Syphon Soul

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy (CNS) Common
Planechase (HOP) Common
Onslaught (ONS) Common
Battle Royale Box Set (BRB) Common
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Common
Legends (LEG) Common

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Syphon Soul

Sorcery

Syphon Soul deals 2 damage to each other player. You gain life equal to the damage dealt this way.

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Syphon Soul Discussion

Razulghul on Kaalia, The Road to Redemption

3 months ago

Hey, just thought I'd recommend a couple cards:

Swiftfoot Boots wouldn't hurt since kaalia draws removal like no other.

Shizo, Death's Storehouse would be a nice upgrade for a swamp.

Death Grasp and Syphon Soul aren't great imo, I'd replace them with Aegis Angel and Phyrexian Reclamation. Hope these help!

Attila on Life Machine

4 months ago

Altoman you do make a good point. I was thinking that myself. Maybe I could get rid of the two Syphon Soul in the deck to fit two Eternal Thirst.

Firebones675 on

9 months ago

Cards like Syphon Soul, Flame Rift, etc can make all your creatures super cheap.

captaindave36 on BW Sun and Moon

1 year ago

well theres Alhammarret's Archive and Rhox Faithmender aswell there really good for healing decks. i normally throw in a Spectra Ward as well to protect my sunbonded creature. good old gary helps with you using black (Gray Merchant of Asphodel). Syphon Soul, Death Grasp, Exsanguinate and Congregate there the ones i can think of from the top of my head haha its been awhile since i made a life gain deck haha

TwentyFive_Shmeckles on House of Cards

1 year ago

Hey Draw_Wurm,

I found your deck over at the "Advertise your Commander Deck" fourm. Your deck looks really neat. I've never seen Horobi, Death's Wail in the Command Zone before, but Horobi is a staple in my friends Vhati il-Dal deck so I'm not totally unfamiliar with the card. I am familiar with mono black because of another friends Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip deck, and if you don't plan on casting Horobi that much I think I'll be in a pretty good spot to help you. Anyway I'll try to do my best.

The first thing I noticed about your list was that your maybe board is huge, so I'll start by talking about that. Here are the cards I think really aren't good enough and should be cut from the Maybeboard:

  1. Chainer, Dementia Master: It's just too easy for someone to remove Chainer and suddenly really set you back.

  2. Corrupt: A six mana sorcery should really have a better effect than that. Maybe if it drained each opponent that would be better. As it stands it's just weak too weak. A good scenario is that you deal one out of 4 opponent 10 damage and gain 10 life. There are way better things I would do for 6 mana at sorcery speed.

  3. Diabolic Tutor: Much worse than many other tutors. If you want a tutor just pick almost any other black tutor and you'll be better off.

  4. Homicidal Seclusion: I'm not saying this is a bad card, I'm just saying it's too conditional. There will be better things to do with 5 mana.

  5. Lake of the Dead: In my playgroup this would be a huge Strip Mine target and wouldn't last a turn. Doesn't seem worth it.

  6. Lashwrithe: A big vanilla thing doesn't seem that good to me. it's not like you're running Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon as your commander and this would have somewhere useful to go.

  7. Last Laugh: It seems like this doesn't acutally do anything benificial for you. Some decks play universal effects like Winter Orb because they can play through it better than their opponents and it's a relative advantage. This deck doesn't seem to get any relative advantage from this universal effect.

  8. Nameless Inversion: I don't see what purpose this has. It seems weak as a pump spell and a kill spell.

  9. Nether Void: It's a neat card but this doesn't seem like the spend $300 on one card type of deck.

  10. Syphon Soul: It's a little weak. It's a fair effect for the CMC but honestly I feel like its just not worth the card slot. Wild Nacatl is great for its CMC but Naya commander decks don't run it because it's just not worth the card slot later in the game.

  11. Toshiro Umezawa: You're only playing 8 instants and each one can only be used this way once. Seems like more often than not you're not gonna be able to take advantage of this card.

  12. Tyrant's Choice: 4 life just isn't that relevant in a 40 life format. You could occasionally talk the table into making people sac stuff but that seems like a corner case. It's can't be easily recurred. It's not worth the card slot despite being a decent effect for the mana cost.

  13. Unstable Obelisk: If you're looking for an effect like this I think Lux Cannon is a lot better.

Looking at your list I would cut the following cards for some of the cards remaining on your Maybeboard:

  1. Night of Souls' Betrayal: Not really sure why this would be good in your deck in particular. You have better options in the Maybeboard

  2. Everglades: This card is bad. It's a Strip Mine target and it doesn't do enough to be worth not counting towards Cabal Coffers. maybe replace this with a basic instead of a card from your maybe board.

  3. Mana Vault: If your looking for effectivly one time ramp (which this is), then you should be running a Dark Ritual or Cabal Ritual. however, I dont think one time ramp is what you want and I'd pick from your Maybeboard to replace this.

  4. Reliquary Tower: It doesn't feel like you're drawing enough to make this worth while.

  5. Ambition's Cost & Ancient Craving: There's better and more repeatable ways to get card advantage in black.

If you provide more info on your playgroup, your how the deck has been preforming, how the games would ideally go, etc. I'll be happy to help you even more.

Lmk if you have any questions!

Joker1430 on dicarded fates mono black vampire discard.

1 year ago

Flame tail, Mindcrank, Soul Feast, and Syphon Soul?

GarrukCallerofBeasts on Mono-Black Tribal Lifelink Vampires

1 year ago

Maybe Defiant Bloodlord? Also Syphon Soul is a good addition for any black deck in multiplayer. Bloodbond Vampire could also be useful.

ive-been-degaussed on Life Drain Commander Deck

2 years ago

I highly suggest you look into Karlov of the Ghost Council as your commander. He synergises much better with the life gain theme and would generally be much better. The Obzedat would be better as part of the 99.

Cut: Purge the Profane, Whitesun's Passage, Stone Haven Medic, Bloodbond Vampire, Syphon Soul, Pride Guardian

Suggestions: Pulse of the Fields, Healer of the Pride, Eternal Thirst (if you switch to Karlov), Survival Cache (if you switch to Karlov), Test of Endurance