Stromkirk Captain

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Dark Ascension Uncommon

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Stromkirk Captain

Creature — Vampire Soldier

Other Vampire creatures you control get +1/+1 and have first strike.

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Stromkirk Captain Discussion

lagotripha on Rakdos Sniper

3 days ago

You're already in b/r, so Stromkirk Captain will make those vamps work hard. I like the fall of the hammer effects, but I'd like to see more Everlasting Torment/Corrosive Mentor/Necroskitter/Bloodlord of Vaasgoth/Mephidross Vampire shenanigans. Death Pits of Rath/Endless Whispers has potential, as does Shriveling Rot. Vampire Cutthroat/Indulgent Aristocrat will make the whole list more traditional and stable.

Applesauce_Magician on Black/Red Deck

3 days ago

Honestly, I think you could morph this into a R/B Vampire Tribal deck pretty easily. You already have quite a few cards that give boosts to Vampires, so why not but in some Stromkirk Captain, Stensia Masquerade, Captivating Vampire, Vampire Outcasts, Blade of the Bloodchief, Urge to Feed, and Blood Tribute. You could also go with a strong R/B Vampire deck that uses Madness too, using those discard abilities plus Falkenrath Gorger.

magicstar909 on BR Vampires

2 weeks ago

Great deck, I run one that's not much different than this. You may want to think about replacing the Aristocrat's with Stromkirk Captain. He will make all of your other cards terrifying. if you can, find some room for Vampire Nighthawk as they are absolutely amazing. Madcap Skills. The most OP red Aura (in my oppinion). When placed on your Stromkirk Noble on T2, he becomes an unblockable monster that terrifies your opponent. If you start the game with that, Stromkirk Captain and a Stromkirk Noble, you are basically guaranteed to get them to 10 HP by the end of turn 3. With another Madcap or 2, you could pull off a T4 win.

tschiller on Death and destruction, losing friends included

2 weeks ago

Well, thank you for your suggestions, did the following:

Regarding your other suggestion: At this moment to costly, especially the PWs. But since I preordered 4 Modern Master 2017 displays, maybe I get one Liliana :o

Sargeras on Death and destruction, losing friends included

3 weeks ago

Cool deck +1 But I have some suggestions

  1. I would add either Stone Rain or Molten Rain to the sideboard, as they are a way to fight back decks like Tron since you don't have Blood Moon.

  2. I would try to add either Inquisition of Kozilek, Thoughtseize, or some combination of the two, as while your deck looks like it would have stellar matchups against creature based decks, a deck like Scapechift or Ad Nauseum would combo right over you.

  3. Why Stromkirk Captain? I get that he has synergy with the vampires you play, but most of them are powerhouses by themselves, personally I'd cut them for something like Pia and Kiran Nalaar or bigger creatures like Batterskull, but your build.

  4. If you have the budget I'd suggest Liliana of the Veil, or Liliana, the Last Hope, and/or Chandra, Torch of Defiance, as they are all powerhouse cards that can win games by themselves. Blood Moon is another option to make a deck like this have a more competitive edge.

  5. Add more lands, 20 lands including fetches isn't that spectacular at getting you to 4 drops every single game, I'd increase the count in order to increase consistency.

  6. Collective Brutality: This card gives you the edge against a decka like burn, and is sort of a toolbox piece for ripping apart a lot of decks in the current meta. Kolaghan's Command & Rakdos Charm are also kind of "toolbox" pieces as they have many helpful effects.

  7. I'd find some room for Faithless Looting, as you have no real card draw, many Rakdos decks fall flat on their faces without it.

Cheers!

GeminiSpartanX on Darkside

3 weeks ago

Since you have your deck labeled as competitive, my suggestions will be geared to make it as competitive as possible without regard to budget. If budget is an issue, you'd be better off labeling this deck accordingly and removing the competitive tag.

Firstly, your manabase must change if you want to make this deck competitive. As it is right now, you can't play a turn 1 Falkenrath Gorger into a turn 2 Gifted Aetherborn or Bloodghast, which is your best line of play. To fix this, your mana should look closer to something like this: 4x Bloodstained Mire, 4x Blackcleave Cliffs, 4x Blood Crypt, 7x Swamp, 1x Mountain. Playing a 2-color land untapped on turn 1 for your turn 1 creature will allow you to play any of your 2-drops or 2 additional 1-drops the following turn. This is important in an aggressive deck like this so you can put plenty of early pressure on your opponent.

