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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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And I don't know why Liliana of the Veil was in there, Because even I can't afford that shit lol.
And that should make things nice and cheap for you.
I've playtested quite much with both and the lifegain that you gain from Nighthawk isn't really relevant when you have a couple of Grey Merchant of Asphodel's in mainboard. Nighthawk also dies to Lightning Bolt which is a big thing since its the most common 4-of in the modern meta. Geralf's on the other hand takes 2 lightning bolts to die and the devotion he brings can really make for big Merchants. Geralf's is in most cases a 2 for 1, much like Gatekeeper of Malakir and Phyrexian Obliterator , unless they have the likes of Path to Exile BUT even if it does get path'd it might help you get your 4th land drop into obliterator(have alot of experience vs UWR and this really is a thing they have to have in consideration]. The upside to nighthawk that Geralf's cant cover is that nighthawk is an efficient blocker to flyers, something this deck can have trouble finding. This is rarely a problem though because the deck is packed with removal and hand disruption.
I would recommend you 3 options :
Secondly, I think you would like to learn more about the game casually with a classic, cheap, aggro Black deck a la The Gate. Use discard (Duress , Hymn to Tourach ), removal (Dismember , Innocent Blood , Go for the Throat ), Dark Ritual for some boost and your devotion, and some draws (Sign in Blood , Phyrexian Arena ) or even Bad Moon to fuel a small but consistent army of 2 and 3-drops like Gatekeeper of Malakir , Vampire Nighthawk , Hypnotic Specter and some demons, like... Abyssal Persecutor to beat their face and sacrifice him to win. You'll see, your friends will hate you xD and without the 50$+ cards it's still frightening for casual play.
Thirdly, cut any 5-CMC more spells or keep only one at 3 copies, and build a consistent line of 1, 2, 3 mana spells lead by some beaters. This way, you'll have 21-23 lands, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for boost, and Swamp? You can put a couple Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth for using colorless lands, like Mishra's Factory , Ghost Quarter , Tectonic Edge . Or 1-2 Bojuka Bog against flashback, graveyard trick, etc. like... 2-3 Nykthos, 1-6 nonbasics, depending if Urborg is there. Discard prevent threat and removal kill the creatures that resolve xD you want something like 6-9 discards and 3-8 removal. Also, Smallpox .
Without Bob (Dark Confidant ) you'll want some draw, like 2 enchants, 2 sorceries. With Dark Ritual and this package, you won't need many or no 1-2 mana creatures xD Use less single copies, and focus on cheap demons like Abyssal Persecutor , Desecration Demon , Master of the Feast .
You will see, as a player, than having reliable creatures (just some as multiples! 3-4 copies each), simple manabase (mainly basics, some boosts) and a large spells toolbox give you more option to see that game plan resolves!
OOPS! How could I forget... ; )
Also, you stated your meta has lots of aggro. Try in the SB:
and if you have the money
These gain life and kill creatures. Should work out smoothly.
You may also want to increase text size in your poem. Also, you wrote "Redemption" twice.
"Oath, beg, absence, redemption
Betrayal, murder, genocide
If you have more questions/I forgot to answer something/I read wrong and your meta doesn't have much aggro, just remember to link my name. : )
Also, what type of aggro is popular in your meta? Affinity? Zoo?...
And you do make good points about Nyxathid but I do like how it makes them think about how fast they play out their hand. Also, Aggro players need to really think about the speed they want to throw things on the battlefield. Which seems to be alot at my LGS.
I DO like Rain of Tears (also because I have a playset) so I can definitely add those into the SB.
And thank you for the general SB coverage :P
And please! +1 dis shiiiz
Just run Illness in the Ranks if you are having sideboard problems. And this build is far too slow to be of any use in modern, you really need to get the best vampire aggro cards to make it worth while. First of all, lower Dismember and Gatekeeper of Malakir down to 2 and remove Geth's Verdict . Then add 2 of any 2 of the following cards: Go for the Throat , Victim of Night , Urge to Feed and Slaughter Pact .
I understand that he won't remove the equipment, but at least try and have him use only 3 instead of 4.
As for your creatures, remove Guul Draz Assassin , put Vampire Nighthawk and Bloodghast as a 3 of, and lower Bloodline Keeper Flip and Gatekeeper of Malakir both by 2. Then, you have a variety of creatures to choose from. Guul Draz Vampire , Vampire Lacerator , Ruthless Cullblade , Captivating Vampire and Malakir Bloodwitch are all really potent includes. I would personally add 4x Guul Draz Vampire and 3x Vampire Lacerator
We need two things to make this deck very good at aggro. We need a quick buffer, and we need a draw mechanic. The buffer is Vampire's Bite , which also doubles as an anti-RDW mechanic, and the draw is Sign in Blood , because it also doubles as damage directly to your opponent's face if you need that last inch to win the game. My last recommendation is Bad Moon , because black creatures aren't very plentiful in modern besides Sorin, Lord of Innistrad 's tokens, Tidehollow Sculler , Death's Shadow builds and Dark Confidant .
Finally, you have far too much land. Remove all of the Mutavault s, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx . Then add in 1 swamps. 21 land is about the most you want to be running in this build, but really fast paced decks with low mana curves like this one should hover on a land count lower than that.
I made a copy of this deck and put in some alterations to it as to how I would run the deck, you can use it as a general guide line. Vampire Tribal copy.
|Power / Toughness||2/3|
|Avg. draft pick||2.49|
|Avg. cube pick||4.90|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt||Uncommon|