When you are in a pod with three other players, really, you're dancing with them. 

Some players prefer to bump and grind, smashing into everyone, while others treat it like it is a ballet—delicately precise, where perfection is rewarded. Pick your poison, I guess. Friday night at the club or Sunday evening at the opera. 

But it all comes down to the same thing, right? Power. You see, dancing is never just dancing. It is a constant power play. One takes the lead. The other follows. They job back and forth, but in the end one of them is always struggling to take the lead from the other until they inevitably submit and dance the dance their partner is dancing. It is their world. We are just tangoing in it. 

When you're in a pod you want to take the lead and have the others follow your rhythm, but it's difficult because the moment you are seen as a threat the enemies will start storming your gates. That is why we don't want to be overt with our dance—we want them to feel entranced by it until the moment we decided to… strike.

In Commander there is no better commander for dancing than Xantcha, Sleeper Agent. You take the lead, and whoever you pass her off to is forced to follow. Each player can participate with her activated ability, and no matter what, the afflicted player is forced to be swung around like a ragdoll. 

We are not just picking on one player, though. We want everyone to participate. This is not a middle school dance where the kids sit against the wall. Everyone dances whether they like it or not.

Dance Magic, Dance

Have you ever heard of dancing mania? It is an affliction where people dance en masse for absolutely no reason. It was big from between the 14th-17th centuries. Large groups of people, religious cults, peasants, and thousands at a time would inexplicably break out into dance. What is even scarier is they could not stop. They would dance until they died from exhaustion. Popular theories at the time were witchcraft, namely…curses. 

So, forcing people to dance could be considered a curse? Interesting.

Curses have been an intricate portion of the Commander experience since their inception. You choose who suffers, others point and yell "witch," and you attach that curse to the player that's making life difficult for the table. You may want to pass them around and put them on each player. Really spread the love, you know? 

We have identified both the lust and the curse behind dancing. What happens when we bring the two together?

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Xantcha, Sleeper Agent by Mark Nestico

'Xantcha, Sleeper Agent' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Commander

Market Price: $327.38

Cards

Neheb, the Eternal

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $12.38

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Afflict 3 (Whenever this creature becomes blocked, defending player loses 3 life.)
At the beginning of your postcombat main phase, add {R} for each 1 life your opponents have lost this turn.

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Blood Reckoning

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.24

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Whenever a creature attacks you or a planeswalker you control, that creature's controller loses 1 life.

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Crypt Ghast

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.87

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Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay {W/B}. If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.)
Whenever you tap a Swamp for mana, add an additional {B}.

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Cut // Ribbons

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $1.00

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Curse of the Pierced Heart

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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Enchant player
At the beginning of enchanted player's upkeep, Curse of the Pierced Heart deals 1 damage to that player or a planeswalker that player controls.

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Dread

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $7.71

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Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it.
When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.

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Lethal Vapors

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.48

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Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, destroy it.
{0}: Destroy Lethal Vapors. You skip your next turn. Any player may activate this ability.

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Fiery Confluence

Color Identity:R

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Choose three. You may choose the same mode more than once.
• Fiery Confluence deals 1 damage to each creature.
• Fiery Confluence deals 2 damage to each opponent.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Hissing Miasma

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature attacks you, its controller loses 1 life.

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Stranglehold

Color Identity:R

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Your opponents can't search libraries.
If an opponent would begin an extra turn, that player skips that turn instead.

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Curse of Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.19

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Enchant player
At the beginning of enchanted player's upkeep, Curse of Thirst deals damage to that player equal to the number of Curses attached to them.

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Insurrection

Color Identity:R

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Untap all creatures and gain control of them until end of turn. They gain haste until end of turn.

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Torment of Scarabs

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.27

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Enchant player
At the beginning of enchanted player's upkeep, that player loses 3 life unless they sacrifice a nonland permanent or discard a card.

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Curse of Bloodletting

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.60

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Enchant player
If a source would deal damage to enchanted player, it deals double that damage to that player instead.

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Sudden Spoiling

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.06

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Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't cast spells or activate abilities that aren't mana abilities.)
Until end of turn, creatures target player controls lose all abilities and have base power and toughness 0/2.

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Stuffy Doll

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Indestructible
As Stuffy Doll enters the battlefield, choose a player.
Whenever Stuffy Doll is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to the chosen player.
{T}: Stuffy Doll deals 1 damage to itself.

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Archfiend of Despair

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $20.56

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Flying
Your opponents can't gain life.
At the beginning of each end step, each opponent loses life equal to the life that player lost this turn. (Damage causes loss of life.)

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Curse of Oblivion

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.13

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Enchant player
At the beginning of enchanted player's upkeep, that player exiles two cards from their graveyard.

