Gatekeeper of Malakir


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Uncommon
Zendikar (ZEN) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Gatekeeper of Malakir

Creature — Vampire Warrior

Kicker B (You may pay an additional B as you cast this spell.)

When Gatekeeper of Malakir enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, target player sacrifices a creature.

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Gatekeeper of Malakir Discussion

StonedJesus on Black Sabbath

1 week ago

I've always wanted to see this combo work, and I stumbled across this deck when I briefly named my deck (now Aggresive Prison Sex) Black Sabbath. One of the best bands in the history of metal, by the way. Now I'm assuming that this is budget so I'm going to keep these suggestions frugal. Instead of Convolute put Mana Leak or Counterspell, although it seems that Blue isn't a necessary color in here. I'd recommend taking it out completely and putting in more black removal, like Dismember, Geth's Verdict, Grasp of Darkness, Fatal Push, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Fleshbag Marauder, and Walk the Plank. I personally don't think that Priest of the Blood Rite is necessary, it might just hurt you after they kill the demon. Grave Titan, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn, Phyrexian Obliterator, Skinrender, Gray Merchant of Asphodel, and such. I'm just naming good cards you should consider now, Hymn to Tourach, Torment of Hailfire, Sinkhole, Geralf's Messenger, Dread Wanderer, Diregraf Ghoul, and MOST IMPORTANTLY Dark Ritual. I just think a deck called Black Sabbath should be mono-black. Sorry if I rambled, I just want this deck to kick ass. No deck named after an amazing band should have to lose even once. Good luck


Austin_Smith_of_Cards on La grande dance macabre

1 week ago

Definitely recommend a playset of Captivating Vampire. Lords are pretty important to any tribal strategy, plus if you end up having an abundance of Vampires he can help break through standoffs.

Gatekeeper of Malakir is definitely worth consideration. He fills your curve as a 2-drop in a pinch, but his cheap kicker is what really makes him deadly.

Try a copy or two of Blade of the Bloodchief. Absolutely stupid vs other aggro decks, and it's far better than Rush of Vitality.

Happy brewing!

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on lifelink vampires blood drain

2 weeks ago

You probably need to add some more 1-drop Vampires to your list to start aggressing early. I've been playing a guy's casual Vampire deck since I first started playing Magic some 6 years ago, and I still have trouble beating it; it's just that powerful.

Viscera Seer is super great at filtering out bad draws, as well as being a sac outlet. Never underestimate sac outlets. Recommend as a 2-of.

Vicious Conquistador is the (almost) strictly better Pulse Tracker, and nothing's about as good as extra noncombat life loss. A playset is ideal.

For 2-drops, I see you have a playset of Gifted Aetherborn, which is top-notch, and I also recommend Kalastria Highborn for eking out the last bits of life from your opponent with suicide attacks. Gatekeeper of Malakir is also a beast; filling your curve and/or providing removal is efficiency at its finest.

Filling out Captivating Vampire to a playset would be the next ideal thing to do. Having all the lords you can always helps.

In terms of removal, Victim of Night technically hits the most creatures, but Doom Blade, Go for the Throat, Grasp of Darkness, Dismember, and Disfigure are also all good choices.

Throw in an extra copy or two of Blade of the Bloodchief. Its damn cheap to play and equip, and it gets stupid fast.

If you want cutting recommendations, Bloodbond Vampire isn't fantastic, you're not running boardwipes or discard for Sangromancer, Alms of the Vein doesn't have a madness outlet, Dash Hopes doesn't always work the way you want it to (but keep it in if you want; it's always fun to play), and while Viridian Longbow is cute, it's a bit too expensive to equip, and more often than not, you want to be aggressive with your creatures.

Hopefully this helps!

