Vampiric Link

Vampiric Link

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.

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Planar Chaos (PLC) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Vampiric Link Discussion

RoyaleWithCheese on Greven beatstick

1 month ago

Hello!

Sorry for the delay multimedia, only entering here now!

Necropotence is a card that I'm looking for a long time now, but it's kinda hard to meet someone that is willing to pass it haha (I rarely buy from online stores nowadays, but I might pick something). This card is so good, and so much black, my absolute favorite color.

I'm currently moving away from the reanimation style. Of course I still have something, but less now. I'm testing to see wich way I like more.

Shadowspear is another card that I'm looking for since its release! Seems soooo good with Greven! Vampiric Link also. I had one when Planar Chaos released but passed it. Shame.

Also, I'll update the deck in a couple minutes. I played a bunch of matches this past weekend and Im' happy with the changes! The deck was pretty solid, but still felt a bit slow. So I made some other changes. I would be grateful if you could take a look! I'll post another comment when I update the deck!

Thanks a lot! It's been nice to talk with you!

multimedia on Greven beatstick

1 month ago

Hey, nice you're welcome. The most important card in my opinion to add is Necropotence. Paying life to pump Greven and put cards into your hand is major value. Necro is much better here than Arena for not much more in price. Early game ramp and draw is important because Greven is a five drop. Being a five drop and your deck is built around Greven could be problematic and too slow without more early game ramp.

Another idea for early game plays is more enablers for reanimation to get Krrik onto the battlefield to abuse Phyrexian mana with Greven or Kokusho to gain life. Buried Alive, Entomb, Faithless Looting, Thrill of Possibility. These cards are also good with Anger as a haste enabler for Greven. Greven being a five drop makes haste helpful to attack and at least get some draw value from him the turn you play him.

You're right you want to some what balance life loss with life gain because you want freedom to pay life to get the most out of Greven and Phyrexian mana with Krrik. I would have a higher amount of life loss cards than life gain cards. I don't think you need a lot cards that can gain you life just efficient cards. In my opinion spells that can give Greven lifelink as a one spot deal are not worth including.

Equipment, creatures who gain you life, static abilities, auras are better since they can be repeatable. Shadowspear and Basilisk Collar seem pretty powerful for low mana cost with Greven. Vampiric Link is a one mana aura for lifelink. Kokusho and Gray Merchant of Asphodel are good life gaining sources when you have multiple opponents. Greven can sac and Phyrexian Reclamation can repeatably recur these creatures to do it again.

Profet93 on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth(CEDH)

3 months ago

Cloud Key - 1/4th of your deck is artifacts. I think it costing 1 more and only helping your artifacts is much better in a cEDH meta than helping your opponents. You're helping yourself ramp by 1 but each opponent by 1 (1 to 3). I get it that your commander dies a lot and that sucks. But rather than putting in (IMO) a suboptimal card, why not just add in Command Beacon or Volrath's Stronghold to bypass commander tax?

Vampiric Link - I was unaware of that, didn't realize that. Despite possibly getting 2 for 1ed, your point is 100% true.

Thats true regarding Shred Memory , I just like the versatility but I failed to recognize the cantrip aspect.

Honestly rings alone is pretty powerful given it interacts with 1/5th of your deck, even without basalt monolith. Also you wouldn't need to add torment, just use the infinite mana and top to draw your deck, play aether, storm off with free artifacts and use bontu's monuments ability copied with rings for 20 damage each opponent. Use manifold key to do it again.

Oops, didn't realize read the bones was there. It's midnight here so mistakes are bound to be made.

Lastly, here are 3 suggestions (not entirely sold on all of them but just some ideas)....

  1. Mind Twist - Bait blue or just annihilate someone's hand
  2. Syphon Mind - While expensive, it often reads, Pay 3 colorless, lose 2 life, draw 4 cards, each opponent discards 1.
  3. Murderous Rider - Similar to Vraska's Contempt. Creature could be useful as a blocker given your low creature count.

IKavalier on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth(CEDH)

3 months ago

Buried Ruin = been a consideration. I still plan on revisiting the land base and changing things there. It is 100% an option and probably will be in the final decklist.

