posters and accoutrements would really ruin a clean modern coffeeshop vibe. So, what if you hired a local artist to do a minimalist wall mural of Jace and Chandra sipping coffee (like, silhouettes that any MtG player would recognize, but wouldn't be off-putting to newcomers)? Or maybe offer Black/Blue/Red/etc flavors of lattes with little mana symbols drawn in the foam? "Chalice of the Void" espresso shots? When you order one, roll a D20 and if it lands on 20 your next drink is free? (That way, you could meaningfully integrate coffee with gaming, and neither would appear foreign.) Now we need a catchy name, I guess.

At the rate we're going, we'll probably have a full-fledged business plan by next week and be fully funded in a month...now I'll just have to move to Australia to make it happen...

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