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
5 days 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.
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.
2 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.
3 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.
3 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.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Starting from the top:
aholder7 Infernal Tutor is used to pull more orchards but i also pull more copies of Blood artist. That is the primary use for the tutor. the more copies if blood artist i get to the field the more dangerous it is for the opponent to board wipe. Secondary use is to pull a card that i need when i have no hand, which happens allot strangely enough. Now Bout the other suggestions you had. Why i chose Blood Seeker over Suture Priest and why im running Sylvan Scrying and not more Serum Visions purely comes down to mana base. The current mana base supports more black than white and more green than blue. That is the simple answer. I will test out a different mana base on a private copy of the deck that i have and see if a re-balance can be worked out to make these subtle changes.
Lifa Virulent Plague is necessary to the build. Without Plague or Illness in the ranks, this deck will not work. the ability is too key of a component to not increase my odds of having it. Path to Exile has been added in lue of Murder Investigation. Murmuring Bosk is a strange card to be sure to have in the build. The main reason i chose this over your suggested 2 is that Bosk can be fetched as needed. If i were to sub it out id go for a copy of Temple Garden for the same reason. Both lands you suggested are good cards, just not as a one of. My mana base is shifting a bit from the looks of it so im not going to rule either of them out yet.
To all: Thanks for the suggestions ill look into the changes.
4 months ago
i've had a deck like this actually called Salt Sisters, but the list on here isn't the completely updated one. but from my testing i can say that Virulent Plague should just be switched to more Ghostly Prisons. Suture Priest is also a great card for this deck. its a better Blood Seeker. Surgical Extraction is a sideboard card unless you have a lot of graveyard decks in your meta. Infernal Tutor seems like an odd choice for the deck and i'd be curious to hear what you mainly use it for (i imagine it's to pull extra copies of orchards). i don't think Sylvan Scrying is what you want in this deck. youre essentially wasting a slot and tempo by including this. the deck doesn't need the orchard to win, and it doesn't want to waste time casting spells to grab it. you'd probably be better off with another Serum Visions