Gatekeeper of Malakir

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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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

Funkydiscogod on Mono-B enters the battlefield

16 hours ago

I prefer Devour in Shadow over Victim of Night.

What about Gatekeeper of Malakir instead of Geth's Verdict? It's more mana expensive, but you can bounce it back.

Skull Collector might be a card to back up the Curio; allowing you to again get more ETB effects; but it does have the problem that if all other creatures get killed, he'll have to bounce himself. He gets bonus points because regeneration lets him survive many Modern removal spells.

It seems like Cloudstone Curio might have a combo with Priest of Urabrask, but that's a idea for another deck.

Since you have some self-discard, maybe Big Game Hunter instead of Nekrataal?

Vaan on Torment

1 day ago

I would not run more than 2 Cruel Reality, it is super expensive to cast so you really don't want to see it early in the game and you have a way to fetch and cheat it into play with Bitterheart Witch.

Your deck is extremely slow, you're running way too many mana intensive cards. Modern is a very fast format with games often ending by turn 4, so i would recommend lowering your mana curve. Noxious Gearhulk is too expensive for what it does, Shriekmaw CMC is way to high for a 3/2 creature and it'ss ETB effect is subpar for the evoke cost, Barter in Blood is just not a good card and Bearer of Silence can't block and you need to be defensive on the early game to survive until you can cast your curses and Bitterheart Witches.

In order to survive the early game you need cheap removal, Victim of Night, Doom Blade, Disfigure, Dismember, Bone Splinters, Grasp of Darkness and Hero's Downfall are good options, more cheap hand disruption can also help you get to the late game, Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize are the best at this.

Some good defensive creatures for this kind of deck are Gifted Aetherborn, the rat pack Typhoid Rats, Drainpipe Vermin, Ravenous Rats, Rotting Rats, and Gatekeeper of Malakir.

So keep the witches and the curses, cut the expensive creatures for removal and cheaper creatures and you will have a much better deck.

Wizno on Muster the Night Breed EDH

3 days ago

I've run vampires before but they are a tricky tribe since they do have some support but not as much as other tribes. The biggest problems I've found are that the best vampires are expensive (mana and money wise) and the game is a bit grindier. So you have to be ready to play the long game but their life-gain abilities help keep you in the game.

Budget pending, I would recommend cutting out some of your weaker non-vampire creatures for the following:

Captivating Vampire
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet
Nirkana Revenant
Olivia, Mobilized for War
Anowon, the Ruin Sage
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Necropolis Regent
Vampire Nocturnus
Malakir Bloodwitch
Dark Impostor
Blood Artist
Markov Blademaster
Kalastria Highborn
Falkenrath Gorger
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Stromkirk Condemned
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Pawn of Ulamog

The thing to keep in mind with vampires is most tribal decks that use Olivia will be mostly Black with a bit of Red. So you need to accelerate your Black mana production more. You've got some solid mana rocks but here are a few additional ideas:

Nirkana Revenant
Crypt Ghast
Caged Sun
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth + Cabal Coffers
Crypt of Agadeem

Increasing your card draw is my final recommendation. Black offers tons of ways to draw cards but I recommend Phyrexian Arena the most.

I hope this helps! Best of luck!

Skinnyman on Black Vampire Clan

1 week ago

Thanks a lot for the feedback!Fatal Push is so expensive, I think I prefer the mana cost of Ultimate Price... Hum... Yeah, Feast of Blood would be better if it was an instant... I'll try it and see how it goes. I added another unit of Bloodghast and Gifted Aetherborn. I removed Butcher of Malakir and Sorin Markov, but it pains me to remove any Gatekeeper of Malakir, I just like him so much! xD

I also removed one Mutavault and one Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and added two Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to even things out.

GooseMobile on Black Vampire Clan

1 week ago

Here are some tips that won't add much to the cost.

Creatures: Gifted Aetherborn and Bloodghast are probably your best 2-drops, so go up to maybe 4 each and drop all the rest. Gatekeeper of Malakir is more of a 3-drop, so you can keep a couple of those in I think (though 4 is a lot). Butcher of Malakir isn't worth 7 mana outside of Commander, even if you can get that high to cast him.

Spells: Sorin Markov is on-theme, but unfortunately he's just not very good. In Modern right now, Doom Blade and Go for the Throat are risky removal spells because they miss key creatures like Delve guys, Death's Shadow, and Affinity. Go for the Throat is the more playable of the two, but you definitely want some number of Fatal Push, maybe all four. Feast of Blood isn't good enough, except in the Burn matchup where it would often be good.

Lands: You have six colorless lands and a lot of BB and BBB in your mana costs. i'd either cut Nykthos entirely, or play 2 or 3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to smooth out your black mana.

PeeBee on Just Mono Black

1 week ago

Im going to work off a few assumptions with this comment. As themanofhat has suggested, if you own Bloodghast and Phyrexian Obliterator, then you have got the most expensive parts of mono black devotion, which is a creature based (like your preference) devotion deck.

While not being one of the "top" decks, it can easily beat FNM level opponents and has some of the strongest cards in modern, so it sounds like this would definitely fit your needs.

Mono black devotion works off the black mana symbols in the cards cost and plans on getting as many on the field as possible and then dropping a Gray Merchant of Asphodel to do a mega drain on your opponent. Although the deck has Phyrexian Obliterator and Liliana of the Veil and/or Liliana, the Last Hope which can all win the game on there own if you need them to. The biggest problem the deck and black have is enchantment and artifacts that black can never deal with, so you usually start with early game hand disruption in the form of Thoughtseize and/or Inquisition of Kozilek so you can get those problematic cards out your opponents hand and allow you a clear path to victory.

The deck usually also runs Gatekeeper of Malakir and Relentless Dead however Gifted Aetherborn is a good budget and strong option.

Fill the rest of your deck with removal such as: Dismember, Fatal Push, Disfigure, Go for the Throat, Victim of Night, Dead Weight, Grasp of Darkness, Bile Blight which will give you enough control to get you into the 3, 4 and 5 drops which is the deck really shines.

xyr0s on MONO BLACK

2 weeks ago

First: Land-count. Somewhat on the low end. You need more like 24 lands.

Second: Phyrexian Arena is modern legal, and is better than Underworld Connections, as it doesn't tap your land to draw a card (and both cards have same casting cost).

third: Brain Maggot is on the low end of power. It has toughness 1 in modern, so it's probably going to die as soon as your opponent wants his card back. You could add more exile effects and Wasteland Strangler to make something out of exiling, rather than discarding cards, or you could find a nice discard effect instead.

fourth: Devour Flesh and Hero's Downfall are probably not the cards you want. Fatal Push and Geth's Verdict are better, if only because they are cheaper. You could also use Gatekeeper of Malakir, if you want a bit more devotion.

Fifth: consider exchanging Nightveil Specter for Geralf's Messenger. Same devotion, but more resilient, and it hurts your opponent just on the ETB trigger.

Oloro_Magic on Necromancy

2 weeks ago

You need removal in a deck to stay competitive, Gatekeeper of Malakir keeps with the kind of suicide black plan you got going, other than that Victim of Night and Fatal Push are solid removal. If your plan is to resolve an Army of the Damned that means you want ramp, Liliana of the Dark Realms and Crypt Ghast accomplish this well in mono-black, so does Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Cabal Coffers. The other thing you want is card draw Dark Confidant is the best option though Asylum Visitor works well on a budget.

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