Creature — Vampire
Discard a card: Vampires you control get +1/+1 until end of turn. Activate this ability only once each turn.
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Stromkirk Condemned Discussion
5 days ago
5 days ago
Anger for haste?
6 days ago
tardaniele: Hello! Glad you enjoy playing it. I'll give you my opinion on the cards you've mentioned.
Call the Bloodline: I love this as well, it has a lot of synergy with the deck. I used to run it in earlier versions but since I was playing Modern when I first built the deck, it was just too slow. I don't like removing Key to the City though, because when I play, I just dump the hand so fast and recurring card draw is just essential for this deck. But again that's my opinion.
Twins of Maurer Estate: This is just too awesome for the deck as well. The reason I was using Gifted Aetherborn instead is the lack of life-gain in the current deck, and he is a really good target for removal when you don't want your other important vampires being targeted. Should work exceptionally well with Call the Bloodline, as you mentioned, for those lifelink guys to help you out.
Doomfall: I loved this suggestion! I'll probably end up buying a set of four to test it out. It has no drawback in any time of the game, different from Lay Bare the Heart, which can be useless when your opponent is on top-deck mode. The only advantage this card has is the lower cmc cost, which is great for the consistency of opening hands and grabbing the information of your opponent's hand. I actually was running only 4 removals on the FNM (Grasp of Darkness) so I decided to include 4 more to have 8 total in the deck, and Doomfall seems like a great choice too.
Faith of the Devoted: This card seems pretty bad, I know, 3 cmc and no tempo at all. I just thought it would be a great inclusion to have more life gain to endure more on the game and to finish off games where you can't really hit with creatures (gotta hate that Torrential Gearhulk deck). You might be right in removing it for your version.
I have something I want you to consider when playing: your options when you're on topdeck mode. What are the discard choices when a unwanted Swamp pops up? You have Call the Bloodline, Stromkirk Condemned, Key to the City and Heir of Falkenrath Flip. Depending on the board state, Faith of the Devoted can really come in handy to help you finish a game off. I'd probably always choose Key because more draw, is more discard triggers you can do per turn (that is considering you got rekt by a board clear lol - man I'm really traumatized by that Torrential Gearhulk deck).
4 weeks ago
I've run vampires before but they are a tricky tribe since they do have some support but not as much as other tribes. The biggest problems I've found are that the best vampires are expensive (mana and money wise) and the game is a bit grindier. So you have to be ready to play the long game but their life-gain abilities help keep you in the game.
Budget pending, I would recommend cutting out some of your weaker non-vampire creatures for the following:
Drana, Liberator of Malakir
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet
Olivia, Mobilized for War
Anowon, the Ruin Sage
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Pawn of Ulamog
The thing to keep in mind with vampires is most tribal decks that use Olivia will be mostly Black with a bit of Red. So you need to accelerate your Black mana production more. You've got some solid mana rocks but here are a few additional ideas:
Increasing your card draw is my final recommendation. Black offers tons of ways to draw cards but I recommend Phyrexian Arena the most.
I hope this helps! Best of luck!
1 month ago
I don't think Captivating Vampire is worth putting in. Stromkirk Condemned already anthems your field in the early game and Captivating Vampire's activated ability is a really cumbersome way to remove creatures.
1 month ago
Also worth noticing about Asylum Visitor is that it is a decent beatstick with madness. So you can discard it to your own Stromkirk Condemned or to your opponents discard effects and still have something aggressive on the board next turn. Still not a 4-of.
1 month ago
When it comes to the amounts for cards in your mainboard, here are some adjustments I'd suggest: