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Pawn of Ulamog
Creature — Vampire Shaman
Whenever Pawn of Ulamog or another nontoken creature you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add to your mana pool."
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Pawn of Ulamog Discussion
2 days ago
A couple of comments on the deck. First, you're running some cards that are just overall weak or don't do enough in your deck. Dominus of Fealty is going to be very difficult to play on or near on curve for a BR deck, and doesn't do enough when it is on the board. Vexing Devil doesn't really work for your deck because you don't have enough direct damage to make the 4 damage threatening. Dire Fleet Daredevil, Nightveil Specter, and Hell's Caretaker are all slow cards that don't really justify themselves in your deck (dire fleet could make the final cut, but it would require other cards to make it work and I think your money and card slots are better spent elsewhere). Second, if you don't draw both halves of your deck it can just collapse on itself, and the deck does absolutely nothing against non-creature decks. I would recommend putting in sacrifice fodder such as Bloodsoaked Champion, Mogg War Marshal, Pawn of Ulamogand Doomed Dissenter. This both makes your sacrifice outs live if you don't have your stealing cards, and allows you to apply pressure if you don't have creatures to steal. Anything that produces tokens, has undying/persist, or has a good death trigger will work for this. If you can fit an infinite combo into here, I would, but I don't know if BR has one, especially a budget one. Like the idea.
hershycows on Grenzo
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
Cool deck! I play an Edgar Markov deck myself, it’s probably my main deck, so I’ve got plenty of suggestions but before I get to that I wanted to say that I like this deck.
Firstly, while Door of Destinies can be absolutely amazing in the right circumstances (you get it out early and have plenty of vamps to follow it up with) if you get it any other time it’s just not very good. It needs you to have gas in your hand once it comes down and you never want to draw this late in the game, since it doesn’t have any effect on your boardstate immediately on hitting the field. One potential replacement is Shared Animosity. It costs 1 less to cast and it has an immediate effect, and it is very very strong in this deck. Coat of Arms is also super strong here but that one depends on your meta; if you have lots of other tribal decks around it may not be worth running it, since it’ll help all of them as well. If not, or if you think that it’ll benefit you more than them most of the time, it’s absolutely worth putting in.
A couple other cards I’d say you should drop are Licia, Sanguine Tribune and Mathas, Fiend Seeker. They’re both good cards, but there are much better options for this type of deck. Licia depends too much on lifegain to be consistently effective (which, admittedly, there will be a fair bit of in a vampire tribal deck) and Mathas doesn’t really fit with the aggressive swarm theme of the deck.
A few other vampires I personally dislike are Pawn of Ulamog, Sangromancer, Balustrade Spy, and Bloodhusk Ritualist. Pawn of Ulamog is alright, but there will probably be more tokens than non-tokens and there are just better things to include here. I took much of the lifegain out of my deck (personal preference really, it doesn’t seem to work as well as pure aggro for me) so Sangromancer came out of mine for that reason. Balustrade Spy costs too much for what it does; 4 mana for a 2/3 flyer isn’t great plus it’s ability doesn’t really synergize with the deck as a whole, and there are better inclusions. Bloodhusk Ritualist just doesn’t seem very good to me; sure it’s a decent mana sink late game, but besides that it doesn’t seem to do much. I much prefer Mirror Entity as a mana sink if that’s what the Ritualist is for; it is technically a vampire and it can pump your whole team a ridiculous amount, which is really what the deck wants.
Another thing decks like this want is consistent card draw. You’ve already got Twilight Prophet, which is good, but in my experience you need more than that. My deck historically had problems drawing cards and I was basically playing off the top of my deck, which is far from ideal. I’d recommend you add some more cards like Champion of Dusk, Phyrexian Arena, Necropotence, or Greed. These are very strong and consistent card draw options, and since you’re in vampire tribal and have a basically guaranteed lifegain subtheme it helps mitigate the life loss from these (which is worth paying anyway).
Also, I’m not really sure why Ghostly Prison is in here; it doesn’t synergize at all with the deck and doesn’t make much sense to me.
As for cards to add, there are tons of great options to choose from. Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief are both good; Viscera Seer is one of the bests one drops in this deck by far; Indulgent Aristocrat is another amazing one drop; Legion Lieutenant is a good, cheap vampire lord; Sanctum Seeker basically is your deck in one card, since he hits your opponents super hard every time your army attacks as well as gaining you a whole bunch of life; Stensia Masquerade is a very good anthem-type effect; Terminate, Anguished Unmaking, and Utter End are all amazing spot removal cards; and there are plenty of other great cards I can’t remember right this second.
Sorry about the wall of text, but these are some suggestions for your deck based on my own experience with Edgar Markov. Whether or not you make these changes is up to you of course. Here’s my deck if you’re interested; you may find other things I forgot to mention in there that you may want to put in your deck: Edgar Markov tokens.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Week 2 Changes:
- Temple of the False God becomes Cabal Stronghold
- Vampiric Rites becomes Carrion Feeder
- Fell Shepherd becomes Kokusho, the Evening Star
- Harvester of Souls becomes Noxious Gearhulk
- Morkrut Banshee becomes Cryptbreaker
- Reaper from the Abyss becomes Pawn of Ulamog
- Necromantic Selection becomes Undead Gladiator
- Gonti, Lord of Luxury becomes Noosegraf Mob
- The Eldest Reborn becomes Viscera Seer
1 month ago
I have thought about diving into some Buried Alive combos, and at one point I was actually running them. However, I feel as though having Viscera Seer and Pawn of Ulamog in my hand, without any of the other combo pieces, to be really bad. The new competitive meta is turning towards combos in which you use the fewest amount of dead cards. The reason I don't include the cards you mentioned is because they are not very good on their own.
1 month ago
2 months ago
Week 1 Changes: