Falkenrath Aristocrat

Falkenrath Aristocrat

Creature — Vampire

Flying, haste

Sacrifice a creature: Falkenrath Aristocrat is indestructible this turn. If the sacrificed creature was a Human, put a +1/+1 counter on Falkenrath Aristocrat.

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Falkenrath Aristocrat Discussion

LordDerrien on Mardu Aristocrats | To be the tyrant, or not to be

2 days ago

@Basuldur Thank you! I wish you good luck while testing.

I definitly agree, Zealous Persecution was already on my mind, but I did not get around to test and order it. I will include it in my next test build and then go from there. Blowing out tokens, while buffing my own seems viable and strong at the first glance!

I thought about Blackcleave Cliffs and was unsure about there inclusion for price/needed value in my deck. I do not play a playset of Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek mainboard. Lightning Bolt would remain as the only card, that could be cast in turn 1 and that isn't even the preferred play with four Doomed Travelers in the deck.

In general it can be said, that this deck does not play its removal turn 1-4 in most cases. We like to hold our Lightning Bolt and Path to Exile for the card, that are backbreaking to us. Same goes for Thoughtseize. Playing it turn 1 can be good, but it gets better, when we play it the turn, before the enemy can play, what we want to hate out. It is more a tool of coutering combo or extrem value, than general disruption.

All of the above mentioned, does make it really not needed to have B/R open turn 1. We can use the slots better for Vault of the Archangel and Westvale Abbey  Flip.

Hope I could answer all your questions!

@KaiserChronic Sometimes I ask myself, why I play red in this deck, when green offers Voice of Resurgence, Abrupt Decay and Varolz, the Scar-Striped. Besides Lightning Bolt, I come up with Falkenrath Aristocrat as my answer. Flying and hast are great, but the resilence through indestructible is just awesome. Growing through human sacrifice just pushes it over the top.

KaiserChronic on Mardu Aristocrats | To be the tyrant, or not to be

2 days ago

I'm a big fan of Falkenrath Aristocrat, so underrated. Nice deck +1

LordDerrien on mardu rally

2 days ago

I play a similar deck, at least the same origin. Your approach to the Aristocrat archetype looks promising with a far greater 'combo' potential than normal.

The first thing, that I really appeared to me, was: Why do you play red?

It literally does nothing for you, except a strain on the mana base. Either you play Lightning Bolt as a playset or possible three of with Mogg War Marshal in the same numbers, or drop it, because Orzhov is more consitant and Abzan offers more. You could also keep Mardu and move away from the total 'combo' approach and play semi-midrange with Falkenrath Aristocrat.

If you want this to be a deck, that wins through combo, you need a few staples. Doomed Traveler, Bloodsoaked Champion, Blisterpod, Tukatongue Thallid and Voice of Resurgence as possible choices. It will also be necessary to play a bigger number of Blood Artists like Zulaport Cutthroat. You should also consider last mentioned as the playset, because he has distinct advantages:- Being 1/1 is relevant- Human in combination with Falkenrath Aristocrat is an advantage- Most important is, that Zulaport Cutthroat does not target and hits each opponent (rememeber, that hexproof for players is a thing)

  • Only downside is, that he triggers of only your own creatures and while this seems worse, it is not as bad and not as relvant as one might think.

I would also recommend Return to the Ranks over Rally the Ancestors. It lets you keep, what you resurrect, so you can use it Eot of your enemy, swing in while your turn and than sacrifice, for maximum damage. It should also not be difficult to cast with so many low cost creatures. You only have to remember, that 2 cmc should be your preferred cost for something.

Things you might also consider is the Abzan Ascendancy and Abrupt Decay. Thing you might want to cut out are Matter Reshaper (might strain the mana base) and Thoughtseize (out of my own experince, this card is awesome playsetin the sideboard, but distorting your gameplan in the mainbard).

My list ofr reference, even if it is different:


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Primer for Aristocrats on MtGSalvation.

LordSnow on 2016-05-02 update of - Modern ...

5 days ago

LordDerrien Thanks for posting! Your deck looks really cool. I agree not having 4 Lingering Souls was a problem. That decision was a left over from the Twin Days. The reason I have the 4 main deck Lightning Bolts! over Path to Exile is because while they are both good early game removal, Lightning Bolt also has the upside of being able help finish the game. I have 4 Path to Exile between the main and side.

So far, Rally the Ancestors hasn't seemed has not seemed to fit. It feels to slow. I don't really dump that many creatures into the graveyard until I am going off. And at the point the game is basically over anyways. I may test it again at some point.

Bloodsoaked Champion has definitely seemed worth it so far. I have thought about dropping down to one but I am not convinced yet. He puts on a good early clock, and being able to machine gun off with him late game is really powerful. Especially with Falkenrath Aristocrat as its another human.

Mogg War Marshal has really impressed me and if I find anything I want to cut its one of the first choices to add.

