I am super stoked about the new vampires. My first deck was a vampire tribal so I am always happy to see another vampire deck.
also have you considered Legion's Landing?
October 8, 2017 8:04 a.m.
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Gifted Aetherborn is definitely much stronger than Bishop's Soldier, but I dropped to a 2x-2x split for budgetary concerns. If you can afford the extra Aetherborn and can run Concealed Courtyard over Forsaken Sanctuary, you should definitely do that. At the $28 price point, though, Bishop's Soldier is better due to its more permissive mana cost.
Legion's Landing is outside of our budget range so I haven't given it much serious though. My inclination is to stick with our current 1-drops since tokens don't trigger Mavren Fein and we're not really looking to grind games out. However, go ahead and test Legion's Landing if you have a playset! It could absolutely be a real card for this deck.
October 8, 2017 4:49 p.m.
I have been using Call to the Feast as a two of in my deck and it's been incredible when I can play it, but I already have the play sets of Concealed Courtyard so I can see where Queen's Commission is better in terms of mana.
Adanto Vanguard is absolutely ridiculous. Please play that over Skyblade of the Legion. Yes, it only has 1 toughness, but I've had nothing but great things to say about that card. People really underestimate the work it can do.
Otherwise, great deck as always. :)
October 11, 2017 8:32 p.m.
Thanks for the suggestions!
My main reason for running Queen's Commission over Call to the Feast is for curve purposes. We're light on quality 3-drops, especially since Mavren Fein is Legendary and we only want to run 3, but Queen's Commission fills that gap perfectly. Color isn't a problem by the time we have 4 lands on the battlefield, I just really don't want to run any more 4-drops than absolutely necessary.
You're totally right about Adanto Vanguard. I was skeptical that we'd be able to afford paying 4 life all the time to keep it alive but it turns out that that's not really that bad most of the time. I'd still like to fit Skyblade in here somehow, as an evasive, Shock-proof 2-drop hits a lot of sweet spots for this deck. The deck does have two flex slots currently taken by Duress (or by Vampire's Zeal, if you can run Fatal Push in its place), so maybe Skyblade would work better there as Vanguard 5-6. I might give that a try and then switch back to Vampire's Zeal if it doesn't work out.
October 11, 2017 11:36 p.m.
@Variux: Ok, I pulled the trigger and swapped in Adanto Vanguard for the 2 Bishop's Soldier and 2 Duress. I got in a bit of testing last night and Vanguard plays way, way better than it looks. Meanwhile, Bishop's Soldier is just so terrible; the Lifelink is nice, I guess, but it can't attack safely into very many board states and I hate running basically-strictly-worse versions of cards already in the deck. Duress is not a great 2-of; if you're running it at all, you really need to run 4 to make sure you can fire it off on turn 1.
I'm keeping Skyblade for now; playing an evasive creature by turn 2 is really important for enabling this deck so I want to maximize our chances. It's on the short list for replacement when Rivals comes out, though (and switching to 2x Skyblade and 4x Gifted Aetherborn is one of the best reasons to run better lands).
October 12, 2017 10:27 a.m.
Please replace Skyblade with Metallic Mimic. It's super good in a creature spam deck
October 16, 2017 1:13 p.m.
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Metallic Mimic isn't a budget-friendly card at all, so it's out for that reason alone. I managed to pick up a playset when it first came out but now we're stuck with a $13 pricetag.
More generally, I've been really disappointed with Metallic Mimic. The card just eats a removal spell if you play it early and does nothing if you play it late. It's too inconsistent to be worth including if you have any other options for the tribe.
In this deck in particular, Metallic Mimic really isn't the turn-2 play we want. We really, really need to be able to attack on turn 3, but Mimic can't do that -- it dies to any board if it attacks. We're trying to win with Sanctum Seeker procs anyway so +1/+1 counters, while nice, aren't crucial to our plan. Attacking safely is.
October 16, 2017 1:58 p.m.
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|Last updated||1 week|
This deck is Standard legal.
|Folders||Budget Decks, ST decks, Mono Black Troll, stand|
|Top rank||#18 on 2017-10-15|