Syphon Life

Syphon Life


Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

Retrace (You may cast this card from your graveyard by discarding a land card in addition to paying its other costs.)

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Syphon Life Discussion

Chasmolinker on 101% Mono Black Burn

2 weeks ago

How about Dread Presence. You could cut 1-2 Syphon Life for it. Cool build! +1

KoRnF3wzed on BW Blink Rack

2 months ago

Honestly I wouldn't run Syphon Life in the side unless you're running at least 4x Raven's Crime and 1x Dakmor Salvage in the main as being able to lock your opponent into discarding a card per turn is very strong in rack races, but the ability to turn that into Gaining 2 life against, say, burn, is very powerful. When I ran Smallpox 8-Rack MonoBlack, I ran 22 lands, and still found not enough, Flagstones of Trokair definitely helps a lot of that, but if you're needing lifegain, run Kaya, Orzhov Usurper , (with Rest in Peace , her Ult basically wins you the game).

zapyourtumor on BW Blink Rack

2 months ago

raefgall Blackmail is indeed a pretty good card here, it's just that my list is super tight already. If I had space I would probably put in a third Raven's Crime first, then fourth lili. When I first saw Syphon Life I was really skeptical, since it requires three lands (which doesn't always happen in a smallpox deck) and doesn't have much payoff so I thought it wouldn't be great against aggressive decks. However I've heard it mentioned enough that I'll try one in the sideboard. It's just that I'm not sure how good it is since this deck also has a really greedy manabase with only 21 lands (while most Smallpox 8rack decks run 24), and I think a fourth affliction might be better for racing opponents.

raefgall on BW Blink Rack

2 months ago

I heard someone talking about this combo in another shell and I was excited to look into an 8-Rack brew. With the conversation about Seize and IoK above, I wanted to toss the Blackmail hat into the ring. Not as good early game, but not as much of a dead draw late game. I've also found that Syphon Life can be a decent sideboard card if you're running into those race situations you mentioned.

legendofa on Strixhaven spoiler season

5 months ago

Mcat1999 I get your concern, but your first hypothetical effect just showed in Kaldheim for a split-payment , with Behold the Multiverse . Good card, but not exactly tearing up multiple formats. Your second example I would compare to, let's say, Fierce Invocation or the Elvish Rite I just looked up and Brute Strength , with New Rowan out. Not quite as perfect a parallel, but I'm not sure your example is much worse. Your final example involves cheating out a creature, plus two planeswalkers, for Sorin's Vengeance and Syphon Life .

Of course, if they reveal a completely broken low-cost insta-kill Lesson, I retract everything and condemn the design fully. But I'm cautiously optimistic that the Lessons are going to stay fairly clean and healthy. From what I've seen, any potential gains in colorlessness and flexibility are offset by cost and effect size. After all, unless you have New Rowan out, you still have to pay and an opponent's card draw for Utter End .

Jackfrost23 on Win First Ask Questions Later *Turn One Win*

8 months ago

EvilG, I don't think so. You could probably replace him with some more burn spells to speed up the deck like Syphon Life or a different source of card advantage. Glad you like the deck!

Heliogabale on Haha tutors go brrrrrr

9 months ago

This conversation inspired me and I started building a Tormod & DePietro list. My first instinct was to look for other mechanics that feed well into DePietro, so that may be useful to you.

Retrace is definitely a good fit with this commander's ability. You can play Syphon Life every turn and et the land back. Another good synergy is Tortured Existence , get back any creatures from your graveyard for one mana.

If you are curious, here is the card pool I have assembled so far (not a deck yet!). A Night At The Mausoleum - DePietro & Tormod

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