Spoils of the Vault

Spoils of the Vault

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Name a card. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal the named card, then put that card into your hand. Remove all other cards revealed this way from the game, and you lose 1 life for each of the removed cards.

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Spoils of the Vault Discussion

mdennis on Modern Ad Nauseum

3 weeks ago

I know that this deck was posted like a million years ago but I totally love Ad Nauseam. This deck is pretty solid but I think that while all the blue search and draw is nice, I think some of it should get swapped out for black search cards, namely 4 Spoils of the Vault. I'd suggest dropping the 4 Lotus Bloom for this as they are only really beneficial if drawn in the first 2 turns and doesn't benefit at all from being drawn by Ad Nauseam since you can't use it the same turn you draw it. Also, I completely agree with Tprox that Conflagrate is unnecessary, you just need the 1 Lightning Storm for the kill.

Another version of this deck drops out the blue entirely and goes for a Fling style. This deck actually gives you 1 more win condition as you can win but just attacking with a ridiculously huge creature. You can utilize Death's Shadow with Fling or Rite of Consumption. After you Ad Nauseam for your entire deck and are in insane negative life figures Death's Shadow can easily be a 50/50 just for one B. This also gets rid of an extra color so you don't get mana screwed as much.

It might also be nice to include 4 Dark Confidant for early draw, 2-4 Thoughtseize for disrupt, and 1 Manamorphose with 4 Simian Spirit Guide to turn that sexy free red mana into whatever mana you might need at the moment.

Just some thoughts, but fun deck all the same!

square711 on The modern way to make ...

1 month ago

I'm building a Mardu deck centered around Death's Shadow myself, and yeah, it's really hard to stand against it when all the combo pieces are put together. Besides Angel's Grace, there's Faith's Shield and Rebuff the Wicked to deal with targeted removal and protect Phyrexian Unlife from enchantment hate. So yeah, the best way to win against Shadow is either go all-out aggro and secure a win before T4, counter Phyrexian Unlife before it hits the board, or simply hope they get really unlucky with their draws. Since you run Affinity, the first one seems like the safest option.

Oh, and I don't know if the guy at your FNM does this, but I often use Spoils of the Vault to "search" for a card I don't own, effectively milling myself out and making Shadow's power and toughness skyrocket. When that happens, a single targeted draw spell (e.g. Sign in Blood) wins you the game right away. Just hope they haven't cast Silence by then.

deathlich64 on 2015-01-26 update of How to ...

1 month ago

Can you just name a card not in your deck with Spoils of the Vault and insta-kill yourself or do you have to find the card to be damaged?

Coppercrack on BW suicide

1 month ago

well, u r right, Death's Shadow is the only wincon, but Orzhov Charm can revive it, or bounce it. And i could revive at eot, that's kinda like haste. Trample would be handy, but Faith's Shield can give evasion too, and there are many removal spells to kill blockers.

Near-Death Experience is rather expensive and i have to be EXACTLY at 1 life. I think that's a very fragile wincon and it doesn't do anything, if i can't get to 1 life.

But u r right about the Lingering Souls. The deck doesn't need them. I just thought, they can act as blocker and give some board presence or be an alternative wincon. But maybe other cards fit better into the deck.

I think i will take out the Lingering Souls and add 2 more Spoils of the Vault, 1 Phyrexian Unlife and Drown in Sorrow or Pact of Negation.

Dusk on 2015-02-15 update of 0% OF ...

1 month ago

I would like to suggest Spoils of the Vault. With a bit of luck, you should be able to lose 20 life if you name a card that you own in a single copy.

square711 on BW suicide

1 month ago

Unless I overlooked something (which I do more often than not), your wincon is based around Spoils of the Vault + Phyrexian Unlife + Rite of Consumption + Death's Shadow, right? It's a cool combo, but I'm not sure it's reliable enough to be your only wincon. All it takes is an Erase or a Banishing Light at the right time (i.e. when you've got no Faith's Shield in hand) and it all falls apart. Not to mention Death's Shadow doesn't have haste (so, you've got to wait one more turn to swing/sac it for the win) nor trample (so a single creature is enough to block half of your combo out).

Might I suggest Near-Death Experience as an alternate, slightly more manageable win condition? Also, mainboard those Drown in Sorrows (all your MB removal has a single target - what if you're up against a token spammer?) and Pact of Negation. Also, why run Lingering Souls?

Color(s) Black
Cost B
Converted cost 1
Avg. draft pick 8.49
Avg. cube pick 4.65


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

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Set Rarity
Mirrodin Rare

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