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Creature — Vampire Knight
Other Vampires you control get +1/+1.
Legion Lieutenant Discussion
1 month ago
I've played a lot of modern vamps. Some of the best options are dirt cheap, so it makes for a great budget list to take to FNM. Most of the time I've been in mono black, but splashing for lietennant is fairly low-cost and low-risk for a great card.
For this list, Vampire of the Dire Moon , Vampire Cutthroat , Indulgent Aristocrat will do an amazing job filling out the one-drop slots. They are the 'best' budget setup I've found- great burn matchup and evasion/great deathtouch trades into bigger threats. They also play nice with Lashwrithe and Blade of the Bloodchief .
If your budget is tight enought that filling out with $1 1 drops seems rough, look at Guul Draz Vampire , Shadow Alley Denizen and Pulse Tracker alongside Stromkirk Condemned , Urge to Feed and direct damage like Gonti's Machinations and Bump in the Night . Playing a lot of 1 mana creatures that get pumped is really good, and evasion like intimidate makes something like mono-red burn but with hand disruption.
Two mana stronger options is Legion Lieutenant and Cordial Vampire (you can run Stromkirk Condemned , Dusk Legion Zealot or Cruel Celebrant ), and three is Vampire Nighthawk and Bloodthirsty Aerialist since you have them and want those slots for budget removal/carddraw. Gifted Aetherborn deserves a mention as it used to be cheap, but dire moon is frankly better and in print.
Next we come to the thing that makes budget mono-black king of the budget lists- cheap, effective spells. Sign in Blood is playable card-draw. Underworld Connections while far, far worse than Phyrexian Arena , and worse than bob still performs admirably. Delirium Skeins & Mind Rake devastates control players. Duress successfully hates out combo players. Standard cards like Mire's Toll & Drill Bit perform miracles. Cards like Flaying Tendrils can play at being one-sided boardwipes, and your sideboard has access to all manner of oddball cards that had too many copies to get expensive for modern- from Shadowfeed to Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage .
Grab some playtest tools and muck about- you will find a great deck within your budget that you can muck about with to perform well in your local meta.
1 month ago
Heyo! I've been working on a B/W/R vamp list for a little bit, so it's interesting seeing the direction you're taking it. I haven't really considered Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle for my list so I think I'll give him a whirl.
1 month ago
I'd add in more removal, at last replacing Legion's Judgment and Blazing Hope with Walk the Plank and/or Ixalan's Binding ; then, try to play a full playset of the best creatures like Legion Lieutenant .
1 month ago
I agree that the mana curve is too high. While I was doing my testing last night I realized I was getting overwhelmed by the time I could get out my five-drops. I'm still doing testing on Sanguine Bond , and we'll see if it's necessary or not. Anowon, the Ruin Sage is a hefty blow though. Not only is it immune to such cards as Cast Down , it breaks any kind of stalemate and even when you're behind it wrecks your opponent's ability to build up creatures.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by my four-drops since my only 4 CMC cards are Vampire Outcasts (which, granted, isn't that great but combos with other cards), and Sorin, Solemn Visitor , who is superb.
As for my mana, the lands I have listed were a guess as to what I have in the deck. I've now updated that. I get what you mean about Forsaken Sanctuary , and it's probably the most useless non-basic land in the deck (possibly excepting Vault of the Archangel . However, I almost always have mana options in my starting hand, and I plan my land usage to put out lands that come in tapped on turns when I wouldn't be using that extra land anyway.
The value in Sorin's Thirst is two-fold. First, it gets rid of some smaller creatures (or finishes off larger ones), and really it'll kill about as many creatures as Fatal Push , but it also gives me two life which can combo with Sanguine Bond or Bloodthirsty Aerialist or... Well, you get the idea. I will add Cast Down though, thank you for the suggestion!
1 month ago
At the risk of sounding a bit rude, I don't think this has what it takes to be competitive in Modern, even considering it is a budget deck. Your deck currently has three major problems: (1) the mana base is unplayable in Modern; (2) your curve is way too high; and (3) a lack of viable interaction.
