Drain Life

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Drain Life


Spend only black mana on .

Drain Life deals X damage to any target. You gain life equal to the damage dealt, but not more life than the player’s life total before the damage was dealt, the planeswalker’s loyalty before the damage was dealt, or the creature’s toughness.

SilencedDax on Phylactery lich: a Rule 0 …

4 months ago


I bring you the title's idea 'cause I talked with my playgroup to see if they would be fine with Phylactery Lich as a commander.

The advice I ask for is: What would you think it would be a great topic for this deck?

I have some ideas that I would like to shere with you:

What do you think? any other idea or card?

I'll do a public deck with this ideas and the ideas you give me so it could be a deck made by everyone!

Thank you!

All the ideas that we have share until now:


amarthaler on EDH Rakdos Group Slug

8 months ago


Out: Drain Life and Fireball

In: Cut / Ribbons and Pain's Reward

Drain Life wasn't really doing much for me and, although Fireball is very nostalgic for me and the art is wonderful, wasn't strong enough. Cut/Ribbons will be nice removal for low CMC and later hit the table with life loss. Pain's Reward just looks super fun!

RockIV on (HELP) monoblack removal casual need …

8 months ago

hi all, im RockIV and im new in the forum. i recently returned into magic again. Im in need of some advice with my control/removal deck

Rocks Monoblack creature removal

my review : in the past i use to play with more creatures like Vampire Nighthawk, Gatekeeper of Malakir and Geralf's Messenger. Recently i changed it to be more removal oriented, and i tried a lot of diferent combinations, for example with Drain Life. what i am looking is a more optimal build for the deck with both creatures an enought removal to combat any deck. The problem is that i feel that i cant have both, I will need to choose creatures or removal. in another note, There are some creatures that i didnt add to the deck and always felt that would be great like Bonehoard and Wight of Precinct Six. so what do you guys think ? any advice will be deeply apreciated , thx to everyone for reading :D

bushido_man96 on Jeff Goldblum, Warlock

9 months ago

No Gray Merchant of Asphodel? I also think if any deck could run an old fashioned Drain Life, it's this one.

amarthaler on EDH Rakdos Group Slug

9 months ago


Out: Sarevok, Deathbringer and Popular Entertainer

In: Rakdos Charm and Drain Life

Swapped out Sarevok and the background as commander to have Obosh, the Preypiercer come in and give it a shot.

legendofa on Double Life Gain Combo?

1 year ago

Short answer: The current wording for Drain Life doesn't have lifelink, so it would gain lifelink from Soulfire Grand Master and you would gain X life twice.

Droolz on Double Life Gain Combo?

1 year ago

Things have been adapted retroactively such as "Walls have 'Defender'" Do spells that do damage + gain that much life automatically have "Lifelink"?

The specific combo is: Drain Life and Soulfire Grand Master

Double Lifelink would be redundant. Does this combo make me gain life twice?


EnbyGolem on Black Burn Torment Of Black Fire

1 year ago

Wow, I love this idea! I don't know many Modern creatures but I think Highway Robber and Cuombajj Witches have newer printings which should make them legal! They are pretty fun but might be too expensive for the effect they provide.

If for what ever reason you make a Vintage version of this theme, Urborg Stalker, Rathi Fiend, Dakmor Ghoul, The Fallen, Choking Sands, Drain Life, and Famine are some of my favorite old-school direct damage cards :)

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