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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
5 days ago
Hey I like your list! I know you don't have 100 cards yet, but are you building Edgar as either: aggro, control/lifegain, or vampire tribal? I think aggro and tribal can go together, but its hard to do control with aggro.
Some control/lifegain cards you have: Authority of the Consuls, Blind Obedience, Campaign of Vengeance, Death Grasp, Debt to the Deathless, Exsanguinate, Teferi's Protection which are good but I think a better build for Licia, sanguine Tribune .
If you want to be more aggro/vampire tribal I'd focus on these cards: Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Captivating Vampire & Stromkirk Captain (as a 3 mana lords), Metallic Mimic & Adaptive Automaton, Rakish Heir, Vampire Nocturnus (if you make your deck mainly black), Stensia Masquerade, Urza's Incubator/ Herald’s Horn , Obelisk of Urd, Konda's Banner, Door of Destinies, Blade of the Bloodchief, and Shared Animosity (stupid expensive but really powerful) just to name a few!
If you got time, check out my list (I built it aggro/tribal focused) and leave your suggestions! :)
1 week ago
Blade of the Bloodchief would be a nice fit as well, just not sure what I want to sacrifice for it.
If I was running another color or two I would agree that Night's Whisper could be a better choice but I like the added option of having Sign in Blood for dealing that final blow if it ever comes down to it.
Gatekeeper of Malakir is a good option, I had considered it but I didn't want to lose my cheaper lifelinks. Perhaps a sideboard option?
1 week ago
I really like Blade of the Bloodchief whenever I play with vampires, it allows you to buff up your creatures through the loss of your own creatures, or killing of their creatures.
1 week ago
Blood Baron of Vizkopa is difficult to get as good as you want him to be.
Blood Seeker is pretty whatever against decks that aren't tokens
Falkenrath Gorger needs support to really get to there, though he can be alright if you get there
Gifted Aetherborn is likely a tad more defensive than you aim to be, though I'm slightly more a fan of Nighthawk, since flying takes down most dragon-y monsters
Mirri the Cursed is sweet, but not very impactful. I can't fault anyone for wanting to run her though.
Olivia, Mobilized for War has a somewhat steep cost to grant haste, and most of your dudes are vamps already
Tithe Drinker gets a no from me, too
I was never "wowed" by Blade of the Bloodchief in Olivia, myself.
Four Sorins is going to be too many, too often. Maybe try trimming one of them to avoid drawing multiples?
If you can swing it, ABUr's and fetches have a silent impact, yet smooth out so many mana issues. Can't reccomend them enough.
That's what I saw in my first glance-through. I'd avoid running cards that only drain/gain life-- even if they're vampires-- and would instead focus on jamming more impactful cards. That said, I still run Baron Sengir for sentimentality reasons, so I can't blame you for wanting to run a few pet cards as well. I've felt for a while now that vampires are as few as two years away from being a legitimately great tribe (not that they're unplayable now), but Wizards needs to show a bit more love to them. They do suffer from a case of split-personality having been Black's iconic and characteristic race at different times. I've been running Olivia since Innistrad, and I feel your pain of making the switch to Mardu, but I'm optimistic that it'll make for a better deck. Cuts are going to be rough though, that's for certain. Check out my list if you need inspiration.
Anyhow, if you have any specific questions or thoughts, feel free to shoot me a message. I usually reply within a week, depending on how busy work gets.Cheers, and God bless.
1 week ago
Nirkana Revenant would be a nice addition. Guul Draz Overseer is also good in mono-B. Adaptive Automaton and Metallic Mimic work well in tribal decks. I would also add Blade of the Bloodchief and Whip of Erebos.
2 weeks ago
Thank you for your suggestions Acerola! I have indeed considered most of them, but decided to go with a lower mana curve, since waiting too long to build my army was one of the things that the original deck struggled with. Also I should have mentioned Budget, you were right to assume that in the end.
1 drops... The reason why I chose Shadow Alley Denizen and Falkenrath Gorger as my 1 drops is their amazing synergy with Call the Bloodline. At least one creature will be able to swing at my opponents lifepoints every turn (unless he/she plays black or artifacts of course...) and the Gorger makes sure that I can always abuse the discard mechanic. The Neonate seems just a little weaker then the other 1 drops. I like the idea of sacrificing during combat, but he would only be a valuable sac, if I had something to abuse the discard effect with plus the mana to use it at that very moment. The Assassin seems tempting, but it would be a big mana sink and I would get mad when someone takes him down after he goes lvl 3. The Indulgent Aristocrat is a new card for me and it seems pretty awesome! It has amazing synergy with Blade of the Bloodchief. Also provides a great combat trick, in case one of my vampires dies anyway and I have recursion in the deck, so that is covered as well.
2 drops... Bloodghast is super powerful, but I would want him a couple of times for consistency and that playset could buy me a whole new deck to play around with :-/. Gifted Aetherborn is pretty much a Vampire Nighthawk without wings, and since I don't have Nocturnus, i'd rather play the latter. Gatekeeper of Malakir is great, but again, I fear losing the speed advantage due to my lack of a proper landbase. If I hat fetches and proper dual lands to ensure having 3 black mana on turn 3, without missing red, he would be an auto include. For now i will avoid him for the reason I mentioned above.
3 drops... This is a tough one. Captivating Vampire is great, but again eats $$$ while i feel like there are superior lords for vampires. His control ability is pretty amazing though. The legendaries are a bit tricky in my meta. I have played Olivia Voldaren for a long time and she has always caught instant attention. I fear that the same might happen again. The mobilized version of Olivia would be my favorite of the bunch, because haste.
4 drops... I based this whole deck around the idea of being able to use Call the Bloodline every turn and getting synergy out of it. This means that I try to use discard-madness every round, but also that I have to pay one extra colorless for everything I want to cast. Therefore using something that will effectively cost me 5 mana seems risky. Nocturnus is probably my favorite vampire lord, but I will have to avoid him. The one that sticks out is Bloodhall Priest. Madness for 3 makes her a 4 and the Shock is always nice and will pretty much always happen.
Lands... Dragonskull Summit would indeed be the ideal first step in a better land base.
Again, thank you a lot for these suggestions!
2 weeks ago
Cool vamps deck! I love vampires. No love for Blade of the Bloodchief, though? Could make Drana even scarier to deal with.