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You have no maximum hand size.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 1 life for each card in your hand.
Venser's Journal Discussion
1 day ago
I may want to take out the Necropotence due to its BBB cost. That means I would have two slots free for things, because if I was taking out Necropotence , I would also take out Venser's Journal . Perhaps I could add in something like Tormod's Crypt or Expedition Map ? I don't know.
1 day ago
Alright hkhssweiss, so I have updated and edited my deck a bit, and I wanted to see what you thought. Here are the cards I took out:
- Open the Vaults
- Font of Mythos
- Howling Mine
- Temple Bell
- Time Sieve
- Dawn Charm
- Archangel of Tithes
- Ethersworn Adjudicator
- Iona, Shield of Emeria
- Magister Sphinx
- Muzzio, Visionary Architect
- Thopter Assembly
- Windborn Muse
- Dromar's Charm
- Wurmcoil Engine
- Steel Hellkite
- and 1 Island
And these are the cards I put in:
- Grand Abolisher
- Aven Mindcensor
- Hanna, Ship's Navigator
- Grand Arbiter Augustin IV
- Master Transmuter
- Arcane Denial
- Hurkyl's Recall
- Imp's Mischief
- Faith's Reward
- Strionic Resonator (To play the Triplets' Ability more than once, just like with Paradox Haze . With this, I can even play it more than twice!)
- Crystal Shard (When I take over someone with the Triplets' ability, I can use this on them to bounce one of their important creatures and then immediately recast it. The best thing is that it is repeatable!)
- Venser's Journal (I just added this to combat life loss with Necropotence . Since it also makes me have a unlimited hand size, it combos there as well.)
- Mystic Remora (Do you mind telling me how to play this card correctly? My guess is just leave it around for one or two turn cycles, right?)
- Paradox Haze
- Flooded Strand (I finally splurged and bought a fetchland. That's what I replaced the island with. Only time will tell if it was a good idea. I think it was, because I can use it later on in any deck that runs blue or white.)
Anyway, if you could tell me what you think, that would be great. And again, thanks for all of your help hkhssweiss!
1 week ago
Thanks for the suggestions and compliments TypicalTimmy. I was actually looking at ways to get more lifegain into this deck since I think it may struggle when be focused down by multiple opponents. Venser's Journal seems perfect since it also gives no max handsize.
I had originally disregarded Lightning Helix since it can't double target like Expose Evil or Soul's Fire , but the fact that I could just continuously target Feather and gain 3 life a turn is something worth considering.
Unfortunately Approach of the Second Sun won't trigger Feather since it doesn't target any of my creatures. That being said, the amount of cantrips included here allows me to churn through the deck pretty quickly so it isn't a bad idea as a secondary win-con.
1 week ago
So the first thing I noticed is that you pick a lot of cantrips that allow you to draw cards. Smart move. I would recommend looking into Venser's Journal . You'd need to drop a card for this one, but I think it is well worth it. You can essentially begin drawing massive amounts of cards with your cantrips as they stack up, and gain a lot of life for doing so. I feel it's perfect for your deck.
Finally, I would highly advise you look into Approach of the Second Sun . Normally when you cast this, a replacement effect happens and the card is moved to 7th from the top rather than your graveyard. However, Feather's ability is also a replacement effect. With two replacement effects looking to resolve on the same card, it's just a matter of ordering / choosing what you want done first. So, exile Approach and put it into your hand to cast it on the following turn to win the game.
1 week ago
your most recent reply is amazingly in-depth and it makes me think which is great considering where we already are with this deck.
If I do add Rings of Brighthearth at this juncture (vs. say, next month or whenever it is that I may have expendable funds), the most notable option I'd like to consider for a cut, right now, seems to be Black Market . Why? Well, of my redundancies you hit the nail on the head re: my priorities when you mention the use of Pact effects. I love them and sometimes feel a great need to stack a couple together (for me it's usually going to be one enchantment alongside Butcher of Malakir for the assurance that I could somewhat easily recur the Butcher). Mana "doublers" like Nirkana Revenant and Caged Sun are vital for making sure I can make the most out of things like Torment of Hailfire or a given Chainer loop. Same with Ritual effects. Banks... well, they can help enable those, but I haven't been able to make the most of Black Market yet, and while I've seen great work come from Revel in Riches , it's mostly from it outright winning the game for me directly afterwards (though there have been a good few times where I just have a ton of treasures to break bank with beyond its alt-wincon trigger). :P
As for max-handsize cards, these can be disposable, but I like the necessary lifegain from Venser's Journal (and to be frank with you, it's a pet card of mine - a gift from an old friend, in foil), and Thought Vessel and Reliquary Tower are indisposable otherwise for being cheap/free, doing their function, and granting mana besides. So if I do get a Rings of Brighthearth , I think it'll be Black Market that falls by the wayside.
Let me posit one other thing while we are on the subject of Rings, though: I do currently own a Basalt Monolith ; would this be a good inclusion and what should I cut for that? It's probably going to be a mana rock if anything, although so far I'm not sure the deck even needs and/or wants this in here (personally, I'd LOVE to go infinite and get there with a Torment of Hailfire for exorbitant mana, but this deck has gotten by very far without going infinite, save for Zulaport Cutthroat or Blood Artist + Ashnod's Altar + Nim Deathmantle + Wurmcoil Engine or Abhorrent Overlord - that said, if I added Rings of Brighthearth and removed Black Market , are there any infinite combos I'm clearly missing which would be facilitated by the Rings?). Honestly curious - I'm generally pro-combo. haha
2 weeks ago
Remove: Dack's Duplicate , Diluvian Primordial , Inkwell Leviathan , Ornithopter , Phyrexian Ingester , Psychosis Crawler , Knowledge Exploitation , Dissipate , Reins of Power , Stoic Rebuttal , Izzet Cluestone , Manalith , Spectral Searchlight , Venser's Journal , Vessel of Endless Rest , one land
Add: Whir of Invention , Negate , Retract , Scrap Mastery , Reshape , Hedron Archive , Darksteel Forge , Paradoxical Outcome , Hurkyl's Recall , Thought Vessel , Kuldotha Forgemaster , Saheeli's Directive , Aether Spellbomb , Rebuild , Soul of New Phyrexia , Mycosynth Wellspring , Ichor Wellspring , Foundry Inspector
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Need to find space for Day of Judgment
Venser's Journal occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.03%