Vampires sneaking through using spells to make it difficult to block or to kill. Theses vampires are perfect infiltrators and feast on their prey's blood!

Synergy:Bloodline Keeper  Flip + Shadow Alley Denizen = intimidate for 1 creature per turn. Also, adding a 2/2 black vampire with flying.

Madcap Skills + Markov Blademaster = a 4/1 doublestriker who has to get blocked by multiple creatures or gets through to deal a whopping 9 damage in just 1 swing. Afterwards becomming a 6/3 doublestriker!

Stromkirk Captain + Vampire Nighthawk a firststrike/deathtouch creature that will kill a creature before it deals damage. Not to mention giving me 3 life for doing so!

making it hard to block: Volcanic Strength , Madcap Skills , Shadow Alley Denizen , Mugging And in the maybe Crippling Blight , Nightbird's Clutches , and Mark for Death

Suggestions? I am looking to see if direct damage spells can be replace with my creatures inability of being blocked. Wondering if anyone thinks this is a good or bad idea. LET ME KNOW! And with that, I will look at your decks and let you know what I think as well! Thanks!


added Crippling Blight To aid in having creatures not be able to block. Thinking of replacing Mugging. Going to do some play testing to figure it out. On the flipside, I need to drop 4 cards! Haven't figured out what yet, but it will be a challenge


You've got a lot of great cards in here, and I really like the deck. Your mana curve seems like it could cause things to be really slow for you in the beginning. I really think you could use some more low cost cards. Looks great other than that +1.

February 13, 2013 6:32 a.m.

Lowdy says... #2

@PriestessKikyo1 really? I guess I could take advantage of the new set dropping. I think there are some low mana vamps and a few burns that I could use. Maybe drop a Rakdos, Lord of Riots or Bloodline Keeper  Flip ?

February 13, 2013 7:40 p.m.

Sweet deck! Madcap skills is just what some of these vamps needed. Doing 4 damage turn two with a one drop is pretty sweet. +1 from me!

March 5, 2013 5:41 a.m.

cameronc65 says... #4

It seems like this deck should be quicker. I know this is blasphemy - but Olivia Voldaren may not be necessary. Maybe sacrificing her for some lower cost vamps would actually be better... Just a thought. But I like the deck! Maybe Falkenrath Exterminator? He's fast, he's got some awesome abilities, and he can help you with creature removal...

March 12, 2013 11:05 a.m.

cameronc65 says... #5

Also, Falkenrath Exterminator works really well with Rakish Heir

March 12, 2013 11:07 a.m.

teslamon says... #6

+1 for vampires...gave me some ideas on what can be done to mine

March 12, 2013 11:12 a.m.

Lowdy says... #7

Rakish heir was taken out to make room for the ability to make creatures hard to block. Combinations of intimidate, moutain walk madcapskills and crippling blight should be enough. But I am play testing it as much as possible. A group game of 4 i won 2 times and 2 games solo I won everytime. But i need more testing to see where anyy changes need to be made

March 12, 2013 1:33 p.m.

Lowdy says... #8

@cameronc65 You think olivia could be dropped for another Stromkirk Noble? Maybe even another Volcanic Strength could help.

March 13, 2013 5:23 a.m.

cameronc65 says... #9

I would say 1 more Stromkirk Noble

March 13, 2013 7:49 a.m.

Lowdy says... #10

hmmm alright, I will see. Usually olivia is good for drawing attention. Plus she can rock their world at times

March 13, 2013 9:16 a.m.

cameronc65 says... #11

Ya, but I think Olivia is much more of a control card. I mean she can help when you draw her, which is hard because you only have 1 of her. It seems to me that your goal is to be quick aggro, not mid-range control. I know Olivia is a great card, but she may not make as much sense in your deck.

March 13, 2013 9:45 a.m.

Lowdy says... #12

Yea I agree. I was homping to use her if I get into a late game state. But I guess that is what Bloodline Keeper  Flip is for. Thanks

March 13, 2013 9:48 a.m.

cameronc65 says... #13

You have some extra room on your sideboard now too. I'd throw in an extra Necropolis Regent, Mizzium Mortars or Searing Spear

March 13, 2013 9:50 a.m.

Zacoly says... #15

Mainboard looks awsome!

Sideboard is not very exciting.

Your sideboard looks more like a maybe board, cards that do the same thing but different ways or in different quantities.

Remember: your sideboard should EITHER change the way your deck wins to keep them guessing, or it should have cards that directly counter other kinds of decks. (extra creature control - extra spell control - planes walker shutdown etc.) AND always have an idea of what you'd most like to side out for certain things.

I like:

Pithing Needle - anti-planeswalker/artifact/creature tap.

Underworld Connections - for card advantage against decks where a late game is inevitable.

Slaughter Games - For decks that are based around one or two key cards and would fail without them.

I'd suggest:

Witchbane Orb - Mill/burn (Because both target you)

Vexing Devil - for an even faster early game

Cower in Fear or Mutilate or Killing Wave to clean up the board vs creature spam/token decks.

Mark for Death is tempting in order to get past most of the blockers, dunno if I'd "recommend" it, but it's tempting.

