Creature — Vampire Rogue
Whenever Pulse Tracker attacks, each opponent loses 1 life.
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Pulse Tracker Discussion
2 months ago
I agree with trying to capitalize on creatures a little more than noncreatures since you already have Drana, Liberator of Malakir , Zulaport Cutthroat , and Liliana Vess caring about them to one degree or another. I think the best creatures to look into would be vampires since you already have a decent shell for them. Gatekeeper of Malakir or Feast of Blood could swap for Geth's Verdict , Gifted Aetherborn or Nighthawk Scavenger could supplement Vampire Nighthawk , Pulse Tracker or Vampire of the Dire Moon could replace Mardu Shadowspear , Blood Artist could replace Cutthroat, Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose provides redundancy for Sanguine Bond , Pawn of Ulamog can provide sac fodder for cards like Ob Nix or Viscera Seer , Nullpriest of Oblivion is a flexible way to reanimate beefy monsters like Sangromancer , Vampire Nocturnus , Malakir Bloodwitch , Butcher of Malakir , or Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet . Finally, while not a vampire, I'd rather play Sidisi, Undead Vizier over Diabolic Tutor if you can't afford the OG 1-2 cost tutors. BTW, I'm not saying you should run all of these cards; just run what fits your playstyle.
2 months ago
I think the deck is very good but I see the potential for it to be that little bit better by honing in a little more on what you want your deck identity to be, Allow me to explain.
On the one hand, you run cards such as Vicious Conquistador , Pulse Tracker , Skymarcher Aspirant , Universal Automaton , Vampire Cutthroat , Vampire of the Dire Moon , these are all good cards in an Edgar Markov deck focused on trying to kill the table as fast as possible but with all the aristocrats you have, they are at best, 2 bodies for one mana. If you are trying to go for an aristocrats strategy Elenda, the Dusk Rose , Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle , Bloodline Keeper Flip, Living Death , and Patriarch's Bidding , Blade of the Bloodchief are all going to give you significantly more bang for your buck in an aristocrats strategy
On the other is your many many aristocrat's pieces which I know can be good in an aggressive strategy, but these aristocrat cards are harder to justify when you have plenty of vampires in your deck that say, "I'm not a very good card, but I can kill you really fast if I build momentum." I think aggressive choices can be very much so be justified if the card itself is a very high-quality card.
But yeah I like the deck especially the fact that you recognize that just because your playing Mardu doesn't mean 15% of your deck should be removal spells. I have my own list that you can check out at this link where yes I also do try to balance two strategies at once but I think that my deck makes it work since most of the cards in the deck are not only great in there intended role but pretty good at getting the other job done.
6 months ago
I have some thoughts about the overall gameplay, but I'll make some easy suggestions first:
Painful Truths > Read the Bones in a 3-color deck. Similarly, Mathas, Fiend Seeker is a great way to turn all of your removal into 2-for-1s, or can even draw you cards without spending any cards because it incentivizes your other player to remove things for you.
I agree with King_marchesa about cutting some vanilla vampires for ramp and removal. I noticed you said one of your players really likes hexproof creatures; spells like Soul Shatter and Crackling Doom will probably be better than spot removal like Utter End in that case. Anowon, the Ruin Sage is good for that, too, and Patron of the Vein is removal on a big-ol' Vampire stick!
Nighthawk Scavenger and Nullpriest of Oblivion will be good includes that are aggressive but also good in the lategame (this will be a theme in this comment). Olivia Voldaren is cheap and a good mana-sink to use the extra ramp you're putting in.
Bloodline Keeper Flip is a little on the expensive side at $9 but if you can get a copy, it'll be a great way to upgrade your army from 1/1s to evasive 2/2s, or 4/4s if he flips. Vampire Nocturnus is another good Lord in this vein. (Pun intended!) Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose can function as a damage-doubler using his activated ability.
Finally, Forerunner of the Legion is a great tutor that also gives +2/+2 to an attacker whenever you play a vampire, thanks to Eminence.
You'll notice that all of these suggestions will raise your curve. I think that's necessary to address the problems you're having. I started EDH running a Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury Elfball deck that had a similar goal: Make a lot of small Elves and run down one opponent. Ran into the same problems you have: You get outscaled. The changes I outlined above are also similar to what I did to turn Freyalise into a more streamlined Ezuri deck. You have to add a lategame. This is also why I recommend adding ramp to more reliably cast Edgar; he's an extremely powerful finisher with a board full of small vampires, and the deck relies on him for more than just 1/1s!
