Creature — Vampire Rogue
Whenever you gain life, put a +1/+1 counter on Bloodthirsty Aerialist.
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|Core Set 2020 (M20)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Bloodthirsty Aerialist Discussion
1 week ago
You seemingly have a lot of cards that have some lifegain, but don't do much for your plan in the long run, i.e. Light of Hope, Consecrate / Consume and Revitalize. Ajani's Pridemate and Bloodthirsty Aerialist want continuous ways to gain life, which is best achieved with early lifelink creatures such as Alseid of Life's Bounty and Speaker of the Heavens - the last of which also cares about you gaining life.
Luminous Broodmoth is a strong card, but it usually wants sac outlets to really shine and it adds no synergy to the lifegain theme.
Ethereal Absolution is another juicy card, but again, it has no synergy and often times doesn't impact the board enough for a 6-drop.
I get that you want as many lifegain triggers as possible, but playing a ton of lands that enter tapped might make the deck too slow. Having a good mana base and strong synergy between your spells should be sufficient. I'd swap them for shock lands, unless you're running on a budget.
Having an avg. cmc of almost 3.5, you normally want 1-2 more lands for the sake of consistency, or lower the curve.
Honestly, most of the good lifegain cards are in white right now, so using that as a base and "splashing" the other colors in would probably be the way to go.
Hope that helps. Good luck with the deck!
1 week ago
By the unfocused behalf, it's like your deck makes tokens yes, It likes things dying with cruel celebrant yes. But I don't see a focus on like a specific type of token so you can build off of that. Exmaple you generate cats, vampire, and Zombie tokens. That's cool (Btw this themed black and white deck is what I started on when I first started playing magic and one of my favorite archetypes so I hold it very near and dear in my heart.) But I feel as if all these tokens don't achieve much on their own. So why not Switch maybe Death Baron for something like Benalish Marshal So now we don't have to change the token style much but everything even your non-token creatures are getting some love. Harder to cast? Sure, and if that's your argument for not getting it, that's entirely okay!
Next, Magic the gathering has an incredibly large card pool so you'll play and collect for years and still learn about new cards regularly. But why not something like Mentor of the Meek over Inspiring Commander? Yeah you have to invest more but why not have your late game be investing with mentor as a curve rather than doing it suuuuper late in the game with inspiring commander? Yeah, you do lose out of lifegain but I'd say you mostly have plenty.
Lastly, with all this lifegain you do have even assuming you decide to swap out Inspiring Commander with Mentor. I feel as if putting that life gain to use passively is a great way to go about it. A card like Bloodthirsty Aerialist or even Ajani's Pridemate seem like they would be creatures having your opponent's trembling in their boots! (Or grocs) Pair that up with something like Gift of Immortality And even a card I'm fond of so biased like Fountain of Renewal and you may just get a scoop if they already lost to it the first match. To answer your last question yes, I do think God-Eternal Oketra and Anointed Procession Would go a long way in this deck. Double all my tokens I'm spawning with Oketra, Elenda, Leonin, and Open the Graves? Yes Please! Spawn a 4/4 zombie to get buffed by Benalish Marshal and/or Death Baron, for every time I cast a creature spell? Yes please. I mean if you really have to resort to it you can get Oketra to combo off herself. Throw the first one down cast the second causing the first to spawn a token. Kill one off cause of the legendary rule. Now she lets you throw her back in your library to rinse and repeat. Not the best combo no, but a usuable one none the less! Teysa Karlov may interest you? Not a lot of synergy here no, but getting elenda, open the graves, or even cruel celebrant to proc twice across the board sounds like so much fun too me. That and the juicy token buff from her, AWESOME, My discord if you ever need to get in touch is Skylee#0240. I'd love to help more with this or any other deck.
2 weeks ago
You could consider playing a single copy of Sanctum of Stone Fangs just to get more triggers on your Savage Gorger and Bloodthirsty Aerialist, sometimes it could even be the extra damage needed to trigger Knight of the Ebon Legion too.
I don't think Heraldic Banner helps you much compared to just running 2 more Thirsting Bloodlord instead since you're not really ramping into anything that cost 5+ anyway, and you already have a lot of 3 drops.
A card like Underworld Dreams would usually work better in a more controlling deck, unless you make use of the devotion to hit harder with Gray Merchant of Asphodel or something like that. I would remove those 2 and play 1 more Erebos's Intervention and Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord instead. Those cards are too useful to be singletons.
I always find it pretty courageous when I see people run so few lands, I would need a really good reason to go under 22 lands in general. Speaking of lands, you might as well add a few Castle Locthwain in there.
Hopefully these suggestions are useful. Cheers!
3 weeks ago
Alright, I have some suggestions. Now, never have I dipped in the complot of nocent life-gain, but I do see some follies withal the current decklist.
So, ramp and card draw are necessities of any commander strategy. I typically play decks that dump their hands aggressively, thus I have far more draw than normal. Around 34 slots grant me card advantage and 11 slots are for ramp. Here, you have four cards of ramp and five cards of draw. Granted, one of the draw engines is your commander, but that's six-mana afore it does so.
Furthermore, there are plenty of cards in here that just lack reach. Ajani's Sunstriker is horrid to draw turn 8 and onwards. It may be aggressive betime in the match, yet it is outclassed far too quickly.
So, what I'd cut due to card quality: Agent of Masks, Ajani's Sunstriker, Drana's Emissary, Fog Bank, Goldenglow Moth, Grim Guardian, Night Market Lookout, Oreskos Sun Guide, Pride Guardian, Servant of Tymaret, Wall of Essence, Elixir of Immortality, Fountain of Renewal, Narrow Escape, Spell Pierce, and Mana Leak.
