Alms Collector

Alms Collector

Creature — Cat Cleric

Flash

If an opponent would draw two or more cards, instead you and that player each draw a card.

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

Alms Collector occurrence in decks from the last year

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Alms Collector Discussion

FalconForce on Chaos wand timings

5 days ago

Typically when a spell is cast people have the ability to respond to it. How does this work with the instant or sorcery spell Chaos Wand casts?

Is the return cards to their owner's library a delayed trigger that happens the moment the spell is (or isn't) cast and gets placed on the top of the stack?

And could a person respond with a counterspell at that time or would they have to wait until the cards are returned?

I'm just curious because if a person had an activated or triggered ability that caused the targeted player to draw (maybe the targeted player controlled an Alms Collector ) or used some form of Time Stop then could it be used when an opponent had some or all of their library temporarily in exile? The conditions for it could be arranged or could even naturally occur in a commander game. I feel like this doesn't work this way, though I can't explain why.

RA_HORAKHTE on Death's Legion of Legendary Cats

2 weeks ago

Hi,

Nice to see a cat tribal Nethroi deck!

I've played Arahbo, Roar of the World a lot, a when Ikoria was released, I pondered to make an abzan cat tribal with Nethroi. But I ended building it normal graveyard synergy as I wantet to keep my classic Arahbo constructed.

Anyway, I know the flavor is that all your cats are legendary, an I love that, but I think if you want to play the deck more efficient without losing cat theme, you can do some changes:

Falthis, Shadowcat Familiar in this particular deck is only a 2/2 vanilla, as your only commander Nethroi already has deathtouch. I love it, but in this particular case sadly doesn't do anything.

Cards you could add, knowing that aren't legendary, but they are cats that work very well with your deck:

Fleecemane Lion can became indestructible, and then you can mutate your commander on it, making a great indestructible menace and keeping that +1/+1 counter.
Fleetfoot Panther and Whitemane Lion can save one of your cats or can bounce your commander to keep doing his mutation and reanimating things. Bronzehide Lion also protects your creatures.
Qasali Pridemage you play it, control your opponent best artifacts or enchantments, dies and Nethroi will recover it later.
Necropanther to reanimate small cats or creatures, and can mutateo over your commander to repeat effects.
Feline Sovereign and Regal Caracal , if you go tribal, those are the best cats lords, in addition to Kaheera of course.
Rakshasa Debaser can be a wincon when you encore him.
Alms Collector for card draw and to control greedy card draws of enemies.
Phantom Nishoba and Phantom Tiger look scrapy, but they count 0 power when you reanimate them with Nethroi, and if you mutate Nethroi on them, you transform Nethroi into a crature that prevent all the damage that receibes, even if he loses all +1/+1 counters.

And playing something like Nethroi, believe me (I'm a Nethroi and a golgari player), you need graveyard synergy. If you don't, you'll find that you reached turn X, play Nethroi but you only can revive 1-2 sad creatures. You need to fill your graveyard before that.
Exmaples (of course there are much more):
Grisly Salvage
Satyr Wayfinder
Mulch
Buried Alive
Jarad's Orders
Entomb
Altar of Dementia
Life from the Loam

And last:
Eerie Ultimatum and Living Death you'll have much fun with those in this type of deck.

Hope that give you some ideas to improve the deck without changing its spirit.

abby315 on Does Red/White Need to Have …

1 month ago

I used to be a person who laughed at the "white is always shafted by WotC" common feeling, but to be honest, after this year and after playing a lot of ABU cube (I know), I do think WotC is a little lost. From Alpha to current day, a lot of things they've tried to make part of white's color identity just haven't turned out to compete with the other color identities: damage prevention, lifegain, weenies (for the most part, especially with all of the new power granted to Green and Red for creature aggro).

And, as Caerwyn mentioned, the stuff that does compete, like mass land destruction and Balance effects, WotC thinks creates unfun gameplay, so they don't really do it anymore.

It seems like they've tried to reverse-engineer Balance with cards like Oreskos Explorer and Alms Collector, but white can't always just play catch-up to other colors IMO. And they've tried making life-gain good by making it a supported archetype, but it doesn't change the fact that gaining life on its own just isn't impactful (unlike drawing cards or, arguably, burn).

I'm not so hung-up on white getting access to things other colors can do, although I don't mind that WotC is bending the color pie recently. I'd rather WotC either go back to what white does well and damn the unfun gameplay, or just put new and exciting mechanics in white, try out some new stuff or expand effects like Silence. TBH I think it'd be fun to brainstorm new aspects of the game that white could interact with.

boristormodor on Marit Lage's Landing [PRIMER]

2 months ago

You're welcome :) I appreciate your interests in my deck!