Triton on You Can Call Me Grandaddy

4 weeks ago

Izu_Korasu I know I have a Gatekeeper of Malakir to replace the Stromkirk Condemned with. I had originally chose not to run it since it only affected a single player, but removal on a stick is always nice. I'll cut a mana rock for Asylum Visitor, as I noticed this deck struggles with draw power but has relatively solid ramp.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Izu_Korasu on You Can Call Me Grandaddy

1 month ago

Gatekeeper of Malakir and Vampire Hexmage are both solid vampire removal as is Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

while Asylum Visitor and Blood Seeker provide advantage engines, especially in a deck as low to the ground as this.

you probably drop a rock or two with a Stromkirk Condemned to make room for a few picks.

also effects like Erebos, God of the Dead/Tainted Remedy might be worth a look

DarkStarStorm on Mr.Steal Your Girl

1 month ago

Go down to 60 cards and 4 copies of Legion's Landing  Flip. 60 cards immensely improves the consistency of your deck. There is never a reason NOT to run the minimum amount of cards. I can tell that you're pretty new to the game or just play casually. Here's a tip, lifegain does nothing. If you have 1000 life and your opponent is at 1, he can still be very much in control of the game. The only time lifegain REALLY matters is when you're racing for the win against another aggressive deck. With that in mind, look for way to deal damage rather than gain life. I usually use Bogles as a measuring stick to determine whether a card is viable in Modern. Here's a list:

Bogles...So Aura Tribal?

Modern DarkStarStorm


Take out Altar of the Brood. It does nothing in your deck.

Add four copies of Vampire Cutthroat

Gatekeeper of Malakir is good interaction.

Vampire Nighthawk if you just want an incredible body.

Vampire Nocturnus is the best vampire lord in the game.

entheogeneral on Dark Annihilator

1 month ago

If I were you, I would take out the Doom Blades and Diabolic Edicts and replace them with Dismember and Geth's Verdict. Also, the Shield Spheres would be better replaced with Gatekeeper of Malakir. Maybe Vampire Nighthawk or Gifted Aetherborn. Torment of Hailfire and Profane Command are fun if you want a bit more control. And finally the obvious, Dark Confidant. I'm not too sure what your budget is or EXACTLY what you're up against, but I hope I've had useful suggestions.

DashJovis1 on Edgar Markov

1 month ago

I'm running Stromkirk Captain. He's baller, especially with eminence. Indulgent Aristocrat is also in the deck, and is insane. You can spread counters really fast in this build.

So... As for the rest, in order: I ran Adaptive Automaton and Metallic Mimic in my first draft. Automaton underpreformed, whereas Mimic was hit and miss. Markov only triggers on CASTING vampires, so I ended up dropping both of them for more vampires.

Eldrazi Monument and Akroma's Memorial are both great, but again, I wanted to cast vampires. They'll help you get further ahead, but having a vampire can help you catch up or rebuild. So, its a matter of taste. I wouldn't run too many of these artifact "lord" effects, Vanquisher's Banner only makes the cut because it draws me cards.

Obelisk of Urd is underwhelming, and not a vampire. Coat of Arms helps other people's tribes, so... pass. Too risky.

But DUUUUDE. I never even heard of Stoneforge Masterwork. Not sure what to cut for it either, at this point the deck is pretty tight, and there isn't room to cut another mana land. Still, that definitely IS in the ideal Markov build. I'll have to find room for it.

Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief is great, but too expensive, and doesn't synergize a lot with the rest of the deck. I could drop Olivia Voldaren for her, but then I'm upping my curve.

Malakir Bloodwitch is cool, but this also isn't the sort of token deck where you have 40+ tokens, it's the sort of deck where you have 5-8 vampires and they're all getting huge. Still, the protection from white is solid, and you'll gain a lot of life. I'd say run it over Soul Collector to taste.

Anowon, the Ruin Sage eats my +1/+1 lords and my goats. I don't like that, especially the lord part. He's cool, but I think he's more of a stax stack guy than a Vampire lord.

Gatekeeper of Malakir is cool, but he's situational. If opponents are relying on a single hexproof creature he's your guy, but other than that... Underwhelming IMO. At least, without other stax pieces.

Olivia, Mobilized for War very nearly made it, for having madness and providing haste. But there are only 3 non-vampires in the deck for her vampire making effect, and I only have a little splash of madness. Also, you can only discard as you cast, meaning instant speed madness shenanigans don't work with her. Stromkirk Condemned made way more sense as a madness enabler/lord. Still, she's a 3 drop vampire, and there are several creatures that she could be swapped out for in a deck with more reanimation/madness.

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