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Creature — Vampire
Whenever you gain life, target opponent loses that much life.
1 day ago
Strefan akways looks pretty brutal to me, dropping all these vampire beaters. You seem to have most of the big bad bloodsuckers in here, but maybe I can suggest some you haven't considered yet:
Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief is powerful, and you can even pump her right after dropping her.
Skeletal Vampire is a lot worse, but still interesting.
Bishop of the Bloodstained will propably deal quite a bit of damage.
Bloodline Necromancer is fine recursion.
Champion of Dusk is a big draw spell.
Defiant Bloodlord will deal lots of damage here.
Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet is fun.
Marshland Bloodcaster is powerful ramp.
Shauku, Endbringer looks pretty cool in here, and if only to have it enter attacking in spite of its static ability.
2 months ago
Sanguine Bond is half of an instant win combo with Exquisite Blood but also Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose and Defiant Bloodlord do the same thing as Sanguine Bond. They're easier to remove, since they're creatures, but multiple instances will proc the effect more often. Consider also Tree of Perdition and Triskaidekaphobia for a laugh, or Tree of Redemption as another source of life swapping. I wouldn't recommend building around it, but if you could play Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper and somehow let the tree attack without defender, you could swing for something like 30 or 40 damage and immediately gain that much life back, so it's 40+13, then 53+13, then 66+13, and you're killing them with just some plant, some ordinary shrubbery from outside. That's such a niche combo, but if you swap someone's life to 13 that counts as them losing 27 life, so with Exquisite Blood, you would gain that much life as well. This also applies to things like Wound Reflection and my personal favorite best boy, Master of Cruelties
4 months ago
ladygaura keep in mind that the competitive meter on the site doesn't accurately represent how competitive your deck is. From my understanding, it mostly serves as an aggregator, and looks to compare how many "competitive" cards for your color are present as well as your mana curve etc. Here's a link to the forum thread where this was discussed when the feature launched on the site. For reference, yeaGO is the site admin. So I'm saying don't sweat the rating too much as it won't ultimately be judging the nuances of your own particular deck.
Personal opinion, but one of the most substantial things you can do to increase the relative competitiveness of your deck without specifically delving into combos would be to lower your CMC. Example would be to consider dropping something like Defiant Bloodlord and maybe replacing it with a repeatable draw engine like Greed or Erebos, God of the Dead. Other draw based includes I would consider Teferi's Puzzle Box (arguably one of the best includes for Sheoldred, every turn you gain life and your opponents lose big time) Black Market Connections, Phyrexian Arena, and Vilis, Broker of Blood (high cmc, but he's busted as hybrid removal and draw for this commander).
Also, I know you don't want infinite combos, but a synergy you should consider is just adding in Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth to squeak out ever bit of mana from the Cabal coffers etc.
I know you've seen my deck already otherwise I would refer you to take a look, but if you want I can try to give more feedback.
4 months ago
We who are building Sheoldred decks need to stick together. I would very gently suggest a few creatures that are in the synergy, such as Bloodgift Demon, Defiant Bloodlord, Epicure of Blood, Marauding Blight-Priest, or Psychosis Crawler. If you have the time, please return the favor and put a few eyes on my deck too?
10 months ago
Hey aekrusty what would you take out for that combo and do you feel that other cards that feed into that combo are worth looking into such as Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, Defiant Bloodlord, and Beacon of Immortality?
1 year ago
First of all, the ability. I took them in as it's the basic combo of her deck. Her Commander Dina, Soul Steeper and within the 99 Sanguine Bond, Marauding Blight-Priest, Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, Epicure of Blood and Defiant Bloodlord are cards, that go infinitely with Exquisite Blood once she gains life or an opponent loses life until all opponents in Game are dead (the combo only ends as soon as there are no more targets / players when it has started). Since all cards are already direct targets for removal, especially her Turn 2 Commander, I thought it would be good to have such a capability on this card so that the idea is retained, Especially with the Exquisite Blood combo in mind. Above all, I didn't want to create a second Exquisite Blood. And like TypicalTimmy said, with a tutor she can get exactly that from the deck, since it is the first goal of her deck.
Right now I'm also playing with the idea that she can be like this:
Melina, Ysmir of Nature Show
Legendary Planeswalker - Melina
+2 You may sacrifice another permanent. If you do, you gain 1 life and draw a card.
+1 Create a 1/1 black and green Pest creature token with “When this creature dies, you gain 1 life.”
-8 Until end of your Turn, whenever you gain life, each opponent loses that much life.
Melina, Ysmir of Nature can be your commander.
As already mentioned, counter-doublers are at home in the color combo (especially when you have played against Atraxa, it is very stressful to see some Planeswalker Ultimate in the round where they are played). And an emblem which is like part of the Dina, Soul Steeper + Exquisite Blood - combo I find myself too strong because you can't get rid of an emblem (as far as I know). How do you like this idea of rewriting? Better or worse than the basic idea?
1 year ago
Kazierts for life gain i like Noble Purpose, because it's a good universal life gain card that I already own, and I threw Glass-Cast Heart in there for the cheap tokens and life gain/loss. My idea would be to keep one Regal Bloodlord cut the other, cut Restless Bloodseeker Flip Glass-Cast Heart and Defiant Bloodlord for 2 of Vito and 2 blight-preist
1 year ago
Cut Defiant Bloodlord, Regal Bloodlord and Restless Bloodseeker Flip. They either cost too much or aren't that good of a payoff. Marauding Blight-Priest costs a bit more than the Bloodseeker, but it's much better for your strategy.