Guul Draz Assassin

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

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Set Rarity
Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Guul Draz Assassin

Creature — Vampire Assassin

Level up (: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.) [1/1]

Level 2-3: , : Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. [2/2]

Level 4+: , : Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn. [4/4]

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Guul Draz Assassin Discussion

epajula on Edgar's Dega Vampires

1 week ago

It also depends on what kind of deck you are running. Aggro players know that every damage counts so Bloodghast T2, and after wraths is relevant. If you are playing more control Guul Draz Assassin is amazing. Personally I would always take Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief over the assassin since it's removal + beater + mana sink. Viscera Seer isn't bad, but playing Skullclamp + black draw packages makes more sense for me. If you play against blue or Threaten players Viscera Seer is irreplaceable.

Mandalorian on Delusional Agony

2 weeks ago

No problem AwesomeDoofus! Glad my suggestions could be of some help!

It's true that more efficient CMCs will often lead to higher prices i.e. Liliana's Caress vs Raider's Wake. Though, if your LGS (local game store) is selling Liliana's Caress for 8$, that is truly egregious. You can find them here for 2-3$ a card here TCG Player and I suggest buying other cards on that website since they have very competitive pricing.

My opinion of Consume the Meek is not very high considering that you can wipe the whole board for the same mana cost in cards like Crux of Fate. Pestilence Demon is also pretty meh to me because it is terribly expensive unless you are running some kind of reanimation deck with cards like Entomb and Animate Dead OR ramp spells like Dark Ritual, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, and Cabal Ritual. If Tempt with Immortality is already a very medium card in your deck, then I would shy away from adding other medium cards to the deck like Crypt Incursion just to make the other medium cards better. It's simply better to not have the initial medium card in the deck to begin with. The other cards I'm not so big on as well, especially when you consider that you wanted to add more discard to the deck. These other cards would make that hard to do.

Unfortunately the best discard effects are pretty expensive because they see play across multiple formats. These include-

Liliana of the Veil

Thoughtseize

Inquisition of Kozilek

Collective Brutality

-to name a few

The other problem with discard spells is that they lose their potency late into the game because people will simply be drawing and playing their only card and have nothing to discard. This is why cards like The Rack and Black Vise are so good. These cards create tension within your opponent and gives value to your discard spells late into the game. Your opponent will not want to play anything so that they can keep cards in hand to not take damage from the artifacts, this means your discard spells will actually be worthwhile late into the game creating a lose-lose situation for the opponent because they will take damage from the artifacts if they play what they draw, but if they don't play what they draw you may just make them discard it anyway and how can they win if they are not playing the cards they draw? A deck that looks to enable this strategy on a budget for 1vs1 (so no Liliana of the Veil or Thoughtseize) might look like this-

4x Raven's Crime

4x Inquisition of Kozilek

4x Smallpox

2x Pox

4x Hymn to Tourach

4x Dark Ritual (this card enables you to do very powerful things early in the game such as play Hymn, and Inquisition on turn 1)

2x Dismember

4x Innocent Blood

1x Waste Not

4x The Rack

4x Black Vise

19x Swamp

4x Mishra's Factory

Two things to notice here, 1 there are no creatures. This means cards like Innocent Blood, Pox, and Smallpox do not affect us in that way, only our opponent. Our main win condition here are the Rack and Vise, so no need for creatures. The Mishra's Factorys are just a plan B. This also makes a lot of our opponents cards, like removal spells, very bad against us limiting the amount of impactful cards they can play against us. The second, is you'll notice there are a lot of 4ofs. Rather than having 1 of this and 2 of that, having multiple copies of 1 card increases the percentage that we actually draw it or have it in our opening hand. What this means is that our deck is much more efficient because the chances and percentages of us drawing the cards we need are as high as they can be. This is an important aspect of deck building to keep in mind.

Now, that last deck was a true discard deck. If you want to play creatures though and want to be swinging for damage in Mono then I would suggest a Devotion deck which exploits the power of cards like Gray Merchant of Asphodel by trying to get as many symbols on the battlefield as possible. A Devotion deck with budget in mind (so no Phyrexian Obliterator) for 1vs1 might look like this-

4x Guul Draz Assassin

4x Doom Blade

4x Brain Maggot

4x Gifted Aetherborn

3x Gatekeeper of Malakir

4x Phyrexian Arena

4x Geralf's Messenger

4x Desecration Demon

4x Gray Merchant of Asphodel

2x Abhorrent Overlord

23x Swamp

Now these two decks I put here are just simple examples of different directions to go, obviously if you do a mix of both of them, then you will inevitably dilute the strategy of one another but that's certainly okay if that's what you want to do. It's kind of where I would put the deck as it stands now. You have some discard, you have some creatures, some of it synergizes with the rest, but as a whole it is not as focused as the decks above. All of this is to answer your last paragraph when you ask, "What is worth keeping?" Well, that's a tough question because we first have to ask, "What is it we are trying to do?" Once you answer this, you can then eliminate the cards that don't help in those areas and add more copies of the ones that do. Now, I don't want to push you one way or the other, I simply want to provide the options so that you know what possibilities are out there.

