Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
Legendary Creature — Vampire Shaman
: Target creature gets -0/-X until end of turn and Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief gets +X/+0 until end of turn.
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|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief Discussion
6 months ago
I actually made an entire deck around this concept that works surprisingly well. Steve Argyle is a particularly great resource for this topic. In addition to Liliana of the Veil and Chosen of Markov Flip, he's also done Deadly Allure , Guul Draz Vampire , Naya Battlemage , and Night Revelers . Other notable artists are Jason Chan ( Deathpact Angel , Fires of Undeath , Kiora, Master of the Depths , Mayael the Anima , Maul Splicer , Treasured Find ) and Volkan Baga ( Elspeth, Knight-Errant , Korozda Gorgon , Stoic Angel , Student of Warfare ). I ended up going with vampires + knights and some other cards I included are Hero of Bladehold , Knight Exemplar , Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , Elenda, the Dusk Rose , and possibly the most ridiculous piece of Magic art ever created: Soul Collector . Some cards that came close to making the cut are Angel of Despair , Bloodflow Connoisseur , Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief , Knight of Dusk , Magister of Worth , Avacyn, Angel of Hope , Vampire Hexmage , and Veteran Cavalier .
Other cards that I like (sorted by type) include Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch , Lyzolda, the Blood Witch , Kemba, Kha Regent , Sunspear Shikari , Elvish Champion , Gaea's Herald , Quirion Dryad , Nimbus Naiad , Dreamborn Muse , Mistral Singer , Shipwreck Singer , Siren of the Fanged Coast , Akroma, Angel of Wrath , Archangel of Strife , Basandra, Battle Seraph , Razia, Boros Archangel , and Ire Shaman . Looking at this list now, it's clear I've spent far too much time researching this subject.
8 months ago
If big flyers is your thing then I’d maybe try Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief I also run her as a voltron deck and can legit one hit someone
8 months ago
Wow, that's one hell of a deck description nice work, would love to see the description finished and get a look into all of your card choices reasoning. For now, I just wanted to run some questions past you on your deck.
Is this actually an aggro deck? In your description and discussion, you say it is so, but from personally playing Edgar Markov Aggro strategies I see my goal as building my deck towards the goal of ending the game as quickly as possible. However your deck includes cards like Vona, Butcher of Magan , Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief , Olivia Voldaren , Erebos, God of the Dead , Greed , Anointed Procession , Vanquisher's Banner and all your two mana mana rocks. These cards are cards that do not pay off immediately but accumulate value over time, cards more fitting for midrange or control strategies. I think that Edgar Markov midrange can work, I may not think it is the strongest way to build Edgar Markov, but it can be a fun and powerful way to play the commander. All of this is to say that I wanted to challenge you to think about your card choices, and how they further your intended strategies. I think all the cards I listed are generally powerful cards in commander and can be good inclusions for your commander deck. However, just because a card is strong does not mean it is going to help you achieve your goals.
As an example, in my Edgar Markov List My deck has two main strategies. One, to storm off, this strategy to work I need a large board presence of vampires on turns five and six with select cards integral to the combo to pull it off. My aggressive strategy wants a large board presence of vampires on turn 5-7 with select aggro enablers that allow my opponents to die very quickly. Both of these strategies have the same gaols a large board presence with strong card selection or very efficient card draw in order to attain the strategy. So if I'm evaluating a card like Olivia Voldaren or Vanquisher's Banner I am asking potentially four questions. One, which I will always ask, is this card good? For both of these two cards that are going to be a check yes. Two, does this card help me get a large board presence of Vampires into turns 5-7, this won't be a relevant question to ask of Vanquisher's Banner but for Olivia Voldaren that will be a no. Three, does this card give me the card draw or card selection that I need? For Olivia Voldaren that is a no and for Vanquisher's Banner it can get me cards, but it will be too slow and too late and does not buff vampires enough to make them a kill threat. Lastly, does this card enable my storm or aggro strategies? For both of these cards, the answer is going to be no. Olivia Voldaren is a card for removal and steal so does not enable either and Vanquisher's Banner is an anthem that accumulates long-term value which does not enable either.
