Blood Seeker


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

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Set Rarity
2012 Core Set Common
Zendikar Common

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Blood Seeker

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

acht_deck_manager on What life?

4 days ago

Just some thoughts in case they help build off of what Immortalized said or provide any other useful things to look at:


There are a lot of other draw cards too that you might consider:

And countless more. In a deck like this though there's a lot of value to be had in something like Phyrexian Arena since 1 life per upkeep is no biggie with Oloro around


Here's some other good removal to think about:

Slow Down Taxes

Here are some cards that can really halt your opponent's aggression:

Taxing Creatures

Some other creatures worth mentioning that tax an opponent's life:

Other Notables

Here's some other cards that are worth noting:

  • Pristine Talisman combos well if you have Oloro out (Tap to gain life, spend the mana to draw the card and cost each opponent 1 life)
  • Baleful Strix can be great utility in this kind of deck
  • Reliquary Tower Is always great in draw decks

Additional Thoughts

One card I'd definitely recommend ditching is Azor's Elocutors.

Other cards I see that I'd consider removing if it was me:

I used to play an Oloro deck as well (albeit it with a very different affinity ) using a ton more artifacts and some fun combinations around Darksteel Forge and Nevinyrral's Disk . He's a great commander and a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy the deck and can find something useful in any of my suggestions.

Good luck and happy hunting!

ghoul_Legion on vamp bam

2 weeks ago


First of all, a deck using Dash Hopes & Darkness is worth an upvote. I'm a already a fan.

Problematic cards: Blood Artist & Blood Seeker & Vampire Nocturnus & +-8X Swamp

I understand you want Vampire Nocturnus to almost always give the +2/+1 is why you run 30 lands.

So here my view on things: To make a good use of those 3 vampires, you need a higher creature count, Simply put, the cards are useless if there's no creatures to take advantage of it.

Take out 4 Swamp, add 4X Gifted Aetherborn to stick with your theme of lifegain.

Take out 4 Swamp and add 4xGatekeeper of Malakir

If you can afford Guul Draz Vampire & Bloodghast, those are value incarnated and I would remove Blood Artist & Blood Seeker to include them.

Witchbane Orb is a good card, but belongs to the sideboard.

You don't need 30 swamp. I know you really want Vampire Nocturnus to give the bonus, but it's not a reason good enough to draw 8 lands in a row because yes, the odds allows that with 30 lands.

Hope this helps and have fun playing :)

octopimp on Meek Ironworks: Turn 4 Win?

1 month ago

@luke1, I assume it's because of readily available cards like Blood Seeker and Suture Priest, both of which you may use to take 1 life from your opponent per creature they play.

TheDuggernaught on

1 month ago

Okay, I guess the next place to start is by going over the various archetypes for vampires in modern. They are a pretty flexible tribe, so there are lots of directions you can take them. Aggro, midrange, control, and even combo-esque strategies are pretty viable avenues to explore.All the lists are pretty much comprised of the following creatures depending on which direction you want to go: Bloodghast, Vampire Nocturnus, Stromkirk Captain, Stromkirk Noble, Captivating Vampire, Shadow Alley Denizen, Pulse Tracker, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn (AKA Vampire Nightwalk), Vampire Lacerator, Vampire Cutthroat, Stromkirk Condemned, Olivia, Mobilized for War, Olivia Voldaren, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Insolent Neonate, Falkenrath Aristocrat, Indulgent Aristocrat, Falkenrath Gorger, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Bloodthrone Vampire, Blood Artist, Viscera Seer, Blood Seeker, Asylum Visitor, Bloodline Keeper  Flip, and Gatekeeper of Malakir.

Aggro lists generally stay super low to the ground in regards to CMC and include a lot of lords. Given the low CMC. Aether Vial also starts to become very good -- especially since all the lords tend to hang at 3 CMC.

There are multiple routes to midrange. One route is to to try and abuse the madness effect to turn Liliana of the Veil's +1 into a 1 sided effect.

The other is slightly more combo-y. Aristocrats is an interesting archetype that abuses the recursiveness of Bloodghast, the life-loss triggers from Blood Artist, and the instant speed sacrifice effects of Viscera Seer, Bloodthrone Vampire, Falkenrath Aristocrat and Indulgent Aristocrat. I also personally like Reassembling Skeleton, Gravecrawler, Doomed Traveler, and or Bloodsoaked Champion in the list to further be able to abuse the Blood Artist triggers with more sacrifice fodder. White also gives access to things like Rally the Ancestors -- which can be a brutal play to ping for a lot of dmg with Blood Artist triggers.

There is also more traditional midrange which just aims to play threats that if left unanswered -- typically win you the game. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Bloodline Keeper  Flip, and Olivia Voldaren are all very dangerous cards for your opponent to leave in play, and Gatekeeper of Malakir can be a huge pain given his ability to not only provide a decent body, but also take down an opponent's creature with his kicker cost. Vampire Nighthawk and Gifted Aetherborn are also good for similar reasons. they trade profitably wirh almost any creature and have the benefit of giving you back some life.

There are 3 routes for combo that you can also go -- the first involves Bloodline Keeper  Flip and Intruder Alarm. The second route is Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood + vampire's ability to easily ping for 1 somehow to trigger the combo. The third is Mindcrank or Duskmantle Guildmage + Bloodchief Ascension.

Control would likely play vampires that double as control (Gatekeeper of Malakir, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn), lots of kill spells and discard, and some planeswalkers.

I can definitely help you refine a list once you have a basic archetype in mind. Right now you seem to be in between aggro and midrange. Which is perfectly fine. You can mix and match a little bit. Devotion, as another user suggested, is also viable -- however vampires do not really have a ton of super good ways to use oodles of mana.

aaronmcd16 on B/G Token Sac Deck

3 months ago

I'm a returning casual player that hasn't played in 4-5 years, so some cards were fillers until I could find better replacements. I've built this deck irl and so far have won 9 out of 10 casual games against a couple of friend's decks. Taste of Blood just sort of went with the theme of opponent lose 1, I gain 1, and its only one swamp. The way this deck has played for me so far is I usually get Blood Seeker or Zulaport Cutthroat in my opening hand, so I can start chipping away at opponents life total early on. The Birds of Paradise has helped me in times of being lopsided on mana with only Forests. So far I've yet to win with my original theme of sac'ing things myself with Hazardous Conditions, instead, I've ended every game with lethal damage attacking across the board.

Demo102 on "I am become Death..."

4 months ago

Hunted Horror Creates a huge beefy dude, the creature tokens shouldn't be too much of a problem, as their deaths also make the opponent lose life, brume could be used to have a ready fog if they were to swing. Blood Seeker Could also be a nice addition, to go along with the spawning of enemy tokens, and another alternative to a blood artist, perhaps can be cut for the 3 soul wardens.

ticked-off-squirrel on Cheese it, It's the CoPs!

4 months ago

just put 2 of each CoP and 3 SC in the side. it takes care of it. but a little warning for you. when facing a black deck watch out for "bleeding" cards. that CoP black wont protect you from Stab Wound, Blood Seeker and such since it is not damage and therefore cannot prevent it.

squirlfood on You Hate Me? And my Kambal's Soup?

5 months ago

You could always add Ankh of Mishra, and Polluted Bonds To also penalize land drops then Blood Seeker, and Suture Priest to penalize them for creatures. That way If they drop anything they suffer.

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