Vampire Nocturnus


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2013 (M13) Mythic Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Mythic Rare
Promo Set (000) Mythic Rare

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Vampire Nocturnus

Creature — Vampire

Play with the top card of your library revealed.

As long as the top card of your library is black, Vampire Nocturnus and other Vampire creatures you control get +2/+1 and have flying.

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Vampire Nocturnus Discussion

evncrbch on Preserve the Family Bloodline

2 days ago

jdinkhouse - Doing the math shows that 40% of the deck consists of black cards, thus it can be expected that around 40% of the time my entire board gets +2/+1 and flying. In order to keep the count of vampire spells high, I would want to replace Vampire Nocturnus with another vampire. What creature would you suggest is stronger than this that has not been included in the list?

jrippa on House Nocturnus

3 days ago

Hello. I am stepping out of the shadows for a moment to offer a few tips for you as I am a fellow stalker of the night..

  1. I see you have Bloodline Keeper  Flip on your maybe board. Try swapping 2 of them for both of your Drana's.. in my opinion it is a more powerful card, plus you can have them both out at the same time! You will also be pooping out more vampires for Vampire Nocturnus to pump. Totally worth paying the extra swamp.

  2. I agree that discard is a must! With a creature heavy deck you want to be able to get rid of your opponents pesky removal spells, and artifacts, before they are cast. With a mono black deck, making them discard is the best way to go about this. My suggestion is Duress. Although not the most competitive option, it does exactly all of that and is WAY more affordable. It doesn't deal with creatures, but that's what Go for the Throat is for, right? If your group is playing tron though, you may spend the extra dough for some Thoughtseize and have the option to target land as well.

I hope this helps! Feel free to check out my mono-black vampire tribal deck, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, for more ideas. It is not necessarily competitive but it is still fun to play!

Sargeras on House Nocturnus

3 days ago

Gotta spread love for mono-black players, so +1 from me.

My first suggestion would be to cut out the common fetches (Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse) even though they could possibly help you with Vampire Nocturnus.

  1. Modern has some great vampire cards available to you, the most obvious being Captivating Vampire and Kalastria Highborn. This deck wants be very aggressive and you will probably want stronger vampires to play competitively.

  2. Interaction. Modern is a turn 4 format, and you are going to need discard and a sideboard to have any chance of dealing with decks like Tron and whatnot. The best options for the moment are Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek.

  3. Play 4 copies of Vampire Nocturnus, it is by far the best card in the deck, and you'll want to draw it every game.

  4. If you want a full primer on mono black decks in general, you can find mine here:

    How The Devil Plays MTG: The Mono-Black Primer

    Modern Sargeras

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  5. A well-known deckbuilder named SaffronOlive made a great vampire list with options and whatnot a while back, you can find that here: SaffronOlive Vampire List Link

  6. If you want suggestions like cuts and whatnot, feel free to post on my wall @ Sargeras.

Spud9000 on Deathgain

1 week ago

I agree with daNoodalz. There are some very potent vampires in Ixalan and Rivals of Ixalan. If you wanna go Orzhov especially Legion Lieutenant could be great for an aggressive deck.

However there are a few very strong vampires in modern as well. First of all Vampire Nocturnus is arguably the best vampire lord ever printed. I run him in my Vampire Modern Deck (it's not too competetive) and he can turn games around by himself, I even included Evolving Wilds just to allow me to shuffly away lands on top (because they are colorless).

If you plan on going wide for Captivating Vampire you should also take a look at Bloodline Keeper  Flip.

If it fits the budget Bloodghast is a nice recurring threat.

Personally I do not really like the black enchantments, but thats just preference. If you use them to trigger Heroic on Agent of the Fates you might want to look into Gatekeeper of Malakir. It even adds to your vampires.

I always wanted to include Tainted Remedy in my vmpire deck. It fit's the Vampire theme and seems pretty good, although it might be more of a sideboard card.

I really like your deck. keep it up.

jdinkhouse on Preserve the Family Bloodline

1 week ago

I feel like Vampire Nocturnus is really tempting but almost never fires off the way you want. Especially with the relatively high number of mono-white creatures you're running.

KingRamz on Edgar Markov

2 weeks ago

Good old Edgar! Sure, I'll give you some suggestions. For reference, here is my Edgar Markov deck. If you take a look at that to compare card choices, one thing to note is I'm running Vampire Nocturnus so I intentionally avoided nonblack cards, so you'll want to keep that in mind.


Akoum Refuge is another lifegain dual land if you want a fourth. It was only an ally-colored cycle so that's the only one of those you can run. Myriad Landscape is great and goes in almost any deck. Since this deck is so heavy in black, you might want to look at Tainted Peak and Tainted Field.

Card suggestions

If you want to be aggressive, how about some one-drops? Viscera Seer is perfect for this deck. Easy include. I was also excited to discover Shadow Alley Denizen, though I haven't gotten to cast her myself in the deck yet. Getting intimidate off your Vampire tokens seems like it should be good for chipping in some extra damage.

Extort seems like it plays perfectly with your theme. Tithe Drinker would fit nicely. Blind Obedience is absolutely amazing.

Other cards, let's see... Sangromancer is very efficient and should play well here. Vampiric Rites lets you turn extra dorks into life and cards. It's not as efficient as Skullclamp, but you only get to run one of those. How about Mathas, Fiend Seeker? An evasive low-drop that draws cards and gains life sounds perfect!

Cut suggestions

Chalice of Life  Flip - Doesn't gain life very fast and even a Lava Axe every round gives your opponents plenty of time to respond. If you want a way to win outside the combat phase, kill the table with Exsanguinate or Debt to the Deathless.

Licia, sanguine Tribune - I think Licia is cool, but she really needs a deck built around her. You aren't going to want to spend 7-8 mana to cast her and your deck isn't set up to gain huge chunks of life without investing mana that turn. You've got a few ways to do it, but without those she's kind of a brick.

Damnable Pact - this card feels like a bad Braingeyser and a bad Blaze. Flexibility is nice, but I don't think the efficiency tradeoff is worth it in this case. If you want an X-spell finisher, see above. If you want to draw cards, there are plenty of efficient spells like Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood, Painful Truths, and Read the Bones. Or you could check out Vampiric Rites.

Diabolic Tutor - Four mana for a tutor is just so expensive. I'd rather just cast a card draw spell.

Defiant Bloodlord - Ok, so hear me out. I have had this guy in my hand in lifegain decks and man, I never want to spend seven mana on him. He's so much easier to kill than Sanguine Bond and, unlike Butcher of Malakir, you are unlikely to be able to make good use of his static ability the turn you cast him.

NV_1980 on Castlevania

2 weeks ago


I think you're off to a good start. I like your low average CMC and the balance of your deck. Here are some things I think you can add to make it more powerful still:

Hope any of this makes sense. Have fun with the deck.



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