I just started playing Magic using the Android app, and I really like it. Now I would like to start playing Magic with real cards as well. In the Android app I chose the deck that focuses on stealing enemy life, and adding it to your own. Is there any pre-made intro deck for this play style?

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One of the clearest "life stealing" mechanics is Extort, which is a triggered ability permanents have that says

Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay {W/B}. If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain life equal to the total life lost this way.

Extort is from the Return to Ravnica block, and there were two intro packs built around it and related mechanics: Orzhov Oppression from Gatecrash and Orzhov Power from Dragon's Maze.

  • For what it's worth, of the two of those, Power looks more fun & flavorful.
    – Alex P
    Commented May 10, 2015 at 20:57
  • In general, White-Black decks are really the only way to steal life. The have extort and lifelink.
    – ryanyuyu
    Commented May 10, 2015 at 22:04

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