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Creature — Vampire Soldier
As long as Adanto Vanguard is attacking, it gets +2/+0.
Pay 4 life: Adanto Vanguard gains indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)
1 month ago
Karn feels incredibly meh, which sucks because all of his cards in the past have at least had some use. I just don't feel like he brings enough to the table in this form. Maybe I'm wrong.
I'm going to agree on Plaza of Heroes. Definitely going to pick up one for my Slogurk once I build it irl, and it's gonna go in a lot of my online decks too.
Monstrous Warleech might have a place in my Scarab God deck. I don't know how well it scales in normal play, though. Seems a bit flimsy in anything competitive, but a good casual creature for sure.
Dragon Whelp taking up an uncommon slot again kinda miffs me, because I thought we were past that. It would be a flex on Wizard's part to print it at common, to show how the game has progressed and power-crept. But it's a thematic reprint, and I enjoy that it's in the set.
Enlist creatures, especially Keldon Flamesage, seem pretty good with cards like Slumbering Dragon. You kinda get to cheat some extra power in without putting in actual effort, which I'm a big fan of :)
Jaya seems pretty strong, as does Ajani. I'm really liking the Compleated mechanic that these planeswalkers have.
Shanna is just Well of Lost Dreams on a creature card. I don't know that it's going to take off, but it doesn't necessarily need to. Then again, Yarok, the Desecrated is a very popular commander despite just being Panharmonicon, and Shanna comes with an upside on cost and self-sufficency.
Sheoldred gets better every time I look at it. I love that she's now the cheapest Praetor they've printed, and yet it stands up strong to the rest. This one also doesn't seem to have the color pie breaking quality of the other Praetors, which I enjoy.
Sol-kanar's design is neat. Not mythic neat in my opinion, but neat.
I NEED SOUL OF WINDGRACE FOR MY SLOGURK DECK OR SO HELP ME- unfortunately it's Jund :(
Is it just me or is Sphinx of Clear Skies just... not good?
I really like the creativity of the World Spell and the whole idea of the Read Ahead mechanic. It's about time Sagas got another level of flavor after Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty's flip-Sagas and this is it.
Reprinting the pain lands, eh?
Zur could actually be a Shrines commander now. Just saying. I know it's not five colors, but you'd still have access to nine Shrines-
Archangel of Wrath makes me smile. It's just so creative.
Astor, Bearer of Blades is another pretty good Equipment commander. Nothing exceptional, but a warm, friendly commander, and maybe something in Standard? Who knows?
The new Braids is World Queller on a stick with advantage. I really like it. I really could not care less about the fact that it "breaks the color pie". Black should have access to difficult enchantment removal. drops mic
I love the blue and green Defilers (the green one is a definite spot for my Vorinclex deck), and cannot wait to see the rest of the cycle.
I'm honestly just tired of seeing Phyrexian Sleeper. I see it every time I look through the spoilers lol
Guardian of New Benalia gives me Adanto Vanguard flashbacks. I'm afraid.
Squee, Dubious Monarch has escape, but because of rules it doesn't officially has escape. :(
I know I said I didn't care about color pie breaks earlier, but the Phasing of Zhalfir is an ungodly, terrible atrocity and it should immediately be banned in every format
Cut Down is very, very interesting. I forsee it being a Commander staple. I mean, it can take out most creatures in competitive formats.
Sengir Connosieur has the clause "This ability triggers only once per turn", therefore, I do not like it.
"Making the frost ability into 'stun counters' is very fun and balanced. This message brought to you by the Atraxa gang."
I don't know why, but the cycle of common off-color kicker cards make me feel... queasy. I guess I'm just not a big fan of color identities being largely determined by other pips in the text of the card.
Take up the Shield has Ajani being a bro on it, which makes me feel sad, ergo, I do not like it.
This set has a bunch of really cool and interesting designs! I'm excited for the rest of the spoilers to come ^^
4 months ago
Blasting Zone and Dragonskull Summit imho could go for more fetches, you could also look at the removal options red gives you such as Lightning Bolt and Terminate. Dreadbore is a sorcery which is usually bad for removal but planeswalker hate is at a premium in the current meta.
My main recommendations for other vampires you could add would be Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Knight of the Ebon Legion. Both are extremely powerful. I'd recommend Olivia Voldaren if your deck weren't obviously meant to be an aggressive build. Maybe Edgar, Charmed Groom Flip on the same note. If you can squeeze in more Sorins you could consider Champion of Dusk, Lord Xander, the Collector, or sideboard Blood Baron of Vizkopa.
Adanto Vanguard is a fantastic white vamp btw.
Personally, I'd drop the Martyrs of Dusk for Bloodghast as well. You could cut 1 cordial and 2-3 Indulgent Aristocrat for more support.
It looks strong for a somewhat rough draft, a little finetuning and you might have something good here.
4 months ago
So, if anyone is curious to hear my thoughts on the new vampires:
Evelyn, the Covetous is interesting. Little gimmicky but has potential.
Lord Xander, the Collector is the one I really want to talk about. I'm not sure if the second effect to mill is that useful, given flashback and other such mechanics are still a thing. However, his ETB effect and his effect upon death are ludicrously good. I'm legit looking at Xander as a possible 4-of. And I wouldn't need to go Grixis as I have Cavern and Sorin. Probably would be aiming to play him off Sorin's ult. I don't think I've seen a more perfect Imperious Sorin target besides maybe Champion of Dusk.
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary is probably good enough to be a 1-of here. With Sorin and Xander he can ult on turn 4 for a cheap shot potential win.
