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Whenever Blood Artist or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
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Blood Artist Discussion
15 hours ago
17 hours ago
Okay, so there are a few things that I might try, and a few others that I'm going to question that are in your current list. First, I'd like to question how effective AEther Vial and Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver are in your list. I don't think Aether Vial has enough creatures to play to make it worth the inclusion, as you only have 19 at the moment. While dumping your hand is great, an underused Aether Vial is just dead card advantage, so unless you have a lot of tricks with it when flashing in creatures during your opponent's turn, I would take it out in favor of other cards. It also doesn't work well with Gatekeeper of Malakir, as you won't be able to pay the kicker cost if it is played with Aether Vial since you are playing the spell, not casting it. Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver is a truly cool card. Who doesn't want to beat their opponent silly with their own minions? However, I feel like this is a bit unnecessary in this shell. While you are certainly able to cast it and play with it, I feel like it isn't building towards your win condition as quickly as other cards could. Obviously, Ashiok is fun and if you'd prefer to keep it in, by all means, do so. Some other cards I'd like to question are Asylum Visitor and Blood Artist. Don't get me wrong, these cards are great, but I feel like they won't consistently be able to produce the value you are looking for in this shell.
On the other spectrum, I would like to suggest something that I used to use in my old mono black vampires list. I ran 4 Viscera Seers, 4 Bloodghast (pretty expensive at the moment due to dredge :/), and 4 Kalastria Highborns.This creates great synergy, as you can sacrifice you Bloodghasts for free at the end of your opponent's turn to set up your draws and drain life using Kalastria Highborns. When Vampire Nocturnus is on the field, Viscera Seer can allow you to scry until you find a black card to put on top of your library to get the effect. Collective Brutality would also be an excellent inclusion, being able to discard your Bloodghasts so you can get them for free the next time you play a land.
The following deck is a direction I think your deck could head in to have interesting, meaningful card interaction while staying competitive:
22 Creatures: 4 Viscera Seer, 4 Bloodghast, 4 Kalastria Highborn, 3 Gatekeeper of Malakir, 2 Vampire Nighthawk, 3 Vampire Nocturnus, 2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet,
15 Noncreatures: 2 Serum Visions, 4 Inquisition of Kozilek, 2 Night's Whisper, 1 Collective Brutality, 1 Slaughter Pact, 3 Countersquall, 2 Feast of Blood,
23 Lands: 2 Ghost Quarter, 1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds, 4 Drowned Catacomb, 3 Polluted Delta, 2 Watery Grave, 10 Swamp, 1 Island.
This list may not be too insane, but I think that it has a lot of the right choices, and with refining, could prove to be great. If you have any questions on why I included any of the card choices in that list, feel free to ask!
The sideboard for your list can either be a universal sideboard or a sideboard more refined for your meta. If you let us know what decks you face often at FNMs or other events, we can better help you craft a sideboard.
23 hours ago
1 day ago
cbdragonite, I think that you should take out Vampire Nighthawks and Blood Artists so you have room for Leyline of Sanctity and more Rest in Peace or Spellskite depending on your meta, whether you have more infect and burn or dredge.
1 day ago
Mini Blog: Token Philosophy
A token deck is comprised of three mana components. Token Generation, Token Pump, and Token Utility/Synergy. If a card does not fit into one of these categories, you must consider the need for it. For instance if you run Utter End, why not Aura Shards instead? I will break down these three categories.
This is the most important category. 1/3 of your deck should consist of this category. Its better to have tokens with no pump, than just pump with no tokens. Now consider the ways to generate tokens.
Repeatable Ways:- Planeswalkers ex. Elspeth, Sun's Champion , enchantments ex. Bitterblossom, and creatures. Creatures can be either ETB, Trigger based or Repeatable:- ETB ex Avenger of Zendikar- Trigger ex Ophiomancer- Repeatable ex Ghave, Guru of Spores
Now the Trigger based, and repeatable ones are in general the best! However, in you have a way of cycling the ETB ones, with recursion or flicker, then they can be better.
This category is fairly straight forward. How do you SUP up your tokens. This category should be only about 3 slots unless it crosses over into another category.
Now when you have cards like miraris you can double up on those because they provide multiple functionality. In general however anthems are the weakest for of pump.
