Creature — Vampire Warrior
At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life unless an opponent has 10 or less life.
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Vampire Lacerator Discussion
1 day ago
w/b budget modern warriors is an interesting Idea. I'd reccomend increasing the number of 1drops (duress over castigate) but the number of relevant non red/green warriors in modern is almost just tarkir block Vampire Lacerators and Nezumi Shadow-Watcher only work so well, even abusing Shields of Velis Vel to make stuff ninjas.
Sideboard in disruption and protection, and run a substantial amount mainboard- Duress, Vendetta, Despise, Condemn, Ratchet Bomb, Pithing Needle, Tormod's Crypt etc depending on meta. If you can build a solid creature engine mainboard, the rest is just stopping your opponent winning. I'd reccomend a bunch of removal and Malakir Cullblade/Seeker of the Way, as they synergize well with the plan.
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!
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Ok for 2 platers you can afford to get a bit more aggressive. This may sound obvious but you are going to want to unload the 20 damage you need to win as quickly as possible. To that end there are 2 things to keep in mind:
1) keep cmc low: cards like Grave Betrayal are nice but at 7 mana your opponents life total should be relatively low and you would rather have direct damage or more creatures to finish them off. Cards like Vile Requiem that arent useful into late game are also iffy
2) your life total is irrelavent. The longer the game goes on the less likely aggressive decks will win. As such don't fell bad about paying some life.
here are cheap creatures to beat face with: Carnophage, Diregraf Ghoul, Firedrinker Satyr, Goblin Guide, Jackal Pup, Vampire Lacerator, Rakdos Cackler, Ash Zealot, Bloodghast, Blood Scrivener, Crimson Muckwader, Dark Confidant, Dauthi Slayer, Hellspark Elemental, Keldon Marauders, Rakdos Shred-Freak,Spike Jester, Young Pyromancer, Shambling Remains, Hell's Thunder, Anathemancer. I'm not saying you need to include all those cards but cards like that are nice. I's worth noting that they are efficient for their mana cost which is where aggressive decks want to be. The game plan can be attacking with cheap creatures and finishing them off with burn.
This means you want your lands to be able to come in untapped. assuming you don't want to buy a Badlands, there are still other lands that can tap for both colors and come in utapped like Blood Crypt, Dragonskull Summit, Blackcleave Cliffs, Sulfurous Springs. If you have in your deck the fetchlands (Bloodstained Mire/Polluted Delta/Wooded Foothills/Verdant Catacombs/Marsh Flats/Arid Mesa/Scalding Tarn) you can always fetch for your one-of blood crypt.
Burst Lightning is a strictly better shock.
Sorry if this was long but I hope this helped. I think your deck is a good start but just needs to be a bit faster.
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.
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.
1 month ago
youve had tons of viable suggestions that you refuse to listen to.
As it is you have a mono black good stuff deck with none of the good stuff.
I suggest you look at some of the mono black decks around the site to see what's actually viable.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I play Mogis minotaurs if you're looking for a one mana drop I strongly recommend Gnarled Scarhide as a replacement for Vampire Lacerator. Gnarled Scarhide easily fills the role of a turn one drop, a free drop with Ragemonger, and acts as an enchantment for later game. Sure, it can't block, but you not really worried about that when you're mostly going on the attack. Plus it makes it a true minotaur tribal, and you're not dinging yourself with Vampire Lacerator.