Sanguine Bond


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander 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.

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Sanguine Bond Discussion

Hexaflexagon on Orzhov and Friends

6 hours ago

This is a pretty neat deck so far. Some things to consider:

  • Consider running more dual lands? They really help with the mana consistency of the deck. I noticed you aren't running Shambling Vent or Fetid Heath , some of the most powerful dual lands out there.

  • I'm not a big fan of Hero of Precinct One . You don't have many multicolored spells, so once you get an Athreos, you could take him out to add one of your commanders in.

  • You're missing some of the best removal spells. Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile are some of the most played removal in White in EDH.

  • Have you considered the Sanguine Bond / Vizkopa Guildmage and Exquisite Blood infinite combo? It can win you the game on the spot and all cards are very powerful on their own. I see that Exquisite Blood is already in your maybeboard, but I strongly suggest you add it in.

I won't suggest anything else, as I sometimes feel that I'll kind of build the deck for you, and that just takes out the fun of the game for some people. If you want some more in-depth suggestions, feel free to ask.

Finally, here are some links you might want to check out:

Good Luck!


Lil_Kalki on Nightmare Zone - Chainer, Dementia Master (EDH)

1 day ago

Hey there!

I crafted a Chainer deck roughly 2 years ago with intent to continue improving it. It's now my pet deck and the one I pamper most.

Your build seems to be missing some components that would make the deck much more wonderful (though it's plenty wonderful already - I love the Platinum Angel inclusion!). I would suggest effects like Sanguine Bond or Defiant Bloodlord if you plan to keep Exquisite Blood in the mainboard. Also, one of the best pieces a Chainer deck can have (even if budget is an issue, this card is roughly only $60 in judge promo form so there's little excuse if you can manage that!) is Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed . This will allow recursion of all your tutors, X-costing sorceries, enchantments, pretty much everything that isn't an artifact (and then, you still have Noxious Gearhulk to recur as well!). I HIGHLY suggest it.

As for me, I have a request: look at my build Threnody for the Victims of Dementia, and let me know where i am lacking as well as what inspires you. I love to help aspiring Chainer players and since you're featured right now I figure this is where I'll shine for you... and others, perhaps. :D

~Lil Kalki

Xynarth on Undead Draw

5 days ago

Alright, this is going to be a doozy.

First off, you have multiple ways of playing Varina. From what I've experienced playtesting her (your deck specifically), she seems really good as a draw engine/fill the graveyard with stuff. But your deck doesn't seem geared towards this specific ability. I would recommend a few cards that encourage more synergy with Varina's ability. The madness cards you use currently are great examples of what I'm suggesting. Other such cards are Big Game Hunter and Archfiend of Ifnir .

I also find you're not running enough graveyard shenanigans. I'd consider cards like Dimir Doppelganger , Body Double , Lazav, the Multifarious , and Dralnu, Lich Lord as ways to further increase graveyard abuse (if you start casting more from the graveyard, River Kelpie is a possibility too).

You're playing a lot of cards that damage your opponents when a zombie dies, but very few sac outlets. It makes your deck rely a little on your opponents killing your zombies for you. In order to circumvent this, I would recommend playing "free" sac outlets such as Carrion Feeder , Voracious Null , Nantuko Husk , Viscera Seer and Grimgrin, Corpse-Born .

On the subject of free sac outlets, Phyrexian Altar and Phyrexian Tower should be considered if ever your budget opens up. Ghoulcaller Gisa has potential as well.

Draw synergies: Alhammarret's Archive , Psychosis Crawler and Sanguine Bond (since Varina gains you life this could be very funny).

Creatures dying synergies (should you choose to focus on that more): Dark Prophecy , Deathgreeter , Grim Haruspex , Grave Pact

Synergy with Varina's activated ability: Eternal Scourge , Misthollow Griffin , Heartstone or the more $$$ Training Grounds .

Flavor: Call to the Grave and Throne of the God-Pharaoh .

JoeNathan37 on Edgar Vampires

1 week ago

It’s been a while since I’ve done this so forgive me if I mess up the formatting or something.

The first (and probably most important) thing I’d recommend is more consistent card draw. Necropotence is good, although the triple black can sometimes be tough to get, but aside from that all you’ve got is Underworld Connections and a few Read the Bones -esque cards. Personally I prefer Phyrexian Arena over UC because it’s basically the same thing except you essentially have to pay 1 mana for UC, although it also gives you the option of timing. Up to you. Anyway, in my experience RtB type single use effects, while good, aren’t quite enough. Twilight Prophet is a strong one that fits perfectly; he’s actually a Vampire and his trigger would set off your Sanguine Bond / Exquisite Blood combo. I also run Greed as a great mana sink for any excess mana.

