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
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Venser's Journal occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Venser's Journal Discussion

shadow63 on Which is the better stand-alone ...

1 day ago

Between the two cards Authority of the Consuls is the better card it coming in earlier and tapping creatures push it above the prayer. If you want something that cost more mana and will get you more life potentially you could try Venser's Journal. Theres also Ashes of the Abhorrent

LittleBlueHero on DARPA Deck***

1 week ago

I feel much better about your creature base. However you should lose Gustcloak Cavalier just not that good for 5 mana. Also you are a little high on 7 mana cards. Sure you get to cast many for free but too many might still get stuck in your hand with so few ways to put them back on top from your hand.

Maybe swap out Nezahal, Primal Tide and Grave Betrayal. You could put in Venser's Journal and Reanimate for similar cheaper effects. The journal still gives you no max hand size but adds a little life gain buffer each turn and reanimate only brings back one creature but it can hit anyones graveyard not just your own... also only costs one so is flippable.

Also to bring costs down a little further I would swap out Avacyn, Guardian Angel for Mother of Runes. Effectively does the same thing but only able to protect one creature a turn which should be fine. Also has the added benefit of making a creature unblockable if the opponent only controls one color creature.

Lastly take out Nullstone Gargoyle. This card is brutal and obnoxious and won't make you any friends. Which is normally fine in this game but this card also affects YOU, and your deck isn't built to play around it. If you haven't cast a non-creature and yennett flips one this guy counters it... kind of a nonbo. Maybe replace it with something like Diluvian Primordial (though 7 is much better CMC) or Necromancy for another reanimation spell that can target opponents creatures as well.

Vash13 on Meren, the Reanimation-Queen

2 weeks ago

Hey awsome deck I love Meren and +1 from me for be the only other person running Mind Slash, I dont card if it's not Mana Crypt its damn fun lol, anywho I see you have Puppeteer Clique, some fun cards you might like Melira, Sylvok Outcast just hilarious or play this with Woodfall Primus + any free sac outlet as well, it's fun to blow up their lands and pass turn. Then in every black producing deck I always recommend Necropotence and if you want some shenanigans to happen with that already broken card play Reliquary Tower or Venser's Journal it's a good time. Then lastly you cant really feel golgari without a Life from the Loam easily one of the hardest working cards of all time, need grave presence>loam, need land>loam, need to recure artifacts? Add a Buried Ruin and bam>loam, and that's just for starters, good luck and feel free to check out my meren deck maybe you'll see something you like Meren, The Grave Walker, good luck!

Vash13 on Meren's Sacrificial Army of Pestilence and Death

2 weeks ago

Haha ya that deck is a grave/stax combo deck it's for when I'm having a bad day and need an easy win lol, ok so some less Hitlery golgari friendly cards that would be fun here, Deathreap Ritual, easy free extra draw wether your involved in the death or not, Gleancrawler this card is fun if you know you opponent is packing some grave hate you can recurge but keep clear, with my Necropotence I like to run Venser's Journal cause having a 20 card hand is hilarious you can do the evil genius thing and go "pass turn, MUWAHAHAHA!" Then do nothing just to freak them out cause you have the life, and Doomgape used to be one of my golgari standbys 3 golgari mana and 4 colorless for a 10/10 with trample is good enough for a slot but then it's a free sac outlet with life gain I've always felt this card was underrated. Hope that's a little more casual fun, I've been brewing a cedh stax deck recently, I need reminding of casual play sometimes lol.

LadyZ on Seizan Group Thug EDH

1 month ago

Hey, just a few thoughts. I think you're missing out on some of the great mono-color support out there. I know they can be pricey, but Gauntlet of Power, Caged Sun, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, and Nyx Lotus can all provide great mana.

I'm not sure you really need Spellbook? I haven't played this deck but I do feel that 3 ways to get rid of your max hand size are enough. If you have Reliquary Tower, Thought Vessel, or Venser's Journal then Spellbook is kind of dead.

Lastly, there's a card that I personally think is severely underplayed that I would like to reccomend. Head Games is a really nice way to mess with people. Do you need a board wipe? Cast Head Games on someone you know has one, give them a board wipe and fill the rest of their hand with bricks. Someone assembling their combo in hand? Make them start over

Omnes_Spiritus on Lifegain for the Win

1 month ago

Like some other people have been saying I think you should lower your CMC a little. There are a couple high cost cards and a couple that don't really fit with your strategy. There are lower CMC versions of Diabolic Tutor and Vraska's Contempt. In terms of cards to take out, pillow fort cards are not as strong as most people think (If they are working in your meta it's fine to keep them in). Specifically, Crawlspace seems contradictory to how many creatures you are likely to have on the board.

Tithe is a trap. It is a one time use where you have to be behind to use and it's not real ramp. Land Tax is the better card because it acts every turn. If you are looking for ramp I would recomend: Talisman of Hierarchy or the Fellwar Stone in your mabeyboard.

Polluted Bonds and Venser's Journal are probably your least efficient cards per CMC.

Also if you are interested in going all in on competive EDH. I would follow the Lab Maniacs.

ShaperSavant

(https://cedh-decklist-database.xyz/primary.html)

oeliberti on Sac' and destroy

1 month ago

you are in green and there is even no turn 2 ramp as i see this right? so you probably "need" ramp for turn two to get lands on the board, like Farseek or Nature's Lore. With a Dockside Extortionist on top youre pretty good with ramp and accelerators by keeping signets and the altars. Also im pretty sure Venser's Journal and Druidic Satchel are not really good cards and could be exchanged easily (imho!)

Squirrel Nest really shines with Earthcraft of course 8-)

Spell_Slam on Great depression

2 months ago

Chandra, Flamecaller is excellent in this deck. It is a board wipe, a wheel and occasionally free damage.

Shared Animosity is so good with Locusts. It's usually game over for the whole table when you wheel into it.

Spellbook is not worth running, in my opinion. If you want no max hand size cards, look at Library of Leng, Thought Vessel, or maybe Venser's Journal.

If your friends don't mind you being a little mean, you could play Opposition. You can use your tokens to tap people down during their upkeep and they won't be playing any magic.

Merfolk Looter seems a bit weak for the deck. Invisibility also seems a bit strange. You don't seem like a Voltron deck necessarily. In any case, something like Trailblazer's Boots can give you the effect you need without being a fragile Aura. there are much better counters than Cancel. I like Forbid.

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