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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
OK, here's another quick run through. Consider the following changes:
These cards aren't that good, but I do see why they are in the deck. Except Spellbook, that needs to come out right now. Skeletal Scrying - do I need to exile my graveyard?, I would rather have some way to get them back via a reanimate effect or a shuffle effect. The card draw is nice, but there are better options. Final Reward - Five mana to exile one creature. Just doesn't seem as efficient as this deck wants to be. Spellbook - This is crap. Just take it out. Outpost Siege - Once again, there are better options.
These cards are kinda good, kinda bad, not sure if they should stay or go. Ambition's Cost - I don't mind trading life for card draw, but is this a keeper or should it get swapped for something else. Ashes to Ashes - This card is a great two-for-one but the five life might be a problem in some games. Disrupt Decorum - really not sure about this one. With a couple of other changes, this one might stay in. I like the tokens but it is a worthless draw after a Wrath of God. I know Baron Sengir and Irini Sengir are 'classic' Magic vampires, but they really aren't that good. I think they were just thrown in to the precon for flavor.
Here's the cards I think you should find as soon as possible. Blood Artist, Blood Seeker, Bloodline Keeper Flip (kinda expensive), Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Cliffhaven Vampire, Kalastria Highborn, Markov Blademaster, Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle, Soul Collector, Vein Drinker, Viscera Seer are all good creatures. Vampiric Fury and Urge to Feed look like useful pump spells. Stensia Banquet and Stensia Masquerade also look pretty good. Anguished Unmaking looks like a good replacement for Final Reward. Yes there is a 3 point life loss, but it hits more targets. Oh, and let's not forget the almost mandatory Elixir of Immortality. Loxodon Warhammer or a Basilisk Collar would be great ways to get some life back. Devil's Play could be useful. Oversold Cemetery and Grave Pact are really useful and fit the theme. I know Geth, Lord of the Vault isn't a vampire, but the reanimation effect is nice.
3 weeks ago
Aggro, hands down. You aren't going to out midrange traditional Rock variants...you're just playing a worse version of the deck at that point.
Build around Collected Company. Flipping over Captivating Vampire, Stromkirk Captain, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, or Olivia, Mobilized for War is scary. Even flipping over Blood Artists can represent lethal.
One of my buddies at my LGS plays CoCo Vampires (hilariously dubbed "Count Chocula") and has a lot of success with it. Bloodghasts are really hard to get rid of, while Collected Company floods the board. It makes it really hard for your opponent to boardwipe. I think he's strictly in due to budget, however.
I'm not sure on his exact list. I think it's something like:
4x Blood Artist
2x Captivating Vampire
1x Drana, Liberator of Malakir
2x Gatekeeper of Malakir
4x Gifted Aetherborn
2x Guul Draz Vampire
4x Kalastria Highborn
1x Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4x Vampire Lacerator
2x Vampire Nighthawk
2x Viscera Seer
I'm not 100% sure this is his exact list, only from what I can recall playing against it.
3 weeks ago
Ok so 3 cuts for new additions (for now)
3 weeks ago
My zeal lead me to make an error. Indulgent Aristocrat should not be listed as it is one of the best one drops we play.
I count 37 other black cards in your deck besides Vampire Nocturnus. Has he been consistent enough for the mana cost?
I am playing New Blood and Captivating Vampire. Has Olivia Voldaren's theft effect been worth the heavy mana investment? If not, she has to be cut as there are too many good four mana creatures competing for that spot. Purphoros, God of the Forge is one along with Sanctum Seeker from Ixalan.
I agree with your cut of Olivia, Mobilized for War and Kalastria Highborn. Tithe Drinker seems lackluster. Mirri the Cursed, Blood Baron of Vizkopa and Drana's Emissary seem too expensive. The worst offender of this group seems to be Blood Baron of Vizkopa as he is expensive and conditional.
I have questioned 13 cards of which two you are cutting two and one, Indulgent Aristocrat, should not have been included. If you could only keep three of the remaining 10 cards what would they be?
You did not mention Sanctum Seeker as one of the new cards you wanted to test. It is the best vampire for your build from the new set.
I am playing Exquisite Blood and am glad you are putting it into the deck. I have been debating whether to pull it out of the deck. Exquisite Blood along with Cliffhaven Vampire form a infinite combo once one of our opponents take damage. I never tutor for it and was thinking of cutting one or both. Did you intentionally leave out combos?
