Drana, Liberator of Malakir

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Limited Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Battle for Zendikar Mythic Rare

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Drana, Liberator of Malakir

Legendary Creature — Vampire Ally

Flying, first strike

Whenever Drana, Liberator of Malakir deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on each attacking creature you control.

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Drana, Liberator of Malakir Discussion

hardhitta71194 on Powerful Commanders on a Budget

1 day ago

I just built a Drana, Liberator of Malakir Vampire tribal deck and it was very cheap.

Wizno on Muster the Night Breed EDH

3 days ago

I've run vampires before but they are a tricky tribe since they do have some support but not as much as other tribes. The biggest problems I've found are that the best vampires are expensive (mana and money wise) and the game is a bit grindier. So you have to be ready to play the long game but their life-gain abilities help keep you in the game.

Budget pending, I would recommend cutting out some of your weaker non-vampire creatures for the following:

Captivating Vampire
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet
Nirkana Revenant
Olivia, Mobilized for War
Anowon, the Ruin Sage
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Necropolis Regent
Vampire Nocturnus
Malakir Bloodwitch
Dark Impostor
Blood Artist
Markov Blademaster
Kalastria Highborn
Falkenrath Gorger
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Stromkirk Condemned
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Pawn of Ulamog

The thing to keep in mind with vampires is most tribal decks that use Olivia will be mostly Black with a bit of Red. So you need to accelerate your Black mana production more. You've got some solid mana rocks but here are a few additional ideas:

Nirkana Revenant
Crypt Ghast
Caged Sun
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth + Cabal Coffers
Crypt of Agadeem

Increasing your card draw is my final recommendation. Black offers tons of ways to draw cards but I recommend Phyrexian Arena the most.

I hope this helps! Best of luck!

Krallion on Abzan EZ Counters

4 days ago

Can't Edit last post.

I also suggest Drana, Liberator of Malakir

And if you've got the balls to do it

Karmic Justice

reeljazz7 on Black Vampire Clan

1 week ago

I like Hero's Downfall or Never / Return as they can remove Planeswalkers as well. If you want removals with lower cost, Victim of Night and Fatal Push make solid choices. Bad Moon makes a good enchantment as well. Some other vamps I like that might work well, are Asylum Visitor, Indulgent Aristocrat, and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Drana, Liberator of Malakir is good for ramping up what you have.

Zingano on Vampire Sacrifice Life drain/gain budget

1 week ago

I think you should use Kalastria Healer instead of Desperate Sentry. Also maybe Drana's Emissary instead of Pious Evangel  Flip. Possibly even a few copy's of Drana, Liberator of Malakir herself, she is fairly cheap now, use these cards while you can they only have about 5 to 6 months left in them, but still not too expensive to buy them so close to rotation

Sogatog on War-Weary Weenies

1 week ago

Thank you for the high praise elpokitolama! Merfolk is my favorite deck so that's very nice to hear. I would certainly agree that it isn't as strong primarily due to lacking utility and versatility (as well as the sweet evasion), but the increased speed, access to hard removal, access to the best sideboard color in modern, and access to vigilance are real upsides in the right meta.

If Drana, Liberator of Malakir were a human, dear god would I be excited. Hero of Bladehold is strong, and possibly worth considering, but as is I consider the deck's lack of a 4-drop one of its advantages rather than a drawback. It could be a consideration if I found I couldn't finish reliably though. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is probably the next best 4cmc finisher, but being able to reliably cast it in time is of course a concern, and it is slower than Hero if I happen to have a full board.

Also, I originally did have Burrenton Forge-Tender in the sideboard, but learned quickly that Damnation and Wrath of God are as common as Anger of the Gods at my local store. Selfless Spirit also has the advantage that I can Vial it in in response to a sweeper, as my Vials will usually be on 2cmc and basically never on 1cmc after turn 2. This means an early Fatal Push can't snipe it the turn before the sweeper. That said in an open meta I would still run the Burrenton Forge-Tender instead.

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