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Creature — Vampire Shade
Whenever you tap a Swamp for mana, add to your mana pool (in addition to the mana the land produces).
: Nirkana Revenant gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
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Nirkana Revenant Discussion
1 day ago
Drana voltron is really strong. She comes with powerful removal and easily one shots people with commander damage. Black is a good color too with all the silly things like Crypt Ghast, Nirkana Revenant, and Magus of the Coffers.
If you want vampire tribal go with the new precon. It is strong and gives you access to all vampire colors. You won't regret not having red or white later because a cool new vamp came out that you love in the wrong color.
3 days ago
More cuts, you say?
I'm not wildly keen on the amount of point-removal you're currently running. It's a little meta-dependent, but you're already running 7 vampires that can deal with opposing creatures, making the 10 instants and sorceries feel a bit extra. I would keep the vampires, and then run only the strongest/most flavorful of the other 10. Keep New Blood, Anguished Unmaking, Utter End, and Urge to Feed; cut Terminate, Swords to Plowshares, Mortify, Feast of Blood, Crackling Doom, and Victim of Night. I'd also advocate adding in Vindicate. Really none of the current instants you run are bad per se (I mean, Swords to Plowshares is the best removal spell printed in Magic), but in the interest of making meaningful space, this is where I'd start. Hell, if you really think you need more spot-shot, you could add Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter, though I don't care for his services. Vein Drinker is a solid option, however.
You could still trim a Sorin, though he is pretty nifty. Solemn Visitor is my least favorite.
Blind Obedience and Stensia Masquerade are somewhat unneeded. The Masquerade does improve some if you add in Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace (actually, I recommend running Rix Maadi regardless). The Dungeon Palace also enables you to trim Call the Bloodline if you wish.
You aren't running Cabal Coffers, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, or Black Market, so you only have Nirkana Revenant and Crypt of Agadeem to power up Exsanguinate. I think I'd cut it for a more impactful card.
On the topic of Nirkana Revenant, run more swamps! Yes, they're expensive, but you're going to have to track down two original duals (Scrubland and Badlands) and black fetches to make 3-color-Revenant functional. On the plus side, this would also enable Cabal Coffers, and the fetches synergize with Nocturnus. Bloodhusk Ritualist and Gatekeeper of Malakir will thank you likewise. Canyon Slough and Smoldering Marsh should at least replace some basic mountains.
Look at your color costs: You have only 10 red symbols, and 13 white. You don't need to run R/W dual lands (Sacred Foundry et al). You can get by with just black/x lands.
Blood Artist/Falkenrath Noble are better in Olivia Voldaren than Edgar. With Olivia, you want more sac-outlets to ditch borrowed creatures in the event of Olivia's downfall, so the drain effects are a little more consistently powerful. With Edgar at the helm, I think you'd want to add in Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos to augment Butcher of Malakir and sacrifice effects such as Viscera Seer and Indulgent Aristocrat. Without all that, they just aren't reliable enough.
I strongly dislike Mathas, Fiend Seeker. Political play and Group Hug be damned- I want my opponents to suffer alongside me, not get free goodies.... bunch of filthy, free-loading, commie-hippies....
Herald’s Horn doesn't excite me unless you're at 50%+ creatures of the chosen tribe, which is a tall order for most tribes.
Teferi's Protection is sick, but Edgar puts out a lot of tokens, which feel bad with phasing. Not that it's a bad inclusion, but Angel's Grace might be more what you want if you really think you need a Ace of Saves (unlikely). Or if you're after the board protection, Boros Charm could be considered, though it won't help with Merciless Eviction and tuck sweeps.
6 days ago
My first deck was vampires, too! I've helped a few of my friends with vampire decks and even ran multiple of my own, so I do consider that I have some sage advice in this regard :)
The first change I would make is replacing Blood Artist with a second Falkenrath Noble, I'd also get rid of the two Nirkana Revenant as you have a Mana curve averaging about 3, and don't really need the extra Mana. Instead I'd run an extra copy of Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Anowon, the Ruin Sage to have more consistency. The rest of the deck seems fine, I'd run less different insta-kills, and opt instead for a playset of Murder, Doomblade etc.
