Heir of Falkenrath

Creature — Vampire

Discard a card: Transform Heir of Falkenrath. Activate this ability only once each turn.

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Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Heir of Falkenrath Discussion

Akromathia on Liliana, Defiant Necromancer and Discarding

3 months ago

Hello, good day and happy new year everyone:

While I was surfing “Tapped Out” looking for Liliana, Defiant Necromancer pricing, I came across the combo section. I saw that many of the combo suggestions have to do with discarding cards yourself (The likes of Burning Inquiry , Heir of Falkenrath  Flip and Tormenting Voice ).

My question is, how does the combo work? Is it just making reference to the fact that you can bring them back with the “-X”, or is there something I am not seeing?

The combo section should include a quick explanation on how it works. Sorry if this question is considered dumb.

Thank you in advance.

LordBlackblade on

7 months ago

Alright, let's get down to it! Anje Falkenrath is relatively new and I'm not yet sold on her validity as a vampire commander. My primary hang up is the overall weakness of madness as a mechanic. It is still critically underrepresented on cards, and of those that do exist only a handful are actually any good. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that I am skeptical that it can compete with existing vampire archetypes.

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My overall impression is that you've got a decent base here, but have made several choices that I see a lot of new EDH players make in their early decks. In general, you could use more card draw and I would encourage you to take a look at EDHREC or other vampire decks on here for inspiration in terms of what kinds of effects truly shine in EDH versus other formats.

GoldenAgeBatman on Pattern Recognition #120 - Madness

7 months ago

I'm working on incorporating this, my favorite of mechanics, into my Modern deck. So far in playtesting at FNMs it is surprisingly effective. If you're planning on playing Madness with Rakdos vampires definitely play a playset of Heir of Falkenrath  Flip and/or Furyblade Vampire . Both are great Madness "engines" for your Madness "fuel."

YamishiTheWickedOne on

8 months ago

Other maybe-useful things that come to mind include Heir of Falkenrath  Flip and more importantly: Faithless Looting .

hungry000 on Pure Vampires

9 months ago

I actually made a $15 vampire deck for someone else a while back! Here it is if you want any ideas for your deck: $15 Madness Vampires.

Otherwise, here are the changes I would for sure make to your deck:

-2 Havengul Vampire , +2 Heir of Falkenrath  Flip

-2 Ruthless Cullblade , -2 Bloodlord of Vaasgoth , +4 Vampire Lacerator

+3 Fiery Temper , -3 any of the other noncreature cards

TrueGamerDruid on Thirst for Madness

1 year ago

After some tests, the deck seems to have a horrible time limping about. There isn't enough going on and not enough answers to situations that arise.

Sonic Assault feels utterly pointless. At first glance it looked good...but when it's turned up in hand/graveyard a few times, I find myself despising it. So it's on the rack.

To replace it, I think I found just the thing: Heir of Falkenrath  Flip. It's on flavor for Vampires, not hard to cast and has a free discard effect for a slightly stronger flier. It tickles me ^-^

The problem now is finding adequate answers to situations. The biggest problem being big creatures I can't swing into in the beginning. I decided on two bigguns: Urge to Feed and Terminate . With Blue quickly fading from the deck, I'm deciding on leaving behind Radical Idea .

JohnHartigan on Vampire Madness

1 year ago

Hi Rez09,

Thanks for the comment. Good stuff.

You're right, the deck tries to benefit of both the madnes effect and vampire's synergies. I agree, there are not many creatures with madness in the deck. On the first glance. Falkenrath Gorger is key here. He gives all vampires (100% of creatures in the deck) madness even though it is at normal cost. In combination with card drawing cards, like Tormenting Voice , Asylum Visitor or Risk Factor you keep your hand healthy and you keep up the paste since the mana curve is extremely left skewed.

It is a stretch to have those topics combined in one deck. You definitely have to forego some of the cards you mention just because you don't have enough space or the overall synergies are too low. Originally, the third theme of the deck was a creature destroy/hand control component encircled around Liliana of the Veil , but she is crazy expensive. The theme is still active though.

I really like your suggestion Fiery Temper . It is basically a Lightning Bolt . Heir of Falkenrath  Flip is definitely a card I must add. Same with Bloodhall Priest and Drana. I will kick out Olivia, Mobilized for War in return.

What are your thoughts on Bloodline Keeper  Flip? Doesn't fit imo. Goes in the direction Indulgent Aristocrat , which I would not play either in this deck.

Perhaps, the overall combination is better suited in a Commander deck – what do you think?

Cheers, John

Rez09 on Vampire Madness

1 year ago

You might want to split this into two decks, as you seem to have lot of the makings for two archetypes here.

Looking at the Madness side of things, that deck generally wants to be absurdly aggro and pummel things down with its underpriced creatures, but you currently only have 4 reliable discard outlets, the 2 Stromkirk Condemned and 2 Furyblade Vampires, and that makes it hard reliably abuse the discount Madness cards give you. I'd greatly recommend adding more Furyblades and a playset of Heir of Falkenrath  Flips for evasive outlets, and then either 2 more Stromkirk Condemned if your landbase can reliably support it as a 2 drop, or some Insolent Neonate s OR Olivia's Dragoon s otherwise, as both are also evasive outlets.

You may also consider a playset of Fiery Temper in place of Terminate , as the 3 damage takes care of most early drops and you can discard it to your outlets for an upside, not to mention chuck it at the opponent's head.

From my testing with the card, Olivia, Mobilized for War is extremely non-ideal for a Madness deck, as you will only rarely have the mana to pay for both an initial creature drop AND the Madness cost of whatever you discard -- both the Stromkirk Captain you are running and Drana, Liberator of Malakir serve as better top end support cards for the deck.

Looking at Madness creatures, if you can reliably burn through your hand fast enough the Bloodhall Priest effectively becomes a 4/4 Shock on a stick for 3 mana, which is amazingly efficient, while the Incorrigible Youths make for devastating turn 3 swings. I won't say they are necessarily better than the Occultist/Asylum/Bloodmad, but only because they are easier to cast on curve if you miss a discard outlet.

For the other deck it looks like you have the pieces for here, I'd recommend dropping the discard/madness theme and focusing on the White/Black tokens from Ixalan instead -- anthem effects are extremely powerful with those tokens, especially since their large numbers quickly enable the Bloodline Keeper and Captivating Vampire. That deck also still likes Drana, Liberator of Malakir , as she puts her counters on the tokens before they hit due to first-strike, and opens up the Indulgent Aristocrat as a highly effective 1 drop. Vampire Nocturnus also synergizes a lot more with that deck, since more of the drops are black, while the Madness deck tends to run red with a splash of black.

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