Cloud Key = been thinking of this card but its hard to see the value in it as the deck currently stands. I get Helm of Awakening benefits opponents, however it can benefit us a ton aswell. Cloud key would be better if the deck had less of spread and focused more on creatures or artifacts or something. So for now, Helm does the trick. Also, when it comes to K'rrik, he will die a lot, another reason why helm helps out. It is for the spread of cards that I run(which is pretty much mostly a spread of everything with artifacts and sorceries topping.)

Bontu's Monument is another cost reducer for K'rrik. Not only that, but in certain situations, it has won games. Carrion Feeder + Gravecrawler combo basically costs 1 life per cast instead of 2.

Vampiric Link is amazing. Oh god it overperforms. I'm assuming you don't know the ruling here. K'rrik has lifelink, and this basically gives him double life link... if he hits something for 8 damage, that is 8 life and another 8 life gained from this enchantment. Only 1 black(aka 2 life)...and it adds a counter to k'rrik making him even stronger! Overperforms...especially when you're low on life and need to regain life badly. There have even been times I've played it on Villis to hit someone and gain 8 life when im about to win but don't have k'rrik out or just need emergency life.

Shred Memory / Cremate = Cremate is mostly used as a cantrip(draw a card+do an effect). in this case, its more of a combo stopper...It can be used(for 2 life and no mana) and will stop someone from winning a game(mikaeus+triskelion combo) or anything that is in their graveyard really...Shred memory can exile from graveyards and do even more than just 1 card...but it costs 1 more mana, and doesn't draw a card. The bonus here would be for the transmute but I feel there is a good spread of tutors already...I may add one more tutor but not sure yet. Final Parting may come into play here...This decklist isn't final yet.

Rings of Brighthearth + Basalt Monolith = I swear I have considered this more than anything. In fact I have been play testing this a bit. Seems like it can be good. There are times its helpful but at the sametime, there are times I dont need mana...If this were to be added, I could totally see the benefits but I'd need more X spells such as Torment of Hailfire . The doubling effects on abilites of course is good. Doubling abilities is amazing for only 3 mana(depending on the ability) and infinte mana is never a bad thing. Needs more play testing to see if its better with it...or without. So far, I like it...but need more playtesting.

Not sure how much you looked into the deck but Read the Bones is already in the decklist. I appreciate your input. Reanimate is only in the deck since its been helpful in disrupting people/helping me. It can gain a ton of life with gary, or steal an opponent's combo creature before their turn. Or to destroy an opponents creature and take it from them. Also if someone tries to disrupt my carrion feeder combo(or really any creature based combo), I can get my creature back. I also have Emergence Zone as emergency flash to either win the game, or to stop someone from winning. I've used reanimate a couple times with it when an opponent waste's a bunch of mana to try and combo off, only for them to fail because i stole their combo piece...and then I win next turn. Mwhahahahaha!!!

Love the suggestions. Keep em coming. I do update this decklist once a week or so..just dont post what i changed.

Profet93 on K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth(CEDH)

3 months ago

IKavalier

Buried Ruin to get back aetherflux

Cut Helm of Awakening for Cloud Key - Why would you ever help your opponents when you can just help yourself for 1 more mana?

What is the point of Vampiric Link ?

Shred Memory > Cremate

Bontu's Monument seems weak, you only have 8 creatures. Or do you just cast and recast commander for value? Even then, the cost reduction and lifegain seem very minimal.

Final Parting , while expensive, can put Villis in grave and reanimate in hand for a total of 6 mana, or with life. Might be worth considering.

Also want to make sure you are aware of the Manifold Key + Sensei's Divining Top synergy to draw cards.

Given you just dump your hand on the table, you might want to consider more draw, just incase you don't draw into it (ironic, huh). Read the Bones while more expensive than sign and whisper, can help set up your draws.

Thoughts on adding a ring package? Its also good to note that it helps you save life through your continuous draw spells by replacing it with mana instead. It synergizes with....

