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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
4 days ago
Edgar decks need to be fast. Replace the tapped lands with lands that don't come into play tapped as far as possible. Play lots of small vampires, since Edgar will make them big anyway.
You could probably cut some of the more expensive creatures. Put in cheaper Vampires like Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Bloodcrazed Paladin, Malakir Cullblade, Yahenni, Undying Partisan, Indulgent Aristocrat, Stromkirk Noble, Vicious Conquistador, Pulse Tracker, Shadow Alley Denizen, Markov Blademaster to get multiple tokens. Inspiring Cleric doesn't have enough of an impact.
You could potentially replace Avacyn with Eldrazi Monument for the earlier indestructible and +1/+1.
Elbrus is too expensive and not very useful. You should also drop Angelic Destiny and Noble Purpose.
3 weeks ago
You can make this deck a lot faster without losing to much value by reducing some cards with hight mana cost, at this moment its sees like a mid range kinda trying to be aggro but to slow: Sorin, Grim Nemesis, Sorin Markov, New Blood, Black Market,Bloodsworn Steward, Olivia Voldaren,Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, Decree of Pain then you can add 1 mana drops, the presure you can generate is impressing, Pulse Tracker, Vicious Conquistador, Shadow Alley Denizen, Vampire Cutthroat. Consider Purphoros, God of the Forge for hard killing potential x 2 because of edgar and Erebos, God of the Dead as indestructible greed that cancels life gain and can hit eventually. with cheap vampires i would use Legion's Landing and Springleaf Drum instead of signets and/or 3 mana rocks. from here i would improve the quallity and refinement of some cards: do you really need Mindcrank? do i want to give lifes in an agroo deckSwords to Plowshares or better a land Path to Exile? is it worth a Dismember over Go for the Throat or Hero's Downfall?. Ultimatly it depends ond how you want the deck to work, this is an agrro recomendation but if you want to consolidate midrange, i would suggest to go with a ton of life link and life gaining gimmiks.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
If I were you I would take out: Legion's Landing Flip, Profane Command, Vampire Nighthawk, Shadow Alley Denizen, Mirri the Cursed, Indulgent Aristocrat, Gifted Aetherborn, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief,
I have an Edgar Markov deck too, started out with the precon and built it up to a pretty good deck(if I do say so myself)
1 month ago
Hey I play an Edgar deck too so I figured I'd drop some suggestions.
First I'd like to suggest some cuts.
Elenda isn't worth the mana, she should be a lower CMC vamp that has more impact like Bloodghast. I only say that because there are A LOT of spells that let you exile creatures in EDH and it makes her worthless, plus 4 mana for a 1/1 feels really bad. In this deck you want to swing as often as possible as wide as possible.
Bishop of the bloodstained is ok, but I just think its over shadowed too harshly by Malakir Bloodwitch, same CMC drastically different impacts. Again would rather see a lower CMC vamp here or just an Exsanguinate/Debt to the Deathless.
Elspeth is usually a great card, but honestly its just too slow here. I know the goal is to ult her but... I don't think she fits in this deck because you want to end as soon as you can with a swarm of vamps.
Coat of Arms, this is very situational because if your play group doesn't play a lot of tribal this card is awesome; however this card just gives your opponents too much potential.
Door to Destinies, great card and in most decks it's great; however the tokens don't trigger Door and I'd just rather play something else on turn 4.
Onto the Suggestions to add to the deck!
- Cover of Darkness: this card is amazing and more often than not means players are about to die.
- Phyrexian Reclamation: it's a perfect card because you get basically get 2 creatures. You get one back from the grave and you cast it to get another token!
- Shadow Alley Denizen: don't let the fact that it's a common one drop fool you, this girl is an allstar! Cast one vamp and get 2 creatures with intimidate?! Yes, please.
- Toxic Deluge: I think this is the best boardwipe in black. You have to pay life to use it, but you are constantly gaining life in this deck so take it. Plus it gets around indestructible so +1.
