Kalastria Highborn

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Worldwake (WWK) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Kalastria Highborn

Creature — Vampire Shaman

Whenever Kalastria Highborn or another Vampire you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay . If you do, target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

Kalastria Highborn Discussion

zephyr_chang on vampires

1 month ago

Vampires can actually be quite competitive, especially with the printing of Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord . But you are right, it won't be cheap to build the best version of the deck.

You could play some Viscera Seer in the deck. It gives you late game reach together with Kalastria Highborn . The ability to instantly grow your entire team with Cordial Vampire is also not bad. If nothing else, he allows you to at least get a scry off opponent's removal, and switch off Path to Exile so you can get your creatures back from the graveyard. Seer is often used with Bloodghast to great effect in typical Vampires builds.

Knight of the Ebon Legion is a great addition to the archetype from the latest set as well. Other cards you can consider are Stromkirk Condemned and Asylum Visitor . They work well together. Visitor has 3 power and represents card advantage, which is always useful.

Ahdor on Edgar Markov - Blood on the Table [EDH]

2 months ago

Change Notes:

Out: Bishop of Rebirth
In: Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery is way cheaper to cast then Bishop of Rebirth . It doesn't need as much conditions to be met, aswell.

Out: Butcher of Malakir
In: Purphoros, God of the Forge
Included another win condition with Purphoros, God of the Forge in exchange for a really expensive vampire which doesn't help the most important part of the deck.

Out: Fetid Heath
In: Fellwar Stone
Since the mana curve was lowered, one land can be cut for another piece of ramp.

Out: Kalastria Highborn
In: Gifted Aetherborn
Swaped out one vampire for another stronger one with important keywords.

Out: Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
In: Knight of the Ebon Legion
Changed another costly vampire for a cheaper one with strong upsides.

Out: Mathas, Fiend Seeker
In: Erebos, God of the Dead
Use life as a reassource with Erebos, God of the Dead , it's also way less specific then Mathas, Fiend Seeker 's effect.

Out: Bloodtracker
In: Expedition Map
Took out a costly vampire which has a specific effect for another piece of ramp, which is especially great for some of the utility lands (e.g. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth & Cabal Coffers ).

Out: Kindred Dominance
In: Vampire of the Dire Moon
Included another cheap vampire with strong keywords and took out a expesnive boardwipe.

Out: Sorin, Grim Nemesis
In: Throne of the God-Pharaoh
Swaped an expensive planeswalker for a cheap artifact which can act as a win condition.

Out: Boros Charm
In: Etchings of the Chosen
Swaped out a one time protection for a repeatable one.

Out: Vanquisher's Banner
In: Bolas's Citadel
Bolas's Citadel doesn't draw you cards, but you can even cheat vampires into play from the top of your deck.

zephyr_chang on Modern Vampires

2 months ago

Don't think you can do a Vampire tribal deck without playing Bloodghast ? The recursion works well with Sorin and with Cordial Vampire . You might need a sac outlet, such as Viscera Seer or Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet . Kalastria Highborn could be a good payoff for sacrificing creatures too, and might edge Blood Artist in certain respects. You might consider Asylum Visitor for card draw. Lastly, I feel that Bloodline Keeper  Flip is not playable in Modern, for the simple fact that you will probably never be able to activate his last ability ever.

YamishiTheWickedOne on

3 months ago

Modern huh? Unless you wanna do a sacrifice engine you're better going Rakdos or Mardu.

Vamps also wanna run pretty light on mana in either case. 3 or less cost = good, use 4+ mana cards very sparingly. Like Sanguine/Exquisite are simply too slow to be good imo.

Now, depending on your budget, you could do something like.....

4 Viscera Seer , 4 Bloodghast , 4 Blood Artist or Kalastria Highborn , 4 Cordial Vampire , maybe 4 Vampire Nocturnus or Vampire Lacerator and 2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet or Captivating Vampire , or maybe even 4 Dusk Legion Zealot or Gatekeeper of Malakir .

Or alternatively, consider that red gives you access to Stromkirk Captain who is hilarious with Vampire Nighthawk , Gifted Aetherborn and the new Vampire of the Dire Moon .

For hate spells, usable ones are things like Fatal Push , Lightning Bolt , Path to Exile , Terminate , Cast Down , Kolaghan's Command , or if you have money, Liliana of the Veil , Liliana, the Last Hope , and also to bring him up on this subject: Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord . Hand disruption is expensive, looking at Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek , and Collective Brutality . But black has almost a monopoly on that.

3 other cards to bring up: Olivia Voldaren , Stromkirk Noble as he was always good but 5 color humans are a huge deal in the meta now, and Zealous Persecution .

Hope this gave you some insight. Welcome to the dark side.

Hexaflexagon on Vampire Control

3 months ago

Hey Technowyvern!

You might want some cards such as Cordial Vampire , Kalastria Highborn , Sanctum Seeker , Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle , Pawn of Ulamog (replacement for Sifter of Skulls , Legion Lieutenant , Stromkirk Captain , Drana's Emissary , Malakir Bloodwitch , Necropolis Regent , Cliffhaven Vampire (combine with lifelink for infinite damage + life), Rakish Heir , Indulgent Aristocrat , Bloodlord of Vaasgoth , and Defiant Bloodlord .

