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Chalice of Life
: You gain 1 life. Then if you have at least 10 life more than your starting life total, transform Chalice of Life.
Chalice of Life Discussion
3 days ago
Brave the Elements should help you swing for lethal or just block the heck out of attackers.
Sideboard: Pithing Needle , Ratchet Bomb , Elixir of Immortality , Immortal Servitude , Sanctimony , Teyo, the Shieldmage , Witchbane Orb , Tormod's Crypt , Disenchant , Generous Gift , Revoke Existence , Silence
1 month ago
are you really having trouble "getting" creatures out? or do you mean you have trouble "keeping" creatures out because your opponent has removal?
definitely take out Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx . its really just for mono colored decks. also, turn 8 is horrifically slow in modern.
get rid of the enchantments. in modern, 5 mana is too expensive for a card that doesn't have some sort of immediate impact on the game state.
Souls of the Faultless should be taken out since its not a vampire.
1 month ago
The tribal base looks pretty nice, and I like the amount of 1x and 2x that you run. I might bump Vampire Nocturnus up to a 2x though.
Not a fan of Essence Extraction . Its spot removal that is expensive at 3 CMC, and doesn't guarantee removal. The extra life is certainly nice, but I would run more Fatal Push or Tragic Slip over them.
A few draw pieces will help in case your creatures get hit by Wrath of God or some variant. I'm a real big fan of Mindblade Render , which isn't a vampire but worth a consider for a budget swinger/drawer. Asylum Visitor is less of a guarantee to draw, but its a 3/1 tribal creature with madness for 2 CMC so it might be worth a consider. Can help gas you when you're at no hand. Damnable Pact is an X spell that can refill you mid game at the cost of some life. Dusk Legion Zealot is a tribal that can replace itself, but doesn't beat down very well. Sign in Blood is a straight forward black draw card that can help you close out long games by acting as a shock too.
I think Dark Favor isn't that great, creature enchantments open you up to getting 2 for 1'd rather easily (they blow up or bounce your creature in response to the enchant, removing 2 of your cards with just 1 card).
I don't like Urge to Feed . It is mediocre removal, and the pumping of your tribe costs you an attack that turn.
Duress and similar effects as a 3x or 4x will help immensely. They let you deal with Enchantments and Artifacts, which are difficult for mono black to handle. They also let you get rid of board wipers, engine enablers, counterspells, and combo pieces before they are played. Finally, they reveal a lot of information about what your opponent can do, which helps you to make better decisions.
You should consider that there are some antisynergies with your cards. Captivating Vampire and Throne of the God-Pharaoh both want large amounts of creatures, while Kalastria Highborn and Indulgent Aristocrat both want you to sac creatures. Undying Evil wants to save creatures without +1/+1 counters, but Blade of the Bloodchief and Indulgent Aristocrat both want to put +1/+1 counters on creatures.
If this was my list, here's the changes I would make
- 2x Essence Extraction -> 2x Duress
- 2x Urge to Feed -> 2x Duress (so 4x total)
- 2x Undying Evil -> 2x Fatal Push (4x total)
- 2x Dark Favor -> 2x Asylum Visitor
- 1x Vampire Nighthawk -> 1x Asylum Visitor (so 3x of each)
- 2x Indulgent Aristocrat -> 2x Vampire Cutthroat (4x total)
- 2x Blade of the Bloodchief -> 2x Captivating Vampire
In short, cull down to 8 pieces of creature removal. Up the amount of stealing vampire so serve as more removal and serve as a better tribal buff than blade of the chief. Add in hand disruption, add in Asylum visitors as cheap beaters who can help you if you're empty and benefits from opponents hand being empty too (from your Duress !). Move from the sac vampire to the guaranteed hits vampire because we don't want dead critters. Nocturnus gives all your vamps flying, so slightly upping total creature count while replacing 1x Nighthawk lets you get more benefits. Hope these suggestions make sense and are helpful!
