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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
21 hours ago
I have been playing mono-black Vampires in Modern for quite some time now. It is actually more competitive than a lot of people think. It's like mono-black Jund, and I've out-Junded Jund with vamps before. But this also means I play much more disruption than the build laid out here. My version runs 6 Discard (either a 4/2 or a 3/3 split among Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek), 6 Removal (4 Fatal Push and 2 flex slots), 4 Planeswalkers (the best in Modern - Liliana of the Veil), a much lower creature count at 21, and 23 lands.
Now, you have correctly identified Bloodghast to be the best Vampire in Modern. It does everything you want it to do in this deck - it is a recurring threat, you can sac it to scry (Viscera Seer), sac it to drain (Kalastria Highborn), discard it to Lili's +1, etc. The second best vamp is probably Vampire Nocturnus because its ability is just insane. I'd max out the number of Gatekeeper of Malakir because the sac effect is very strong in the format. 4 Asylum Visitor is great for card advantage and Madness is great for discard effects as well. Finally, I play 4 Viscera Seer because it synergises well with the other creatures. With Seer, you can do the fetch land-scry trick with Bloodghast, you can fix the top of your deck for Nocturnus, you can sac your entire board with Kalastria Highborn for extra reach, and you at least get to scry when opponent tries to kill your creatures.
Some comments on why I won't run the creatures you are playing...they are only good when there is a critical mass or density of creatures on board. Captivating Vampire really shines when you have at least another couple or more creatures already on the board, and you can forget about ever activating his second ability in a typical Modern game. In contrast, Vampire Nocturnus works great even when he's the only creature on board (a common sight after you have grinded the opponent out with discard and removal a la Jund). Vampire Lacerator is only good if played Turn 1 and even then it gets outclassed very quickly and then becomes a liability (Tom Ross tried the card in a very early build and called it 'embarrassing'!). Stromkirk Condemned and Indulgent Aristocrat are also only good when you have at least 2 other creatures on board, which I have found to be quite rare in a format full of removal. Furthermore, you cannot afford the card disadvantage, I don't think, if you are not playing Bloodghast.
Lastly, lands - I play 8 fetches to activate Bloodghast and to turn on Revolt for Fatal Push, 4 Mutavault as an honorary Vampire which gets Nocturnus bonus and can be sacrificed to Highborn (man-lands are traditionally used for getting in damage when both players are topdecking after a war of attrition - think Jund again), 4 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth so you can produce black mana with Mutavault and fetchlands (you'd want to save fetches for Revolt Fatal Push and explosive Bloodghast turns), and 7 basic Swamps.
My sideboard includes a little bit of everything, Collective Brutality against Burn/Infect, Damnation against creature heavy decks, Duress as additional discard against control, Fulminator Mage and Ghost Quarter to kill lands, Nihil Spellbomb, Surgical Extraction and Scarab Feast for graveyard decks, Pithing Needle for various activated abilities, Vampire Hexmage for planeswalkers, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet for Jund or Abzan mirrors.
Just sharing my own experience playing Vamps in Modern for the longest time.
2 days ago
Gatekeeper of Malakir and Geralf's Messenger are in my other deck that is not budget. this deck was made as another budget deck but those cards you suggested could go in it. although i would not put Bloodghast. saving him for my Smallpox deck. Phyrexian Obliterator is on the wish list hence why it's not on any of my decks right now. trying to brew something special for it but, this deck would probably be ok for it too. and Whip of Erebos should be in the side, thank you!
2 days ago
Westvale Abbey Flip? Also, I think typhoid rats is a bit of a stretch. Try Relentless Dead or Bloodghast or Phyrexian Obliterator (just some standard black devotion cards). Maybe even a Gatekeeper of Malakir or Geralf's Messenger. Also, consider Whip of Erebos.
5 days ago
Icbrgr thanks for the comment! I greatly appreciate it!
I LOVE Vampire Nighthawk and I use him in my Rakdos aggro build Succumb to Madness. The problem is I have other 3-drops I prefer to play like Gatekeeper of Malakir with kicker, Captivating Vampire, and other 2-drop creatures and my 1-drop hand discard.
What would you suggest taking out for Vampire Nighthawk?
1 week ago
Cards I'd cut:
Ashling, the Extinguisher - 4 mana with no evasion makes it very unlikely this critter will actually connect with players. I recommend cutting it for a better force-sacrifice effect like Innocent Blood.
Bloodbriar - It's selfish (it only gives itself +1/+1 counters) and it has zero evasion. Not worth it. I recommend Reyhan, Last of the Abzan in its stead; it has the same CMC and lets you move around +1/+1 counters all day.
Deadeye Plunderers - You only have two artifacts in the deck.
Demon of Wailing Agonies - Slow. Especially when your commander has CMC 6.
Gatekeeper of Malakir - BBB cost is really hard to get sometimes in BUG colors.
Glissa, the Traitor - Slow. She's neat and a good blocker but it doesn't matter because you only have two artifacts.
Labyrinth Guardian - This critter adds nothing to your strategy.
Marrow Chomper - Too slow.
Patron of the Nezumi - Not enough rats to make it worth it. Effect is meh.
Phylactery Lich - Same reason as Gatekeeper. Also you only have two artifacts.
Savra, Queen of the Golgari - She does nothing on her own; she needs other things to do her work which isn't good.
Utopia Mycon - Too slow.
I'll add more comments when I get more time to look over the next few categories.
3 weeks ago
+1 from me
Gatekeeper of Malakir is sooooooo good in this build. Plus, its always nice to have them sac something that either 1) would block your fliers from lethal dmg, or 2) has indestructible.
If youre going aggro, then Vampire Lacerator is your go-to 1 drop vampire. Also Indulgent Aristocrat is nice to sac your creature of it would die to a block or blocking, anthem the team, and prevent dmg from hitting you. Just make sure you are focusing on either being super aggro or lifegain/drain like I said earlier.
Lastly, Bloodstained Mire. I know the fetchlands cost an arm and a leg, but this has helped me soooo many times reset the library to my advantage if no black card on top. Since youre running mono-black, any black fetchland will do, like Polluted Delta if you can find them for cheap.
Best of luck to you!
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Toshi is a dude I have ALWAYS wanted to make work somehow, as this super corner case, pseudo-Snapcaster effect.