Creature — Vampire Rogue
Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on Bloodthirsty Aerialist.
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|Core Set 2020 (M20)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Bloodthirsty Aerialist Discussion
2 weeks ago
ZendikariWol thank you for taking the time to figuring out my build!
I'll start by pointing out the first sentence in the description, as this is not a finished deck.
Your first question is a bit strange, since I'm nowhere saying it's a combo. I do mean that those three cards I mention at the beginning, create a state that is really hard to deal with. Heliod, Sun-Crowned giving lifelink to Oathsworn Knight replases the lost counter upon attacking, since you have to attack every turn and The Ozolith makes sure, that if it does get exiled or destroyed, the counters are still saved for something else. No combos in this deck whatsoever and your remark about Justiciar's Portal / Flicker of Fate is the major player with those three.
About not havin 4-ofs is also a strange observation, since amounts effects draw rates and the balance of what I generally need is getting close. There are 5 different 4of sets in place and those are cards that I generally need every game atleast one. About the walkers I do agree with on some level. This build has been evolving and they we're in the early versions, but I've found use for them so far. Vraska, Swarm's Eminence gives me targets for The Ozolith and against planeswalkers they do a mighty fine job of forcing opponents to make bad trades if they want to keep them. They still are the ones I most likely take out, as I've tested for a while a version with four Bloodthirsty Aerialists in place of the Vraskas. Gideon Blackblade is a card that I just really like and its abilities are great backup in some situations.
Soul-Guide Lantern is a card I keep in most of my decks for the purpose you pointed out, but I've faired really well against Lurrus of the Dream-Den, Rielle, the Everwise, Pteramander etc. decks, but as this still is in testing, I will swap things around if it gets to that.
I hope that cleared up some confusion and my thought processes :)
3 weeks ago
Bloodthirsty Aerialist is a great card with all of your life gain.
Your also lite on versatile removal. Orzhov typically has the best removal with cards like Anguished Unmaking, and Despark. They could help you break through pillow fort strategies which can end up being a nightmare with your main win-con being a flood of vampires.
1 month ago
If you're going for Vampire tribal AND lifegain, you should really consider Bloodthirsty Aerialist.
1 month ago
Yeah it is a blast to play. The versatility of being able to kill with attacking creatures, or grind/combo without attacking is fantastic.
Tymaret, Chosen from Death has been in & out of main & side.
So far I've kept Bloodthirsty Aerialist because it's my only flier and it tends to grow quickly, though it has dropped from 4x to 2x already.
Murderous Rider is absolutely on my radar!
1 month ago
Great deck! Looks pretty fun! If you want an opinion on the sideboard and/or the deck, x2 Tymaret, Chosen from Death and x3 Murderous Rider in the mainboard instead of x2 Bloodthirsty Aerialist and x3 Sorin's Thirst as two damage to a creature and gaining two life isn't great. For the sideboard I would make it like this. 3x Duress, 3x Noxious Grasp, 2x Witch's Vengeance, 3x Leyline of the Void, 2x Ritual of Soot, and 2x Liliana, Dreadhorde General.
1 month ago
That is a very good question, what to cut. I don't want to micromanage anything but here are cards I feel are "weak" with what you have going (also, keep Dash Hopes if your play group hates it, it must be good ;))
Out (?): Conclave Tribunal
Dictate of Erebos (I know, it's an amazing card, but without creature support it isn't actually doing anything for you. This is a soft cut, it's always going to put a little work in just like Butcher of Malakir)
I LOVE Subversion but is it really putting in enough UMPH for 5 CMC? I really like Righteous Cause but that's just me. Hissing Miasma is pretty cool too, no life gain but it's cheaper and deters attacks.
Consecrate / Consume (hope formatting works here) is a 4 cmc kind of squanky force sacrifice of the most dangerous (most powerful) creature of an opponent. I don't like it. You have a huge removal suite and this seems like a good cut. You have Orzhov, you are the removal king and you can Murder or Return to Dust
Consecrate / Consume is too situational to be useful in your go-to 100
Revival / Revenge is sexy, keep it. But look at what cards actually make it mean something. Serra Avatar Evra, Halcyon Witness Sunbond etc. Play around with it, but in my experience, it is rare for doubling your life total to more impactful than gaining 3 instances of life gain. (but look at Wall of Reverence
Cut Dismember for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Make a Stand for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Nightmare's Thirst It is too situational for you. We can find better removal. Find room for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Rootborn Defenses we're going to add some creatures who love life gain after this section
OK, stick with me on this one: Liliana, Dreadhorde General draws cards for dead creatures, right? But... you don't have creatures (really) in your deck... Not saying cut her, but she would and will be happier in a sacrifice black deck (Maybe a Sheoldred, Whispering One deck, I think you could do it). If you need to make cuts I'm saying she isn't doing much for you here but letting you draw sometimes.
We're not abusing Athreos, God of Passage but he's too awesome to cut. If he isn't pulling his weight in this deck you can ship me the card, I'll give you my address. ;)
Mentioned Butcher of Malakir before: awesome card as deterrence but it shines when you have a lot of token to sacrifice for value. not an immediate cut, but if you include Sheoldred, Whispering One and Dictate of Erebos you might want want to add some sacrifice/recursion to capitalize. Making your sacrifices give you advantage and hurt your enemies is the coolest thing black can do.
Cut Piper of the Swarm replace with Vampire Cutthroat or Vampire Nighthawk or Call to the Feast or really anything. Piper isn't helping your mechanics. Replace with Sunscorch Regent because that guy beefs up fast and hard.
Dusk is a great wipe and the dual nature of the card gives utility.
This is your call. I'd recommend Sunscorch Regent as a win-con.
Rebuff the Wicked is a fantastic counterspell, works with you control aspect. If it were me I'd add more card draw and Approach of the Second Sun and aim for that. Easier win con than Revel in Riches in my experience (have mardu deck based on treasure, removal and alternate win cons and Approach of the Second Sun is much easier and more reliable than Revel in Riches.
I don't know what else to say. You make your own Kambal deck. Just know you need some "UMPH" to take down your opponents beyond some life gain and drain. I love the build, but you need to 'seal the deal' as it were.
1 month ago
I never built Aristocrats before and think I had tunnel vision on Ayara, First of Locthwain etb triggers. I updated the deck to the list above. I left Carrion and Bloodthirsty Aerialist because they work well together and with Ghoulcaller Gisa and if an opponent has to waste a removal spell on aerialist than thats fine with me too. I might end up adjusting for my meta but it looks a lot better now. Thanks for the input
1 month ago
As for cuts, I'm lukewarm on Bloodthirsty Aerialist, Priest of the forgotten gods, but the creature count feels a little low for what you're doing, so I'm hesitant to remove creatures, especially with Syr Konrad, the Grim. Much like Aerialist, I've found Carrion to be just a little slow and inefficient for what it does. You're not a big-creature deck, so it's probably going to net you 3-4 bodies for 3 mana, but it's a bad draw after a board wipe, so Genesis Chamber, Orzhov Enforcer, Pawn of Ulamog, Sling-Gang Lieutenant, and Weaponcraft Enthusiast should all probably see play before it. I'd also cut Diabolic Tutor, since it's pretty inefficient. I'd also test to see how reliably you can get to the mana for Plague Wind and In Garruk's Wake. As for the big-mana zombie spells, zombies are a little awkward for an Aristocrats deck, since they don't Skullclamp well (btw, where's the clamp, my dude?), but if you decide to throw Gravecrawler combos into the mix, then keeping a few zombies on hand is good.