Nirkana Cutthroat

Nirkana Cutthroat

Creature — Vampire Warrior

Level up {{2,B}} ({{2,B}}: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.) [3/2]

level 1 Deathtouch [4/3]

level First strike, deathtouch [5/4]

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Set Rarity
Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Nirkana Cutthroat Discussion

drohack on Doomsday

2 years ago

With you're description I'm not sure you fully understand how Baron Von Count works. He doesn't care what their converted mana cost is. All he cares about are the numerals printed on the card. For example Nirkana Cutthroat has 1,2,3,4,5 printed somewhere on the card. So no matter where the counter is on the Baron it would go down one. Shriekmaw only has 1,2,3,4 printed on it. Also be careful as the Planeswalker starting count does NOT count as it is not within what Baron looks at. For example Sorin Markov only has 1,2,3 printed on it, and the 4 does not count (yes the numeral 1 counts from the printed "life total becomes 10").

You have a lot of Un-cards that don't really help Baron. If you're just looking to play the cards then they are fine to keep in. You also have a few ok cards in the deck that also only provide a few numbers for the Baron.

I've tried building my own deck Count from 5. I've also compiled a spreadsheet to help me add cards to my deck counting the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 on different cards:

drohack on Count from 5

2 years ago

Going by the "7 by 9" rule is a bit hard for this deck as most of it relies on the numbers of the cards. But here's a breakdown as close as I could get for it. There's only really 5 categories of effects. While the other 3 just break down the number of countdown numbers of random cards.

5 Countdown numbers (13)

4 Countdown numbers (13)

1-3 Countdown numbers (6)

Recusion (6)

Protection (8)

Destruction (6)

Card draw (8)

Mana rocks (6)

jdinkhouse on

2 years ago

Thanks Suns_Champion,

I had considered Legion's Landing, though not Unclaimed Territory . Neither seemed strong enough or consistent enough for me.

Sanctum Seeker was in an earlier build of the deck (I've been tinkering with it a lot to try and figure it out). I see what you're saying about Sangromancer, maybe I'll put Sanctum Seeker back in her place.
Vicious Conquistador is cool, don't know how I missed him.

Viscera Seer has been a consideration for me. I was sure I had a copy of him around and can't find it now. I'm being stubborn and don't want to buy another one.

Eldrazi Monument is good suggestion. There are a number of that type of card I've considered. I've gone with Vanquisher's Banner because of draw power, but I've also been considering Coat of Arms or Akroma's Memorial, as well as Urza's Incubator for faster casting.

I'll have to think about Nirkana Cutthroat. I like her even if I can't pump her up all the way. There isn't enough deathtouch in the deck, IMO. I really love comboing a deathtouch Vamp with Stromkirk Captain.

Suns_Champion on

2 years ago

Hi Sweet deck! love RWB!

What I like:

Like the inclusion of Aggravated Assault + Sword of Feast and Famine, and also Skullclamp. Good choices! Also Disrupt Decorum is a fav of mine! Vampiric Tutor...flavor win!

Suggestions to put in:

Unclaimed Territory and Legion's Landing  Flip from the new set would fit nicely I think!

Sanctum Seeker for some drain, goes great with all the tokens. And if you like tokens, Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle gives you more of those!

Vicious Conquistador is a copy of Pulse Tracker but with better artwork :)

Viscera Seer is good. Sac a token or two to set up your draws, or amazing in responce to a board wipe.

Eldrazi Monument will protect all your guys, just sac a token every turn and you're golden!

Some to take out:

Sangromancer doesn't seem to do enough here. You have enough lifegain I think.

Pulse Tracker for reasons mentioned.

Nirkana Cutthroat seems over costed for what it ends up as. It'll probably be boardwiped before you can pump all 9 mana into it.

Pretty tight list... good luck with it! +1

kameenook on I gain. You lose.

2 years ago

Generally speaking a card like Soulmender is worse than Soul Warden or Soul's Attendant. I would explain this in a couple ways.

One, they're the same mana cost same P/T, so we're mostly just comparing their ability to gain life. Thus, Soulmender will only ever gain you one life a turn, although consistently. However one of the other white creatures would give you the opportunity to gain one life every time you play a creature out (if it's Ajani's Pridemate you'll immediately gain the counter on the cat) allowing for the potential of multiple lifegain triggers in one turn. The real icing on the cake though is the fact that it doesn't trigger only on your own creatures, which means now any time your opponent plays a creature, you're gaining life and triggering your synegies. This makes it much easier to gain more than 1 life for each go around and sometimes could be as much as 3-4 life a turn. Another suggestion is to trim on the number of Kambal, as he is legendary and as a general rule of thumb unless you will win the game every time your legendary permanent stays in play, you don't want to draw multiples because if they are not removed any beyond the first is a dead card. I would recommend adding some form of removal in his place, Fatal Push/Path to Exile being the most competitive, while Mortify/Unmake being solid budget alternatives.

Nirkana Cutthroat is likely worse for you than say Vampire Nighthawk which is a very solid similarly costed creature that will not only gain you life but comes right away with flying and deathtouch. Drana's Emissary also plays a similar role of being a solid evasive creature with lifegain.

Another card that I think seems better than it actually is is Diabolic Tutor, it seems great when you think about it, being able to get your best card, but really spending a whole turn to do that sets you back and all your cards are fairly similar in power level. As such maybe you would consider Read the Bones as a cheaper alternative that can get you up on cards.

Then lastly I recommend upping the number of lands you run, as a general rule of thumb I would put 24 lands in any deck, and go lower than 24 when the curve is significantly lower, such as a lot of one drops and two drops, however since your deck reliably wants to get to four mana or so 20 lands is not the ideal number, I would recommend some number of easy to access dual lands (Scoured Barrens, Orzhov Guildgate, maybe even Temple of Silence) which would also help with potential mana problems.

smflanch on Creature Theft

2 years ago

Excellent. I've found some other cards that I think will be helpful: Deadly Recluse, Nirkana Cutthroat, Glissa, the Traitor.

I like the Ambush Viper and the Gnarlwood Dryad though. Any other suggestions for cards like Liliana Vess to let me take control of opponents creatures in graveyards?

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