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Attacking creatures you control have first strike.
Whenever a Vampire you control deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
Madness (If you discard a card, you may cast this card for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)
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Stensia Masquerade Discussion
4 weeks ago
Some other suggestions:
- Stensia Masquerade (since I see a couple vampires in there, possibly room to add more if you like the effect)
- Call to the Netherworld (awesome in a Madness deck)
Falkenrath Gorger (again, along the same Vampire line as Masquerade above)
Asylum Visitor (add some card draw potentially)
IF YOU RUN IT IN LEGACY INSTEAD OF MODERN:
- Putrid Imp (I'm in love with this card, even in decks other than Madness; unlimited manaless discard ability is seriously OP; with this in play you can just pay Madness costs on every spell - adding him would significantly change the value of quite a few cards should you concentrate on only paying Madness costs for no additional cost to discard.)
- Strength of Lunacy (again, not in Modern)
1 month ago
First off. Welcome back to the world of cardboard crack. My lengthy break was only a couple yrs longer than yours. I got back into the game because of edh and c17 had just been released and the first cards I bought was the markov deck. Still have together, just heavily modified. Just wanted to offer a few possible additions. One creature, Olivia Voldaren, and 2 enchantments, Campaign of Vengeance and Stensia Masquerade. All 3 would add more function and flavor to this deck.
2 months ago
Hey friend, I've got a deck almost exactly like this. I'd recommend Alms of the Vein for a Lava Spike effect. I'd cut the Pale Rider of Trostad, Skin Invasion Flip, and Bloodmad Vampire in exchange for 3 Alms and 2-3 Falkenrath Gorger. Furyblade Vampire is also insane with Stensia Masquerade, so I'd cut 1-2 Lightning Axe and some Inquisitions. Also, Dark Withering is so good.
Love this deck SO MUCH! It is so synergistic and feels so good to profit off of discards like this. Best of luck!
3 months ago
Thank you for inviting me to comment!
Is this deck to be played mostly in duels, or is your playgroup focused on fast decks? You have a lot of rocks, and many smaller vampires that don't really add much value to the deck, which lead me to think you are aiming for speed. If that is not the case, I would lose a few rocks to include more vampires.
Either way, there is no reason not to have Falkenrath Aristocrat in there, it is one of the best cards for the cost and the tokens make it really powerful.
I would lose the one-use draw cards (Ambition's Cost, Ancient Craving, Read the Bones), you should draw enough with the other engines you have. If not, I would throw Necropotence in there.
The number of times you had to tell people commenting here that you don't run a lot of red should be a clue that you indeed need more. Some cards that allow you to make a powerful tribal strike, like Shared Animosity, kindred charge and Stensia Masquerade could be cornerstones to this deck.
Hope some of that is helpful. Please do look up my deck The Partnership and let me know how you like my version!
3 months ago
Sweet recommendation Last_Laugh! I've brought in Reconnaissance and Stensia Masquerade in place of Sol Ring and New Blood. Although they do require red and white color mana, they are cheap to play and are better for the aggressive creatures focus of the deck.
As for Falkenrath Aristocrat, I haven't decided yet what to substitute her in for, but I'd like to include her. Let me know what she could replace.
I have tried Sorin Planeswalkers before and they are awesome Heliogabale. Because they are not vampire creatures they are too slow for my preferences with this deck.
Regarding card draw, I highly prefer the conditional repetitive card draw opportunities over single use draw spells. Each single use draw spell (Night's Whisper, Read the Bones, Promise of Power, Moonlight Bargain) causes problems for this deck because it's only time use. Slate of Ancestry, Dark Prophecy, Necropotence, Phyrexian Arena, Dark Tutelage, Vanquisher's Banner, and Herald's Horn can provide dozens of cards over several turns. That way if the vampires get killed or you empty your hand you get enough draw to keep going strong.
Regarding removal, Hyper Markov is not a control deck. Hyper Markov doesn't care what your opponents play in their first 5 turns. The wager is that this horde of vampires will be more aggressive and fun than anything the opponents bring out. The focus here is exclusively on consistent creature aggression and aristocrat strategies. That's why you won't see removal instants in this deck. Although some control cards would shut this down; Speed, Repetition, and Sympathetic Players are your Allies. This aggressive style makes for a different experience than the usual. It's a blast for you and a fun surprise for your opponents.
4 months ago
Stromkirk Captain will help out quite a bit since you're running a lot of vampires/pseudo-tribal if you target your own dudes with Olivia. Rakdos Signet and Rakdos Charm might help a bit too but those are up to you. Stensia Masquerade could be kind of helpful too in addition to captain if you don't get him out that fast.
4 months ago
I'm curious about your thoughts on Stensia Masquerade. I've played it a few times, but it wasn't very impactful for me, yet a lot of people use it. Maybe I was just unlucky with it. Has it done work for you?
Great videos btw, they're some of my favorites to watch!