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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
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
Hi! What is the purpose of Fatal Push? Just to kill weenie creatures? I don't see fetch lands here or any other permanent to sacrifice. jgc10 is right: you should add Indulgent Aristocrat. I would also recommend to look at Bloodthrone Vampire, Blood Bairn, Bloodflow Connoisseur, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet or any other Vampire card that utilizes sacrifice mechanic. All these cards should cooperate well with Blood Artist and/or Kalastria Highborn. Hope you'll find the solution. Good luck!
3 weeks ago
Kalastria Highborn i would take her out because you do not have enough vampires. I would also change Thoughtseize into Duress because you have so much creature removal anyway. in my mind you should change Kalastria Highborn into Inquisition of Kozilek because such cards are the best way black can deal with enchantments and artifacts. here is a black deck i made recently: Butcher Ghoul, vorpalaxe.. also, i like to run between 8 and 16 1mana spells. 10 gives you over 90 percent chance to play turn one.
3 weeks ago
When building a tribal deck you generally want to ask yourself at every opportunity: "Why am I playing this tribe instead of just some creatures of the type with other value cards?"
The answer is almost always 'Lords', so let's take a look at that. You have Indulgent Aristocrat on 1 to potentially grind out some value, Kalastria Highborn on 2 to potentially grind out some more, Stromkirk Captain on 3 as your first true lord, and Vampire Nocturnus on 4 as your second true lord. I'd say 2 true lords is low for a tribal deck, especially when they cost 3 and 4 mana respectively. It's hard to get an explosive creature start when you don't start buffing things and playing crazy until turn 3 at the earliest. Shadow Alley Denizen and Falkenrath Gorger give you pseudo-lords at 1, though SAD gets a lot worse when you consider most of your beaters have evasion in the form of flying already. Stromkirk Condemned fits into the 2 slot nicely as another true lord, and Metallic Mimic could fit in too if you needed it to. Captivating Vampire is also an excellent idea if you can fit it in.
With Stromkirk Condemned, Falkenrath Gorger, Asylum Visitor, and Bloodghast, you can very easily lean into a discard theme for a little power boost to the deck. I'd recommend 1-2 Sinister Concoction since it A) kills something, B) pitches something for madness, and C) allows you a second shot if you reveal a land or red card on top of your deck with Nocturnus.
As for what to cut, both of your Aristocrats are exceedingly mediocre when you consider the only thing that you have value in sacrificing is Bloodghast, so I'd recommend all being cut. If you really want another 4 mana beater to replace the falkenrath, you could consider Bloodline Keeper Flip or Bloodhall Priest instead. Nighthawk is a fan favorite card, but I don't know that you need 3. You could go down to 2. The Highborns could maybe move to sideboard, since they really don't add to your gameplan in the slightest. They're good to close out a game against control I suppose, but not something you want to slam on turn 2 when you have other options like Asylum Visitor, Metallic Mimic, and Stromkirk Condemned.
Those are just my thoughts though. If you like it better this way or don't like any of the cards I suggested, that's fine too. Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!
1 month ago
usaDiabetic I've updated the description. 30-35 lands is as trim as it can go, haha!
It is true that once there are more than 3 opponents this kind of strategy faces greater opposition. I've played most often with 1-4 opponents but 4, 5, or more opponents would be trouble!
To be fair to the deck, the card draw of Herald's Horn, Skullclamp, The Immortal Sun, Vanquisher's Banner, Asylum Visitor, Champion of Dusk, Dusk Legion Zealot, Forerunner of the Legion, Twilight Prophet, Dark Prophecy, Necropotence, Phyrexian Arena and reanimation of Victimize, Patriarch's Bidding, Living Death, Bloodline Necromancer help sustain after board wipes.
Enough creatures have excellent effects as well to benefit from being knocked out including Kheru Bloodsucker, Paladin of Atonement, Elenda, the Dusk Rose, Kalastria Highborn, Pawn of Ulamog, Voldaren Pariah Flip, Bloodghast, Oathsworn Vampire, Viscera Seer, Blood Artist, and Falkenrath Noble.
And for disruption/removal there's New Blood, The Immortal Sun, Voldaren Pariah Flip, Vampire Hexmage, Thief of Blood, Patron of the Vein, Captivating Vampire, Bloodhusk Ritualist, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Guul Draz Assassin, and Bishop of Binding.
I'm open to suggestion though. Any other removal options you might recommend?
1 month ago
Dark Impostor might be able to do some good in the sideboard. Thoughts?
1 month ago
Cool Red/Black Vampires! There are currently only 4 cards you can play on turn 1. I'd recommend increasing the number of cards you can play on turn 1 by adding more 1 cost vampires (perhaps Viscera Seer, Falkenrath Gorger, Insolent Neonate, Indulgent Aristocrat, or Vampire Cutthroat). Perhaps even increasing the number of 2 cost vampires (such as Bloodghast, Gifted Aetherborn, Dusk Legion Zealot, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Kalastria Highborn and Asylum Visitor) will help your early board presence. Also there are some helpful 1 & 2 cost enchantment options (Bloodchief Ascension, Soul Stair Expedition, Call the Bloodline) or burn spells (Lightning Bolt, Feast of Blood) to start fast and get the early advantage. Otherwise you may lose before you can get your meaningful 4 cost cards onto the table. Many competitive Modern decks are able to win by about turn 4. Let us know how you do!