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Creature — Vampire Cleric Ally
At the beginning of your upkeep, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
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Drana's Emissary Discussion
3 days ago
Stuff to consider adding:Pontiff of BlightSuture PriestPristine TalismanBygone BishopHour of RevelationAuthority of the ConsulsMortifyVizkopa GuildmageDrana's EmissaryCliffhaven VampireAyli, Eternal PilgrimBlood Baron of VizkopaVampire NighthawkMavren Fein, Dusk ApostleDark ImpostorAdanto VanguardBishop of the BloodstainedMalakir BloodwitchBloodline NecromancerAnowon, the Ruin SagePatron of the VeinBloodlord of VaasgothVoldaren Pariah FlipButcher of MalakirUrge to FeedDecree of PainUnderworld ConnectionsCostly PlunderChampion of DuskMorbid CuriosityAltar's ReapDusk Legion ZealotDiabolic Tutor
Stuff I'd take out:Basilica ScreecherDauntless AvenHarvester of SoulsSilverblade PaladinTithe DrinkerYosei, the Morning StarConqueror's Galleon FlipHedron ArchiveMagnifying GlassPrismatic LensPuppet StringsSword of the ParunsBlessed AllianceOpen the ArmoryCradle of Vitality
I like the idea of a vampire subtheme, it unintentionally works very well with what I feel like you're trying to do, and there's a ton of great support and synergy from the precon and ixalan stuff.
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1 month ago
Zulaport Cutthroat, while not a vampire, can really help to take advantage of chump-blocking with tokens.
1 month ago
This re-animator build is probably what I would envision as the best ally life gain/drain build. The other option would be introduce more control elements and slowly win through Drana's Emissary and Cliffhaven Vampire triggers. You could also add in a Sanguine Bond or Exquisite Blood to "oops I win." This style would likely utilize a lot of control elements to keep your opponent's board clean until you just slowly drain them.
So it is up to you and how fast you want the deck to be. Do you want a re-animator combo that can likely win as early as turn 4? Or would you prefer the slow grindy control deck?
**Correction to the above comment as it is too late for me to edit that one. You would need to rally for 4 since Cliffhaven Vampire is a 4 drop. But the math is the same. You still do actually gain that much life and do that much damage.
1 month ago
I know I commented on this like less than an hour ago but a few more things just popped in my head that may help out your deck. Check out Alhammarret's Archive not only does it double your life gain but you double draw outside your draw step. Also possibly check out Cliffhaven Vampire so you can double dip on your pings form things like Blood Artist and Drana's Emissary and a few other things in your deck like Blood Tribute. I would also look into getting Vedalken Orrery so you can use pseudo-haste on most of your creatures (summing them on your opponents end step) as well as adding Swiftfoot Boots or Lightning Greaves so you can use Tree of Perdition right when he drops or swing right away when you drop Sun Titan or Serra Avatar.
1 month ago
Hey there! Nice deck you have here! Addressing your questions in order:
First, I would recommend cutting the following cards:
- Bishop's Soldier
- Drana's Emissary
- Duskborne Skymarcher
- Falkenrath Gorger
- Insolent Neonate
- Pulse Tracker
- Shadow Alley Denizen
- Shared Triumph
- Stromkirk Occultist
- Tithe Drinker
- Vampire Cutthroat
- Vicious Conquistador
You may notice a theme with the above cards: They're mostly low-CMC Vampires with a small effect. While I rarely play super-aggro EDH decks, the fact that you're facing usually 3 opponents with 40 life each means that simply having a lot of creatures doesn't do a lot. Edgar Markov makes a lot of tokens on his own, which can all grow absurdly large, so I really don't think you should be focused on spending your cards on weenies when you can be doing better things.
As for your other concerns:
- I really don't think Well of Lost Dreams has a place here. It's best in heavy-lifegain decks that lack other strong ways (and need strong ways) to draw cards, neither of which is a good descriptor for this deck.
- Purphoros, God of the Forge, and Door of Destinies, on the other hand, absolutely belong in here. Door is one of the strongest cards tribal-aggro decks have in the format, and Purphoros is excellent in any deck looking to swarm the board.
In any case, hope this helps! Good luck!