Gatekeeper of Malakir


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt Uncommon
Zendikar Uncommon
Promo Set 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

Yuri200X on Vampire attack

7 hours ago

20 swamps are a bit too few... maybe try lowering the average converted mana cost with efficient cheap vampires like Gatekeeper of Malakir and Gifted Aetherborn or try wunning more swamps... like something in between 22-24

guinomogreminho on Darkside

16 hours ago

My deck agains't yours won by 2-0. First match my deck won at turn 7 and second round turn 9. I think your deck needs Gatekeeper of Malakir and a maximum of 23 creatures. You have too much creatures and can't hold the damage so you need Darkness. You should add more removals(your removals are great, but you have few...) and some enchants or something else. And on both rounds Blade of the Bloodchief didn't work. Card I would remove: Falkenrath Gorger, Vampire Cutthroat, Olivia's Bloodsworn, Darkness and Blade of the Bloodchief. Something I would add: Night's Whisper for some speed, Terminate for some clean. Its all about MY opinion. I'm new with magic and I only suggest these cards because my main deck is based on vampires too. Hope it was helpful.

jrippa on Whispered Death

1 day ago

Oh ya, duh, good call, I added Hero's Downfall, I was also thinking to add a few Gatekeeper of Malakir.

hardhitta71194 on BR Vampires

6 days ago

Gifted Aetherborn is awesome, also Gatekeeper of Malakir, Mirri the Cursed, and Stromkirk Captain.

Cool deck! Vampires are dope, I play a Vamp deck all the time. +1

Dromund on

1 week ago

Here like this...


4 Bloodline Keeper  Flip

4 Indulgent Aristocrat

4 Gatekeeper of Malakir

3 Gifted Aetherborn


Enchantments and Artifacts:

4 Intruder Alarm

4 Emblem of the Warmind

4 Bitterblossom

2 Phyrexian Arena

2 Captain's Claws This could be the key to this deck.

1 Batterskull

1 Sword of Light and Shadow

1 Hammer of Purphoros



4 Inquisition of Kozilek

1 Thoughtseize


It's not a lot of creatures but with bitter blossom and captain's claws it could overwhelm without the infinite combo. With the sword of light and war I can bring back my one or two drop creatures and essentially have vigilance some games for a few turns. I'm leaning on this one now unless someone tells me otherwise and I agree.

Oh and for the lands...I have no idea how to create a land base for a multicolored deck.

Yuri200X on

1 week ago

TheDuggernaught... Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond isn't a game-winning combo. It sets the game at a draw because it has only mandatory actions...

Dromund, TheDuggernaught listed many decent vampires in the comment he made and I think if we choose a midrange route and go Mono-Black, we can achieve some nice stuff...

Some raw sketch for the deck I pictured in my mind would be:

18 creatures

12 interaction spells

7 enchantments & artifacts

22 lands

See what you think of this idea

TheDuggernaught on

1 week 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.

Control would likely play vampires that double as control (Gatekeeper of Malakir, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn), lots of kill spells and discard, and some planeswalkers.

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.

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