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KickerTap an untapped Vampire you control. (You may tap a Vampire you control in addition to any other costs as you cast this spell.)
Target opponent loses half his or her life, rounded up. If Blood Tribute was kicked, you gain life equal to the life lost this way.
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Blood Tribute Discussion
1 week ago
You're off to a decent start, I'd say. Your curve looks good, though you're mana base is a bit weak at the moment (you should be running about 40 land for consistency). Some commentary as I took notes:
Heliod, God of the Sun doesn't seem to fit with the overall theme of the deck. You'd be better off with a card that will give you lifelink creatures or something, to help offset the life-loss from your various effects. Whip of Erebos would be my pick for this deck.
Blood Tribute is going to want more vampires, which are kind of slim in your deck at the moment.
Brainspoil is...poor removal. I would remove it. Killing Wave, on the other hand, is a good choice for sweep, and Remorseless Punishment and Temporal Extortion are nice. I like Near-Death Experience as an alternate win-con, but Path of Bravery is going to hamper that, especially since you don't appear to have super-consistent lifegain.
You have...two? infect cards. I would remove them since infect is really an alternate win-con that you aren't geared toward. Diseased Vermin might make for an alternate rat if you must have a rat, especially if you can give it evasion somehow, and it works with lifelink. It's not a strong pick for the deck, though.
Seekers' Squire doesn't really seem to fit any of your themes.
Ones that work somewhat with the life drain: Defiant Bloodlord, Retreat to Hagra, Thrull Parasite, Bontu's Monument, Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Underworld Coinsmith (this would be a reason to keep Heliod, actually), Zulaport Cutthroat, and maybe Vizkopa Confessor
Others that pay life or give you life somehow: Arguel's Blood Fast Flip, Chainer, Dementia Master, Cruel Sadist, Phyrexian Reclamation, Vona, Butcher of Magan, and Elenda, the Dusk Rose (for working with your creatures dying).
All of this, of course, is subject to what you're willing to buy, and you don't have to listen to anything I say. It's your deck, after all.
1 week ago
So, I run this commander with a similar strategy and I've found the following cards works really good for beating face when they come out. Anointed Procession is a powerhouse card if you can get it out onto the field. Since Edgar naturally produces tokens no matter where he it, this doubles those tokens made. I usually use them for a meat shield and sacrifice outlet when this happens, Teferi's Protection is an amazing card to draw when things aren't going your way with this deck also. Specially when you have more than two opponents and need to figure out what to do next, and Sanguine Bond + Blood Tribute is a great infinite combo that was pointed out to me that goes great in this deck.
1 week ago
Blood Tribute is also a very interesting card in politics and since your running some vampires could be fun.
2 weeks ago
Hey, awesome deck! I love Licia to no end, I've been looking into her for a while now. I have some suggestions to make your deck stronger
Like Tavern Swindler and Gonti's Machinations. These are great early drops, and concerning licia, they ramp you very fast for no mana required! Instead of Temur Battle Rage and Brute Strength, consider Abzan Falconer and Duelist's Heritage and Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant. Heritage can be used politically, as you inch players not to attack you by promising double strike, and Falconer is amazing, nuf said. I also wanted to mention Illusionist's Bracers, Key to the City, and Ashling's Prerogative, if any of those strike your fancy. Lastly, for the late game, I'd recommend Treasury Thrull, Crypt Ghast, Chandra's Ignition, and Necrologia instead of your Syphon Mind.
The deck looks fine as it is, so it's hard to find cuts. Without testing your deck, the weaker cards seem to be Haunted Cloak, Baneslayer Angel, Josu Vess, Lich Knight, Drana's Emissary, Felidar Sovereign (you've a lot of wincons anyway), and Blood Tribute. Some of the stronger cards I see are Twilight Prophet, Sword of War and Peace, Hide (which I'm adding to my deck as we speak), and Crested Sunmare.
Hope this helps!