  1. Greed
  2. Necropotence
  3. Wasteland
  4. Strip Mine
  5. 3x fetchlands
  6. Blast Zone
  7. Carrion Feeder
  8. Chainer, Dementia Master
  9. Erebos, God of the Dead
  10. Vilis, Broker of Blood
  11. Aetherflux Reservoir
  12. Bolas's Citadel
  13. Expedition Map
  14. Manifold Key
  15. Mind Stone
  16. Nihil Spellbomb
  17. Sensei's Divining Top
  18. Zuran Orb
  19. Arguel's Blood Fast
  20. Font of Agonies

If you were to add a Basalt Monolith , you could create infinite colorless mana. Then use top to draw your deck. Alternatively, you can also add Deserted Temple to go infinite with rings + temple + coffers + swamps to make infinite black mana

Wigu90 on K'rrik tries to play fair

3 months ago

Thanks for your advice, xaarvaxus!

Yeah, I feel like Demon's Horn will lose its usefulness quite soon. Same goes for Pristine Talisman . About Basilica Screecher -- true, it's not super helpful, especially since the generic mana in its cost makes it impossible to cast for "free".

The cards I feel like cutting in the near future (apart from the ones I mentioned above) are Harvester of Souls , and probably Lotus Bloom (still on the fence about it and the same goes for Chrome Mox ), and Vampiric Link since I don't have enough demons to make it reliably worth it (and by demons I mean big creatures that I can stick the link on and be happy with it). Obviously, Necropotence and Yawgmoth's Will are auto-includes. I just haven't ordered them yet. I'd love to be able to stick Sheoldred, Whispering One somewhere. but I'm getting pretty short on space.

Gate to Phyrexia is an expensive card, yeah, but there's no replacement for it in black and artifacts are obviously a big part of EDH. No generic mana in the cost is also a big plus. I'm just having trouble with staying within the 100 card limit :D

Oh, and I guess Exquisite Blood is another one of those must-have cards for K'rrik.

Big thanks for your input!

TitaniumTP on K'rrick Kobain and his Monster Mash

5 months ago

Let's get down to business, shall we?

DELETE THIS

Venser's Journal , Mindcrank , Armillary Sphere , Dash Hopes , Doomblade, Street Wraith , Leshrac's Sigil ,

QUESTIONABLE

Noosegraf Mob , Phyrexian Reclamation , Kaya's Ghostform , Blood Tribute , Whip of Erebos , Armillary Sphere , Reiver Demon , Pestilence Demon , Magus of the Mirror , Endling , Bloodthirsty Aerialist

At first glance these are what I think you should delete and think about deleting.


COMBO TIME

I notice that you have combo potential with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed . The only 2 card combo with him is Mikaeus, the Unhallowed and Triskelion . All other combos with him require 4 pieces.

  1. The man (zombie?) himself: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed

  2. Sac outlet - Viscera Seer , - Ashnod's Altar , - Carrion Feeder ,

  3. The Sacrifice (something with persist, or that can somehow remove the +1/+1 counter from Mikaeus, the Unhallowed ) - Lesser Masticore , - Putrid Goblin , - Skinrender if you put the 3 -1/-1 counters on itself each time it enters, - Puppeteer Clique , - Lingering Tormentor ,

  4. ALL THESE TRIGGERS - Bitter Ordeal for infinite exiling of decks, - Falkenrath Noble for infinite damage, - Vindictive Vampire for infinite damage, - Zulaport Cutthroat for infinite damage, - Vengeful Dead for infinite damage, only if sacrificed creature is a zombie, - Blood Artist for infinite damage, - Pitiless Plunderer for infinite mana, - Pawn of Ulamog for infinite colorless mana, - Deathgreeter for infinite life, - Smothering Abomination for infinite card draw,

MORE COMBO

You also have the 3 piece combo of

  1. Sanguine Bond
  2. Exquisite Blood
  3. Anything that either causes you to gain life, or an opponent to lose life - Leechridden Swamp , - Ebony Charm , - Death Cultist , - Nightmare's Thirst

I recommend using instant speed interaction for the 3rd piece of the combo, so you can respond to removal by winning

If you decide to follow The Way of The Combo, you should also add library searching effectz to help make sure you always find your pieces.


LIBRARY SEARCHIN EFFECTZ

Expedition Map for finding lands for ramp, or combo pieces if you go for the aforementioned Leechridden Swamp combo Scheming Symmetry , Behold the Beyond , Demonic Collusion , Diabolic Tutor , Final Parting , Mastermind's Acquisition , Doomsday , Demonic Collusion , Dark Petition

The more combo and storm heavy your deck is, the more search library cards you will want to add.

