Painful Truths


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Limited Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) Rare

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Painful Truths


Converge — You draw X cards and you lose X life, where X is the number of colors of mana spent to cast Painful Truths.

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Painful Truths Discussion

hoardofnotions on Nobody beats the Wiz

1 week ago

possible cuts

omenspeaker- too small of effect?

cackling counterpart- displace might be better

noggle hedge-mage- to small of effect?

obelisk of grixis- maybe swap to Worn Powerstone or something bigger like Thran Dynamo?

mizzium meddler- How has this played out? Seems really cool, just wanted some thoughts on it

architects of will- Have you had success with this card?

The etb tapped gain 1 life lands, ex. Akoum Refuge, create infine life with the dualcaster+ghostly flicker combo. Granted you're winning with inalla if you have dualcaster mage but just wanted to let you know.

Bojuka Bog might be worth it, helps mitigate some of the damage a patriarch's bidding could do to you.

Mystical Teachings gets you dualcaster mage and ghostly flicker in one card

Izzet Chronarch/Archaeomancer + Ghostly Flicker/Displace/Illusionist's Stratagem is reuse any etb creature you have at instant speed for as much mana as you have

Painful Truths has put a lot of work in my budget decks. Do you think you're doing ok on card draw?

Man this is such a combo deck! I love it. Just wanted to make sure I'm picking up on them all.

Wanderwine prophets+combat damage is infinte turns

dualcaster mage + ghostly flicker is infinite mana, and etb effects

rite of replication + dualcaster mage is infinte every creature on the battlefield

bloodline necromancer + ashnod's altar is inifine mana and reanimate everything

twinflame/heat shimmer + dualcaster mage is infinite damage

This is a really cool deck guy, thanks for letting me look over it! It definitly has your special flavor to it lol

RedMulligan on Starting in Commander?

3 weeks ago

So here's a list of the cards that I got for the deck:

However, there's plenty of things I know I need, and some things I might consider (thanks to crap, that's a lot of cards. What I want to do right now is have Kess play the support role while I tutor up Nekusar to play. As soon as I can start nabbing the wheels for Nekusar's pain, Kess's ability will allow me to cast them back for more wheel-y fun times (for me, at least). That way, people won't realize that this is actually a Nekusar deck: he's hiding, ready to strike! But my biggest problem is discerning which of these 150+ cards I need to whittle down to about 65, and also figure out how many lands I need to play. I've got a little money to spend, and this list is about as far as I'll go cost-wise.

hoardofnotions on Alesha, Who Smiles at Death..... and Savings

3 weeks ago

I like the general! This could develop into a nasty deck guy!

Possible cuts Command Tower is this worth the price?All the cycling lands. Will there be a point where you won't want to play a land? This deck could be mana hungry.

Possible additions Bloodfell Caves, Wind-Scarred Crag over the same ETB tapped lands of the same color

sign in blood could be Night's Whisper, Read the Bones or Painful Truths

anafenza, kin-tree spirit, Murderous Redcap and a sac outlet is infinite damage

Boros Signet?

shaman's trance can only cast stuff like flashback, retrace or some ability that allows you to cast it from the graveyard. It's not like Memory Plunder

I think terashi's grasp type effects are better as instants. What about the one the exiles artifacts or enchantments and has cycle, Forsake the Worldly

Remeber alesha can bring back 0/0's that ETB with +1/+1 counters. maybe do a gatherer search for some of those?

I think you have a good start, now it's time to search for the hidden gems to make it great! Have fun tinkering with it

Darthseniar92 on Esper Delver

1 month ago

Painful Truths no, although it is relatively solid. Lingering Souls I've thought about but decided to run Psionic Blast instead

colton815 on Esper Delver

1 month ago

TheRealBaddie: Painful Truths is only 2 extra cards if you only use 2 colors to cast it. in esper, it could be 3 extra cards. but its not "just" 3 mana you're paying. it also makes you lose life. but with this being a Delver of Secrets  Flip deck, a much better option for card draw would be Serum Visions so that he can flip the delver

TheRealBaddie on Esper Delver

1 month ago

Have you thought of using the card Painful Truths in esper control/Tempo this card is a literal godsend. I would consider making room for it as 2 extra cards for 3 mana is very powerful.

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