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Indulgent Aristocrat Discussion
2 days ago
Cool deck! I play an Edgar Markov deck myself, it’s probably my main deck, so I’ve got plenty of suggestions but before I get to that I wanted to say that I like this deck.
Firstly, while Door of Destinies can be absolutely amazing in the right circumstances (you get it out early and have plenty of vamps to follow it up with) if you get it any other time it’s just not very good. It needs you to have gas in your hand once it comes down and you never want to draw this late in the game, since it doesn’t have any effect on your boardstate immediately on hitting the field. One potential replacement is Shared Animosity. It costs 1 less to cast and it has an immediate effect, and it is very very strong in this deck. Coat of Arms is also super strong here but that one depends on your meta; if you have lots of other tribal decks around it may not be worth running it, since it’ll help all of them as well. If not, or if you think that it’ll benefit you more than them most of the time, it’s absolutely worth putting in.
A couple other cards I’d say you should drop are Licia, Sanguine Tribune and Mathas, Fiend Seeker. They’re both good cards, but there are much better options for this type of deck. Licia depends too much on lifegain to be consistently effective (which, admittedly, there will be a fair bit of in a vampire tribal deck) and Mathas doesn’t really fit with the aggressive swarm theme of the deck.
A few other vampires I personally dislike are Pawn of Ulamog, Sangromancer, Balustrade Spy, and Bloodhusk Ritualist. Pawn of Ulamog is alright, but there will probably be more tokens than non-tokens and there are just better things to include here. I took much of the lifegain out of my deck (personal preference really, it doesn’t seem to work as well as pure aggro for me) so Sangromancer came out of mine for that reason. Balustrade Spy costs too much for what it does; 4 mana for a 2/3 flyer isn’t great plus it’s ability doesn’t really synergize with the deck as a whole, and there are better inclusions. Bloodhusk Ritualist just doesn’t seem very good to me; sure it’s a decent mana sink late game, but besides that it doesn’t seem to do much. I much prefer Mirror Entity as a mana sink if that’s what the Ritualist is for; it is technically a vampire and it can pump your whole team a ridiculous amount, which is really what the deck wants.
Another thing decks like this want is consistent card draw. You’ve already got Twilight Prophet, which is good, but in my experience you need more than that. My deck historically had problems drawing cards and I was basically playing off the top of my deck, which is far from ideal. I’d recommend you add some more cards like Champion of Dusk, Phyrexian Arena, Necropotence, or Greed. These are very strong and consistent card draw options, and since you’re in vampire tribal and have a basically guaranteed lifegain subtheme it helps mitigate the life loss from these (which is worth paying anyway).
Also, I’m not really sure why Ghostly Prison is in here; it doesn’t synergize at all with the deck and doesn’t make much sense to me.
As for cards to add, there are tons of great options to choose from. Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief are both good; Viscera Seer is one of the bests one drops in this deck by far; Indulgent Aristocrat is another amazing one drop; Legion Lieutenant is a good, cheap vampire lord; Sanctum Seeker basically is your deck in one card, since he hits your opponents super hard every time your army attacks as well as gaining you a whole bunch of life; Stensia Masquerade is a very good anthem-type effect; Terminate, Anguished Unmaking, and Utter End are all amazing spot removal cards; and there are plenty of other great cards I can’t remember right this second.
Sorry about the wall of text, but these are some suggestions for your deck based on my own experience with Edgar Markov. Whether or not you make these changes is up to you of course. Here’s my deck if you’re interested; you may find other things I forgot to mention in there that you may want to put in your deck: Edgar Markov tokens.
2 weeks ago
You have a couple anthem type spells in here but there are some others you don’t have that work very well in this deck. You may want to consider Shared Animosity, Radiant Destiny, and Stensia Masquerade as some more options to pump your team.
Similarly, Drana, Liberator of Malakir is very good in this deck. She’s a good 3 drop that can also pump your whole team (including herself) and since she has first strike she can pump up the rest of your team mid-combat step.
You have several sac outlets but you don’t have Indulgent Aristocrat, one of the best sac outlets (and one drops in general) in vampire tribal decks. You have to pay 2 to sac something, yes, but the benefit is more than worth it.
A problem lots of Edgar Markov decks have is card draw. You’ve already got most of the good card draw options for this deck in here, but it might be worth including Necropotence as well. It’s not immediately obvious to some why this card is so good but it draws you ridiculous amounts of cards and is very helpful. Conveniently, since you are doing vampire tribal there is almost always some degree of a lifegain sub-theme to make the life loss from this card negligible, and if not it’s worth it anyway.
