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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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Also, midrange is a deck too you know. Thrun, the Last Troll , Knight Exemplar , Falkenrath Aristocrat and Mirran Crusader . Beyond those we've got Sword of Light and Shadow , Sword of Feast and Famine , the gods in creature heavy builds, and any regenerate creature. Hence the sac effects for things beyond enchantment voltron decks.
My Falkenrath Aristocrat
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Love Vamps! Some suggestions, sir:
Vampires are played much like a tempo deck, or cruel control. Being that Vamps are a bit mana intensive to get out, but potent, you'll want a lot of removal, resource denial, and disruption. An effective list would play much akin to a G/B/x list, StoneBlade in Legacy, or even Delver. You'll only really only want a few potent threats and protect them or remove opposition in order to win the battle of attrition. That being said, I'll start with the mana base and move on to creatures, spells, and sideboard.
Being a tribal deck, Cavern of Souls and Mutavault could be excellent additions as 1-2 of each. Fetch lands ala Arid Mesa , Verdant Catacombs , and Marsh Flats , would be great if you can afford them. Akoum Refuge is a bit slow as it ETB tapped. You could take those out to make room. A Ghost Quarter or Tectonic Edge as a 1-2 of mainboard would be cool. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth turns your fetches and colorless lands into black sources, as black can be greedy and mana intensive.
Bloodghast is a beast, especially with fetch lands. Falkenrath Aristocrat is also awesome, especially with yon Ghast. Gatekeeper of Malakir provides awesome utility. Blood Artist is another option, but should be built around IMO. I would cut Rakish Heir and Captivating Vampire, as they're a bit slow. You may want around 16-20 creatures that are potent and offer utility, as to allow plenty of room for resource denial, disruption, removal, etc. Olivia should be kept, for sure!
Onto your spells and such. Pending your budget, Liliana of the Veil is fantastic. Chandra, Pyromaster is a good singleton. Lightning Bolt is a definite 4x of. Excellent removal and can win games. Less mana intensive removal like Doom Blade , Go for the Throat , and Hero's Downfall (alright, mana intensive but it can nix a Walker like Karn!) should be considered. I do like Dismember, but perhaps as a 1-2 of and 1-2 in the side.
Discard ala Thoughtseize should definitely be mainboarded. A 3-3 split between Seize and Inquisition of Kozilek is good, or even Duress , as it can hit a lot of stuff. Rakdos Charm should be sideboarded, as it can often be a dead card on many matchups. Great against Twin and Tokens, though.
You may want to consider a wipe like Pyroclasm , as Aggro like RDW, Affinity, Tokens, etc can deal tons of damage quickly with tiny critters. Now onto your sideboard.
Our meta is pretty diverse. It consists of G/R and U Tron, American Control, Blue Moon, Bogles/Hexproof, Splinter Twin, Melira Pod, Affinity, Jund, 8-Rack, Living End, Red Deck Wins, U/W Control, B/W Tokens, some wonky home brew combo decks, and various home brew ramp and Aggro decks. That being said, Blood Moon is great against G/R Tron and other greedy mana bases. Land destruction is also imperative. Combust could work decently against Control and Twin. You'll def want some artifact hate like Smash to Smithereens and/or Shatterstorm . Graveyard hate like Rakdos Charm is good too. Plus charm has other uses. Unmake is a bit mana intensive, but it exiles a Wurmcoil Engine . I'd take a look at other sideboard options for our meta as well. You may find better options.
I hope this helps!!!
My experience with Pain Seer is every time you want him tapped you have to attack into creatures, and he is an easy target. I do like the idea of having more creatures though instead of adding spells since they react with Athreos, God of Passage , Lyzolda, the Blood Witch , and Falkenrath Aristocrat .
TideWakes, I did consider Archetype of Aggression , but those two red mana make it difficult to get out reliably early, and would upset the mana curve. Lightning Mauler , I think, is a better bet because the haste makes the deck quicker-paced, the casting cost is easier to manage, and at a CMC of 2 instead of 3, the mana curve is a bit more stable.
As far as the Falkenrath Aristocrat goes, you make a good point: it's really not the absolute best card for the deck in terms of functionality, but this is a deck built to revolve around her even if she isn't playing the lead role. I love the art and the flavour of the card, which is why she's just got to stay in.
Also, here's a list of cards in order of CMC that would fit in this deck and are good in modern for you to take from a build your deck with.
Those are just some of the best IMO. I probably missed some. But anyways these cards are a pretty good start to a deck.
I'm not too caught up on Modern, but what about Falkenrath Aristocrat ?
I've seen some pretty off the wall stuff from W/B tokens with red splash for Boros Charm , Falkenrath Aristocrat , and Young Pyromancer to superfriends with all the burn/discard/kill strategy. Mid Range is achievable but good luck out grinding Goyfs and company.
|Power / Toughness||4/1|
|Avg. draft pick||1.47|
|Avg. cube pick||11.25|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Dark Ascension||Mythic Rare|