Knight of the Ebon Legion
Creature — Vampire Knight
: Knight of the Ebon Legion gets +3/+3 and gains deathtouch until end of turn.
At the beginning of your end step, if that player lost 4 or more life this turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Knight of the Ebon Legion. (Damage causes loss of life.)
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|Core Set 2020 (M20)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Knight of the Ebon Legion Discussion
5 days ago
Hello again, just a follow up to my previous comment. Looking at your list as it is now, I agree that Key to the City doesn’t look like it would do too well. The card works really well when you have a high number of cards with madness to ensure that the discard isn’t a tempo loss for you. Here, however, there are only three unique cards with madness, and actually rushing out an Asylum Visitor without getting its extra value is often a bad play, making most plays off of Key feel bad. Regarding the untap ability though, you only ever want to be activating it late game when you’re low on cards and up on mana, most of the time it’s irrelevant to you.
As I see it, and you may massively disagree with me here, your deck is, while on one ultimate strategy of playing aggressive with vampires, split in how it gets there. You’ve got your madness/discard package and then your more generic aggro vampire package, and personally it doesn’t seem like both can be the deck’s focus and you need to pick one or the other. Some cards (Asylum Visitor or Stensia Masquerade) probably make it into both versions just off their raw power but that won’t be the case for everything. Having built both versions of vampire aggro in pioneer and modern, hopefully I can give some helpful advice.
Firstly, if we start by looking at the straight aggro deck, cards like Lightning Axe, Fiery Temper and Thrill of Possibility don’t really seem to synergise, and you probably also have better alternatives for your one drops. Knight of the Ebon Legion is a very solid card to replace perhaps the Insolent Neonate as it scales much better into the game. Gifted Aetherborn is incredible as a two drop, and Drana, Liberator of Malakir feels like a must in this type of deck if your budget can accommodate her. Sanctum Seeker and Champion of Dusk are great late game cards that let you close out games as well. Black has really good removal options as well, perhaps my favourite being Drag to the Underworld, although that does put you in heavy black, but that might not be the worst thing with all the support from Ixalan, but Olivia's Bloodsworn and Stensia Masquerade would certainly justify a red splash. There are many other good cards, these are just some of my favourites.
If you decide to go down a more madness/discard based route, other cards become weaker. Weird as it may seem, but Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord is not all that great of a card for this strategy in my experience, since it lacks any synergy with discard, and cheating a vampire into play often isn’t worth it since your curve tends to be very low. Thrill of Possibility is another card I’d recommend against, using free discard outlets instead is far better for your tempo. I’d replace these with more units with madness, as I’ve said before Incorrigible Youths and Bloodmad Vampire being my favourites, with Voldaren Pariah Flip being a great finisher or stabiliser. Call the Bloodline is another interesting discard outlet you might want to consider, of course alongside Furyblade Vampire and Key to the City, which now becomes better now that you can curve it nicely into strong turn three aggression. If this is the route you choose to take, the discard outlet slots are quite flexible, so experiment and find those that fit how you want to play.
I’ll put the links to my two lists here for if you want to have a look:
I understand that you want to test your current build first, and your testing may prove me wrong entirely. These are pretty big changes that I’m suggesting, and they may lead the deck away from what you are envisioning for it, so please feel free to completely ignore these recommendations. I wish you luck with the deck and hope that this has been helpful to you.
1 week ago
4 weeks ago
I have a few notes here.
Crumbling Necropolis is a tap land, and, for a rather swift game plan of aggro, this is a large detriment. I'd recommend more basics in their place.
The curve is quite low, thence twenty-four lands is a little much. I'd cut 2-4 lands and try some removal. Unsummon, Terminate, Brazen Borrower, or Fatal Push could be better. Lightning Bolt would probably be best.
Unearth is a little odd here. Perhaps a mere two copies? It doesn't work well with this proactive gameplan.
Shadowmage Infiltrator is a late-game engine that allows this to sustain card draw, but is three mana and doesn't do much early. Try two copies.
Knight of the Ebon Legion could be fine. Pump it after blocks and the Calvalcade's attack trigger, hit for far more.
I'd put in Scorch Spitter. It seems to do well.
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive is legendary and doesn't stack due to this. I'd go down to three.
Thar it be. Good luck!
4 weeks ago
This deck is like removal tribal. Opponents will concede after the third Angrath's Rampage and the evolution sage /deathsprout combo to ramp into Chandra and burn them away.
Also, I have a great combo deck I would like to post, but somehow, my computer doesn't let me so can you do it?
Here's the combo, and the decklist.