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Captive Audience

Color Identity:B,R

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Captive Audience enters the battlefield under the control of an opponent of your choice.
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose one that hasn't been chosen —
• Your life total becomes 4.
• Discard your hand.
• Each opponent creates five 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens.

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Harsh Mentor

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Whenever an opponent activates an ability of an artifact, creature, or land on the battlefield, if it isn't a mana ability, Harsh Mentor deals 2 damage to that player.

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War's Toll

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.09

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Whenever an opponent taps a land for mana, tap all lands that player controls.
If a creature an opponent controls attacks, all creatures that opponent controls attack if able.

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Painful Quandary

Color Identity:B

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Whenever an opponent casts a spell, that player loses 5 life unless they discard a card.

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Palace Siege

Color Identity:B

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As Palace Siege enters the battlefield, choose Khans or Dragons.
• Khans — At the beginning of your upkeep, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
• Dragons — At the beginning of your upkeep, each opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Languish

Color Identity:B

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All creatures get -4/-4 until end of turn.

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Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $5.68

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Xantcha, Sleeper Agent enters the battlefield under the control of an opponent of your choice.
Xantcha attacks each combat if able and can't attack its owner or planeswalkers its owner controls.
{3}: Xantcha's controller loses 2 life and you draw a card. Any player may activate this ability.

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Hour of Devastation

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.85

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All creatures lose indestructible until end of turn. Hour of Devastation deals 5 damage to each creature and each non-Bolas planeswalker.

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No Mercy

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $29.72

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Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it.

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Dictate of the Twin Gods

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.52

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Flash
If a source would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.

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Curse of Opulence

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $5.60

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Enchant player
Whenever enchanted player is attacked, create a Gold token. Each opponent attacking that player does the same. (A Gold token is an artifact with "Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Magmaquake

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.30

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Magmaquake deals X damage to each creature without flying and each planeswalker.

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Vow of Lightning

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.32

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2, has first strike, and can't attack you or a planeswalker you control.

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Price of Glory

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $9.67

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Whenever a player taps a land for mana, if it's not that player's turn, destroy that land.

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Vow of Malice

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.30

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Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2, has intimidate, and can't attack you or a planeswalker you control. (A creature with intimidate can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.)

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Disrupt Decorum

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $9.79

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Goad all creatures you don't control. (Until your next turn, those creatures attack each combat if able and attack a player other than you if able.)

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Exsanguinate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.29

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Each opponent loses X life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.73

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Whenever a creature an opponent controls attacks, if you're the defending player, create a 3/3 red Ogre creature token unless that creature's controller pays {3}.

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Silent Arbiter

Market Price: $0.55

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No more than one creature can attack each combat.
No more than one creature can block each combat.

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Oppression

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $10.14

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Whenever a player casts a spell, that player discards a card.

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Arcane Signet

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Exquisite Blood

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $30.06

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

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Curse of Misfortunes

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.48

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Enchant player
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may search your library for a Curse card that doesn't have the same name as a Curse attached to enchanted player, put it onto the battlefield attached to that player, then shuffle your library.

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Wild Ricochet

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.52

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You may choose new targets for target instant or sorcery spell. Then copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Blasphemous Act

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.64

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each creature on the battlefield.
Blasphemous Act deals 13 damage to each creature.

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Bedevil

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $2.56

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Destroy target artifact, creature, or planeswalker.

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Cruel Reality

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.77

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Enchant player
At the beginning of enchanted player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a creature or planeswalker. If the player can't, they lose 5 life.

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Curse of Disturbance

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.80

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Enchant player
Whenever enchanted player is attacked, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token. Each opponent attacking that player does the same.

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Bitter Feud

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.47

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As Bitter Feud enters the battlefield, choose two players.
If a source controlled by one of the chosen players would deal damage to the other chosen player or a permanent that player controls, that source deals double that damage to that player or permanent instead.

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Crawlspace

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No more than two creatures can attack you each combat.

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Smoke

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.90

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Players can't untap more than one creature during their untap steps.

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Marchesa's Decree

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.96

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When Marchesa's Decree enters the battlefield, you become the monarch.
Whenever a creature attacks you or a planeswalker you control, that creature's controller loses 1 life.

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Curse of the Cabal

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.40

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Target player sacrifices half the permanents they control, rounded down.
Suspend 2—{2}{B}{B} (Rather than cast this card from your hand, you may pay {2}{B}{B} and exile it with two time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, cast it without paying its mana cost.)
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, if Curse of the Cabal is suspended, that player may sacrifice a permanent. If the player does, put two time counters on Curse of the Cabal.

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Torment of Hailfire

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $8.28

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Repeat the following process X times. Each opponent loses 3 life unless that player sacrifices a nonland permanent or discards a card.

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Mana Geyser

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.57

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Add {R} for each tapped land your opponents control.

