Vampire Nighthawk

Vampire Nighthawk

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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

InfinityPlusOne on Withengar Unfriended

51 minutes ago

I like your thinking, but Diabolic Tutor pretty much covers for Treasure Mage, and cards like Tormented Soul, Gatekeeper of Malakir, Victim of Night, Vampire Nighthawk, and Consuming Vapors all kinda help clear the way for Mr. Unbound. As for Elvis (or El Bruce), the only reason I have three of them is so that I can still have a chance if my demon dies to something like Doom Blade, Day of Judgment or Supreme Verdict.

StopShot on RWB Burn Modern

7 hours ago

I would use Crackling Doom or Thrull Parasite instead of Vampire Nighthawk when it comes to burn.

Figag on Bloody Singleminded (Competitive)

1 day ago

I have playtesed this deck a lot against my delverish deck, so every game has been highly interactive. From my playtests, here's what I have seen:

In the opening hand, seeing a sword allows you to play for it, meaning it is pretty easy to get a lot of value off of it.

When both decks are in topdeck mode and your deck is ahead on board presence, there is no better topdeck than a sword. There have been times where you have creatures, but they are all 2/1s that can't stand up to my Gurmag Angler or Vampire Nighthawk, and if there was no sword, I would have you easy, but when the sword hits the field, it's game instantly.

In other games, if you are behind and have no creatures to equip, then the sword is the last card you want to see because it sits on the field uselessly. This situation is uncommon though, because you have a lot of very persistent creatures, but an Anger of the Gods or a few Path to Exiles kills your deck completely, making the swords useless.

So it really depends on the matchup, more or less. I think they're a necessary part of your deck because they allow you to play small creatures with outstanding effects in the early game that become huge threats in the late game.

But, there are still bad mathcups in which your creatures die to what should be your least favorite cards: path and anger. In these matchups I have no idea what to do to fix the problem. The solution should be in your sideboard though, which it isn't yet.

In my opinion, the answer is hard counters and i think something as simple as Negate would be enough as a 3-of sideboard. I like Counterflux, but it's hard to cast. Dispel unfortunately can't handle anger, but that might be ok because it's outstanding against burn. I guess you could sideboard a few dispel and bring in your batterskull for decks with anger.

Overall I definitely would keep the swords because they do a lot for you.

OtakulordAndrew on Black Aggro deck

2 days ago

The large number of singletons in you deck heavily decrease the consistency of your draws. The deck is relatively low on interaction while being very slow for a modern aggro deck, as most modern aggro decks want to have won by turn 3-4 and on occasion with a nut draw some aggro decks can win on turn 2 if there is no interaction from the opponent. The large bulk of your creatures are below curve while offering no immediate benefit if any benefit at all from playing them, the only creature I would say that is some what viable in modern is Rakdos Cackler though it's not fantastic by any means. Army of the Damned is not even remotely playable in an aggro deck at 8cmc. Bone Splinters is card disadvantage as you are essentially paying the cost of 2 cards in order to remove an opponents creature at sorcery speed. duress isn't terrible but it is situational and there are more efficient hand disruption spells in the format such as Thoughtseize, and Inquisition of Kozilek. Your instant speed removal is conditional though not bad, there are other more effective removal options in the format such as Smother, Dismember, Go for the Throat, Victim of Night.

Here are a few cards I would recommend running in a modern mono black aggro list.


Geralf's Messenger

Gatekeeper of Malakir


Guul Draz Vampire


Inquisition of Kozilek


Go for the Throat


If you felt like running more of a midrange list with a higher curve then I would recommend some of the following.

Phyrexian Obliterator

Vampire Nighthawk

Grey Merchant of Asphodel

Liliana of the Veil

possibly Gurmag Angler

possibly Lifebane Zombie

agGravity on Budget Black/White Deck

3 days ago

Divinity of Pride might be just a bit out of your budget but is a great card. And Vampire Nighthawk can be quite an all-star with it's flying deathtouch.

Overall classic take on the deck.

Figag on Self Denial

4 days ago

Thanks for the comment!

Unfortunately he doesn't quite handle the abzan and June creatures very well, but you're right about the price tag!

In my mind, my sideboard has 3 general plans. For aggro decks I usually side in, dependent on the deck, Spellskite and Pyroclasm. For control and combo I out my Vampire Nighthawk and side in Monastery Swiftspear and Batterskull for control. For midrange I side pretty much everything, including Batterskull. So Rakdos Ragemutt would have to stand up to both control and midrange! which is where the bolt test becomes critical. Batterskull can also dodge which helps a ton.

Thanks for the suggestion though! It definitely a great budget option!

OikeaHetki on The Phylactery Philosophy

5 days ago

I know it's a casual deck, but the speed just isn't fast enough with the mana curve.

Remember that Modern is a turn four format.

Also, play more Nighthawk. He beats the crap out of a lot of decks on his own. Tormented Soul is nice, but it's kind of silly :3

Nirkana Revenant isn't good in this deck, and costs a lot of money for the effect it gives you.

Proposed lineup:

4x Vampire Nighthawk, 4x Gatekeeper of Malakir, 4x Phylactery Lich and 4x Crypt Ghast. This deck appears to be able to win on turn six with an overwhelm after a silly board wipe, which is nice.

As for the lands, 18x Swamp, 1x Bojuka Bog, 1x Leechridden Swamp, 1x Tectonic Edge and 1x Spawning Pool. That's 22, which, for this deck, should be more than enough.

2x Liliana of Dark Realms is a fun card to have in this deck.

Worldslayer is too expensive. Play three Lashwrithe, trust me. I would also play Darksteel Relic due to its zero cost. This means you could have an artefact whose sole purpose is to keep the lich alive. You can play three of these.

4x Sign in Blood will ensure you'll keep drawing cards, while 3x Victim of Night and 1x Murderous Cut make a good budget removal section.

For a substitute to your tutors, we'll use board wipes. 2x Life's Finale will give you that killing potential you may need to get out of a hard place.

Don't forget to SB 3 Geth's Verdict against Bogles, and two Torpor Orb against twin.

DRGWK4 on Rakdos Aggro

6 days ago

Good start i would sugggest to get rid of the more expensive cards so that it can be faster.- 1 Kaervek the Merciless- 1 Din of the Fireherd- 2 Slave of Bolas- 1 Rakdos Shred-Freak- 6 Swamp- 6 Mountain- 1 Hound of Griselbrand- 1 Murder+ 3 Typhoid Rats+ 4 Evolving Wilds+ 2 Lightning Bolts!+ 2 Jester-Spike+ 2 Vampire Nighthawk+ 1 Dragonskull Summit+ 2 Terminate+ 3 Blood Crypt

Power / Toughness 2/3
Color(s) Black
Cost 1BB
Converted cost 3
Avg. draft pick 1.84
Avg. cube pick 5.74


Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2013 Uncommon
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt Uncommon
Magic 2013 Uncommon
MTG: Commander Uncommon
Zendikar Uncommon

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