Life's Legacy

Life's Legacy

Sorcery

As an additional cost to cast Life's Legacy, sacrifice a creature.

Draw cards equal to the sacrificed creature's power.

Browse Alters View at Gatherer

Trade

Have (1) Azdranax
Want (3) Cactusman , kingcraig , Hardycore

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Magic 2015 (M15) Rare

Combos Browse all

Legality

Format Legality
Unformat Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Frontier Legal
Pioneer Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal

Life's Legacy occurrence in decks from the last year

Latest Decks as Commander

Life's Legacy Discussion

Jerakin on Xenagos' Dudes goes Face

1 day ago

Thanks again! Awesome that you take the time out of your day to really give such an insightful comment.

I have been working on the deck after I posted it and even upgraded it a bit between your comment and me posting the deck, two of them are even cards you recommended! Bonders' Enclave and Gruul Signet. I also added Rogue's Passage to maybe sneak an attacker in.

I did actually buy quite a few cards a few days ago that just arrived and some of them are also cards you mentioned :D

The ones you mentioned that I added are Siege Behemoth, Rishkar's Expertise, Rancor, Lifecrafter's Bestiary and Greater Good!

I also added these ones, maybe you have some comments about them?

  1. God-Eternal Rhonas, it looks like it can combo quite well with Xenagos. Have you tried the cards?
  2. Mwonvuli Beast Tracker, I always find myself missing Trample so I thought this guy could help tutoring for it.
  3. Skarrg, the Rage Pits a worse Kessig Wolf Run but also a lot cheaper, and I am mainly after the trample effect (I think).
  4. Scavenging Ooze wanted a way to deal with peoples graveyard shenanigans.
  5. Mind Stone ramp! (basically added it because you mentioned it in Norin :P )
  6. Solemn Simulacrum there are other ramp cards in green but I just think he is a lot of value.
  7. I also swapped the Sedge Scorpion for a Deadly Recluse because even though I find it nice to have a early thing on the board that can deter people from attacking me before I have some of my guys out I found that a lot of attacks just went over it.

The things I will be cutting is the Scorpion and

  1. Mistcutter Hydra (I have other sources of can't be countered and it not doing anything else than that feels a bit week),
  2. Dragon Throne of Tarkir (too slow. Even though I love the prospect of being able to double the equipped creature and then have it applied to every other creather, it simply doesn't happen often enough and it doesn't provide value as soon as it lands because it would cost + mana for it to do so),
  3. Solidarity of Heroes (I have used it as a combat trick but it is too situational especially as I plan to cut some of the counter/hydra creatures),
  4. Twinflame (often when I am thinking of casting this I realize I would rather cast one of my creatures or wish it was a creature),
  5. Brash Taunter (thought it would be fun, but it is as I expected - way to slow), Flame-Wreathed Phoenix (I wanted a flying creature but and really only put this in for sentimental reasons but it just isn't doing anything, it is very unsatisfying to double it especially if it already have haste),
  6. Peregrination (don't think it's worth the cost, added other/earlier ways to ramp),
  7. Nissa's Pilgrimage (same reason as the other)

Let me know what you think about the cuts and if I could have made better ones!

Now for your recommendations!

Enchantments

  1. Added!
  2. Lurking Predators Sounds like a great idea, would love to hear what you think should be cut from the deck too.
  3. Added!

Artifacts

  1. The Great Henge Yeah I want a few of these, to go into some decks. Have on my "buy it on a bargain" list. Hopefully I can pick it up soon.
  2. Added!
  3. Added!

Sorceries

  1. Decimate and Hull Breach Looks like great cards, I have noticed that I really need to put some enchantment/artifact removal in and these two looks like great picks for it.
  2. Life's Legacy Very nice card! Will probably pick it up, but when do one have to much draw?
  3. Nature's Lore I was going to add one of these a while back as I thought i had one laying around but I couldn't find it and forgot to acquire one. Will put it on my list :)
  4. Rishkar's Expertise Added this one!
  5. Skyshroud Claim I like this card too, but I always find 4 mana ramp to be a little late. You think it's still pulling it's weight?

