Creature — Minion
When Sleeper Agent enters the battlefield, target opponent gains control of it.
At the beginning of your upkeep, Sleeper Agent deals 2 damage to you.
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|Tenth Edition (10E)||Rare|
|Urza's Saga (USG)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Sleeper Agent Discussion
3 months ago
I'd sub Kalastria Healer and Zulaport Cutthroat for Blood Artist and Blood Seeker. They have more interaction with your opponent's board than yours. I'd also add Sleeper Agent, it's a solid 1 drop that deals consistent damage.
5 months ago
Thank you a lot for the appreciation Epicurus :)
These are some useful suggestion that i thought about but i found a little bit of problems adding them to my list (at least without some testing) for some reasons:
Seizan, Perverter of Truth is pretty nice, a lot of card draw but is a "lose life" effect which is not doubled by Obosh/Quest for the pure flame/Angrath Marauders, as you can see Forsaken Wastes is the only "lose life" of the deck included because abolishes life gain and punish the one who removes it. There is the problem of giving a lot of value to the opponent (it's a double Phyrexian Arena). requires some testing to see if the damage pays up what we give to our opponents. Is still a pretty good call, maybe Hypotesizzle can be a nice cut for him if someone wants to test. Goes direct to maybeboard
Sleeper Agent i love that card but there are some downsides, if you drop her turn 1 and the opponent that gains control of her knows the deck you are playing will instantly swing at you a couple of times to have an advantage on the "damage spread clock" you are setting, if you drop her late she can be used as a blocker and dies. If someone have sacrifice outlets is even value for them, it's pretty situational and not so reliable, and that hurts me because i wanted to play this card.
Master of the Feast another card i like A LOT, but has no "built in damage" like Nekusar/Fevered Visions or even Seizan. This means is really valuable when you have effects like Underworld Dreams but having him in hand without these is risky, because is free value for 3 opponents. Best used in Nekusar EHD cause you have this effect staple in the command zone.
Lightning Bolt ...that could be a nice card...but we are not lucky with obosh restriction -> Isochron Scepter. A single lightning bolt doesn't impact the game like a Slagstorm (even if it's basically 3 lightning bolt on a single card if used on opponents). The only way to make Lightning bolt in EDH is to make it an engine.
Thank you for the suggestion ! I'm still open for improvements
5 months ago
+1 for DOT decks. Wish I could +1 again, because this is the first deck I've seen on here with a companion.
I picture it being difficult to build with the companion rule. I keep thinking of suggestions, but most of them are even CMC, lol. You probably already thought about them all and couldn't. However...
Ok, that's all I got.
9 months ago
I like the ideas you have here, though I'm not quite sure where Bazaar Trader fits in as you're not exactly trading anything nor do you have anything that would have them at a disadvantage if they had it, i.e. Sleeper Agent . That being said, have you considered Kari Zev's Expertise ? It feels like a strictly better version of Act of Treason and it allows you to play Thud for free. Also Yahenni, Undying Partisan feels like he would be a solid sacrifice outlet for this deck since it is free and he just gets better as the game goes on. Whip of Erebos and Dictate of Erebos could help with some recursion and double your removal. Hope this helps.
1 year ago
I feel like it should stay with me but, it's moving to their field of play so just wanted to double check since it's language states that it targets a player. (In this case one that is untargetable via Hexproof).
1 year ago
awesome deck, love me some Xantcha. Have you considered cards like Hunted Horror , Sleeper Agent , or Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor ? Your deck seems to focus more on getting xantchas effect off, I don't know if these will fit, but can be fun polictaically and lend to group slug tactics.
1 year ago
I really like what you've done here, and I vote you build this deck. I can tell that, despite not having played very long, you've done your research. Haven't even seen Balduvian Warlord in a list yet, and it's some great tech. Plus you're running my favorite black card in EDH, Syphon Mind! Such value.
As for what to add, I think you could use another sac outlet or two for when Xantcha comes back to you after a player dies. Phyrexian Tower is a good investment. It only recently went from like $60 to $10 from the reprint, and I don't see it being reprinted any time soon.
Some other good cards to encourage combat and keep yourself protected are Koskun Falls , since it's the only Ghostly Prison in BR. No Mercy is a great deterrent, as well. Also, Maddening Imp is fun tech, but you can force combat more broadly with Angel's Trumpet , Fumiko the Lowblood , Goblin Spymaster , and Warmonger Hellkite .
As for helping Xantcha hit the mark, Cover of Darkness is excellent. Gotta love the old tribal cards that affect other player's creatures, and you're unlikely to get much splash effect from naming "Minion." Although, if you want to capitalize on it, Chainer, Dementia Master , Sleeper Agent (the OG Xantcha), and Phage the Untouchable could all play well into what you're doing. Chainer for the abundance of dying creatures. Agent, since no one will want to block it and for that sweet, sweet flavor. Phage, since no blockers should be a goal in your deck. Either way, Cover of Darkness should replace Whispersilk Cloak , since you can't equip creatures you don't control. Shizo, Death's Storehouse could also be good.
I think you could use a little more mana fixing, as well. Blood Crypt is unlikely to ever get cheaper than it is now. Temple of Malice is nice, and if you find yourself leaning black, Tainted Peak could be a good include, as well. Also, Rakdos Signet seems like a given.
As for cuts, I don't think Hissing Miasma is that great. Koskun Falls and No Mercy are much better deterrents. Shizo, Death's Storehouse is more mana-efficient than Rogue's Passage , and makes black mana, to boot. The Haunt of Hightower just seems too slow to be worth the cost if you're not building around it. Words of Waste seems like a loosing battle, since you'll need to be paying 3 mana to draw with Xantcha and activate the ability, so for every two times you combo, you're paying 6 mana and putting your opponents down 2 cards each and drawing 0 cards. For that 6 mana, you could just draw three cards, instead.
1 year ago
@KablamoBoom If you were to Dominate Sleeper Agent you still don't get to retarget its ETB effect. People explained it but I see there is still some misunderstandings. MTGArena or Xmage is great at visualizing this type of stuff, but imagine the ETB as a separate "card", popping on the stack. You can remove the creature card from the battlefield, but its trigger "card" is still on the stack and is controlled by the person on whose side the creature entered the battlefield. Therefore with effects like Dominate that target stuff already on the battlefield, you don't control the ETB trigger and can't retarget it. Imagine we are playing commander with a third person. He casts Sleeper Agent and it resolves. He says "Madcookie will get the creature", you cast Dominate, before the trigger has resolved and steal it. Then the trigger which exists on the stack as "Madcookie gains control of this object eg.Sleeper Agent" resolves and you lose control of the creature and I gain control of it and will lose 2 life on my upkeep if it is still there.
Lastly I suggested Aethersnatch because I got the feeling you were interested in getting a certain ETB. Once a creature has entered the battlefield any ETB from it go on the stack and are controlled by the person whose side of the battlefield it entered play and as far as I know there aren't any cards that can steal triggers from the stack.