Sovereign's Bite

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Sovereign's Bite


Target player loses 3 life and you gain 3 life.

Metroid_Hybrid on Need help rebuilding an old …

6 months ago

Several years ago I put together a strictly Rakdos-themed Aggro deck built around Fists of the Demigod, Psychotic Fury, Ashenmoor Liege, and having a "transformative" sideboard. Many users on T/O at the time seemed to like it as much as I did. But unfortunately, one day I accidentally left it at an LGS shortly before it permanently closed, and was never able to get it back...

Now half a decade later, I'm looking to rebuild. However, over the past 5 years many new creatures have been printed that have rendered my old list, quite frankly, obsolete..

I'm probably going to keep all of the non-creature spells (except maybe Madcap Skills), but I'm likely to replace all of the creatures except the playsets of Rakdos Cackler & Spike Jester, and the singles of Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch and (of course) Ashenmoor Liege.

With so many new options, compounded by the fact that I haven't played any Modern in years, I find it difficult to settle on a particular direction...

Please advise...

Rakdos Sligh Beats - RakdosDeckWins..

Modern Metroid_Hybrid


(As far as the sideboard is concerned, I'm probably going to replace Blightning with Sovereign's Bite)

zapyourtumor on Lifegain Killed Shadow Again Rakdos Burn

1 year ago

I mean this deck already seems pretty built around it, synergizes well with Eidolon of the Great Revel.

By the way, have you found that all the lifelinking vampires sometimes doesn't work well with Death's Shadow? Since you have 12 vampires and 4 burn spells that gain you life I'm wondering if that might be too many for DS to work well. I feel like you could cut Sovereign's Bite for Scourge.

Balaam__ on Budget Dredge

1 year ago

I’d run Sovereign's Bite over Smiting Helix, if you’re desiring a spell of that sort. It lacks the Flashback and hits the player directly (as opposed to a creature), but is less mana intensive for similar results.

Saccox on Dark Shot Pezzent! (10/12 Euro/$)

1 year ago

Mtg_Mega_Nerds thanks for your comment! Sovereign's Bite is alredy present in 4X, Underworld Dreams it's not in budget. Retreat to Hagra it's a good card but i can't use the first ability,i have only four creatures. Anyway thanks for the ideas!

Mtg_Mega_Nerds on Lazav Light Mill Deck

1 year ago

Add Glimpse the Unthinkable and Maddening Cacophony for some large mill. Add better counterspells like Counterspell , Didn't Say Please , Disallow and Thought Collapse . Take out Bone to Ash , Cancel , and other bad counterspells. Add better removal like Dimir Charm , Heartless Act and Drown in the Loch . Take out Doom Blade and bounce spells. If you still want a bounce spell, add Brazen Borrower . Take out Illusionary Armor and Exquisite Blood for Lightning Greaves and Swiftfoot Boots . You need better ramp so definitely add Sol Ring , Arcane Signet , Dimir Signet and add Command Tower for a land. Add Cloak of Mists and Aether Tunnel for Tricks of the Trade and Way of the Thief . Go infinite with Rings of Brighthearth + Basalt Monolith + Mind Grind . This isn't a mill win condition, but if you want to do something janky, you could do Tree of Perdition + Reduce in Stature + Sovereign's Bite to reduce an opponent to 0 life. Here's a lot of cards to put in. Hope this helps

StarstormKK on Dark Shot Pezzent! (10/12 Euro/$)

1 year ago

Thank you for upvoting my deck. We all work so hard on these things and its nice to have someone else show appreciation for it! I came here to return the favor. When I got here, I had to learn what Pioneer format was all about--I like that they are making time segments that are larger than they used to because I have always been more of a player than a collector.

This deck definitely accomplishes your goals-- it has an obvious theme and the cards are completely affordable. I have a couple of suggestions that would fit into this deck, but I am not sure if they would improve it...just some ideas (I made sure they were affordable as well). Also, I noticed the low number of creatures and wanted to see if I could persuade you into adding a few more. I recognize that the ratio of cards in the deck that caused the desired "life loss/gain effect" needs to be really high for the deck to be functional...finding that balance is likely the hardest part for the newer player.

  • Cryptolith Fragment  Flip : Seems to be right on theme with the life loss for opponents thing and could provide some ramp.
  • Multiform Wonder : Uses and provides energy as well. This could give the player a blocker and a little flexibility, at least if you are running 4 copies of Gonti's Machinations .
  • Ammit Eternal : Cheap CMC for a 5/5. Worst case scenario, the opponent is losing 3 life once. Best case scenario, you have a creature that swings every turn and applies pressure.
  • Baleful Ammit : Combos with the card above nicely, provides lifegain as well. Also Cheap CMC.
  • Bloodhunter Bat : Is one more mana than Sovereign's Bite , does the same thing and provides you with a flyer.
  • Bloodthirsty Aerialist : With there already being 50% of your deck causing you to gain life, this seems like an awesome option. They will grow to the point of ridiculousness very quickly. The price shown here is twice as high as it is when I looked it up, but it is still less than a dollar.

What is great is that there are so many available that I had absolutely no trouble finding some to fit into this theme...I only made it partway through the B's!

Great deck and good luck in your endeavors!


Metroid_Hybrid on Burn It Down

1 year ago

I feel like the Madness shennanigans with Thrill of Possibility/Faithless Looting are cute, at best. There are SO many better draw spells in (the premium of which being Sign in Blood because it can double as a game-ending Shock). I would also trade-out an Alms of the Vein for a 4th Sovereign's Bite.

Some other cards to consider to replace Fiery Temper with: Vicious Rumors, Dash Hopes, Geth's Verdict, Lava Spike, Chain Lightning, Rift Bolt..

Finally, I wonder if you were aware of Piranha Marsh & Sunscorched Desert as well..

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