Instants

Beast Within Great card, will be adding this at one point

Berserk Never been a fan of killing my own creatures, but I guess the added benefit of being able to use it on an enemy is nice. I could also Berserk it and then sac it myself with any of the card draw cards. Will be looking out for one if I can find a really cheap one.

Momentous Fall Nice one! Will pick this one up for sure

Return of the Wildspeaker Will add this one too, bought a few of them already a week back but they are taking their sweet time arriving.

Lands I have already added the Bonder's Enclave and will be adding a Myriad Landscape as I have an extra one. I will also look to acquire the other ones. I am thinking of also adding Reliquary Tower as it's likely I will get more than 7 cards in hand after a sacrifice, Mishra's Factory as it's one of the only good manlands I have (doubt Kher Keep will do much here) I am also thinking of adding a Tectonic Edge to deal with other people's lands.

Creatures

Most of the dragons you mention was about to go into the deck, but then I bought a Secret Lair and built a dragon deck instead. Will be looking into getting most of the dragons you mention here.

There's so many here, hard to pick and choose which to add! I will start with the ones I know I want in Eternal Witness because there is always something that's worth casting twice, Kogla, the Titan Ape can remove a lot of stuff in one go as I can give it haste too, Ilharg, the Raze-Boar been looking to add this guy since day one! But they have always been so over priced in my local market about 7-8$! I managed to find one yesterday for $5! So hopefully it will find it's way to me tomorrow :) Reclamation Sage need more removal so this on should be a given, Sakura-Tribe Elder need a bit more ramp so I can get it out more reliable so this one a good one. Was going to add a Fierce Empath when I opened 2020, must have forgotten!

I am also looking to add Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma and Lifeblood Hydra but they are hard to find in my local market. The other ones I will add to my list and pick them up if I can get them cheap, to at least switch out for some others and see what fits my play style the best!

Would love a Deflecting Swat (in Norin too), but my local market have it quite high, and I think I can find more impactful cards for cheaper. Oh I will definitely upgrade for a Vines of Vastwood and look for a Blossoming Defense, right now my biggest defense against spot removal is Archetype of Endurance but it's so expensive to cast!

There are a lot of cards here that you have mentioned that I have both already added and want to add now that you have brought them to my attention, so I will have to do a lot of cuts and would love to here your thoughts on what should be removed (and if the cuts I already did where good ones) would also love why you think I should remove some cards over others.

Thanks a lot for yet another deep look at my deck! Really appreciate it :)

Profet93 on Xenagos' Dudes goes Face

2 days ago

I also run a Xenagos deck! Lol, what are the chances! I will try to keep cards under $15 per your suggestion....

Enchantments....

  1. Greater Good - BEST card you will ever add, if you listen to ANYTHING I say, this is it. Period.

  2. Lurking Predators - With 1/3rd of your deck as creatures, this is like a sunbirds invocation that does something even if you pass the turn! Highly recomended!

  3. Rancor - Nice to have, makes a 1/1 into a 6/4 trample with Xenagos. Providing trample cheaply and repeatedly is nice

Artifacts

  1. The Great Henge - A bit over budget, but nice to have. Card draw, lifegain and ramp all in 1, usually for .

  2. Gruul Signet - Nothing flashy, but another 2 mana ramp to help bring Xenagos out T3-4

  3. Lifecrafter's Bestiary - Scry and card draw, not bad, definitely worth considering to help maintain gas

Sorcerries

  1. Decimate - 4 cards for 1? yes please! Can also target Xenagos if no other enchantments since he's indestructible.

  2. Hull Breach - Mini decimate, still good!

  3. Life's Legacy - Very useful, sometimes it sucks sacrificing a beater, but its sometimes very very needed, especially if you know they are holding up removal, they cant cast it in response since saccing is additional cost to cast

  4. Nature's Lore - Ramp on T2 that can search up duals and brings the land untapped

  5. Rishkar's Expertise - I rarely advise for risky cards, but the positive far outweighs the negative. Your biggest issue in this deck is getting 2 for 1ed, when you cast a draw/enchantment spell on your creature, they can remove it in response so you lose 2 cards to their one. But the potential of drawing 8 plus cards and casting a spell for free helps with this deck lack of tempo and card draw. I think it fits quite well

  6. Skyshroud Claim - Nature's lore x2. While not necessary, can be helpful in keeping some tempo and ramp is crucial in a big beaters deck.