Your Main-Board looks awesome! Give that sideboard a bit more thought and you'll be ready for FNM.

Good luck man! +1 for an aggressive Vampire build, updated to gatecrash.

March 13, 2013 11:41 p.m.

BookBurner says... #16

What about Falkenrath Aristocrat? She can do quite a punch and is hard to block since she has both haste and flying.

March 14, 2013 7:33 a.m.

Lowdy says... #17

thought about her, but she is in the same catagory as olivia voldaren. They are good, but slow the deck down,

March 14, 2013 7:40 a.m.

Damodus says... #18

I say Heirs of Stromkirk and Blade of the Bloodchief needs a place in there.Maybe a Havengul Vampire and Falkenrath Marauders. Kalastria Highborn and Gatekeeper of Malakir for a couple more low cost creatures...Trepanation Blade is fun with Vampire Nighthawk.

March 14, 2013 7:54 a.m.

BookBurner says... #19

STANDARD tag. Yeah, I agree that olivia is slow. But since Falkenrath Aristocrat can attack the same turn you cast it it is not that slow :). She is still played in rakdos aggro, jus as a quick 4th turn hitter.

March 14, 2013 8:19 a.m.

Lowdy says... #20

hmmm then maybe. The sacrificing to make her indestructible would be bad because I need as many vamps out as I can get. Makes them harder to block.

March 14, 2013 8:42 a.m.

Consider dropping Underworld Connections for some burn spells or Rakdos's Return. I mean the deck is great actually, just I feel that since you are playing red, good'o burn spells are always good in aggressive decks running red

March 14, 2013 10:07 a.m.

branflakes123 says... #22

i would use tragic slip and ultimate price . i have a standard vampires , blood sucking parade if you want to check it out

March 14, 2013 10:50 a.m.

Victim of Night seems a good choice also

March 14, 2013 11:04 a.m.

Snatcharelli says... #24

Mark for Death + Mugging on that creature is instant big hits.

March 14, 2013 6:19 p.m.

Lowdy says... #25

I was thinking Mark for Death + Madcap Skills. But then again mugging could be for multiple creatures swinging. I might add those in if I see room. Thanks.

March 15, 2013 4:42 a.m.

Snatcharelli says... #26

Yeah I noticed the synergy between the three of em. Using Mugging on the marked creature would mean none of his creatures can block and you can get in a full swing.

March 15, 2013 10:03 a.m.

canuckkat says... #27

How do you deal with removal? Cuz I got slaughtered at FNM with a really similar deck.

March 16, 2013 10:51 p.m.

Yeah sweeps look like a big problem but i guess you could just Slaughter Games them away the second game.

March 17, 2013 7:33 a.m.

Lowdy says... #29

@canuckkat and Minister_Crabtree Yea, I played some heavy creature control. Board wipes aren't a big problem as long because turn 4 I will be able to put any creature out I draw. Against a deck like control I use Underworld Connections and take out a few creatures and Volcanic Strength. Slaughter games is primarily for a deck I notice that needs 1 or 2 cards to make the deck they play actually work. But it is a plus for a deck that can't take mine unless they board wipe and then Entreat the Angels

March 18, 2013 10:15 a.m.

Devonin says... #30

Mark for Death also makes Madcap Skills into 'Unblockable' for the turn which makes it pretty solid.

March 18, 2013 10:34 a.m.

http404error says... #31

Falkenrath Aristocrat is really really good. It doesn't slow down the deck; it gives a board presence. Ignoring its ability, it's a 4/1 haste flying for 4, hardly a bad deal. Bloodline Keeper  Flip is much slower in comparison.

You rely a lot on auras. Removal is going to nail you hard, and you have no protection from it. Cut Volcanic Strength at least, and probably 1 or 2 of the Madcap Skills. Instead, add more utility spells to your own arsenal, such as Searing Spear, which also has one thing over Mizzium Mortars: the ability to hit the opponent directly. Dreadbore is also sweet, and works equally well in the control and creature matchups.

Otherwise, this deck looks pretty good! Vampires definitely have a good shot at being awesome in Standard, and this is a prime example.

March 19, 2013 12:52 a.m.

RedCloud2012 says... #32

I like it i'd probably mainboard Olivia and possibly a vampire nocturnus. I had the same idea though with shadow alley making another good 1 drop for vampires and also making a fast aggro vampire deck possible again. I may reassemble my R/B Vampire deck. I miss black Sorin.

March 20, 2013 1:45 p.m.

branflakes123 says... #33

try tragic slip, ultimate price and barter in blood with blood artist

March 20, 2013 6:10 p.m.

Lowdy says... #34

I havn't been able to aquire any Falkenrath Aristocrats yet http404error but I am thinking it COULD help. I would have to play test it to be totally positive.

March 22, 2013 10:20 a.m.

CosmicTurban says... #35

I love it! As soon as bloodthirst and a few other cards rotated out, my vampire deck has never been the same, but this gives me new hope to sit down and rework them to handle my metagame better! +1

March 27, 2013 1:34 a.m.

gallon213 says... #36

Shadow Alley Denizen seems like a really nice addition to this deck.

April 8, 2013 7:42 a.m.

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