Legendary Creature — Vampire
Shauku, Endbringer can't attack if there's another creature in play.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 3 life.
Tap: Remove target creature from the game and put a +1/+1 counter on Shauku.
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Shauku, Endbringer Discussion
2 months ago
I'm doing this from my phone, so please pardon any parsing errors.
A few things jump out at me immediately when skimming your list. One: You're not running nearly enough dudes to really capitalize on Edgar's abilities. Two: Your Black count is dangerously low.
Edgar's token ability procs with each vampire you cast, so you'll want to add in a substantial number more critters to ensure that your average draw value is maxed. His secondary ability of growing his squad also pushes this incentive even further. I'd be aiming to have close to 50 blood-suckers running around in your deck somewhere to truly keep the warmachine rolling.
The second point centers mostly around the card Vampire Nocturnus. The card is an animal, and absolutely worth building around. Yes, he isn't a legend so you won't have him every game, but with even a moderate field he can pack a potent punch. To earn this reward though requires you warping your card pool a bit to make certain that he reaches his formidable potential consistently. If there's a card or effect that you run that doesn't have a black symbol, try looking for a substitute card that might be close enough and does contain a black casting cost. Currently, 63 of the 99 cards in your deck are whiffs, so he's online just over once every three turns.
A few card notes:
Blood Artist is a good card, and while it synergizes with Edgar's tokens as a pseudo Goblin Bombardment, I believe that he's better in an Olivia Voldaren-style deck that utilizes sac outlets more freely and effectively. Don't feel bad to run him, but the roster spot could be spent on something else.
Similarly, Bloodthrone Vampire is better in Olivia as well, though I approve of keeping some sac-outlets in the list. I'd suggest Viscera Seer as an alternate, as scry is typically superior to a buff when pitching creatures (usually in response to a board clear).
The Gorger is just a Savannah Lions in a cape enough of the time that I don't believe he merits inclusion. He improves some if you really work to get a madness theme going, but I think the dropoff in overall card quality to meet that goal isn't worth it. If you're hellbent on running him, then I'd possibly look at Sire Of Insanity and Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace to bolster the rest of the discard outlets. Also, you just don't have enough vampires in the deck to take advantage of the free madness reliably anyways.
Olivia, Mobilized for War is pretty mediocre when not paired with Falkenrath Gorger or Oversold Cemetery. Your general already has haste, and there aren't many other vampires that I'd consider powerful enough with haste to discard for. Maybe Necropolis Regent or the specter-style vampires. Her ability to make creatures into vamps is irrelevant in your deck, and the +1/+1 bonus isn't anything too exciting. I'd cut her for something else.
Stromkirk Condemned: pretty much everything I said about Olivia applies here, though he at least is better with the tokens that Edgar makes.
Stensia Masquerade: it's neat that this has madness and the effects aren't terrible, but the enchantment suffers from not being black, and by being largely outclassed by cards like Cathars' Crusade. At the end of the day, the counters from this are too slow to make the cut.
Speaking of slow, playing Guul Draz Assassin is just asking for sadness. Level Up is one of the most feel-bad mechanics when things go wrong. Finally investing enough in your guy, only to have him Swords'ed in response is quite deflating.
Mathas, Fiend Seeker is too group-huggy for my tastes. Assuming that you play multiplayer, letting two or more opponents draw while you draw one is card disadvantage. View the table as one large, cohesive enemy, and not several smaller ones.
Mirri the Cursed is sweet, but overall not very strong. Most opponents won't block unless they can kill her. Running some additonal sabateur effects (other than Necropolis Regent and Rakish Heir) such as Larceny or Pain Magnification would help, but still probably not enough. That said, she is a cat vampire, so that's worth something.
Shadow Alley Denizen is pretty small-game. Intimidate isn't particularly strong with multicolor creatures, and even on the monoblack ones it's still not worth running. A good number of your monsters already fly, which is a better form of evasion.