Instants

  1. Beast Within - Permanent removal. Thats a nice Maze of Ith you got there, ashame if it got destroyed :D

  2. Berserk - A better unleash fury that can on occasionally kill opposing creatures when needed

  3. Momentous Fall - Used in response to removal, removal can't be used in response to cast on the same creature

  4. Return of the Wildspeaker - Used in response to removal

Lands...Obviously none of these are needed, but they make the deck slightly better are relatively cheap. Worth the investment, IMO. You have lots of room in your landbase given you are playing green and already run an ok amount of ramp. Adding even more ramp will really make your utility lands shine.

  1. Dread Statuary - Manlands are helpful as they can be used for draw spells (see above instants/sorcerries) and can be equipped with rancor to deal damage unexpectedly.

  2. Castle Garenbrig - Need that extra mana for that creature? I got you covered

  3. Bonders' Enclave - Decent card draw

  4. Blighted Woodland - Ramp

  5. Myriad Landscape - See above

  6. Raging Ravine - Manland

  7. Sheltered Thicket - Least important of all lands, but nice to draw late game and can be fetched with nature's lore, farseek, skyshroud (although it will come in tapped)

  8. Kessig Wolf Run - Has helped me win here and there. Shouldn't be overlooked, nice to have like the rest of these

Creatures

  1. Atarka, World Render - 12/12 double strike trample flying w/ Xenagos! Too good to pass up

  2. Balefire Dragon - Deals with token decks and can clear a board while dealing heavy damage

  3. Carnage Tyrant - HEXPROOF. I cannot tell you how many times hexproof has saved me in this deck. They cant use their removal they've been holding up, they can't counter it, and it has trample. Stats leave something to be desired a bit, but can pack a punch with Xenagos and is safe to use Rishkar's expertise on

  4. Elder Gargaroth - New card which fuels card draw and has vigilance too!

  5. Fierce Empath - Nice to find the beater you need

  6. Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma - Ramp and provide trample!

  7. Eternal Witness - Nice recursion of a beater or draw spell

  8. Ilharg, the Raze-Boar - A beater that returns itself eventually and helps bring in other beaters (note: ETB triggers and the creature can attack a different opponent). Like a mini sneak attack

  9. Inferno Titan - ETB and attack trigger. Not bad, I find it useful although you might not despite it being better than a lot of your other cards.

  10. Kogla, the Titan Ape - ETB and attack trigger. Can be nice to bounce an eternal witness to give it indestructible.

  11. Lifeblood Hydra - Even if they kill it, you get to draw something. I've found it useful, especially with berserk.

  12. Nylea, Keen-Eyed - Helps make your creatures easier to cast, hard to remove, and helps you maintain gas. I'm still not convinced with it, testing it in my own build TBH. But thought it worthwhile to mention.

  13. Pathbreaker Ibex - A beater that provides trample to other beaters. Puts in some decent work, especially with a rancor!

  14. Reclamation Sage - Cheap artifact/enchantment removal on a creature (ex: lurking predators)

  15. Sakura-Tribe Elder - Another cheap 2CMC ramp spell to ensure Xenagos T3-4

  16. Savage Ventmaw - HUGE TEMPO! Attack and cast Rishkar's expertise or the Great Henge and then return of the wildspeaker/momentous fall/life's legacy or anything else is huge. Getting the attack and tempo in is VERY helpful as our deck struggles with tempo putting all the mana into a big creature.

  17. Shaman of Forgotten Ways - Ramp and an alternate wincon should you need it

  18. Siege Behemoth > Thorn Elemental

  19. Wood Elves.Farhaven Elf - Ramp, wood elves getting untapped duals

OVERALL: The deck is ok. I'm surprised how it has such a low CMC, but given your X spells. Once you replace those with 5+ CMC creatures, it will increase your AVG CMC to "normal". You want your AVG CMC to be around 4. Xenagos works as a sniper, you cast one big creature, give it haste and hope it doesnt eat removal. Given you spent all that mana on the creature, you don't do much else for the turn and then people usually swing at you because they are afraid of you casting another big creature out of nowhere.