I have opinions on Crimson vow if anyone's still unsure regarding the vamps in that set (few good rakdos 2 mana vamps, also Edgar is actually quite good, so is the newest Sorin)
I'll look at updating side soon, I need to find a new casual Modern group but things have been dangerous here with a certain virus going around.
5 months ago
NerdPounder: I like pretty much all of your suggestions! =D
Vampire Socialite & Falkenrath Pit Fighter both used to be in the deck. They were actually both cut in favour of the instant speed draw spells (Village Rites, etc.), as I often found I pretty much always have creatures to sacrifice, but didn't always have cards to discard. The instant speed draw is pretty nice to have in response to board wipes as well, but since then I've also added Pact of the Serpent and Phyrexian Arena, so perhaps I don't need them anymore.
There are a few life gain decks in my playgroup which was the inspiration for the inclusion of Sorin Markov, but you're right that he doesn't really add any value beyond that. Probably he'll be replaced with Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord.
Smothering Tithe is just a really solid card, and really good with Anointed Procession, but you're right that it is distracting from my strategy and could likely be cut. Olivia Voldaren is definitely in that camp as well. In the couple months this deck has been together I've cast her a number of times but have never activated her lol.
I do disagree about cutting Vicious Conquistador, though. Between it and Pulse Tracker in combination with Impact Tremors, Purphoros, God of the Forge and Sanctum Seeker they can really help with piling on damage over the course of the game.
I used to use Legion's Landing Flip when Ixalan was in Standard but had kind of forgotten this card existed haha, good call! Adanto Vanguard was also in that same deck, and it was a really great beater with great sticking power. I think it's going to find a home here as well.
Thanks again for all the great suggestions and the upvote! =)
5 months ago
Hey there! Cool build! I like the versatility of being able to aristocrat or infinite combo in the aggro shell. I've been playing Vampire Aggro in Pioneer actually and it's a hella powerful archetype in that format, but the mana is a pain haha. I've had some really good success with some of the cards I'm about to suggest if you are looking for some ways to test for improvement.
A few cards I think could be easy includes in this list could be: Legion's Landing Flip (early game vampire fodder, late game token engine), Vampire Socialite (lord with menace), Falkenrath Pit Fighter (replaces effects you have on sorceries, is repeatable, and comes with a body), Mutavault (this card is insane in tribal decks), Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord (lots of synergy), and Adanto Vanguard (indestructible threat, that when you buff it up say with +1/+1 counters or keywords from Sorin can take over games by itself).
For the 5 non-lands I would cut Sorin Markov (he's cool and thematic but doesn't really do anything for your synergy aside from make someone's life total 10, which everyone at the table will dislike, and he costs 6 mana), Village Rites (Falkenrath Pit Fighter does the same thing but on a stick and repeatable), Reckoner's Bargain (same reason), Smothering Tithe (It just taxes mana to make treasure tokens, doesn't really help you kill your opponent, just makes value that you shouldn't need since you're an aggro deck), and Patron of the Vein (it costs 6 mana and Vampire Socialite does pretty much the same thing).
I also love Olivia Voldaren as a card, though I'm not sure what I would replace for it. I totally agree with your maybeboard Anguished Unmaking over the Generous Gift as giving the opponent a big blocker like that is painful, as well as the exile over destroy. For 3 life it's worth it, especially in an aggro deck that gains plentiful life.
7 months ago
Lietenant looks nice on paper at a glance, but tbh I feel like he's for vamps with a very low, fast curve, and imo at least 8 turn 1 creatures.
Reasons to play Orzhov would also include Edgar, Charmed Groom Flip, Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Adanto Vanguard and Welcoming Vampire. Edgar is the same base effect as Lietenant for twice the mana but Edgar has a much better body, being out of bolt range immediately and immune to Vanishing Verse, and even if he eats a Push or Unholy Heat he doesn't STAY gone. White also gives you access to some of the best sideboard cards ever made including things like Stony Silence and Rest in Peace.
Reasons to play Rakdos are numerous. Stromkirk Noble, Stromkirk Captain, Olivia Voldaren, Insolent Neonate, Falkenrath Pit Fighter, and from the non-creature side, Lightning Bolt, Terminate, Dreadbore, and a whole host of sideboard options like Rakdos Charm, Abrade, Shatterstorm, Boil, and so on.
10 months ago
What's more fun than playing a lot of creatures? This looks like an awesome deck. There were some really good additions to white creature strategies in the Ixalan sets if you were looking for things.
Adanto Vanguard always feels more powerful than it looks. Sometimes this creature can just beat up your opponent, and it becomes an excellent blocker if you have lifegain somehow.
Castle Ardenvale can a lot of the time be just a better plains. It's way overcosted to activate, but every now and then it actually does something.
Benalish Marshal is a great pump effect on a big body.
Resplendent Marshal Can sometimes be better and sometimes be worse than benalish. Getting flying is really nice, but it depends on your opponent having killed some of your stuff.
Just some random things I thought of. Your deck looks great, and I love seeing some of those cards from the pre-made decks.
1 year ago
At first I thought "Never. Paying life breaks white's color pie identity." Even though the lines have been sufficiently blurred beyond all recognition, some of us cling to the shreds of tradition that yet remain, however tattered they may be.
But then I remembered one of my favorite creatures to pile mutate creatures onto, Adanto Vanguard. White damn vampires. There's probably actually a bunch of mono-white that pays life for effects these days.
Y'all don't understand. My inner child is weeping.
Creature - Vampire Cleric
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 1 life
Pay 5 life: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand
Make a mono-green Leviathan.