Venser's Journal


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
Commander 2016 Rare
Scars of Mirrodin 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

Funkydiscogod on No Max Hand

20 hours ago

Jace's Ingenuity is probably superior to Pore Over the Pages, but unlikely what you're looking for. You might want Confirm Suspicions, since it might result in more card draw? But, I would probably go with Scroll of Origins, since, if you get it down early, it'll keep the cards flowing through the rest of the game.

Also, Reliquary Tower, Venser's Journal, Minamo Scrollkeeper, and Graceful Adept also all have Spellbook-like abilities. The tower is probably the best to include.

It's unlikely they'll be very good here, but Descendant of Kiyomaro, and Kiyomaro, First to Stand are in your colors. What about Soramaro, First to Dream, Ivory Crane Netsuke and Empyrial Plate, or Kefnet the Mindful?

Also, I vote replace your Jace's Scrutiny and Expose Evil with Cowed by Wisdom.

tc90 on Grixis

2 days ago

Welcome to Grixis Control! As a lifelong fan of Grixis control I can say you have a pretty decent deck list. However, I do have a few suggestions to offer.

I would cut the Obelisk of Grixis for a Gem of Becoming. It is a lot better to hit your land drops with a control deck than to ramp when you are already running the signets and Darksteel Ingot.

I see you are running Exquisite Blood. Since you run Venser's Journal, I would also suggest running Sanguine Bond as a way to kill your opponents faster. Additionally, I would consider Necropotence for added card advantage and it partners nicely with the journal.

You seem to run a lot of top deck manipulation effects in Brainstorm, Ponder, Preordain, Sleight of Hand and Read the Bones. I would recommend cutting some or all of those for tutors like Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Mystical Tutor or even some of the budget friendlier options such as Diabolic Revelation, Diabolic Tutor, and Dark Petition. Tutoring is a lot more effective for control in the commander environment since you are dealing with a 99 card singleton deck. If you want top deck manipulation I would suggest adding Sensei's Divining Top.

Lastly, I have a couple suggestions for your mass and targeted removal. I would definitely add Damnation to the list if it fits the budget. Additionally, Decree of Pain is wonderful in a control build where removal and card advantage are key. With this card you net both. You may also want to consider artifact board removal such as Nevinyrral's Disk and Oblivion Stone. For instant speed single target removal I recommend Terminate, Hero's Downfall and Crosis's Charm for added flexibility.

I hope you enjoy playing Grixis Control!


Mark_Hill_AL on You call that a hand?

3 days ago

Hey, I had an Arcanis deck for a while - was a lot of fun. One card that would fit with your desire for lifegain as well as an additional no-max-hand-size effect is Venser's Journal. It's quite an investment at 5 mana but is worth considering. Also, Whir of Invention is a really great tutor here.

Arthurgress on EDH Licia, Tribute for the Tribune

6 days ago

Venser's Journal looks great with Licia.

srolo on Oloro

1 week ago

Take these over the guildgates

Drowned Catacomb
Glacial Fortress
Isolated Chapel

And you need these

Watery Grave

Hallowed Fountain

These are good too. You want as few come into play tapped lands as possible, but the scry lands are always good.

Sunken Ruins

Fetid Heath

Mystic Gate

Temple of Deceit

Temple of Enlightenment

Spell Pierce is weak in this format with things like Sol Ring

Dissipate is a direct improvement over Cancel
Absorb is a card and so is Countersquall

Sensei's Divining Top to go with your Counterbalance though I don't know how well counterbalance will work in EDH

Solemn Simulacrum

Serra Ascendant

Azorius Signet and Dimir Signet

Venser's Journal is a tossup if you want it or not

Supreme Verdict



Cyclonic Rift

Merciless Eviction

Wrath of God is a straight improvement over Day of Judgment


Hero's Downfall is a straight upgrade over Murder

Path to Exile

Swords to Plowshares

Sorin, Grim Nemesis


Strip Mine

azurekamimura on GW Turbo Eldrangels Fog

1 week ago

Funkydiscogod and speedchicken29 thanks for the recommendations, i really liked the ideia of Venser's Journal, Retaliate and Isochron Scepter.

Unfortunately Leyline of Sanctity is too expensive and the ideia of this deck is to use cheap cards except Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and Sigarda, Host of Herons hahahah but the idea of Ivory Mask is nice !!!

And yes....i know that i should use the set of the best fogs instead of Defend the Hearth but i dont like to use a lot of sets.....i know....its wrong.....buuut.....

Suns_Champion on So uh... Brion... How far can you throw that goat?

1 week ago

Hello! Nice to see other Brion players!

have you looked at Well of Lost Dreams???? Extreamly good card draw with all the life gain happening. Works ridiculously well with Venser's Journal!

Second suggestion: Neheb, the Eternal. This guy will work wonders for you and your pump effects. Say you have him out, attack with a 10/10 and hit an opponent. Neheb adds 10 red mana to your man pool. You pump up the 10/10 with Captive Flame and sack him to Brion, dealing 20 damage and gaining 20 life! This effect is only improved with ETB damage effects, more creatures attacking, and damage doublers!

That's all I have for you for now. I'd love it if you checked out my take on Brion... it's very different from yours but perhaps you'll have some good ideas for me! Happy flinging!

Bad Luck Brion

Commander / EDH Suns_Champion


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