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
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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

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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

amicdeep on Esper Ninja Vampires

2 days ago

i like the idea. the deck dose 2 things really well, drains life and keeps your opponents on the back foot. the other thing i need to be good at but is currently stuggerling with is evasion, as without solid evasion, tempo style control your going to struggle to utilise the ninjas to there best. some suggestions, a mix of vampire lords, general lord effects, some ninja staples
Reveillark Baleful Strix Stormscape Familiar Whispersilk Cloak Thief of Sanity Vampire Cutthroat Twilight Prophet Bident of Thassa Thassa, God of the Sea Patron of the Vein Yahenni, Undying Partisan Anowon, the Ruin Sage Captivating Vampire Blade of the Bloodchief Lazav, the Multifarious Drana, Liberator of Malakir Dictate of Heliod Sanctum Seeker Door of Destinies Whip of Erebos Always Watching Radiant Destiny

and not to forget the vampire planeswalker that makes flying vampires ;)

Sorin, Lord of Innistrad Sorin, Solemn Visitor Sorin, Grim Nemesis

there are of course lots of addinal more fantastic cards that would work well with this theme but these are some of the better budget options

goldlion on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo *Primer*

1 week ago

Yep, Pattern of Rebirth was made for ghave!

Elenda, the Dusk Rose + Blade of the Bloodchief (as mentioned) is a great combo in my Vampiric Ghave deck - I suppose it woould be taking away from the intensity of combo synergy here. However, Elenda seems like a good powerhouse to have around - an infinitely large giant life-linker ready to swing in.

Pitiless Plunderer is in another version of Ghave I have and, with any sac cycle, he will make it infinite. I'm sure someone has recommended him already, but just in case.

This is awesome to see. Ghave is definitely a favourite of mine as well - he's pretty good for enabling janky strategies.

Here's my Janky Ghave work in progress:

Google Ghave, Search Engine of Doom *Help Wanted*

Commander / EDH* goldlion


I'd appreciate any ideas for speeding it up and enabling the general strategy. While I use some of the strategies you listed here in my regular Ghave, seeing them here have given me an idea on what to adopt for the Jank version. I've got the core idea in, but now I think it's time to bring in the altars, undying, and a few cheaper counter multipliers like Bloodspore Thrinax and Sigil Captain and Ivy Lane Denizen as Cathars' Crusade is interfering with Ghave's casting turn and the rest of the combo (in my context).

It's great to see Ghave at his best. My friends hate seeing him come out - I don't get room to breathe cause no matter what's happening on my board, the know it's a matter of time before the explosion of spores happens.

Abzkaban on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo *Primer*

1 week ago


That’s an interesting idea. I feel like Blade of the Bloodchief is a better fit for an Edgar Markov Aristocrats deck. I actually have one of those brewing on the back burner, and ye old blade is definitely in it. I’m not sure I see as much value in Ghave, though. Using it with Ashnod's Altar would yield infinite colorless mana, but that’s about it. It’s a little underwhelming compared to my other options I’ve already got going.

tobeagile on Sai, Master Thopterist budget

2 weeks ago

solidsyco Thank you! I don't enjoy playing with infinite combos, i like straight forward combat strategies. I'm also trying to make a good value of Sai's second ability so I might include Blade of the Bloodchief from your decklist

DwaginFodder on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

I managed to get a hold of the Mardu Vampires C17 precon after pulling a prerelease promo Elenda, the Dusk Rose at the RIX prerelease. Using cards from the precon in addition to my own collection, I built an Elenda commander deck (the list is on here somewhere). The first time I played it was in a three-player game against a mono-green Yeva, Nature's Herald deck and a slightly edited Selesnya Cats precon.

Somewhere in the midst of this mess, I managed, through the use of a Blood Artist, a Nantuko Husk, and a Blade of the Bloodchief to get myself into a position where I could constantly sac Elenda for a load of tokens, recast her, and then sac the tokens for lifedrain and more Elenda counters than I started with.

I ended up draining the table for 109.

Vampiric Ritual


Sacrifice all creatures you control, then deal that much damage to each player and put that many +1/+1 counters onto target creature.

Let's keep this up!

lagotripha on Devotion Life suckers

2 months ago

Hi, I've been running this archetype a while.

Here is the big list of cards I've tested in mono-black in modern. Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox. Feel free to browse.

The advantage mono black vamps has is an immense degree of flexibility. With a huge pool of viable cards, you can tune your deck to meet any metagame head on, whatever your budget. There is no reason to run the same list two weeeks in a row at FNM, which can lead to some hilarious misplays when your opponents think they know how your deck works.

There are basically two core card pools for vamps, one built around low cost sac effects with Indulgent Aristocrat and Blade of the Bloodchief gaining life into aggro and trading even into midrange, and a second that aims to drop high value spells in the 2/3 drop slot and apply pressure to both the life total and the hand. Your deck sits in the latter.

To that end, I'd reccomend a card advantage engine of some sort over Kalastria Highborn. While the on-death drain effects are great, Blood Artist routinely outperforms it in the sacrifice list, and other effects soak up mana in the later part of the game- a 2 Night's Whisper and a Whip of Erebos will likely work better.

LonelySoull on Marchesa Shapes

2 months ago

I started to play magic around 6 months ago, edh has been my format for like 4 months now, i used to play Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge before i learned that if she leaves the battlefield, i lose what i exiled. After this i started to use Marchesa, the Black Rose and i consider her to be my first Commander, i really love her, she's amazing. The Blade of the Bloodchief works lovely, so i will keep it. Dack's Duplicate is one of my best shapeshifters, and they sinergize well with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed cus i can copy him, sac for legendary ruling, return by undying copying another thing but they keep the counter. Duskmantle Seer* i use more to control my own life and carddraw, since it only happens on my upkeep i know i'm the first one to take out value of it, also it flies. I usually dislike tutors cus on my mind, if i'm going to play 100 different cards i don't want to just always go infinity, i'm build this to be powerful, cus the competitive aspect makes it more fun, but i don't want to archenemy my friends every single game. After i have this deck done, i'm going to build a competitive version of this, in a scale from The Command Zone,1 to 10, i want this to be a 6 to 8

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