Ghost Quarter has been great. I haven't had problems with running 4 colorless lands but I would not run more. It is so good against utility lands like Inkmoth Nexus, Blinkmoth Nexus, and Celestial Colonnade.

I used to have Wear / Tear but I didn't feel like it was worth it. Not enough enchantments and my other artifact answers seem stronger. Rakdos Charm could be nice as graveyard hate, or even burn. I do like the idea of 4 Thoughtseize as well. The Swords are something I will think of too. That seems like another good way to add variety to my attack and gain extra value.

LordDerrien on 2016-05-02 update of - Modern ...

5 days ago

Hi, I saw your post on reddit and always loved to look at fellow Aristocrat players deck.

Your build looks very nice, but it has a few choices I do not really understand and in my opinion weaken the deck.

  • Not having a playset of Lingering Souls seems very counter-intuitive. This card alone can grind out wins and is amazing value, mana sink and sacrifice fodder. Actually everything this deck wants.

  • Path to Exile as a one-of. While I can understand not playing the whole playset, at least two of this 'get rid of it for good' speel should be included. Maybe do a 3 - 2 split with Lightning Bolt. I know it is heresy to say this about Lightning Bolt, but for me at least it works. Preference, I guess.

  • Absence of Rally the Ancestors. This is in my opinion a grave mistake, because it allows the deck to win out of the blue with a single destructive turn. Not only for shooting damage with resurected creatures through Blood Artist, but also a Falkenrath Aristocrat. After all she has build-in haste and can attack the same turn. Maybe even severely bumped.

    Rally the Ancestors might not be a four-of, but its blow out potential in my opinion justify a two-of. At least test it, it is strong.

  • Is Bloodsoaked Champion really cutting it for you? I played him myself as a two-of, but always felt him being so lackluster, that in the end I cut him from the deck.

Last, but not least, something I really love to see. Mogg War Marshal! Seriously, this dude is the stuff. Three triggers for Blood Artist at 2cmc aswell as potentinal late game mana sink. He at times feels like a lesser Lingering Souls. He also works really damn well with Rally the Ancestors, because he leaves tokens behind.

How are the Ghost Quarters performing in your build? Can you sustain the drain in your mana base?

Some additional suggestions of me would be Wear / Tear ,Rakdos Charm and a fourth Thoughtseize (instead of Lingering Souls) for the SB. Cards you also might want to look into are Sword of Light and Shadow as well as Sword of Feast and Famine. Both of them excel in token deck (especially Lingering Souls) and Cartel Aristocrat with 2-3+ kinds of protections is disgusting. Not to speak of the effects of the swords themselves.

Here is my decklist, if you want to have a look:


Mardu Aristocrats | Being the tyrant, or not to be

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Also, +1 :P

LordDerrien on Mardu Aristocrats | To be the tyrant, or not to be

6 days ago

@Guildsofravnica I do not see why, it was rather conscious choice to use Zulaport Cutthroat. The only upside Blood Artist has over him, is that he also deals damage, when a creature of the opponent dies. It is not rather reliable, because we cannot trigger it, but also comes with several downsides through Blood Artists design.

First, there would be, that he cannot attack, which might not seem huge, but has shown negative results in testing.

Second, there is a targeting phrasing on Blood Artist, which can make it possible to deny us secure damage, that is unpreventable, when using Zulaport Cutthroat.

Third and last, the current choice is a human, which synergizes well with Falkenrath Aristocrat.

All in all Blood Artist gets outclassed, while he offers unique upside, it does not measure up to the new contender. I hope I could sway your opinion and that this build is not all bad :P

TheDuggernaught on Modern Vampire

1 week ago

Seems like you would be interested in the Aristocrats archetype. I would look into those. They use cards like Blood Artist, and Zulaport Cutthroat, with sacrifice outlets like Cartel Aristocrat, Butcher of the Horde, Viscera Seer, Falkenrath Aristocrat, Indulgent Aristocrat, Varolz, the Scar-Striped, and Tymaret, the Murder King; as well as creatures that generate value when they die such as Doomed Traveler, Tukatongue Thallid, Voice of Resurgence, and Mogg War Marshal; and token generators like Lingering Souls, and Secure the Wastes, and Abzan Ascendancy. Rally the Ancestors can also be used as a way to combo out by reviving a ton of creatures only to sacrifice them for blood artist triggers for the win.

LordSnow on 2016-04-24 update of - Modern ...

1 week ago

KaiserChronic Thanks. I feel like its ability to turn a Falkenrath Aristocrat swing from 4 to 6 on its own is pretty huge. And thats only the secondary reason to play Zulaport Cutthroat. That aside, I still do like the 2 Blood Artists, for the off chance I can trade a ton of tokens or doomed travelers off with some weenies.

Feel free to try the deck, and let me know what you think. It even surprises me how powerful this thing can be. And damn is it fun, so many tricky interactions.

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