Sovereign's Bite


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Common

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Sovereign's Bite


Target player loses 3 life and you gain 3 life.

Sovereign's Bite Discussion

CrimsonKing on Mono Black Gains

2 months ago


Thought about Sovereign's Bite . Shadowfeed looks really useful wow.good against tutelage and Tron too. I just gotta survive til turn 5 lol damn burn.

BroadScholar on Mono Black Gains

2 months ago

For mono-red... maybe cut a pestilence and/or a shrivel from the sideboard for a bit of early-game lifegain? (Im thinkin like Shadowfeed or Sovereign's Bite ) Just to get you through to the midrange where you can stabalize with Inheritance and Gary. Also seems like it might just be a bad matchup.

heckproof on B/R Burn Deck

2 months ago

Dragon's Claw is great in the mirror, and I’m not saying that it’s better or worse, but Sovereign's Bite also helps in the mirror and furthers your game plan

musicman3310 on Black Judith

2 months ago

I would get rid of Vicious Conquistador , Fungal Infection , and Sovereign's Bite . Maybe you could use some things from your maybe board, but Discovery / Dispersal , Cast Down , and Fight with Fire (for Lyra) have a place here?

frosthammer_eden on Orzhov Revenge

2 months ago

Blood Divination , Sovereign's Bite and Consecrate / Consume are all decent card and not useless by any means but I feel like they could all be cut down in number by 1 or 2. And in their place maybe add 1 Kaya's Wrath (or any counter) or a few more creatures.

But I don't have much experience with this type of deck so don't listen to my advice too much.

Vara_Ithilinder on Call to the Grave

2 months ago

Placed some updates to the deck. Switched out Vampire Sovereign for Lord of the Accursed . Alos removed one Sovereign's Bite . I plane to remove all of the rest pf the Sovereign's Bite for Gray Merchant of Asphodel . It may hurt my deck but i have to have my lady love Liliana in the deck. I will replace Liliana, Untouched By Death with Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip. I feel there is better synergy and i can still get the famous removal Liliana of the Veil is loved for, But the second ability of this one is better for a creature based beck like this. The ultimate is also amazing if one can manage to get it off. Looking to replace Dark Salvation i love it but i feel something like Duress , Despise , or Thoughtseize . Though i think it is good i have played a few rounds with friends and feel it is more a sideboard card as i was always playing a creature instead of Dark Salvation , or i would play something cheaper like Go for the Throat to cast other cards in my hand.

hungry000 on Suicide is occasionally the answer

3 months ago

^^ what kingr8 said. If you are particularly interested in Zombies you could try a Mono Black Devotion list to make use of Gray Merchant of Asphodel and play some Sovereign's Bite / Corrupt for extra life gain.

Cloudius on My Gain is your Pain!

3 months ago

eyes2sky These are very good points you made. Admittedly, I haven't been upgrading this deck in awhile since my current focus is on tweaking my new PDH deck.

I have to admit the over-reliance on the Commander is a down side, both in EDH and PDH but at the pauper level, there aren't that many redundancies, Epicure of Blood is probably the closest but it triggers off each life gain instance, and not each life point gained. Am also trying to find a way to fit this card in.

My removal spells help fill up opponents' graveyard so it is not difficult for Incursion to find a fat graveyard filled with creatures. Combat tricks like sending my lifelinkers to die in combat (blocked by stronger creatures) and then targeting my own graveyard with Incursion won me several games too.

Currently, am only running 4 protection package for my Commander. Let me do a bit more research to see if there're versatile cards that can both protect my Commander while providing other utilities too.

Admittedly, the alternate routes of victory for this deck ain't robust for its over-reliance on the Commander. Certainly can explore other paths like:

A) Creature Beatdown

B) Direct Life Drain - Extort, Sovereign's Bite or the classic Drain Life type effects, though the latter is restrictive since we need for it.

Decisions... Decisions... Decisions...

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Sovereign's Bite occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.1%

Rakdos: 1.69%