Sanguine Bond


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

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) Rare
Magic 2014 (M14) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare

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Sanguine Bond


Whenever you gain life, target opponent loses that much life.

Sanguine Bond Discussion

SideBae on Zombo's and God's

4 days ago

As a general rule, adding things to slow your opponents down is a good way to start taking a deck to the next level. Idk how much search your meta has, but Ashiok, Dream Render works wonders against enemy tutors while also providing a level of graveyard hate.

Liliana, Death's Majesty is well under $10 and should be strongly considered for any zombie deck.

Unholy Grotto is a utility land you might be interested in, as it provides some recursion for your zombies.

You also seem to be relatively light on card draw or selection. Ponder , Preordain and Brainstorm are all good cantrips, especially if conjoined with shuffle effects like Evolving Wilds or Terramorphic Expanse . Personally, I like Night's Whisper and Chart a Course as two-for-ones, but I see you're running Phyrexian Arena ; that is a solid permanent which produces card advantage. Graveborn Muse is also a similar consideration, although the life loss may need to be countered by a Whip of Erebos or the like. In a similar vein, something like Slate of Ancestry may work well with the token-producers you have; Curse of Disturbance seems a good consideration to add to the token-package. It's worth noting that a large majority of EDH games are decided by card advantage.

I'm not sure how well Crypt of Agadeem works; I've had poor results with it. You may want to just run a basic land instead.

The Undermine slot is likely better served with Sinister Sabotage . In a format with 40 life, making an opponent lose 3 life is equivalent to draining them 1.5 life in a 20 life format. In all likelihood, you may just want the ability to filter your draws or (ideally) to bin a zombie, then cast it from the graveyard with Gisa and Geralf without needing to worry about wasting a draw on it.

I've also not had good experience with 3-mana artifact mana-producers. I suggest Dimir Signet and Talisman of Dominance instead of Mana Geode and Chromatic Lantern . Chromatic Lantern really only becomes strictly necessary in 4- or 5-color decks, and since you're 2, it seems superfluous.

I also notice you're running Xenograft and Arcane Adaptation . I don't think these cards are necessary, especially if you cut Call to the Grave for something like Grave Pact or Dictate of Erebos .

I always like seeing a list with Exquisite Blood in it; you should run Sanguine Bond as well, as these two together produce an auto-win. Also, if you put a way to grant lifelink (such as the aforementioned Whip of Erebos ), Sanguine Bond begins to act as a pseudo damage-doubler.

Depending on your meta and whether there are other creature-based black decks, Bad Moon may be a good insert as an anthem effect. Similarly, barring an over-abundance of artifact decks, you may want to include Ashes to Ashes as a two-for-one removal spell.

Since UMA came out, Entomb is only a few dollars; Buried Alive acts similarly. So I advise adding that, as well as reanimation effects like Animate Dead , Necromancy or Reanimate . Being able to produce a Grave Titan turn two is always a massive plus. But don't feel limited to just Grave Titan , though; things like Helldozer are good reanimation targets as well. If you just want big, black fatties, Massacre Wurm and Phyrexian Obliterator are two of my favorites (though they're relatively expensive).

Good luck with the zombies. The living dead are bosses.

Bazzul on One card combo Demonlord Belzenlok

4 days ago

Thank you for your comments! I added some of your suggestions. I highly recommend you check the maybeboard it has a lot of cards that could fit in the deck depending on your meta, playstyle and how much damage you are willing to take from Demonlord Belzenlok .

ShinyZ, in regards to protection for Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Triskelion from exile cards such as Path to Exile you can always Soul Spike + 1 dmg with Triskelion to kill Mikaeus, the Unhallowed in response and then cast Living Death . However if in your meta you still have problems keeping your combo online, you can always have alternative combos such as Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond or Lich + Repay in Kind . In regards to Solemn Simulacrum I think there are simply better ramp cards (check the ramp section in the maybeboard, I think I have most of the 4 cmc ramp cards).

LordBlackblade on Daddy Markov's Vampires

2 weeks ago

borjaambroce - It is most assuredly possible! With that focus in mind, I would cut all of the aristocrats cards you're currently running that wouldn't advance your new plan!

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There are also a fair number of cards in your list that I have personally tried that have under-performed.

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Finally, there are a handful of cards that don't fall into either previous category that I think warrant discussion.

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gonki on That Ghost Guy

2 weeks ago

Aura Shards is a card that works great with Karador. The amount of triggered lifegain and opponent's losing life seems to warrant Defiant Bloodlord , Sanguine Bond , Exquisite Blood and Wound Reflection . The middle two enchantments also give you an infinite combo win although if your play group doesn't like that sort of thing then you may need to choose only one of them. There are cards like Kokusho, the Evening Star that you can recur for their effect, sacrifice outlets ( Vampiric Rites is a cheap one) and also core cards for decks with recursion such as Sakura-Tribe Elder . Although she's a commander herself you could consider including Meren of Clan Nel Toth for even more recursion. I tried to base these suggestions on enhancing things your deck is already doing or providing another potential direction like using sac outlets to get the best of out of cards like Kokusho and recurring them.

GhostChieftain on Healer EDH

2 weeks ago

Exquisite Blood and Vizkopa Guildmage would be good fits for this. Exquisite Blood goes infinite with both the guildmage and Sanguine Bond .

lifemtg on Oloro - commander

3 weeks ago

U have to many creatures. Everything DerektheRed said above is true. With your type of deck you might want to consider turning this into a control/life gain deck. U got lots of counterspells and Boardwipes. U got wrath’s and targeted removal. If u are going to go this route, your win-cons would be mostly utilizing life and using to your advantage like Underworld Connections or Greed . Then u use cards like Aetherflux Reservoir , to end games, maybe Test of Endurance or Felidar Soverign. Or use the classic combo with Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood . And Pillowfort cards like Ghostly Prison or Propaganda . If you still wanna go this route (which I don’t suggest) listen toDerektheRed,s suggestions.

cmsrDPM on Licia Suicide Combos

1 month ago

Hi friend. I run a version of this deck with Selenia, Dark Angel and have really considered Licia for red.

There is an upcoming combo in this wheelhouse you may be interested in. Start with a Bolas's Citadel in play. Then Cast Doomsday . The cards you will pick (hopefully there are still in you deck) are Aetherflux Reservoir , Children of Korlis , Tainted Sigil , a land, and Beacon of Immortality .

Depending on your life total after halving it you may want more 1 drops than anything. But the plan is to make it so Beacon of Immortality is the only card in your library and you keep casting it off the top. You gain infinite life. Aetherflux Reservoir , Sanguine Bond , or Vizkopa Guildmage finish off your opponents.

I know this is a lot of cards you are not currently running. Just wanted you to have all the tools you might need.

FrantaFire on Oloro, Annoying Ascetic.(Budget Control Life Gain)

1 month ago


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For Oloro, you seem to have only so many cards that really say "I'm going to win if you don't get rid of this" such as, Felidar Sovereign , Serra Avatar , and Sanguine Bond (amongst others), so I would recommended some possible creature tutors like Eldritch Evolution or Fierce Empath .

The former, Eldritch Evolution , puts it right on the battlefield but you don't have any creatures you want to sacrifice other than some chump Spirit tokens you may have created; and the latter, Fierce Empath , is really cheap and is able to search for two of the previously mentioned threats - can also find Sphinx of the Steel Wind , Magister Sphinx and a couple others.

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Sanguine Bond occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Black: 0.2%

W/B (Orzhov): 0.79%

W/U/B (Esper): 0.44%