Sanguine Bond

Sanguine Bond

Enchantment

Whenever you gain life, target opponent loses that much life.

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Commander 2013 (C13) Rare
Magic 2014 (M14) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

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Sanguine Bond Discussion

King_marchesa on Kenrith: The Emperor has No Clothes [[PRIMER]]

3 days ago

If you want to abuse the lifegain ability you can use Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose or Sanguine Bond to gain yourself life and damage other players.

Tzefick on Ellen, the Generous

1 week ago

It's definitely an interesting cards, but I must say that the most recent iteration's second ability still seems too powerful for just 2 mana, even if it grants the opponent a card draw.

It's a legendary creature at 3 CMC that is Esper colors. Most people dislike the additional costs that Grand Arbiter Augustin IV entails. Granted that is to all players and is passive and not active. However it being an active may actually be an upside because then it can be manipulated to basically lock out a player. What's the risk in giving them card draw, if they cannot cast anything?

Althought most single-target kill spells are instant speed, so you're still just making that player increase their chances to find one to kill the Advisor... There's a bit give-and-take / risk-vs-reward.

However consider cards like Aura of Dominion, ( Crab Umbra ), Freed from the Real, Pemmin's Aura, and Vigean Graftmage can relatively easily untap it.

For 5 mana and giving that opponent 2 card draws and gaining yourself a bunch of life, you make everything they cast cost more... That's pretty brutal in terms of taxing. And it can be your Commander. Factor in that the opponent wont play many cards - at least at sorcery speed - and you will be gaining increasingly more life for each activation, in Esper colors that could easily turn that life gain into kill pressure through Sanguine Bond, Vizkopa Guildmage, or Aetherflux Reservoir.

Thinking about it, it's not actually all that powerful (compared to many other things in Magic), but it REALLY would suck to be on the receiving end, especially in a color that either has very few instant speed cards or nothing effective to use it on. Being locked out of the game is an even worse gameplay experience than being killed - at least IMO.


May I suggest an alternative that is more flexible?

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Santiago1011 on Kambal, Crooked Consul

1 week ago

Thanks for the suggestions Peoni. I added Sanguine Bond in place of Kismet because I already have other tap effects and I've noticed I needed the extra damage. As a personal rule though I don't run infinite combos, so I'm not adding Exquisite Blood.


GalaxyCat, I'm glad to hear you liked the deck :) I used an old pillowfort Kambal list I made a while back in conjunction with EDHREC's creature suggestions so I could have a bit more aggressive approach to it. I did add some pet cards like Koskun Falls, Archangel of Thune, and Painful Quandary that I've been trying to find a deck to play to utilize in. I also probably have a bit more spot removal/ exile than the average build.

EleshNornsFs on How has no one thought …

1 week ago

Back when I started playing Magic, I thought I invented the Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood combo.

Peoni on Kambal, Crooked Consul

1 week ago

Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond both serve as good value pieces on their own and can combo infinitely with each other for a win.

Nice deck. Hope this helps. :^)

JoJosMagic on Teysa, Broken on a Budget (Feedback!!)

1 week ago

maybe some inexpensive black cards to try Sanguine Bond with Blood Tribute for extra points throw in Aetherflux Reservoir. as for death triggers and graveyard shenanigans Endless Obedience, along withWight of Precinct Sixand Grimoire of the Dead . for tokens can't beat Army of the Damned with Ayara, First of Lochthwain this can be deadly. you might wanna throw in a tutor or two Diabolic Tutor + Mastermind's Acquisition...last thoughts Bontu's Monument Throne of the God-Pharaoh...any way hope that helps ..happy shopping

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