Target player loses X life and you gain X life, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.
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|Avacyn Restored (AVR)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Essence Harvest occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%
Essence Harvest Discussion
1 week ago
if this deck is for casual then i'd say its pretty alright for a fun break from the norm. Only 10 cards short of a commander deck too if you want to go that route. But if you're looking for more competitiveness, I'd say to do the following:
The first thing we need to do before anything, is to figure out the strategy we're going for. Obviously a token based liliana deck is way out of reasonable budgets. The blue you added does give me an idea for a control based zombie deck.
So the first thing to do is remove the cards above 60 that we wouldn't need, along with cards that will don't either assist or protect our strategies. I would start by removing the following: 2 - Advanced Stitchwing. 2 - Certain Death. 1 - Collective Brutality. 1 - Corrupt. 1 - Corrupted Roots. 2 - Disentomb. 1 - Doom Blade. 1 - Essence Harvest. 1 - Gnawing Zombie. 1 - Grixis Slavedriver. 1 - Grixis Grimblade. 1 - Hunted Ghoul. 1 - Haunted Dead. 3 - Ingenious Skaab. 4 - Laboratory Brute. 1 - Lamplighter of Selhoff. 1 - Maalfeld Twins. 2 - Macabre Waltz. 2 - Midnight Recovery. 1 - Mistvein Borderpost. 1 - Moan of the Unhallowed. 2 - Paranoid Delusions. 1 - Polluted Dead. 2 - Psychic Strike. 1 - Recover. 1 - Rise from the Grave. 1 - Scrapskin Drake. 1 - Shambling Attendants. 1 - Sibsig Host. 1 - Sibsig Muckdraggers. 1 - Sidisi's Pet. 1 - Sip of Hemlock. 1 - Skinrender. 1 - Spineless Thug. 1 - Stitched Mangler. 2 - Thraben Foulbloods. 1 - Strange Augmentation. 1 - Undead Executioner. 1 - Zombie Outlander. 15 - Swamp. 10 - Island.
It IS Quite a lot, but it's because we need to make room for the cards that'll make the bulk of our strategy, not to mention there are cheaper, better alternatives to most of these cards (lands were removed because the mana base will be changed later). With these cards taken out, that leaves us with the following: 3 - Cemetery Recruitment. 1 - Ghastly Conscription. 1 - Sign in Blood. 1 - Graf Harvest. 1 - Rooftop Storm. 2 - Gavony Unhallowed. 1 - Jhessian Zombies. 1 - Vedalken Ghoul.
these are pretty linearly focused for an effective strategy. to fluff out the rest of the cards for the deck, I'd recommend:
+1 - Cemetery Recruitment. +3 - Sign in Blood. +4 - Mana Leak. +3 - Duress. +3 - Vedalken Ghoul. +3 - Jhessian Zombies. +1 - Rooftop Storm. +4 - Go for the Throat. +4 - Rotting Rats. +3 - Claim / Fame.
1 month ago
Deadpoo111,Ok, took out Key to the City, Killing Wave, Stitch Together, Too put in Essence Harvest, Obsidian Battle-Axe, Phyrexian Reclamation. Thanks for the suggestions, kinda wonder how my greven would fair against yours?
Guessing it comes down too if I hit you first for lethal, infect/commander damage or you keep removing my commander and take me out.
1 month ago
Hi Deadpoo111, Essence Harvest is a card I want too put but not sure what to take out, I was considering taking out Exsanguinate but not sure yet. As for the Obsidian Battle-Axe, i overlooked that one at first glance, Might replace Swiftfoot Boots the free equip might be better in the long run dispite how good the boots are.
What do you think I should tack out for Essence Harvest?
1 month ago
One card that I've found just rocks in any Greven deck is Immolating Souleater. I've used it in my deck since I made it, and it's essentially become a kill spell because you can pay as much life then draw a bunch of cards and win through Greven Damage. Really cool idea with using Silent Arbiter too, I may have to pick that up for my list. Also, I'd consider Essence Harvest, it's killed quite a few players for me, and you can pretty easily draw it off Greven. Looking further, you aren't running Obsidian Battle-Axe, is there any reason why? Because if you can, I would, the card is nuts. Really fun deck!
1 month ago
And Essence Harvest if tbe creatures big enough
2 months ago
3 months ago
Forgotten Ancient insanely good with Corpsejack Menace Primordial Hydra counters quadruple every turn Bioshift lets us put our 8 +1/+1 counters on another creature so it gets + 16/16 Then use Essence Harvest for the win
3 months ago
Some wholesale changes after a weekend with my buddies, leaning even harder away from storm-style cards and fewer creatures overall:
In: Shadowspear, Essence Harvest, Nyx Lotus, Sangromancer, Extraplanar Lens, Phyrexian Arena, Swiftfoot Boots, Venser's Journal, Soul Channeling, Withering Boon, Tendrils of Corruption, Arcane Signet, and 22 Snow-Covered Swamps
Out: Greed, Blood Celebrant, Demon's Horn, Deathgreeter, Magus of the Coffers, Tendrils of Agony, Vampire Nighthawk, Charcoal Diamond, Haunted Crossroads, Knight of the Ebon Legion, Diabolic Intent, Spawning Pit, Crypt of Agadeem and 21 Swamps