Creature — Vampire
Whenever a Vampire you control deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
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Rakish Heir Discussion
1 week ago
I think you could add the following: Bloodline Keeper Flip, Necropolis Regent, Rakish Heir and Stensia Masquerade? There are other options that require a bit more budget like Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Captivating Vampire and Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet.
1 month ago
Ookie dokee. Before I begin, it's gonna sound like I'm ripping apart your deck and taking the wheel, but with some adjustments this deck can really kick some serious ass. First of all, this is not standard legal, so you might wanna swap the format to modern or casual :)
Lightning Prowess does not help you here, as vamps grow bigger after combat damage. I know it helps with Blinding Blade but honestly that is too slow for a fast paced tribe like vamps. Mark of the Vampire is certainly on flavor here, but honestly with your vamps getting bigger, you'll want to replace those with Gruesome Deformity to help you vamps deal damage and get bigger.
Vampire Nocturnus only really works with mono black vamps, and Stromkirk Patrol is also pretty slow. With decks like this, the mana limit should really only be 4 or at absolute max 5 if the card is absolutly needed. Diabolic Tutor is also a good card, but due to the casting cost I would really only limit yourself to 2 copies max, or cutting it all together.
If we take those cards out, we are left with (I think) 16 slots. As I mentioned earlier, Gruesome Deformity is a cheap way to let your vamps get bigger and deal damage, so I would include 3. Rakish Heir is a nightmare to deal with, especially in multiples so I would throw in 4. Lightning Bolt is a staple for any deck playing red, so I'd throw in 3. That leaves us with 6 spots left, and as a replacement buff, I would put in a playset of Curse of Stalked Prey and 2 Markov Blademaster. So, in the end, you would end up cutting:
- 4x Stromkirk Patrol
- 2x Vampire Nocturnus
- 3x Mark of the Vampire
- 1x Elbrus, the Binding Blade Flip
- 2x Diabolic Tutor
- 4x Lightning Prowess
I think these replacements will lead to smoother gameplay and more wins on your part. As with any deck, lands like Bloodstained Mire, Dragonskull Summit and Blood Crypt are not needed but certainly help, and removal like Terminate or Dreadbore is usually an upgrade to Doom Blade, however in most decks you'll do fine without making these changes. Always glad to meet another vamp player, and I hope this helps!
PS feel free to check out my vamp deck, Just for Shits n' Giggles
2 months ago
Not really, at the 3 drop spot Vampire Nighthawk is your closest equivalent and I wouldn't remove Nighthalk. Alternatively Drana, Liberator of Malakir but if I was going to recommend a replacement for it, it would be Rakish Heir, as it gives the ability to each vampire... Essentially there are too many good 3 drop vampires.
2 months ago
Personally, I've always found Olivia a bit slow, I would replace her with either Rakish Heir or Curse of Stalked Prey. Here's my take on BR Vamps, based on the cards mentioned above. Just for Shits n' Giggles. +1
3 months ago
First off, welcome to the world of EDH! I think you'll find it's definitely one of the most fun formats you'll experience. As someone who has played tribal vampires before, I think I can offer you some suggestions based on my experience. Now I'm not sure what you're budget is for cards so feel free to ignore any suggestions that are out of your budget range.
Vampires are tricky because they don't have as much tribal support as say Goblins, Elves, or even Zombies so you really want the best they have to offer. I think that 44 creatures is a bit too high, even for a tribal deck, so I would cut and refine some of your weaker vampires.
These are a few ideas of some very powerful vampires that could easily be swapped in for some of the less optimal brood.
As with any EDH deck, your mana base is going to always be tweaked and upgraded to make your plays faster and more reliable. Now this is something you can do over time and as budget allows but some major lands to consider are:
Now the latter 3 lands are included for explosive ramping and because I've found most tribal vampire decks are more black than red. Another thing to keep in mind is that generally, you don't want less than 36 lands in your deck unless you have a lot of mana rocks to support less. Olivia is a very mana hungry commander so I would suggest about 38 lands.
Along similar lines, I would include the following mana rocks to further ramp/filter your mana:
While not traditional "ramp", Urza's Incubator can be very helpful in this deck since vampires tend to be a bit higher mana costed.
You'll want to include a few cards to help you draw more cards just to get more power from the deck. There's a lot of options out there but one card I strongly suggest is Phyrexian Arena.
The same goes for your removal. A little spot removal and a few board wipes should have you covered.
I hope these ideas help! Best of luck to you with your deck!
3 months ago
If the combo is your primary kill, then you needs to run more than one copy of each.
I would look at some artifact based mana ramp like Springleaf Drum, Leaden Myr, Rakdos Signet, Talisman of Indulgence, Mind Stone, or similar cards to help get to the 5 mana for enchantments faster. Depending on budget or collection, you could even look at Lotus Bloom.
You'll notice that I suggested the cards that tap for red as well as black. This opens you up to Insolent Neonate, Stromkirk Noble, and Rakish Heir for more creatures. Splashing red man also get you Faithless Looting or Cathartic Reunion. Card draw is always better than tutoring.
4 months ago
There are a couple different vampire strategies.
-Standard RB Vampires focus on Madness, just look at new standard decks. Probably the least reliable deck type for vamps.
-Mono black Vamps, They use generic mono black control while slowly draining life with vampire boosting abilities, using cards like Bloodline Keeper Flip, Captivating Vampire, Sorin Markov, or Urge to Feed.
-Lastly, White Black Vamps. This is mainly built off of Orzhov creatures and Extort/Lifelink abilities, with some mono black things mentioned above thrown in, using things such as Tithe Drinker, Blood Baron of Vizkopa, and Blood Artist.
My personal preference is the +1/+1 counter method with some mono black vampires thrown in. You can see it here: Just for Shits n' Giggles.
It really depends on what you want to go with the deck.
5 months ago
Olivia Voldaren is taking up a ton of your mana while you could be focusing it elsewhere. She's super good, but not with your current mana base. I think adding some Curse of Stalked Prey and/or Rakish Heir would really speed and spice this deck. +1