Blood Artist


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters Uncommon
Avacyn Restored Uncommon

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Blood Artist

Creature — Vampire

Whenever Blood Artist or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Blood Artist Discussion

Myattemptatlogic on Ghave, Guru of +1/+1 Counters

3 hours ago

I have a deck kind of similar (SHE WENT TO JARAD). Off the top of my head, Slitherhead, Corpsejack Menace, Primordial Hydra (this card is insane with Fungal Sprouting or Retribution of the Ancients for removal), Scourge of Skola Vale, Blood Artist is great for constant ping/lifegain, Solidarity of Heroes.

Araganor on GameBreaking or Boost Black Card?

18 hours ago

You could take the aristocrats route. A Nantuko Husk, Bloodthrone Vampire, or maybe Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet with a Blood Artist can end a game very quickly. This goes great with Bloodghast as well. Throw in some token generators like Bitterblossom and you've got some strong inevitability right there.

MindAblaze on Whats your favorite passive card?

3 days ago

I have a love/hate relationship with Suture Priest. It provides a lot of small pokes that most people don't worry too much about, but you really have to pay attention and I have to say I don't always pay attention as well as I should in a group game.

Blood Artist is the other one that stands out for me. Most people don't want to waste removal on a 0/1, but the cost of sweeping the board with him out can be devastating for them.

pskinn01 on retribution of the ancients: must ...

3 days ago

yes you must pick a target with the ability. this is what you could do:
1) activate the ability by paying black and removing the counters from the creature with undying. this puts the ability on the stack, as removing the counters is part of the activation cost.
2) sac the undying creature to the sac outlet.
3) ability from Retribution of the Ancients is countered due to its target no longer being there.
4) repeat as many times as you have the mana to pay.

this is a combo with Phyrexian Altar and Blood Artist in play. As you sac the undying creature for black, and repeat till you win.

forevergreen on Look at me. I'm the Monarch now.

6 days ago

I don't like the ideals because getting one enchantment out each turn for the rest of the game isn't as good as being able to play spells when you want to. Other suggested cuts are:

Things to add (pending budget of course, but you did just buy a foil italian Damnation):

Cycada on Anafenza Hatebears

6 days ago

A few suggested changes I could possibly see:

Remove Falkenrath Noble : Add Blood Artist or Zulaport Cutthroat. Unless Flying or vampire tribal is important to you, these cards have the same triggered ability, but are at a lower cmc.

Remove Jolrael, Empress of Beasts : Add Kamahl, Fist of Krosa. While Kamahl is more mana intensive, it won't hurt your hand, allows a bit of politics-friendly land removal, and affects the board as soon as it lands until having to wait an entire turn as Jolrael does.

Remove Cryptolith Rite : Add Earthcraft. If you can bear the expense, Earthcraft is nearly the same effect but allows you to ignore summoning sickness. Important when recurring creatures.

Consider Anguished Unmaking, Swords to Plowshares, etc in place of one of the other removal effects. More general removal than the creature hate, and at a reasonable cost. B/W has some of the best removal in the game.

Consider Profane Command in place of Death Wind. It doesn't have the instant speed that the wind has, but sometimes the recursion + removal combo can get a lot more done.

If you're looking for general cut suggestions, I would look at Sin Collector, and Kiku, Night's Flower. The former is low impact in 4-player, and the latter is expensive for what it does.

Happy gaming!

paloflimdul on Oloro. Mr Biggy Life Gain

1 week ago



Cliffhaven Vampire -- one is plenty, you don't need two ;)

Mastery of the Unseen -- without any way of manipulating the top of your library, you risk losing some important non-creature cards.

Thing in the Ice  Flip -- I'm not sure you're packing enough instants and sorceries in a 99 card deck to get this big boy to flip.

Silumgar, the Drifting Death -- two dragons total in the deck will make Slim's ability to be less than impressive.


Maybe 1 more board wiper (besides disk). Maybe something like Killing Wave since you'll have way more life than everyone else...

Maybe 1 or 2 counterspells.

Maybe 1 or 2 cards that can also take advantage of all your life gain like Ajani's Pridemate or Bloodbond Vampire or Karlov of the Ghost Council

Other cards to consider for the life gain theme:

Alhammarret's Archive

Path of Bravery

Sun Droplet

Angelic Accord


Soul's Attendant

Suture Priest

Vizkopa Guildmage

Chalice of Life  Flip

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