Let's talk about the mana base first. Lands that enter tapped effectively put you a turn behind and are, frankly, unplayable in Modern. We're talking about a format where games are often decided by turn 4--every single turn counts. I would promptly cut both Scoured Barrens and Forsaken Sanctuary and replace them with some combination of the budget-friendly lands of Caves of Koilos , Isolated Chapel , and Concealed Courtyard . That change alone should make for a drastic increase in your win-rate.
Next, let's talk about your curve. I think the following creatures are too low impact for how much they cost to cast:
Anowon, the Ruin Sage - This card just allows your opponents to sacrifice their worst creature. By the time you can cast Anowon, they almost certainty have something they can just pitch to the graveyard, so he is not really going to hinder your opponents any.
Then you also have a large number of four drops--more than you probably need. I think it would be helpful to remove most of those, and focus instead on cards that make a huge difference the turn they're dropped. As I said above, Modern is often known as the "turn 4 format" - your turn 4 plays need to be explosive and have a large impact on the game.
Unfortunately, a number of the better vampires in Modern are not budget friendly (such as the exceptional Bloodghast ). Still, here's some to consider:
- 4x Legion Lieutenant just gives a lot of value for two mana.
- 4x Dusk Legion Zealot is a decent budget card, since it replaces itself in your hand.
- 2x-3x Sanctum Seeker - this is solid, particularly if you add more cards that create vampire tokens. It does something the turn you play it, pinging your opponent for an additional 2-3+ life fairly easily.
I'd cut Sorin's Thirst and add Cast Down instead as a budget removal spell. It's going to hit most of what you want to kill and is a whole lot easier to hit in two colours than . 4x Fatal Push would be a strong upgrade, as it is one of the best removal spells in the game. Fatal Push has dropped in price some since it left Standard, so you might be able to pick up some relatively inexpensively. Eventually you'll want Path to Exile , but that's not the most budget-friendly card.
1 month ago
Nice Deck, Vampires are a good choice for a tribal deck! I only have a few suggestions, but even then they are sort of smaller less important things. First off, add some more tribal cards: Anowon, the Ruin Sage , Patron of the Vein , Rakish Heir , Bloodlord of Vaasgoth , Indulgent Aristocrat , and maybe Blade of the Bloodchief . However, Modern isn't the best tribal format. I would recommend switching your format to Legacy, which would allow the following great vampire cards: Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle , Urza's Incubator , Vanquisher's Banner , Herald's Horn , Sanctum Seeker , Legion Lieutenant , etc. You could also add Bloodstained Mire , Smoldering Marsh , Dragonskull Summit , Canyon Slough , Blackcleave Cliffs , and maybe Foreboding Ruins . But nonetheless, most of these aren't legal in modern (Which is the Format your deck is in as of now) so I would recommend switching. If you find these cards and suggestions helpful, please upvote my deck: A Deal With the Devil EDH. Thanks, hope these help, and have a nice day.
1 month ago
Anowon, the Ruin Sage Elenda, the Dusk Rose Captivating Vampire Vanquisher's Banner Coat of Arms Bloodlord of Vaasgoth Door of Destinies Indulgent Aristocrat Patron of the Vein Legion Lieutenant Malakir Bloodwitch Herald's Horn Sanctum Seeker . These are all good Vampire Tribal or Any Tribal Cards. I would not add Damping Sphere, it has nothing to relate to vampires, along with Nihil spell bomb. If you need to take out cards to add the cards above, I would maybe only have 3 Blades of the Bloodchief, 2 Duress's, and maybe do the same for the non tribal vampires. However, some of the cards above are not legal in modern, so if I were you, I would switch to legacy or vintage which give you a wider variety of choices.
1 month ago
This is a really easy deck to play, it plays itself for the most part.
Get an opening hand with both colours in, play some little nasty things and keep boosting them by draining life.
Bloodthirsty Aerialist and any of the Sorin's are your staples, Savage Gorger is a good fallback for the Aerialist and if you've got Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord on the board then everything has lifelink so boosts things like your Aerialst.
Knight of the Ebon Legion is another key card, when you start doing direct damage with your flyers and spells and boosting him.
Legion Lieutenant occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.07%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
RBW (Mardu): 0.58%