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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
3 days ago
I don't think two instances of madness is enough to justify 6 discard outlets. Heir of Falkenrath Flip could be Vampire Nighthawk and Call the Bloodline could be Gifted Aetherborn, and you'd probably create more tempo that way. All in all, I don't even think red is necessary if you're not going to use Falkenrath Gorger, Olivia Voldaren, etc. Vampire Lacerator, Kalastria Highborn, Sangromancer, and Gatekeeper of Malakir are some potential alternatives to Stromkirk Captain and Stensia Masquerade. Urge to Feed and Feast of Blood might be replacements for Lightning Bolt and Stensia Banquet. Or if you needed the burn to go face, maybe try Exsanguinate or Torment of Hailfire.
1 week ago
The thing about Modern is unless you're playing a monocolored deck you can't really get away with using all basic lands and expect good results. If you have anything resembling a budget, the place I recommend starting is finding the cheapest fetch lands in your colors, possibly trading up, and getting ahold of a set of the fast lands and shock lands. In plain terms you'd at least want 4 each of Bloodstained Mire, Blackcleave Cliffs and Blood Crypt. In interest of working on a budget I'll mention Dragonskull Summit isn't the best dual land but it did just get reprinted. Yes... Modern unfortunately has a pretty steep buy-in, mostly in lands, but once you have them they'll be used in many, many future projects.
Now... Where to start with your card choices? I understand and can very much see this is a work in progress, so I'll just be honest with you and say most of these are just... kinda bad, no offense.
Okay, I'll list off some better choices with synergy: you have Falkenrath Gorger. That's a step in the right direction. Next up I'd take a look at the following cards: Stromkirk Condemned, Stromkirk Captain. These two plus Gorger lets your guys get huge fast and makes them significantly harder to kill in combat, especially since off of Gorger you can flash in Captain as you're attacking so your Gorger and Condemned are suddenly a pair of 4 power first strike fatties on turn 3. The next two are Bloodghast and Asylum Visitor. Both are good discard options with or without Gorger and Visitor is 3 power for 2 CMC, and also a pseudo Dark Confidant if you play her correctly. Almost literally everything this deck could want in a 2 drop. The next two are beaters that function as discard outlets to keep the flow of your deck running steady: Heir of Falkenrath and Smuggler's Copter. Yes, a vehicle. I recommend Heir to anyone who can't afford Liliana of the Veil. It's a cheaper and much more aggressive way to discard, besides being a 2 mana version of Delver of Secrets for vamps.
Those enchantments are terrible. Call the Bloodline is my pick for the worst vampire support card in existence that's not Feast of Blood (that card is all kinds of terrible). For your noncreatures, it's your call in regard to draw spells but I'd only keep Faithless Looting at most. For removal, you want mostly generic stuff. Try and trade for a set of Fatal Push, Lightning Bolt and Terminate, then mix/match them as your meta dictates. Kolaghan's Command if you can get one might be useful as a one-of. It's not a great card but for flavor/support you can play around with Urge to Feed as well.
After all is said and done, with any space you have left, you can try to squeeze in as many Vampire Nocturnus, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Gifted Aetherborn, Vampire Nighthawk, or Olivia, Mobilized for War as you want. I like the idea of a one-of Captivating Vampire if most of your guys are small. You could main or even side Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Olivia Voldaren, both of which are strong enough to side or sometimes main in non-vampire meta decks. Kalastria Highborn or Viscera Seer can be okay insurance cards if you're fearing a boardwipe.
I think the most important thing I'll tell you here is that too many discard outlets is bad. Don't fret too much about madness or not, you have gorger, and if you can save up for bloodghast/visitor you should be fine. You don't wanna be casting your killspells at sorcery speed too often. This is why if you can only take one Bolt is better than Fiery Temper.
1 week ago
Dismember doesn't belong in black. It's basically a removal spell meant to be played in everything else ironically enough. If you're going black-red, you have access to a TON of better removal than what you have here. Fatal Push is among the best cards in Modern, as is Lightning Bolt, as is Terminate. I assume your budget is too low for Liliana 3 mana variants or Kolaghan's Command or Collective Brutality? Well, even without Liliana you can create a pretty cheap engine with Falkenrath Gorger, Stromkirk Condemned, Asylum Visitor, Bloodghast, Stromkirk Captain and Smuggler's Copter. You'd be so much quicker and more effective if you just ran these guys, and the only money card in there is 'ghast. Maybe toss in like Vampire Nocturnus, Captivating Vampire or Sanctum Seeker if you want more lords, or Heir of Falkenrath if you want extra beaters. Olivia, Mobilized for War could go in the deck too. There's an older engine that used Viscera Seer, Bloodghast, Kalastria Highborn and/or Blood Artist if you wanna try the Aristocrats route. Aside from Nocturnus, that engine now has Falkenrath Aristocrat and Voldaren Pariah Flip to play with.