2 weeks ago
I recommend Sanguine Bond, Exquisite Blood, Command Tower, Tainted Sigil, Sol Ring, Orzhov Signet, Isolated Chapel, Batwing Brume, Beacon of Immortality, Congregate, Fetid Heath, Vindicate, Well of Lost Dreams, Chalice of Life Flip, Norn's Annex, Enlightened Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Vault of the Archangel, Godless Shrine, Marsh Flats, Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Crypt Ghast, Tithe Drinker, Mortify, Liliana of the Dark Realms, Debt to the Deathless, Exsanguinate, Blind Obedience, Legion Lieutenant, Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Captivating Vampire, Profane Procession Flip, Anointed Procession, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Blood Artist, Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Bloodline Necromancer, Bloodline Keeper Flip, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Viscera Seer, Vona's Hunger, Doom Blade, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Recover, Blood Tribute, Necromantic Summons, Razaketh's Rite, Blade of the Bloodchief, Ashnod's Altar, Cathars' Crusade, Sorin, Solemn Visitor, Sorin, Lord of Innistrad, Sorin, Grim Nemesis, Orzhov Basilica, Path of Ancestry, Scoured Barrens, Caves of Koilos, Shambling Vent, and High Market. (Reposted for links)
2 months ago
I believe you will have serious mana problems with this deck, 20 lands just doesn't cut it in commander, even in a deck like elves it is much too low, so here where your average CMC is 3.68 the problem will be further accentuated. I would aim for 35/36 lands here so you need to find things to cut. Most of the equipment in my opinion can be cut, the ones that make Virtus unblockable being the keepable ones but even then juts barely, also I must compliment you, Tawnos's Wand is an incredible find. Additionally, I have personally always found auras to be sorely inefficient in commander unless they have a built in return mechanic or the commander is voltron which this isn't. I would remove these along with Mana Bloom which I don't think belongs in this deck. Other cards that can be cut include Platinum Emperion, I don't see the reason to run it its just taking space unless there is some combo I'm missing as well as Blood Tribute the kicker is never relevant and the effect, while on theme is by no means necessary here. I would also say you are a bit heavy on the board wipes in this deck, two or three would be the sweet spot in my opinion, those 3 being left to preference.Gauntlet of Power is another card I would cut.
3 months ago
First thing I looked up were your lands.
You have too many that enter the battlefield tapped and you definetely DON'T want that in a aggro deck. You need the mana now and not a turn later. I would cut them all except Path of Ancestry. Better add some like Battlefield Forge. They might seem bad but later on you won't need to pay life since your other lands will get you the colored mana you need. But they do come into play untapped and give you a choice depending on your situation. Edgar games can become Arch Enemy games pretty fast so you need all the speed you can get. Checklands like Clifftop Retreat help too and are not that expensive. Finally you really should add a Bojuka Bog against nasty graves. Just for the chance of hitting right with a land spot in your deck its worth it.
So now the sorceries:
Blood Tribute sounds like fun but for 6 mana it does not help you actually killing someone. On another note it only hurts 1 player but gives me the opposition of more then 1 in some playgroups. I would rather play a vampire to add to my main strategy. This things seems to be too much on the sideline. And later on in the game you would spend 6 mana AND tap a vampire for only 5 life loss and 5 life gain for example. So it decreases in efficiency. Vampires you play don't.
Bubbling Muck seems like fun but you are using 3 colors so its efficiency is limited. Especially with no duals in the deck. And the efficiency decreases as the game progresses since you will get your mana and will reach a point where you don't need more pretty fast.
Fell the Mighty sound cool but sometimes you really need to kill tokens or small creatures. Better use a Wrath of God and a Day of Judgment.
Tragic Arrogance is not that good either since you will loose most of your board. The voltron player will thank you and win. Use it in a voltron deck.
3 months ago
Yes I've built it several times. It's fun. But you need lots of mana for it to be fun. It's a tier 3 CMDR at best. You'll need lots of good ramp. Like mana doublers. Caged Sun, and Extraplanar Lens. You need to focus on what black does best when considering mana ramp. Cabal Coffers, Magus of the Coffers, Nirkana Revenant, and Crypt Ghast. utilize the fact that you'll be mono black so cards like. Nightmare Lash, Lashwrithe, and Strata Scythe. You need big finishers that use big mana. Exsanguinate, and Torment of Hailfire. You'll want to try to have a few ways to stay in control early. Royal Assassin creatures, and some deathtouch creatures. You'll be killing selected creatures so Mimic Vat it good here. You want to make your CMDR more effective, so you'll want Illusionist's Bracers, and Rings of Brighthearth to copy Kalitas's effect throw in Basalt Monolith to make infinite colorless mana when paired up with the Rings of Brighthearth. You'll want to have Grave Betrayal as well this pairs up well with Kalitas. You are gonna need Command Beacon because if and when Kalitas dies. It will be hard recasting her after she dies 1 or 2 times. And you can do a reanimation theme as well where you can pick from graves at will with cards like Animate Dead, Rise from the Grave, Rise of the Dark Realms, and Fated Return. You'll need your basic edh packages. The Worn Powerstone, Sol Ring, Thran Dynamo, Burnished Hart, Gilded Lotus ramp package. About 4 board wipes. Decree of Pain, Archfiend of Depravity, Black Sun's Zenith, Mutilate. You'll need some other targeted removal and control. Withering Boon to stop etb effects that might threaten you, Imp's Mischief to redirect targeted spells. Sadistic Sacrament for the combo decks. And Praetor's Grasp for the same, or use it to grab a mana rock. Then throw in some strong combos that mono black does well. Mindcrank + Bloodchief Ascension or Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond. Along with a few other good ones. And some one shot heavy hitters. Like Sorin Markov, Tree of Perdition, and Blood Tribute. Follow the guidelines and you'll have a solid deck.