Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

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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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Rare

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Format Legality
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Highlander Legal

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Rakdos: 0.39%

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent Discussion

Tsal on Wither the wind blows

2 weeks ago

Stormfist Crusader and Phyrexian Arena might be nice card draw.

If you're going political, there's always Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

Spell_Slam on Kaervek Group Hugging Slug

2 weeks ago

I know this is probably one of the worst cards for multiplayer ever, but Grip of Chaos seems legitimately good for your deck as an on-curve way to protect Kaervek pretty much forever against any targeted removal.

Captive Audience is both a hug and a slug at once. Seems to fit the bill here.

Allure of the Unknown seems like a great way to get some card advantage and also get an opponent to cast a spell for you and trigger Kaervek.

Koskun Falls is a good way to dissuade attacks. You won't mind tapping even your Commander for this.

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent seems good to get opponents to spend mana to kill another opponent and get cards out of it.

Forcing opponents to discard their cards will also encourage them to play more aggressively. It also gives opponents less answers for your main strategy. You wouldn't want to focus on it too much, but a few key cards could be really fun. Rankle, Master of Pranks is pretty versatile, Sire Of Insanity might be overkill, Awaken the Erstwhile is still group-huggy, and then there's Bottomless Pit, Necrogen Mists and Cunning Lethemancer for continual discard.

Dash Hopes is one of the first cards I would remove from the deck. Gremlin Infesation, Tibalt and Judith all seem underwhelming.

Yarok on The Queen's Egg

2 months ago

I feel kinship with a lot of cards. Some of them are... Xantcha, Sleeper Agent, Yarok, the Desecrated, Thief of Sanity, Gargos, Vicious Watcher, Helm of the Host.

BiggieCheese on A Vicious Cycle

2 months ago

KnightofDurin That's a good suggestion, I've used it in my Xantcha, Sleeper Agent list, but I'm not sure if I want it here. The deck is mana hungry, but I would rather have mana to hold up on opponent's turns to cycle rather than be forced to cash it in on upkeep. However, if the cumulative upkeep builds up enough to pay for a cycle and a payoff it could be sweet so I'll keep it in mind.

Darkshadow327 on The EDH Name Game

3 months ago

What is wrong with you. ;P

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

RambIe on Xantcha, Sleeper Agent’s Fake Group Hug

3 months ago

I love what your doing here and Xantcha is one of my favorite rakdos commanders. (up voting)

By itself it is a cheep cmc high value card that can offset the balance of an early game. However in your deck Scheming Symmetry to put Vicious Rumors on top your deck then activate Xantcha, Sleeper Agent to draw and cast. forcing your opponent to mil the card they just tutored. Flavor of "Fake Group Hug"

Personal Preferences (Not Suggestions)

i like Bloodthirsty Blade over Assault Suit lower cmc, shuts down scary vol tron commanders and combos with Artificer's Hex for creature removal.

i also like to stack a lot of utility, (gy recursion, anti mill, spot removal,and at least 1 wipe)

Skullcrack in every red deck

and because i'm extremely anal and almost ocd aboout my decks

Xantcha is 2 color 3 cmc with inherent card vantage so i run her as a 60/40 14,16,20,6,2,1,1 with out ramp

Yarok on What to replace Paradox Engine ...

3 months ago

I really need to know a good replacement that fits Rakdos colors, because I am running Xantcha, Sleeper Agent, and I need an infinite mana combo, requiring something that will Untap every time I cast a spell. The infinite combo is... Isochron Scepter, Dark Ritual, and Paradox Engine, but I need a legal replacement.

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