2 weeks ago
Guul Draz Assassin - I feel that the level up mechanic is slow and clumsy, and that it gets an activated ability that taps it, just kills its usefullness.
Patron of the Vein - I played Patron for a while, but found that the mana cost was just too high.
Drana's Emissary - doesn't do enough to justify the poor stats (2/2 for 3)
Yahenni, Undying Partisan - I could run it, but I am weary when it comes to adding more 3 drops
Kalastria Highborn - a solid 2/2 for 2, that I have no excuse for not running, thank you.
Unclaimed Territory and Cavern of Souls, where I agree that I would like to play Cavern of Souls, I dont have it, and with the price tag on it I think it could be better spent elsewhere. as for Unclaimed Territory most of the time I don't have a problem casting my creatures, my main concern is the spells.
3 weeks ago
Some comments and recommendations:
You have Steelshaper's Gift but only one Equipment. I thinks this is not worth it, either play more targets (like swords!) or looks for something that might be a little bit more useful.
Tribal deck and no Unclaimed Territory or Cavern of Souls!
You can always use Phyrexian Reclamation to get some
Some vampires worth considering:
1 month ago
nlidmasterThank you for your help! I tried putting Blood Artist for the drain several times, but all the good creatures for the deck have a pretty good black devotion rate, so i took one nocturnus and all the high-B-required cards in purpose, for being able to pay several Kalastria Highborn triggers with the Nykthos. That makes her actually better than the Blood Artist and solves a little bit the curve problem that almost all Vampire decks have (maybe not the BR). I tried it and by all means 3 Nykthos are too much, so you're right XD. But I'd leave 2 in there, because of what I said.
This Deck is still on progress, it's still a prototype, so your comment is helping me a lot! I'll have to test it against other modern decks to see what it's lacking. The problem of the 4-drops is true, but Captivating Vampire seems just not as good as Bloodline Keeper... Maybe I'll put Queen's Commission instead of Call to the Feast, taking in consideration the x3 Anointed Procession.
I'll check it and I'll let you know. I'll insist in the deck, because I love Orzhov and I love Vampires, so... I won't surrender till I see this work.
Thanks a lot again!
1 month ago
Hey guys, sorry it took a while to update, but I actually got quite a few of the cards I need! A lot has changed so far, mostly based on your recommendations. I was able to get Shared Animosity, Bloodstained Mire, and Enlightened Tutor. I also got Diabolic Intent and Toxic Deluge, but I had to settle for Japanese versions. Also I got my Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Chromatic Lantern in the mail, but still waiting for Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet and Kalastria Highborn.
Also I was able to secure copies of Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Necropotence, Bloodghast, Purphoros, God of the Forge, Boros Charm, Unclaimed Territory, and Reconnaissance. Those are all back in the states though, and they have to be mailed out to me...
Not on my list right now, but I also got Scapegoat, Exquisite Blood, Ashnod's Altar, and Vanquisher's Banner. I thought they might be good in this and I wanted to try them out somehow, but I wasn't sure what I'd sub for 'em. (Obviously I'd also want to use my leftover Sanguine Bond if I used Exquisite Blood...)
I can't remember exactly everything that I updated on the list. I know I cut Rakdos Signet and Butcher of Malakir, Reconnaissance is in, along with Bloodghast. Blind Obedience is also back. Some of the lands changed too... It's 0100 here for me and I'm really tired so I can't recall all of the list changes, but the list is up to date. I STILL haven't been able to find anyone to play test with me so any more thoughts you guys have on this would be awesome. Also, any thoughts on the extra cards I picked up to maybe try? I know Frank_Glascock was going to try Scapegoat, and I can't remember who was already using Vanquisher's Banner. I thought Ashnod's Altar might be cool because if you didn't have one of your board wipe protection cards, you could at least sac your guys for mana in response to the wipe to possibly play something if you needed to. Anyway, it's really late here. I have to be up in less than 4 hours, and I got less than 3 hours of sleep last night. It's been busy the past few days, but I'll try to stay on top of this and let you guys know how it goes. Thanks again for all of the help so far \m/
2 months 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.