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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
2 days ago
Though our colors and budgets are a bit different, I might recommend you look at my Home alone deck, which features a similar strategy using Thantis, the Warweaver instead of War's Toll . My deck is a bit different; it's based less on not being attacked, but on forcing people to attack you and then punishing them for it; but the general ideas are the same.
Of immediate note to me is Vicious Shadows . People tend to see this card and read "when a creature an opponent control dies, that creatures controller takes damage equal to the number of cards in their hand." But it's not that. It's any creature, and it's target player. With a card out like war's toll, you should have some options.
Stuffy Doll is a really fun card to look at, and like vicious shadows, it gives you some political power. Watch people attack you with a single creature, knowing you'll block it and hurt a mutual foe. It also pairs really well with red murder spells Blasphemous Act and Star of Extinction . I'm noticing you don't really have board wipe spells here; those two and also the white Wrath of God are good choices.
Archetype of Finality gives every creature you have death-touch, making every blocker you have extremely capable.
Blood Reckoning is a good for making people not want to attack you.
Grave Betrayal is very, very good.
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent is a creature that is incredibly good.
6 days ago
Thanks for the help! I've never made a deck quite like this before and I really don't have a good idea of what I'm doing. If you're wondering about Harmless Offering and Bazaar Trader they're in there because if an opponent loses the game while in control of Xantcha, Sleeper Agent the control replacement effect ends and she comes under my control which could be very bad.
"7/13/2018 In a multiplayer game, if a player leaves the game, all cards that player owns leave as well. If the player under whose control Xantcha entered the battlefield leaves the game, the effect changing control of Xantcha ends. Because Xantcha’s replacement effect creates a continuous effect causing another player to control it, Xantcha isn’t exiled."
1 week ago
Obviously Jhoira of the Ghitu works the best as she can allow you to cast cards from your hand anyway, plus you'd have access to Future Sight and Magus of the Future which are the same card but better.
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent is a good choice if there's a card you can't play off the top of your deck as she gives you the ability to easily remove it. Scion of the Ur-Dragon is a similar option as you're given a useable shuffle effect to change what's on top of your library if you run into an extra land.
3 weeks ago
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent fits so well into this theme, and has a lower CMC than a lot of the cards on this list, plus looks really fun to have go around the table. I hear she also makes a surprisingly good commander. I like her over the more expensive Crimson Honor Guard too. Furnace of Rath is functionally similar to Wound Reflection and cheaper to cast, just a thought.
This deck seems rather cruel to your opponents but I guess that's the point of Rakdos ;) good luck!
3 weeks ago
Heyo! I really like the idea of this deck. It seems like a super fun way to play!
I question the addition of The Scorpion God as its 8 mana to just get 1 -1/-1 counter on something and I guess I can see it if you get him down and have your pillow fort up it is a mana sink. However, you already have a Xantcha, Sleeper Agent as a mana sink, along with if you have all your pillow fort down you are going to have little mana to actually cast unless you let them fall off. Since you're average cmc is 3.84 right now, you aren't going to be running off in the races. It'll be a slower game and I think taking out Obelisk Spider would allow you to pop in Rakdos and Assualt suit. The -1/-1 isn't bad, but it is much much better when there is more support for them. Plus the rakdos assualt suit is essentially another wincon whereas Scorp God and Spider are just some value and do not make you win.
Hope this helps!
3 weeks ago
Hi Zequen! Thank you for your comment :)
Wow, that combo is neat! I may try it one day, actually I already have Havoc Festival in my collection!
You're right, I lack small creatures, so I'm considering addition of more Rakdos-enabling possibilities. Often I ramp pretty fast, so casting 5 or 6-mana-cost creatures isn't a problem. I also have a lot of draw to help me drawing more or less anything I want!
Your example of Curse of the Pierced Heart isn't good because it works only on enchanted player's turn, it should work on my turn to let me cast Rakdos, Lord of Riots . Honden of Infinite Rage would be better in that matter. I am focusing on methods that don't use additional mana resources, like Earthquake or Pestilence . I once used Nettle Drone and Gut Shot but I tried to remove all cards that would be not generic or flexible enough. Cryptolith Fragment Flip looks reasonable :)
I will consider adding Indulgent Tormentor , but Bloodgift Demon is better, and already present in my deck :)
In my opinion there is no such thing as too much mass removal :D It's just too good when your opponents are faster than you.
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent is interesting. I'll look for her in my friends collections! When it comes to Mana Geyser and Neheb, the Eternal I don't think I'd use that large amounts of red mana. My deck consists mostly of colorless and black creatures, and I don't think it would have big impact on my plays :)
Thank you a lot for your advice!
3 weeks ago
Let me introduce to you my favorite rakdos combo Havoc Festival + Wound Reflection . With this they have a turn to find an answer or the die. With the alternate win condition section I assume you aren't against them and this one has value when not together as well.
For comments on the deck. You have no early game power creature wise. The smallest creature you have is Solemn Simulacrum . Considering you have alot of rocks and ramp it may be ok. But to me it looks like you want to act fast and you have like 3 card that can get the damage in to allow you to cast Rakdos, Lord of Riots . Which is what helps you cast end game spells. Many people try to solve stuff like this with Earthquake like effects, or if you are desperate Curse of the Pierced Heart . You can also lols people with Pestilence or similar effects. As you can essentially use it to fulfill Rakdos, Lord of Riots damage opponents requirement, then you can use it to effectively pay 1 Black Mana to reduce the cost of your creature spells by 3.
I would be careful with all the field wipes, you have many great creatures and field wiping alot is counter productive to that strategy. I would replace the field wiping demons to Bloodgift Demon and Indulgent Tormentor instead, as they would be great adds to the deck as the could fulfill the damage requirement and give you card advantage.
I would Personally try adding in Xantcha, Sleeper Agent , as it is card draw and while it is out you can pay 2 extra to cast Rakdos, Lord of Riots . Following the game plan of Rakdos, Lord of Riots you should think about Neheb, the Eternal as well, as it plays the game of damaging people to get "Mana" to cast big spells. A surprise card you can get people with is Mana Geyser as it can easily get you like 12-17 Mana on turn 5 in a standard commander game (4 people).
1 month ago
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent occurrence in decks from the last year
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