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Shadow Alley Denizen
Creature — Vampire Rogue
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, target creature gains intimidate until end of turn. (It can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.)
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Shadow Alley Denizen Discussion
1 month ago
Hey there! Nice deck you have here! Addressing your questions in order:
First, I would recommend cutting the following cards:
- Bishop's Soldier
- Drana's Emissary
- Duskborne Skymarcher
- Falkenrath Gorger
- Insolent Neonate
- Pulse Tracker
- Shadow Alley Denizen
- Shared Triumph
- Stromkirk Occultist
- Tithe Drinker
- Vampire Cutthroat
- Vicious Conquistador
You may notice a theme with the above cards: They're mostly low-CMC Vampires with a small effect. While I rarely play super-aggro EDH decks, the fact that you're facing usually 3 opponents with 40 life each means that simply having a lot of creatures doesn't do a lot. Edgar Markov makes a lot of tokens on his own, which can all grow absurdly large, so I really don't think you should be focused on spending your cards on weenies when you can be doing better things.
As for your other concerns:
- I really don't think Well of Lost Dreams has a place here. It's best in heavy-lifegain decks that lack other strong ways (and need strong ways) to draw cards, neither of which is a good descriptor for this deck.
- Purphoros, God of the Forge, and Door of Destinies, on the other hand, absolutely belong in here. Door is one of the strongest cards tribal-aggro decks have in the format, and Purphoros is excellent in any deck looking to swarm the board.
In any case, hope this helps! Good luck!
2 months ago
I also have a Shadow Alley Denizen among others, forgot about that... Also I don't think anyone else uses Whip of Erebos. am I the only one who has it on my list? I was just thinking that maybe it is technically just good for the lifelink since Phyrexian Reclamation and Bishop of Rebirth are better for getting our dudes back since the whip exiles 'em if you decide to get them back that way
2 months ago
Love it, here are some babes that are missing for you to consider:
Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, Gisela, the Broken Blade, Bruna, the Fading Light, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Archangel Avacyn Flip, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Angelic Skirmisher, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, Dawnglare Invoker,Serra's Liturgy, Soul Collector, Voldaren Pariah Flip, Blood Tribute Zendikar art, Swords to Plowshares ice age art, Sever the Bloodline, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Guul Draz Vampire, Shadow Alley Denizen, Archetype of Finality, Ivory Mask, Tainted Remedy, Agent of Masks, Tithe Drinker.
There's so many!
2 months ago
Thanks for the response Lil_Kalki :) I put Captain Kirk Stromkirk Noble in there just to have another one drop vampire. I like how he can +1/+1 himself too. I think the other ones I was considering as far as 1 drops go were Shadow Alley Denizen or Vampire Cutthroat. Also, I wasnt completely sold on Viscera Seer being in there... Reconnaissance is pretty cool though, I just have to find a way to get one so I can try it out. Also, a I saw you guys mention Necropotence a few times, I forgot to put that in my maybe board or ask about it. Do you think that could replace something (like maybe Viscera Seer) for a card draw option?
2 months ago
Bloodlord of Vaasgothhas been slow, probably too slow. Keeping him in for now but he his close to the block. I originally cut Necropolis Regent very early on, but if Bloodlord of Vaasgoth continues to not pay off, I may swap them. Normally I would not cut a card and replace it with a higher CMC, but Necropolis Regent is worth testing as even one could turn could make it worth it.
New Blood I cannot say enough good things about this card. If you are running tribal vamps, it is almost an auto-include. It 1.) Acts as removal, getting rid of a problem. 2.) Gives you another vamp. 3.) Gives you a potential bonkers vamp lord. I took The Locust God with this and the results were amazing.
I have not been able to use Kindred Charge yet, but the way my board-state gets I know it will be worth it, it is a good finisher. I'll update when I use it.
Blood Tribute part of me thinks I have this in my deck still because the art is amazing. In terms of fitting the going wide/tall tribal aggro theme, this card does not support it at all. For now, I'm keeping it because it has helped me survive. I usually get aggro towards me quick as my deck tends to be faster than others, and the lifegain from this card helps - plus, dropping someone to half life does make aggro easier. But it is on the edge.
Dark Impostor has done surprisingly well. For a 3 drop, there is not much risk putting her in. Even if you get to remove one creature with her its worth in my opinion.
I agree with your mana rock changes, I'm starting to make the same changes.
Yes, Cathars' Crusade has been too slow, sadly. In theory, this card is bonkers with Edgar. I will probably be dropping it so I can add in Phyrexian Reclamation. Might give it a couple more chances, but probably will cut.
Coat of Arms- I want it to be in my deck so bad. But, for me, it is far too risky. I encounter a decent amount of tribal, including elves which get far crazier than my vamps do.
2 months ago
Looks pretty good overall :) I build Edgar as well, and he's pretty fun haha. A few small suggestions, though:
I've been considering Cloudstone Curio for my list. It lets you bounce between cheap vampires, so that you can get repeated cast triggers from Edgar :)
Malicious Affliction is also a great piece of removal unless your meta is heavily black, haha.
I feel like you need some more card draw in the deck. I would recommend Wheel of Fortune, but recent buyouts have pushed it into the stratosphere. Accordingly, I'd go for something like Reforge the Soul?
And as a final suggestion, I'd try running a lot more 1-cost vampires. The ability to flood out creatures in the early game is why Edgar got banned in 1v1 ;) Pulse Tracker, Insolent Neonate, Shadow Alley Denizen, Vicious Conquistador, Vampire Lacerator...All good options, and all very low curve :) I'd try to pull your overall average curve down to 3 or lower if you're able to, so that you can kill your opponents before they put up defenses.
Hope this helps, and happy deckbuilding!
2 months ago
Thanks for getting back to me.
I cut all my mana artifacts for low cost fast mana. Chrome Mox, Mox Diamond, Mana Crypt and Sol Ring are in the deck. I have a fully optimized mana base so I did not need the color fixing of the signets or talismans.