Using you Tokens as Currency:
Now that you have a million tokens, what if they have a Ghostly Prison? How can you use them as currency. This can be broken up into Removal, Damage, Mana, Recursion, and Draw. This category will be meta dependent on what is best!
Damage:- Blood Artist
Lastly, token decks need to consider which board wipes to use, but i think you have that on lock, so i won't get into it.
Now for your current build, ask yourself the hard questions.
Why do you have Woodfall Primus? Yes it is an 8 mana removal spell that synergies well with your general, but does it fit the token theme at all? Nope to be honest, Martyr's bond is equally as oppressive, but fits the strategy.
Now you will still have accidental combos due to synergy. For instance Mikaeus is great allowing you to peel all the counters on your general for 5 creatures. then rise and repeat. But if you have ashnods it is infinite. But that is a necessary evil, but if you don't tutor for it, then it is fairly harmless.
Other things to consider:
You were concerned with the lack of haste, Tokens get around this by generating on your opponents turn. Using cards like secure the waste with big tokens. Or having your opponents miscalculating, by turning ghave into ten tokens, then dropping a mirror entity on your turn! lol I did a quick assessment of your deck Below
Token Gen: 13Token Pump: 5Token Utility: 11+ (hard to define so i stop counting lol)
2 days ago
I like what youre going for here :) And it almost makes me want to build my own version of this deck.
Id start with adding Vault of the Archangel - it makes you difficult to attack into when you have it up and also plays on your theme - its in your maybe board but i think it should be main for sure.
I dont like Demon Horn or Angel Feather and i think you can do better here then that :)
Grey Merchant of Asphodel is in your maybe board and really i think you need to find a spot for him - as he is right on theme for you.
I think one thing you want to consider for your deck is how you want to play this deck - do you want to play it a grindy aristocrats style using Blood Artist Zulaport Cutthroat Falkenrath Noble effects to slowly drain your opponents and gain incremental value?
If so, this is the way i would play it, Sorin, Lord of Innistrad and/or Sorin, Solemn Visitor can fit right in. Sorin, Lord of Innistrad should also be rather cheap ($7 on SCG) to get thanks to his duel deck reprint. On the topic of planeswalkers that could play nicely in this deck Ajani Goldmane and Elspeth Tirel also give you that repeatable life gain effect with a low cost - The upside to both of these walkers is that their abilities don't appear overly threatening until its in this type of deck.
To continue on down this route if youre looking to continue with the generate tokens and death by 1000 cuts route - Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip is right in this wheel house. Her front side has life link and her planeswalker side lets you return creatures that you sacrifice away. Bloodline Keeper Flip can also let you generate a steady stream of tokens while also serving as an effective win condition if he's ever allowed to flip.
One other neat trick you can do is to use/abuse first strike and double strike with global lifelink effects to gain life and ideally put enough counters on Karlov to exile any blockers that might kill attackers which would make Knighthood Archetype of Courage and Akroma's Memorial might be perfect for that.
Someone also mentioned Obzedat, Ghost Council and I have to agree - he's tough to remove and plays into the slow drain.
Blind Obedience might also fit your theme here working to slow down your opponents and giving you another extort effect. If you wanted to go the extort route Pontiff of Blight can expediate that process as draining your opponents for 6 every spell can get you wins very quickly - and best of all they are all separate triggers for karlov.
Final thought here for now since this is getting long - Sword of Light and Shadow can be gotten for relatively cheaply now (down to $25 on SCG) and again gives you protection from two big removal colors as well as some life gain and recursion.
3 days ago
From my last few games, Altar of the Brood has really been an all star card, as it works in pretty much every combo Disciple of the Vault works in, but has the added benefit of being tutorable by the likes of Arcum Dagsson and Trinket Mage.
At the very least, I feel like it would be a stronger pick for your deck than Blood Artist, unless of course players running Eldrazis with yard shuffle effects is prominent in your play group.
4 days ago
How about Jet Medallion to reduce casting costs, Crypt Ghast for ramp, Harvester of Souls and Infiltration Lens to aid draw and Doomed Necromancer/Dutiful Attendant for reanimation? Plus Butcher of Malakir is essentially a flying gravepact, whilst Zulaport Cutthroat is another Blood Artist.