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Creature — Vampire
Falkenrath Reaver Discussion
1 year ago
Upvoted, cool deck :D
For my suggestions, I'd run more of the lords/tribal effects (vampires have a ton), and cut some of the more vanilla vampires. I'd search gatherer for any card containing the rule text "vampire" (and limiting to your colors).
Also, EDH is all about huge effects, and Stensia Innkeeper or Night Revelers are going to have a tough time keeping up. I like to imagine the worst case scenario, and see how the creature would do. For instance, your opponent has a Followed Footsteps on a Grave Titan. Something like Bloodline Keeper might stall a bit, but Falkenrath Reaver is just going to get overrun.
My friend has a vampire deck, and some effective bombs that I'd suggest are Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Malakir Bloodwitch, and Patron of the Vein.You could also run more solid, supporty cards like Rakish Heir, Stensia Masquerade, Stromkirk Captain, and Aphetto Dredging. Also, Basilisk Collar, Lightning Greaves, and Swiftfoot Boots are nice for your commander.
IMO, burn spells are generally not as good as the straight removal some of the other people suggested. My suggestions would be Sudden Death, Sudden Spoiling, and Urge to Feed, or, if you want a burn package to finish out opponents, Burn from Within, Fall of the Titans, Devil's Play, or Banefire (all of which have some sort of utility/reusability).
1 year ago
Dusk isn't really useful here, Dawn is, but you can get cheaper cards that have just the Dawn effect. Since you're placing a ton of counters on your stuff, Dusk will become a wrath of God, or in some cases, a one-sided board wipe only affecting you. ('Cause y'know [Primer] Doran the Unstoppable exists)
Maybe remove the "vanilla" vampires, primarily Falkenrath Reaver. I also don't feel as though you should run anything but Vampires, as Markov prefers vampires over anything, so Pious Evangel and Mentor of the Meek might be worth taking another look at. (Evangel might work, but I don't think you can make enough mana for Mentor to be that useful)
On to card suggestions!
(I can't actually suggest any of these cards, 'cause according to tapped out, everything but basic lands in banned in Leviathan. I swing at you for lethal with 3 mountains and a swamp, lol)
1 year ago
Would definitely recommend adding more red Vampires to this deck. Since this deck is built around having many vampires and life gain would recommend a few vampires that grow and to throw at your opponent to keep them more worried about defense rather then attacking, and also helping out with the whole mana base thing being a tiny bit difficult to work on. For the Vampires I would recommend going with the cheap vampires to just basically throw them at the opponent as a distration while you are building up your massive Vampire army, For example...Falkenrath Reaver, Bloodcrazed Neonate, Bloodmad Vampire, Bloodsworn Steward, Falkenrath Marauders, Havengul Vampire, Heirs of Stromkirk, Insolent Neonate,Markov Blademaster, Rakish Heir, Stromkirk Noble
1 year ago
Creatures Nettle Drone x3Falkenrath Reaver x1Valakut Predator x1Pyre Hound x1Shivan Dragon x1Makindi Sliderunner x1Embodiment of Fury x1Cinder Hellion x 1Markov Crusader x1Sanitarium Skeleton x2Walking Corpse x1Vampire Noble x1Ghoulcaller's Accomplice x1Fourth Bridge Prowler x1Bane of Bala Ged x1Emrakul, the Promised End x1Void Winnower x1
sorceryShamble Back x1Ruinous Path x1Dark Salvation x1Mire's Malice x1Liliana's Indignation x1Bone Splinters x1Collective Defiance x1Sparkmage's Gambit x1Chandra's Revolution x1Cone of Flame x2Incendiary Flow x1Magmatic Chasm x1instantsMurder x1Borrowed Malevolence x1Fiery Temper x1Stonefury x1Essence Extraction x1EnchantmentsConsecrated by Blood x1
2 years ago
Falkenrath Reavers are bland and have no abilities. Trade them out for a card you're using by itself. I'd add another Sanguinary Mage and another Collective Brutality. In fact, Collective Brutality is bonkers in a Madness deck, so you might even adjust your deck so you'll be packing a set of 4.
2 years ago
I like the idea, but you need more duplicates of cards such as Cryptbreaker and Haunted Dead for consistency. Also, I'm seeing some cards that you really don't need because they don't add anything to the deck, like Vampire Cutthroat and Falkenrath Reaver. Also unless you are going to get the red gearhulk, you might want to consider going mono-black. This would probably help your deck because you don't have to deal with getting the wrong color (obviously) and cards like Gray Merchant of Asphodel get a significant buff. Also, Stensia Banquet is absolute garbage in this deck, considering you have 5 vammpires, and 4 copies of this card. I would recommend removing this from the deck, and if you do, also remove Stensia Masquerade, because that is also mainly for vampires. I hope this helps you with your deck, if you have any questions, I would be happy to help. -Lapshaman
2 years ago
Nice deck, Vampires are always fun to play! I have a few card suggestions for you. A non-creature spell that is great for any vampire deck is Stensia Masquerade. Helps you to get those early aggro vampires much bigger! Also, I would suggest you remove Bold Impaler and replace it with Stromkirk Noble. Not only can it get more powerful quickly, but you can get around humans which is handy. You also don't have to waste mana every turn to pump it. Lastly, since you are going for the early aggro, i would suggest removing Falkenrath Reaver, and putting in Bloodcrazed Neonate. Same cost, but has the potential to get big quickly. Good luck!
2 years ago
I think in your discussion of vanilla p/t you forget to mention a fairly important aspect - that being power creep.
Creatures are slowly becoming better and better as years go by. Alpha had Scathe Zombies and Gray Ogre, now we get Walking Corpse and Falkenrath Reaver. Does being an uncommon factor into the extra point of stats that Kalonian Tusker gets? Probably. But Tusker is also a much more recent card than either Elvish Warrior or Gnarled Mass, which explains why it's more pushed. A more apt comparison for Gnarled Mass would be Watchwolf - uncommon, from the same period, but also in two colors. Mass saw constructed play in its time if I recall correctly. These days even 3/3 for 2 is not good enough for standard without significant upside or good synergy.
Re: Rarity as a balancing factor. I think it's actually perfectly fine for rarity to to be used that way because it allows to point different cards at different formats. I agree with you that in a world in which people routinely use websites to acquire their cards rarity is a non-factor when it comes to constructed formats. That is fine. Maybe 5% or 10% of all cards in a format are intended for constructed play, and those that would completely warp a limited deck or be useless because o how much synergy they require should be put at rare or mythic which largely keeps them out of most drafts and sealed pools and keeps the limited environment balanced.
Basically I think the rarity symbol on a card is irrelevant unless you are viewing the card in the context of Limited play. And in draft, it makes perfect sense for uncommons to be a bit more pushed - it's a way to set the average power level of decks. Cards that are aimed at constructed play often have a power level that is problematic for limited, so putting them at rares or mythics make sense. You don't want every other draft deck to have a titan in it.
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