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Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has lifelink.
When Squire's Devotion enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Vampire creature token with lifelink.
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Squire's Devotion Discussion
1 month ago
I know that Vanquisher's Banner is more costly than Radiant Destiny but I run both in my MTGA standard deck and they do fairly well against a lot of the RDW or Rakdos aggro, and keeps me paced with UW control. Also if you're worried about aggro decks that are faster run Authority of the Consuls cause it's so good.
I'm sure you're building this deck based on your play group but it looks like it's just trying to get out as many dudes as possible. At the very least, I HIGHLY recommend putting in 4x Dusk Legion Zealot. Don't want to run out of gas if you can help it. Speaking of which, put a Arch of Orazca in there to further make sure you stay gassed. You should have no problem getting blessing.
1 month ago
Do you have any vampires that actually have lifelink? Currently your only lifegain sources are Mark of the Vampire and Arterial Flow, neither of which you can recover from your graveyard. Finding vampires with lifelink would serve you better in this instance, and I know Ixalan had vampire cards that would make vampire tokens with lifelink, which gives you more oomph for your mana.
I agree with replacing maybe two each Recover and Soul Salvage with these, as well as some of the less impressive vampires you've already got.
If you've got Elenda, the Dusk Rose, this would actually be a good deck for her.
Martyr of Dusk is common, but 2/1 isn't bad and it leaves behind one of those tokens I mentioned.
Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle is rare, so you might have to purchase him, but he also produces the tokens.
Those would be my suggestions for swapping in to improve this deck's lifegain-resurrection synergy.
Also run two more lands. You don't even have the excuse of Treasure tokens on this one.
1 month ago
I also run Vampire deck some cards that I will consider will be 3 Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle which can create linflink tokens. I will also run a full play set of Skymarcher Aspirant. I know that you like the card Squire's Devotion but its a bit costly I will run Cartouche of Solidarity. First strike on Adanto Vanguard is pretty brutal. I will also run Dusk as most your creatures have two power or less. so you can easily nuke the field and get back what you need.
1 month ago
Hi, I've been a casual MTG player for a long time but only recently entered organized play. Now I'm working on a budget Standard Vampires deck for FNM and am looking for feedback.
Link to the deck: Ixalan Vampires
1 month ago
First off, Rattleclaw Mystic can't technically be in this deck since it has blue in its color identity. Also, I feel like Tilonalli's Crown, Squire's Devotion, and Felidar Umbra aren't worth running. You have enough trample enablers that don't also do damage to Uril that Tilonalli's Crown would most likely not be missed. Squire's Devotion doesn't do enough for this deck to be kept in it; lifelink is always nice, but it is not the main focus of the deck, and the token it creates will most likely do little for you outside of being a chump blocker. I feel that Felidar Umbra should come out for similar reasons to Squire's Devotion; lifelink doesn't directly benefit your strategy. The totem armor is nice, as is the ability to move the aura around, but in the end it doesn't do enough to help you win.
Another thing you may want to look into is the land base. Running mostly basic lands isn't necessarily a problem, but only having 31 lands almost definitely is. Most decks run around 36-38. 31 is a very small amount. It could work for your deck, and if you find yourself consistently getting enough lands to play effectively then feel free to keep it at that number, but I would recommend increasing it at least some. You'd be surprised how much of a difference that makes.
In your description you're skeptical of Tiana, Ship's Caretaker, and I'd be inclined to agree with you. Since Uril, the Miststalker essentially has hexproof it is unlikely your auras will get removed frequently unless they are being specifically targeted or someone boardwipes. She could be worth taking out. Speaking of boardwipes, it might be worth running some stuff like Boros Charm or Heroic Intervention to protect against those, as boardwipes are one of the only consistent ways to get rid of Uril. You have Teferi's Protection in here already, which is a fantastic card, but redundancy is good so you may want to consider running some other boardwipe protection. Also, Boros Charm has some extra utility in that you can give Uril double strike with it if you want to.
I know that Uril works much better with auras than he does with equipment, but it may still be worth running Assault Suit to protect against being forced to sacrifice if there's enough of those effects in your meta. Plus, if you're going the commander damage route, it doesn't matter who controls Uril as he does the damage, so you could pass him off to another player for a turn to continue racking up the damage (which is potentially risky but normally not a big deal).
Sorry about the mass of text. I hope I helped some with all this. Deck looks good, hope it works out for you! Good luck!
2 months ago
Oh jeez, the slots are tight. If you choose Squire's Devotion I think you should replace Prepare so you dont need to have a random forest. This also allows you to replace evolving wilds with more basics and maybe 1 more Isolated Chapel.
I would add two Legion's Landing Flips in place of 1 Vona and perhaps 1 Rush of Vitality. I think 6 sources of lifelink should be enough. Testing is the best way to find out. So thats my 2 cents. I look forward to seeing how this turns out and plays!
2 months ago
@Legendary_penguin_of_death: Thanks for checking out the deck! I do like Squire's Devotion quite a bit -- puts a body on the field and allows for a setup without relying on temporary lifelink. The Vampire token will also trigger Forerunner of the Legion, too, so that's also a minor bonus. It might be a bit better to use over Prepare.
I guess I went for the spell-based approach because it's a bit cheaper on mana and provides a little more interaction than an aura. Also Fight offers a chance to have some extra (if inefficient) removal if we can fetch up a Forest. It's decent with Gifted Aetherborn at least.
2 months ago
Cool deck! I also found this combo and it seems like it should super anoying to opponents haha. I took the complete opposite approach as you but they both seem fun and capable of stealing an FNM.
Have you considered Squire's Devotion as a source of lifelink? It even fits the vampire tribe!
Here is a link to mine if you want to check it out Tapping into dominaria V2.