Life, for your life

by Ajani_crotch_kicker on 24 October 2013

Main Deck (60 cards)

Sorceries (3)


Instants (3)


Artifacts (2)


Enchantments (6)


Land (24)

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Deck Description

Lifelink and "Sanguine Bond" are the main mechanics here (or "Vizkopa Guildmage", if "Sanguine Bond" isn't available).

This deck tries to gain life (anyway possible) in order to take out your opponent. Any abilities that drain life (extort, for example) are doubly effective!

How to Play

Most importantly, get out "Sanguine Bond" or "Vizkopa Guildmage".
Once one of them are out, exploit lifelink whenever possible! Extort will also help speed up the game if you run into a stalemate with your opponent. If your opponent has a strong defense that you can't seem to penetrate, start using "Festering Newt", "Bogbrew Witch", and "Bubbling Cauldron" combo to not only gain life, but effectively drain down your opponent, and also have a chance to kill a creature (possibly opening up an attack next turn - this would grant you 8 damage to your opponent, 4 life for you, plus -4/-4 to one of their creatures)

And if you only have "Bubbling Cauldron" and either "Vizkopa Guildmage" or "Sanguine Bond", just start sacrificing creatures! It'll drain you opponent down!

Deck Tags

  • Orzhov
  • Life Drain
  • Standard
  • Combo

Deck at a Glance

Social Stats

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Mana Curve

Mana Symbol Occurrence

3604600

Card Legality

  • Not Legal in Standard
  • Legal in Modern
  • Legal in Vintage
  • Legal in Legacy

Deck discussion for Life, for your life

This Deck seems like it can be a fast aggresive Deck, but not sure. i would have to play test it.

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Posted 25 October 2013 at 10:00

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This deck uses lifelink and extort in clever ways. I really see this causing a lot of damage, especially in 3+ games. Even in its raw skeleton, the deck is built with a perfect balance of mana and creatures/spells. Overall, very nice deck in theory.

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Posted 25 October 2013 at 14:56

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Thank you :3

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Posted 27 October 2013 at 18:54

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You can also try a K.O Infinite Loop combo using Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood.

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Posted 25 October 2013 at 16:18

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Why do people think this card combo is a good idea? Those two cards do not give you a win, they give you a draw. Not only that but exquisite blood has cycled out and is no longer standard. Thats a considerable flaw in your strategy my friend.
104.4b If a game that’s not using the limited range of influence option (including a two-player
game) somehow enters a “loop” of mandatory actions, repeating a sequence of events with no
way to stop, the game is a draw. Loops that contain an optional action don’t result in a draw.

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Posted 25 October 2013 at 20:28

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I absolutely love the deck though.

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Posted 25 October 2013 at 20:30

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Depends on the kind of loop, this combo loop ends as soon as the opponent is dead.

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Posted 26 October 2013 at 00:53

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since loseing is a state based action once your opponent is dealt the last damage needed he loses then theres no target to keep the loop going.

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Posted 26 October 2013 at 17:22

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Exquisite blood targets a player, so when you gain life with sanguine bond, drain that player to zero, then when you gained the lay life from that effect, you can target a new player. I've used that combo before, it works great, but i wanted thus deck to move faster and with lower mana cost.

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Posted 27 October 2013 at 18:51

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Its also not a mandatory loop, as it says you may take that action

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Posted 27 October 2013 at 18:53

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You can do as Ajani_crotch_kicker says and target individual players but in the end you and the only remaining opponent still result in a draw.
Sanguine bond: Whenever you gain life target opponent loses that much life.
Exquisite blood: Whenever an opponent loses life, you gain that much life.
Losing from having 0 or less life is a state based action which would require that the player with 0 or less life have priority in order to respond. Neither card contains the word may, so they are mandatory actions. This loop, when it starts to resolve, could not then be interrupted by any other spells (one triggers the other, which triggers the other, which triggers the other infinitely). Thus the player with 0 or less life would never have a chance to respond, neither player can cast anything to interrupt that mandatory loop and the game is a draw even though you have positive infinite life and your opponent has negative infinite life.

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Posted 28 October 2013 at 05:37

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ah, I thought Exquisite Blood was worded with "may".

Either way, i wanted this deck to be usable in standard, and as you said, Exquisite blood has been cycled out

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Posted 28 October 2013 at 05:46

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The player with 0 life gets priority after each ability resolves (sanguine bond gets triggered, put on stack, then the enemy gets prioity then loses) because after each ability whether it says "may" or is mandatory, the enemy gets priority after its put on the stack. Voidslime will be able to cancel this combo.

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Posted 28 October 2013 at 23:59

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Vizkopa Guildmage acts as an Exsquisite Bond with her second ability. Competely viable, but not a very consistent one.

By the way, if your (Duckie5000) sack were true than Boros Reckoner would not need indestructibility in order to gain infinite life. But alas you must otherwise the state-based action of it's life being at 0 wouldn't kill it not ending the loop. Thus once a players/creatures life total reaches 0 the player/creature is dead.

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Posted 30 October 2013 at 16:31

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Yeah, Vizkopa Guildmage is there as an early game sanguine bond until it is drawn then played. After you have sanguine bond, the guildmage becomes kinda useless. But it's only in there as a backup plan.

Although i suppose you could use it's ability with sanguine bond and double up on the effect

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Posted 30 October 2013 at 17:29

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whats the point of fiend slayer in this deck? :p
id replace him with divinity of pride or edge of divinity (:
mind checkin out my deck? A like and coment would be awesome so i could get it some attention ^_^

http://www.mtgvault.com/greenee/decks/instant-fury/

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Posted 27 October 2013 at 00:54

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Wanted the deck to be legal in standard, plus a 2/2 lifelink and first strike for 3 mana is great

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Posted 27 October 2013 at 18:48

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ahhhh, i see (:
mind checkin out my deck, Im srsly in need of advice on it XD

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Posted 28 October 2013 at 06:58

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I apologize is someone else already brought this up, but is the name of the deck a Man on Fire reference? If so BOSS, if not it should be.

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Posted 30 October 2013 at 22:37

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lol, yes it is!

I was actually watching that movie while making this deck. While I was making it, I wasn't sure what to call it, then i heard that line and was like "BOOM! That's it!!"

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Posted 31 October 2013 at 07:28

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Haha, love it dude.

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Posted 01 November 2013 at 22:59

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