Alright, same drill but I wish to offer some substantiation afore I denunciate these.
Coastal Piracy is a very potent card in decks possessing cheap, evasive creatures. This deck does not, thence I would advise ablating it; merely too inutile.
Sinister Possession and Stab Wound, no matter how much I love the Wound, are easily removed. A sacrifice outlet just negates this effect. The Possession in particular doesn't seem to do anything against certain creatures. Chainer, Dementia Master or Oracle of Mul Daya just don't oft attack or block. Even if, it is a mere two damage. Sure, it may stack quickly, but there are better ways to do so.
Condescend is just outclassed so quickly. Counterspells above two mana must do something potent, and this is potentially more. Scrying 2 is fine, but that also doesn't do much.
Dismiss into Dream is sweet, but this deck cannot deem to hent much from it.
Lovely! Now upon what I would add.
Given that the curve is rather high, I'd add Pristine Talisman; Arcane Signet; the talismans of dominance, progress, and hierarchy; Orzhov, Azorius, and Dimir signet; Mind Stone; and Worn Powerstone. This should grant you later plays far earlier in any match.
Unto thee, benison in card draw. Painful Truths is one I much enjoy. Sign in Blood or Night's Whisper are cheap and efficient. Phyrexian Arena and Underworld Connections go in quite a few decks. Well of Lost Dreams is just splendid. Fact or Fiction is never bad. Dawn of Hope is slow but on-theme. Erebos, God of the Dead seems all too perfect due to its static and activated abilities. Dream Trawler is awfully enticing for gameplans such as this. Lastly, Unfulfilled Desires is a hidden gem that I play in any deck that produces blue and black mana.
Of course, just some efficient engines and finishers. Debt to the Deathless and Exsanguinate are each nocent once resolved. K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth could also be fine, but lacking depending on your hand, for it cares only if the cost is black. Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord fetches fallen utility creatures from the yard and proffers much in life-gain. Aetherflux Reservoir does much in murdering everyone, too.
I'd recommend some more wraths in this deck. Fumigate is perfect, Merciless Eviction or Austere Command deal with those pesky artifacts efficiently, Elspeth, Sun's Champion is never bad, Supreme Verdict is fine though pricey, or Kaya's Wrath is always lovely. Take your pick.
Okay, now for some other upgrades on the basics of the deck. Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Abolish, Return to Dust, Murderous Rider, Anguished Unmaking, Despark, Hero's Downfall, Reality Shift, Generous Gift, Pongify, Rapid Hybridization, and Heliod's Intervention all remove permanents efficiently and at instant speed. Vindicate is fine but a sorcery.
Finally, some more life gain payoffs as consideration: Authority of the Consuls has oft shut down my strategies, Ajani's Pridemate gets far too large, Blind Obedience does something similar, Divinity of Pride and Serra Ascendant are giant threats in their own right, Bloodthirsty Aerialist does the same, Propaganda and Ghostly Prison make opponents pay to deal damage, Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant are early drops that allow for quite a bit of life to be gained, Archangel of Thune is always potent, Vona, Butcher of Magan is spicey, Angel of Vitality bolsters your engine, Boon Reflection doubles it, Twilight Prophet can get out of hand, Beacon of Immortality puts you heavensly ahead, Ajani, Strength of the Pride can win games on its own, and Felidar Sovereign demands an immediate answer.
That's all from me! Have a lovely day.
Thank you and farewell.
1 month ago
Bloodthirsty Aerialist might be a good fit.
Also, Bloodghast in ANY vampire deck is ballin. but then you get into needing expensive cards to make his pay offs the best.
Good luck! DasButch
1 month ago
Enchantment - Aura
Whenever one or more +1/+1 counters are added to enchanted creature for the first time each turn, gain that much life.
Basically superpowers a creature enchanted with Hydra's Growth. The "for the first time each turn" stipulation should prevent an infinite loop caused by enchanting Ajani's Pridemate or Bloodthirsty Aerialist.
1 month ago
austintayshus i have Tavern Swindler in the deck to use with Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose for that gain 6 and deal 6. the Sanctum of Stone Fangs is there for Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose gaining 1 and dealing 2 each turn, its also a guaranteed +1/+1 counter to Bloodthirsty Aerialist. Yarok's Fenlurker is for uhhh, idk i like hand hate, it also has good cheap devotion for Gray Merchant of Asphodel. im definitely taking your suggestions and will fix the deck i was just telling you the reasons for my choices, thanks for the help. vito is a champ
2 months ago
Its hard to recommend many cards since you didn't purchase any new ones and you said you want the theme to be vampire tribal. That said, I would consider cutting the following cards: Bloodcrazed Paladin Champion of Dusk Disciple of Griselbrand Paladin of Atonement Priest of Forgotten Gods Wurmcoil Engine Zulaport Cutthroat Harsh Sustenance Consecrate / Consume Single Combat Culling Dais Seer's Sundial Whispersilk Cloak Bastion of Remembrance
Cards to look at adding: Mind Stone/Fellwar stone/Worn Powerstone/any mana rocks Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle Etchings of the Chosen Call to the Feast Bloodthirsty Aerialist Viscera Seer Vindictive Vampire Bishop of Binding Arvad the Cursed Despark Heliod's Intervention Altar's Reap Mace of the Valiant Well of Lost Dreams