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They aren't critical, but turning on Fatal Push and Bloodghast is pretty important. Someone restrained by budgetary concerns could easily cut those two cards and run basics though. I also kinda like the different random fetches because at a large tournament it throws them off ("Polluted Delta... Marsh Flats... What is this????")
May 21, 2017 6:12 p.m.
I tried Nykthos last time I did mono black devotion and it just kept getting in the way of Phyrexian Obliterator. It doesn't really do much if you don't have something to dump all the mana into, which is why it works a lot better in green devotion.
May 21, 2017 10:42 a.m.
The fetchlands turn on both Fatal Push and Bloodghast. That combined with some expensive sideboard cards are the reason for the high price tag, this build is actually a lot more budget-able than most of my brews.
May 21, 2017 10:39 a.m.
well I do have Liliana of the Veil on the sideboard for control decks, but I feel like I've achieved critical mass on zombies that I can make this work. With Dread Wanderer I have 20 zambs, which turns on both Gravecrawler and the Lord in question. Ultimately it is of course a mono black devotion deck, but I'm just trying to go a bit more aggro here. Gifted Aetherborn probably does deserve a sideboard slot though, I'll have to make room for that.
May 21, 2017 12:52 a.m.
It's cheap in the short term but if you want to compete in the big tournaments it gets expensive quick. You have to be ready to change decks at the drop of a hat because everyone else is trying to do the same thing to "beat the meta game".
Like say Deck A is the best deck but Deck B beats it. If people start playing Deck B then Deck A becomes "bad" because it won't take down a tournament where everyone is playing Deck B. But then some guy starts playing Deck C because it beats Deck B, and then people start trying a different version of Deck A because it's good against Deck C.
Standard is a great place to start at Friday Night Magic, but at the level the pros play it it can get boring quick. You often see them playing a deck or talking about a card with no passion. They just want to win the tournament and will play whatever deck or card they think will get them there.
That being said, there is still room to play a deck or strategy that you like, especially if you get into Modern and Legacy. Those formats can be extremely pricy though. I'd recommend starting with Standard at Friday Night Magic and Elder Dragon Highlander to have some fun and play with cool cards.
May 20, 2017 11 p.m.
Here's my vampire / zombie / monster deck for Modern. It works pretty good, I'm just on a different deck right now ("Mardu" or WBR control)
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It'll run you about $1K to buy all the cards fresh. It can be rough just starting out, especially if you're trying to play Modern or Legacy and need some of the old cards. The most common constructed format is called "Standard" which only allows you to use cards from the newest sets. When a new set drops, the oldest set "rotates" out of format legality for Standard. It's the easiest and cheapest format to jump into, but also the hardest to master because the pros are constantly coming up with new innovations week to week and if you fall behind on your internet research you just can't keep up with the newest "tech".
Since you really like vampires, I would recommend Elder Dragon Highlander, or EDH (also called Commander). Commander / EDH requires you to build a 100 card deck, but you can only use one copy of each card. Additionally, you have a legendary creature as your "commander" that you can cast at any time, sorta the same thing as the heroes in Hearthstone. EDH is great for multiplayer, has a huge casual following, and lets people build basically any deck they want with whatever commander speaks to them (perhaps you'd like Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, for example). That's probably where you want to start.
As far as the budget goes, my advice there is don't buy a budget deck that turns out to be bad. Instead just bite the bullet and save up for what you really want. In the mean time, your friends will let you use "proxies", fake cards that you make with a marker or whatever to test the deck before the real cards come in the mail.
May 20, 2017 6:43 p.m.
I considered a couple Bloodbraids (I've actually played Legacy Jund before) but I needed to make room for the combo package and I figured it didn't do as much anymore, and it was also fighting for space with the 4 drop slot.
May 19, 2017 9:15 a.m.
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