Of course, the questions I ask about my own deck are most likely not relevant to your deck. You are the one that has to create and pilot the deck so you are the best person to figure out how you evaluate what cards are a good fit for your deck and what cards are not a good fit for your deck. Maybe for your evaluation of the card choices I asked about they are a great fit for the goals you wish to achieve with the deck. If they are then any of the questions I asked your deck are not very relevant, but still creates the opportunity to clarify in your strategy section more of your overall strategic purpose. I would love to hear personally if you could hone in on the criteria you evaluate cards for your deck on, as I can see from your updates and descriptions you clearly put a lot of thought into your card choices. Would love to hear back from you, and also to get your thoughts on my own decklist in which I posted a link earlier in the post.
9 months ago
may want more draw than you have. Read the Bones , Painful Truths , and Vanquisher's Banner are all i really see as stable hand income. Phyrexian Arena and Necropotence have been massive all stars in my deck, constantly feeding me cards. Not sure about Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet . He was one of my cuts before as he always seemed to underperform, as did Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief . of course since i am an aggro player i tend to try to set a mostly hard line at CC of 3 and lower with a few exceptions for enders. I also do a lot more aristocrats with my deck and this is supposed to be a fun deck for fighting relative newbies. not a fan of signets except for Arcane Signet mostly because they are mana filtering and not really standing on their own. More times than not they end up becoming a liability when i need a straight up mana source and they keep popping up instead of actual lands or an artifact that can stand on it's own. Highly suggest Chromatic Lantern here as it is mana fixing and a mana rock all in one. Lastly, very, very much suggest Cathars' Crusade here. With Edgar's ability things get very stupid very quickly. nothing dishonest about it, you deal with it or the game ends shortly after. Team it up with Shared Animosity and you are very, very quickly dealing with an avalanche that will flatten you. that and it's fun. anyways, hope i helped. good luck and have fun
10 months ago
the biggest issue with voltron is that you generally show your hand pretty quickly and so you don't get as many opportunities to blindside an opponent, which is the easiest way to take a player out.
If you did want to build a voltron commander for a casual meta, I really like Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief. She's a bit costly to play, but the fact that she's got evasion, removal on a stck and a way to self buff makes her pretty good. Plus you get black for tutoring whatever you want. I played a version of her a few years ago and I think there was only 20 something black mana symbols in the deck, the rest was artifacts (if you want to play artifacts).
When it comes to aggro, I think that the most effective way to play is to go square (as opposed to going either wide or tall). Something like Edgar Markov is really good, as you typically are spitting out a bunch of tokens but they quickly find themselves as 4/4s or 5/5s. In this, you might not go as wide as a saproling deck might, but your vamps will typically out damage an army of small tokens while still providing an intimidating presence against larger creatures.
It is important to distinguish though - are you playing primarily 4 player games or are you playing 5/6/7+ player games? becuase a 4 player deck will operate MUCH differently than a 5 player deck. Same goes with a 3 player deck. 3 player commander is an entirely differnt beast than 4 player. But don't try to build for all these scenarios, you need to know what you primarily play and then tailor the cards for that.
11 months ago
Thanks for the advice. I took your suggestions into consideration and although I did already have Eternal Witness in the list I added the others. As well as Ashnod's Altar and Nim Deathmantle. I removed Viridian Zealot for Caustic Caterpillar, Caller of the Pack for Sakura-Tribe Elder, Raving Dead for Plaguecrafter, and honestly can't remember what for Viscera Seer lol. Geth, Lord of the Vault's utility at getting opponents artifacts and creature made him hard to part with and Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief being able to kill indestructible but I'm always open to more suggestions and thank you for taking your time to help.
1 year ago
Made a few edits last night - took out some "Exile" effects from my instants list (Deadly Rollick for example, even though I like the free aspect of it) since they wouldn't trigger Toshiro. I also tried to add a few more things to give me wincons, like Lashwrithe, Hatred, and even other creatures like Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief. Also a couple more pieces to combat hexproof like Detection Tower and Shadowspear to complement Arcane Lighthouse. I will keep play testing this though!
1 year ago
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions, wasn't active on TappedOut for quite some time.
I've made few changes, add those cards:
Champion of Dusk
Forerunner of the Legion
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord
Legion's Landing Flip
Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
Harsh Mercy good card but way too many tribal decks in my group
Blood Baron of Vizkopa
Sorin, Solemn Visitor
Comments and suggestions are more than welcomed. Might make some more changes and updates to all of my commander decks.