Blood Artist


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Eternal Masters (EMA) Uncommon
Avacyn Restored (AVR) 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

TheMadRocketeer on I Ghave Until It Hurts

6 hours ago

I picked up a Blood Artist, so it's probably time to consider improvements again. Suggestions welcome.

StonedJesus on Hellraiser (WIP)

1 day ago

I'd put in Blood Artist, Necromancy, and Vengeful Pharaoh. I've never seen the movie but I'm just thinking about the deck. +1

cyclinggamer on EDH Ishkanah, Queen of Spiddies! v2

1 day ago

I absolutely agree with Dr3vvn45ty, and was about to make the exact same recommendation for the Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat type cards for your deck.

I went enchantment backbone for my deck. Conspiracy and oodles of tokens is how I get my near infinite spiders. Unfortunately I don't have the snazzy web-menu look your deck has.

cyclinggamer on Ishkanah, tokens and counters

2 days ago

Thank you, Msanchez, for your suggestions. I will have to get to the other recommendations as I get the chance (and funds).

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): I switched in a Zulaport Cutthroat and a bloodartist and they actually came out my first game playing them. They won me the game.

So, I made two minor changes. I took out Hangarback Walker and Bonds of Mortality, and changed them for Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist. I didn't even get to tokens at all.

I played both the artist and cutthroat to pump my Managorger Hydra on a previous turn. I had a Phyrexian Altar out for sac outlet. I decided to attack that player for lethal with the hydra (because I was tired of taking four damage every time I played a land). He zapped everyone for half their life. I had to get smart and sac zulaport or I'd stay on an even life total, zapped each player (besides the land pain guy) so they'd be just alive, then ended it quick because we all had (at that point) 1 life left. Then I just sacced one more creature so that everyone else had no life left. Not a win I had anticipated at all. But absolutely lethal.

noshadowkick on Asps! Very Dangerous! (Hapatra)

5 days ago

@smashadams83. I love Crop Rotation and think it can be an all-star in the right deck (like this one: but I think Id rather run Sylvan Scrying in a list like this. You lose instant speed and have to pay one more mana, but you dont have to sacrifice a land. There are several utility lands this deck wants to find like Shizo or Oran Reif so you should always have a target to dig for. That said, if you have access to Demonic Tutor its obviously way better.

I used to own a copy of Yavimaya Hollow back in the day (when it was a sub $10 card) but it was destroyed in a flood. Ive been meaning to get another copy and I think its a great investment (reserved list and all) but I just havent gotten around to it. Ill definitely pick one up when I can.As far as protection for Hapatra goes, I run less than you, only Greaves. I should probably play Boots as well and may still try to find space for it. She is pretty essential to the strategy of the deck so devoting resources to keeping her on the field is a good call. I prefer Sword of Feast and Famine to Whispersilk Cloak. It provides just a huge payoff for connecting.

Good moves with Bitterblossom and Westvale Abbey  Flip. I agree about Rogue's Passage being too costly for this deck. I also have added Forbidden Orchard to my list of cards to acquire for this deck. Seems like a perfect fit, great find. I feel good about my current number of cycling lands (5) along with Geier Reach Sanitarium, I want to be careful of using too many ETB tapped lands because its often a good move to get Hapatra in on turn 2.

There are two other lands Ive been considering. 1) Pendelhaven: This deck has a ton of 1/1s so why not give this a shot over a random forest? In the event Hapatra has to target herself with a counter on turn 3 this could beef her up into a 2/3 on her next combat. Also 2/3 snakes (not as important) and 2/3 faeries. Definitely not essential but the price drop after the Masters 25 reprint caught my attention.

2) Command Beacon: Having to pay 6 or 8 mana for Hapatra can be a real drag late in the game. I like this land in my decks that run expensive commanders, but I think it has a place here as well. I just want to be careful about having too many colorless lands.

Slate of Ancestry is amazing when it is on but really inconsistent, due to how costly it is to activate. I dont think its uncuttable but if I do swap it out Id want to replace it with draw. I do really like the idea of Evolutionary Leap but I dont think its a good 1 for 1 swap. Another draw effect could be Deathreap Ritual, but honestly it just seems like a bad Phyrexian Arena.

The other creatures you suggested besides Undead Gladiator seem too costly for the return effect, even Genesis. I used to run that card in every green deck but I feel like the format has sped up and its just so slow these days. Its not bad, but I dont think this deck can make enough mana to take advantage of it consistently. That said, I dont think we would even need too many of these effects. Survival of the Fittest can always just search up the Gladitaor and pitch him to find another creature, same with Fauna Shaman, albeit more slowly.

As Ive played with my list Ive become less enthusiastic about the Protean Hulk direction and I dont think Im going to try it. I like my current big green creatures as a Natural Order package and if I wanted to run another one Id probably try Terastodon or Woodfall Primus. Fierce Empath is a great alternative to Natural Order though and Id definitely run it if I didnt have a copy of NO.

I like Golgari Charm along with/instead of Heroic Intervention. I havent been able to find room for either card but I definitely think I should be running at least one of them. if I was only going to run one of them I think I like charm more because it has more applications, even though the save my stuff mode is more limited.

Regarding Life from the Loam you definitely want to have enough recursion to make it worthwhile. Im running more than you in Dread Return, Victimize, and Meren of Clan Nel Toth (along with Eternal Witness and Journey to Eternity  Flip) and Id run more if I could find space for it. Dread Return is particularly nice with Loam as you can flash it back fairly easily so its not a huge deal if you dump it in the yard. Still, this is more of a token deck than a graveyard deck and dredging isnt really what I want to be doing every game, its just nice as an option. In the average game where I cast Loam I probably only dredge once or twice, if at all. Getting 2-3 lands back to your hand is often good enough as a one shot effect. Zulaport Cutthroat has been fantastic for me so far and I think I want to find room for Blood Artist as well. I do find myself missing sacrifice outlets when I get Cutthroat on the field though. I may have to find room for Yahenni after all .Ive been really enjoying our discussion!

SorasOtherForm on Withering Scarabs

6 days ago

Blood Artist target your own scarabs with Blowfly Infestation. Alternatively, Altar of the Brood does the same for mill. If you want to splash green, Devoted Druid Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and Quillspike fit into this deck easily. BG Janky Counter Combo is a deck that I built with a similar idea, if you want to see some other ideas

GreenFuzzyNinja on Sharuum's Little Toys

1 week ago

@enpc Thanks for the insight! I think i'll add Fragmentize cutting Silence, and add Auriok Salvagers cutting Ethersworn Canonist. I'll also cut Blood Artist for Disciple of the Vault. Please tell me if any of these are mistakes.

adt630 on Semen Demon

1 week ago

Bloodghast, Braids, Cabal Minion, Hell's Caretaker, Kokusho, the Evening Star, Nether Traitor, Sadistic Hypnotist, Mind Slash, Blasting Station, Corpse Dance, Curse of the Cabal, Smokestack, Mimic Vat, Massacre Wurm, Sepulchral Primordial, Black Sun's Zenith, Insidious Dreams, Necromancy, Dance of the Dead, Attrition, Do or Die, Dread Return, Blood Artist, Words of Waste, Hypnotic Specter, Ill-Gotten Gains, Megrim, Mindslicer, Memory Jar are all options you could consider.

Memory Jar with Waste Not on the field is particularly dirty if you have your many doublers out and can drop your new hand onto the field. Bloodghast gives you a creature you don't even have to pay for to get back. Ill-Gotten Gains lets you run a second Dark Deal essentially. Megrim makes all the discarding you're doing kill them.

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