Venser's Journal

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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
Vintage Legal

Venser's Journal

Artifact

You have no maximum hand size.

At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 1 life for each card in your hand.

Michigone on Trigger Warning

2 days ago

Change Log 12/04/2022

Cut:

Add:

Michigone on Trigger Warning

2 days ago

Feels like the deck does a lot of drawing of cards, but most games I don't have a ton of cards in hand. My commander is pretty efficient at playing cards, and Venser's Journal often doesn't gain me much life, and I usually am not running into max hand size issues. So I originally thought Wizard Class would be a good fit, because it keeps my max hand size mod, and benefits me when I draw cards, which is where this deck really seems to be leaning currently. But my big threats are often chump blockable, and so I thought some sort of evasion enabler would be a good idea. As of the moment of typing this, I realize Nylea, God of the Hunt and Kodama of the West Tree might actually be great in this deck. But I have decided for the time being to lean into the card draw mechanic and so I removed Venser's Journal and I'm adding Diviner's Wand. I think this makes sense as there is a mana sink for me to draw cards as well as giving a creature evasion. Plus, with it on a creature that gets a +1/+1 counter from card draw, this seems like it could get really big really fast.

DreadKhan on Evil Wheel

2 days ago

Just curious, but do you pronounce your Commander's first letter as more of a 'z', or more of an 'sh' sound, or something else entirely?

It's a bit slower than other options, but Font of Mythos is a ton of snakes each cycle. Court of Cunning is a bigger mill effect than Hedron Crab, and it can also create more card draw (and it's really easy for you to get the monarchy back with your wide board). Ohran Frostfang or Toski, Bearer of Secrets are good with lots of tokens out, especially Frostfang because nobody wants to block a 1/1 Deathtouch. There is also Bow of Nylea to give them Deathtouch. Coat of Arms is a big dumb wincon if you've got a bunch of snakes, though you might need Trample. There is also Shared Animosity. Thunderfoot Baloth can make your snakes hit harder, as can Blossoming Bogbeast if you've got some random life gain in the deck. With all the card draw I wonder if Venser's Journal might fit.

Lucrative1020 on Shanna's Lifeforce

1 month ago

Venser's Journal? Felidar Sovereign? other than those I love this deck. I am making my own and this is an incredible resource for me to steal from

LandoLRodriguez on Talrand No-kens

1 month ago

thefiresoflurve First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to look over my list and put some real thought into these last cuts. I truly appreciate it. I understand all of what you had to say, and was having some of the same thoughts myself. As I said before, all these cards made it through several rounds of cuts so I have my reasons for them still being here. That said:

Minn, Wily Illusionist is still here because I like playing the quirky legendary creatures in my colors. There's not much else here that pumps the team the way she does and she would interact nicely with Murmuring Mystic. All this still probably isn't good enough reason to keep her though. Unless I'm drawing 2+ cards on each opponents' turn (which I'm probably not), her token output comes up short. Whispering Wizard is on the block for the same per-turn production limitation. Plus, I don't have much as far as scary permanents to cheat out with her second ability (nor a reliable way to kill my illusions to do so). It'll hurt to cut one of my token producers, but yeah, she's on the block for sure.

Wizard Class because I loathe having to discard for hand size, and I plan on drawing a lot of cards. Taking this one out means I'm left with only Reliquary Tower, Sea Gate Restoration  Flip, and possibly Venser's Journal. I suppose that the amount of draw I hope to produce means I'll come across one of those other options, but it still worries me. Probably still not a good enough reason to keep it in though.

I like Capsize because I love having repeatable options in commander decks, and because it can target any permanent. It's great to have options to bounce a troublesome land if the need arises. Paying 6 total mana to do so (and keep Capsize) is probably not worth it though. I included Field of Ruin and Strip Mine to deal with problem lands, and I have Boomerang and Cryptic Command to bounce any permanent still.

