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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