MTG Combo: Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond

This is a legitimate combo that does not end the game in a draw unless another player controls a Platinum Angel. As long as every other player dies you win the game.

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Kogarashi on lose life to win

1 month ago

You're off to a decent start, I'd say. Your curve looks good, though you're mana base is a bit weak at the moment (you should be running about 40 land for consistency). Some commentary as I took notes:

Heliod, God of the Sun doesn't seem to fit with the overall theme of the deck. You'd be better off with a card that will give you lifelink creatures or something, to help offset the life-loss from your various effects. Whip of Erebos would be my pick for this deck.

Blood Tribute is going to want more vampires, which are kind of slim in your deck at the moment.

Brainspoil is...poor removal. I would remove it. Killing Wave, on the other hand, is a good choice for sweep, and Remorseless Punishment and Temporal Extortion are nice. I like Near-Death Experience as an alternate win-con, but Path of Bravery is going to hamper that, especially since you don't appear to have super-consistent lifegain.

You have...two? infect cards. I would remove them since infect is really an alternate win-con that you aren't geared toward. Diseased Vermin might make for an alternate rat if you must have a rat, especially if you can give it evasion somehow, and it works with lifelink. It's not a strong pick for the deck, though.

Knight-Captain of Eos wants more soldiers. There are quite a few vampire soldiers, and some of them would work well in this deck. Vicious Conquistador is one that works with your theme.

Seekers' Squire doesn't really seem to fit any of your themes.

Wall of Shards short-circuits your life-drain by giving increasingly large amounts of life to opponents. You don't need it. I would also skip the Hyena Umbra and Hatred.

As for further suggestions, things with Extort are good. There's always the Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond combo, which can also use Vizkopa Guildmage in place of Sanguine Bond.

Other suggestions:

Ones that work somewhat with the life drain: Defiant Bloodlord, Retreat to Hagra, Thrull Parasite, Bontu's Monument, Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Underworld Coinsmith (this would be a reason to keep Heliod, actually), Zulaport Cutthroat, and maybe Vizkopa Confessor

Others that pay life or give you life somehow: Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip, Chainer, Dementia Master, Cruel Sadist, Phyrexian Reclamation, Vona, Butcher of Magan, and Elenda, the Dusk Rose (for working with your creatures dying).

All of this, of course, is subject to what you're willing to buy, and you don't have to listen to anything I say. It's your deck, after all.

Starsky2814 on Protean Chromium, Elder Dragon

2 months ago

I finally got to get some games in with Chromium! Official record is 2-0 before putting it away. First game was a little slow and won on turn 8, but I need to talk about game two. I pulled off a “W” on turn 4! Not bad for a “slow” commander. Here is how the game played out.

Opening hand: Mana Crypt, Swamp, Underground Sea, Talisman of Progress, Traumatize, Exquisite Blood and Replenish.

Turn 1: Draw Fellwar Stone, land drop Underground Sea, cast Mana Crypt, tap it to cast Talisman of Progress, tap that and land to cast Fellwar Stone. End turn.

Turn 2: Lost 2 life on failed coin toss. Draw Mana Confluence, land drop Swamp, cast Exquisite Blood. End turn.

Turn 3: Won coin toss. Draw Dark Ritual, land drop Mana Confluence, cast Chromium, the Mutable. End turn.

Turn 4: Won coin toss. Draw Auramancer's Guise. Tap Swamp to cast Dark Ritual, used the in mana pool in combination of tapping Underground Sea and Talisman of Progress for the , to cast Traumatize and mill myself 44 cards. Tapped out to cast Replenish to reanimate tons of lost auras and with it Sanguine Bond. Swung Chromium, the Mutable and won with the win con of Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond !

What a fun game!

Pengutim on Raining Blood

2 months ago

Yep, exactly SynergyBuild. Also works with Cliffhaven Vampire, which is a great add if you have lots of life gain in the deck.

Depends on your meta whether infinites are allowed etc. My Edgar is primarily a hit in the face deck with a go wide strategy (flood with tokens) but I have Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond and Cliffhaven Vampire + Exquisite Blood as alt wincons.

Starsky2814 on Protean Chromium, Elder Dragon

2 months ago

In the budget build, the combo of Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond , was changed to Bloodchief Ascension + Mindcrank . But that should be changed for a cheaper combo if possible.

If Replenish, were to be removed. It should take it down to the allotted budget.

Starsky2814 on Protean Chromium, Elder Dragon

2 months ago

Thank you, SynergyBuild and skoobysnackz.

Tunman, like SynergyBuild stated. I also, didn’t find Vanishing too beneficial in this case. It is an option for protection, if extra is needed for certain metas. Right now, for me, the flex Auras that can be swapped out for alternate spells are, Predator's Gambit, Indestructibility and Spirit Loop. So if this were to be used as a blueprint. Those spells are good as gone for other flavor spells.

jesusaintnodj, thanks for the +1! I’m glad you enjoy the build! SynergyBuild, did mention before that I should add an infinite combo. So by popular demand, I’ll do just that. I’ll add Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond . Also, I have been playing around with a couple prototype builds based on this. One that is the “Control Edition” and the other I have dubbed the “Time Walk Edition.” Time Walk Edition, includes Nexus of Fate, Time Warp, Temporal Mastery, Temporal Trespass, Karn's Temporal Sundering, Temporal Manipulation, Capture of Jingzhou and Walk the Aeons. Cards that I cut for those are, Predator's Gambit, Indestructibility, Spirit Loop, Gilded Lotus, Consecrated Sphinx, Hero of Iroas, Kor Spiritdancer and Sram, Senior Edificer.

SynergyBuild on Protean Chromium, Elder Dragon

2 months ago

Day's Undoing has some application, but Time Reversal doesn't end the turn. Given infinite money, Timetwister is the preferred card.

This deck I feel would much rather not shuffle the whole graveyard into it's deck. Stream of Consciousness works out pretty well in that way.

On another note, Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond combo would be the route this deck would take if it really did go with that, as both pieces are Replenishable.

Final point: Effects like Time Sieve have little application in this deck. Time Warp would be much better, as would most effects in that realm. Sacrificing 5 artifacts is almost back-breaking for this deck, and even with an Open the Vaults in hand, you's have wasted a turn using it, which defeats the whole purpose.

PlatyThePlatypus on Platy's EDH BUG Muldrotha Death and Rebirth

2 months ago

Yeah, I am not really a huge fan of instant win combos. I have one with Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond but I don't really want to be that guy. I still want the game to be fun and for everyone to enjoy playing a game of magic. So yeah, I'm not hard core competitive, but i do want to win; just not at all costs :)

Gob-droid001 on Atalya - Lady of Lifegain

4 months ago

Hi luffington, this deck is definitely something else - I've not seen the word life used so often on one page - whoa. I've never thought about a passive strategy either, stealthy sure but not passive.Have you considered taking other colours too? Because you can create an infinite Life/Mana gain loop with Transcendence + Treasonous Ogre for Red (you can see it on Treasonous Ogre's Gatherer page), or for Black you can use Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond .

Oh, while I'm here - the links you tried to send in your comment on my deck Grenzo's Method of Madness didn't come through, I'm not sure why but all I got was square brackets. Would you mind trying again please? I'd love to hear what you recommend! Thank you!