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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.
The Wizard has say a spell and contemplated an answer for thine question.hath though considered R/B vampires with the addition of Falkenrath Aristocrat and Stromkirk Captain ? The captain is a leave or take card but the aristocrat can end a game paired with a nocturnus. And NEVER underestimate what Bloodline Keeper Flip can do. He is your biggest bomb
I homebrew a lot, but my favorite was a few months ago in ISD-RTR standard. I made a deck using some key cards from the Aristocrats (Falkenrath Aristocrat , Cartel Aristocrat , etc) along with Fling , Cloudshift /Restoration Angel and, you guessed it, Act of Treason & it's variants. Many, many tables were flipped.
Believe it or not, Midrange doesn't like having it's fatties thrown around.
Deviant Glee for the trample damageFalkenrath Aristocrat for the haste flyingBrimstone Volley for better removal/ heavy burningRiot Spikes for better than the intimidatethe only synergy you have with the vampires is 2 Captivating Vampire s and 2 Vampiric Fury . this is unacceptable man, throw in two Coat of Arms instead dude...!?
other than that, its not half bad. still, splash white and use Rootborn Defenses whenever you need to in response to boardwipes, mayne. either that or Boros Charm . Basilisk Collar isn't bad at all. deathtouch, trample lifelink from the Deviant Glee means that you are going to hit first with the Stromkirk Captain and them destroy the creature blocking it immediately, and gain life and trample through in the first phase of combat.
There may be some fringe decks, but there are several main archetypes that show up constantly. None of these decks (fringe or main) have any of the flair that INN/RtR decks had. Without interactions from things like Snapcaster Mage , Thragtusk , Restoration Angel , Olivia Voldaren , Falkenrath Aristocrat etc. the decks have become effectively vanilla creatures. Desecration Demon , Tidebinder Mage , Blood Baron. Even though some of these have a lot of text, the format is less about interesting plays, and more about killing guys, getting devotion and beating down with undercosted creatures. My favourite card in theros is Whip of Erebos and even that isn't really seeing play anymore
BNG added about 5 cards to the format (Bile Blight , Drown in Sorrow and Scry lands). There may be others, but the change was almost unnoticed. If you compare this to RtR -> GTC, or GTC -> DGM, you can see how little impact these sets have had on standard. It might not just be a couple of archetypes, but its still boring to play
playingonabudget - I like Olivia Voldaren more then Falkenrath Aristocrat , and with the Lightning Bolt that you are talking about, I don't fear then that much in the late game because og the Bloodline Keeper Flip and the Captivating Vampire and the Stromkirk Captain which should give the what she needs for over comming the Lightning Bolt , and if I'm against Burn I would use somthing like Boros Charm , but thanks for your comment :)
Will place Falkenrath Aristocrat in the maby board, because I like the thought of a surprise punch :)
I don't know if I would run Olivia Voldaren over Falkenrath Aristocrat . I feel like to keep olivia alive you have to have six mana available to play her then get her out of lightning bolt range. While with falkenrath you only need 4 mana and a creature to protect her from lightning bolt. Falkenrath also has haste, allowing you to pack a surprise punch.
@ shinobigarth -
the reason Curse of Stalked Prey is in here instead of Rakish Heir is because of the mana cost. Rakish Heir has a CMC of 3 which is really not very desirable considering I already have Markov Blademaster , Stromkirk Captain and Vampire Nighthawk taking up that spot.
I agree that Dreadbore should be SB'd, it's actually really annoying to play. Same with Feast of Blood there is nothing more annoying than sitting there wishing you could kill their creature but needing 2 of your own. I'll switch Flame Slash with Lightning Bolt for the option of damage to players and I'll switch Dreadbore with Terminate for now.
As for all of those other vampires, i'll consider them. The only problem is that most of my removal takes the 2cmc spot (Feast of Blood , Dreadbore /Terminate , Go for the Throat ) and Falkenrath Aristocrat and Olivia Voldaren would be competing with Bloodline Keeper Flip 4cmc spot which they don't really stand a chance against.
ok, so i've been working on vamp decks since Innistrad, heres my 2 cents: Rakish Heir . you really dont run Curse of Stalked Prey in a vamp deck because Rakish is that, except for 1 more mana you get a 2/2 out of the deal. much better cause vamp decks want lots of feet, the more the better because thats that much sooner you can use BK's transform ability to pump up everyone +2/+2.
next Feast of Blood and Dreadbore are good for removal, but i would recommend SBing Dreadbore because its only really necessary for planeswalkers. you can mainboard Terminate for instant speed and switch it with Dread when you see a walker.
consider some of the best vampires of all: Gatekeeper of Malakir , Kalastria Highborn (or Blood Artist instead), Falkenrath Aristocrat and Olivia Voldaren . Aristocrat for example will enable Tragic Slip to kill anything.
i would link you to my vamp deck, but i cant get it to link properly :/
|Power / Toughness||4/1|
|Avg. draft pick||1.47|
|Avg. cube pick||11.25|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Dark Ascension||Mythic Rare|