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pie chart Sister's Firestorm Necro-Martyr

Vintage Aggro Combo Lifegain RBW (Mardu) W/B (Orzhov)



This deck was made for my new found love of Necropotence


BRIEF HISTORY:Necropotence was such a dominant card back in the day, with every black deck running 3-4 because of its sheer power to draw a ton of cards.

sometime after the so called "Black summer" Necropotence was banned, and later on restricted. now I felt like making a deck which utilizes it awsomely..

Paying life didnt seem like the easiest thing anymore since the powercreep of mtg so I decided to add in some lifegain into the deck in the form of "soul sisters"

My midgame improved a ton, having a steady source of life let me draw 3-5 cards every turn. But I still wasnt taking too much advantage of Necropotence so I decided I needed more life.

Say hello to Martyr-proc

an early Martyr of Sands gratns me such an amount of life early game and with Serra Ascendant I can easily stabalize (a 6/6 flying lifelink is nothing to laugh at)

Cards to support both soul sisters and martyr were added in like
which gave me even better plays!

To support both martyr of the sands AND both sisters I added in ways to get creatures to my hand in forms of these 2.

So I only have 2 elim cards mainboard?

Tidehollow Sculler is such a nice card, I see you're hand and I take something out (temporarily)

Other than Serra Ascendant i have another beater which is also such a great blocker, hello Ajani's Pridemate

once put down, it grows to something like a 5/5 pretty quick with any of the sisters around so yeah.

Now with such high amounts of life I can easily draw a ton of cards with Necropotence. Now the qustion is, what now?

the answer is simple.... keep the best cards you draw, or crack a Martyr of Sands for some huge lifegain or swipe the field with my new favorite card:

Yes, isnt it beautiful? it can kill and sweep everything I want.

oh and a whole lot of fetch lands for the right mana haha.

So quick runthough of the deck. play martyr and crack on turn 2 or keep it land a necro, draw crack gainlife and firestorm..all before discard phase

NOTE: the reason i only have 1 mox is because i actually have 1 (although its insanely uber damaged)

Any +1's comments or suggestions would be really appreciated

and thank you rckclimber777 for the challenge which got my deck featured =)


yay got into the top decks on tappedout, thanks for the +1's


Ohthenoises says... #1

Essence Drain + Unmask breaks Necropotence someone had a YouTube video rolling around that showed a necro deck that won and did so in a BRUTAL fashion.

June 13, 2012 7:43 a.m.

Vman says... #2

@ Ohthenoises im sorry there but io think im missing the combo, care to enlighten me please?

June 13, 2012 8:34 a.m.

glg3nstlftw says... #3

hmm im happy u went with the lifegain version.. the BUr versioon u had me playtest was pretty horrible against anything aggro lol +1 could use some grave hate in sb though

June 13, 2012 9:12 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #4

You use unmask to get rid of their power cards or counter spells then you essence drain setting you up to do it again. Rinse+repeat

June 13, 2012 10:24 a.m.

rckclimber777 says... #5

Featured and +1ed. Very nice build.

June 13, 2012 12:47 p.m.

Vman says... #6

thanks a ton =) and at Ohthenoises you wouldnt that mean ide need mana ramper's like Dark Ritual ? since i have to discard at endphase. maybe against conbo i could add the control elemnt though.

June 14, 2012 7:36 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #7

Yes you also play Rit it's was the standard use of necro back in the day with disk as well.

June 14, 2012 9:12 a.m.

Vman says... #8

the thing with that is though, i dont have the life to pay with.. in our meta atleast (vintage) people dont netdeck so we tend to have alot of aggro around,the lifegain via martyr seems to be key to survival and beatings, addingtoo much black cards (8 rituals+8 cards to kill with) is kinda harsh..although i will try this idea and mix it in if i get a right amount

June 14, 2012 11:34 a.m.

Hades4836 says... #9

What about Essence Harvest ? It seems like you normally have some pretty big creatures out.

June 15, 2012 5:13 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #10

deck:brian-davis-pro-tour-deck-list This is the deck I think of when I hear "black summer" or "Necropotence "

June 15, 2012 5:33 p.m.

i love how you combine a ton of awesome cards and it works. maybe i'd play two less scullers and 2 more ranger of eos.

check out my deck

b/g/w grisly brand

June 15, 2012 6:08 p.m.

i love how you combine a ton of awesome cards and it works. maybe i'd play two less scullers and 2 more ranger of eos.

check out my deck

b/g/w grisly brand

June 15, 2012 6:08 p.m.

Vman says... #13

@Hades4836 i do get a 6/6 flying lifelinker, and a big ajani pride dude, but i dnt thinkthats enough. @ Ohthenoises, thanks for the list. ill study it tonight when i get home. but since that deck was before demonic cons and necro was restricted things have changed but yeah appreciated =)

@joeymontivu321 haha thanks for the compliment, ill try adding more eos and less scullers in my playtest version of the deck. ill check yours out too =)

June 16, 2012 6:24 a.m.

Litewarior says... #14

If you use Firestorm , you need to use Martyr of Sands first, because unless there are enough targets for you to not hit yourself, you will have to hit yourself with it as well.

June 21, 2012 10:01 a.m.

Vman says... #15

Firestorm usually just clears the opponent's field, hits him and maybe a creature or 2 of mine..if i still have the life ide hit me =)

June 21, 2012 10:05 a.m.

Litewarior says... #16

Was just saying if you use it as a killing blow, you just need to make sure you have more life than him. Which, while tricky with Necropotence, is not impossible with Martyr of Sands .

June 21, 2012 10:13 a.m.

Vman says... #17

thats what i love so much about this deck.. personally i find this my most skill intensive deck to pilot.. a single mistaken loss of life can cost you the game.. need to know when to crack martyr, when to tutor, what to play first. etc etc think ahead alot... and ofcourse when to drop or if to drop Necropotence at all..

June 21, 2012 10:20 a.m.

thewizard63 says... #18

Great Deck (+1), I have a roughly similar idea here on tapped out -Life's finally- while it's a different tact, I added Suture Priest to the mix too.

Did you or anyone else notice as there are no basic lands in the deck, Bloodstained Mire , Marsh Flats and Polluted Delta will not fetch anything?

I recommend changing them to 3x Dragonskull Summit , 3x Isolated Chapel and 3x Drowned Catacomb with 1x Swamp 1x Plains and 1x Mountain or2x Bloodstained Mire , 2x Marsh Flats and 2x Polluted Delta with 3x Plains , 1 Mountain , 2x Swamp .

Really, just make sure to get a few of the basic land to search for.

June 22, 2012 12:01 p.m.

Vman says... #19

i use older lands such as Tundra which can be fetched.. =) their expensive for a reason =)

June 22, 2012 11:52 p.m.

pheonix_222 says... #20

what about Norin the Wary ?

June 23, 2012 9:17 p.m.

Vman says... #21

lol nvm even knew a card like that existed... how would that work in this?

June 23, 2012 11:47 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #22

he would keep reentering and triggering the soul sisters.

June 23, 2012 11:57 p.m.

Vman says... #23

=0 genious!

June 24, 2012 12:07 a.m.

nanoex1 says... #24

Chalice of Life  Flip can be crazy too. I play it in my soul sisters, and its a 4 turn clock by itself.

September 28, 2012 9:20 p.m.

gheridarigaaz says... #25

just seen with the Tidehollow Sculler ... you can do that flicker thing with it just like people do with Cloudshift and Fiend Hunter except with a sac outlet instead so you wind up exiling the card discarded by the sculler permanently :D

September 29, 2012 9:49 a.m.

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