2 months ago
Here's a tip: don't put any value on that competitive meter. While the meter might give you some rough estimate of where your deck is at, it is generally very inaccurate (for example, people have made joke decks that play off-color lands/spells and have a 100% competitive rating while top-tier competitive decks may not reach 100% on the meter) and should definitely not be used as a criteria to base your card choices off of. And while it's true that Path is the premier white removal spell, it's not like excluding it will make your deck noticeably less competitive. In the end, your deck's capability to win games relies on its overall construction, not the presence of a single card, however good that card may be.
I think a life gain weenie deck like yours is better off with the sisters and Spectral Procession than Chalice of Life Flip/ Path of Bravery / Rest for the Weary . The sisters are much better with Ajani's Pridemate than Martyr of Sands, which only triggers it once on sacrifice. Being that Pridemate and Serra Ascendant are your two most potent threats and the inclusion of the sisters will also help with activating Serra Ascendant, they are better for the overall plan of the deck than the Chalice and Path of Bravery. Spectral Procession is good with the soul sisters, makes great blockers, and is also a potent threat in itself. Tokens help a lot in the midrange/control matchups. I'd start testing with 6 soul sisters and 4 Spectral Procession and go from there.
As for a replacement for Path, I'd suggest On Thin Ice , from Horizons. It's sorcery-speed but is the same cmc and doesn't give your opponent a land, which is a pretty big upside. It's the perfect budget replacement for Path imo. They're also reprinting Snow-Covered Plains and friends, so I believe it comes out at about $18 for the lands and On Thin Ices, quite a bit cheaper than 4 Paths.
3 months ago
"any success"? What exactly are you considering, "success," wallisface? Perhaps this is intended on being a table-top casual deck. I've seen far less impressive decks than this aim much higher. You mentioned Sun Titan as a primary MartyrProc wincon and then tell EpoH that Felidar Sovereign has too high a CMC to be viable. Basically, I think you're coming down a little too hard on this deck. And frankly, I'd argue Ajani's Pridemate , Chalice of Life Flip, and Aerial Responder are all wincons. The idea that a deck needs a big CMC finisher to win is just ludicrous.
There are some less than ideal spells here, but given the description and price-tag, I don't feel like I have enough to go to actually make any quality recommendations.
3 months ago
Kiora, Master of the Depths , Vizier of Tumbling Sands , Fatestitcher , Arbor Elf , Voyaging Satyr , Intruder Alarm , Freed from the Real , Crab Umbra , Savor the Moment , Drift of Phantasms , Muddle the Mixture , Chalice of Life Flip, (not in your color scheme, but very powerful and of note: Aggravated Assault )
3 months ago
Ajani, Caller of the Pride , Blessed Alliance , Ajani's Pridemate , Qasali Pridemage , Chalice of Life Flip, Beast Within , Oblivion Ring , Journey to Nowhere , Oppressive Rays , Always Watching / Brave the Sands (vigilance is awesome with Pride Sovereign )
3 months ago
I know what you're saying, but having to be able to hardcast all of the instants would really make it very difficult to get a mana base going and that also really narrows the range of instant cards that I can use. It would be nice to be able to cast them all without relying on the scepter, but it's a lot of extra work that the scepter already takes care of, IMHO. In this deck, the key feature of the scepter is not having to pay the specifically colored mana cost of the imprinted instant (as well as the repeatability of casting). Ideally, I want to imprint three or four instants that would work together to destroy creatures or permanents, counter spells, cause damage and gain life. Boros Charm is especially useful considering that I can choose to give permanents indestructible. Supporting spells like Opt and Anticipate would be nice because they are straight blue and help me draw into either a scepter or an artifact fetch card. There are four scepters and six cards to fetch the scepter, so the quicker I can draw into any of those 10 cards, the better. Heroes' Reunion is in there just as a way to keep me in the game when players start singling me out with damage, while it doesn't provide an offensive advantage, the ability to keep me in the game and the fact that it still removes counters from Thing in the Ice Flipseems worth it. Maybe I'm way out in left field on this one, but I believe that focusing on ways to draw into the scepter or the fetch should be the focus. I dropped Deflecting Palm in favor of Anticipate and moved the Chalice of Life Flip to the side board in favor of Voltaic Key . What do you think of Mirage Mirror ?
Chalice of Life occurrence in decks from the last year
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