Lifeline

Lifeline

Artifact

Whenever a creature dies, if another creature is on the battlefield, return the first card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Set Rarity
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Lifeline occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Lifeline Discussion

shade_o_mirth on ♫ Feed Me, Seymour ♫ : Kroxa EDH [PRIMER]

6 days ago

My playgroups tend to be more casual, and I enjoy how Lifeline can make things get out of hand. For me, playing R/B is about creating chaos and not caring about if it gets you taken out of the game.

Daedalus19876 on ♫ Feed Me, Seymour ♫ : Kroxa EDH [PRIMER]

6 days ago

shade_o_mirth: Lifeline is very, very dangerous -- careful playing that card, it can easily get you killed. Coffin Queen isn't a bad idea, though! I have an extra in my binder that I could test with...

shade_o_mirth on ♫ Feed Me, Seymour ♫ : Kroxa EDH [PRIMER]

6 days ago

I really like this decklist, and used it as a guide for my own Kroxa deck. I swapped in some cards like Coffin Queen and Lifeline to try and maximize ETB triggers and force overreactions from the control players. Coffin Queen can work as a counter to reanimator style decks that just discard creatures when you make them discard.

harbingerofduh on Basilica of the Demon Lords

6 days ago

Have you considered Worship? With all of your recursion and creature protection, it could make you pretty tough to kill (especially if you add the on-theme Fountain Watch to protect it). Commander damage and life-loss effects would still be an issue, but white has the tools to mitigate those corner cases (e.g., Teferi's Protection).

Lifeline might be another fun way to keep your worshipers, er, worshipful. You can break Lifelin's symmetry with all your exile effects, and your auto-win with Liliana's contract ensures that the bogged-down board state that results from Lifeline isn't a problem for you.

zephyr6066 on Uro, Titan of Self Mill

2 weeks ago

@tuttebassen: I didn't consider sundial because I want Uro in my graveyard to cast for the escape cost.I have lots of ways to double ETB effects, but none that double combat triggers. It makes more sense in this deck to abuse the ETB effect rather than the combat effect.

@heymonroe: The way we abuse Uro's ETB on other player's turns is with Lifeline. The oracle text reads: "Whenever a creature dies, if another creature is on the battlefield, return the first card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step." The way it works is whenever a creature dies, Lifeline will check if another creature is still on the battlefield. If there is one, it creates a delayed trigger that basically says return the creature that just died to the battlefield at the next EOT. Even if no other creatures exist by the time the next EOT comes around, the creature will still be returned.

So the way this works with Uro is as follows:

1) My turn: cast uro w/o escape with Lifeline and another creature on the field, Uro is sacrificed.

2) Lifeline triggers and checks if another creature exists.

3) It confirms another creature exists, so creates a delayed trigger to return Uro to the field at the next EOT.

4) My EOT happens, Uro returns. Uro is sacrificed again and Lifeline triggers checking for other creatures and creating that delayed trigger for the next EOT again.

5) Player A's EOT: Since this is the next EOT Uro returns again, is sacrificed, Lifeline triggers checks for other creatures, and creates a delayed trigger for the next EOT.

6) Player B's EOT: Since this is the next EOT Uro returns again, is sacrificed, Lifeline triggers, checks for other creatures, and creates a delayed trigger for the next EOT.

7) Player C's EOT: Since this is the next EOT Uro returns again, is sacrificed, Lifeline triggers, checks for other creatures, and creates a delayed trigger for the next EOT.

8) My EOT: Since this is the next EOT Uro returns again, is sacrificed, Lifeline triggers, checks for other creatures, and creates a delayed trigger for the next EOT.

This repeats until such a time that there are no other creatures for Lifeline to confirm (i.e. a symmetrical boardwipe).

And each time Uro ETBs, we get the gain life, draw a card, and play a land trigger. It's pretty easy to abuse an ETB when you get it every turn. The thing to note though is that Lifeline will do this for all creatures that die so making sure your opponent's can't abuse it as well is the key piece there.

ToeJam on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

1 month ago

Hey, I'm building this deck and wanted to get your take on Lifeline . I'm worried that my opponents might benefit greatly from this card. Should I just use it when I'm sure I can combo off?

ThoAlmighty on Uro, Titan of Value EDH

1 month ago

Looks sweet! It's a bit dangerous but Lifeline can generate a lot of value with Uro.

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