Blade of the Bloodchief


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Zendikar (ZEN) Rare

Combos Browse all

Blade of the Bloodchief

Artifact — Equipment

Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature. If equipped creature is a Vampire, put two +1/+1 counters on it instead.


Blade of the Bloodchief Discussion

Funkydiscogod on Rakdos Vampires

1 week ago

Back in an old standard, I played some vampires using Blade of the Bloodchief and Bloodthrone Vampire to eat a bunch of saprolings, and get huge creatures.

These days, I think white is the color to make tokens. If you did, you would have access to vampire creature tokens with Call to the Feast , Elenda, the Dusk Rose , Queen's Commission and many others, also, cards like Stensia Banquet , Feast of Blood , Urge to Feed that want lots of tokens for maximum value.

What I'm saying is: Blade of the Bloodchief is a card that demands the deck be built around it, so unless you're trying to make it an Vampire Aristocrat -style deck, it should probably be cut.

lagotripha on Advice Needed on Performance Tuning ...

3 weeks ago

I have a few vamps lists in the back catalogue. I've tended towards mono-black because I like to pretend to be 'the rack' for bad matchups, but I've played with mardu too.

The big question is what payoff you are looking at. You can go anywhere from pure aggro to midrange value, and since so many of the pieces work well together, the majority of options are viable.

If you have even a modest collection of vamps you can always bring something fresh to FNM which plays off the same manabase and uses the same hand disruption. This means that there is a vamps list that will work well in practically any meta, and sitting down against vamps you could be facing almost anything from pure 'small vamps/discard/burn' aggro right up to 'solemnity/unlife/ad nausiem/blood baron'.

I'm gonna try and give a quick overview of sets of cards and what they do. None of these sets are perfect, so tournament play is patchy, but some may sit in your local meta in a dominant position- use judgement and don't be scared to mix and match.

More aggro really likes lords (and Drana, Liberator of Malakir ), sac engines & Blade of the Bloodchief .

With all the small lifelinkers ( Indulgent Aristocrat , Gifted Aetherborn , Vampire Cutthroat do a lot). You play a very grindy game going over most aggro with lifelink and under most midrange with sac value. Card filtering makes a lot of value here, and things like Bloodghast / Faithless Looting (despite the meta being all graveyard hate all the time) put a lot of work in.

Madness vamps has Bloodghast engines and obscenities like Olivia, Mobilized for War / Haakon, Stromgald Scourge for vampire knight tribal, and similar 'high synergy/bad combo' setups can pack massive amounts of hand disruptiuon while cheap lifelink/deathtouch gums up the board.

Gaining a lot of life with more disruption into cards like Blood Baron of Vizkopa / Elusive Tormentor  Flip is also viable, if you are comfortable executing a more old-school control list in your meta.

You also have compelling burn options- zombie infestation, sac outlet vamps and Alms of the Vein / Lightning Bolt / Gonti's Machinations does well.

Human sac outlets into Falkenrath Aristocrat hits hard, but most of what it wants to do is done better by 'all vampires into nocturnus' lists the moment Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle was printed.

goldlion on Kozilek Meatballs: Rage With the Machine

1 month ago

This looks super fun, as cruel as Kozilek can be. Upon light review, I was wondering about Blade of the Bloodchief as somthing thatd be fantastic with your pentavus combos, no? It also layers nicely into the Voltron setup if you you have it on some big creature, then a pentavus type combo is going off.

rippinstrider on Ulasht Saproling

1 month ago

Have you considered the combo of Ulasht, Ashnod's Altar , and Blade of the Bloodchief ?

Darkshadow327 on May We Never Part | Teysa Karlov EDH | PRIMER

1 month ago

In response to your questions HyperViper191:

  1. Elixir of Immortality , True Believer , and Swiftfoot Boots are fairly cheap. Lightning Greaves is also fairly easy to get your hands on since it come in pretty much every commander Precon.

  2. Tutors can never hurt if you want to go that route, card draw and finding key pieces are always relevant (I just don't run many tutors for personal reasons).

  3. If you create a lot of tokens and your deck is more token based then include Divine Visitation ! In token heavy Teysa decks it can be really powerful.

  4. Open the Armory is perfectly viable. You could also run more equipment like Blade of the Bloodchief if you wanted to go that route.

If you have any more questions feel free to ask! I'm also working on a more budget build using cards from my collection, so when I finish I'll let you know if you want to see it. I'm glad you like the deck!

goldlion on It Is Better To Ghave Than To Receive

1 month ago

I hear you with the budget thing, NothingClever. If you can spare the change now, Diabolic Intent is cheeeeap now compared to what it was and will be, and in Ghave (with the cheap 1/1s) it's pretty much might as well be a Demonic Tutor . Worth the buy at this point in time.

Altars are expensive too, but what diabolic intent is to demonic tutor in Ghave, a Utopia Mycon is to a Phyrexian Altar . It's a couple bucks, yes, but far cheaper than a phyrexian altar, but once you played with it a few times you'll be very very happy you got it. Turning saproling into mana is just what you need. Gyre Sage is also a must include for Ghave - especially if it's out with a Ivy Lane Denizen , a Juniper Order Ranger , Cathars' Crusade , or any other passive counter adder. I like to have it out with some extra mana, pass the turn, then right before my next turn, create a bunch of saprolings to trigger counters onto it for a big next turn (maybe with 10 Geralf's Messenger triggers.

Both Gyre Sage and Utopia Mycon could more justify Exsanguinate in here as well. Also, they both make Mirari's Wake and Zendikar Resurgent that much better as you can take the mana doubling even further, leading into a monster turn.

I personally would remove Scute Mob for Blade of the Bloodchief as the blade can produce more counters with the combos in here for added fuel to Ghave, and it can go on creatures who's abilities use those counters: Hangarback Walker , Champion of Lambholt , Hooded Hydra , Mycoloth , Fertilid , Gyre Sage , etc........ Far more value. It also makes an Elenda, the Dusk Rose go nuts and provides tons of value in a Ghave.

Another very powerful card I've used for Ghave is Glare of Subdual . It has huge interaction potential and controls the board easily with Ghave.

goldlion on Breaking Carnival of Souls

1 month ago

Elenda, the Dusk Rose + Ghave, Guru of Spores + Elvish Farmer + Carnival of Souls is infinite swamp. Any blood artist type card or Aetherflux Reservoir ... Or with Blade of the Bloodchief or Sadistic Glee on one of the creatures you can get Elenda to infinite size, sac her and make infinite swamps

I’ve got Teysa Karlov and so much other synergy in the deck, it’s really fun to play. With the above cards mentioned I want to add so much more, like Workhorse for example. But then you look at cards like Cathars' Crusade (with hangarback walker!) or Pitiless Plunderer to fuel the token creation, there’s so many options..

I like the idea of giving it to someone else before making a million creatures :D. “Who wants infinite mana?!?”

Geralf's Messenger with Ashnods Altar and Ghave is a wincon that can produce infinite ... though everyone would be dead already. Unless they had a platinum angel, though Karlov of the Ghost Council would settle that.

There’s great potential in combination with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed as well.

Darkshadow327 on May We Never Part | Teysa Karlov EDH | PRIMER

2 months ago

Basically what I mean goldlion is that Blade of the Bloodchief is amazing on a select few creatures, other then that it is just an equipment. While I could equip it to those creatures like you said, I just find that it would kind of detract from the deck. I think I'll test it, but I'm honestly not sure how well it would do.

Ya, if you're on mobile it can be a little harder to read the comments. I think it looks better on a computer though.

Load more

Blade of the Bloodchief occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Black: 0.13%

RBW (Mardu): 0.42%