Vampiric Link

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Planar Chaos (PLC) Common

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Vampiric Link

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.

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Vampiric Link Discussion

carpecanum on Rakdos, Lord of value

2 weeks ago

Nullstone Gargoyle is great for creature heavy decks.

Rock Hydra and maybe another couple things with X in the casting cost.

Balduvian Rage and Howl from Beyond maybe

Don't even THINK about playing Heartless Hidetsugu without putting Vampiric Link in your deck. Its jut too funny.

wereotter on Rakdos Politics

1 month ago

Couple potential pitfalls I can see I have some suggestions regarding. If Xantcha's controller dies, the effect exchanging control of her ends, and she reverts back to your control without changing zones (no opportunity to put her back in the command zone). As such, you probably will want more sac outlets than just High Market, or at least some instant speed kill spells to aim at her.

As far as making her a little more interesting, I might suggest Vampiric Link to give her pseudo lifelink, except you still get the benefit rather than her controller. Laccolith Rig is another card that can get really fun on her, as if someone chump blocks her, you can still take out a different creature with 5 or less toughness, or if someone was blocking her with something that would kill her, and she can't trade with, you can at least have her kill something else on her way out.

Also, Victory Chimes is really nice since it lets you help you encourage your opponents to use her ability since you can effectively make it cost one less the first time.

wereotter on Xantcha Sleeper Agent

2 months ago

After watching your video and now looking at your decklist, there's one minor, but very important detail I think was missed. If you look at the rules regarding Xantcha on Gatherer, you'll see that if the person you gave Xantcha to dies, then she doesn't go to your command zone, she stays in play under her owner's control without changing zones. So the deck probably wants something more than Miren the Moaning Well to sacrifice her, or some other way to take her out.

A couple thoughts I had that fit perfectly: Bogardan Hellkite, has flash and deals exactly 5 damage, which can kill Xantcha and leave you with a nice sized creature. Kiku, Night's Flower can activate to kill Xantcha, but also can be used to kill other creatures in the mean time.

Also a potentially worthwhile card to help keep you on top while doing all the stacking minor damage to everyone is Vampiric Link. Considering Xantcha has to attack every turn anyway, you can put that aura on her to give her pseudo lifelink, however you'll still gain life from her dealing damage even while you don't control her.

passascats on Take My Xantcha

2 months ago

I feel like there is a lot more interesting things you could do with this deck.
There are a lot of forced combat cards out there that can make sure players are tappedout when she goes to swing: Avatar of Slaughter, Grand Melee, War's Toll, Goblin Diplomats, Total War, Warmonger Hellkite, and Invasion Plans.
There are also some cool enchantments that can help drain her controller or boost your life without mana: Visions of Brutality, Vampiric Link, Contaminated Bond, and Treacherous Link.
Temur Battle Rage, Psychotic Fury, and Uncaged Fury can boost commander damage or save her from death when she's facing another 5/5 blocker.
This one might be over budget, but Crawlspace can really help make sure you don't get hit with every other attacking creature on the board.
Good Luck!

passascats on Xantcha, EDH

2 months ago

So, I don't know why I didn't think about this till now, but Mogis actually presents a problem with Xantcha. The same could be said of Tainted AEther. Here are some cards I think would be interesting:
Visions of Brutality, Vampiric Link, Treacherous Link, Disrupt Decorum, Rakdos Signet, Bazaar Trader, Uncaged Fury, Temur Battle Rage, Psychotic Fury, Latulla's Orders, Havoc Festival?, Vandalblast, Everlasting Torment, Geth's Grimoire, Dreadbore.

pokepower116 on Xantcha, Woke Agent

2 months ago

Gleeock

Braid of Fire is definitely tempting. Xantcha is an amazing sink for this card. My only concern would be how long the game lasts. Two mana is such a low investment that it might be worth putting into the deck anyways. Also would make a stronger case for Pyrohemia getting added back into the deck too!

As far as Vampiric Link goes, I think you're spot-on with your analysis. I don't think the lifegain offsets the potential of getting 2-for-1'd and once my opponents know that I'm gaining life for every Xantcha activation; they will probably stop doing it. It also would be a nonbo with 3 cards currently in the deck (Sulfuric Vortex, Havoc Festival, and Rampaging Ferocidon). Along the same line of thinking, I considered adding Phyresis into the deck. However, since it would be the only source of infect, she would either need to attack the same enemy twice or have someone pump 15 mana into her activated ability before she (or the enchantment) gets removed. Alternatively there could be a damage doubler on the battlefield, but I think that's bordering on thinking too wishfully.

Adding in Braid of Fire is really tempting but also hard to slot in. As I mentioned in the update section, I'm trying to add more card draw, another boardwipe (Pyrohemia or Chain Reaction?), and a land. You could somewhat make an argument for Braid of Fire being card draw with Xantcha, but that might be stretching it too much. I'm also looking for cuts in the deck so that I can include those categories of cards; but I love every card that's currently in there. Thinking Crown of Doom even though it encourages attacks and potentially turns Xantcha into a 3 turn kill instead of a 5 turn. Let me know what you think!

Gleeock on Xantcha, Woke Agent

2 months ago

Also, on the fence with Vampiric Link the 2-for-1 & potential for the lifegain to discourage the ability activation :(

carpecanum on Rat Nest

2 months ago

I see you have a couple lifelink cards... I always liked Vampiric Link because you can cast it on an opponents creature and still gain the life

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