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Creature — Vampire
, sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on each Vampire you control.
Indulgent Aristocrat Discussion
2 weeks ago
Rakish Heir , Vampire Nighthawk , Indulgent Aristocrat , Sanctum Seeker and Stromkirk Noble are all budget cards that would slot well into this deck. If you're willing to spend a bit more, Gifted Aetherborn , Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Knight of the Ebon Legion would be good additions. I'd also move Olivia, Mobilized for War into the main in place of Vampire Warlord or Markov Patrician
Not really sure what purpose Bubbling Cauldron serves here. Clear a Path seems a strange choice to me as well. Terminate would provide a much broader scope of removal for just more and be instant speed too.
3 weeks ago
I know 26 lands is too big, but that's for a 60 card deck, not a 70 card one. For 70 cards, 26 lands is about right.
I considered That Sorin , but he's just too mana-heavy for too little impact. The lifelink is something several of my vampires have already, and this deck doesn't need too much more lifegain. It's nice with Sanguine Bond , but I've already given up on that as a build-around. The main purpose of Sanctum Seeker is to ping my opponent more, not to gain life, so Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord doesn't replace him well.
Your deck seems to be heavily focused on creature recursion, for which Bishop of Rebirth is great, but I don't need too much in this deck. If it were "enters the battlefield or attacks" (like the Titan series), I would probably put it in, but I think it would have to rely on the buffing to give it multiple recursion uses.
Indulgent Aristocrat works for your deck, since you have tons of recursion, but I'd rather keep my few creatures rather than buff the others. This deck doesn't swarm the board with vampires often.
Thank you for your suggestions! I might even create another deck similar to yours based on vampire creature recursion.
1 month ago
Hi, I've run mono black decks in modern for a long while- there are a few great budget lists out there, but there are a few 'key styles' to be aware of. There are more than a few lists out on the site.
Style 1 - Mono black devotion, the most expensive, competitive version. You use Geralf's Messenger and Phyrexian Obliterator with gary to nuke your opponent. Go look up primers, and see what the recent tournament results are if this appeals.
Style two - Tribal. Cordial Vampire and Indulgent Aristocrat let you run a swarm of low-cost lifelink vampires, giving you great burn and creatures matchups in exchange for weakness to combo/control. A good disruption package will offset most problems. Similarly, there is a value zombies list out there built around Relentless Dead .
Style four 'value res'. Unearth , whip, draw/discard, cards that make value when they hit the battlefield. Its a little easily disrupted by the current meta, and usually just plays as a budget devotion deck. There are a few janky cards that pretend to be Smallpox and work well in this list.
Past that, there are the hybrid weird stuff decks and offbeat combos Sanguine Bond / Exquisite Blood , Korlash, Heir to Blackblade / Lashwrithe etc. All of them work if you just keep an eye on hand disruption and play to the local meta, but won't hold up in tournament land. If you are looking to spend money, focus on key 1 or 2 mana cards- Collective Brutality , Fatal Push , Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek etc.
If I can offer advice- if there looks to be a pioneer playerbase shaping up, look to play in that format. It should be cheap as cards rotate out of standard, and is far less likely to mandate insanely expensive cards. In a few weeks the most opressive combos will be banned (and likely things like Thoughtseize and oko). Since the most recently printed creatures are strongest, while mostly older spells are strongest, lean into that with card selection.
2 months ago
Depending on how competitive you want to be there are a few options, and a few powerful directions. Cabal Therapist is notable in being powerful hand disruption- other aristocrats cover various options, from the venerable flying brick Falkenrath Aristocrat to my pet pick Spawning Pit . Indulgent Aristocrat and vampire/human dual tribal is a fairly strong choice.
For a more aggressive gameplan hand disruption, even the humble Duress will offer a lot- dodging board wipes is valuable. Plan your sideboard too- it will help a lot to know that you have a plan for burn or artifacts, almost no matter what it is. Just keep an eye on your curve and remember the number of modern games being decided in turns 1-4 by aggro and combo lists.
