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Blind Obedience Discussion
1 hour ago
if you plan on playing against the other pre cons, Blind Obedience completely hoses the dragons, and the wizard tribes. This is a blessing and a curse as it tends to turn head to your side of the table.
1 day ago
More cuts, you say?
I'm not wildly keen on the amount of point-removal you're currently running. It's a little meta-dependent, but you're already running 7 vampires that can deal with opposing creatures, making the 10 instants and sorceries feel a bit extra. I would keep the vampires, and then run only the strongest/most flavorful of the other 10. Keep New Blood, Anguished Unmaking, Utter End, and Urge to Feed; cut Terminate, Swords to Plowshares, Mortify, Feast of Blood, Crackling Doom, and Victim of Night. I'd also advocate adding in Vindicate. Really none of the current instants you run are bad per se (I mean, Swords to Plowshares is the best removal spell printed in Magic), but in the interest of making meaningful space, this is where I'd start. Hell, if you really think you need more spot-shot, you could add Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter, though I don't care for his services. Vein Drinker is a solid option, however.
You could still trim a Sorin, though he is pretty nifty. Solemn Visitor is my least favorite.
Blind Obedience and Stensia Masquerade are somewhat unneeded. The Masquerade does improve some if you add in Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace (actually, I recommend running Rix Maadi regardless). The Dungeon Palace also enables you to trim Call the Bloodline if you wish.
You aren't running Cabal Coffers, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, or Black Market, so you only have Nirkana Revenant and Crypt of Agadeem to power up Exsanguinate. I think I'd cut it for a more impactful card.
On the topic of Nirkana Revenant, run more swamps! Yes, they're expensive, but you're going to have to track down two original duals (Scrubland and Badlands) and black fetches to make 3-color-Revenant functional. On the plus side, this would also enable Cabal Coffers, and the fetches synergize with Nocturnus. Bloodhusk Ritualist and Gatekeeper of Malakir will thank you likewise. Canyon Slough and Smoldering Marsh should at least replace some basic mountains.
Look at your color costs: You have only 10 red symbols, and 13 white. You don't need to run R/W dual lands (Sacred Foundry et al). You can get by with just black/x lands.
Blood Artist/Falkenrath Noble are better in Olivia Voldaren than Edgar. With Olivia, you want more sac-outlets to ditch borrowed creatures in the event of Olivia's downfall, so the drain effects are a little more consistently powerful. With Edgar at the helm, I think you'd want to add in Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos to augment Butcher of Malakir and sacrifice effects such as Viscera Seer and Indulgent Aristocrat. Without all that, they just aren't reliable enough.
I strongly dislike Mathas, Fiend Seeker. Political play and Group Hug be damned- I want my opponents to suffer alongside me, not get free goodies.... bunch of filthy, free-loading, commie-hippies....
Herald’s Horn doesn't excite me unless you're at 50%+ creatures of the chosen tribe, which is a tall order for most tribes.
Teferi's Protection is sick, but Edgar puts out a lot of tokens, which feel bad with phasing. Not that it's a bad inclusion, but Angel's Grace might be more what you want if you really think you need a Ace of Saves (unlikely). Or if you're after the board protection, Boros Charm could be considered, though it won't help with Merciless Eviction and tuck sweeps.
3 days ago
Got some ideas for you...
- Blind Obedience
- Mangara of Corondor + Eldrazi Displacer
- Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
- World Queller + Drownyard Temple
- Spelltithe Enforcer
- Suppression Field
- Torpor Orb
3 days ago
I'm building a mathas political deck that uses a vampire tribal subtheme as well as a kingly theme for flavor. Cards like Blind Obedience both help the strategy while being in flavor, and cards like Blood Tribute and Butcher of Malakir provide vampire flavor while helping the strategy.
Moreover I'm trying to fit in a curse type subtheme as a part of my political bargaining chips.
I have a lot of cards compiled, but it is by no means a complete list, and it hasn't yet been built into a real deck.
The deck is here: You Have The Kings Blessings. I'd love some advice on what other vampires I could include, as well as just other good edh cards for draw power and other card advantage, as well as potential infinite combos that would fit into it.
I know I haven't included removal in my current list of cards. I have a very good idea of what removal I will need, and I plan to fit it in after I finish working out what I already know I will want to use.
Thanks in advance for your help!
3 days ago
Thank you for the suggestions! I'm thinking about how all of it can fit now. I am avoiding the infinite life gain & drain combo though.
3 days ago
Your best friend for Ayli is going to be Well of Lost Dreams. Very efficient card draw.
Phyrexian Processor is good too.
Divinity of Pride- 8/8 flying lifelinker for 5. Think about it.
Blind Obedience good way to slow down your opponents while also gaining life!
4 days ago
Nah I wouldn't say you are crazy at all. I just think Wizards just wanted to preempt the Ixalan Vamps by giving a Commander for them in the form of Edgar. But to answer the question overall I would say that White does bring quite a bit. As of right now I would also agree that White only acts as support for the deck. Which in theory and in practice isn't bad at all per se but it does lack Vamp creature support currently. Removal is a perfect example and also you see cards that help out like Blind Obedience other cards that help out are the life-gain ones of which White has a lot of like Boon Reflection or Beacon of Immortality. Which conveniently Vampires really like. I can go on but for the most part like you said until Ixalan we are mainly seeing White purely as a support color nothing more and certainly nothing less.
4 days ago
That question can be really easy to answer. You can list a ton of white commander staples to say that they add to the Vampire tribal deck, giving it more removal in the form of Utter End or Anguished Unmaking, but what is the cards that are white that really make you say 'This goes into Mardu Vampires' or 'What White card is a staple for this tribe'?
I'm sort of mixed up in a bunch of different thoughts really and I'm not going to say that one answer is really the best, but as an aggressive Vampire Tribal deck I think white adds cards such as Sorin, Solemn Visitor, Shared Triumph, True Conviction, Anointed Procession, and even something less known such as Fervent Charge.
Meanwhile if you're going down a theme that more people seem to be exploring with Edgar Markov, Aristocrats, I think white still adds cards especially useful for that theme such as Blind Obedience for extorting and keeping enemies down, Tithe Drinker to also extort, and even Athreos, God of Passage
Until Ixalan comes out and we get those sweet mono-white vampires added to the list of creatures to put into a Mardu vampire deck, white's role feels more like a support role that gives us access to really powerful removal, but doesn't outright help the overall vampire theme of the deck like Black or even red. I'd really like everyone else's thoughts on this though! Maybe I'm just crazy or I'm not seeing something here, but again feel free to comment!