Drana, Liberator of Malakir

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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Set Rarity
Jumpstart (JMP) Mythic Rare
Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) Mythic Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Historic Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Arena Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Drana, Liberator of Malakir Discussion

BRG24 on Vampires

1 week ago

Nice list. Drana, Liberator of Malakir feels like it would be a great fit for a deck like this, as might Metallic Mimic, both bringing with them pretty serious buffs to your board. I’ve been running a similar mono black version of vampires in pioneer recently, and have found that Asylum Visitor can also be pretty useful, since outside of Champion of Dusk you have no access to card draw. Castle Locthwain would be my other recommendation for that, although paying 4 mana for a card is a lot, so I definitely prefer Visitor. Finally, Vampire of the Dire Moon might be a better one drop than Skymarcher Aspirant, I find that you don’t get the city’s blessing in enough games. Hope this is helpful, good luck with the deck.

Last_Laugh on Brothers marchessa

1 week ago

I don't want to seem overly critical but you really need to lower the avg. cmc of your creatures by a LOT. You're currently at 4.62 avg. cmc on your creatures which is astronomically high.

You have a total of 5 creatures that cost or less and by comparison you have 17 creatures that cost to mana. This will result in VERY clunky opening hands where you consistently aren't doing anything for the first several turns and you'll hardly ever reach that sweet spot where you're able to chain multiple spells on the same turn.

Here's a list of all the and under creatures in my Marchesa list and her maybeboard that are $5 or less. Baleful Strix, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Grim Haruspex, Legion Loyalist, Liliana's Standard Bearer, Midnight Reaper, Oona's Blackguard, Sage of Fables, Vigean Graftmage, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Burglar Rat, Chasm Skulker, Fulminator Mage, and Judith, the Scourge Diva. I would cut from the top of your curve and work you way down.

Like I said, just trying to help. Feel free to check out my list for inspiration, it's one of the top rated Marchesa lists on this site and there's also a decent sized maybeboard and over 90 comments to sift through for more ideas. Upvotes are appreciated Got 99 Upvotes And A Bitch Ain't One - Marchesa

SilentPlague on The Vampire Mechanic

4 weeks ago

I think Necropolis Regent, Malakir Bloodwitch, and Bloodlord of Vaasgoth can easily be subbed for any of your suggestions. You are absolutely right about Castle Locthwain. I'll be putting 4 in this deck. I think Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Sanctum Seeker would be my top subs. I think I'd consider removing some instances for 4 Knight of the Ebon Legion.

BRG24 on The Vampire Mechanic

1 month ago

Nice deck. I’ve played around with modern vampires quite a lot, so I have a few possible suggestions. If your budget will allow, Drana, Liberator of Malakir is amazing at helping you push aggressively, scaling your board quickly into big threats. Sanctum Seeker can be useful in a similar way, piling more damage onto your opponent as well as providing you with even more sustain. Champion of Dusk is great for longer games, the deck will often run out of gas so refilling your hand is really good. Castle Locthwain might be another nice way of dealing with the decks lack of card draw. Finally, if you’re looking to be a little more aggressive, then Knight of the Ebon Legion is probably the best one-drop for this deck, since it can pump itself, grow on its own and also threaten defensively with deathtouch. I hope this is helpful.

lagotripha on Everytime We Touch

1 month ago

Mono black has a lot of stuff to work with, as does vamp tribal. With the deathtouch/lifelinkers, P/T boosts are good. I much prefer stuff like Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Indulgent Aristocrat or Cordial Vampire in this kind of list, but bad moon will work.

The big advice I have is; plan your sideboard. Knowing that you can hate an entire FNM's meta out just by packing 15 Duress variants in your sideboard is great. Knowing that its a transformative board into Hypnotic Specter control is also great. Some notable options are Imp's Mischief, Whip of Erebos (the recursion is super good), Lashwrithe (build your own wurmcoil) or good old Sign in Blood.