3 weeks ago
Frank_Glascock - I plan on picking up Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet but I'm waiting for it to rotate out of standard to see if the price drops. Most of the vampires you listed I'm happy with (some are included almost exclusively for lifegain). I'm not too thrilled with Kalastria Highborn and Olivia, Mobilized for War is just an evasive beatstick. I'll probably be replacing both.
Also I finally picked up Exquisite Blood and pulled a foil Mavren Fein. I'll post updates when I figure out exactly what I'm dropping to add those.
3 weeks ago
Feast of Blood needs 2 vamps in play to kill 1 card. Even if you have 2 low costed vamps, that's turn 3 earliest if they both survive. With Bolt, Path and Push being so omnipresent in Modern, Feast is seriously unreliable, especially since it's a sorcery and not an instant.
Sorin really isn't played at all in this format, unlike EDH where he was almost banned at one point. He was really good in original Zendikar standard, and was a one-of in the deck that won 1st place world that year (UB control, though vamps made top 8). In Modern he's too much mana to cast in midrange, he's the wrong color for ramp aggro which is usually GR, he doesn't fit into Tron unlike Karn or Ugin and control runs 3-4 Bob (Dark Confidant). If you want an amazing planeswalker, though she's expensive and more midrange-y anyway, one of the best cards in the format is Liliana of the Veil or not far behind, Liliana, the Last Hope. If You wanted a budget alternative that's still admittedly a little slow, there's Ob Nixilis Reignited, but 5 mana in vamps is really pushing it unless the card is seriously gamebreaking like Voldaren Pariah or back in the day Malakir Bloodwitch.
By the way I just realized the new set coming out has Vicious Conquistador who is literally a better Pulse Tracker.
My recommendations for an aggressive monoblack list in terms of creatures is something like: 4 Vampire Lacerator, 4 Vicious Conquistador, 2 Viscera Seer, 4 Bloodghast, 4 Gifted Aetherborn who I've dubbed Vampire Nightpenguin, 4 Gatekeeper of Malakir, 2 Captivating Vampire, 4 Vampire Nocturnus, 1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, 1 Sanctum Seeker, 1 Asylum Visitor. If space is too tight cut the captivatings and visitor and lower Aetherborn to 3. This is similar to my first build, and has a pretty low curve lending way to speed and damage. Seers are here to ensure consistency for Nocturnus and get you the topdeck you need in an emergency as they can sac as they block.
Fetch lands do a lot actually. A land you pull from your deck is a land you're not topdecking at a critical moment when you really don't want one. They also let you double dip on Bloodghast and provide incentive not to chump block him. They also let you shuffle your deck for Nocturnus if you topdeck a land, which are cololess due to no mana cost.
4 weeks ago
Interesting take on vamps, but you need better creature hate. Feast of Blood is beyond terrible, and Black is ironically the one deck that doesn't really have much use for Dismember. My recommendation is 4 Fatal Push and 4 of either Go for the Throat or the new card Walk the Plank coming out soon alongside treats like Sanctum Seeker. A theme of the next set is vampire conquistadors. Sorin is too slow for modern if you're not playing control and blade actively conflicts with Nocturnus (who should be at 4). You don't need Raise Dead btw. And Bloodline Keeper is way too slow for this format. Running every vamp at 2 isn't the best idea, some of these want to be 4-ofs. You could try out the old engine of Viscera Seer, Bloodghast and Kalastria Highborn and/or Blood Artist, or you can just rush 1-2 mana creatures and run 8-10 lords for mass buffs.
1 month ago
Last_Laugh, I took your and others advice and put Teferi's Protection in the deck. I have only cast it once but it won me the game. I put Boros Charm in today. Has it been performing to your expectations?
I really like your enchantments and instants. I did have questions about several of your creatures. Some of these seem ineffective for the mana or just low cost but offer nothing else.
Can you make a case for the inclusion of these cards:
Vampire Nocturnus, Tithe Drinker, Olivia Voldaren, Olivia, Mobilized for War, Necropolis Regent, Mirri the Cursed, Kalastria Highborn, Indulgent Aristocrat, Drana's Emissary, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Blood Baron of Vizkopa, and Anowon, the Ruin Sage?