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Whenever you gain life, target opponent loses that much life.
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Defiant Bloodlord Discussion
23 hours ago
4 days ago
hoardofnotions well Defiant Bloodlord is definitely not worth his cmc but he is easily cheated in using Reanimate, Animate Dead or Necromancy and is one of 3 wincons. The bloodlord or Avacyn, Angel of Hope are typically the target for Entomb depending on the table and your hand.
5 days ago
I see yahenni in the maybe board. I think he'd be good mainboard. Especially since you're running Butcher of Malakir type cards. He can get pretty big.
Also don't know if you left it out due to cost or hatred for the infinite, but Exquisite Blood with Sanguine Bond or Defiant Bloodlord is an infinite combo game winner. Kind of like Blood Tribute can combo with bond to immediately kill a player, only it kills everyone.
One last thing I'd like to mention is Skeletal Vampire + ashnod's alter + Nim Deathmantle creates infinite mana using a sac outlet, thus allowing you to kill players via Blood Artist or with spells like Debt to the Deathless or Exsanguinate. Just a few fun things this deck style can do if you're into cool combos.
5 days ago
McDeity: Cliffhaven Vampire might have a place in this deck as an extra combo Piece, since it also contains Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond. Even Defiant Bloodlord might make sense as a bonus combo Piece.
5 days ago
I'm also a big fan of Gifted Aetherborn aka. Vampire Groundhawk.
Your deck looks, I will probably build my deck similar to your's.
Man, I'm so happy i decided against building a Olivia Voldaren deck at the beginning of this summer when Edgar was Spoiled
5 days ago
I like the commander, love the vampire theme. I just don't understand how the deck is supposed to win in a multiplayer format. Ultimately this all comes down to your playgroup and how competitive the deck is, what the meta is, all that good stuff. Most vampire decks to date have done Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond / Defiant Bloodlord. Or stealing opponents stuff with Olivia Voldaren in the late game. Or even Vampire Hexmage + Dark Depths. In my experience, very rarely are you going to be able to overwhelm all of your opponents with vampires that have had time to grow and get fat. Heavy creature decks that also generate tokens are huge Wrath of God magnets.
You may want to consider some more removal if you plan on keeping the win condition brute force: Merciless Eviction, Austere Command, Tempest of Light, Utter End, Oblation, Red Elemental Blast, Grave Pact, whatever. Otherwise, you fall victim to a huge variety of defensive measures: Propaganda, Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Copy Enchantment, Moat, Crawlspace, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, No Mercy, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, etc.
Finally, it's hard for me to say what I would cut without knowing your meta, but I'll give it a go: Confusion in the Ranks, Harsh Mercy, Insolent Neonate, Olivia, Mobilized for War, Attrition, Urge to Feed. These cards are either too finite, or have circumstantial value. Other than that, I challenge you to look at your creature base, I know you want to get a lot of value out of Edgar Markov but the creatures themselves need to bring a lot to the table too.
1 week ago
Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet is directly at odds with the removal piece that is your commander, and does not give you the myriad of interesting abilities that your opponents' creatures will have. He doesn't hit anything Olivia can't hit, and his tokens are far more fragile than nontoken creatures and aren't ideal for sacrificing. Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief suffers from many of the same problems as well. Defiant Bloodlord is a more expensive and frailer Sanguine Bond, and without the direct reanimation spells like Victimize (this card is a budget allstar btw) or Reanimate, or the self-mill to reliably get it in the yard, I feel very strongly that you'll be tutoring for Bond 19/20 times. Ascendant Evincar is a very win-more card whose mana could be better spent elsewhere in your deck. Mephidross Vampire isn't very useful in a deck that is overwhelmingly Vampires in the first place, and fits better in token strategies. Guul Draz Overseer requires an extremely limited window of opportunity in your deck to make anything near a strong showing.
Corrupt is extremely reliant on having Urborg out to do anything impressive and could easily be subbed out for more immediate removal like Murderous Cut or Rakdos Charm. Blood Tribute is in a similar vein, and Incendiary Command is rather weak in this format. Profane Command would suit your needs far better.