A pseudo-card draw type effect you might want is Herald's Horn . It is very good here; it makes vampires cheaper and it can get you more card draw; both good things.

I also would recommend you look into replacing Door of Destinies . Sure it can really do work in the right circumstance, but if you draw it late it does essentially nothing. Shared Animosity could be a good replacement.

I could go on and on about ideas for upgrades for your deck but personally I enjoy doing that myself, so I’ll stop here. This has been plenty long enough. I’ll leave a link to my deck so you can check it out if you’re interested; I took mine down a more aggro/token route rather than the SB/EB combo but still you may find something helpful there.

Dango on EDH Luxury Items

1 week ago

I use Crucible of Worlds in my Tasigur list because he can't return lands with his ability, so it's a nice residual effect to keep getting land drops. In conjunction with Exploration the card is bonkers, and Life from the Loam fulfills a very similar role. Some cards you named, as well as others commented below are simply known as "Goodstuff" for good reason. They're just really good value cards to utilize and my Taigur list I mentioned is primarily a Combo Control build with a Goodstuff subtheme because high value cards that help me play magic more readily and increase my deck's longevity work really well in my meta.

Some of these types of cards that I've seen mentioned here are only really expensive because they haven't seen reprints. An example of this is Exquisite Blood . This card has only been printed once and was, for a time, much cheaper than where it stands right now. Sanguine Bond combos with Exquisite Blood , yet it costs less than a dollar because it's a card that has been reprinted five times. Cards like Oracle of Mul Daya or Bloom Tender would not be $40 cards if they had been printed more than once, but because they've only been printed in one set, that's why they're still so high up there and slowly but surely going to keep rising. I think Gaddock Teeg is a great example of this trend. For a time, I believe I saw him going for $35-$40, but when I saw that he was reprinted in Ultimate Masters, his price dropped to right around $7. His Lorwyn print still averages at ~$25, but if you actually look at what they are going for, you're actually looking at buying that exact print for $10.

I'm not sure if this was the intended discussion, but just seeing the suggested cards this looked like the perfect place to share this topic. The economics of the secondary card market is really interesting stuff.

Gleeock on EDH Luxury Items

1 week ago

Smothering Tithe , Sanguine Bond , Electrodominance ... No synergy needed with these, they can just perform well in a standalone capacity.

crabclaw on Teysa Karlov (I NEED HELP)

1 week ago

Some of these cuts below are for efficiency to reign in your cmc, others because there are better cards. Are you looking to make a lifegain-matters deck or a tokens/aristocrat deck? You have a ton of lifegain sources that situationally come into play.

Consider cutting some of the permanent-based sources of card draw for things like Night's Whisper or Sign in Blood . Harvester of Souls is great, especially with Teysa on the board, but it costs 6 mana and can potentially draw you into nothing. Or it may give underwhelming returns for the amount of mana you have to pay into it.

Cuts --

Impassioned Orator

Dutiful Attendant

Orzhov Cluestone and/or Orzhov Locket . Replace with Commander's Sphere

Debt to the Deathless

Exquisite Blood

Sanguine Bond

Open the Graves --> maybe consider Field of Souls . 1 cmc less, and flying is almost always relevant.

Requiem Angel --> I know the combo with Divine Visitation , but that's an 11 mana combo that still needs other cards for any sort of payoff.

Regna, the Redeemer --> Could still leave Krav, the Unredeemed in.

Butcher of Malakir .

Abzkaban on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo [Primer]

1 week ago


Thanks! Glad you like it.

I actually haven’t really considered soul sisters when making the deck as it doesn’t have much of a way to abuse lifegain. I mean I suppose Sanguine Bond could do the trick, but you’d also need a soul sister, and an infinite tokens or sac combo to abuse the etb trigger. That just seems like too many cards to be worth it to me, and I’ve never felt like I needed to gain life to stay in the game long enough to win.

As far as Aristocrats goes, you could build off of that with Ghave, but I don’t see it as going infinite. I mean benefiting from making sacrifices is essentially the core of the Aristocrats strategy, so in a sense Ghave already does that. As far as traditional Aristocrats, though, no I haven’t gone much into that route here although I’d love to see someone make a true Aristocrats deck with Ghave. It’s one of my favorite archetypes, so seeing Ghave at the helm of one would be sweet. My Aristocrats decks tend to lean more Mardu. Dang, did I say Aristocrats enough times? Aristocrats.

I could see Krav, the Unredeemed working in this deck. Draw as many cards as I have creatures to sacrifice and gain life and +1/+1 counters on top of that for only ? Sure! The only reason I hesitate is his casting cost. I’d like to be able to get a draw engine going for cheaper than 5 mana. He’s certainly worth testing, though.

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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%