Combo: Cruel Celebrant, Heliod, Sun-crowned, Woe Strider, Basri's Lieutenant.
Board state: Cruel Celebrant, Heliod, Sun-crowned, and Woe Strider on board. Play Basri's Lieutenant T4. Put +1/+1 counter on Woe Strider's Goat token. Sacrifice Goat Token. Cruel Celebrant and Basri's Lieutenant will trigger. You make a 2/2 Knight token and you gain 1 life, and your opponent loses 1. Heliod triggers. Put +1/+1 counter on 2/2 Knight. Activate woe strider and sac the 2/2 knight, and get your opponent's life down to 0!
Artifact (3) 3x Witch's Oven
Planeswalker (2) 2x Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis
2x Light of Hope
Sorcery (4) 4x Basri's Solidarity
1 month ago
Nice deck. Having built pioneer vampires myself, I have a few possible suggestions. Knight of the Ebon Legion is a very strong card, and perhaps Gifted Aetherborn or Asylum Visitor might work too. Admittedly, this would probably push you more towards black, but might be worth it. Also, if your budget could stretch for it, perhaps Drana, Liberator of Malakir or Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord could be nice includes, but they are more expensive. I’d also consider Castle Locthwain for extra card draw. Hope this helps, and good luck with the deck.
1 month ago
I would consider adding some turn 1 vampires, Knight of the Ebon Legion Vampire of the Dire Moon. I would also recommend updating the mana base (i.e. Less guild gates and life lands; more Shocklands; Fetchlands, etc. though these can be highly expensive depending on your budget) I would recommend swapping mortify for Vindicate but that depends how important instant speed removal is to you, Path to Exile would also be a good include. Blood artist should be a definite include and depending on your budget I would also recommend adding in some tutors Vampiric Tutor Demonic Tutor . Hope this is of some help to you!
1 month ago
Your land count seems a bit low, especially since your average CMC is above 3. Your commander isn't the cheapest but does make equip costs cheap once she's out. You may want to consider bumping up to at least 33 lands and adding 1 or 2 more mana rocks such as Sol Ring.
You can probably cut some of your aura's. The ceiling on All That Glitters is high enough to stay but Angelic Gift, Gift of Orzhova, Lightning Talons, and Messenger's Speed could get the axe for, well, literal axes such as Bloodforged Battle-Axe. Your strengths with your commander are equipment and the bonus is your equipment survive creature board wipes unlike your auras. Plus, there are equipment that do the same thing as the aura's on your list.
Colossus Hammer can be a powerhouse, more so if you give the creature trample. Also, it can gain flying just has to be after the hammer is equipped.
Crystal Slipper Free Haste enabler that can replace messenger's speed.
Embercleave An instant speed powerhouse.
Wings of Hubris Another way to give flying.
Knight of the Ebon Legion Just a good 1 drop knight.
I don't know your budget but most of the equipment I listed is still standard. Overall my recommendation is more lands and more equipment.
1 month ago
Hey, good budget version of Syr.
Silverblade Paladin's soulbound can change. Give another Knight as well as Silverblade double strike before you can cast Syr. Can then later on be another source of double strike for Syr. Fervent Champion is a one drop Knight who can hold equipment well. Because of haste and reduce cost of equip this guy is a fine later game play as well as early game. Knight of the Ebon Legion is another good one drop Knight who can potentially repeatedly grow at your end step. It's a mana sink and deathtouch makes it a good attacker. Thalia's Lancers can tutor for Embercleave, Shadowspear or another legendary card.
Unbreakable Formation can save your Knights from most board wipes or cast it during your main phase for a big attack. Dolmen Gate can protect Knights in combat; making it difficult for your opponents to want to block your Knights because your creatures will not receive combat damage, but opponents blockers are dealt combat damage by your creatures.
Sun Titan is not a Knight, but has a great ETB/attack ability because he can reanimate a Knight, an equipment, Knights' Charge or History of Benalia which is now a budget card. You can get Gideon Blackblade for much less than $5 from TCGPlayer and he's good with Knights, Titan and -6 is versatile exile. Generous Gift is a versatile instant removal spell in Commander.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Boros Guildgate
- Rakdos Guildgate
- Orzhov Guildgate
- Bloodfell Caves
- Scoured Barrens
- Wind-Scarred Crag
- Venerable Knight
- Belle of the Brawl
- Syr Alin, the Lion's Claw
- Syr Konrad, the Grim
- Open the Vaults
- Crystal Slipper
- All That Glitters
- Accorder's Shield
Good luck with your deck.