BRG24 on Insatiable Thirst

1 month ago

Hello again, just a follow up to my previous comment. Looking at your list as it is now, I agree that Key to the City doesn’t look like it would do too well. The card works really well when you have a high number of cards with madness to ensure that the discard isn’t a tempo loss for you. Here, however, there are only three unique cards with madness, and actually rushing out an Asylum Visitor without getting its extra value is often a bad play, making most plays off of Key feel bad. Regarding the untap ability though, you only ever want to be activating it late game when you’re low on cards and up on mana, most of the time it’s irrelevant to you.

As I see it, and you may massively disagree with me here, your deck is, while on one ultimate strategy of playing aggressive with vampires, split in how it gets there. You’ve got your madness/discard package and then your more generic aggro vampire package, and personally it doesn’t seem like both can be the deck’s focus and you need to pick one or the other. Some cards (Asylum Visitor or Stensia Masquerade) probably make it into both versions just off their raw power but that won’t be the case for everything. Having built both versions of vampire aggro in pioneer and modern, hopefully I can give some helpful advice.

Firstly, if we start by looking at the straight aggro deck, cards like Lightning Axe, Fiery Temper and Thrill of Possibility don’t really seem to synergise, and you probably also have better alternatives for your one drops. Knight of the Ebon Legion is a very solid card to replace perhaps the Insolent Neonate as it scales much better into the game. Gifted Aetherborn is incredible as a two drop, and Drana, Liberator of Malakir feels like a must in this type of deck if your budget can accommodate her. Sanctum Seeker and Champion of Dusk are great late game cards that let you close out games as well. Black has really good removal options as well, perhaps my favourite being Drag to the Underworld, although that does put you in heavy black, but that might not be the worst thing with all the support from Ixalan, but Olivia's Bloodsworn and Stensia Masquerade would certainly justify a red splash. There are many other good cards, these are just some of my favourites.

If you decide to go down a more madness/discard based route, other cards become weaker. Weird as it may seem, but Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord is not all that great of a card for this strategy in my experience, since it lacks any synergy with discard, and cheating a vampire into play often isn’t worth it since your curve tends to be very low. Thrill of Possibility is another card I’d recommend against, using free discard outlets instead is far better for your tempo. I’d replace these with more units with madness, as I’ve said before Incorrigible Youths and Bloodmad Vampire being my favourites, with Voldaren Pariah  Flip being a great finisher or stabiliser. Call the Bloodline is another interesting discard outlet you might want to consider, of course alongside Furyblade Vampire and Key to the City, which now becomes better now that you can curve it nicely into strong turn three aggression. If this is the route you choose to take, the discard outlet slots are quite flexible, so experiment and find those that fit how you want to play.

I’ll put the links to my two lists here for if you want to have a look:

I understand that you want to test your current build first, and your testing may prove me wrong entirely. These are pretty big changes that I’m suggesting, and they may lead the deck away from what you are envisioning for it, so please feel free to completely ignore these recommendations. I wish you luck with the deck and hope that this has been helpful to you.

jwong14 on Mono Black Midrange Recursion (Budget Friendly)

1 month ago

Well, off the top of my head Lord of the Accursed is a really good tribal zombie card. Drana, Liberator of Malakir is also a very good bomb, and can be used if your going to go wide with zombies. Mutilate is a pretty good budget card that can be used very efficiently if you have a lot of lands. I would say that Go for the Throat is one of the best, if not the best cards for mono black removal. If your looking for deathtouch lifelink, then Death Baron and Whip of Erebos is probably the way to go. I think that splashing in some white might be good, because Bond of Discipline is a really good card (or maybe its just cause I normally play gruul midrange) and its able to completely shut down your opponent if you have some pretty high power creatures. I hope that this could also help but to be honest, I mainly just remember these cards from playing at FNM or such, if you really wanna learn how to play mono black, then honestly going to your LGS and asking around is usually the best bet. Thats how I got started, and what I still do. Most of the time, people are really friendly, but I would look into if your LGS is open. If nobodys there you can also ask the owner (but remember to buy a pack or two).

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