Exploration is great for getting extra mana with Golos activations or, as you already said, with wheels. I really love this card, but feel free to cut it, if it doesn't work out for you.

Jeweled Lotus is sadly not too good for this deck. It's kind of good in the first two turns, but I would highly recommend Mana Vault over it, because you can use it to cast Golos, Tireless Pilgrim or activate him, or cast a "Feel the Wheel" combo. It's a dead card in the mid to late game.

I can definitely include Silence. I just didn't do it, because I think that Grand Abolisher and Vexing Shusher are better for the deck. But if you need more, include it.

I considered Flusterstorm and Pact of Negation aswell, but they're not too good with Jeskai Ascendancy, but more important they're not too good with Golos, Tireless Pilgrim in general.

I will probably make the Alms Collector cut, but I have to think about Aven Mindcensor. I think that having another 3 cmc flash creature, to interrupt opponents tutoring and fetching is just too good.

Thank you very much for your interest again. I really enjoy the discussion!

Frank_Glascock on Marit Lage's Landing [PRIMER]

2 months ago

boristormodor, thanks so much for getting back to me. You answered my question about how do you win with Cyclonic Rift or Finale of Devastation off of Golos, Tireless Pilgrim activations.

I cut Alms Collector and Aven Mindcensor for Hullbreacher and Opposition Agent.

Here is the link for the copied deck.

https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3534586#paper

I found it by searching Golos decks on Edhrec.com and using Jeskai Ascendancy and Living Plane as inclusions.

Omniscience_is_life on Court of Grace, the best …

2 months ago

Peligrad I think it's important to count up just how many cards Court of Grace will draw you over the course of a game... let's imagine you get the Court by T4. Good start, not impossible by any means. Let's also say we choose to cast it over Solemn Simulacrum, Smothering Tithe, or Alms Collector--or even a three-drop like Burnished Hart, or Generous Gift. All that said, let's go with that we cast CoG on T4. We draw one card off it. Move to T5, people have likely stopped ramping (in a typical EDH game) and are now building value engines: such as Thassa, Deep-Dwelling and Mulldrifter. You are now drawing 1 (maybe) card to that players' 2, and you have a target on your back because of your flyers. T6, what's that? Austere Command, Bane of Progress, Cleansing Nova, Tranquility, Child of Alara, or Nevinyrral's Disk? Darn!

Reznorboy on Court of Grace, the best …

2 months ago

I believe that Mono-White specifically is not as lacking in card draw as many people believe. It may be true that the card draw is not as of high of quality, but it definitely exists. I'm going to make a small list of cards/combos in Mono-White that draw more cards than you paid to play it (i.e., I cast two cards and discard a card to make the combo, but I draw 4 out of it) that I think are better than Court of Grace (all of these have already existed). (Also, of course, artifacts are fair game. Artifacts do indeed get used in Mono-White, and should be treated as such.)

My personal favorite:

Flickerform and Sage's Reverie (and maybe Angelic Gift)

Both can be searched with cards like Plea for Guidance or Three Dreams.

One card combo (my second favorite):

Dawn of Hope

Pure Draw:

Pursuit of Knowledge Survival Cache

Ones that give only lands:

Land Tax Endless Horizons Tithe Gift of Estates Weathered Wayfarer

Ones that are wheel based:

Alms Collector and Otherworld Atlas

(Unfortunately draws opponents cards too, but you will be drawing more)

Ones that are weenie based:

Bygone Bishop Mentor of the Meek

Artifact/Enchantment based:

Kor Spiritdancer Mesa Enchantress Puresteel Paladin Sram, Senior Edificer Stone Haven Outfitter

Also, I don't think that Phyrexian Arena is very good. Your point that it was used in a "fast" format (standard) is invalid because games of cEDH are faster than standard, not the other way around, with games ending possibly by turn 3.

channelfireball12345 on The Lion of Jamuraa

2 months ago

If you're looking for both more card draw and a quasi-stax piece, Alms Collector is a card I'm fond of in white for commander, and would work well in this list, I think. Also Mangara, the Diplomat, of course, is always one of the more powerful white card draw effects for commander, and is actually easier to generate value from than he may seem at first glance, in my experience. You may want to consider replacing Arcane Encyclopedia with one of those two. Neat deck, good luck with it in the future!

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