Creature — Aetherborn Vampire
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Gifted Aetherborn Discussion
14 hours ago
Firstly you should really cut it down to 60 cards, Ashen Rider is the first card that can come out as you will never get the chance to play it. You should also focus your creatures and spells a bit more. Chose the ones you absolutely need (Vampire Nighthawk is a god starting point) and use those. Seeing how you are playing Cliffhaven Vampire I would suggest Drana's Emissary and Gifted Aetherborn. You could also use more Lingering Souls. And get rid of the illegal cards.
20 hours ago
I think the lifegain plan can be dropped, Gifted Aetherborn is a great card and should stay but Divinity of Pride and Grotesque Mutation can be dropped to address a big need of yours: card draw. I would recommend budget Bob, Asylum Visitor.
1 day ago
You're going to be chewing through your own life and hand size with this list.
1 day ago
I would highly recommend against running Aether Vial in the sideboard. You just don't have the right creatures for it. For Aether Vial to be strong, you'd need a much much tighter mana curve on your creatures (90% 1-3 CMC, maybe a couple of 4 CMC creatures MAX). I'd rather run a couple of Collective Brutality to vastly improve your chances against Burn and some more Leyline of the Void.
As for your maindeck, I'd swap Underworld Dreams out for Phyrexian Arena. Dreams is only strong in a very narrow range of matchups and you have Howling Mine effects or similar to take advantage of it. I'm also not sold on Nether Traitor, apart from the Devotion he can't block for you and 1 chip damage is just pretty much nothing without pump spells. Rather run the full set of Gifted Aetherborn and a couple of Victim of Night over them. Victim is pretty strong in Modern as there are few commonly played creatures that resist it, most of them are found in Dredge where removal is pretty terrible anyways. Other than that, I'd swap the Despise for Inquisition of Kozilek. Inquisition is more flexible in most matchups and you have tons of ways to deal with creatures anyways. With Artifacts, Enchantments, Instants and Sorceries? Not so much.
I also think your Liliana is versatile enough to run in the Maindeck.
Love me some monoblack, nice job
2 days ago
So the problem you're going to run into is you'll never get to 50 life. The cards you have here gain you small amounts of life, but your opponent is going to be able to push through more damage than you're gaining. Even if you get the reservoir out, you aren't casting enough spells to make a difference. You might gain 3 or 6 life a turn, but that's it.
There was a combo deck with the reservior a while back that used the 0 casting cost artifacts with the Foundry Inspector and Paradoxical Outcome to cast and bounce and cast and draw and cast and then blast... you have to cast a ton of spells per turn to work, and again, I don't think you've got the ability to do it.
If you do want to try some form of Reservoir deck, I'd recommend running a 4th reservoir and the Glint-Nest Crane. It helps you dig for the Reservoir and gives you a decent blocker to help block and save that life total. You'll need better blockers in general to dissuade opponents from attack- Gifted Aetherborn is a good one. The death touch is a deterrent and the life link would help.
I'm not sure what else to tell you. I think you like these cards, then you might be better served to take the reservoir out and add in a few more cards that drain life and let your creatures do some work.
I hope this helps.
2 days ago
I'd reccomend Gifted Aetherborn. It's a great card all around and could be brought back with Driver of the Dead unlike Nighthawk. I'd also play x4 Victim of Night for targeted removal, but that's just preference, although it outclasses Doomblade by quite a bit (especially since double black isn't a concern).
If you like Whip of Erebos, I'd cut it to one copy. You already have access to life gain and seeing two copies in one game doesn't sound like a good thing. Also, if Hero's Downfall is there to battle Planeswalkers, you might go with Vampire Hexmage instead, as its tribal and can assassinate walkers with her ability, and is a good creature anyway (Also a target for Driver of the Dead).
2 days ago
Gifted Aetherborn 4 of; toss out the nighthawks. add 2 more lili
3 days ago
Collective Brutality is a better sideboard (probably the best) card against Burn, kill Goblin Guide, discard Boros Charm, drain 2 Life. Really takes the wind out of their sails, every mode is gold. I'd also suggest either Leyline of the Void for Dredge or Grafdigger's Cage for Dredge/Company matchups in the sideboard, makes it a lot easier.
I think Grafted Wargear isn't necessary, it doesn't do a whole lot for you. If you want a Black Artifact/Equipment Lashwrithe is much more powerful and comes with it's own body as well. On the downside, that would make your Dark Confidant curve even more dangerous, and it's on the high side already. I'd almost consider moving the Gifted Aetherborn to the maindeck.
I highly recommend against running Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth in your build. You will fix mana for Abzan/Grixis/Jund and save them the life they'd pay for Shocklands or Fetchlands while not fixing any of your Mana.
A Liliana could help you out, but you probably know that yourself very well. The price tag is pretty disgusting.
If you have the money and want to experiment, take a look at what I did to my manabase in this [http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/21-06-17-mono-black-aggro] deck. Not only does it enable you to run 4 Fatal Push to their maximum effect, giving you the best removal spell in Modern, you can actually get a sneaky 4 Blood Moon from the sideboard and destroy several matchups just through that.
Otherwise I like your list, pretty classic Mono-Black stuff which is always nice to see. Those are just my thoughts as I occasionally play a Gate-style MonoB as well