BTW What is the FNM EDH meta like at Cerberus? I'm about to complete my Angelhorde Invasion deck so anything that would help in the meta or a rough idea of some of the meta decks would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Good Luck,

Hexaflexagon

vdoz530 on Aggro Tribe: Mono Black Vampires

3 months ago

Awesome, I appreciate you Commenting with so much information so quickly. I understand what you were saying with Essence Extraction and will be replacing those two with Duress . I’m not sure what I was thinking with Undying Evil but I was literally the last non-creature card I added to this deck and remember why now I didn’t do so before. I will be removing U/E and replacing with 2 more Duress for a total of 4. I am torn on a Asylum Visitor for I feel that it is a good card regardless of wording but the wording adds an extra element. I am curious though if there are multiple in play do they stack, which I believe they do not And could be cumbersome to the flow of the deck. I also feel different about Indulgent Aristocrat being purely a sack for I usually sacrifice itself to add +1/+1 to smaller vamps to beef up, When Kalastria Highborn is on the field together it gives added incentive to sac a 1/1 to add +1/+1 to 2-5 vamps and get +2 life and -2 for my opponent. Is my thinking wrong here with the potential? I like adding +/+ if I can, I like lifelink, I like the deathtouch for defense and to bide time but this is not a sac deck unless it helps gain ++. Let me do some changes from your input and if you could reevaluate and let me know what you think I would appreciate it. Thank you

dingusdingo on Aggro Tribe: Mono Black Vampires

3 months ago

The tribal base looks pretty nice, and I like the amount of 1x and 2x that you run. I might bump Vampire Nocturnus up to a 2x though.

Not a fan of Essence Extraction . Its spot removal that is expensive at 3 CMC, and doesn't guarantee removal. The extra life is certainly nice, but I would run more Fatal Push or Tragic Slip over them.

Chalice of Life  Flip is nice here, gives a colorless way to inflict a loss on opponents.

With the 2x Crypt of Agadeem and the 20 lands anyways, you could definitely fit 1 or 2 X spells in here for games that go longer. Torment of Hailfire is ridiculous.

A few draw pieces will help in case your creatures get hit by Wrath of God or some variant. I'm a real big fan of Mindblade Render , which isn't a vampire but worth a consider for a budget swinger/drawer. Asylum Visitor is less of a guarantee to draw, but its a 3/1 tribal creature with madness for 2 CMC so it might be worth a consider. Can help gas you when you're at no hand. Damnable Pact is an X spell that can refill you mid game at the cost of some life. Dusk Legion Zealot is a tribal that can replace itself, but doesn't beat down very well. Sign in Blood is a straight forward black draw card that can help you close out long games by acting as a shock too.

I think Dark Favor isn't that great, creature enchantments open you up to getting 2 for 1'd rather easily (they blow up or bounce your creature in response to the enchant, removing 2 of your cards with just 1 card).

I don't like Urge to Feed . It is mediocre removal, and the pumping of your tribe costs you an attack that turn.

Duress and similar effects as a 3x or 4x will help immensely. They let you deal with Enchantments and Artifacts, which are difficult for mono black to handle. They also let you get rid of board wipers, engine enablers, counterspells, and combo pieces before they are played. Finally, they reveal a lot of information about what your opponent can do, which helps you to make better decisions.

You should consider that there are some antisynergies with your cards. Captivating Vampire and Throne of the God-Pharaoh both want large amounts of creatures, while Kalastria Highborn and Indulgent Aristocrat both want you to sac creatures. Undying Evil wants to save creatures without +1/+1 counters, but Blade of the Bloodchief and Indulgent Aristocrat both want to put +1/+1 counters on creatures.

If this was my list, here's the changes I would make

In short, cull down to 8 pieces of creature removal. Up the amount of stealing vampire so serve as more removal and serve as a better tribal buff than blade of the chief. Add in hand disruption, add in Asylum visitors as cheap beaters who can help you if you're empty and benefits from opponents hand being empty too (from your Duress !). Move from the sac vampire to the guaranteed hits vampire because we don't want dead critters. Nocturnus gives all your vamps flying, so slightly upping total creature count while replacing 1x Nighthawk lets you get more benefits. Hope these suggestions make sense and are helpful!

multimedia on EDH - Budget Vampire Tribal

5 months ago

Hey, keeping your overall deck heavy black is good, the right direction, because of the low budget white and red are better as splashes mostly just for Edgar. You have about $50 to spend before you reach $100. All my card suggestions will cost half that. For the manabase consider a few more budget dual lands?

Can cut basic Mountains and Plains for these dual lands.

Most of my Vampire suggestions are one and two drop Vamps because I think you need more of them since they give you board presence faster because of eminence. The 10 budget Vampires to consider including:

Adding all these additional cards will cost about $24. This leaves another $20+ for a few higher end cards with Edgar such as Bloodline Keeper  Flip, Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Shared Animosity . Good luck with your deck.

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