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Basilisk Collar Discussion
4 hours ago
Hmm with all these ping-type creatures, having a few copies of Basilisk Collar will spice things up. I would replace the Pacifisms with the Collars, then since we're lower on enchantments, replace the Forgeborn Oreads with something like Cunning Sparkmage. Or a good onedrop like Goblin Fireslinger.
1 day ago
Lilbrudder: I had it in there originally, but I eventually got sick of having it in hand with no good targets. It's amazing to copy a Sword, but less so to copy a Basilisk Collar, et cetera. I find that double strike often has the same effect with less variability.
3 days ago
I drafted on Saturday and my rares were Cavern of Souls, Marsh Flats, got past an Abrupt Decay, and then in my last pack opened a Tarmogoyf. My prize packs also had a Scalding Tarn, Basilisk Collar, and 2 Inquisition of Kozilek. Needless to say I was very satisfied, especially because I never get lucky like that in any type of limited event.
The funniest thing was that my buddy had just bought a box of Japanese Eternal Masters and he had me open up his first pack due to my hot streak...It was a Force of Will.
4 days ago
Dont know if it will fit under budget options, but to be able to equip Basilisk Collar to Olivia and use her first ability is a nice combo :)
TheAlexGnan on G/W
4 days ago
Since you yourself have talked about Windswept Heath, and fortunately its not the most expensive fetchland, I'll go ahead and propose a mana base with it:
In your Colors, Horizon Canopy is an Option, albeit a very expensive one.
Generally speaking, i think 5drop planeswalkers are too greedy, even with acceleration. The only reason you would Need Cryptolith Rite is to cast them, and rite is just a bad Card in many situations.
5 days ago
First off, welcome to the world of EDH! I think you'll find it's definitely one of the most fun formats you'll experience. As someone who has played tribal vampires before, I think I can offer you some suggestions based on my experience. Now I'm not sure what you're budget is for cards so feel free to ignore any suggestions that are out of your budget range.
Vampires are tricky because they don't have as much tribal support as say Goblins, Elves, or even Zombies so you really want the best they have to offer. I think that 44 creatures is a bit too high, even for a tribal deck, so I would cut and refine some of your weaker vampires.
These are a few ideas of some very powerful vampires that could easily be swapped in for some of the less optimal brood.
As with any EDH deck, your mana base is going to always be tweaked and upgraded to make your plays faster and more reliable. Now this is something you can do over time and as budget allows but some major lands to consider are:
Now the latter 3 lands are included for explosive ramping and because I've found most tribal vampire decks are more black than red. Another thing to keep in mind is that generally, you don't want less than 36 lands in your deck unless you have a lot of mana rocks to support less. Olivia is a very mana hungry commander so I would suggest about 38 lands.
Along similar lines, I would include the following mana rocks to further ramp/filter your mana:
While not traditional "ramp", Urza's Incubator can be very helpful in this deck since vampires tend to be a bit higher mana costed.
You'll want to include a few cards to help you draw more cards just to get more power from the deck. There's a lot of options out there but one card I strongly suggest is Phyrexian Arena.
The same goes for your removal. A little spot removal and a few board wipes should have you covered.
I hope these ideas help! Best of luck to you with your deck!
1 week ago
1 week ago
robgould339, I do like the focus now. I will say that Griselbrand and Ob Nixilis Reignited might be a little overkill. The lifelink on Griselbrand does have strong synergy with cards like Prey Upon, but at 8 mana, it may be difficult to even cast him at all. Without the ability to cast him almost for free, as in reanimator, it becomes much more likely that you won't have enough life left to abuse his ability. As for Ob Nixilis Reignited, I find that I usually end up using him for his -3 ability. Since this deck is already pretty great at destroying creatures, I imagine that will narrow his use down to just drawing an extra card every turn. And at that point, I'd probably just use Bloodgift Demon. I suppose it is possible that if you can manage to stay ahead on the board, you just might be able to pull off his ultimate (which is something I achieve very rarely in my dimir control deck). If that works out, he certainly can be a viable win condition.
As for Quietus Spike + Cruel Sadist, I think it's a nice combo. The question is whether or not you'll draw them in conjunction enough to justify their inclusion. Compare it to Vampire Nighthawk + Prey Upon. The nighthawk is still good, even when you don't have a prey upon to go with it, and the prey upon is still good if you don't have exactly nighthawk to go with it. Here, Quietus Spike and Cruel Sadist become a lot worse if they aren't paired with each other. If you go with it, I'd at least consider swapping Quietus Spike to Basilisk Collar, seeing as it is cheaper and that lifelink is more likely to come into effect than the life halving.
I was also doing some searches and came across Gnarlwood Dryad, Narnam Renegade, and Wasteland Viper. Seems like any of these could be an objectively better Sedge Scorpion, so that's cool. The viper in particular increases the value of any non-deathtouch creatures in the deck.