Creature — Vampire Knight
Whenever a Vampire you control attacks, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
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Sanctum Seeker Discussion
3 days ago
swap the 4 Skymarch Bloodletter for the 4 Gifted Aetherborn. Vampires ideally go aggro and wide. I'd look into more of a token build with 4 Call to the Feast and 4 Queen's Commission because they work really well with Metallic Mimic and Sanctum Seeker. Maybe take out or at least sideboard Bishop of the Bloodstained, Vona, Butcher of Magan and Settle the Wreckage because they're a little slow. Vona is still really strong just not as fast as a vampire deck wants to be. Rest seems pretty good.
1 week ago
Adderite, I'm putting this together for laid back non-competetive play. Also, I'm trying to keep it budget.To address a couple of things: I like having Duskborne Skymarcher and Inspiring Cleric to have extra vampires to throw down to combo with Bishop of the Bloodstained and Sanctum Seeker.Why would I take out a Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle and replace with another Yahenni, Undying Partisan?
Also, I don't necessarily see the desire for more Gifted Aetherborn, and my reasoning for going with other vampires is mainly budget.
Also, the sidebar on my deck is telling me that this deck is Standard legal, so I'm a bit confused on who to trust since you're saying Forsaken Sanctuary isn't legal (although I'm inclined to trust that I can't have 8 since its not a basic land).
I appreciate the advice and your reference deck looked like a similar strategy for me to refer to.
1 week ago
redhead4 I love Bloodline Keeper, and maybe Ill try him in the future. However I already have enough four mana cost cards between Sanctum Seeker and Call to the Feast. Neither of which I would remove for Keeper. And yeah, Anguished Unmaking seems awesome, but its expensive when compared to Path to Exile or Fatal Push. I just like how it stnergises with the life gain I guess. Thanks for your input!
2 weeks ago
I think he's kind of hot garbage, not gonna lie. I've tried him out and I've either not had the mana available to cast him, or he's just really bad and easy to remove in all honesty. The decks that run a ton of board wipes are usually U/B Control, which also has this nifty card called Fatal Push, which kills this guy no matter how high his power and toughness are.
The deck is pretty okay, it's what I'm playing the most right now aside from Temur when I want to play competitively. The deck is really good and if you get the right mana, it will win you games for sure. Sanctum Seeker is an all-star here, and most people underestimate his power. It's effectively a Shaman of the Pack every turn when you're swinging with everything.
I think that the deck is in a decent position and if you take it to FNM you can definitely win with it, but you won't be able to take this to a Grand Prix or any sanctioned event and do that well unless you get nut draws. Temur is too strong and the removal is too good, Ramunap Red isn't a horrible match up because of all of our lifelink but it's still pretty quick and I haven't honestly play tested a lot against that deck.
Hopefully when Rivals of Ixalan comes out, vamps can get some much needed love. A lord would be great.
2 weeks ago
So having a look through.
You've got a random mishmash of archetypes without pay off cards. I see a WB lifegain deck, with really weak cards like Dazzling Reflection and Soulmender, two cards I never really want to draft. The pay off is I get a growing 2/2 who has no evasion. And a dude who drains a little, but I have to stuff my deck with drek that is awful outside getting those 2 cards.
There is a G/W Defenders deck, with nothing really amazing to ramp into and I can't even splash red for the defender who burns people down.
I would look at what you want each archetype to do, the roleplayers and the pay off cards, as well as what cards are good in multiple decks.
For example, I want a W/B lifegain deck with a vampire theme. A r/w token deck that wants to make white tokens and buff with red cards and a R/B deck that cares about stuff dying.
For the pay off cards in W/B I'm looking for Sanctum Seeker. It drains life and supports vampires. For a roleplayer I'm looking for a vampire type with a relevant ability, say Skymarch Bloodletter. It is a 2/2 flyer who drains 1 for 3. Obviously other decks can play it but it has extra value in my W/B deck. Then I'm looking for generically good cards like removal, or other threats that might not be a fit but help my deck, such as Doom Blade.
For W/R I'm looking for pay off cards like Firemantle Mage who make my token hordes harder to block or Goblin Rabblemaster who makes a ton of tokens and attacks for a lot himself. For roleplayers I'm looking for cards that makes tokens. Why not Queen's Commission. 2 tokens with lifelink for 3 mana is OK. And it helps both the W/R deck and the vampire deck.
