Vampire Nighthawk


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) None
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi (DDP) Uncommon
Commander 2013 (C13) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Uncommon
Magic 2013 (M13) Uncommon
MTG: Commander (CMD) Uncommon
Zendikar (ZEN) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Vampire Nighthawk

Creature — Vampire Shaman


Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

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Vampire Nighthawk Discussion

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

6 days ago

I was playing my Esper Modern Vamp/Mill Deck where the aim of the deck is to grow a steady state of Vampires while also taking control of everything your opponent brings out into play.

My opponent was using an artifact deck where you bring out Torpor Orb into Leveler and not have to exile your library.

He was so ecstatic when he got it working, and he swung for 10.

Now, I had out a Captivating Vampire, Sorin, Lord of Innistrad who gave me a 1/1 token, and a Legion Lieutenant.

I asked him if he was attacking me, or Sorin. He said me. So I casually nodded and said okay and took 10.

My turn, I +1'd Sorin and played Vampire Nighthawk. Now, interestingly enough you can not tap a creature the same turn it comes into play to activate an ability it has, but you CAN tap it per the rules of Captivating Vampire.

  • Since Captivating Vampire’s activated ability doesn’t have a tap symbol in its cost, you can tap a Vampire (including Captivating Vampire itself) that hasn’t been under your control since your most recent turn began to pay the cost.

So, I tapped my Vamps and took control of Leveler. He got PISSED. I swung for 10 and passed turn.

He brought out Darksteel Juggernaut, and my next turn I took that and swung for lethal.

Hypnotic Vampire

Creature - Vampire


Pay 6 life: Gain control of target creature with power less then Hypnotic Vampire's.

"Interesting... your blood is so, fresh. So pure. So... sweet. It needs to age more, like a fine wine. I think I shall keep you alive, for now."


Same challenge.

legendofa on Card creation challenge

6 days ago

I was running a totally top-heavy, janky casual kill-n-steal deck against my friend's Slivers. I don't know how it happened, but I hit this perfect rhythm where no matter what happened, I killed it or stole it. Vampire Nighthawk holding Viridian Longbow, enchanting everything with Fool's Demise, a couple of Mind Controls, ending in a swarm of Slivers against their owner's empty board. That strategy has long been one of my casual favorites, and it was running so pure, with a pile of jankwad glory.

Corruptor of Mind and Body

Creature - Vampire

, : Gain control of target creature.

, : Put target creature in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.


"Please understand, everything you care about already belongs to me. There's no reason to resist."

Might as well keep it going, and look for more stories.

TypicalTimmy on Pattern Recognition #85 - Range ...

3 weeks ago

Shout-out to Anaba Shaman with Felhide Petrifier for that sweet, sweet death-ping.

Also, while we're at it:

Thornbite Staff + Wolfhunter's Quiver + Literally anything with Deathtouch.

You tap the creature using Wolfhunter's Quiver to deal 1 lethal damage to any target. It dies, and untaps due to Thornbite Staff and resets the creature.

Enjoy your firing squad. Also, keep in mind that even if your opponent manages to play literally their entire library during their main phase, you can gain priority and kill everything in response.

You can literally boardwipe endlessly with this combo.

The best creature in the game to do this combo with is Vampire Nighthawk.

She's not only a Shaman, so Thornbite Staff automatically attaches to her, saving you mana, but she also has Deathtouch and Lifelink. So each time you ping a creature, you gain 1 life for killing it.

Happy janking <3

Blobby_Bobby on Love at First Bite

3 weeks ago

MokraMrkva, great suggestions as well! Cliffhaven Vampire was actually in the original build and stayed for years, but eventually I switched it out for Vona, Butcher of Magan. I like cliffhaven for sure, but its ability is just sort of a very watered down Defiant Bloodlord /Sanguine Bond and through playing I just never found it to have as much Umph as so many other cards. I had never seen Gifted Aetherborn, good eye! Kind of a poor man's Vampire Nighthawk, eh? Definitely a good consideration, but the deck is getting to the point, I feel, where is may have passed Gifted Aetherborn's power by. You working on a vampire/lifegain deck, or just a fan?

Flalafell on Airborne Surveillance (Dimir Flyers)

4 weeks ago

Really nice deck. I like the combenition of surveil-flyers, with Favorable Winds and Curios Obsessions. However i think i would maybe reconsider two cards:

I´ve tested alot with my own Surveil list, but even though i run 28 Cards with surveil, i felt that its not worth it running Enhanced Surveillance unless your deck relies heavily on a filled graveyard (when you play cards like Mission Briefing or Blood Operative) or if you play cards that rely on self-mill triggers like Narcomoeba or Creeping Chill.

On the oser hand i think you can use better options than Jace, Cunning Castaway as he relys on your creatures and even then its not card advantage but card-filtering, as you always have to discard a card for his first abilty.

Have you tried Pilfering Imp? It is an early flyer, that can always trade with the best card in your opponetnts hand.

Another route that might be worth a test is running Pilfering Imp along some valuable thre-drops like Siren Lookout and Vampire Nighthawk together with Siren Stormtamer and the other two drop flyers you already included to get a huge blowout-potential with Gruesome Menagerie. Generally i think that Favorable Winds benefits mostly from many smaler cmc-creatures instead of some bigger ones, but thats just the way i prefer to play the winds.

shadow63 on Why mill if you can exile?

1 month ago

I'd try both of those. If neither one works maybe try Vampire Nighthawk

saluma on Modern Grixis Midrange

1 month ago

How about counterspells like Mana Leak Cryptic Command Remand or Negate / Countersquall? You could remove 1-2 Terminate (cuz you have 2 Dreadbore), all 3 Vampire Nighthawk (unless you find them incredibly usefull). If you remove those 5 cards you could add 3 Remand and 2 Cryptic Command (exemple).

Also Search for Azcanta  Flip is really bonkers! Remove 2 Opt or 1 Opt and 1 Serum Visions, add 2 Search for Azcanta  Flip.

Those are my thoughts on how to improve the deck

MagicJoey on Tarjeta Muerta

1 month ago

I'd go for 4 Vampire Nighthawk and look up a card Black Market good black card for any mono black deck. Nice effect between the sacrificing.

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