Essence Harvest

Essence Harvest


Target player loses X life and you gain X life, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.

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Essence Harvest Discussion

StoryArcher on This (mono-black) deck is SO …

2 months ago

This deck is so much freaking fun to play, especially if you like old-school 'fair' type decks. Just love how interactive it is.

I haven't played much since the pandemic hit (do people actually still play Modern?), so I haven't had a chance to really review the newer sets - can anyone offer suggestions on how the deck can be improved, particularly with regards to the side-board? It's balanced pretty well right now with a smooth-as-silk mana curve.

Keeping in mind the amount of life-gain in this deck, some of the cards I've been tinkering with (to replace Tymaret, Chosen from Death) are a one-of Killing Wave, Collective Brutality, Essence Harvest, Stain the Mind, Dismember and Torment of Hailfire. Creature-wise I'm also thinking a one-of Mogis's Marauder as a sort of timely finisher or a Nightmare Shepherd.

Would Gatekeeper of Malakir be an improvement on Geralf's Messenger here? I feel like between the hand destruction, all the deathtouch and the set of Murderous Rider I don't actually need that much more creature removal, especially if my opponent gets to choose who goes.

I played around with tossing in a couple of Bojuka Bog or Leechridden Swamp but it seems like any lands coming in tapped (especially early) messed with my flow. Thoughts on that?

Regarding sideboard, do I need a better means of dealing with Artifacts or Land? If so, what would you suggest?

Merchant, Messenger, Murderer

Modern StoryArcher


bradtheimpaler13 on Big-J and Nooze

4 months ago

Essence Harvest and Rite of Consumption could add consistency in case mugs tangle jarad

Strangelove on Big lifegain, big creatures - Willowdusk

5 months ago

Hey Walrighti, +1!

@your post

Congrats on your first deck! You have a lot of fun cards in here and it looks great! I imagine you want to tune and make it even more efficient so here are some ideas...

Add 3 categories: #Combo, #Lifegain, and #Evasion; and then sort your maybeboard the same way you've done your mainboard to easily rank your choices within a category (By "combo" I mean all your "if-then" cards like Trudge Garden that are slower and don't work by themselves). Remove #Creatures (most of them are #Combo).

Avoid most cards above 4 cmc... Willowdusk is fast and fragile, so play into that... Also, prioritize cards that can do 2 or more things or that give value on ETB... If you have pet cards that don't really fit and that hurt to cut, put them in a "I'll build that theme later" list.

(All under $3)

+1 Devoted Druid ... this card is a beast

+1 Rampant Growth

+1 Arcane Signet

+1 Golgari Signet

+1 Talisman of Resilience ... #Ramp

+1 Elves of Deep Shadow

+1 Elvish Mystic

+1 Fyndhorn Elves

+1 Llanowar Elves ... #Ramp... the elves enable Willowdusk combos on turn 3.

+1 Marwyn, the Nurturer

+1 Viridian Joiner ... #Ramp... #Combo

+1 Boompile ... its a gem (hint: don't tap it on your turn) +1 Nightmare Unmaking

+1 Killing Wave

+1 Massacre Girl ... #Wipe

+1 Kenrith's Transformation

+1 Beast Within ... #Removal

+1 Swiftfoot Boots

+1 Inspiring Call

+1 Oblivion's Hunger

+1 Rush of Vitality

+1 Sheltering Word

~1 Slippery Bogbonder

+1 Golgari Charm ... #Evasion

+1 Haunted Cloak

+1 Chariot of Victory

+1 Charge Through

~1 Tuskguard Captain

~1 Rancor ... Trample and haste are important... #Evasion

~1 Destined ... the choices are really good.

+1 Deepwood Ghoul

+1 Mischievous Poltergeist

+1 Soul Channeling ... #Combo with Willowbark and stick to the board...

~1 Phyrexian Processor ... fun?

~1 Lurking Evil ... maybe?

~1 Solidarity of Heroes ... #Combo

~1 Ooze Flux ... tokens at instant speed?

~1 Retribution of the Ancients ... removal?

+1 Garruk, Primal Hunter

+1 Mindless Automaton

+1 Thought Gorger ... (leaves)

+1 Life's Legacy

+1 Return of the Wildspeaker ... #Draw

~1 Essence Harvest

+1 Bloodspore Thrinax

+1 Triskelion ... #Combo

+1 Nighthawk Scavenger ... #Fatty

...Always play at least 10 ramp spells under 3 cmc.

...Playtest and make sure Willowbark consistently makes a fatty (with evasion) before turn 6-7.

Here's another Willowdusk thread.

Happy building :)

Prospekt on Ultimate Hydra Deck (modern edition)

7 months ago

nmerves I think Hydra Omnivore will be very helpful because it damages each opponent instead of one! If you find you're getting attacked a lot you could play things like Pyroclasm or Winds of Qal Sisma to remove attackers. If you find your creatures get removed a lot you can try things like Essence Harvest or Heroic Intervention to protect your board. When you get targeted a lot you should run more interaction to prevent people from stopping you. I can provide some more card ideas if you need them, depending on what problem you're having.

Flagellum on Maga, Traitor to Mortals

1 year ago

Rite of Consumption and Essence Harvest could be fun with a beefy Maga :p

Neotrup on Can I cast bioshift in …

1 year ago

You could cast Bioshift in response by "holding priority," but you would need to announce it: "I'll cast Essence Harvest and with that on the stack Bioshift from my Hydra onto my Corpsejack," however this runs into the same problem of an opponent being able to remove the Corpsejack Menace after Bioshift resolves before Essence Harvest does, and gives the opponent more information up front.

Tylord2894 on Can I cast bioshift in …

1 year ago

Once you pass priority on Essence Harvest if no one doesn't anything, you can't respond until after Harvest has resolved.

For simplicity's sake, let's say you're in a two-player game. You cast Harvest and pass priority. Your opponent also passes. Since all players have passed priority, the topmost object on the stack will resolve. In this case, that will be your Managorger Hydra's trigger. Once that resolves, there will be another round of priority. If both you and your opponent pass, Harvest will resolve. If you wish to do something before a spell resolves, you must do it before you pass priority.

Hope this helps!!

thatgreenguy on Can I cast bioshift in …

1 year ago

For an example, I have a 9/9 Managorger Hydra as well as Corpsejack Menace on the field. I cast Essence Harvest and my opponent chooses not to counter or react to it, so it resolves. Can I then cast Bioshift and move 8 +1+1 counters to corpsejack (for a total of 20) and my opponent lose 20 life and therefore the game, or must I cast the bioshift prior to the essence harvest? The reason I ask is that by playing essence harvest first, I can use the bioshift in the event that a person tries to remove the creature with highest power from play. If I play the bioshift first,I may lose that creature (and its counters) as well as the bioshift and essentially waste the essence harvest.

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