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, sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on each Vampire you control.
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Indulgent Aristocrat Discussion
8 hours ago
toss your Forsaken Sanctuary's for Concealed Courtyard's. I would also recommend tossing your Indulgent Aristocrat's for Vampire Nighthawk's. if you do that you can probably toss your Vault of the Archangel and add more Isolated Chapel chapel is good but costs quite a bit to activate, but if you have nighthawks, and or Gifted Aetherborn they will already have deathtouch and lifelink, causing your chalice of life and death to activate faster.
1 week ago
i know this has already been mentioned before, but if you can swing it, you should really consider adding (AT LEAST) the following cards:
though i like Voldaren Pariah
Flip for flavor, i'm not really convinced that it's worth it. she's a 3/3 for that requires sacrificing THREE creatures to do anything even halfway decent...maybe you can squeeze her in as a one-of? as an alternative win-con? iunno
in terms of which cards to remove, i would prob do:
Nightmare isn't synergistic enough for including ANY really, let alone x4; Vampire Noble = just plain awful; Stromkirk Mentor is OKAY, but Kalitas is MUCH better; Resourceful Return is meh, especially with only 2x artifacts in the entire deck;
& maybe the hardest cut overall, Carrier Thrall--i understand the synergy with Indulgent Aristocrat, i do, but your curve is wayyyyyyyyy maxed on in the 2-drop, so you really need to cut something clogging up that spot. for creatures to sacrifice in-game, you'd still have:
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$i know my suggestions might break the bank a bit, but Amonkhet coming out soon, prices on a lot of cards are dropping pretty significantly. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet & Drana, Liberator of Malakir are still pretty expensive (around $50 for all five), BUT yahenni is only 1$, visitor is only $.60, & grasp/transgress fluctuate between $1 to $2.
SORRY FOR THE NOVEL / HOPE THIS HELPS !!
1 week ago
OK, so mono black vamps. You'll live or die on sideboard, I'd reccomend a set of Pithing Needles, Ratchet Bomb and as much hand disruption as you can afford. highborn I've always found to underperform outside of Blade of the Bloodchief/Bloodchief Ascension because of the mana investment. Keeping mana up like that really doesn't go well with the spam creatures plan. If you're running Vampire Lacerator go all in with the Indulgent Aristocrat and Bloodthrone Vampires with something like Whip of Erebos or swap it out for something better at stalling- Gifted Aetherborn is a better Vampire Nighthawk in any meta that doesn't care about the flying. Run both if stalling to midgame and not running whip. Vampire Hexmage while great, should be sideboard for times when first strike matters or plainswalkers. Consider more Gatekeeper of Malakir- they trade excellently, and win games. Lillana of the viel is fantastic if you plan a sideboard to functionally turn this into 8-rack, or run more disposable creatures, but might be a wasted investment unless you have them already from another deck- Ensnaring Bridge and Call the Bloodline normally performs better in this tribal if games stall like that. Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox is my big list of modern mono black cards- if you think something is missing please let me know, and remember to playtest extensively before diving into bigger budget cards.
2 weeks ago
Black/white modern vampires. Nice choice- Tithe Drinker is good enough to encourage the switch on their own, and Blood Baron of Vizkopa is an insanely resilient threat, so I can get behind it. Anguished Unmaking mainboard in place of batwing- it answers so many threats that it deserves to be there.
I have a mono black toolbox list here Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox that contains most of the tools I've seen used in modern mono black- feel free to look through, or ask for advice. Long story short though, Gatekeeper of Malakirx4.
Biggest thing white adds is easy access to creature spam/lifegain shenanigans. Indulgent Aristocrat/Blade of the Bloodchief/Bloodthrone Vampire/Doomed Traveler/Mantle of Leadership/Pawn of Ulamog/Blood Artist type fun for unexpected power and a lot of tokens often outranges affinity with lifelink and outspeeds midrange whlist still gaining obscene amounts of life. Grave Pact/Dictate of Erebos just makes it all the sweeter.
Concealed Courtyard is in print at the moment, and enemy coloured support is fairly budget at the moment.
Stromkirk Captain is the best multicolor vampire, with supporty in red for Shared Animosity and Graven Cairns relatively cheap (compared to equivalent cards in other colours), but low cost lifelink/lifegain in white is more money efficient when hunting for key cards. Youve made a nice choice of white spells to help stabilize the game, mainboarding options some other decks would dismiss to sideboard will siginificantly improve the strategy's longevity against most midrange whilst preserving budget. Look for Pithing Needle (for plainswalkers) and Ratchet Bomb for token/emergency enchantment removal if you can, it rounds out a lot of sideboards. Blind Obedience works well. Dawn Charm will act as a fantastic multi-purpose spell in those slots if you can find copies. Apostle's Blessing is a slightly different rebuff the wicked if you want more copies, and can be played in mono black.
I'll reccomend making this a low cost lifelink creatures deck and hunting over the current soul sisters variants to identify other options- Ajani's Pridemate is a reasonable option for massive power (the lack of vampire typing matters less than you'd expect, as you aren't running the big tribal spells). You have a pretty powerful creature suite, so protecting it or making it resilient is going to be king. In mono Imp's Mischief, Duress and Phyrexian Arena-type effects is usually enough to offset removal. Artifacts and enchantments in black can be an issue, so heavy hand-pruning works well to offset that- Tidehollow Sculler/Cloudshift or Delirium Skeins/madness to use your sideboard to functionally become 8-rack.
Green splash works well in slower metas, permitting more versatile hate in Abrupt Decay, more powerful non-bob card advantage in Collected Company and Asceticism to lock you into longer games, but the lack of non-kicker etb vampires makes it less excellent than other options, though the addition of hasty stuff is pretty fun.
All told, black has a really big, versatile toolkit to work with and while it might not have 'destroy target artifact or enchantment', four Duress, four Imp's Mischief and four Dash Hopes is enough to mess with anyone's plans. And if they're creatures, deathtouch, Geth's Verdict, Dismember and Vendetta are all spells.
3 weeks ago
Ex 3: Cast Voldaren Pariah Flip for it's madness cost with bloodline (the token is important for the transformation)) or Lightning Axe . Normally I transform it right away. -If Olivia is the battlefield, giving it haste and a +1/+1 counter by discarding anything and swing for at least 10 flying. -possibly winning.
I have way more options, but I think this makes my point. My deck is all about getting board advantage quick to win on t4-t6. I don't need to play an additionnal land, I dicard them after t5.
The only Ship this deck missed was Smuggler's Copter but they banned it right before I could try it.
3 weeks ago
4 weeks ago
No 1 drops really interest me, except for possbly Indulgent Aristocrat. Besides, by turn 3 I'm usually read to get the deck running, or just counter things until I am. The turn 3 issue doesn't really bother me.
4 weeks ago
Love the deck. I might suggest replacing the Voracious Nulls with 2x Indulgent Aristocrat. In my similar deck, it really helps with extra 1-drops, lifegain tempo, instant sacrifice, and most importantly, boosts your other vamps aka Yahenni