6 days ago
I'm more than happy for you to use my deck as a framework! It's an honor to be an inspiration to other players, in fact. Extraplanar Lens is definitely worth it, even without the Snow-covered Swamps, and it's in my sideboard. I just put this beauty together in the last couple days and am testing it right now. With all of the tutors I haven't had much difficulty getting what I need when I need it and the Korlash combo is my non-traditional form of ramp. As I play some actual games and find out how the deck is paced against other real decks I'll probably shoe-horn more ramp in. Crypt Ghast and Nirkana Revenant are both sweet ramp too. I'm personally just not a fan of Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond as the combo is really unsatisfying to me and if you play one of them, people who know the cards will hard-focus you right away. Necropotence definitely isn't too slow, as I'm not trying to win especially fast. I just wanted to try different methods of card draw for this deck, and most importantly there's a hefty self-discard theme in this deck that Necropotence specifically shits on. I have to discard Haakon just to play him, so if I play Necro my entire strategy is hosed. Thanks a ton for the +1! Please share the deck with your friends.
1 week ago
First off, I love this deck! Demons are a fun tribe (however they barely don't make my top five).
My one suggestion is to drop Warn Powerstone for something like Gauntlet of Power, Nirkana Revenant, or Extraplanar Lens. The reason you might want to drop Warn is it is slow. It comes out tapped which sets you back one turn. The three listed cards help you double your mana and with such a high CMC, you'll need it.
Another suggestion is to take out Tendrils of Corruption for it's better counterpart, Corrupt. Being able to hit someone for a lot of damage can be a game ender. Corruption also hits creatures.
1 week ago
Hey there, I see your interested in building vampires too. I started doing up a list with all of my changes included, and this is what I have come up with so far:
There's just so many cards I wanted to cram into this thing and that is why it's currently about 5-6 cards over the limit, but this should still give you some ideas as to what to do with yours as well. Any feedback is appreciated on my own version!
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I'm currently leaning towards edgar markov as my commander although Licia, sanguine tribune I do admit looks like fun too.
Anyways the first thing I would start with here for your deck is improving the mana base a bit and taking out things like Orzhov Guildgate and swapping them for things like Godless Shrine, Shambling Vent, Concealed Courtyard, and what not. Same goes for the Urborg Volcano swapping for Blood Crypt and or Smoldering Marsh, and Foreboding Ruins. Some other lands to consider adding if you want to pay more on this deck include; Cabal Coffers & Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, fetchlands such as Marsh Flats, Arid Mesa, and Bloodstained Mire.
Additionally i'm sticking with the life subtheme, and strengthening it actually a bit by adding Exquisite Blood once I acquire one, Debt to the Deathless and or Exsanguinate, Aetherflux Reservoir, Felidar Guardian, and Alhammarret's Archive. Also while not being a vampire Rhox Faithmender could help even more with this kind of strategy, and you can get around them not being a vampire by running cards like Mephidross Vampire and Conspiracy.
Others to get for this are Bloodline Keeper, Necropolis Regent, Kalastria Highborn, Nirkana Revenant if you can afford it which would work great alongside previously mentioned Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Cabal Coffers and furthermore Crypt Ghast, Magus of the Coffers etc.
I'm also likely using Anointed Procession in my deck, as I can't resist wanting to try that out alongside edgar markov's eminence ability, and other effects from Bloodline Keeper and Call the Bloodline. Then likewise I will be including cards that care about having a lot of creatures out preferably. So I will have Westvale Abbey Flip, and things like Stensia Banquet, Sorin, Solemn Visitor, and possibly some other cards such as Vampiric Fury.
But I think I have written enough already and better come to an end, I do hope anyways some of this is of help to you!
2 weeks ago
Nirkana Revenant would be a nice addition. Guul Draz Overseer is also good in mono-B. Adaptive Automaton and Metallic Mimic work well in tribal decks. I would also add Blade of the Bloodchief and Whip of Erebos.
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!