I really like Guile because it does a lot of things for me I think. Besides its mega-menace, I like that it exiles my opponents' spells should I choose not to cast them. I'm guessing that opponents may steer away from casting big splashy spells while Guile is out though for fear of having them turned against them or losing access to them in exile. It also provides just a little bit of mill insurance with its last ability. I hate mill as a strategy and while I'm running a few recursion spells, I'm not going to have much graveyard interaction. I suppose Nexus of Fate does the same thing much better though, since ideally I could cast it every turn if I wound up being milled down to 1 and it would wind up back in the library. Anyway, I was excited about running Guile as I was putting this together but you may be right, might be more than I need.

Ominous Seas I figure will drop its token every other turn on average if the game is going at all the way I want it to. While I should be pumping out an army of small tokens, I figured it would be nice to have some big chonky bodies out there as well. Without trample existing in the deck though, an 8/8 without flying is no different than a 1/1 tentacle as long as you've got a plant to block it. You're right, probably win-more. I do want to win more though...

I certainly understand that Aetherflux Reservoir really shines in storm decks (which no, this one most certainly is not). While I wouldn't be working it as well as storming does, I do plan to cast a lot of cheap spells, sometimes several in a turn in a good game. Something mono-blue is not good at is gaining life, so I really want to include at least one or two pieces that can do that for me for matchups that are pinging down the whole table. So the reservoir serves both as a way to gain life, and as a possible alternative win-con in a pinch. Between reservoir and Venser's Journal though, I probably lean towards the journal to retain as an emergency life gain option. I run it in my Pheldagriff deck and it has proven itself a workhorse.

Finally, I see Psychosis Crawler as another possible win-con. At my LGS where I play at least, I run into a lot of decks that efficiently pump out tokens. This means that if beating face with tokens is going to be my only strategy to win games, there's gonna be some games where that just won't get me there. I can see crawler coming out late-game when life totals have dwindled, and being able to finish everyone off with a big Gadwick, the Wizened or Blue Sun's Zenith cast. I was honestly seeing crawler as a mortal lock to make the final cut, but you've given me something to think about for sure.

Thanks again for your input, I really do appreciate and you've definitely helped by reinforcing some stuff I was already thinking and giving me reasons to think about cutting some stuff I was not.

thefiresoflurve on Talrand No-kens

1 month ago

These cuts are hard to do. A lot of the blue counters are difficult to compare.

Psychosis Crawler can go. It just doesn't really belong here, tbh.

Guile: It's win-more here. If you're getting to cast instants and sorceries AND successfully countering, that should be all you need to win.

Ominous Seas is a little win-more as well. If you're drawing cards in the numbers needed to trigger it, you are in a fantastic spot. I think this is less obviously win-more than Guile, though.

Capsize is sometimes an infinite combo piece, but I don't see it as one here. If that's the case, I'd cut it as your highest CMC bounce spell.

Minn, Wily Illusionist - just a little bit slow to do much meaningful work.

Aetherflux Reservoir - I might've missed it - is this a storm deck? That's the only place this really belongs. Yeah, it's fine as an alternate win con, but it's not really fitting with Talrand, IMO. If you decide to cut this, I'd also go ahead and cut Venser's Journal due to it being a lil win-more. If you did want to keep the Reservoir, I'd just expect to see it run with more storm-friendly counters like Unwind and friends.

Wizard Class: all it is is Divination and a less-cool Library of Leng stapled together. If you wouldn't run both of those cards separately here, I might consider cutting this. (I don't really consider the third level very viable at all here, TBH).

I hope that helps some - these are some really tough cuts you're facing, I feel your pain.

Good luck, and have fun!

Kashai on LifeGain

2 months ago

Some changes im thinking about

switching out Blighted Steppe, Shambling Vent and Vault of the Archangel for Maze of Ith, Mystifying Maze and Reliquary Tower

Monologue Tax for Dark Tutelage

Words of Worship for Venser's Journal

and Brainstorm for Counterspell

overall these would lean the deck further into control and with the amount of card draw adds some needed increased hand size options

thoughts?

bem77 on Back in Black... Suicide Black

5 months ago

Tempting. The problem is that upkeep triggers to tend to be too late. Once people realize that letting me gain life is a bad idea, they tend to remove the cards that can do that for me. It is why Venser's Journal is on the cusp of being cut. That being said, I will probbably pick up a copy and mull this one over.

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