Venser's Journal

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

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Legality

Format Legality
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

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Venser's Journal Discussion

Optimator on Blood Diamonds

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the advice, ThoAlmighty!! This deck is one of my new decks built almost entirely out of cards on-hand. I bought the Venser's Journal, Gilded Lotus, and kind of bought the Torment of Hailfire and Exsanguinate for it and had the rest of the good (and bad) cards already in my collection in need of a home. As such, plenty of the card choices are not ideal or optimized. In a sense, this is a budget deck not looking for big-time upgrades yet. I'm aware that Deathgreeter and Falkenrath Noble don't synergize with my deck at all but they are just incidental lifegain and as early-game blockers. Definitely filler for now. Deathgreeter might have enough utility (in my meta) for his cost to stick around until I get something great for lifegain, such as Twilight Prophet or Exquisite Blood etc. I was thinking about replacing the noble with Ivory Tower since it's old and janky and one of those "works almost nowhere except this commander" cards. I want to play more games and see how important lifegain ends up being to me. Some decks run a shitload and some run almost none.

I've played five games now and in the three games where I played Ambition's Cost and/or Ancient Craving they have worked out. Ideally they smooth out my mid-game and draw me into more lands, ramp, and answers/removal to get up to Vilis. So far they have done so. I also don't have a ton of free-life-payment cards like Doom Whisperer so they serve as passable refueling for Vilis. More games will surely give me insight but for now I like them.

So far the ramp has worked out all right but I had an eye to add more already. I have twelve pieces (13 if you count Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx... oh to have a Cabal Coffers too!! Just gotta wait for Commander Legends). I usually have 7-10 in my decks so this is still feels like a good, high amount. I used to have Bubbling Muck and Dark Ritual in the ~105-card prototype but they were late cuts, reducing my overall ramp-card count without replacement. Five games isn't a huge sample size, to be sure, so I'm gonna feel it out some more before I make swaps. I would definitely add Thought Vessel as an early upgrade. I was also thinking of swapping the Leaden Myr for a mana rock that doesn't die to all my wraths.

Thanks again for your comments!

Atomic147 on #SorryNotSorry

1 month ago

Ok, makes sense, I've just found Ivory Tower to be less of a removal magnet in my playgroup while accomplishing most of what Venser's Journal does. Beatismcscoots I've been running AEther Barrier, Vile Consumption, Tainted AEther, and Lethal Vapors as more budget creature hate cards in my deck. lethal vapors vapors isn't the best but making people skip their turns is always funny to watch. Just some cards to think about.

Atomic147 on #SorryNotSorry

1 month ago

Have you considered Ivory Tower either instead of or in addition to Venser's Journal?

vbui510 on Lyra Dawnbringer: Seek & Destroy

2 months ago

I'm not a strong player, so I feel like I don't know how to properly play this deck. To me, I feel like the artifacts and enchantments play a huge role on bring the angels out/mana ramp/draw. So with your recipe, I removed Chancellor of the Annex, Mana Tithe, Mandate of Peace, and Orim's Chant, because they were in my hand at the beginning of the game till the end of the game. I just didn't know what to use them to their full potential. I'm currently thinking on what to replace them, and so far I have Venser's Journal (I barely had any chance to lifegain the entire game), Dawn of Hope, Argivian Find, Idyllic Tutor, and Herald of the Host. Herald of the Host CAN be really good because it also activates Vanquisher's Banner for extra draw, and that's alot of lifegain if you have many players, but it's very situational, so I don't know...

oeliberti on It's Culane to apologize

2 months ago

Noice list! Opinions:

Elven Cache is a bad Regrowth, you maybe even want it on a stick in this deck, that would be Eternal Witness.

Venser's Journal always feels like a "dead" card in any deck but lifegain, i feel like it is an easy card to cut for other cards that support your strategy for a more focussed deck, like Cathars' Crusade as only one example.

Of course i see the synergy on each Tuskguard Captain, Ainok Bond-Kin and Abzan Battle Priest but i feel like they're also just fillers. Their effects just aren't strong and you can better put 3 goodstuff cards out of the bant colors in this deck than these 3 weak creatures (imho!). They're no trash of course but i don't find them strong or good either. So these may be easy cuts too for at least better goodstuff-cards or even synergy cards - for the +1/+1 theme i have the 3 more budget -friendly examples Conclave Mentor, Master Biomancer and Toothy, Imaginary Friend, they support your strategy way better and are more focussed like the 3 mentioned above in your list.

Expensive auto-includes for this deck would be Doubling Season or overall goodstuff like Smothering Tithe and Rhystic Study - and many others ^^

CYA!!

mtgApprentice21 on H͟E̤̜̓̓ͬ͟ ̟̯͟C̸̙̻̙͂O͓̻͓̹̱Mͦ̾ͫ҉̬̘͕E͔͐͗̋͊̓̚S̮͖ͨ͌ͭ̏̃͊

2 months ago

Woah... just imagine if Karn, Silver Golem was in the deck. Chunky artifacts + Darksteel Forge with creature-Karn becomes "I have blockers for days." Mycosynth Lattice turns him into an Armageddon, it turns Forge into "Vandalblast? What Vandalblast?" Lattice also turns Unwinding Clock into a creatureless Seedborn Muse, turns Clock of Omens into "Tap any 2 things: untap a thing," lets Sculpting Steel copy anything, lets Mirage Mirror copy planeswalkers (which Rings of Brighthearth combos will let you abuse completely), lets KCI turn your whole board into a resource, and lets you use Nevy's Disk to hold everyone's board state hostage. Disk and forge are also ridiculous. Drop the Lattice on top of that two-card combo and everyone gets up and walks away.

Other cards I would highly reccomend: Cloud Key, Crucible of Worlds, Temple of the False God, Ghirapur Orrery, Vedalken Orrery, Helm of the Host, Prowler's Helm, Whispersilk Cloak, Library of Leng, Venser's Journal, Aetherflux Reservoir, Staff of Domination, Thran Temporal Gateway, Aetherworks Marvel, Arch of Orazca.

Wolfsbane706 on Longest Turns?

2 months ago

Ramble I'm working to acquire a Folio of Fancies and a Spellbook. Maybe also a Venser's Journal if I can find one. I learned my lesson that night lol.

griffstick on Sylvan Library Combo?

2 months ago

If you are worried about the loss of life you could just throw in lifgain. Maybe Venser's Journal

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