Lifeline

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

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Urza's Saga (USG) Rare

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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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Lifeline Discussion

Kogarashi on Resolving the delayed trigger of ...

6 days ago

Also due to the wording of the "at end of turn" effects (phrasing taken from the Lifeline card rulings), these would be delayed triggered abilities that trigger at the beginning of the end step. The "return the first card to the battlefield" trigger doesn't check if there's another creature on the battlefield, only Lifeline's initial "whenever a creature dies" trigger does.

Kogarashi on Resolving the delayed trigger of ...

6 days ago

Lifeline works like this for your examples:

You sacrifice your Vampire Hexmage. Lifeline triggers upon the creature's death and goes on the stack. When it resolves (not at the end of turn), the trigger checks if there's still a creature on the battlefield at that point. In this case you have Birds of Paradise, so the ability sets up an "at end of turn" effect for Vampire Hexmage that will return it.

Then Birds of Paradise is destroyed. Lifeline triggers again and the ability goes on the stack. Since you said there are no other creatures (yours or your opponents'), then the ability resolves and sees no other creatures, so the "at end of turn" effect is not set up for Birds of Paradise.

End of turn arrives. The end of turn effect for Vampire Hexmage returns it to the battlefield. No end of turn effect was created for Birds of Paradise, so they stay dead. The presence of Llanowar Elves doesn't matter (so if they're destroyed, you'll get another Lifeline trigger that won't see other creatures, but it won't invalidate the existing EOT effects).

It would be different if, say, the Birds of Paradise were destroyed before the trigger for Vampire Hexmage resolved (no creatures, no end of turn effect for Hexmage), or if you somehow cast Llanowar Elves before either Lifeline trigger resolved, like with flash (at which point the resolving triggers would see the Elves and create the end of turn effects appropriately).

LordMortus on Resolving the delayed trigger of ...

6 days ago

Does the trigger from a Lifeline check the condition of the battlefield when a creature dies, at the end of the turn or both?

Even after reading rule 603.4 "When the trigger event occurs, the ability checks whether the stated condition is true ... If the ability triggers, it checks the stated condition again as it resolves"; I'm a little confused.

Example: I control a Vampire Hexmage and there is a Birds of Paradise on the field as well. I sacrifice the Vampire Hexmage to remove a Planeswalker. Assuming nothing else happens, the Lifeline trigger will see the Birds of Paradise and put it's own trigger on the stack for EoT.
Now let's suppose the Birds of Paradise is destroyed, Lifeline trigger sees no creature but is still on the stack for EoT (?).
During the same turn, I cast Llanowar Elves and proceed to EoT. When both triggers from Lifeline resolve, do they now see a creature and put both creatures that died back on the field or just the Vampire Hexmage?

Afterthought: If the Llanowar Elves is destroyed, will no creature be returned as the now 3 triggers resolve seeing no creatures on the field?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Fredthederp on So Metal

1 week ago

Using Lifeline you can make the disposable artifacts creatures and get them back

nobu_the_bard on Does this work with the ...

1 month ago

The tokens still go to the graveyard when they normally would (destroyed, sacrificed, etc) which will count. What changes from a normal card is that the token ceases to exist when states are checked next while off the battlefield, so effects like Lifeline are not useful with them.

Paranoiac on Ayli: Eternal Sacrificing

2 months ago

Have you considered Lifeline and/or Dawn of the Dead? Both might work well for what you are trying. I am trying to do something similar but slightly different with my Karlov Lifegain deck. Take a look in case you find some inspiration.

Paranoiac on Need help making a Glorious ...

2 months ago

Consider Cauldron of Souls and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed for creature recursion. You might also take a look at Lifeline (it benefits everyone, but it benefits you more). Leyline of the Void can remove your opponents benefits from Lifeline.

SirSh4ggy on Muldrotha - This is Metal

3 months ago

Some neat artifacts you might consider are Sword of the Meek, Wayfarer's Bauble, and Deathrender. They're all pretty different, but they could be good utility for you.

Lifeline is an old one that's pretty neat, since you can sac your stuff with no consequences!

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