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Vampiric Rites Discussion
14 hours ago
Eh, Bontu the Glorified is sooooo much slower than Marionette Master if we are looking at the life loss aspect, and if you are looking at sacrificing, Defiant Salvager may be sorcery speed only, but it's free. If they wanted to pay to sacrifice, it'd be better to go with Vampiric Rites, as that gives card draw, and they already have Hidden Stockpile's activated ability for saccing if they want. Tldr; bontu not great for this deck, simply better options available.
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5 days ago
Quest for the Gemblades is something that you should absolutely consider. Also, I think you should possibly consider adding black to this to make it Jund counters. Retribution of the Ancients, and Vampiric Rites are great cards, especially with the undying cards that you are playing. You sac a creature to gain a life and draw a card, only to have it come back with counters, which you can use to kill an opponent's creature, then repeat this process. Also, Fanatic of Mogis seems somewhat slow here. Plus, if tribute isn't paid, then there isn't much more he does with the synergy of the deck.
1 week ago
You also probably will want more sac-outlets for your creatures. Things like Evolutionary Leap, Vampiric Rites, Smothering Abomination, Viscera Seer, and Disciple of Bolas are all great and cheap too if you are looking to keep this deck on the budget end of things.
2 weeks ago
WHAT?! No Fungal Bloom...
2 weeks ago
I once built a Saskia deck, but mine was mono-creatures as a gimmick. Didn't last too long, but might give you a few ideas (particularly in the land base): *RETIRED* Thousand Victories: Saskia EDH
In terms of specific suggestions...
Most any other draw spell over Skeletal Scrying.
Artifact Mutation is a great token-maker here.
Have you considered Sneak Attack?
There is no better token card than Assemble the Legion :D
Hope this helps a bit!
3 weeks ago
I'm not sure what the purpose of the Aethersphere Harvester is. It's solid in combat but it's not really an aggro card and while it's an awesome defensive card, it's not really enough by itself to get this kind of deck into a winning grind-it-out position. Perhaps you need something that can get you more cards in hand like a Bomat Courier or a Vessel of Nascency or a Vampiric Rites.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Archangel_of_Entropy Thanks for the feedback!
Animation Module seemed like a great repeatable Servo token production engine to sink extra mana into whenever I place a counter, which I do often. With Indulgent Aristocrat its a repeatable + to drop a +1 counter on each of my vampires, or I can end up making more Servo fodder from the extra triggers. I think being able to maintain enough sac fodder is important, especially since having extra can help feed a game winning Ormendahl, Profane Prince Flip. An Animation Module on board is great to have, though 2 is useless, which is why its a 2-of and not a 4-of like Hidden Stockpile.
As far as Cliffhaven Vampire he's not as great as Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet for the CMC, but he has a decent butt for blocking as a 2/4 flying. The passive life gain from Drana's Emissary and all the lifelink from whenever I attack or block with Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Gifted Aetherborn, or Indulgent Aristocrat gives us plenty of life gain opportunities to ping our opponent down, making him pretty good offensively or defensively.
I do agree that I think the deck could use some card advantage. Hidden Stockpile's sac to Scry 1 is something but it's not quite enough. Sorin, Grim Nemesis is totally on theme and offers card draw, life loss, life gain, removal, and an almost guaranteed game winning ultimate. At CMC though, he's a bit costly, but could prove useful in mid to late game to wear out my opponent in a more defensive matchup since he should be pretty easy to defend and build up to a win, so I'm definitely thinking of including him in the mainboard.
Other options for card advantage were Asylum Visitor, a decent draw engine with a 3/1 vamp body. However with no opportunity to discard my hand or my opponent's, I'm not sure how often I can take advantage of the card draw unless I'm top-decking. Adding in Heir of Falkenrath Flip to make it work is an option, though I'm not sure what I'd pull out for them. Probably 2 for 2 with Drana's Emissary and Cliffhaven Vampire.
Another option is adding in spells like Altar's Reap, which makes a great response to a kill spell or otherwise just target a Servo for two cards. If we want to spend life instead of creatures we can go with Succumb to Temptation instead. Another decent option and also on theme though would be Vampiric Rites, and sacrificing a creature to draw a card and gaining a life instead of losing it.
Just some thoughts, I need to proxy and playtest it to see how it goes, but if anyone would like to give it a go, let me know how it works and what changes you made and suggestions you have!