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You have no maximum hand size.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 1 life for each card in your hand.
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Venser's Journal Discussion
6 days ago
I usually find Beacon of Immortality to be a trap. Unless you put it into a deck that is purely focused on life gain it tends to end up giving some dumb amount like 10 by the time it gets played...
Looks like most the good ones have been mentioned so I really don't have anything else to add. Of the ones mentioned my favorites are Venser's Journal, Angelic Chorus, Whip of Erebos, True Conviction.
6 days ago
Its hard to make good suggestions without seeing a deck list but some possible cards to consider: Angelic Chorus, Ivory Tower, Luminescent Rain, Selvala, Explorer Returned, Fracturing Gust, Fumigate, Venser's Journal
1 week ago
Mostly I don't use those because I don't need unlimited hand size. Sure, they might be useful in some situations. But more often than not I am using my Control cards in between my turns and I have enough room to draw back up without worrying about discarding.
It does happen sometimes that I discard, but just as often as it is something important, it is something along the lines of an extra land or an Eldrazi Titan. Nothing to fuss over.
For the tower itself, I try to avoid as many non-blue lands as I can, because the deck obviously needs its islands. If I were to run either, it would clearly be the Mana rock because I can cast a great number of them in one turn. Only one land per turn though.
However, I tend to have much stronger Mana Rocks than the Vessel, so it hardly seems necessary. In fact, I daresay that if only for the no maximum hand size clause, Spellbook would be just as sufficient because it is a free cast. Or Venser's Journal for a better effect at a bit of a cost increase.
Is that a sufficient reason as to why not those?
Again, I'd love to hear more as to why you might disagree. Anything to improve my Azami deck! Thanks!
2 weeks ago
Some other wheels you could consider adding: Reforge the Soul, Winds of Change, Wheel of Fortune, and Collective Defiance. Library of Leng will allow you to bypass the pesky discard effect many wheels have.
Teferi's Puzzle Box is another wheel effect, and will trigger a significant amount of damage per turn.
Thought Vessel provides both ramp and an unlimited hand size. Venser's Journal is another card to consider (though, I never find myself using it in my Nekusar deck, and probably should drop the thing--it comes out a bit too late and provides too little utility).
1 month ago
Oh man, finally time to reply to these comments. IrishMidgetMan, thanks for the suggestions! I particularly like Perplex, seems like a very solid choice for the deck. Temple Bell was in there for a while, but it just wasn't worth the slot for the single card, in my opinion.
maxon, solid suggestions--all of them, but I'm not sure I can fit any of them into the deck. I'm still thinking about Jushi Apprentice, because that seems pretty awesome, but the card is pretty mana-intensive, and I think I'd need that mana open to defend myself against all the incoming hatred. Polluted Bonds and Gray Merchant of Asphodel are also great cards, but I'm not sure if this is the deck they belong in. They're both great for lifegain, but I'm trying to keep the deck focused on card-based effects, so I rely more on Venser's Journal and the like for my lifegain. Thanks again for all the neat suggestions, though! Definitely a lot to think about!
AshLucifer, oh yeah, The Locust God definitely has a spot in the deck. I hadn't gotten around to updating it for a while, so I was missing a lot of the good cards from several recent sets. Thanks for the reminder that I finally needed to update this one.
Thanks again for all the helpful suggestions!
1 month ago
You could open a couple card slots by taking out ivory tower and reliquary tower and putting in Venser's Journal. Does both and u gain far more life than the tower.
2 months ago
Oh my god, I see another possible card, though I might have already suggested it, knowing me. Venser's Journal would be hilarious, but dangerous to put in the deck. That could easily lose you the game. You could try the Laboratory Maniac gimmick, but that would require that you run Enter the Infinite and Show and Tell in addition to the Omniscience you already have. However, the Show and Tell COULD also serve as an interesting alternate method of getting Lich out. You already have the Academy Rector, so Seal of Doom would be perfect. The Zur deck I use in real life has that combo as an alternative to Omni-Tell, and it works because Zur can fetch the Seal. I call it Omni-Rector, Seal of the Infinite.
2 months ago
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