Creature — Vampire
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay (W/B). If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.)
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Tithe Drinker Discussion
4 days ago
SecondRate recommend Nip Gwyllion due to it's function, but because it is B and W, Edge of the Divinity is extremely powerful. With the amount of enchantments that you have, Blood-Cursed Knight would not be a bad option, also working with Edge. Divinity of Pride can be extremely powerful as 5 for an 8/8 with flying and lifelink. Tithe Drinker also fits into this category. Hyena Umbra provides some protection for your creatures.
If you are looking for a few more expensive cards, Daybreak Coronet is a good enchantment, Inquisition of Kozilek is good hand removal. Fatal Push isn't that expensive, but provides some of the best removal. Stony Silence will shut down all artifact decks, and Surgical Extraction is pretty great to remove reoccurring threats.
Hope that that helps, and good luck with your deck.
xyr0s on Black/white
1 week ago
So... what is the exact way, you want this deck to win in? Going wide, with many creatures (Crusader of Odric indicates this)? Then you need something that gives you many creatures on the table. Gaining a lot of life? That's also a way, but I don't think you go at it very efficiently. Soul sisters with token generators are simply better. However: drop the "many creatures matters" approach and focus on life-gain, because your creatures aren't cheap so you will not outnumber your opponent anyway. A 3/3 Seraph of the Masses is neither particularly intimidating, nor likely to win you a game.
Mainly, it looks like you are going for creatures with abilities that trigger from lifegain. But where is Ajani's Pridemate then?
Also, if you want to do something that could be a bit funny and fit with your deck: Blind Obedience and Deathbringer Liege. No, it's not particularly competitive (which I think this isn't to begin with - it seems very casual), but it's so funny when it succeeds. Tithe Drinker goes well with this plan.
1 month ago
I've had this list kicking around a while Mono black deckbuilder's toolbox- glad to see someone is putting together a primer.
Heartless Summoning enables higher CMC play- especially with a full set of kalitas.
Devour Flesh is a decent sideboard card against burn when running creature aggro, and a good non-lifelink lifegain source.
Diregraf Colossus is a notable zombie card and decent beastick,
Everlasting Torment helps fight through lifegain and thrun.
Mimic Vat plays merry hell with regular tron, and has the added bonus of interacting with an opponents graveyard using a replacement effect- handy for those Kitchen Finks. Nantuko Husk sees fringe play in zombie builds.
Fulminator Mage is a three drop.
Memory Plunder is an insane answer to snapcaster/cryptic, and solid against anything that casts big spells (reversing a living end combo).
Panharmonicon deserves a mention for more midrange black, enabling some insane play on decks that survive casting it.
You should probably seperate out the x cost cards- Killing Wave/Damnable Pact/Profane Command aren't really meant to be cast for low values of x, and people looking for that slot are likely to miss them.
White splash is strong in vampire/control builds for access to Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Tithe Drinker, Sorin, Lord of Innistrad,Sorin, Solemn Visitor and the ubiquitus removal suite. Green also gives important access to Collected Company(where Temporal Extortion isn't good enough) and Lotleth Troll, a mainstay for gravecrawler shenanigans and etb stuff.
Anything else I can think of would be specific cards for specific decks. One thing that always shocks my opponents is the sheer versatility you can pack into a black fifteen card sideboard- something transformative to handle bad matchups (graveyard and tron) really does change the shape of your evening, although decklist knowledge will allow players to play around this when the decklists are available, at any other time you can absolutely change the shape of your game. 'side 15' is a real thing.
1 month ago
This deck is actually very similar to the first EDH deck I ever built as well; check out how it looks now right here: Ayli, Eternal Annihilator. There are a lot of really good cards in this deck but also a lot of cards that are either low-impact or off theme. For instance, Mindslaver doesn't really fit the theme of your deck and you have no way of abusing/recurring it. That card is both low impact and out of place in this deck. Some of your other low-impact cards which I would consider replacing are Tithe Drinker, Drana's Emissary (another card which I cut from my own deck), Rest for the Weary and Chaplain's Blessing. Furthermore, there are much better cards which you can replace the Pacifism type effects with such as Anguished Unmaking and Utter End, which I highly recommend you include. Another thing to consider is mana fixing, you currently only have basics in this list which can lead awkward draws and inability to cast your cards.
1 month ago
I loved your lands and used your Temple of Silencein my vampire deck. My suggestions: remove Tithe Drinker and put Gifted Aetherborn, Blood Artist is so expensive, and so useless, l prefer Indulgent Aristocrat. At place of Drana's Emissary you can use Gatekeeper of Malakir. Anowon, the Ruin Sage is a good one when your deck is restricted to vampires only. I think it was a constructive hint.
1 month ago
First off, the deck is not standard legal, so I would click edit and then change the deck format from Standard to Modern. I would also look up Orzhov cards with extort, as they are a perfect control/lifegain deck that can be run on a budjet, with cards like Thrull Parasite or Tithe Drinker.
2 months ago
There are a couple different vampire strategies.
-Standard RB Vampires focus on Madness, just look at new standard decks. Probably the least reliable deck type for vamps.
-Mono black Vamps, They use generic mono black control while slowly draining life with vampire boosting abilities, using cards like Bloodline Keeper Flip, Captivating Vampire, Sorin Markov, or Urge to Feed.
-Lastly, White Black Vamps. This is mainly built off of Orzhov creatures and Extort/Lifelink abilities, with some mono black things mentioned above thrown in, using things such as Tithe Drinker, Blood Baron of Vizkopa, and Blood Artist.
My personal preference is the +1/+1 counter method with some mono black vampires thrown in. You can see it here: Just for Shits n' Giggles.
It really depends on what you want to go with the deck.
3 months ago
Might be better off just including some repeatable lifegain like Basilica Guards, Child of Night, Hopeful Eidolon, the dreaded Tithe Drinker, or even Wall of Hope. When you have the combo, they're card draw engines. When you don't, they help you survive to get the combo together. Seems pretty win/win.