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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.
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Blade of the Bloodchief Discussion
20 hours ago
I run a vampire deck and I use Blade of the Bloodchief and Yahenni, Undying Partisan along with Call the Bloodline for some super cheese, but I highly recommend Stromkirk Condemned and some madness cards.
1 week ago
Hey, thanks for the suggestions! Definitely added a few of those to the maybeboard. I'm not too interested in an infinite combo for this deck, since that's not really the speed of my playgroup. I can loop Mangara of Corondor with a sac outlet and Phyrexian Reclamation if need be, and the oodles of tokens I create are not quite infinite but definitely enough to remove any other creature from the board and any life out of opponents' totals, when combined with Dictate of Erebos and a few aristocrats.
That's basically why I didn't fully go for the vampire tribal - Edgar doesn't make quite as many tokens as other non-vampire cards do, and I wanted more of an aristocrat deck than a go wide and tall with vampires deck. The tokens very rarely attack, but Edgar/Vish Kal/Drana/Licia is plenty powerful with a Blade of the Bloodchief and Whispersilk Cloak when you sac 20 zombies, then sac 20 spirits, then swing and give lifelink while Sanguine Bond is up.
I'm really liking the look of Phyrexian Altar, Bloodcrazed Paladin and Indulgent Aristocrat though. Might need to cut something to make room for those. Also thinking of swapping the Crypt Ghast out for Nirkana Revenant, or just putting both in and tripling my mana. I also like Legion's Landing Flip but I used to run Trading Post which serves the same purpose but is more versatile. Cut for Ashnod's Altar at the moment.
1 week ago
Definitely recommend a playset of Captivating Vampire. Lords are pretty important to any tribal strategy, plus if you end up having an abundance of Vampires he can help break through standoffs.
Gatekeeper of Malakir is definitely worth consideration. He fills your curve as a 2-drop in a pinch, but his cheap kicker is what really makes him deadly.
1 week ago
You probably need to add some more 1-drop Vampires to your list to start aggressing early. I've been playing a guy's casual Vampire deck since I first started playing Magic some 6 years ago, and I still have trouble beating it; it's just that powerful.
Viscera Seer is super great at filtering out bad draws, as well as being a sac outlet. Never underestimate sac outlets. Recommend as a 2-of.
For 2-drops, I see you have a playset of Gifted Aetherborn, which is top-notch, and I also recommend Kalastria Highborn for eking out the last bits of life from your opponent with suicide attacks. Gatekeeper of Malakir is also a beast; filling your curve and/or providing removal is efficiency at its finest.
Filling out Captivating Vampire to a playset would be the next ideal thing to do. Having all the lords you can always helps.
Throw in an extra copy or two of Blade of the Bloodchief. Its damn cheap to play and equip, and it gets stupid fast.
If you want cutting recommendations, Bloodbond Vampire isn't fantastic, you're not running boardwipes or discard for Sangromancer, Alms of the Vein doesn't have a madness outlet, Dash Hopes doesn't always work the way you want it to (but keep it in if you want; it's always fun to play), and while Viridian Longbow is cute, it's a bit too expensive to equip, and more often than not, you want to be aggressive with your creatures.
Hopefully this helps!
2 weeks ago
Black Market seems like it fits right in here. extra mana for prey targets or even just to recast him.
have you considered Haunted Crossroads ? the first time he dies you can now get him back over and over?
i would think about a few more blood artist type creatures like Falkenrath Noble
Blade of Selves seems like it could work well with fleshbag or a couple others.
Ogre Slumlord will help keep you in bodies and blockers.
Fated Return reanimated and give indestructible.
Grim Return also could be fun.thats what i got off the top of my head.
2 weeks ago
i'd use less creatures and more removal with a Blade of the Bloodchief on lifelinkers.
2 weeks ago
Elenda, the Dusk Rose might be able to work her way up to Tier 3. She could probably do some silly things with cards like Hero's Blade, Blade of the Bloodchief, and Ashnod's Altar out. W/B has a lot of tutor power when you are working with equipment.
4 weeks ago
Hey there! Nice deck you have here! Addressing your questions in order:
First, I would recommend cutting the following cards:
- Bishop's Soldier
- Drana's Emissary
- Duskborne Skymarcher
- Falkenrath Gorger
- Insolent Neonate
- Pulse Tracker
- Shadow Alley Denizen
- Shared Triumph
- Stromkirk Occultist
- Tithe Drinker
- Vampire Cutthroat
- Vicious Conquistador
You may notice a theme with the above cards: They're mostly low-CMC Vampires with a small effect. While I rarely play super-aggro EDH decks, the fact that you're facing usually 3 opponents with 40 life each means that simply having a lot of creatures doesn't do a lot. Edgar Markov makes a lot of tokens on his own, which can all grow absurdly large, so I really don't think you should be focused on spending your cards on weenies when you can be doing better things.
As for your other concerns:
- I really don't think Well of Lost Dreams has a place here. It's best in heavy-lifegain decks that lack other strong ways (and need strong ways) to draw cards, neither of which is a good descriptor for this deck.
- Purphoros, God of the Forge, and Door of Destinies, on the other hand, absolutely belong in here. Door is one of the strongest cards tribal-aggro decks have in the format, and Purphoros is excellent in any deck looking to swarm the board.
In any case, hope this helps! Good luck!