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Creature — Vampire Shaman
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, you may have that player lose 1 life.
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Blood Seeker Discussion
13 hours ago
I love this deck idea. I have been wanting to make a deck with Hunted Horror for awhile, and this is they best way to do it I have seen.
Essence Flux is an interesting card here. I see the usefulness, with the right pieces on the board it's devastating, but is it really better than a couple Displacement Wave and Pongify? Or just some pure card draw, to recharge.
3 weeks ago
aholder7 One card that would be phenomonal with this deck is a Panharmonicon. This would cause Hunted Phantasm to make ten goblins instead of five, also, this would cause Blood Seeker for example, to trigger twice as well, making twenty instant damage to the opponent. And that is just with the Blood Seeker.
3 weeks ago
i suggest going for Fretwork Colony. with enough life gain you will have enough life to get him really really big. downside to him is he can't block. Blood Seeker + Polluted Bonds go hand in hand. (can substitute Blood Seeker with Trespasser's Curse if you want the life gain from it) Greed is a great card ramper with enough life. Pestilence is an excellent board wiper if you got enough life to spare. or it can finish off an opponent who is lasting out.
1 month ago
I don't know, but I like where this is going.
xyr0s on BR Dragons
1 month ago
With dragons, and your deck with all the 1- and 2-ofs? No chance against established modern archetype decks. All the established decks have very concrete, very consistent plans that they follow, and many are fast.
Example: Modern decks never play Slaughter Games. Or at least, I've never seen it (ok... there are 4 decks on mtgtop8.com that have played it). They play Thoughtseize, and has Surgical Extraction in the sideboard for match-ups where they want some card to be permanently gone. Slaughter Games is turn 4 at realistic earliest. Thoughtseize happens on turn 1. And as long as you play as if a turn 4 card is as good as a turn 1 card, you'll lose a lot.
If you want to have a fighting chance, you have to tighten up your deck a lot. Make it consistent by having many copies (many = 4) of the cards, you want in every game from the start of the game. If you have a plan of doing something, bring enough cards focusing on what-you-wanna-do to have them in hand/play at the same time.
Example: You play Blood Seeker and Blood Artist. That could be a whole other deck, right there... if there was 4 of each, and some way of giving your opponent creatures which would then die. You could build onto this plan by adding Curse of Death's Hold and Hunted Phantasm. Forbidden Orchard for mana. Suture Priest for redundancy and reliability. Massacre Wurm for a finisher that goes with the concept. But for any of that to work, you'd need 4 of each. If you only have one of them sometimes in a game and never the whole bunch at once, they don't work with each other, and you don't have a consistent plan (the flipside is, that modern decks can seem boring - they are made to do the same thing, repetitively, over and over, again and again, reproducing the same game every time, rather than being unpredictable and having access to many different angles of attack). Especially the early turns of each game are planned out - either for winning the game very fast, or for fighting against decks that try to win early. The trap to avoid is thinking that you'll automatically get to turn 5 or so, and then you can start playing good cards.
A subtle element in deck construction is to avoid cards that don't do anything. Crucible of Fire is one of these. You play it on turn 4, and nothing happens. You don't have a dragon from turn 3 under any circumstances. And wasting turns without doing anything of impact on the table, that's something you have to avoid. And yes, there is a bit of an exception with soul sisters' Honor of the Pure (and a few others, I guess), but not really because those decks always have creatures on the table from turn 1.
tl;dr - get rid of random 1-ofs. Play 3 or 4 of each important card. Assume that you'll run into decks that aggressively try to win in turn 4.
2 months ago
2 months ago
OK, here's another quick run through. Consider the following changes:
These cards aren't that good, but I do see why they are in the deck. Except Spellbook, that needs to come out right now. Skeletal Scrying - do I need to exile my graveyard?, I would rather have some way to get them back via a reanimate effect or a shuffle effect. The card draw is nice, but there are better options. Final Reward - Five mana to exile one creature. Just doesn't seem as efficient as this deck wants to be. Spellbook - This is crap. Just take it out. Outpost Siege - Once again, there are better options.