Stromkirk Noble and Vampire Lacerator are just too low impact to run. They don't do anything besides attack, and topdecking one of them in the late game is nauseatingly painful. The noble suffers from being non-black as well.
Cathartic Reunion and Tormenting Voice would likely be better as actual draw spells than rummaging spells. I know they work with madness and the Cemetery, but I like things that net you cards a lot more. If you wanted, Kheru Mind-Eater and Fiend of the Shadows are tribal means of getting ahead on cards, and both black (even if they aren't great cards otherwise).
Cover of Darkness: fear is better than intimidate, but this still isn't impactful enough to run.
Necropotence is one of the most busted cards ever printed in Magic, and in Commander is a complete trap. The downsides are too steep in a multiplayer format, and only a handful of decks are set up to wield it properly. Look elsewhere for advantage. Look at your mana base and the casting cost while you're at it too.
I don't see the reason for running Expedition Map- is there an interaction I missed?
Boros Charm, Teferi's Protection, and Rootborn Defenses: These cards are all reasonable, but may be superfluous. One of Edgar's strengths is being able to churn out an army quickly, and doesn't even need to be in play to do so. It gives you a small hedge against Wrath effects; nobody at the table should be able to recover as well as you do. The rhetoric against non-black cards applies here as well. You know your meta better, so it might be right to play them, but if you really need the protection then Eldrazi Monument or Avacyn, Angel of Hope might do the job better.
Swords to Plowshares is the single greatest spot-removal spell in the format, so I'm never going to tell someone that it's wrong to play it. However, it might not be the "most right" to play it here either. It being white is a powerful strike against it, and revealing it to your opponents doesn't feel great either. You're sitting on 14 pieces of removal at the moment, which leans on the high end. Again, it could be a good meta call, but even if that number is what you want, perhaps some upgrades could be found. A black instant perhaps, such as Terminate or Silence the Believers; Vindicate as another means to deal with enchantments; or vampires that kill: Shauku, Endbringer, Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter, Dark Impostor, or Olivia Voldaren count. So would Butcher of Malakir in some circumstances, Gatekeeper of Malakir in others, and Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet. There are a lot of vampires that kill things dead, so maybe start there for your removal, and cut the Swords and Path to Exile.
I like mana rocks as much as the next man, but your curve is fairly low, and their colorless identity is less than stellar. Perhaps trim down to the best five, and go from there?
On the subject of mana, your mana base needs an overhaul. I know this is like the Magic version of being told to eat your vegetables, but it's so true: if you're going to spend money anywhere in your deck, start with the lands. I understand ABUs (Badlands etc) aren't in everyone's budget, but at least pick up the fetch lands (e.g. Marsh Flats) and the filters (Graven Cairns). You probably don't need any Red/White duals, but the ones that produce black will prove invaluable. If you discover that you hate paying vampires or something like that, you'll always be able to play the lands in a different deck. They aren't flashy, but they are the most important part of Commander.
Well, that's about all I have for you at first blush. If you want a list to cross-examine, I've been playing vampires since Worldwake and converted my Olivia list into Edgar when he was first spoiled. Here's the link if you'd like: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/formerly-olivia/
Feel free to send me an ask if you have any questions, I usually respond within a week. God bless, and good luck out there. McDeity.
3 months ago
Jamminmagician, Commanders should be rated based off of their overall contribution to the archetype they support so long as they aren't the only viable commander for that archetype.
So far Jeleva was our only pure placeholder commander, so if Kess takes her place, which I think is likely, she will drop down to T3. (Arguments could be made for T2 or T2.5, but it would be based on the merits of Jeleva, not of Grixis Storm.)
merrowMania, I'm not really seeing other Taigam being higher than T3. Having played a lot of self mill decks, 2 cards every upkeep for 5 mana is pretty shit compared to all the stuff you can include in the maindeck to get cards into the graveyard. If you want a self-mill Nooze commander, Phenax is already way better.
