(2), Tap, Put a blood counter on Bloodletter Quill: Draw a card, then lose 1 life for each blood counter on Bloodletter Quill.
(Blue)(Black): Remove a blood counter from Bloodletter Quill.
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Bloodletter Quill Discussion
8 months ago
The token generator is definitely too powerful/too cheap considering he can board buff when killing creatures and tutor + free-cast for vampires.
Considering that Castle Sengir is actually Grixis colors , perhaps it would be a benefit to include more colors on the Baron? It would also increase his value as a Commander.
I would axe the tutor ability completely. It is too good along the rest. I would also tax the token ability a bit more but improve the remaining abilities.
Something more like:
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Legendary creature - Vampire
Flying, lifelink, deathtouch.
Whenever a creature dealt damage by Sengir, Lord of the Night this turn dies or whenever Sengir, Lord of the Night deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on each vampire you control.
, pay 1 life: Create a 1/1 black vampire token with flying and lifelink.
The deathtouch is a bit redundant but it does have its value.
Creating tokens at 1 mana without any other cost than a marginal life cost (especially when those tokens have lifelink too) is too strong. 2 mana for a 1/1 Lifelink seems a bit bad, so I gave them flying. Alternatively they could be 2/2s.
Being 2 mana makes sure you cannot generate a massive army in no time that can take over the board or chump block for days.
Changing his board buff ability to also trigger on combat damage on players makes sure your opponent cannot just let the Baron hit their face without further consequences than 4 damage.
Shifting the Baron from mono- to has no innate changes to his design and it still feels like he has elements from each color with emphasis on the double . You could choose to swap the Deathtouch for First Strike or Haste, but the buff ability triggering on damage to players makes it red in nature as well.
He doesn't encompass blue that well, except for the flying part, but I don't feel like he doesn't belong in blue.
To compensate for the harder casting cost you could bump him up to a 5/5 and possibly keep the Deathtouch along with either First Strike or Haste.
I like your suggestion but would advice to tone down some of the power.
Reading the lore about the Baron it seems like he is the scheming kind that takes a back seat and first execute his plans when he has sufficiently prepared or disrupted his opponent.
Not to replace your idea but to make another similar idea that would fit his being and would land him straight into a Commander product:
A Sengir Show
Legendary Creature - Vampire
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a Blood counter on target creature.
Creatures with Blood counters on them are Goaded. (It attacks each combat if able and attacks a player other than you if able.)
: You may put a Blood counter on target creature. Then each player loses 1 life for each creature they control with a Blood counter.
A very different take on the vampire lord, that embraces a more strategic and laid back playstyle rather than mass tribal. However it does fit rather well with aggro or control in multiplayer - Grixis is perfectly capable of both.
It does lack a vampire tribal theme but it seems like the Baron was not exclusively using vampires as his servants and soldiers. The color combination allows for many vampires to be used in the 99. If you want vampire tribal, I still think Edgar Markov is the better choice but the Baron offers an alternative.
In hindsight it may actually befit one of the Baron's agents rather than the lord himself.
Goading creatures makes your opponents destroy each other and also leaves the path open for your creatures to hammer some damage home.
Having the goading ability on the Baron (or maybe rather Agent) makes sure that the opponent can fight back by eliminating the Baron before combat. It also means that the Baron player has to invest in keeping the Baron out and alive to reap the benefits of his influence. And should he return, he regains his influence on those creatures.
Finally the active ability was a way to increase the number of Blood counters you can dish out in addition to further make the lives of your opponents miserable because they either kill off their Bloodletting creatures or they risk taking damage from them, which could become rather considerable given the active ability doesn't tap.
Considering the average amount of counters you get to put out, the life loss may need to be higher like 2 per creature to actually have a worthwhile impact. Multiple counters on the same creature are redundant.
It could be fun to include in the goading ability that creatures with Blood counters have +2/+0 to make it hurt a little more AND it may actually prove beneficial to Blood your own creatures at the expense of taking damage to the active ability and losing potential blockers. Thus it doesn't turn the Baron "off" just because your opponents choose or don't play creatures.
Finally, there are currently 4 cards that mentions Blood counters directly and none are in direct conflict with the Baron's abilities Bloodletter Quill Font of Agonies Rakdos Riteknife and Rayami. First of the Fallen .
There is no conflict with Rayami, although you may be in doubt for a split second. However cards don't keep counters on them between zones, with the extreme exception of exiling Skullbriar, the Walking Grave with a Blood counter on it.
Is it enough to warrant using another type of counter? Perhaps. Damn you Wizards... Ah well, if it is then substitute Blood counter for Corruption or Influence. Otherwise it's an extremely unique interaction.
9 months ago
, : Flip a coin twice. If the first flip is heads, name an opponent. If tails, name yourself. If the second coin is heads, choose the named player's graveyard. If tails, choose the named player's library. Cast a card at random from the chosen source without paying its mana cost.
That was overly complicated. Does it make sense? I hope that it does, it seems to be appropriately random.
Either do a better random generator OR create an artifact that's basically an enchanted pen or quill with ink. (We have already Bloodletter Quill but let's try something new)
1 year ago
It's not a new mechanic, or even really a new use of a mechanic, but what if Orzhov explored lifelink more?
Shining Bolt deals 4 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
Enchantment - Aura
At the beginning of enchanted creature's controller's upkeep, Cruel Grip deals 1 damage to that creature.
3 years ago
Insert copy/pasted lists for ya!
Azami, Lady of Scrolls
Bident of Thassa
Bringer of the Blue Dawn
Higure, the Still Wind
Honden of Seeing Winds
Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Keeper of the Mind
Lu Su, Wu Advisor
Lu Xun, Scholar General
Sea Gate Loremaster
Soul of Ravnica
Teferi, Temporal Archmage
Thada Adel, Acquisitor
Thopter Spy Network
Trail of Evidence
Book of Rass
Mask of Memory
Scroll of Origins
Slate of Ancestry
Staff of Nin
Sword of Fire and Ice
Tapestry of the Ages
Tower of Fortunes
Well of Discovery
Well of Lost Dreams
And if you want burst draw, let me know. That's a whole another list