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Creature — Vampire Shaman
Whenever Kalastria Highborn or another Vampire you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay . If you do, target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
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Kalastria Highborn Discussion
2 weeks ago
kaduzete thank you for the compliment and enthusiasm in your post! Ill go through each suggestion.
Vampire Nighthawk is a fantastic card and is an iconic vampire to be sure. For this build, most of my creatures will have flying because of Vampire Nocturnus. Therefore, Gifted Aetherborn fulfills the same niche. However, I have other 2 drops and 3 drops (Gatekeeper of Malakir) that I would rather play with my one drop discard/removal, if that makes sense.
Drana, Liberator of Malakir, again another great vampire, is more centered in token based builds due to her spread counter effect. Shes great, but this build goes tall and disrupts.
Blade of the Bloodchief is another fantastic card, especially with tokens and Blood Artist and Kalastria Highborn. Unfortunately, my meta has so much artifact hate (high number of Affinity and Tron decks) that blade would get little value.
Basically, its all dependent on your meta. If you dont have artifact hate, run Blade of the Bloodchief. If you run tokens, run Drana, Liberator of Malakir. If you have synergy with first strike (like Stromkirk Captain) run Vampire Nighthawk.
This deck uses pump and sac + Kalastria Highborn to burn damage in. Ive been following Tom Ross and his builds for a while and thats where I got my inspiration. Good luck building and hope this helps!
4 weeks ago
Mccriggles thank you for the suggestion!
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is a great creature and a great vampire, dont get me wrong. However, since I dont run any protection for creatures, the pumping effect doesnt help as much. Also, this build cares more about being a vampire rather than having zombie tokens. As far as survivability, yes he survives a Lightning Bolt and Anger of the Gods, but I can benefit from creatures dying with Kalastria Highborn and Viscera Seer. Last, I try to keep the curve low and my 4 drop space is exclusively for Vampire Nocturnus. I do appreciate the suggestion though!
1 month ago
I have been playing mono-black Vampires in Modern for quite some time now. It is actually more competitive than a lot of people think. It's like mono-black Jund, and I've out-Junded Jund with vamps before. But this also means I play much more disruption than the build laid out here. My version runs 6 Discard (either a 4/2 or a 3/3 split among Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek), 6 Removal (4 Fatal Push and 2 flex slots), 4 Planeswalkers (the best in Modern - Liliana of the Veil), a much lower creature count at 21, and 23 lands.
Now, you have correctly identified Bloodghast to be the best Vampire in Modern. It does everything you want it to do in this deck - it is a recurring threat, you can sac it to scry (Viscera Seer), sac it to drain (Kalastria Highborn), discard it to Lili's +1, etc. The second best vamp is probably Vampire Nocturnus because its ability is just insane. I'd max out the number of Gatekeeper of Malakir because the sac effect is very strong in the format. 4 Asylum Visitor is great for card advantage and Madness is great for discard effects as well. Finally, I play 4 Viscera Seer because it synergises well with the other creatures. With Seer, you can do the fetch land-scry trick with Bloodghast, you can fix the top of your deck for Nocturnus, you can sac your entire board with Kalastria Highborn for extra reach, and you at least get to scry when opponent tries to kill your creatures.
Some comments on why I won't run the creatures you are playing...they are only good when there is a critical mass or density of creatures on board. Captivating Vampire really shines when you have at least another couple or more creatures already on the board, and you can forget about ever activating his second ability in a typical Modern game. In contrast, Vampire Nocturnus works great even when he's the only creature on board (a common sight after you have grinded the opponent out with discard and removal a la Jund). Vampire Lacerator is only good if played Turn 1 and even then it gets outclassed very quickly and then becomes a liability (Tom Ross tried the card in a very early build and called it 'embarrassing'!). Stromkirk Condemned and Indulgent Aristocrat are also only good when you have at least 2 other creatures on board, which I have found to be quite rare in a format full of removal. Furthermore, you cannot afford the card disadvantage, I don't think, if you are not playing Bloodghast.
Lastly, lands - I play 8 fetches to activate Bloodghast and to turn on Revolt for Fatal Push, 4 Mutavault as an honorary Vampire which gets Nocturnus bonus and can be sacrificed to Highborn (man-lands are traditionally used for getting in damage when both players are topdecking after a war of attrition - think Jund again), 4 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth so you can produce black mana with Mutavault and fetchlands (you'd want to save fetches for Revolt Fatal Push and explosive Bloodghast turns), and 7 basic Swamps.
My sideboard includes a little bit of everything, Collective Brutality against Burn/Infect, Damnation against creature heavy decks, Duress as additional discard against control, Fulminator Mage and Ghost Quarter to kill lands, Nihil Spellbomb, Surgical Extraction and Scarab Feast for graveyard decks, Pithing Needle for various activated abilities, Vampire Hexmage for planeswalkers, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet for Jund or Abzan mirrors.
Just sharing my own experience playing Vamps in Modern for the longest time.
1 month ago
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1 month ago
+1 from me
Gatekeeper of Malakir is sooooooo good in this build. Plus, its always nice to have them sac something that either 1) would block your fliers from lethal dmg, or 2) has indestructible.
If youre going aggro, then Vampire Lacerator is your go-to 1 drop vampire. Also Indulgent Aristocrat is nice to sac your creature of it would die to a block or blocking, anthem the team, and prevent dmg from hitting you. Just make sure you are focusing on either being super aggro or lifegain/drain like I said earlier.
Lastly, Bloodstained Mire. I know the fetchlands cost an arm and a leg, but this has helped me soooo many times reset the library to my advantage if no black card on top. Since youre running mono-black, any black fetchland will do, like Polluted Delta if you can find them for cheap.
Best of luck to you!
2 months ago
I also run 36 lands but with all 3 signets, sol ring, talisman of indulgence, and mana crypt and our avg cmc is very similar... 3.00 for you and 3.06 for me.
I'd personally drop Kalastria Highborn, her ability doesn't do much and I rarely had the mana open to use her. However you're only at 29 creatures so if you drop her I'd replace her with Yahenni.
I'd try Reconnaissance in Door of Destinies slot. I'm not a huge fan of Door or Cathar's Crusade here because of a huge mana investment for something that typically does nothing the turn it comes into play and then requires you to have cards to essentially feed it to get them to do anything.
3 months ago
Update:(doubles taken and new order taken out)
- Kalastria Highborn
- Anointed Procession
- Shared Animosity
- Cloudstone Curio
- Herald's Horn
- Obelisk of Urd
- Vanquisher's Banner
Forget about every card in my earlier posts..