Creature — Vampire
Sacrifice a creature: Falkenrath Aristocrat gains indestructible until end of turn. If the sacrificed creature was a Human, put a +1/+1 counter on Falkenrath Aristocrat.
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|Double Masters (2XM)||Rare|
|Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3)||Rare|
|Dark Ascension (DKA)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Falkenrath Aristocrat Discussion
2 months ago
So what you've made is a deck called an aristocrats deck name after an old deck that used Falkenrath Aristocrat to sacrifice creatures for some benefit like drawing cards. So if you replace your mana intensive cards (meaning they need a lot of mana to use) you can make this faster and more annoying for your opponents.
What I suggest is take some of the things you want to die and replace them with Reassembling Skeletons or Gutterbones and cards like that. Get yourself a repeatable sacrifice outlet Viscera Seer and something that wants things to die like Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat.
Another cool card is Open the Graves which turns small things into bigger token cards.
3 months ago
Mainly due to it not being a human and its one life for one death from one opponent isn't as great in a deck whose main focus isn't the death-based combos (the combos are essentially a safety net). And Falkenrath Aristocrat is basically a second Silvar. Did you have it confused with Falkenrath Noble, perhaps? Which is the card that's a less good version of Blood Artist.
3 months ago
I’m a sucker for Bojuka Bog myself. I run it in every deck with black. If you do cut it maybe consider Scavenger Grounds as having an answer to graveyards on a land is nice. The bounce lands are much debated and they enter tapped but being able to return the Bojuka Bog and recast it is one reason I like them all right.
The updated mana base looks better!
I am working on a rebuild of an old Mardu deck I retired a while back that got some nice pieces in the new precon. Falkenrath Aristocrat may be my favorite card and Silvar, Devourer of the Free is basically a worse aristocrat so I am going to try the partner commanders.
3 months ago
Thanks! I was toying around with Grim Haruspex a little bit, and I think I will include it as my search to make a human-token-based aristocrat deck simply isn't working out as well as I'd hoped. I saw Falkenrath Aristocrat, I suppose I just didn't see the value in it, but you pointing it out made more sense than I initially thought. I made this deck at like 2am, so I guess I overlooked the fact that the tokens were Soldiers, not Humans like Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis makes. I'll also certainly add Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion.
3 months ago
I'm working on a deck with the same commander and I'm very excited.
Some of the other cards I was looking at that might be interesting.
Grim Haruspex, Human and card draw
Falkenrath Aristocrat, a second Silvar but it with wings and haste
Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis, makes humans rather than just soldiers
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion, surprise double strike on the commander.
Just some budget alternatives i was looking at. I like the list.
3 months ago
Good list! I am a big fan of Edgar Markov.
I like that your deck is geared towards a faster-paced, lower CMC than my version. I do see a few tweaks I would make if this was mine.
I can't imagine Reliquary Tower is very useful in here, with the low mana curve. I would use Path of Ancestry instead.
Vindictive Vampire seems slow, I would be tempted to switch it out for Falkenrath Aristocrat which pack more punch for the same cost.
Kindred Dominance is on theme, but an update to Ruinous Ultimatum would be in order.
Another upgrade from new releases would be to change Unbreakable Formation to Flawless Maneuver.
Finally I would want to remove Raging River to make room for Berserkers' Onslaught.
I have found I had to lose Skullclamp from my build, because my Vampires almost never have 1 toughness.
Playing Athreos in here is such a good idea, I am definitely adding it top my own Vampires Tribal.
Hope this inspires you!
3 months ago
I enjoy the more sac themed vamps too. I find Edgar makes the aggro strategy so easy that if you actually lean into it, your deck starts entering not-fun territory. Moving into a theme like Sacrifice or Life Gain makes for more fun games, and because Edgar is so powerful, you can always fall back on aggro as a Plan B if you need to.
I'm still working on my own build, so it's not finalized but here are some suggestions.
Dusk Legion Zealot - 2 bodies + draw a card for 2 mana is just too good to pass up. Sure he doesn't do much, but it plays right into your sac theme.
Champion of Dusk is one of your best top ends, with the number of vamps you run. Just to refill your hand.
Bloodline Keeper Flip - It's no secret that he's one of the best vampires in the business. Whether as a lord for aggro builds, or a token creator for sac-builds you'll want one if you decide to keep the deck around.
Now for some non-vamp suggestions.
Teysa Karlov - She doubles death triggers and buffs your tokens, basically heavily supporting both of your main strategies.
Teysa, Orzhov Scion - Every black vampire token that edgar makes dies and is replaced by a spirit when this teysa is on the field. It lets your sac chains extend twice the norm. The exile clause is just gravy here.
Requiem Angel - A much higher CMC version of the Orzhov Scion Teysa, but possibly still worth playing because of how powerful the effect is.
Cards to consider removing:
As mentioned before, I don't think Legion Lieutenant is worth keeping around. She's perfectly fine in an aggro build, but since you're trying to shift your primary strategy from aggro, then you want your remaining Lords to do more than just provide a buff.
