Sorin assembles his bloodline and the demon that has been notorious for destroying all in his path, making his home plain desolate then igniting his spark and wreaks havoc on the planes ripping the life of others to gain more and more power. The vampires and demons are ruthless and don't stop until they have become the most powerful beings on the plane.

The point in this control deck is to gain life with my creatures and control the opponent's board.

Indulgent Aristocrat and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet gain you life through lifelink and feeding zombies into Kalitas after removing the creatures the opponent controls through my various kill spells. Indulgent Aristocrat also allows you to sacrifice a creature to make all the vampires on the field to receive a +1/+1 counter.

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim can sacrifice creatures for and gaining life based off of the toughness of that creature. Doing this puts me closer to being able to sacrifice some of the zombies spawned by Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet for .

Cliffhaven Vampire and Drana's Emissary are a good combo with one another and Cliffhaven Vampire capitalizes off of the Ondu Rising lifelink ability when all my creatures allow me to deal an extra point of damage for each lifelink creature that deals damage.

Ondu Rising paired with Shambling Vent gives all creatures lifelink and if I awaken Shambling Vent I can pay to make the land a 6/7 lifelink.

Dazzling Reflection can stop incoming damage and allow me to block with Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim to deathouch destroy the creature, spawning more zombie creature tokens and gaining the life of the attacking creature's power.

Ob Nixilis Reignited is a turn five planeswalker that allows me to continue to draw cards and dish out creature destruction with a -8 that is a devastating combination when paired with Ob Nixilis Reignited, Read the Bones, or Sorin, Grim Nemesis.

Sorin, Grim Nemesis is a finishing planeswalker that allows me to draw more spells, burn the opponent, and gain life off of the -X ability.

The kill spells in the deck are suitable for destroying an abundance of creatures. Grasp of Darkness is good at removing multiple lower toughness creatures in a turn while Murder is good at removing the stronger creatures later on in the game. Anguished Unmaking is primarily used against planeswalkers, enchantments, and artifacts but is also good spot removal for indestructible strong creatures that emerge later on in the game. Ob Nixilis Reignited has a minus ability that destroys creatures and Sorin, Grim Nemesis destroys creatures of 6 or less toughness and gains as many life as you use to deal damage to that creature.

The sideboard of the deck has answers to an abundance of different decks. Languish is a good answer to creature swarm decks, such as Bant company and GW tokens. Transgress the Mind and Duress are side boarded into the main deck to take care of decks that primarily don't run creatures such as Izzet Burn and Esper Control. Linvala, the Preserver is a side board card against decks that have many creatures that turn into larger ones later on in the game, such as Temurge right now in standard. Declaration in Stone is for a faster aggressive deck to take down the lower drops faster. Ruinous Path is side boarded for the decks that are primarily large creature decks and planeswalker decks, such as Esper Control that win late game with planeswalker abilities and strong creatures that Languish and Grasp of Darkness can't destroy.


This has been my deck since January where I have changed and evolved it and molded it into what it is today. I have now attended 3 FNM events and the deck has improved each time.

FNM #1:

1-3; played 1 janky brew for the win and lost to 3 GW tokens

FNM #2:

2-2; played and won against a RG werewolf deck and a BG Delerium losing to bant company and WB control

FNM #3:

3-1; playing GRB Delerium RB vampires and mono red aggro for the wins and a loss 2-1 to a deck that ended up being non-standard legal but they couldn't credit me with a 4-0.

One thing that attributed to the increase in wins is the improvement of my ability to play and understand the game much better. One other thing was an adjustment to more control and a better side board for answers to non-creature based decks.


Countermage says... #1

Looks good, but Lone Rider  Flip wants a word with you. Also, Blessed Alliance and From Under the Floorboards are a better fit in your deck than many of the vampires, but if that's your theme it's fine, i'd say try Call the Bloodline then

July 13, 2016 7:41 p.m.

ant_19 says... #2

I agree with Countermage, Lone Rider  Flip and Call the Bloodline would work great in this. As would Immolating Glare because it's all well and good to use Dazzling Reflection but let's say they have a 10/10, you use reflection to gain 10 life, which is great, but you haven't really dealt with the threat, just posponed it.

Defiant Bloodlord and Felidar Soverigncould be effective win conditions that dovetail nicely. DeadWeight and/or Shamble Back could be useful utility cards, though i'd probably go with weight because it removes early game creatures, and weakens late game threats. As for straight removal Sinister Concoction shouldn't be overlooked without play testing, Collective Effort could be great sideboard tech against a lot of strategies, and Collective Brutality may even be mainboard utility. With regards to cheap vampires that enable life gain Kalastria Healer+ March from the Tomb enable a great wincon together, but also work to slowly drain your opponents life. I could also recommend Vampire Cutthroat

If you'd like any clarification on my suggestions, give me a shout, I can see a few alterations to main board that could make this drain opponents out fast. Also, sorry for the essay :)

August 15, 2016 10:25 a.m.

Leatherankh says... #3

This is very similar to a build I'm fiddling with. The Grim Lord Giveth and the Grim Lord Taketh Away. Most of the recommendations I would make have already been covered.

August 19, 2016 10:26 a.m.

BioProfDude says... #4

I think that Zulaport Cutthroat would be a fine addition to this deck. You will definitely face removal, so you might as well make it as painful as possible. I would suggest 4x Zulaport Cutthroat and downsize to 2x Sorin, Grim Nemesis, 2x Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, 2x Dazzling Reflection, and either 1x Ondu Rising or 2x Read the Bones. That would make room for all 4 Zulaport Cutthroats.

I have a different version of this based on Allies. Perhaps you may get a few ideas from it? B/W Ally life gain/drain

Nice looking deck! +1 from me!

August 24, 2016 9:53 a.m.

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This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 3.00
Tokens 2/2 Zombie, 1/1 Vampire Knight, 1/1 Human Cleric, Nixilis
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Revision 8 (8 months ago)

+10 Swamp main
-10 Swamp main
-3 Succumb to Temptation main
-4 Grasp of Darkness main
+3 Murder main
-2 Dazzling Reflection main
+2 Dazzling Reflection main
+2 Indulgent Aristocrat main
-2 Ondu Rising main
+2 Drana's Emissary main
-5 Plains main
+2 Cliffhaven Vampire main
+4 Grasp of Darkness main
+5 Plains main
-3 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim main
+2 Anguished Unmaking main
-3 Murder main
-2 Indulgent Aristocrat main
+3 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim main
-2 Anguished Unmaking main
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