Venser's Journal


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


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

KayneMarco on trainer_teal

1 month ago

Necropotence has you skip your draw phase. Zur's Weirding says when a player draws a card. If you aren’t drawing cards your opponents can’t make you discard. You survive forcing everyone to discard all their draws by having Venser's Journal in play and keeping bout 20 or so cards in your hand so you can gain back all the life you pay forcing your opponents to discard. Basically your opponents only have their board states and what’s left in their hands to work with for the rest of the game. You eventually deck everyone this way. That’s why I went in the pillowfort direction with that deck. Cause it’s not an instant win combo. I win by playing the long game.

Dimeziz on Nekusar, the Mindraper

1 month ago

I can see why it is difficult to cut stuff. I have my own Nekusar deck without any zombie theme, and it's still difficult. Usually it's better to stick on the main objective, as often when you put two decks together, it becomes good at both, but great in neither. If you are deadset on the zombies, I can't blame you, variety is what's fun in commander.

My suggestions are: Venser's Journal. There are easier ways to make your hand unlimited, and you don't need lifegain.

Neheb, the Eternal Doesn't seem to advance either of your goals much.

Soulless One It's just big. there's a million 1/1 token to block it and another million removals waiting for it. (tough Swords to Plowshares on it could be funny)

You don't seem to have a lot on the nekusar theme. almost no cards to force opponents to draw. If you like te zombies more then i have a suggestion. New commander decks had an amazing zombie commander Varina, Lich Queen you would have to get rid of red, which you already have very little, and could commit fully to zombie greatness.

I hope I helped. And don't change anything just because I said so. First commander is a special thing and it should be made just like you want it made.

DemonDragonJ on Politics only.

1 month ago

Dunmaglass, I actually am not certain which cards you could remove, since all of them seem to be important; I personally feel that Beacon of Immortality is not strictly necessary, since this deck is very political, or, if you really like that card, you could replace it with Celestial Mantle, which has a slightly stricter mana cost, but makea a creature more powerful and is easier to reuse.

I myself would exchange Sejiri Refuge with Hallowed Fountain, which is superior in nearly every way, unless you have a limited budget for building this deck. Venser's Journal has a high mana cost for its effect, unless this deck has large amounts of card drawing and a focus on hand size.

Guffawkle on Cards for all, and all for one.

1 month ago

I feel like Venser's Journal costs a lot just for life-gain, especially when I have four other cards that grant no max hand size.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Mardu Mastery (Sun of a Lich)

1 month ago

Daedalus19876: thanks for the comment. These are some pretty interesting suggestions. I've recently added Orzhov Signet for mana issues, but Dark Ritual indeed fills that roll. I think I'll add a playset in exchange for signet, the two prophetic prisms and one sacrament. Two of the latter seemed to many anyways. Reliquary Tower might be good to add indeed. Right now I'm thinking about adding Venser's Journal, though. It would be another high cmc card, but with major upside. I'm not too excited about Rest for the Weary though. With the updates mentioned, it'd be a one-of, and in that slot, sacrament is better.

DrukenReaps on Divine Decree

2 months ago

I'm going to be removing the 'lifegain' specific cards from this deck because I'm making a lifegain/token deck and I would like to make room for more 'bleed' and 'pillow' cards. So the following will come out to make room for some of the recent suggestions and other things I've been looking at:

Sanguine Bond, Vona, Butcher of Magan, Alhammarret's Archive, Words of Worship, Vizkopa Guildmage, Venser's Journal, Exquisite Blood, Aetherflux Reservoir

I'm not sure about all the additions as of yet so it might be awhile before this change happens.

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