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Creature — Vampire Soldier
Other Vampire creatures you control get +1/+1 and have first strike.
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Stromkirk Captain Discussion
1 week ago
I love Gifted Aetherborn probably one of my favorite vamps truthfully, but I was trying to limit creatures requiring 2 black mana turn two considering I want to be able to play a red spell turn one. Though if I had better mana base I could probably be fine (money is an issue however). Im fine with stromkirk condemned costing two black mana because I figure he is useful regardless of when hes played, though I suppose aetherborn is too. And bloodghast can be discarded and brought back with landfall.
1 week ago
Why no main deck Collective Brutality?
Gifted Aetherborn is also a solid vampire even with no madness
Thought about Smuggler's Copter? It's a good madness enabler, and flyer. You should test it out. Worked great in a madness build I've done in the past
1 week ago
Aether Vial is working out really well. Being able to drop a creature at instant speed for zero mana is fantastic. Opens up the possibility for combat tricks by dropping instant speed lords after blockers are declared, it has swung combat in my favor multiple times, especially with a lord that gives combat abilities like the first strike from Stromkirk Captain.
1 week ago
Many routes you can go, but for me it has to be aggro. That's a brilliant interaction which really does earn Captivating Vampire's place in there but some will argue that you only need Stromkirk Captain and Vampire Nocturnus but more power the better.
4 weeks ago
I think you need to attempt to balance your creature curve, maybe add some more vampires. Some of the best vampires are 2 and 3 drops.
Other Budget-friendly upgrades - Yahenni, Undying Partisan is very reasonably priced and is one of the best 3-drop vampires. Voldaren Pariah Flip is pretty cheap and her ability works particularly well with the vampire tokens generated from Edgar's eminence ability.
My favorite non-budget vampires are Olivia Voldaren, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, and Vona, Butcher of Magan and none of them are really outrageously priced either. Necropolis Regent will win games if it's let to live and it just got a reprint.
1 month ago
Markov already has first strike, and Stromkirk Captain gives it to all of my vampires, making combat really obnoxious for opponents if they have deathtouch. The falconer does the same thing, except with flying, which is essential defensively, and very useful offensively, depending on matchups.
The deck also has a variety of ways to get counters on creatures, so even if I lose access to Markov, they're still useful, especially since I only need to spread counters one time for them to get online.
1 month ago
So... As for the rest, in order: I ran Adaptive Automaton and Metallic Mimic in my first draft. Automaton underpreformed, whereas Mimic was hit and miss. Markov only triggers on CASTING vampires, so I ended up dropping both of them for more vampires.
Eldrazi Monument and Akroma's Memorial are both great, but again, I wanted to cast vampires. They'll help you get further ahead, but having a vampire can help you catch up or rebuild. So, its a matter of taste. I wouldn't run too many of these artifact "lord" effects, Vanquisher's Banner only makes the cut because it draws me cards.
But DUUUUDE. I never even heard of Stoneforge Masterwork. Not sure what to cut for it either, at this point the deck is pretty tight, and there isn't room to cut another mana land. Still, that definitely IS in the ideal Markov build. I'll have to find room for it.
Malakir Bloodwitch is cool, but this also isn't the sort of token deck where you have 40+ tokens, it's the sort of deck where you have 5-8 vampires and they're all getting huge. Still, the protection from white is solid, and you'll gain a lot of life. I'd say run it over Soul Collector to taste.
Anowon, the Ruin Sage eats my +1/+1 lords and my goats. I don't like that, especially the lord part. He's cool, but I think he's more of a stax stack guy than a Vampire lord.
Gatekeeper of Malakir is cool, but he's situational. If opponents are relying on a single hexproof creature he's your guy, but other than that... Underwhelming IMO. At least, without other stax pieces.
Olivia, Mobilized for War very nearly made it, for having madness and providing haste. But there are only 3 non-vampires in the deck for her vampire making effect, and I only have a little splash of madness. Also, you can only discard as you cast, meaning instant speed madness shenanigans don't work with her. Stromkirk Condemned made way more sense as a madness enabler/lord. Still, she's a 3 drop vampire, and there are several creatures that she could be swapped out for in a deck with more reanimation/madness.
1 month ago
I don't think two instances of madness is enough to justify 6 discard outlets. Heir of Falkenrath Flip could be Vampire Nighthawk and Call the Bloodline could be Gifted Aetherborn, and you'd probably create more tempo that way. All in all, I don't even think red is necessary if you're not going to use Falkenrath Gorger, Olivia Voldaren, etc. Vampire Lacerator, Kalastria Highborn, Sangromancer, and Gatekeeper of Malakir are some potential alternatives to Stromkirk Captain and Stensia Masquerade. Urge to Feed and Feast of Blood might be replacements for Lightning Bolt and Stensia Banquet. Or if you needed the burn to go face, maybe try Exsanguinate or Torment of Hailfire.