Creature — Vampire Shaman
Flying, protection from white
When Malakir Bloodwitch enters the battlefield, each opponent loses life equal to the number of Vampires you control. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
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Malakir Bloodwitch Discussion
1 week ago
PickleNutz Already traded Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth for swamps thanks for pointing that mistake. About the red splash I dont't want to add any color to this deck, it will stay mono black for ever as I said before some times on the comment section.
PayOneLife I've used Malakir Bloodwitch for years and her ability is always useful, however this deck used to be an aggro deck and I've been changing it to midrange (as it is right now) and I don't have the same amount of vampires on the field as I had before so it isn't as useful as it used to be.Not sure about Gifted Aetherborn I do think Vampire Nighthawk is better.Not sure about Kalitas too but I might add one or 2. Thank you both for commenting!
1 week ago
PickleNutz Urborg makes itself a swamp so you can tap it for black mana. It also doesn't work with Blood Moon; if you have both out you get what is called a dependency (it's part of the layering rules) so Blood Moon actually stops Urborg's effect from working. It's terrible in a deck with Blood Moon and even worse as a sideboard answer to it.
It's true that you're not going to get aggro vampires working (at least in mono-black). I'm wondering if you might get midrange vamps working though, with the excellent disruption (Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, Collective Brutality, Fatal Push and even Victim of Night) and the good midrange creatures like Gifted Aetherborn, Vampire Nighthawk and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet available to black. Black has some great Lilianas for the job too.
I was looking for a cool finisher for a control/midrange deck the other day and found Malakir Bloodwitch, which dodges Path to Exile, Fatal Push, Abrupt Decay and Lightning Bolt meaning they basically have to have Terminate or double Bolt late game to deal with it. On top of that it has evasion and an etb so it does something when it hits the battlefield. If you have even a couple of other vampires it's a Lightning Helix that doesn't target stapled to a hard to kill evasive beater. It seems to me that it's black's Stormbreath Dragon. I really want to make it happen and I think this is the build.
But yeah, my advice is to think midrange and not aggro. Your curve just isn't low enough and your creatures too inefficient for aggro.
1 month ago
Nope. No opponent ever lost to emphasized text. :D
But it's a tribal deck, and as such I don't really believe in anything costing more than 4 (have a look at other tribals... they mostly cheat their tings into play (eldrazi with tron and Eldrazi Temple, merfolk and slivers with Aether Vial, and elves by elf'ing really hard). In this deck you have a perfectly fair curve - 3 cmc follows 2 cmc, follows 1 cmc, and no real synergy for the first many rounds, and minimal disruption. Gatekeeper of Malakir could also be useful in that regard.
Malakir Bloodwitch is not gary. A lot less, actually. Gary can drain for quite a lot with just a few creatures in play (like one Geralf's Messenger - drain for 5). Bloodwitch has a better body, with wings and all. But at 5 mana, it has to end the game on the spot, not just suck a couple of life.
OP, try goldfishing with your deck, but assume that before your first turn, you are Thoughtseized, that in your second turn you are Ghost Quartered (doesn't affect this deck much) and in your third turn, one of your creatures are Lightning Bolted at the worst possible time. Then see how much it slows you down. Perhaps no deck would do all these three things, or do them in that order, but it gives a pretty good hint about how good your winning plan is.
1 month ago
Have to agree that emphasized text and emphasized text aren't the best finishers, I'd recommend Malakir Bloodwitch, the Bloodwitch is essentially Gray Merchant of Asphodel for the vampire creature type.
1 month ago
Dark Ritual isn't modern legal, the effect was moved to red with modern, a colour which also has a fair few good vampires...
Staying mono black for the moment, I'd recommend another 1 drop, either Indulgent Aristocrat or Vampire Lacerator, possibly both. I'd also swap Vampire Lacerator with Malakir Bloodwitch as it is essentially a Gray Merchant of Asphodel for vampires which also passes the bolt test and has protection from white...
1 month ago
Also would recommend signets instead of keyrunes and a couple boardwipes! :D
1 month ago
Your playing mono black so 4x Gifted Aetherborn is always a better choice then 2x Child of Night or 2x Markov Patrician since it is Nighthawk without flying.
You will rarely do anything on turn 1, which isn't a good thing. I'd suggest 4x Indulgent Aristocrat and 4x Vampire Lacerator. To make room remove all the Enchantments, Sip of Hemlock, 1x Markov Patrician, Liturgy of Blood and 1x Swamp also a 1 drop is Blade of the Bloodchief.
Your removal suite could also be improved by replacing Murder with Victim of Night and Reave Soul, Ultimate Price with Urge to Feed it will help make the deck a bit more efficient.
Finally I'd suggest Malakir Bloodwitch as a finisher, in preference to Kalastria Nightwatch and Sengir Vampire, the Bloodwitch is just a better card. Hope this is of some help.
2 months ago
Nice deck. I play something similar. Have you considered adding Pulse Tracker , Kalastria Highborn , Anowon, the Ruin Sage,Nirkana Revenant and Malakir Bloodwitch to the list? And if you add Whip of Erebos , Bloodchief Ascension as well as Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond you get multiple mid- to late game finisher as well as a possible infinity-combo