Some non-vampire creatures that might also be worth running are Purphoros, God of the Forge, Iroas, God of Victory and Athreos, God of Passage. Purphoros and Iroas won’t usually transform into creatures since the deck is pretty heavily black and so they will be even harder to remove. Purphoros hits your opponents for 4 every time you cast a vampire, which really can add up. Iroas makes attacking safe for you and gives them a form of evasion, which is very helpful. Athreos isn’t quite as good here as the other two, but his ability to bring stuff back to your hand is surprisingly helpful, as often your opponents just don’t want to (or can’t) pay the 3 life.
2 weeks ago
So basically, I think this deck just needs some more focus. Have you heard of the rule of 9? It’s where you pick 9 cards that are going to be the core of your deck, adding 4 of each of them, and then adding 24 lands. That gets you to 60. Then you can mess with it from there. It’s a great way to trim the fat and make sure the decks you build operate efficiently.
Aside from that, just some random things.
Wit's End is incredibly expensive to use at 7 mana to do something that doesn’t really have much to do with anything. If you’re gonna spend that much, you’ll want it to be something like a complete board wipe or some game changing combo.
Another thing, being a vampire tribal deck, you have an opportunity to take huge advantage of your creature type being uniform, and you aren’t really capitalizing on it.
All that in mind, here are just some random cards to look at.
2 weeks ago
You've got most of the stuff this kind of list calls for, but have you given a thought to a low-cost sacrifice package like Indulgent Aristocrat/Vampire Hexmage and the keyword vampires or Sheltering Ancient/Uktabi Drake and other goodstuff green keyword creatures?
Getting some game on those first turns is more vital now than ever with the number of 'go under midrange' decks around, so some budget packages to screw with that metagame which plays to your strategy seems strong.
3 weeks ago
Here are some suggestions:
Stromkirk Captain (Pump those vamps up fam!)
Merciless Resolve (all those tokens can be put to good use!)
Child of Night (Low cost lifelinker, cant ask for much better)
Indulgent Aristocrat (Low cost, lifelinker, sac outlet yaaas)
Door of Destinies (As long as this is on the board your vamps will look like tanks)
Vampire Nighthawk (2/3 for 3 with 3 effects? literally best value™)
Tithe Drinker (Extort, lifelink, vampire, thats some good stuffs right there)
Gifted Aetherborn (Like vampire nighthawk, but on foot)
Coat of Arms (Arms, Legs, teeth, sangromancy, same difference right?)
Blind Obedience (Bow down to your vampiric overlords)
3 weeks ago
Reconnaissance is the strongest card in the deck by far, its pretty much a pseudo vigelance but stronger. I would suggest it to every edgar player.
I might try Iroas, God of Victory in this deck but first I would like to try out Athreos, God of Passage. Also Twilight Prophet was on my list to get but I simply dont have it yet. Scapegoat sounds like an interesting card and worth the try.
The triple black cards seem to bet an no go for me, since I find them hard to cast early on. and draw isnt that much of a problem in the deck. Herald's Horn I tried this cards but I didnt like it that much. I often didnt need to cost reduction. Indulgent Aristocrat is indeed one of the best 1 drop vamp, however i rather keep my swarm of vampires than saccing a few to make a few of them stronger (Also tested this one).
I appreciate your comment and will try out some of the cards you suggested :).
3 weeks ago
First off, kudos for including Reconnaissance... I've been suggesting that card for Edgar Markov for awhile (suggested upwards of 150 times lmao). Consider Iroas, God of Victory and Dolmen Gate for other hyper aggressive effects. I do have a few suggestions though.
First, card draw. Dusk Legion Zealot is 2x 1/1's and draw for 1 life and 2 mana, he's good here. Twilight Prophet is great, City's Blessing is easy to get with Edgar. Herald's Horn is good for the pseudo draw and discount. Now I realize triple black is tough, but Dark Prophecy and Necropotence are both really good here for drawing cards obviously and for wrath recovery which is the decks main weakness imo. Speaking of wraths, look into Teferi's Protection and possibly Scapegoat if you've got enough low drops to just vomit your hand back out.
Anyways, feel free to check out my list for ideas. Edgar's Dega Vampires Feedback and upvotes on any of my decks is appreciated.
1 month ago
Deathgreeter being a non vampire is a liability. I know he has killer abs and looks like Voldemort but I think we can do better.
You still have to pay the correct mana cost for cards exiled with KME, so any blue or green cards are dead draws. Seems underwhelming comparatively.
Plus the WB vampire from Ixalan block that gives all vampires +1/+1