2 months ago
If you want to make this deck budget, I suggest you remove your Archangel of Thunes and Elenda, the Dusk Rose. Instead I suggest adding Indulgent Aristocrat for better mana curve, Knight of the Ebon Legion for power, and Vampire Neonate just for being a complete ***. Also, you may only have 4 of each card in your deck. Remove 10 Isolated Chapels (2 because of cost), and replace them with Guild Gates and basic lands. Basic lands are not a problem because this deck is only two colors. This way your deck should be worth around $20-30 instead of $100.
2 months ago
Several of the cards you mentioned I already have, but you've also given me several good suggestions.
Indulgent Aristocrat takes away some of my creatures and mana for (in my opinion) too little benefit. Yes having a +1/+1 counter on each of my creatures is nice, but as I said to Kjartan, this deck doesn't field many vampires at once, and I have several better options for combat than Indulgent Aristocrat .
Vampire Cutthroat is a weak option as well. It can provide some hits later game, but I prefer my 1/2s better.
Guul Draz Vampire is too situational, Shadow Alley Denizen is too low-impact, and Pulse Tracker is out-classed by Vicious Conquistador . Stromkirk Condemned is good, I've added three of him to the decklist.
Several of the spells you mention in the "cheap effective spells" list would make a great sideboard, which I'm afraid I'll have to get to later.
2 months ago
I've played a lot of modern vamps. Some of the best options are dirt cheap, so it makes for a great budget list to take to FNM. Most of the time I've been in mono black, but splashing for lietennant is fairly low-cost and low-risk for a great card.
For this list, Vampire of the Dire Moon , Vampire Cutthroat , Indulgent Aristocrat will do an amazing job filling out the one-drop slots. They are the 'best' budget setup I've found- great burn matchup and evasion/great deathtouch trades into bigger threats. They also play nice with Lashwrithe and Blade of the Bloodchief .
If your budget is tight enought that filling out with $1 1 drops seems rough, look at Guul Draz Vampire , Shadow Alley Denizen and Pulse Tracker alongside Stromkirk Condemned , Urge to Feed and direct damage like Gonti's Machinations and Bump in the Night . Playing a lot of 1 mana creatures that get pumped is really good, and evasion like intimidate makes something like mono-red burn but with hand disruption.
Two mana stronger options is Legion Lieutenant and Cordial Vampire (you can run Stromkirk Condemned , Dusk Legion Zealot or Cruel Celebrant ), and three is Vampire Nighthawk and Bloodthirsty Aerialist since you have them and want those slots for budget removal/carddraw. Gifted Aetherborn deserves a mention as it used to be cheap, but dire moon is frankly better and in print.
Next we come to the thing that makes budget mono-black king of the budget lists- cheap, effective spells. Sign in Blood is playable card-draw. Underworld Connections while far, far worse than Phyrexian Arena , and worse than bob still performs admirably. Delirium Skeins & Mind Rake devastates control players. Duress successfully hates out combo players. Standard cards like Mire's Toll & Drill Bit perform miracles. Cards like Flaying Tendrils can play at being one-sided boardwipes, and your sideboard has access to all manner of oddball cards that had too many copies to get expensive for modern- from Shadowfeed to Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage .
Grab some playtest tools and muck about- you will find a great deck within your budget that you can muck about with to perform well in your local meta.
3 months ago
Nice Deck, Vampires are a good choice for a tribal deck! I only have a few suggestions, but even then they are sort of smaller less important things. First off, add some more tribal cards: Anowon, the Ruin Sage , Patron of the Vein , Rakish Heir , Bloodlord of Vaasgoth , Indulgent Aristocrat , and maybe Blade of the Bloodchief . However, Modern isn't the best tribal format. I would recommend switching your format to Legacy, which would allow the following great vampire cards: Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle , Urza's Incubator , Vanquisher's Banner , Herald's Horn , Sanctum Seeker , Legion Lieutenant , etc. You could also add Bloodstained Mire , Smoldering Marsh , Dragonskull Summit , Canyon Slough , Blackcleave Cliffs , and maybe Foreboding Ruins . But nonetheless, most of these aren't legal in modern (Which is the Format your deck is in as of now) so I would recommend switching. If you find these cards and suggestions helpful, please upvote my deck: A Deal With the Devil EDH. Thanks, hope these help, and have a nice day.
Indulgent Aristocrat occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
RBW (Mardu): 0.53%