As for Mairsil, I was thinking putting big creatures on him (her?) that have easy to activate effects (Kozilek, the Great Distortion, Razaketh, the Foulblooded, Arcanis the Omnipotent, Shauku, Endbringer, Avatar of Woe, Empress Galina, Geth, Lord of the Vault). There's also interesting talk of using AEtherling, Morphling, and Torchling with him for protection, untaps, and more caged cards. (You get one activation per ability per turn, so multiple abilities of the same creature can be activated.) Mirror Mad would be the win-con, with Dread Return, LabMan, and Deep Analysis.
4 months ago
My favorite color and tribe as well, though my vamp EDH deck is Mardu. Here are some suggestions.
Cavern of Souls is main deck playable in any tribal deck.
Urza's Incubator makes them cheaper.
Sever the Bloodline is flavorful and good removal.
Patriarch's Bidding is good defense against wipes.
5 months ago
9 months ago
coreman: Thanks for the feedback. I really like the Necromancy and Kederekt Leviathan combo; it seems like a clear win con. I was thinking about adding Voidslime in place of Negate because it can counter something like a Bojuka Bog trigger, which is more dangerous the more we rely on the graveyard for Tas utility and potential combos. Of course, I'm not a huge fan of the 3 cmc, but it feels worth it. Thoughts? Life/Death seems like a viable replacement, and at some point, the Life part could actually win a game.
Also, how do you feel about Riftsweeper as a way to recur Day's Undoing? In my first game with the deck, I was able to cast Days twice, and grab it back from the yard twice. Eventually, this led to victory (a narrow one: had only 4 life left) against Sheoldred, Whispering One and an interesting Shauku, Endbringer) with a Leo to halt my opponent's from drawing. I ended up winning of Life from the Loam + Strip Mine and Tas beats.
1 year ago
Shauku, Endbringer was really great in moments when I needed a way of exiling a creature that could not be simply destroyed. At some point, she requires you to remove her somehow (the easiest way is to exile herself with her activated ability), but she was useful in a number of circumstances with all the untap effects I have in the list (part of the reason for her inclusion).
Also, for those who haven't seen the matches, in the third match, I am hosting a vote on the next commander to do for this series. The current candidates are: Varolz, the Scar-Striped, Avacyn, Guardian Angel, and Ezuri, Claw of Progress.
Comment on the video or in the comment section below and let me know what you'd like to see at $100 next!
1 year ago
Yeah! Cao Cao and Shauku, finally together on one list! :)
I wish Shauku, Endbringer was better, but she seems like a huge drag to try to use in multiplayer.
Thanks for sharing this.
1 year ago
These are all the Black commanders I could find that weren't in your list:
Akuta, Born of Ash, Cabal Patriarch, Cao Cao, Lord of Wei, Cao Ren, Wei Commander, Commander Greven il-Vec, Crovax the Cursed, Gallowbraid, Grandmother Sengir, Greel, Mind Raker, Haakon, Stromgald Scourge, He Who Hungers, Horobi, Death's Wail, Hythonia the Cruel, Ihsan's Shade, Iname, Death Aspect, Infernal Kirin, Irini Sengir, King Macar, the Gold-Cursed, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, Kuon, Ogre Ascendant, Kuro, Pitlord, Kyoki, Sanity's Eclipse, Lim-Dul the Necromancer, Maga, Traitor to Mortals, Maralen of the Mornsong, Morinfen, Myojin of Night's Reach, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, Phage the Untouchable, Purraj of Urborg, Seizan, Perverter of Truth, Shauku, Endbringer, Sima Yi, Wei Field Marshal, Spirit of the Night, Toshiro Umezawa, Veldrane of Sengir, Visara the Dreadful, Volrath the Fallen, Xun Yu, Wei Advisor, Zhang He, Wei General, and Zhang Liao, Hero of Hefei.