As a result, having protection for them is crucial. In the form of heroic intervention, or another card out of budget such as Deflecting swat (which is SO powerful, counter counterspells, redirect targetted removal, targetted draw, targetted extra turns and more FOR FREE, so you can BLUFF INTERACTION). One more idea I'm thinking of is to replace Giant growth with Vines of Vastwood, similar function but provides protection as well. Also see Blossoming Defense for a similar function should removal/interaction is an issue in your meta as much as mine. Given you play against combo, they probably have interaction prior to them assembling their combo.

I got lots of ideas for cuts, so be sure to lmk what you think of each suggestion!

Hausar on Hungry Hungry Hellion

4 days ago

Life's Legacy was originally in the deck but being a sorcery made it unviable to run since we want Thromok around to either smash or fling.

I replaced it with Momentous Fall which is a very similar effect at instant speed as we can still get value from his removal.]

Thanks for the suggestion!

Xica on Deck Help with Temur ramp …

1 week ago

Ditch blue, and use a fetcheless RG mana base, look up fetchless. storm for reference.

Stop using ramp cards that have a cmc higher than 1. Its bad enough to loose 1 mana ramp cards to removal, don't make the issue rose by losing even more tempo with them. Cards like Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma
Even cards like Sakura-Tribe Elder are so weak that they don't really see play outside valakut decks, where the fetched land acting as Lightning Bolt is a huge upside. Similarly Sylvan Caryatid is played only in Soulflayer decks, as it grants a relevant keyword on top of ramping, and Jeskai Ascendancy decks, where your combo piece being hexproof matters a LOT.

Don't run "do nothing" cards, like Electrodominance.

If you feel the need to run card draw, run something like Life's Legacy, or even just Combustible Gearhulk, that way you avoid having to splash blue, and get a card that plays better in most situations. (gearhulk is 4-8 damage, or you draw 3, life's legacy can be played after some value plays baited counterspells)

And for the sake of all thats good run some unconditional interaction, be it Lightning Bolt, Bonecrusher Giant, Abrade or whatever else you like.




P.s.: If you want some fine budget powerhouses you may want to tinker around with cards like It of the Horrid Swarm, or Decimator of the Provinces - while they require a very specific mana curve among creatures in the deck to accomodate them, they are brutal if those conditions are fullfilled.

King_marchesa on Hungry Hungry Hellion

2 weeks ago

Have you thought about Life's Legacy?

TwiStaR on "Lemme Borrow That"

2 weeks ago

Hi, first of all: nice list.

I should have a copy of Yasova in my lot and this deck realy made me think of a Yasova-deck for my own :-) But i got too many decks right now :-( ;-)

I would suggest Greater Good. Maybe instead of Life's Legacy. It`s basically the same but permanent.

Maybe, if you want to have a combo-part in your Deck, than think about swapping in Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. It goes infinite with Zealous Conscripts (you target kiki-jiki with the untap) for a big attack. Or you make infinite Kiora's Follower (also untapping kiki-jiki) and sac them to Goblin Bombardment for pure damage or Ashnod's Altar / Food Chain for infinite mana.

And personally i don't like Chaos Warp too much. Some times it makes situations just worse. Maybe Song of the Dryads would be a good replacement Even it's not an instant...

What about cards like Sundial of the Infinite. Ending the turn earlier then the end step allows you to keep what you took and could be great in some siutations.

Maybe you like some of my ideas.
Best regards,
TwiStaR

BenWin on [[Primer v3.4]] - OM_RATH!!! (M20 Update!!!)

3 weeks ago

VexenX, as you have recently inspired me to find room for more draw in Om_Rath, I have done some testing and I'd like to recommend some ambitious solutions. First, I'd like to touch on some cards that I think have been holding Om_Rath back.