Shadow Alley Denizen - I'd replace in a heart beat. Like Legion Lieutenant, she's all about connecting with the enemy, when that isn't your primary gameplan anymore.
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth - Now this is one I struggle with, because he's definitely cuttable. You're probably much better off with Champion of Dusk in this 5cmc slot, but Bloodlord is pretty cool, so I could understand holding on just out of fondness.
Falkenrath Aristocrat - The lack of humans really diminishes her strength here. We have much better and cheaper sac outlets and much stronger and cheaper attackers. This Aristocrat is just very medium, and easy to replace since she's not performing at her best.
Anyway, that's my take. Hope you have a blast with the deck.
4 months ago
Demonic Tutor and Vampiric Tutor are must-runs in black, but maybe belong on your "Sideboard" for now. Diabolic Intent is also super good with tokens and might be cheap enough to run outright. Enlightened Tutor has enough targets in your deck also.
Other general bombs: Catastrophe (an incredible wipe in general, often slept upon), Axis of Mortality (wtf why does nobody run this, you should exercise your queenly authority and tell people that their life total now belongs to the crown), Solemn Simulacrum (ramp in non-green, though sadly in the same slot as your gen at 4 mana), Vedalken Orrery (surprise! always good), Exquisite Blood (biiiig time lifegain, can be a ridiculous difference maker)
Tokens: Anger, Filth (combos huge with anyone playing Urborg, or even just any black deck), Archetype of Aggression (Trample combos really well with Deathtouch, since you only need to deal one damage to the creature to be lethal and the rest of the damage tramples over), Archetype of Finality, Street Riot, Berserkers' Onslaught, Rage Reflection, Brave the Sands (Vigilance also combos really well First Strike + Death Touch, as does being able to block multiple creatures—basically a wall effect like Norn's Annex), Eldrazi Monument (very cool with token generation), Goblin War Drums, Intimidation, Mirror Entity, Nahiri, Storm of Stone (cutie Nahiri!), Radiant Destiny, Silverwing Squadron (token time), Grenzo, Havoc Raiser (Goads, pretty damn good card, seems popular in Marchesa decks), Skullclamp (big time card draw for your 1/1 tokens), Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs (another wall/token generator), Anointed Procession (double tokens!)
Other Royal Shit: Dreadhorde Invasion (creates Armies (fun flavor), tokens, Lifelink potential), Mobilized District (makes Citizen land, big flavor), Giant Killer (removal + Peasant + taps), Sengir Autocrat (SERFS!!), Righteous War (wild flavor, pretty solid evasion, gives your general Protection from Black AND White, could actually be a huge sleeper card), Stronghold Assassin (also an Assassin, obviously)
Powerful Women & Bad Bitches: Imposing Sovereign (also a Noble), Linden, the Steadfast Queen (also a noble), Agent of Masks (also an Advisor + "Aristocrats" staple), Diaochan, Artful Beauty (also an Advisor, could be neat with Hexproof lol), Masako the Humorless (also an Advisor, also fucking savage holy shit look at her), Orzhov Advokist (I know you've got it in the Maybelist, but it's so on-theme and it may or may not be better than Norn's Annex), Teysa Karlov (also an Advisor, great for tokens, you already have her other baller version), Etali, Primal Storm (I dunno, Elder, he's good), Zetalpa, Primal Dawn (same as before, also she's probably female so yeah), Massacre Girl (also an Assassin), Avatar of Woe, Silent Assassin (also a sexy Assassin), Thorn of the Black Rose (also an Assassin, themey, weak though, I suppose), Adriana, Captain of the Guard (wild with wide/tokens), angelic field marshall, Dark Impostor (also an Assassin), Danitha Capashen, Paragon, Stoneforge Mystic (big time with equipments, seriously some formats have called for her to be banned she's such a bad girl) Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Twilight Prophet (woah)
Tax/Bones: Kambal, Consul of Allocation (seriously amazing, most Marchesa decks run it, also an Advisor), Sheoldred, Whispering One, Urabrask the Hidden, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Pontiff of Blight (biiig beef, Marchesa controls the church), Wound Reflection (serious finisher, should really consider), Dictate of Erebos, Mogis, God of Slaughter, Fate Unraveler, Ankh of Mishra, Polluted Bonds (Ankh of Mishra on steroids, actually pretty broken card overall, probably should strongly consider it)
Multiplayer Shenanigans: Scandalmonger, Warmonger, and Wishmonger (wild times, probably too wild but they can be game finishers in weird ways); Varchild's War-Riders, Assault Suit, Goblin Assassin (also an Assassin), Embereth Skyblazer
Auras/Equipment: Kusari-Gama (super savage with Deathtouch), Helm of the Host (big theme on the flavor text, also a great card in general), Tenza, Godo's Maul, Angelic Destiny, Argentum Armor, Battle Mastery, Blackblade Reforged (a gen-equiping classic), Blessing of Leeches (Instant-speed free regeneration? This is another sleeper card, and it even has an amazing feminie art), Shadowspear, Colossus Hammer (kinda amazing with your gen), Embercleave, Whispersilk Cloak (you know Marches owns one of these), Fireshrieker (beefer)