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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.
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Stensia Masquerade Discussion
2 weeks 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!
1 month 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!
1 month 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.
2 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.
2 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!
2 months ago
I would say if cuts were made and I was choosing:
I would go with Bloodcrazed Paladin as every time I had him in hand I found myself waiting for the 'right moment' which is not what I want in a more aggressive deck.
Maybe Rakish Heir or Vampire Hexmage could be expendable as well as Stensia Masquerade or Phyrexian Reclamation...not that they would not be useful in some situations. I just try to distill down iterations of my decks to cards that are as useful as they can be every time I draw them. If possible. Sometimes that is possible and sometimes it isn't. Sometimes I play with a card for a year and I really want it to be part of my deck because it fits my theme or gimmick even though I know I could probably add a better synergizing card in that adds utility.
I get weirdly sentimental about some cards being in a deck.
Hope that helps! If it helps you can check out my vamp deck. Mine is less creature heavy and focuses with a bit more equipment and such things to help Edgar or a big body wreck the field. But vamps are still vamps!
4 months ago
Cool deck! I play an Edgar Markov deck myself, it’s probably my main deck, so I’ve got plenty of suggestions but before I get to that I wanted to say that I like this deck.
Firstly, while Door of Destinies can be absolutely amazing in the right circumstances (you get it out early and have plenty of vamps to follow it up with) if you get it any other time it’s just not very good. It needs you to have gas in your hand once it comes down and you never want to draw this late in the game, since it doesn’t have any effect on your boardstate immediately on hitting the field. One potential replacement is Shared Animosity. It costs 1 less to cast and it has an immediate effect, and it is very very strong in this deck. Coat of Arms is also super strong here but that one depends on your meta; if you have lots of other tribal decks around it may not be worth running it, since it’ll help all of them as well. If not, or if you think that it’ll benefit you more than them most of the time, it’s absolutely worth putting in.
A couple other cards I’d say you should drop are Licia, Sanguine Tribune and Mathas, Fiend Seeker. They’re both good cards, but there are much better options for this type of deck. Licia depends too much on lifegain to be consistently effective (which, admittedly, there will be a fair bit of in a vampire tribal deck) and Mathas doesn’t really fit with the aggressive swarm theme of the deck.
A few other vampires I personally dislike are Pawn of Ulamog, Sangromancer, Balustrade Spy, and Bloodhusk Ritualist. Pawn of Ulamog is alright, but there will probably be more tokens than non-tokens and there are just better things to include here. I took much of the lifegain out of my deck (personal preference really, it doesn’t seem to work as well as pure aggro for me) so Sangromancer came out of mine for that reason. Balustrade Spy costs too much for what it does; 4 mana for a 2/3 flyer isn’t great plus it’s ability doesn’t really synergize with the deck as a whole, and there are better inclusions. Bloodhusk Ritualist just doesn’t seem very good to me; sure it’s a decent mana sink late game, but besides that it doesn’t seem to do much. I much prefer Mirror Entity as a mana sink if that’s what the Ritualist is for; it is technically a vampire and it can pump your whole team a ridiculous amount, which is really what the deck wants.
Another thing decks like this want is consistent card draw. You’ve already got Twilight Prophet, which is good, but in my experience you need more than that. My deck historically had problems drawing cards and I was basically playing off the top of my deck, which is far from ideal. I’d recommend you add some more cards like Champion of Dusk, Phyrexian Arena, Necropotence, or Greed. These are very strong and consistent card draw options, and since you’re in vampire tribal and have a basically guaranteed lifegain subtheme it helps mitigate the life loss from these (which is worth paying anyway).
Also, I’m not really sure why Ghostly Prison is in here; it doesn’t synergize at all with the deck and doesn’t make much sense to me.
As for cards to add, there are tons of great options to choose from. Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief are both good; Viscera Seer is one of the bests one drops in this deck by far; Indulgent Aristocrat is another amazing one drop; Legion Lieutenant is a good, cheap vampire lord; Sanctum Seeker basically is your deck in one card, since he hits your opponents super hard every time your army attacks as well as gaining you a whole bunch of life; Stensia Masquerade is a very good anthem-type effect; Terminate, Anguished Unmaking, and Utter End are all amazing spot removal cards; and there are plenty of other great cards I can’t remember right this second.
Sorry about the wall of text, but these are some suggestions for your deck based on my own experience with Edgar Markov. Whether or not you make these changes is up to you of course. Here’s my deck if you’re interested; you may find other things I forgot to mention in there that you may want to put in your deck: Edgar Markov tokens.