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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
KickerTap an untapped Vampire you control. (You may tap a Vampire you control in addition to any other costs as you cast this spell.)
Target opponent loses half his or her life, rounded up. If Blood Tribute was kicked, you gain life equal to the life lost this way.
1 month ago
I just want to point out that you could do a Rakdos commander deck and have both your pain/punishment as well as lifegain matters in the same deck.
As you already stated, Mogis would have Tobran in his 99. Why not Vito and other lifegain shenanigans?
Cards like Torbran, Thane of Red Fell or Brash Taunter using its fight ability while Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose activated or anything that does big damage equipped with stuff like Basilisk Collar, Batterskull, Shadowspear, Whip of Erebos, and Mask of Griselbrand.
I like the sound of a Tobran/Vito deck with say Obosh, the Preypiercer as your commander? Or keep Mogis for his inevitability.
1 month ago
I'm stuck between two different strategies and for each of them I'm stuck between mono color or dual color commanders. Im looking at a pain/punisher deck or a lifegain matters deck. What I need is advice on which of the two commanders you think would fair better for each strategy and why. Which of the two to go with I will have to figure out myself. Budget generally is less than $10-15 a card but cheaper is always better :) I do have most of the more expensive staples (think Craterhoof Behemoth, Wheel of Fortune, Demonic Tutor ect.) however.
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell vs Mogis, God of Slaughter: this is a pain/burn/punisher deck. My question is, is the addition of black with admittedly more pain options and tutors/draw worth Torbran's ability to break parity? They'd run the same gambit of cards for the most part but Spellshock is much more damming with Torbran out and readily available. Mogis would run Torbran in the 99 though.
Dina, Soul Steeper vs Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose: again both like lifegain but Dina prefers quantity over quality whereas Vito is the opposite. I do not own Exquisite Blood (my idiot self traded it away years ago) so that combo probably isn't going to be included. However I am aware of Dina's combo with Witherbloom Apprentice and Chain of Smog which I can pull together. Vito with Blood Tribute will one shot an opponent. You could also run a lifelink creature and pump it with +1/+1 counters through Unspeakable Symbol to gain a ton of life and dome someone with Vito. I also own Aetherflux Reservoir so I can death star someone down with either commander. Crypt Rats with lifelink could also cause some huge shenanigans with Vito.
I've built and play tested some preliminary decks (on tappedout) and I'm leaning towards Torbran/Vito. Just need a slap of reality if I'm wrong :)
2 months ago
lol, without meaning to I've included a few combos.
Olivia, Crimson Bride + Breath of Fury enchanted onto any other creature in the deck + one other creature. This turns into unlimited attacks as long as Olivia and the enchanted creature don't die and the enchanted creature hits a player.
3 months ago
Your collection is impressive. Here are some suggestions that I hope will improve your list.
Olivia's Attendants creates 6 blood every time they attack, which is an amazing as a set up for dockside extortionist
Twilight Prophet is dirty with Strefan. Draw an extra card each friendly upkeep and if it has a cost more than zero, damage each opponent so you get three blood per turn and gain life too. Plus strefan’s blood tokens make getting city’s blessing a snap.
Ghirapur AEther Grid. You will be creating a lot of artifacts (blood and treasure) and being able to tap them in pairs to damage either players or problem creatures can give you an edge while you are building a critical mass of artifacts for krark or inspiring statuary and torment of hellfire.
Olivia, Crimson Bride is a Rakdos vampire that Strefan can cheat on to the table. Essential does a similar thing to Strefan only she cheats on any creature from your graveyard instead of vampires from you hand. Great way to recur dockside extortionist or anything else you discard with blood tokens/lose to spot removal.
Squee, Goblin Nabob is fantastic with blood as you can discard him and redraw him from the graveyard once per friendly upkeep. That can turn a blood per turn into card advantage.
Anger is also amazing with blood tokens. You can use the blood to discard anger, draw a card and give all of your creatures haste. Strefan doing his combat trick the turn you recast him can be clutch.
I would consider adding Nirkana Revenant back in as it works really well with Urborg, tomb of yawgmoth and can also give you extra mana for your cost X spells.
I don’t see a ton of synergy between Strefan and the Exquisite Blood tricks, but you do have the tutors to make it work even if there isn’t any support from the command zone. If you want to keep those win conditions, consider adding Blood Tribute. Tap a vampire as the kicker and have Vito/sanguine bond in play and you get to straight up remove a player (or all players if you have sengir as well). Great backup play for when exquisite blood gets removed/countered.
You already have one of the pieces for the Worldgorger Dragon combo (animate dead). Add in a Dance of the Dead and a Necromancy for redundancy and you have a recipe for infinite mana. Just use a blood token to discard the dragon and you are in business. Avacyn's Judgment, discarded with blood and cast for the madness cost can also deal lethal damage to three player with enough mana.
6 months ago
If your midrange is recommend Door of Destinies. I’d add Cordial Vampire, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, Vampire Hexmage this is good for those pesky plains walkers and gives you a vampire token via Edgar, Blood Seeker fits your sub theme of drain and gain, you need some tutors just as a standard for black decks if you can get your hands on them, Blood Tribute is always helpful you could also add Exquisite Blood and for extra damage Wound Reflection, Patriarch's Bidding For reanimation, if you’re able to generate a lot of mana Exsanguinate might be a good add You also need the mandatory Sol Ring You could swap out Kindred Charge for Shared Animosity You could add Land Tax to help mana fix
8 months ago
Glad someone took notice of this guy, seems decent on paper! Vampiric Tutor or even Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire might be decent in a deck that wants to attack and manipulate the top deck. Varragoth opens up some sneaky plays with Opposition Agent, where you can simply exile a combo piece from an opponent's deck by targeting them with boast ability. Maze of Ith would also allow you to negate your varragoth attack keeping him safe. Maybe not cEDH viable but New Blood and Blood Tribute both have kicker costs that can use your commanders vampire ability. Also thinking of Deflecting Swat and Deadly Rollick. And theres always Hatred or Unspeakable Symbol even Vial Smasher the Fierce
8 months ago
Players hate land destruction, so use with caution!