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Sower of Discord

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.42

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Flying
As Sower of Discord enters the battlefield, choose two players.
Whenever damage is dealt to one of the chosen players, the other chosen player also loses that much life.

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Pain Magnification

Color Identity:B,R

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Whenever an opponent is dealt 3 or more damage by a single source, that player discards a card.

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Citadel of Pain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.29

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At the beginning of each player's end step, Citadel of Pain deals X damage to that player, where X is the number of untapped lands they control.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Bloodchief Ascension

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $19.87

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At the beginning of each end step, if an opponent lost 2 or more life this turn, you may put a quest counter on Bloodchief Ascension. (Damage causes loss of life.)
Whenever a card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, if Bloodchief Ascension has three or more quest counters on it, you may have that player lose 2 life. If you do, you gain 2 life.

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Trespasser's Curse

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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Enchant player
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under enchanted player's control, that player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Angrath, the Flame-Chained

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $7.08

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+1: Each opponent discards a card and loses 2 life.
−3: Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap it. It gains haste until end of turn. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step if it has converted mana cost 3 or less.
−8: Each opponent loses life equal to the number of cards in their graveyard.

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Assault Suit

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Equipped creature gets +2/+2, has haste, can't attack you or a planeswalker you control, and can't be sacrificed.
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, you may have that player gain control of equipped creature until end of turn. If you do, untap it.
Equip {3}

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Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.80

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Whenever Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor deals combat damage to a player, that player creates that many 1/1 red Survivor creature tokens.
Survivors your opponents control can't block, and they can't attack you or a planeswalker you control.
When Varchild leaves the battlefield, gain control of all Survivors.

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Last One Standing

Color Identity:B,R

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Choose a creature at random, then destroy the rest.

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Rakdos Charm

Color Identity:B,R

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Choose one —
• Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
• Destroy target artifact.
• Each creature deals 1 damage to its controller.

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Rite of the Raging Storm

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Creatures named Lightning Rager can't attack you or planeswalkers you control.
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player creates a 5/1 red Elemental creature token named Lightning Rager. It has trample, haste, and "At the beginning of the end step, sacrifice this creature."

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Xantcha, Sleeper Agent is widely regarded as one of the best cEDH generals in the Rakdos guild. Her ability to cause opponents to lose life and draw cards plays well with the infinite mana you are able to generate with Worldgorger Dragon and Animate Dead or Dance of the Dead. Pumping it all into making someone lose life will end them instantly.

But we are not about that life. 

The direction we are taking Xantcha, Sleeper Agent is one of elegance and politics. 

Enchanted Evening 

We are playing a whopping 32 enchantments in Xantcha, Sleeper Agent. All of them serve a purpose in this deck by punishing opponents or, most importantly, protecting you from retaliation. 

One of area of finesse with a deck like this is your ability to convince everyone at the same time that you are not the threat, and that you're simply acting in "fairness." A curse here, a curse there—everyone gets one. You are just there to keep the game balanced. 

You let the table decide who is about to suffer most. Welcome to my favorite card in the deck! Captive Audience perfectly encapsulates what you want to be doing with Xantcha, Sleeper Agent. We are here to make friends! So what if we're playing Citadel of Pain and Price of Glory. Those are just there to keep the unfair decks in check. Have a vote around the table. "Who should I put this on?" Let them all plead their cases before you drop the hammer on whoever you like the least. Now everyone is on your side. 

You gave them five 2/2 Zombies.
You emptied their opponent's hand.
You set that opponent's life to 4. 

The afflicted is helpless, and now they are being dogpiled. Hooray for mob justice! But you are not just going to sit back in the meantime. You are going to be putting Curse of Bloodletting on one person. Curse of Misfortunes on another. The other two opponents are put into a Bitter Feud. Have you ever played with a card called Smoke? Did you know there was a card called Smoke? Imagine a world where every spell you play both puts your opponents on clocks and simultaneously protects you from them? All your enchantments work together to keep you in a protective bubble while you sling curses from the inside. It is perfect, really. Like a dance. 

The Upgrades

A deck like Xantcha, Sleeper Agent doesn't have to be a budget deck. You can go far by adding to the mana base. Temple of Malice, Bloodstained Mire and things like City of Brass or Mana Confluence, to give you access to all of your colors at the same time, help immensely. 

In the way of creatures, Erebos, God of the Dead is very, very powerful in this deck, as is another God: Mogis, God of Slaughter. These essentially act as indestructible curses that can eventually attack your opponents, or draw you cards in the interim. If we want to get fancy, of course Demonic Tutor or Vampiric Tutor lend themselves heavily to a deck that relies on searching out its win conditions. Wound Reflection is at its best in Xantcha Curses. 

So which side will you be on? Will you be the one leading the dance? Or will you simply follow? Take Xantcha, Sleeper Agent's hand and see for yourself.