Blood Operative


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

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Set Rarity
Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Rare

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Blood Operative

Creature — Vampire Assassin

Lifelink When Blood Operative enters the battlefield, you may exile target card from a graveyard.

Whenever yu surveil, if Blood Operative is in your graveyard, you may pay 3 life. If you do, return Blood Operative to your hand.

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Blood Operative Discussion

dusterGGG on I am Eternal (Lich's Mastery Standard)

1 hour ago

Lich's Caress is only really good if you already have Lich's Mastery out. I'd recommend changing it to a 1 of or taking it out all together, and replacing them with cheaper instant speed removal. Blood Operative is an aggressive body with lifelink that gives you some grave hate and can recur itself if you include any surveil to help dig for Lich's Mastery.

BUDGETIDEAS on turbo surveil

1 day ago

GingerSquatch93 I understand where you are coming from, considered Nightveil Predator myself. however, in the testing i've done so far it looks like my local meta are focusing on izzet and golgari decks, both of which Blood Operative has many good options for its enter the battlefield effect. Of course, in a meta with little to no graveyard focusing decks and more control heavy, nightveil is by far the better choice.

xhuggels on Dimir surveil(discard theme)

3 days ago

Man im itching to put that Tetzimoc, Primal Death in the mainboard in place of the Blood Operative! that card has only ever been kind to me.

xhuggels on Abusive Surveillance, Volume One

3 days ago

Blood Operative is good in very specific matchups. it plays well against control, as they would likely need more than one card to deal with it. it also kills their jump start card advantage, so that helps. it can also help reduce the power of golgari by reducing the number of creature cards in their graveyard, but its not a creature that can effectively fight other creatures, or just survive on the board for a while. but yeah i am also on the verge of placing my 1 copy in the sideboard.

xhuggels on Dimir surveil(discard theme)

3 days ago

Thank you for your suggestions Chillsabre, and thank you for taking the time to look at the deck!

You make a valid point that Nightveil Sprite with Disinformation Campaign will discard more cards than Pilfering Imp, but there are three reasons why Pilfering Imp is my prefered option compared to Nightveil Sprite. 1. Pilfering Imp has a more powerful discard mechanic than Disinformation Campaign, since you not only get to look at your opponent's hand and plan your next turn or two based on that information, but it also allow you to choose which card your opponent discards.

  1. Pilfering Imp can discard as early as turn 2, which is in fact my very first step in the deck strategy, while Disinformation Campaign can only start at turn 3, and Nightveil Sprite will only start adding to the theme on turn 4.

  2. If the opponent has a 2/2 flyer on the field, Nightveil Sprite stops doing anything to help the strategy, while Pilfering Imp requires a killspell before it sacrifices itself in order to stop it.

I have mixed feelings over Dream Eater. It surveils 4, which along with Enhanced Surveillance can setup your next 4-6 draws the way you want them, which is really nice, and it bounces a creature when it enters the battlefield, which is also really nice. It has flash so you can play around your opponent's mana and ensure your first attack goes through, which is again, pretty amazing. The only problem this card has is that it dies to Lightning Strike and Wizard's Lightning and Cast Down, which is super lame. what i do know however is that i do not like Doom Whisperer. I have played against it many times, and most of my opponents lost the game simply because they used his surveil mechanic and got close enough to death to where i could deal the finishing blow. In fact, opponents tend to win if they do not use his surveil, know...6/6 flyers are strong. In this deck however i dont think Doom Whisperer will surveil much at all.

You are completely right about Blood Operative. It mainly plays against jump start cards and golgari creatures, since you can weaken what their cards get by reducing the number of creatures in their graveyard, but against aggro its kind of a really bad card. i started with 3 copies, and as i playtested it was reduced to 1. i found that even in matchups it does well you never need more than one copy in the deck. right now it is in there because, its my favorite art in the set and i like how its a constant option, but i may do what you suggested and put him in the sideboard.

GingerSquatch93 on Abusive Surveillance, Volume One

3 days ago

Yeah, it's great with Doom Whisperer. Even if I end up losing the Whisperer, Lazav becoming it works out well. I am finding that Blood Operative is not working as well as I'd hoped, not a lot of people are scared of a 3/1 with Lifelink. What may go back into the deck are the Nightveil Predators, because people are legitimately scared of a 3/3 hexproof flyer with deathtouch. Also considering, though not as seriously, House Guildmage for the mana-for-surveil, though if Phyrexian mana is any indication of the value of life versus mana, it's more expensive than Doom Whisperer.

Chillsabre on Dimir surveil(discard theme)

3 days ago

You would get a better consistency running something like Nightveil Sprite along with the Disinformation Campaign than running Pilfering Imp and Enhanced Surveillance.

Also, since your opponent wont really have anything in his hand, consider slotting in Doom Whisperer over Dream Eaters. They are more expensive but gives you control over when to surveil.

Consider putting Essence Scatters into the main deck for early removal of creatures such as Steel Leaf Champion.

Blood Operative is effective against jump start cards but not great in other match ups. Consider moving them to the sideboard and replacing them with something else.

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