Second, maximize the best creatures in your deck. You have a bunch of 3-ofs, and quite honestly some of them aren't as good as others. I'd make the following changes: -3 Vampire Cutthroat, -3 Olivia's Bloodsworn, -1 Indulgent Aristocrat, -1 Blade of the Bloodchief; +1 Bloodghast, +1 Gifted Aetherborn, +1 Captivating Vampire, +1 Stromkirk Captain, +4 Vampire Lacerator.

Third, use good supporting spells. Your aggressive vampire deck is not equipped to make good use of Surgical Extraction, so I'd move them to the sideboard in favor of more removal in the maindeck. Fatal Push is one of the best removal spells in black, so I'd use 3 in that spot. The 3 Darkness aren't ideal, but again are good cards for your sideboard against opposing aggressive decks. For the maindeck, 3 Inquisition of Kozilek or 3 Thoughtseize would be better in that spot to take out some of the better cards in your opponent's hand before they get a chance to play them. If you don't like the idea of the discard spells, then a utility creature like Gatekeeper of Malakir would be good as a 3-of in that spot, since it doubles as a removal spell and should be easier to cast with the improved manabase from above. It also synergizes nicely with Kalitas if you draw it after Kalitas is in play.

Hope some of that helped. Id try out those changes and see how you fare. The lands are a little pricey, but the whole reason they are is because they're the best way to have 2 colors in a deck and never worry about having wrong or untapped mana when you need them. Happy playing!

hardhitta71194 on BR Vampires

1 month ago

Gifted Aetherborn is awesome, also Gatekeeper of Malakir, Mirri the Cursed, and Stromkirk Captain.

Cool deck! Vampires are dope, I play a Vamp deck all the time. +1

TheDuggernaught on

1 month ago

Okay, I guess the next place to start is by going over the various archetypes for vampires in modern. They are a pretty flexible tribe, so there are lots of directions you can take them. Aggro, midrange, control, and even combo-esque strategies are pretty viable avenues to explore.All the lists are pretty much comprised of the following creatures depending on which direction you want to go: Bloodghast, Vampire Nocturnus, Stromkirk Captain, Stromkirk Noble, Captivating Vampire, Shadow Alley Denizen, Pulse Tracker, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn (AKA Vampire Nightwalk), Vampire Lacerator, Vampire Cutthroat, Stromkirk Condemned, Olivia, Mobilized for War, Olivia Voldaren, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Insolent Neonate, Falkenrath Aristocrat, Indulgent Aristocrat, Falkenrath Gorger, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Bloodthrone Vampire, Blood Artist, Viscera Seer, Blood Seeker, Asylum Visitor, Bloodline Keeper  Flip, and Gatekeeper of Malakir.

Aggro lists generally stay super low to the ground in regards to CMC and include a lot of lords. Given the low CMC. Aether Vial also starts to become very good -- especially since all the lords tend to hang at 3 CMC.

There are multiple routes to midrange. One route is to to try and abuse the madness effect to turn Liliana of the Veil's +1 into a 1 sided effect.

The other is slightly more combo-y. Aristocrats is an interesting archetype that abuses the recursiveness of Bloodghast, the life-loss triggers from Blood Artist, and the instant speed sacrifice effects of Viscera Seer, Bloodthrone Vampire, Falkenrath Aristocrat and Indulgent Aristocrat. I also personally like Reassembling Skeleton, Gravecrawler, Doomed Traveler, and or Bloodsoaked Champion in the list to further be able to abuse the Blood Artist triggers with more sacrifice fodder. White also gives access to things like Rally the Ancestors -- which can be a brutal play to ping for a lot of dmg with Blood Artist triggers.

There is also more traditional midrange which just aims to play threats that if left unanswered -- typically win you the game. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Bloodline Keeper  Flip, and Olivia Voldaren are all very dangerous cards for your opponent to leave in play, and Gatekeeper of Malakir can be a huge pain given his ability to not only provide a decent body, but also take down an opponent's creature with his kicker cost. Vampire Nighthawk and Gifted Aetherborn are also good for similar reasons. they trade profitably wirh almost any creature and have the benefit of giving you back some life.

There are 3 routes for combo that you can also go -- the first involves Bloodline Keeper  Flip and Intruder Alarm. The second route is Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood + vampire's ability to easily ping for 1 somehow to trigger the combo. The third is Mindcrank or Duskmantle Guildmage + Bloodchief Ascension.

Control would likely play vampires that double as control (Gatekeeper of Malakir, Vampire Nighthawk, Gifted Aetherborn), lots of kill spells and discard, and some planeswalkers.

I can definitely help you refine a list once you have a basic archetype in mind. Right now you seem to be in between aggro and midrange. Which is perfectly fine. You can mix and match a little bit. Devotion, as another user suggested, is also viable -- however vampires do not really have a ton of super good ways to use oodles of mana.

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