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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
7 hours ago
If you're going with a Vampire tribal theme, you should try to go as deep as possible. Adaptive Automaton, Bloodline Keeper Flip, Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Stromkirk Captain, Vampire Nocturnus, Metallic Mimic, and Malakir Bloodwitch all do work in my Vampire tribal deck. If you feel like you can't fit in so many vampire creatures, you could try Mephidross Vampire as a way to compensate.
Some of the vampires out there provide a boost to lifegain/drain such as the aforementioned Malakir Bloodwitch, but also Blood Artist, Falkenrath Noble, Vampire Nighthawk, Sangromancer, and Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is also strong grave hate.
Also, some additional utility would be good, like Bastion Protector, Rakdos Charm, Viscera Seer, Necropotence, Hide/Seek, Terminate... You might even want to consider Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Erebos, God of the Dead, considering all the black mana symbols floating around.
2 weeks ago
Mathas appears to be from Innistrad, and patron of the vein appears to be from Zendikar, about which I am pleased, since no other Zendikar vampires have appeared in this set, thus far. I would very much like to see reprints of Malakir Bloodwitch and Butcher of Malakir, and, while another reprint of Vampire Nighthawk is extremely likely to occur in this set, I really hope that it has new artwork, since this is the best possible place for it to be given new artwork.
Finally, there is a card of Edgar Markov! I have been waiting since the original Innistrad block for such a card, and I am very impressed by it. I was hoping that he would be more universal than a vampire tribal card, but such a theme works for him, as he is the progenitor of vampires on Innistrad. If I ever make a vampire tribal EDH deck, he definitely will be its general.
1 month ago
I've run vampires before but they are a tricky tribe since they do have some support but not as much as other tribes. The biggest problems I've found are that the best vampires are expensive (mana and money wise) and the game is a bit grindier. So you have to be ready to play the long game but their life-gain abilities help keep you in the game.
Budget pending, I would recommend cutting out some of your weaker non-vampire creatures for the following:
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet
Olivia, Mobilized for War
Anowon, the Ruin Sage
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Pawn of Ulamog
The thing to keep in mind with vampires is most tribal decks that use Olivia will be mostly Black with a bit of Red. So you need to accelerate your Black mana production more. You've got some solid mana rocks but here are a few additional ideas:
Increasing your card draw is my final recommendation. Black offers tons of ways to draw cards but I recommend Phyrexian Arena the most.
I hope this helps! Best of luck!
1 month ago
I have 2 mates that both have vampire decks, one that's based on anthem effects and the other based +1/+1 counters. You've got most of the good stuff but here's a few cards you may have missed: Feast of Blood great cheap removal that fits the theme, Urge to Feed free +1/+1 counters on all of your vamps, Guul Draz Vampire good one drop with some later game potential, Blood Tribute mean, just mean. Malakir Bloodwitch flying fatty with a nice etb trigger, Blood Seeker cheap vamp that really punishes creature heavy decks and kills opponents with infinite combos that revolve around creatures entering. Necropolis Regent just a great bomb even by itself. Havengul Vampire gets real fat real quick. Rakish Heir helps all your vamps get fatter, Falkenrath Exterminator nice creature removal if you get enough counters. finally Vampiric Fury ends games. I think i got all the good ones but i am probably wrong, if i mentioned stuff already in your deck i'm sorry and also nice deck +1 from me.
2 months 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!
2 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.