Spoils of the Vault

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed 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
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Spoils of the Vault


Choose a card name. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a card with that name, then put that card into your hand. Exile all other cards revealed this way, and you lose 1 life for each of the exiled cards.

Andramalech on Magus of the Owls

3 months ago

You need some source of fast-mana that can net you into , because having LoTV down turn 0 is key to winning on turn 1.

The next key piece is to have Helm of Obedience come down, resolve the ability with as the cost, and tap.

The fun part is that when Helm's ability goes to resolve, no cards will ever technically hit the graveyard.. so..

..you mill out your opponent and they go for OTD (on the draw) and lose to having no draw.

This works assuming you're not up against a free cast counterspell.

Balaam__ on I'm not dead, you're dead!

3 months ago

This was very interesting to comb through. My gut instinct said ‘Pick Magus of the Mirror’ too. In the preliminary draft in my mind I missed some great choices you didn’t (like Spoils of the Vault), but on the other hand I’m surprised Wall of Blood didn’t make the list.

Icaruskid on Black Bolt | Athreos, Shadowborn [PRIMER]

4 months ago

SufferFromEDHD Swapped in Spoils of the Vault for Tainted Pact and it does work! Will try out the other ideas too. Thank you!

wallisface on Greatness, at any cost

6 months ago

On Spoils of the Vault, some interesting math for you here: “the probability of losing at least 5 life is 64.7%, the probability of losing at least 8 life is 48.6%, and the probability of losing at least 11 life is 35.7%. So Spoils of the Vault is a little risky, but perfect for people who like to live dangerously.” - so I guess you have good odds with spoils, though 1/3 games when you use it it’s going to get into dangerous territory.

The big problem with Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots is that your opponent will only ever allow you to equip it if they’re stupid, reckless, or have no interaction in hand. Every spell that could kill your demon is instant speed, and will just destroy your demon in response to the equip. I would instead suggest stuff like Undying Evil and Feign Death instead, which let you respond to your opponent. They won’t give you haste, but haste doesn’t matter much to a creature in the graveyard.

wallisface on Greatness, at any cost

6 months ago

Youvegotplasticinyourlungs here's my thoughts:

  • Some of your 1-mana creatures don't have a lot of utility, particularly Night Market Lookout. Something like Festering Mummy might at least give you some better on-death triggers.

  • Spoils of the Vault feels incredibly dangerous when you still need to lose an additional 6 life for Demon of Death's Gate. I'd thing something like Profane Tutor would be a much safer way to fetch up cards... although that might be too slow.

  • both Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots feel really weak in Modern, because your opponent can always just kill your creature in response to trying to equip the equipment - and its usually just wasted card slots. In any case, 8 copies of this effect is waaay too many (even running a single copy of this kind of equipment is dubious imo). Importantly Lightning Greaves gives Shroud, which will stop you being able to target it for Tainted Strike.

keizerbuns on Harrison's Life Spend Deck

8 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions kamarupa!

Solemnity would be a really cool and although I’m not sure how it would prevent me from spending my life, it would prevent me from using my Font of Agonies and from putting counters on my Spawn of Mayhem.

I do really like Spoils of the Vault but I feel like there’s a very high chance that I would just end up killing myself with it way too often. I could give it a try though.

I agree that Dismember is a better removal spell than Rage Extractor, I just really like rage extractor.

Thanks for the comment! I appreciate the help :D

kamarupa on Harrison's Life Spend Deck

8 months ago

Solemnity pairs nicely with Phyrexian Unlife but I think might prevent spending life as mana.

Spoils of the Vault can bring a life total down fast.

I'd suggest mainboarding Dismember as Rage Extractor is too high MV to count on for removal.

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