Venser's Journal

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Scars of Mirrodin (SOM) Rare

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Venser's Journal

Artifact

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

jolli20 on Wizardy draw with some fish

1 week ago

Let's get you some wincons, and fix that landbase.

First: Landbase. Basic stuff, manarocks, and better land cards, and a touch of fetchlands to get us rocking and rolling. Then, guess what, you're playing green. Congrats, you get the luxury of a vast array of tasty morsels called ramp spells, so we'll take advantage of that.

-3x Island, +Simic Growth Chamber, +Yavimaya Coast, +Bant Panorama

-2 Forest, +Myriad Landscape, +Command Tower

-Beneath the Sands + Traverse the Outlands (great way to filter land out of the deck if you get a big hand size power/toughness creature)

-Zndrsplt's Judgment +Thran Dynamo

-Blink of an Eye + Gilded Lotus

-Evacuation +Simic Signet

-Displace +Cultivate

-Mystic Confluence, + Kodama's Reach

-Time of Ice, + Nissa's Pilgrimage

-Entrancing Melody + Explosive Vegetation

Next, let's look at capitalizing on your commander's strengths: Card draw. We'll add in card draw, and some hand size manipulation to help manage it, along with some ways to make use of all that mana you gain and cards you draw.

-Watertrap Weaver, + Minds Aglow

-Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter + Mind Spring

-Academy Journeymage + Braingeyser

-Academy Elite + Pull from Tomorrow

-True-Name Nemesis + Venser's Journal

-Genesis Hydra + Thought Vessel

- Storm Sculptor + Tishana, Voice of Thunder

-Riddleform +Spellbook

-Divination +Harmonize

-Fleet Swallower +Awakening

Now for some wincons:

-Devastation Tide +Goblin Cannon (with your upcoming infinite mana/card draw combos, draw into this, then ping everyone for infinite damage and win, the ability stacks as many times as you pay the mana for it, before sacrificing itself).

-Saheeli's Artistry +Empyrial Plate (slap that on your commander, give it flying with caller of gales, free commander damage kill)

-Grunn, the Lonely King, + Laboratory Maniac

-Index + Time Warp

-Broken Bond, + Beacon of Tomorrows

-Opt +Psychosis Crawler

-Jace's Ingenuity +Sturmgeist

-Spelltwine. - River's Rebuke

+Isochron Scepter, +Dramatic Reversal (infinite mana combo with some mana rocks)

-Fumble +Illusionist's Bracers

-Ghostly Flicker +Aphetto Alchemist (equip bracers to alphetto, tap to untap it and target manarock or kydele for aother infinite mana combo, once you have infinite combos going, you can take multiple turns, draw out your whole deck with psychosis or lab maniac or tishana, or empyrial plate, etc)

Other infinite combos you can look for are Sword of the Paruns or Umbral Mantle equipped to kydele if she's drawn enough cards. The possibilities are vast, just a matter of finding yourself a bit of room for those cards, which shouldn't be too hard. However I'm also aware of budgets, I know I've suggested a LOT of changes, many that you might need to purchase, and while the individual cards aren't too pricey, collectively it's a lot once you look at all the changes. But if you're personally looking to take your deck to the next level, I'll add some more blingy suggestions at the end of this comment.

Last couple of swaps to make:

-Overwhelming Denial +Counterspell (cheaper, better counterspell)

-AEtherspouts +Swan Song

The bling: Staff of Domination (more kydele comboing)

Patron Wizard

Seedborn Muse

Minamo, School at Water's Edge

Boseiju, Who Shelters All

Cyclonic Rift

Palinchron

Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger

Tooth and Nail

other cards to consider would be a touch more cantrips and counterspells? Depends on local meta, how often you need to stop people from preventing your comboing off: Pact of Negation Muddle the Mixtures Brainstorm Mystical Tutor

Kingtalk on A Torrent of Wings and Husks

1 week ago

Arjun, the Shifting Flame might be worth an include as well as Magus of the Wheel. Spellbook is nice because it's 0 mana, but Venser's Journal might be worthwhile as the lifegain stacks up pretty quickly. Helm of the Host is pretty funny with The Locust God too.

elgosu1337 on All it Takes is Strategy (EDH Tribal Series #17)

2 weeks ago

You're right, Aluren is a card that needs the deck to be built around it, but it's really powerful if you do, since you can cast walls for free and draw more walls to cast for free with Arcades.

My suggested cut would probably be Venser's Journal for Noetic Scales, since you'd be casting most of the creatures you draw rather than keeping them in hand, and with your walls and vigilance you shouldn't need the lifegain.

TypicalTimmy on Exciting Cards in M19

3 weeks ago

My #1 favorite set in the entire history of Magic was the Tarkir block, specifically Dragons of Tarkir. I know most people went for Khans of Tarkir because of the fetch lands, but I'm not a very competitive player. I like flavorful decks, big flashy cards, stupid combos, and awesome finishers.

  • Your typical Timmy / Johnny Modern player

So when I saw the plethora of Dragons in M19 my inner fanboy freaked!

I currently have like four or five Dragon decks. Gruul, Jund, Rakdos, Azorius (That one sucks but is fun to play), and I had an older Jund deck that I quit using because it was making problems with my group.

I gotta say, Sarkhan, Fireblood pairs especially nicely with Sarkhan Vol. Their +1 abilities line up rather nicely. Draw a card and give your bois +1/+1 and Haste or pop out a Dragon and give it +1/+1 and Haste. Very nice.

