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If you want this to be an all in Aggro deck, why would you cut the best card in the deck? Mimic is what makes the deck go.
November 18, 2017 3:15 p.m.
If you are keeping the deck midrange over aggro, you don't really need Adontos Vanguard that much. Also, you can run some number of Vona.
November 16, 2017 5:59 p.m.
The deck still lacks a finisher. I suggested Trial of Solidarity because a reusable anthem, offers Vigilance, and can break board stalls. If an opponent ever taps out to attack, you often get 4-5 tokens through, reaching up to a 30 point life swing to punish the opponent.
November 16, 2017 5:57 p.m.
Haven't tested much lately. Soft to combo decks. Efficiency, but not enough disruption.
November 16, 2017 5:53 p.m.
Annointer Priest doesn't close out games. Vampires gain enough life without it.
Bishop of Rebirth costs too much mana with too little effect.
Bontu does nothing useful in the deck.
Inspiring Cleric is mediocre, and inferior to other 3 drops in Vampires like Yahenni and Mavren Fein. Add those instead.
Paladin of the Bloodstained is "Okay." But 4 drops are a premium. Same is true for Sanctum Seeker. They don't work well together because they are both huge mana investments.
Vicious Conquistador is a lot power card that loses function on the battlefield by turn 2 on average, often making it a 1 mana burn spell that deals an average of 0.5 damage per game assuming you land it turn 1. Duskborne Skymarcher is simply better in every way. It is good at any point in the game. Evasion makes it always relevant, its ability makes combat math difficult for the opponent, and it's ability to trigger Mavren Fein the turn he comes into play.
For consistency and a go wide strategy, I advise a full set of Call to the Feast and Queen's Commission. This allows you to get the maximum number of creatures into play on the least amount of cards.
Once you have a solid strategy for filling the board with creatures, you are going to need some method to augment your creatures to increase their power level on the board. This can be done with Shefet Dunes, Trial of Solidarity, Gideon, Martial Paragon, Vanquisher's Banner etc. However, the best card for this job is Metallic Mimic.
You will want a solid manabase for your deck. Concealed Courtyard, Forsaken Sanctuary, Unclaimed Territory, Sheffet Dunes, Ifnir Deadlands etc.
November 11, 2017 4:13 a.m.
If you are trying to win by turn 5, you are probably going to need to drop the do-nothings you run at 4 and 5 mana.
2x Bishop of the Bloodstained 4x Sanctum Seeker
These should all be replaced by things that can increase your odds of winning quicker. Queen's Commission and Call to the Feast will help your board go wider. Things like Metallic Mimic and Trial of Solidarity can help close out a game very quickly on turn 5.
Running some Fatal Push may help lower the over all curve of the deck (in place of a pair of Cast Out) to increase mana efficiency and close out the game quicker.
November 8, 2017 2:44 a.m.
Duskborne Skymarcher is much better than Vicious Conquistador.
Forsaken Sanctuary may be a bit slow, but it's a budget option to fix mana to allow consistent plays in early turns with the right color mana (on turns it is untapped). This will increase the odds of casting a turn 2 Gifted Aetherborn. Walk the Plank.
November 8, 2017 2:38 a.m.
You don't necessarily have to run the Fast Lands. Sure, it will keep your deck a bit less competitive. However, you can it's powerlevel a bit.
I recommend considering another Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle. This effect is phenomenal. I understand why you wouldn't want a 4th copy for Legend Rules. However, you want to see this card pretty often. Duskborne Skymarcher can help trigger it as well. I feel this is a better 1 drop than Vicious Conquistador. Vicious Conquistador tapers off very quickly, being nearly useless after the first 2-3 turns of the game. It literally gets stone walled by everything in the format. Duskborne can attack much cleaner for a longer period of time, netting more damage in the long game. It triggers Mavren Fein nearly for free, since Flying/Reach isn't ever present. To top things off, it being in play makes your attacks with Yahenni and Gifted Aetherborn to be much, much better. Consider dropping the
Speaking of Yahenni, it may be worth considering more slots.
I feel Bontu's Monument is pretty weak. It has moments where you can efficiently play out creatures, but the life drain is slow and often not worth the 3 mana you have to pay out for the card. There is better ways to nickle and dime your opponent for life.
Queen's Bay Soldier is strictly worse than Bishop's Soldier. I would drop that one in a heart beat.
A few things I disagree with Safron Olive on... Metalic Mimic is one of the best creatures in the deck. Not having it means your creature size will often be inferior to your opponent's in terms of battle power. Add to the fact that neither you, nor Safron's build runs many token spells. This means you are running inferior Quality and inferior Quantity to many other decks.
To pick up an edge against other decks, you need to run superior Quantity or Quality. Metalic Mimic augments both, and makes 2/2 Lifelink Vampire tokens, which is a LOT more threatening than 1/1's.
However, I understand the cost of Metallic Mimic might set the deck well beyond your price range. But in terms of raw powerlevel, it is probably the best card you can add, for it's cash price.
In my build, I currently run a full playset of Queen's Commission, Call to the Feast and Metallic Mimic. This let's me go wide. The combination of Mimic with the token spells makes my board get quite impressive in a short amount of time. I also run Trials of Solidarity and Cartouches to bounce, along with Shefet Dunes. This gives me a constant source of Anthems, even if just for a turn. This gives my deck mighty swings (With lifelink) which is really good in racing situations, or just vs other creature decks in general.
Vona, Butcher of Magan can increase individual card quality, but goes a different route, fitting more of a midrange strategy.
Gideon, Martial Paragon might be worth considering.
November 8, 2017 2:31 a.m.
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