EXTORT OP

Basilica Screecher , Thrull Parasite , Syndicate Enforcer

Nothing much to add here, but extort is so broken in this deck. Extort will be extra powerful in storm builds.


Okay, it's Mana Time

Caged Sun

COOL LANDS

Castle Locthwain , swamp with benefits, Thespian's Stage , can become a copy of other dank lands like Temple of the False God and Cabal Stronghold , Crystal Vein , pop it on the turn where you're going to try and win, Westvale Abbey  Flip, potential wincon, Leechridden Swamp , potential combo piece and also fun to use with leftover mana, Bottomless Vault , probably sucks but you could use it in a storm deck, Memorial to Folly , Mortuary Mire , Temple of the False God , Myriad Landscape , ramp that looks like a land

Mana Rocks

Cryptolith Fragment  Flip probably not good, Thran Dynamo , super epic, Hedron Archive , Prismatic Lens , Fractured Powerstone , you know you want this for the planeschase ability, Sisay's Ring , Ur-Golem's Eye , Liliana of the Dark Realms , Nirkana Revenant , Paradise Plume , Magus of the Coffers , Black Market

For mana rocks you want the best bang for your buck, since you can just pay life instead of {B}. I like the mana rocks that cost {4} but tap for {2}, and the ones that cost {2} and tap for {1}. The more control heavy your deck is, the more rocks you want.

Ramp

Wayfarer's Bauble , Burnished Hart

Lots of Mana Fast

Cabal Ritual , Bubbling Muck , Spoils of Evil , Culling the Weak , Sacrifice , Dark Ritual , Songs of the Damned

Getting giant bursts of mana is good in any mono Black deck, but you should invest more heavily the more combo and storm themed your deck is, since you want to pop off in a single turn and cast 1,000 spells.

Investments

Basal Sliver , Blood Pet , Bog Witch , Overeager Apprentice , Basal Thrull , Priest of Yawgmoth , Blood Vassal , Soldevi Adnate

A lot of these cards that are single time use mana sources would be great in a storm deck where you would just build up your load until you bust damage all over the faces of those unfortunate enough to be within 50m of you. They're also good in reanimation decks, which could utilize Phyrexian Reclamation to keep getting them back.

Summary:

The more control heavy your deck is, the more mana rocks you want. If you're going for combos then you want more quick mana. The only land I'm gonna have to 100% recommend is Thespian's Stage . Keep in mind that the more nonbasic lands you have in your deck, the less useful cards like Crypt Ghast and Cabal Stronghold will be.


TRIBAL

Zombie Tribal

Corpse Harvester , library search, Cemetery Reaper , lord, Undead Warchief , epic lord, Josu Vess, Lich Knight , wincon, Endless Ranks of the Dead , wincon, Death Baron , lord, Liliana's Mastery , lord, Graveborn Muse , card draw, Zombie Master , protection, Graf Harvest , team evasion, Fleshbag Marauder , saccy, Phyrexian Delver , recovery, Cryptbreaker , card draw, Lord of the Accursed , lord, Shepherd of Rot , hurty everyone, Stronghold Assassin , funny removal, Loyal Subordinate , Liliana, Death's Majesty , potential finisher, Grave Titan , Open the Graves , board wipe protection, especially good if you're going all in on creature aggro, Curse of Disturbance , Awaken the Erstwhile , once you're in an advantageous position just cast this and watch your opponents cry, Tombstone Stairwell , this would be especially epic if you have cards to buff your boys, Risen Executioner , lord

Some cards that could be spicy in zombie tribal. Epic combos would be lords such as Cemetery Reaper and Lord of the Accursed , and fatties such as Army of the Damned and Josu Vess, Lich Knight . Having tons of zombies also combos with Pontiff of Blight . I think that Eldrazi Monument in a zombie build is nightmare fuel.

Vampire Tribal

Sanctum Seeker , Kalastria Highborn , Blade of the Bloodchief , Bloodlord of Vaasgoth , Malakir Bloodwitch , Bloodline Keeper  Flip, Gatekeeper of Malakir , Nirkana Revenant , Drana, Liberator of Malakir , Sadistic Skymarcher , Defiant Bloodlord , Yahenni, Undying Partisan , Butcher of Malakir , Cordial Vampire , Bloodtracker ,

If you decide vampire tribal is better, here are some options. I would only play cards like Blood Tribute if you're going vampire tribal, I don't think it's worth to play unless you can get more value than just chopping 1 player's life in half.