These cards are kinda good, kinda bad, not sure if they should stay or go. Ambition's Cost - I don't mind trading life for card draw, but is this a keeper or should it get swapped for something else. Ashes to Ashes - This card is a great two-for-one but the five life might be a problem in some games. Disrupt Decorum - really not sure about this one. With a couple of other changes, this one might stay in. I like the tokens but it is a worthless draw after a Wrath of God. I know Baron Sengir and Irini Sengir are 'classic' Magic vampires, but they really aren't that good. I think they were just thrown in to the precon for flavor.
Here's the cards I think you should find as soon as possible. Blood Artist, Blood Seeker, Bloodline Keeper Flip (kinda expensive), Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Cliffhaven Vampire, Kalastria Highborn, Markov Blademaster, Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle, Soul Collector, Vein Drinker, Viscera Seer are all good creatures. Vampiric Fury and Urge to Feed look like useful pump spells. Stensia Banquet and Stensia Masquerade also look pretty good. Anguished Unmaking looks like a good replacement for Final Reward. Yes there is a 3 point life loss, but it hits more targets. Oh, and let's not forget the almost mandatory Elixir of Immortality. Loxodon Warhammer or a Basilisk Collar would be great ways to get some life back. Devil's Play could be useful. Oversold Cemetery and Grave Pact are really useful and fit the theme. I know Geth, Lord of the Vault isn't a vampire, but the reanimation effect is nice.
2 months ago
I really like the look and idea behind this deck and am interested in trying it out for myself.
My initial thoughts are this:
Have you thought about cutting out the Soul Sisters elements of this deck and considered going for a full out damage idea instead? Opting for a full 4 of Blood Artist (which I consider to be one of the most powerful creatures) and Blood Seeker (or something else). Would also go with my earlier Yahenni suggestion to get more aggressive.
I would also consider cutting blue. Swan Song is decent, but replaceable and the biggest reason to play blue is Hunted Phantasm which is the strongest of the "hunted" cards - as it can rumble for unblockable damage and 5 1/1 tokens combos with the rest of the deck nicely. That said I'd consider opting for Hunted Horror or Hunted Troll (if you went green instead of blue). The Hunted Horror only makes 2 3/3s which is the weakest token production, but a 7/7 trampler could be better for just simply racing your opponent for damage which is what I think this deck has the better potential to actually do. Making this deck more closely resemble RDWs with Hunted Horror acting almost as a Ball Lightning type creature.
I know I'm advocating cutting blue to make the deck run smoother, but as someone already suggested Commune with the Gods would go really well in this deck as your best cards happen to be creatures and enchantments that all combo with one another. If blue was kept instead of green Forbidden Alchemy essentially would do the same job. If either of these were used Return to the Ranks could be an option as it fits the CMC especially if you were using Hunted Horrors. Or even run both Hunteds.
Conversely you could also consider cutting white strangely enough. I already think cutting the Soul sisters is a good idea as they aren't quite as good in a deck not dedicated to life gain. Ghostly Prison is also cuttable/replaceable and I don't think 4 are necessary anyway. That said I really like what Suture Priest does in this deck and she alone somewhat makes me want to keep white. Essence Warden could be used as well if you still desire the effect but want to go more B/G.
Other cards I thought of:Bile Blight, Zulaport Cutthroat, Collective Brutality, Zealous Persecution, Virulent Plague, Bloodcrazed Paladin (similar to Yaheni), Ruin Raider, Toshiro Umezawa - Not for this deck, but one with more instants especially Mercy Killing and Forbidden Alchemycould be interesting.
Sorry for the long comment, but I really like the deck and the idea and think there's a lot of ways you could go with it - hence all my suggestions! Especially adding Yahenni, Undying Partisan who I think would do a lot in a deck like this.
Happy brewing! :)