Edgar Markov

Edgar Markov

Legendary Creature — Vampire Knight

Eminence — Whenever you cast another Vampire spell, if Edgar Markov is in the command zone or on the battlefield, create a 1/1 black Vampire creature token.

First strike, haste

Whenever Edgar Markov attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on each Vampire you control.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Edgar Markov Discussion

Gleeock on I think I'm too picky

1 week ago
  • Lore is tough. IMO, in a singleton format, I tend to imagine that the player is an all-powerful & unknown god (not a mere planeswalker) & the player is crafting a story with the cards they play.. Not even so much like an arena style beatdown with all these dissident characters (as that does not make sense to me) more like you are an invisible hand that are setting events to lead to your supremacy on a given plane... All that being said, lore doesn't matter to me because any game could have its' own amazing lore

  • amazing art to me is art that tells a story without needing a bunch of spikes, filigree, or garbage action poses. One of my favorite commander arts is Edgar Markov it tells you so much about that character without overstating or action-posing. Though I don't actually play Edgar.

  • power level is pretty subjective. I usually play a strategy that makes me happy & slowly refine a deck until it can kind of play up to the competition. I play (& win) with Thantis, the Warweaver quite a bit. Forced combat is not "high power level" - but labors of love can get there over time.

EVENcast on Elenda, the Dusk Rose EDH

3 weeks ago

Cool Deck! I’ve never built around Elenda as a commander, but I run her in my Edgar Markov deck and I’ve seen just how powerful she can be. I think you’ve got a nice list here overall, but I would personally add more ramp, and maybe a couple additional lands depending on what mulligan rules your play group has established. I try to have at least 10 pieces of ramp, even if my deck has a low average CMC... er, mana value. I would highly suggest running Arcane Signet , the best mana rock since Sol Ring. Additionally I would probably swap the Black Market for a Land Tax or Smothering Tithe , but I know they’re rather pricey. Black Market is just a bit too slow for my taste, but if works for you then it’s a solid budget alternative. I wasn’t sure if this deck wants to win through commander damage, or going wide with creatures, or life draining through aristocrat effects, or all three, but I would try to stick to a main theme and a sub-theme. Having said that, cards like Sunbond and Cathars' Crusade each support opposing strategies... voltron, and going wide, respectively. From your maybeboard I’d for sure add in Vampire Nighthawk which is just a great value card that’s on theme with your deck, and it’s a 3-drop which lowers the curve. Also check out Westvale Abbey  Flip instead of springjack pasture, it’s inexpensive and it’ll fit right in with your strategy. Good luck in your new playgroup, show them no mercy!

VampRamped on A Vampire Storm *Primer*

1 month ago

Hey Doombeard1984,

That's pretty incredible luck since that is a very expensive pre-con right now. Personally, I would not play The Ozolith in the deck since for one thing its pretty niche there aren't too many vampire effects that make counters, and oftentimes you shouldn't even cast Edgar Markov in a game as he's a huge removal target that cost's so much mana. You can lose a lot of tempo playing him and then someone just Swords to Plowshares him. Also, it is really bad if your opponents steal or remove his abilities and you don't have his eminence anymore.

Doombeard1984 on A Vampire Storm *Primer*

1 month ago

Hi VampRamped,

I have just been gifted a precon Edgar Markov commander deck by someone who was going to bin it (I KNOW RIGHT!?!). Was wondering what you thought of using The Ozolith to work in conjunction with your +1 counters. Works particularly well with creatures like Elenda

griffstick on Should Every Commander Set Be …

1 month ago

I think that they shouldn't be part of it. I like when we get the super old caracters like Edgar Markov or Volrath, the Shapestealer

Mcat1999 on Do you think Eminence will …

1 month ago

I, for one, think Eminence has great potential as a Commander mainstay. Not all are created equally. In my opinion, Arahbo, Roar of the World is by far the weakest. To the best of my knowledge, Edgar Markov is banned in French (1v1) Commander for being able to run away far too easily.

I must admit, I've never played with or against an Inalla, Archmage Ritualist deck, but given just what Wizards can do, I'm sure she can be built to be very brutal.

And finally, in my experience, The Ur-Dragon is a bit of a Timmy / Johnny deck. I've played against some that absolutely destroy the game and have unchecked power. I've also seen some that completely fizzle out. It seems like there are a few set pieces such as Utvara Hellkite and Silumgar, the Drifting Death that really impact he board. Otherwise it's mostly fodder that's yes dangerous and hard to block, but when it becomes 3v1 the game wraps up pretty quick.

With that said, I feel like the power dynamic was missed pretty bad. I don't believe these four were adequately balanced with one-another. This, I believe, makes a negative impression on Eminence as a whole, as we have a select few to draw experience and knowledge from, meaning our personal interactions are a bit more solidified and rigid.

I personally would love and welcome a second round with Eminence and see it done right. Personally, I think an Omnath with an Eminence-Landfall trigger would be epic. Something like: "Eminence - Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, if Omnath, ~~~ is in the command zone or on the battlefield, add one mana of any color that land could produce."

Sort of shuts down an Evolving Wilds and fetches as they can't produce mana unless you have other elements in play, such as an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth (giving liberties that this Omnath is potentially WUBRG), but I digress.

  • Though I suppose Urborg can be in a deck without in the Commander's identity as Urborg itself lacks any symbols on it.

How does the community feel about Eminence? Would you want to see another go at it? If so, any ideas you'd like to see explored?

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