Now in R/B I want stuff to be sacrificable. I can play Skymarch Bloodletter as a 2/2 for 3 which is acceptable, but really I quite fancy getting my hands on Goblin Rabblemaster to pair with my Goblin Bombardment or Makeshift Munitions so there is always damage going through. I might also want a card like Ruthless Knave to turn any incidental treasure into draw or provide more ammo for Makeshift. And oh look, Blood Artist is a vampire who drains who rewards me for sacrificing stuff!
So that is an example of what you might go with?
There is also a lot of really poor removal and other cards in the cube, so you really need to decide on a power level and the draftability of some cards. Like Guardians of Meletis is a card I am never going to want to draft even in the G/W defenders deck, while Wall of Tanglecord might just make the cut. The lands really discourage splashing as well and some are so much better than others that it is unreal. You also have a lot of cars, but that pushes the format towards a snowballing playstyle with premium uncommons like the 4/4 for 4 who grows with each attack.
A lot of the 2 coloured cards you have just feel thrown in. Like what is Manaforge Cinder in service too?
A suggestion for some exploration archetypes. When you say exploration I think Lands, deck manipulation, landfall, being on the attack and movement.
G/W Defenders/Ramp that goes into something like eldrazi
R/G Dinosaurs with land based ramp (lets you get elementals with landfall as a side note)
U/B reanimator focused on sea leviathans and things like Inkwell Leviathan.
U/W Lands/Awaken Control. Slow but unstoppable with smaller things that make lands into creatures or buy time.
R/W Tokens or Allies (all the best allies are in R/W)
U/R Pirates/Raid/Spells as you loot through your deck and always be aggressive.
U/G Merfolk with a subtheme of counters (you can do more than just +1/+1 with the right support)
W/B Vampires Lifelink/Drain
G/B Explore/Graveyard. Explore lets you bin things, stuff grows from explore, cards reward you from putting something in the graveyard. The idea of you exploring somewhere and the Unearthing something seems fitting.
3 weeks ago
Heya Kittus! I gots some feedback for you on this deck, let me know what you think!
Adanto Vanguard is awesome for aggro, but he has no way to gain you any life, other than if you were to put some Sanctum Seekers in. You mentioned Glory-Bound Initiate in your main, but he's not on your list anywhere and I think he's the kind of aggro you'd want to replace Vanguard with since you'll at least be gaining some life, though Bishop's Soldier is always lifelink so you can hold him up to block and get a Sunmare trigger there on defense.
Love Vicious Conquistador, but same problem as above, he's not able to gain you any life, but he is fantastically aggressive. Unless he's crewing Aethersphere Harvester, there's no good way to consistently gain life off him, unless you have Sanctum Seeker. Harvester also brings up the question of Energy, it's the only card related and only brings you 2 counters. So it's great for a few turns, then it's just another 3/5 flyer you've gotta tap a token for. There's actually some pretty good ways to branch into lifegain with energy shrug
Also as a token strategy overall, I really really dislike Call to the Feast. 4 mana for 3x 1/1 lifelinks is so meh as I stare back over at Sram's Expertise from AER and just wanna jump back on the Hidden Stockpile bandwagon. But I also am super happy to run 4x Anointed Procession which is truly at the heart of a token strategy. I run 4x because I want at least 1 onboard every game I play. You can't get the high score without good multipliers
I will say, I'm super in love with Settle the Wreckage mainboard (with Vraska's Contempt on the side as my swap) after dealing with a bonkers Mono White Monuments deck at FNM, but your mileage may vary lol.
3 weeks ago
Vampires is a good deck to sideboard in Yahenni's Expertise since it kills everything they have except Sanctum Seeker. That might also be a good time to board in Gifted Aetherborn to kill their tokens.
That said, it's also possible that this deck should have two copies of Field of Ruin somewhere in the 75 to deal with the flippy lands.
3 weeks ago
Thank you very much for your input, Variux. I understand what you're saying about consolidating my creatures, but i'm still trying to acquire a 4th Sanctum Seeker and Metallic Mimic. I couldn't find a spot for Adanto Vanguard, but I did add some other stuff like Grind / Dust, Cartouche of Ambition, Trial of Solidarity and Gideon of the Trials.