Sure, Fireblood is two turns slower to ult but you also now have 8 cards in your deck that do the same thing (If you so choose). Dragon decks centered around Scourge of Valkas and Dragon Tempest will have far too much fun with these.

Which leads me into Sarkhan, Dragonsoul. I currently have a Mono-red Dragon deck that actually ramps via Dragonlord's Servant and Infernal Plunge. I'm definitely able to make room for at least two of these guys, which is going to be awesome.

I'm also considering tinkering around with Lathliss, Dragon Queen. Arcane Adaptation makes her a powerhouse of pain.

Another interesting pairing I can work with is Demanding Dragon and Glorybringer, alongside Thunderbreak Regent. That's an awful lot of control-like aspects in MRDs.

Stepping aside from Dragons now, I'm also super excited for Apex of Power as I routinely run decks that can very easily achieve those levels of mana, though I may just run a single copy in a deck as Genesis Wave is strictly better. For 10 mana, you get X=8 and they hit the battlefield. Though what's interesting is if you cast an Apex of Power, you can filter the top seven and Genesis Wave the next 8. I'm not 100% certain if this is a good idea or not, but it could be worth looking at.

I'd also like to say that I'm super excited for the new Gruulfriends deck I can build around Vivien Reid and Domri Rade. If you get both emblems, which should be rather easy to do in Gruul, everybody now gets the following:

  • +2/+2, Indestructible, Double Strike, Haste, Hexproof, Trample, and Vigilance. That's a TON of anthem!

Also, can I just say that Resplendent Angel alongside Nyx-Fleece Ram + Inventors' Fair + Venser's Journal + Fountain of Renewal + Radiant Fountain is dangerously potent when you consider Angelic Accord and Archangel of Thune are a thing.

Also worth noting: Amulet of Safekeeping + Mechanized Production is a serious power play.

Also a new Reverberate in the ways of Doublecast is pretty neat. Might have to make a copypasta deck running those and Howl of the Horde...

It's also nice to finally have a new Hydra addition that doesn't completely suck.

I also run a Mono-Black Demon Tribal centered around the following:

So, naturally Liliana's Contract is a nice addition. Worth noting: Grixis Arcane Contract will be fun.

jolli20 on The Debt That All Men Pay

3 weeks ago

I would suggest Venser's Journal + Necropotence. Slightly more versatile card draw than Erebos, God of the Dead perhaps?

Upgraded land base:

Reliquary Tower (swap it in for a swamp for free no max hand size, why not?)

Cabal Stronghold (it's a worse coffers, sure, but at least increases your chances of finding one of these effects!!!)

Thespian's Stage

Vesuva (slightly more expensive)

raborj on Flip Yourself

1 month ago

nzxtnemesis pointed out Tenza, Godo's Maul , Venser's Journal , Devastation Tide , Counterspell and Squee's Revenge

Mizzix's Mastery and Radiate and Commit // Memory increase viability

Boompile and Stitch in Time are just wrong.. So I assume you will want them.

Jimmy_Chinchila on Kefnet, The Handful

1 month ago

Looks really solid. You might consider Venser's Journal, and Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots for some Hexproof/Shroud for Kefnet. Spellskite similarly can protect you or an important permanent. Also a fan of things like Witchbane Orb or Orbs of Warding so you don’t get tagged with a huge Discard spell.

+1

FancyTuesday on Need help cutting deck

1 month ago

Here's a list of cards that seem underwhelming or out of place.

Azor's Elocutors: Flavor's great and all, but this is a 5 drop that doesn't affect the board. You then need 6 turns after it drops to win the game

Sphinx of Magosi: Below average beater, below average draw engine, combined it's just ok

Sigil of the Empty Throne: Another 5 drop that does nothing on its own. Completely dependent on casting enchantments, of which you don't have a huge number that's only gonna get smaller as you make cuts

Soul Barrier: 2 damage is a really minor price to pay in EDH

Starfield of Nyx: Another slow 5 drop enchantment. To get value out of it takes turns, and the potential targets aren't exactly massive bombs

Sphere of Safety: Unless a third of your deck is enchantments odds are this is just Propaganda that costs more to cast

Azor's Gateway  Flip: I kinda dig the looting in a 2 drop. If you were to keep any of these cards this would be the one I like the most. But it takes 5 turns to go off, and it's liable to get popped if you start pitching useful cards toward flipping it

Spellbook: Without metalcraft, storm, or any other effects to play off of its 0 drop nature it's just a really underwhelming card for the slot

Venser's Journal: 5 drop that doesn't affect the board or offer any sort of card advantage

Approach of the Second Sun: 7 mana to gain 7 life. Then a turn to untap, draw into it (assuming commander is out and you have the mana or other effects to dig that deep), and another turn to untap and play it again. As far as win cons this isn't the worst there is, but I can't help but feel there are better options in the 7 drop range

Beacon of Tomorrows: This is a card for a deck that's leaning heavily into extra turns and cheating spell costs, neither of which your deck really does

Alhammarret, High Arbiter: Really underwhelming ETB for a 7 drop, especially in multiplayer when you have 3 opponents worth of threats and you can only name 1 card

Of course none of these cards are truly bad, easy cuts, otherwise they wouldn't be in your decklist in the first place. Cuts like this are hard, and odds are you probably really like some or all of these cards. This is my take on some of 'em, and if you wanna keep them just look at the rest of the deck and ask "if not this card, then what?"

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