That's why most of my changes encourage you to add more removal and ways to buff your board with stronger creatures. This is the great thing about Edgar: you don't need to focus on making an army of small vampires, because he does that for you! Instead, you can play vampires that buff and help your other vampire tokens.
So, I'd recommend making swaps for the following low-drop creatures that aren't evasive/strong and don't do anything for your board besides being a vampire to trigger Edgar (which most of the above suggestions also do):
And also Goblin Bombardment, which I don't think is a good rate for what it does.
Add some more Vampire lords where you can get them (many of the above are just $1-2), removal, and ramp. You should find that instead of getting a hand with 2-3 lands and all 1-2 drops, you'll start finding a hand with something to do on every turn as you work up towards Edgar. I hope that helps!
1 year ago
I will build your build and see how it suits me, I wanted to build a casual but optimized creature based build and I think this list is pretty much ok, I have made some small changes: I replaced : gone : Guul Draz Vampire Quag Vampires Martyr of Dusk Bloodhusk Ritualist Pulse Tracker Kheru Bloodsucker added : Metallic Mimic Skullclamp Adaptive Automaton Rakish Heir Tithe Drinker Etchings of the Chosen
and changes in the manabase :
Dragonskull Summitit by Luxury Suite as this one will never enter tapped Nomad Outpost by Scrubland As I dislike enter tapped lands in an agressive build and I think your red sources are a bit high. Orzhov Basilica by Godless Shrine again because I dislike enter tapped lands Mountain by Badlands These last 3 changes also change the amount of swamp/plains cards in your deck from 12 to 15 making your isolated chapel less likely to enter tapped. I have also descided to play snowcovered basics because that gives more options that your opponents can assume you have.
so this leaves the following enter tapped lands in your deck: Path of Ancestry this one I completely understand and agree Mortuary Mire I wonder if this one is good enough, can you elaborate on why this is good enough in this deck Windbrisk Heights again the same question, is this card good enough?
Now finaly some lands that might be worth looking into: bojuka bog. I know, it enters tapped, but will probably be a good replacement for mortuary mire blood crypt plateau prismatic vista if you think this deck can handle with 1 less land that effectivly gives mana
1 year ago
I have to test Underworld Breach more. After a boardwipe it could server better than Oversold Cemetery. Often the Cemetery dont do anything with that much graveyard hate people bring these days... getting them all back in one turn sounds better. Dark Prophecy is nice when clamp is out, otherwise its unreliable.
i put New Blood back in just for the flavor and fun. Its not the best card but its extremely unique and can only be played in a Vamp tribal. So why not.
1 year ago
I never noticed Vicious Conquistador before. Looks like an upgraded Pulse Tracker, which makes it good. I'd move some more in that direction. You really want to be pretty sure of a 1-cost creature in your opening hand and a 2-cost creature or two 1-cost creatures for your second turn. You want to be getting some hurt in before the opponent starts dropping bigger creatures. When they do, you want to be using inexpensive removal on their better creatures (Doom Blade, Smite, Victim of Night, etc.) or evading them (Vampire Nighthawk, Gruesome Deformity, etc.) to keep the pressure on and finish them quickly. Don't over-focus on life gain and defense. A little can give you an edge; too much will deprive you of focus. If the opponent is given time and room to fully develop his/her game plan, the extra life will only slow your loss by a turn or two, not prevent it. Embrace cards like Sign in Blood, which lets you trade those life points for something you need more, cards. It can also be used to get in a couple of points of unblockable life loss on an enemy, but that's not the most common use. Keep in mind that the only life point that matters is the last one.
1 year ago
Welcome. This deck looks fun. +1 I might suggest a little less emphasis on life gain and a few more creatures and damage-dealing effects. Silence, as 1-of control type card, is a good candidate for replacement. Your mana curve looks good to me, but most of your 1-cost cards are ones that won't be played on the first turn, since they do things like bring creatures back or buff creatures. I'd look at swapping in a few 1-cost addressive vampires like Pulse Tracker or Guul Draz Vampire. Casual is my favorite format; the beauty of it is you get to do your own thing and come up with your own ideas. I think of it as kind of like budget Vintage in a way. Enjoy!
1 year ago
This is admittedly minor, but I don't like Changeling Outcast and Duskborne Skymarcher. Vicious Conquistador and Pulse Tracker are much more efficient at pushing damage, and synergize better with Cover of Darkness and Reconnaissance. Shadow Alley Denizen will also generally be better.