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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
2 weeks ago
Also, with Deathtouch considered, check out Stensia Masquerade
1 month ago
These would be on my shortlist to replace: Crimson Honor Guard, Kheru Mind-Eater, Licia, Sanguine Tribune, Mathas, Fiend Seeker, Skeletal Vampire, Tithe Drinker, Vein Drinker, Skeletal Scrying, Kabira Crossroads, Curse of Disturbance, Curse of Vitality, Outpost Siege, Sanguine Bond, Consuming Vapors, Damnable Pact, Well of Lost Dreams
These are the first things I'd try to find a place for: Legion Lieutenant, Forerunner of the Legion, Champion of Dusk, Indulgent Aristocrat, Sanctum Seeker, Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle, Bishop of Rebirth, Mirror Entity,Utter End, Anguished Unmaking, Vanquisher's Banner, Stensia Masquerade, Cathars' Crusade
If you're willing to spend the money these seem worth it to me: Shared Animosity, Anointed Procession, Phyrexian Arena, Twilight Prophet, Elenda, the Dusk Rose, Bloodline Keeper Flip, Drana, Liberator of Malakir
You can also go to edhrec.com and look up your commander to find a list of suggestions for the deck.
In general, it's a good idea to replace a card with one that does something similar. Like replace something that draws cards with something else that draws cards, or something that removes you opponents' stuff with something else that does that. The deck is already well balanced so you mostly just need to put in some upgrades and take out the cards that aren't focused. Also try to be careful not to replace too many cards with other cards that cost more mana.
You can spend almost as much money upgrading a mana base as you like. In particular, you want to replace lands that come into play tapped with ones that don't. These are some lands you could get that are relatively cheap: Unclaimed Territory, Caves of Koilos, Battlefield Forge, Smoldering Marsh, Graven Cairns, and Foreboding Ruins
Vault of the Archangel doesn't get you colored mana but it offers some great utility.
1 month ago
Sorry for the late reply; I've been on vacation. Some thoughts on the cards you mentioned:
Stensia Masquerade - Is a pretty solid card and I've thought about running it multiple times, just not entirely sure what I'd take out in its place. I would say that currently I prefer anthem effects that buff immediately.
Reconnaissance - I think this is a really awesome card for Edgar decks and now I'm trying to see if I can find a slot for it in my own list. Thanks for reminding me this card exists.
Markov Blademaster - I did have it in the deck at one point and I think it's a great inclusion for some of the flex vampire slots in this deck.
Kheru Bloodsucker - I'm personally not a fan of this card. I think it's way too situational and there are much better aggressive you could be running over this card. The art also creeps me out; Tarkir vampires fuel nightmares.
Tithe Drinker - I've tested this card and IMO if you want to run a extort effect, Blind Obedience is a much better inclusion (even though it's not a vampire for Edgar triggers) as it is far more cohesive with the aggro strategy of this deck. I think Tithe Drinker performs much better in an aristocrats style deck.
Gifted Aetherborn - Honestly I can't give you a good explanation as to why I don't run this card; it's got so much value attached to it for 2 mana. I know I've considered adding it to my list, not sure why I haven't done that yet. Run this card, it's pretty fantastic.
1 month ago
@nlidmaster, thanks for the suggestions mate, really appreciated!
Falkenrath Aristocrat looks really spicy, love it.
I know what you mean, but Stensia Masquerade has been working out really well for me; in my playgroup there is simply way more creature removal than enchantment removal.
i tried out Heir of Falkenrath Flip in an earlier build, but it didn't do as much work as the falkenrath gorger, because i was aiming hard at utilizing the +1/+1 counter effect of Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Stensia Masquerade. The furyblade seemed better in this regard. When you put it like that though, it does sound more appealing, especially if the masquerades are repalced with stromkirk captains. I'll give it a shot.
1 month ago
Madness vampires are one of my favorite decks, but let me give you a few suggestions. Bloodhall Priest was always less impactful than I wanted her to be when I first had her in this deck, I instead replaced her with Falkenrath Aristocrat, who has won me countless games since. Also, Falkenrath Gorger is definitely a card you should consider having 4 of in your deck. Its never not useful. Heir of Falkenrath Flip is another card to consider. Shes one of my favorite vamps in the deck, and doesnt cause you to fizzle our as quickly as Furyblade Vampire, who requires a discard every turn. Heir has also won me many games. Stensia Masquerade is another card I had in my original deck but never proved as useful as just having more Stromkirk captains. They provide more bodies and an immediate boost in power to our other vampires. Lastly, at least in my meta, Lightning Axe and Dark Withering proved far more useful to have more of in this deck than Alms of the Vein, which is best against burn type decks. Also checkout Big Game Hunter for sideboard options. Hes a lot of fun.
Hope you find my thoughts useful and happy blood sucking!
1 month ago
Thanks for the feedback sally-the-weasel.So I think it would be a good idea to get in some tribal mechanisms to capitalize on the vampires. The reason I cut them from this iteration of the deck is, that I felt I had too many things going on at once with none of them working properly. I think the discard/madness interaction is working well now to create pressure and tempo. The Problem with Falkenrath Gorger is that it is too slow as a one drop I think. If I want to capitalize on the effect it provides I have to keep it save although I want to attack as much as possible and the effect itself is nice but I feel I have enough madness cards already so I don't really need it. Rakish Heir is alot better I think, but I have a lot of 3 mana cards already and I just feel like Drana, Liberator of Malakir is better.So for enchantments, sorceries and instants I think you are right. I should definately look into that. I originally cut Stensia Masquerade for the same reason as Falkenrath Gorger as I felt it was too slow for the deck. I do like the direction Crash Through is taking though. So I might replace some of my sorceries and instants with Stensia Masquerade or something like Crash Through. I think I can probably cut some copies of Alms of the Vein.I might think about adding some control there too.
1 month ago
How do you feel about Stensia Masquerade? I know it takes up a 3cmc slot, which you seem to avoid, but it offers a lot of power.
Also, what about Reconnaissance? That lets us swing out and avoid any bad blocks.
1 month ago
I'd put some cards from your maybeboard like Rakish Heir or Falkenrath Gorger in, because you haven't got an advantage from having so many Vampires in your deck yet. What about Stensia Masquerade or some instants/sourcerys that give your creatures menance or trample (for example Crash Through)? I've got a Vampire-Deck too, and I've got some problems with damaging the opponent and not just his/her creatures.