Creature — Vampire
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
4 days ago
I feel like Gifted Aetherborn does enough against aggro decks. Flying is helpful but you probably want speed more.
4 days ago
@artemesis The 3 ghost quarters is definitely a bold move, but I was running across a lot of Inkmoth Nexus' at the time and it worked really well. By no means would I call the mana "very bad." But you could definitely cut a Ghost Quarter if you aren't comfortable with it, but I really have not had problems with getting the right colors of land.
@Wel5 Thanks! I really appreciate it. This deck is insanely fun. Bob gives some crazy card advantage in this deck. He is usually public enemy #1. And as for cutting to fit it Grave Pact it really depends on what you are playing against. I first try to remove irrelevant removal spells. If there are none, I usually remove Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip as she can be a bit slower, especially for a lot of the creature decks that you may be using Grave Pact against. Bloodsoaked Champion is something I remove a lot, because he is not a lot of help against creature decks, since he cant block. Or sometimes Falkenrath Aristocrat if I want to get rid of a different 4 drop. Mogg War Marshal is one I often take out is it is not always the most efficient.
Similar thought process for Wear / Tear. Irrelevant removal first, then look to cards less efficient for the specific match up like Champion, Lili, or one of the Aristocrats.
@Titilanious Thanks a lot, I appreciate it! I am in the same boat. Got into it at the same time. Act 1,2, and 3. I wanted something that felt similar but worked in Modern. Glad I finally got to a spot that is playable and this much fun!
5 days ago
Okay, I guess the next place to start is by going over the various archetypes for vampires in modern. They are a pretty flexible tribe, so there are lots of directions you can take them. Aggro, midrange, control, and even combo-esque strategies are pretty viable avenues to explore.All the lists are pretty much comprised of the following creatures depending on which direction you want to go: Bloodghast, Vampire Nocturnus, Stromkirk Captain, Stromkirk Noble, Captivating Vampire, Shadow Alley Denizen, Pulse Tracker, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn (AKA Vampire Nightwalk), Vampire Lacerator, Vampire Cutthroat, Stromkirk Condemned, Olivia, Mobilized for War, Olivia Voldaren, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Insolent Neonate, Falkenrath Aristocrat, Indulgent Aristocrat, Falkenrath Gorger, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Bloodthrone Vampire, Blood Artist, Viscera Seer, Blood Seeker, Asylum Visitor, Bloodline Keeper Flip, and Gatekeeper of Malakir.
Aggro lists generally stay super low to the ground in regards to CMC and include a lot of lords. Given the low CMC. Aether Vial also starts to become very good -- especially since all the lords tend to hang at 3 CMC.
There are multiple routes to midrange. One route is to to try and abuse the madness effect to turn Liliana of the Veil's +1 into a 1 sided effect.
The other is slightly more combo-y. Aristocrats is an interesting archetype that abuses the recursiveness of Bloodghast, the life-loss triggers from Blood Artist, and the instant speed sacrifice effects of Viscera Seer, Bloodthrone Vampire, Falkenrath Aristocrat and Indulgent Aristocrat. I also personally like Reassembling Skeleton, Gravecrawler, Doomed Traveler, and or Bloodsoaked Champion in the list to further be able to abuse the Blood Artist triggers with more sacrifice fodder. White also gives access to things like Rally the Ancestors -- which can be a brutal play to ping for a lot of dmg with Blood Artist triggers.
There is also more traditional midrange which just aims to play threats that if left unanswered -- typically win you the game. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Bloodline Keeper Flip, and Olivia Voldaren are all very dangerous cards for your opponent to leave in play, and Gatekeeper of Malakir can be a huge pain given his ability to not only provide a decent body, but also take down an opponent's creature with his kicker cost. Vampire Nighthawk and Gifted Aetherborn are also good for similar reasons. they trade profitably wirh almost any creature and have the benefit of giving you back some life.
There are 3 routes for combo that you can also go -- the first involves Bloodline Keeper Flip and Intruder Alarm. The second route is Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood + vampire's ability to easily ping for 1 somehow to trigger the combo. The third is Mindcrank or Duskmantle Guildmage + Bloodchief Ascension.
I can definitely help you refine a list once you have a basic archetype in mind. Right now you seem to be in between aggro and midrange. Which is perfectly fine. You can mix and match a little bit. Devotion, as another user suggested, is also viable -- however vampires do not really have a ton of super good ways to use oodles of mana.
3 weeks ago
Forgot about that intro deck. Reminds me A LOT of the aristocrats deck (both the version from earlier this year and the original from the original inistrad/return to ravnica standard. The deck got its name from Cartel Aristocrat and Falkenrath Aristocrat). I'd suggest looking at some of those decks if you're curious where the inspiration came from.
I found - Modern Aristocrats - (not my deck) which looks like a port of the original to a modern setting and has a lot of the things you would want in your deck.
Do I think that cutting the manabarbs will make the deck stronger? Yes. Do I think it will be as fun to play without them? That's something you'll have to answer yourself.
Westvale abby seems fine provided you can reliably get a bunch of creatures.
If you like the zula ports i'd check out Blood Artist, the two cards are extremely similar in what they can do.
abomination is an interesting one. It provides you a steady stream of cards which I think your deck wants unless you want to go super all in on aggression (which i would recomend against). If you decided to cut it, i'd make sure you have some form of card advantage to replace it.
As for Wescoe's deck (the black white one?), keep in mind its for a standard that is not the current one. Any cards legal in his deck are available in modern but by being in modern you have a much larger pool of cards to work with than he does. Seems decent though.
3 weeks ago
Super cool deck. I agree on Return to the Ranks. I personally woould cut one Falkenrath Aristocrat and Sorin, Solemn Visitor. Return to the Ranks will probably have higher impact than Sorin. Secure the Wastes could be an addition. Painful Truths is a solid card draw engine in your colors and might be something you want to have access to. Playing Mardu, you definetly want to have acess to a number of Path to Exile and/or Terminate.
1 month ago
Thanks for that TheDuggernaught, I would have been asking for a bunch of cards no longer available. ;) In addition to the Batterskull and the 2 remaining Primeval Titans, could I get the Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip, Eternal Witness, and the 4 Falkenrath Aristocrats? Would $36 be an ok price?
1 month ago
War Priest of Thune can't sacrifice itself, but that's what you have your 8 sacrifice outlets for. Falkenrath Aristocrat synergizes well with the War Priest, but doesn't benefit from the Unicorn at all.
I am honestly not sure what i would cut for Return to the Ranks, but it should probably be one of the 3+ cmc cards, or maybe a removal spell.
1 month ago
Return to the Ranks would be a perfect fit and probably quite powerful.
Asylum Visitor seems rather weak, Grim Haruspex is a much better option for card draw. (also a human for Falkenrath Aristocrat)
Leyline of the Void and Rest in Peace are big problems for this deck after sideboarding. Maybe you should have more answers to those. Also, why Ronom Unicorn instead of War Priest of Thune? (another human!)