1) Doubling Season. Lets power level check this card by comparing it to another 5 CMC card Where Ancients Tread. I believe both cards serve a similar purpose: Do more damage. If our focus is burn: Doubling Season does an extra 3 damage plus a sac outlet effect per land given that you have a sac outlet vs Where Ancients Tread's 5 extra damage per land, no outlet required. The biggest problem I'd like to point out is that Doubling Season demands that you also have a sac outlet in play to be interactive with other players on the same level as Where Ancients Tread. Although we will usually come across one of our four sac outlets in a given game and we'll always have the creatures to burn players given a board wipe, Doubling Season is very often a slow card. Not to mention that it always deals less total damage than Where Ancients Tread. Lets look at the other upsides of Doubling Season though. What it has that Where Ancients Tread doesn't is the ability to create more creatures. Lets take a look at the cards that benefit from more creatures in the deck: Gaea's Cradle, Shamanic Revelation, Purphoros, God of the Forge, Craterhoof Behemoth, keep in mind Akroma's Memorial was recently slotted out, and more burn effects like Where Ancients Tread. None of these cards are at all dependent on Doubling Season effects, they appear to only be assisted. I could not say the same about Where Ancients Tread - a card that Om_Rath is often dependent on to close games. In summary, although Doubling Season and Parallel Lives are strong synergistic cards, I view them to be awkward in many hand states and cut-able if the price is right.

2) Genesis Wave. I gotta say this card looks much more exciting on paper than when you actually play it. And that's IF you play it. First off, Genesis Wave is usually the last card in your hand that you play when you're out of gas. This isn't a bad idea if you need a mana sink and if you have good odds on hitting some bombs. I won't knock the mana sink call, but what exactly are we trying to hit in this deck? In theory, we're playing a deck that has its main bomb for a commander, so most of what you can expect to hit is lands and cheap spells. And in that respect, isn't Genesis Wave often a high CMC ramp spell? The kind of spells we've been cutting from the deck for a while now for good reason? I think it's cuttable.

3) Command Beacon. I get that it's useful to have a late game land, but I think Command Beacon is TOO late game. Every time you sacrifice a land, you sacrifice tempo. Tempo you could use to drop more lands for a real CMD cast or draw spells into real protection for Omnath, Locus of Rage. For ex. just one tutor draw can grab Sylvan Safekeeper and a lot of the time that works better than any Command Beacon loop will. If you're looking for a late game land, I think you want to be in Field of the Dead. I've been absolutely loving it, and it even fills the role of a tiny Doubling Season, keeping Gaea's Cradle, Shamanic Revelation, and Purphoros, God of the Forge perfectly happy even after Doubling Season's removal. This also means splitting your mountains and forests in half to make room for equivalent snow lands.

Off this tangent, I would propose the following changes with a theme of increasing draw, decreasing CMC, and not compromising win cons:

Genesis Wave --> Sensei's Divining Top : Top does everything including sinking mana and sometimes drawing cards

Doubling Season --> Skullclamp : I believe Skullclamp was always correct in Om_Rath and synergizes with sac outlets even better than Doubling Season will. Plus the card draw is way too insane.

Parallel Lives --> Compost : Compost can be an on or off card, but if we're talking odds, I think it hits enough of the time in enough games to earn a slot.

Return of the Wildspeaker --> Life's Legacy : Same card draw for much less CMC. In both scenarios you will want a 5/5 out anyways. I think it's a great deal.

Command Beacon --> Field of the Dead

7 Forest --> 7 Snow-Covered Forest

3 Mountain --> 3 Snow-Covered Mountain

And lastly, with the addition of more reliable draw I think Burgeoning deserves to be revisited. You will have more hand states with more lands than you can play in a turn or even two. If you were to make the swaps I listed, I would recommend slotting in Burgeoning over Mina and Denn, Wildborn. I think this is more where we wanted Om_Rath to be in the first place. I believe you only slotted out Burgeoning because the deck didn't have enough consistent card draw. We know Mina and Denn, Wildborn fills a flex spot because it's an expensive Exploration and if all Exploration effects were integral to the success of the deck, we would also be in Wayward Swordtooth. If we're in Burgeoning, I think we should also slot in Ghost Town again. In summary:

Mina and Denn, Wildborn --> Burgeoning

Evolving Wilds --> Ghost Town : Thought assisted by my previous post about Evolving Wilds

I hope you take everything I say with a grain of salt, and at the end of the day I just love chatting about Om_Rath!!!

Xica on Undying Retribution

3 weeks ago

Well i am not THAT familiar with your archetype ot be frank, i just used some of the same sacrifice fodder in my deck, and there Life's Legacy has been absolutely fantastic.
If you have any way (even just exalted) to pump a creature, that card is utterly absurd.

Load more