To Go with Your Creature Spam, Sir...

Dowsing Dagger  Flip, Mask of Memory , Necropolis Regent , Bloodforged Battle-Axe , Explorer's Scope , Throne of the God-Pharaoh , Whip of Erebos

Buff My Team!

Sword of the Paruns , Intimidation , Death Pit Offering , Eldrazi Monument , Obelisk of Urd

Summary:

The more of one tribe you have, the more synergy you have. Only include lords if you're all in on that tribe.


REMOVAL

Targeted Removal

Hero's Downfall , Vraska's Contempt , Murder , Murderous Rider , Noxious Gearhulk , Malicious Affliction , New Blood , Ruinous Path , Tendrils of Corruption , Bone Splinters , Liturgy of Blood

Epic Board Wipes

Decree of Pain , Crux of Fate , Kindred Dominance , Bontu's Last Reckoning , Do or Die , Hellfire , Necromantic Selection

Summary: Use more board wipes the more control heavy you want your deck to be. Try to choose targeted removal such that the end cost will only be {1} and some life, so that it will be as cheap as possible. This is especially important in storm builds. Since we play multiplayer quite a bit, you'll probably want to add extra board wipes, especially the ones that draw you cards or come bundled with reanimation.


Wow, I Hate Minorities

Wow, I hate tokens

Ritual of Soot , Force of Despair

Wow, Green is Cancer

Perish

Wow, I hate when other people play spells

Painful Quandary

Wow, I hate when other people attack me

No Mercy , Dread , Koskun Falls

Wow, I hate myself

Season of the Witch (okay, maybe not that much Revenge of Ravens )

Wow, I hate lifegain

Tainted Remedy , False Cure

Wow, I hate real board wipes

Sudden Spoiling , Mutilate , Languish , Massacre Girl , Golden Demise

Wow, I hate burst damage

Palace Siege , Polluted Bonds

Wow, I hate my opponents having creatures

Dictate of Erebos , Grave Pact , Butcher of Malakir

Wow, I hate this one person in particular

Curse of Vengeance , Trespasser's Curse , Curse of Fool's Wisdom


Lifegain

Profane Memento , Crypt Incursion , Vampiric Link , Loxodon Warhammer , Kokusho, the Evening Star , Cavalier of Night , Whip of Erebos

Protection

Rush of Vitality

Benefit from Death

Ogre Slumlord , Shadows of the Past

Cool Card Draw

Moonlight Bargain , Promise of Power , Succumb to Temptation , Ransack the Lab , Infernal Contract , Necrologia , Carnival of Souls , Grim Haruspex , Night's Whisper , Succumb to Temptation , Phyrexian Etchings , Cruel Bargain , Dark Deal , Foreboding Fruit , Live Fast , Painful Lesson , Necropotence

Add more card draw the more stormy you want your deck to be. Also try to add ones that will cost the least amount of mana if you take your commander's ability into account.

Card Draw Requiring Sacrifice

Altar's Reap , Costly Plunder , Morbid Curiosity , Bankrupt in Blood , Skulltap , Merciless Resolve

These will be better in decks where you're sure you'll have tons of creatures. So adding these into zombie tribal would probably be a good idea, since you have things like Army of the Damned and Josu Vess, Lich Knight that produce a million tokens.


Storm Build Cards

Aphotic Wisps , Cremate , Succumb to Temptation , Yawgmoth's Will , Ill-Gotten Gains , Priest of Forgotten Gods , Skirge Familiar , Rain of Filth , Dredge , Gravebind , Nighthaze , Street Wraith

The idea of a storm deck is to cast as many spells in one turn as possible, building up a fat storm counter to execute all who oppose us with our 3 finishers, which are Aetherflux Reservoir , Tendrils of Agony and perhaps Empty the Pits . You'll want lots of cheap spells that only cost {B} mana and replace themselves, such as Aphotic Wisps . One time use mana is also dank here, such as Dark Ritual and Cabal Ritual , and creatures like Basal Thrull and Soldevi Adnate .


Win Cons to think about

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