Xantcha, Sleeper Agent


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Rare

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Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

Legendary Creature — Minion

As Xantcha, Sleeper Agent enters the battlefield, an opponent of your choice gains control of it.

Xantcha attacks each combat if able, and can't attack its owner or planeswalkers its owner controls.

: Xantcha's controller loses 2 life and you draw a card. Any player may activate this ability.

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Xantcha, Sleeper Agent Discussion

JMarostica on Marchesa, Political Queen of Pillows

2 days ago


MegaMatt13, I'm always too embarrassed to post comments, my English is not good. But I'd like to say that I also have a Queen Marchesa deck.

Today, my Queen Marchesa deck is my favorite commander to play MTG with my friends. Since I chose this commander, I follow your updates here, on the tappedout!!!

Your deck is really cool and has always been a source of ideas and inspiration. Since the C18 spoiler, I've been waiting to see your updates and see the inclusion of Xantcha, Sleeper Agent.

Thank you!

SynergyBuild on Omnipotence Comes With An Iron Grip

4 days ago

You have 137 cards, you need to drop 37?


Landbase drops/adds:

Drop all three temples, bounce lands, Sunken Hollow and Smoldering Marsh, Forge of Heroes, Command Beacon, the three lands like Sulfur Falls, Dragonskull Summit, Desolate Lighthouse, and Drowned Catacomb, total of 13 lands, but add City of Brass, Gemstone Caverns, Ancient Tomb, Mana Confluence, Tarnished Citadel, Gemstone Mine, Shivan Reef, Underground River, and Command Tower

Total loss of cards = 5, rest needed = 32

Mainboard additions I'd suggest?

Talisman of Dominance, Fellwar Stone, Talisman of Indulgence, Bottomless Pit, Dark Confidant, Snapcaster Mage, Timetwister, Ponder, Brainstorm, Laboratory Maniac, Demonic Consultation, Tainted Pact, Imperial Seal, Dismember, Chain of Vapor, Pact of Negation, Mystic Remora, Swan Song, Delay, Dispel, Liliana of the Veil, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Chrome Mox, Mana Vault, Mox Diamond, Lotus Petal, and Rolling Earthquake.

Addition of 27 cards = 59 total to drop


Xantcha, Sleeper Agent, Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Vedalken Humiliator, The Scarab God, Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, Liliana Vess, The Eldest Reborn, Painful Quandary, Pendrell Mists, Mind's Dilation, Omniscience, Leyline of Anticipation, Hero's Downfall, Stunning Reversal, Rakdos Charm, Thrilling Encore, Countersquall, Desertion, Go for the Throat, Fraying Omnipotence, Hour of Devastation, Tormenting Voice, Torment of Hailfire, Syphon Mind, Disrupt Decorum, Dark Intimations, Cruel Ultimatum, Blatant Thievery, Beacon of Unrest, Blasphemous Act, Damnation, Bloodchief Ascension, Disciple of Bolas, Etali, Primal Storm, Nightveil Specter, Fell Specter, Blazing Specter, Augur of Bolas, Clever Impersonator, Jace's Archivist, Kess, Dissident Mage, Mystic Confluence, Disallow, Cryptic Command, Reforge the Soul, Megrim, Liliana's Caress, Entreat the Dead, Phyrexian Arena, Rhystic Study, Search for Azcanta  Flip, Dream Salvage, Chromatic Lantern, Expedition Map, Lightning Greaves, Worldgorger Dragon, Animate Dead, Gonti, Lord of Luxury and Glacial Chasm

That should do it! 100 card deck!

The biggest upside to my switches and drops is the extreme amount of lowering that is done to the average cmc of the deck, along with the droppage of slower cards that do little without other spells. The new gameplan would be use discard and disruption like countermagic and removal to stop your opponents just long enough to use Laboratory Maniac with Demonic Consultation or Tainted Pact to exile your deck, and usually a draw spell like Brainstorm. More tutors for consistent gameplay is in the switches too.

pokepower116 on Xantcha, Woke Agent

1 week ago

Gleeock Once again, I love the idea! I especially love your analogy at the end; that's exactly what I'm aiming for. As you get to play some more games please let me know how it ends up! REALLY interested in the way you're taking the deck.

commander_kings At first I was confused by what you meant. I was thinking "of course Xantcha, Sleeper Agent is in the deck...". Then I looked up Sleeper Agent to make sure it wasn't a separate card; then I figured out what you meant. This card is absolutely perfect for this deck. It does exactly what I was looking for! I'm honestly a little mad I have never seen this card before. I just got it on order and it definitely deserves a place in this deck.

Bloodytrailz on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 week ago

Any cards in C18 looking good in your eyes? I'm looking at Treasure Nabber and Xantcha, Sleeper Agent as interesting cards. I think treasure nabber is ramp in colors that historically don't have ramp. Xantcha is probably a questionable meta call, it's got some politics built into it, but it's going to draw hate from 1 player.

haikukane on Xantcha, Slow Burn

1 week ago

Update #2:

Added some more sacrifice outlets, including explosive mana spells like Mana Geyser and Burnt Offering; some ways to close out the game in Comet Storm and Exsanguinate; and a few more mana sinks (extort creatures) to make use of any floating mana that isn't being used to pump into Xantcha, Sleeper Agent's activated ability.

scotchtapedsleeves on Gotcha with Xantcha! (New C18 Commander)

1 week ago

I'm working on my own budget Xantcha, Sleeper Agent as well! Any tips? I was thinking about going after a discard theme, but your deck has given me a few ideas to switch it up!

scotchtapedsleeves on 8x8 Xantcha

1 week ago

LittleBlueHero I actually asked this in the rule questions, and Xantcha, Sleeper Agent has really specific wording. It's not a "This card enters the battlefield under opponents control," her ability is technically "This card enters the battlefield under your control then an opponent takes control of it."

This leaves the problem of infinite mana from opponents easily killing both you and the opponent who has control! That's why I left a section to protect me from that

scotchtapedsleeves on 8x8 Xantcha

1 week ago

shaftdiggity, I think that Xantcha, Sleeper Agent would love those additions! Dauthi Embrace seems perfect for her since it would also be able to be used with other copies of her I can give away!

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