Is there a card with the ability: You do not lose the game being for unable to draw a card?

I've found one so far; Mine, Mine, Mine! but it applies to all players.

A little back story; I have Reliquary Tower that has the ability; You have no maximum hand size. I also have several cards that allow me to get an abundance of card draws: for instance I have Dragon Appeasement, if these two are paired in my devour deck I can get a wealth of cards, enabling me to play out Thromok the Insatiable all the sooner.

This would of course mill me out pretty quickly, so I was hoping for a card that does for me in prevention of loss by having no library what Phyrexian Unlife does for having 0 life.

I'm hoping there's a keyword I didn't think of, and that someone has a card in mind for this.

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    There are cards which cause you to skip your draw step, such as your Dragon Appeasement. You could also use something like Feldon's cane or Paradigm Shift to reshuffle your graveyard into your library.
    – Nick
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 9:22
  • Those are both good, thank you @Nick. They're kind of one shots though; I'm assuming that Paradigm Shift would end up being the only card in my graveyard as it would be on the stack busy resolving whilst the action is being carried out? Not the end of the world if I've got a few of them though :)
    – CLockeWork
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 9:26
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    And since you're skipping your draw step anyway with Dragon Appeasement, why not use Ivory Gargoyle to gain a free creature to sacrifice each turn?
    – Nick
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 13:50
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    You could also use Elixir of Immortality which gets shuffled back into your deck each time you use it.
    – bwarner
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 14:36
  • Nice, very nice :D
    – CLockeWork
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 14:58

3 Answers 3


Win the game

Cards which change "draw from an empty library" into a win condition:

Shuffle your graveyard into your library

Some cards can cause you to shuffle your graveyard into your library, including Emrakul, the Aeons torn (among other mythic eldrazi cards). Elixir of Immortality will do the same, cheaper for a gain of 5 life. Other similar cards exist, including Finale of Revelation. Gaea's Blessing is notable for shuffling your graveyard into your library specifically if it itself is milled.

Don't draw a card

Blue Sun's Zenith You can read this as "UUU: don't draw a card", and add the card to your library, so you can draw it next turn and repeat.

Don't lose the game

Various cards include a "you can't lose the game" effect, such as Platinum Angel and Angel Grace.


  • There is also the slightly convoluted combo of Consecrated Sphinx, Notion Thief which you then Donate to your opponent before doing anything to cause you to draw a card outside of your draw step. The draw will be redirected to your opponent, which will trigger the sphinx, which will allow you to redirect 2 more draws and repeat the process to mill your opponent out to defeat. Probably not as good as Lab maniac, but worth remembering.
  • Nexus of Fate has a replacement effect which causes it to go to your library rather than your graveyard, so you never deck yourself if you can cast it every turn (unless something else causes you to draw). As Nexus of Fate gives you an extra turn, this is a win con if you have some way of damaging the opponent on every turn.
  • Murderous Rider goes to the bottom of your library when it dies so you can play a similar trick with this if you can draw it and kill it every turn.
  • Oh now those are cool, I've seen Emrakul before and always thought it just plain mean! But Laboratory Maniac is awesome, a completely different twist to what I was trying to achieve. Thanks @Rawgramming
    – CLockeWork
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 10:26
  • Love that combo, my wife will never forgive me if I use it on her :D
    – CLockeWork
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 15:03
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    Platinum Angel will also prevent you to lose the game, even if Laboratory Maniac seems way better in your case.
    – Joubarc
    Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 9:10
  • good point, i will add it (and one other) to the list
    – Patters
    Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 9:58
  • Platinum Angel is ridiculous, I love it!
    – CLockeWork
    Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 10:17

Note that you don't lose for having an empty library. You lose for drawing from an empty library.

Dragon Appeasement already probably does what you want. It lets you skip your draw step, and its draw ability is optional, so you will only get milled if another player has a spell or ability that forces you draw a card (such as Braingeyser) or you play a card that forces you to draw (don't do this).

For cards that protect you from being milled in general, there are:

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    The first two bullet points there are really describing two variants of the same thing: replacement effects that replace drawing cards with something else. The key phrase is "would draw a card", and the word "instead" later in the ability or effect.
    – murgatroid99
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 23:18
  • @murgatroid99 That's a good point. I've listed them differently only because they have slightly different implication for deck building (the Words cycle require mana to use, as opposed to always on effects like Obstinate Familiar)
    – Zags
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 23:22
  • You can say that about almost anything here. Abundance and Laboratory Maniac go in very different kinds of decks, and accomplish very different deckbuilding goals.
    – murgatroid99
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 23:26

Jace, Wielder of Mysteries is a planeswalker from "War of the Spark" which can protect you from self-mill death, by making it a game winning condition.

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  • It's a turn 9 win, though, without mana acceleration/counter manipulation. Commented Oct 7, 2020 at 21:27

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