- Vault of the Archangel: This land can turn an unfavorable block into the best attack in the game.
- Westvale Abbey Flip: You accumulate creatures so quick in this deck, and getting a Ormendahl, Profane Prince on the table in 4 turns is totally possible and pretty much means game over.
1 month ago
Hey, I suggest more one drop and two drop Vamps less five drop Vamps and six drops.
Consider adding (suggestions that have a (s) next them I consider staples for Edgar):
- (s)Indulgent Aristocrat
- (s)Shadow Alley Denizen
- Viscera Seer
- Vicious Conquistador
- Pulse Tracker
- Falkenrath Gorger
- (s)Legion Lieutenant
- (s)Kalastria Highborn
- Dusk Legion Zealot
- Adanto Vanguard
- Gatekeeper of Malakir
- Anowon, the Ruin Sage
- Bishop of Rebirth
- Black Market
- Bloodline Necromancer
- Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
- Cathars' Crusade
- Crimson Honor Guard
- Fell the Mighty
- Hour of Devastation
- Sanguine Bond
- Blood Tribute
These changes will drop the avg. CMC a lot, consistently more chances to get more Vamps into play before you cast Edgar. Curving out with a one drop, two drop, three drop Vamps can give you a very good aggressive board presence. These changes will help to be able to do this.
Other cards to consider adding:
- (s)Forerunner of the Legion
- (s)Sanctum Seeker
- (s)Bloodline Keeper Flip
- (s)Anguished Unmaking
- Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots
Other cards to consider cutting:
- Pawn of Ulamog
- Mathas, Fiend Seeker
- Worn Powerstone
- Kindred Boon
Good luck with your deck.
2 months ago
Good old Edgar! Sure, I'll give you some suggestions. For reference, here is my Edgar Markov deck. If you take a look at that to compare card choices, one thing to note is I'm running Vampire Nocturnus so I intentionally avoided nonblack cards, so you'll want to keep that in mind.
Akoum Refuge is another lifegain dual land if you want a fourth. It was only an ally-colored cycle so that's the only one of those you can run. Myriad Landscape is great and goes in almost any deck. Since this deck is so heavy in black, you might want to look at Tainted Peak and Tainted Field.
If you want to be aggressive, how about some one-drops? Viscera Seer is perfect for this deck. Easy include. I was also excited to discover Shadow Alley Denizen, though I haven't gotten to cast her myself in the deck yet. Getting intimidate off your Vampire tokens seems like it should be good for chipping in some extra damage.
Other cards, let's see... Sangromancer is very efficient and should play well here. Vampiric Rites lets you turn extra dorks into life and cards. It's not as efficient as Skullclamp, but you only get to run one of those. How about Mathas, Fiend Seeker? An evasive low-drop that draws cards and gains life sounds perfect!
Chalice of Life Flip - Doesn't gain life very fast and even a Lava Axe every round gives your opponents plenty of time to respond. If you want a way to win outside the combat phase, kill the table with Exsanguinate or Debt to the Deathless.
Licia, sanguine Tribune - I think Licia is cool, but she really needs a deck built around her. You aren't going to want to spend 7-8 mana to cast her and your deck isn't set up to gain huge chunks of life without investing mana that turn. You've got a few ways to do it, but without those she's kind of a brick.
Damnable Pact - this card feels like a bad Braingeyser and a bad Blaze. Flexibility is nice, but I don't think the efficiency tradeoff is worth it in this case. If you want an X-spell finisher, see above. If you want to draw cards, there are plenty of efficient spells like Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood, Painful Truths, and Read the Bones. Or you could check out Vampiric Rites.
Diabolic Tutor - Four mana for a tutor is just so expensive. I'd rather just cast a card draw spell.
Defiant Bloodlord - Ok, so hear me out. I have had this guy in my hand in lifegain decks and man, I never want to spend seven mana on him. He's so much easier to kill than Sanguine Bond and, unlike Butcher of Malakir, you are unlikely to be able to make good use of his static ability the turn you cast him.
3 months 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!