I hope this was not terribly overwhelming, and you are right, this is what I enjoy doing on this site so its no trouble to me! So if you have more questions please feel free to ask!

benlow on Edgar's Dega Vampires

2 weeks ago

Hi! really like the deck and the discussion thus far. was wondering if you've considered these vampires / your thoughts on them:

Arrogant Bloodlord, Bloodghast, Guul Draz Assassin too slow? Mathas, Fiend Seeker politics(?) Olivia's Bloodsworn is the haste relevant? Viscera Seer, Vampire Lacerator

have you playtested Patriarch's Bidding?

Blade of the Bloodchief in an aristocrat-themed deck would be decent, and Westvale Abbey  Flip ?

jorjo10 on 9/11 Twilight guys

3 weeks ago

Drop: Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, asi Door of Destinies (nahradil bych to tma srgorama, co i lou), Guul Draz Assassin, Olivia's Bloodsworn, Skeletal Scrying, Enlightened Tutor (radi bych lzal vc karet).

Zkusil bych testit:

a) kolik m vc na sacrifice (jestli jich nen pli mnoho)

b) jak jsi na tom s manou

c) kolik le karet (pijde mi, e tam toho je docela dost, ale e to taky stoj dost many)

d) pokud bude implementovat discard + reanimaci, pidal bych velk vamp hovada

e) kolik m vampr a jak jsi na tom s kivkou

Bxbx on "This'll be a night you never forget!"

1 month ago

Hi,

my strategy for making your deck faster is:

  1. putting in more cheap vampires as this synergises with your commander more: Insolent Neonate, Kheru Mind-Eater, Guul Draz Assassin, Viscera Seer, Bloodthrone Vampire, Blood Bairn, Vampire Aristocrat, Bloodflow Connoisseur, Malakir Cullblade. This way you can swarm the board early while en passant generating tokens, then attack with Edgar Markov on turn 6.

  2. putting in some ultra aggressive cards. Alongside tokens Mercadia's Downfall can be devastating, for example. Another one would be Mirror Entity. Note that this one is also a vampire and that the +1/+1-counters stay on the creatures when you change their base power and toughness.

  3. cutting some of the more expenise and non-aggressive cards: Campaign of Vengeance, Stensia Masquerade and maybe you should reduce your lifegain/-loss subtheme if you want to go the faster route. Also Vanquisher's Banner is cool tech, but at 5 mana it may be too expensive

By the way: a card that can go absolutely crazy in token tribal decks is Mana Echoes. Unfortunately it is no budget card.

bushido_man96 mentioned some mass removals. Their asymetrical effect is nice but they also cost a lot of mana. Some other really good asymmetrical mass removals for token decks would be Austere Command, Fell the Mighty, Retribution of the Meek and Dusk.

That's all for now. Let me know what you think of my faster game plan.

KIngWiggins on H: Update Binder, W: Walkers, ...

1 month ago

Hello friends. Things have improved and I'm back into playing. I am attempting to finish my Superfriends EDH deck (and one other project), as well as helping someone make her new EDH deck.

I have started updating My Binder, will continue to add more though.

Here is a list of what I need most for Superfriends:
Garruk, Apex Predator
Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar or Gideon, Champion of Justice Either would do, just need one though
Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded (AVR preferred but will take either)
Venser, the Sojourner (SOM Preferred, likely will take either)
Dack Fayden
Ramos, Dragon Engine
Captain Sisay
Necropotence (I really only want deckmasters, but might accept Ice Age)
Full Art Foils Island, Mountain, Swamp, Forest (one of each from Amonkhet)
Fetches/Shocks (Including foils/expeditions)

For other projects (Mainly Foil Vampires, and non foils of the more expensive one):
Edgar Markov (Will over-value)
Mathas, Fiend Seeker
Licia, Sanguine Tribune
Sanctum Seeker (would accept not foil)
Vampire Nocturnus
Captivating Vampire
Baron Sengir
The other Vamp lords and big cards are still needed so just ask.

Some foils Id really like (Will Keep Update):
Vampire Cutthroat
Tithe Drinker
Blood Bairn
Guul Draz Assassin
Havengul Vampire
Indulgent Aristocrat
Stromkirk Captain
Voldaren Pariah  Flip
Stensia Banquet

Looking for other Vamp synergies as well so feel free to recommend and offer.

Josh_Estrella on Edgar's Dega Vampires

1 month ago

Last_Laugh and Frank_Glascock what do you both think of Guul Draz Assassin? In 60 cards I usually avoid him, but in a long edh game if he survives he could be legit. Thanks for continuing to keep your deck updated btw - I've been constantly editing my Edgar the past few weeks, and I am making similar cuts/additions that you've mentioned.

Yen24 on Edgar Markov and the vein drainers

2 months ago

Guul Draz Assassin is also very good.

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