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Creature — Vampire Soldier
Other Vampire creatures you control get +1/+1 and have first strike.
4 months ago
A few examples of breaking Reconnaissance:
In Edgar Markov with vigilance and Captivating Vampire you can attack with literally everything, steal a creature for every 5 vamps you tap (this doesn't remove them from combat). You then untap to avoid any unfavorable blocks, let the rest of combat damage happen, then untap everything while it's still considered 'attacking'. Bam, all your dudes are untapped and ready to block/deter attacks or steal more stuff while turning your aggro up to 11.
First/Double Strike are dumb with this card. With Stromkirk Captain out (again in Edgar Markov), you can attack with everyone, untap only to avoid first/double strike, deal all your damage in the first strike phase, then immediately untap everyone before regular combat damage is dealt to make combat entirely one-sided.
5 months ago
Lietenant looks nice on paper at a glance, but tbh I feel like he's for vamps with a very low, fast curve, and imo at least 8 turn 1 creatures.
Reasons to play Orzhov would also include Edgar, Charmed Groom Flip, Blood Baron of Vizkopa, Adanto Vanguard and Welcoming Vampire. Edgar is the same base effect as Lietenant for twice the mana but Edgar has a much better body, being out of bolt range immediately and immune to Vanishing Verse, and even if he eats a Push or Unholy Heat he doesn't STAY gone. White also gives you access to some of the best sideboard cards ever made including things like Stony Silence and Rest in Peace.
Reasons to play Rakdos are numerous. Stromkirk Noble, Stromkirk Captain, Olivia Voldaren, Insolent Neonate, Falkenrath Pit Fighter, and from the non-creature side, Lightning Bolt, Terminate, Dreadbore, and a whole host of sideboard options like Rakdos Charm, Abrade, Shatterstorm, Boil, and so on.
7 months ago
Hey, well done for your first Commander deck and nice start with upgrades of the precon on a budget.
Necropolis Regent, Stromkirk Captain, Stensia Masquerade and Bloodsworn Steward are cards in the precon to consider adding back in because they make Strefan better by making him bigger allowing him to keep attacking. These cards can make Strefan an actual threat to do serious Commander damage. Strefan does have flying which helps, but he's only a 3/2 which are weak stats for a flying creature who you want to keep attacking with. Regent is especially good since it's a big flying Vamp to cheat with Strefan who the first time Strefan does combat damage to a player makes him a 6/5.
Champion of Dusk and Bloodtracker are in the precon and they're Vamps to cheat with Strefan to draw cards and create Blood. Bloodtracker is repeatable way to create Blood by making yourself lose life and it has counters interaction with Regent/Masquerade. Cryptolith Fragment Flip is a mana rock to create Blood since when tapped for mana it makes all players lose l life.
Some changes to consider:
- Necropolis Regent --> Zagras, Thief of Heartbeats
- Cryptolith Fragment Flip --> Commander's Sphere
- Bloodtracker --> Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
- Stromkirk Captain --> Malakir Blood-Priest
- Stensia Masquerade --> Ill-Gotten Inheritance
- Champion of Dusk --> Deathless Ancient
- Bloodsworn Steward --> Blood Tribute
Good luck with your deck.
7 months ago
General comments: Most builds of vampires usually either fall into tribal beatdown, or a more aristocrats themed build with Viscera Seer, Cordial Vampires, Blood Artist, Cruel Celebrant etc. This looks like a decidedly beatdown version of Vampire tribal so I'll give suggestions along that line.
Card to cut:
Bloodthirsty Adversary is a very strong midrange card. However, you only have 7 instants/sorceries, of which 3 are 1 mana and 4 are 2 mana (so you'll never be able to cast a 3 mana spell with it). Basically Adversary is just bad here so I'd cut it.
Mayhem Devil would be really strong... in the aristocrats version of this deck. How often are you actually going to be sacrificing blood tokens, which require mana sink and cards to discard? Probably not that often.
Voldaren Epicure doesn't really do much here. None of your cards care about blood tokens except one, which actually cares about the blood tokens your opponent has.
You definitely need some strong one drops in the deck, especially if you cut Epicure. Vampire of the Dire Moon is one of the best. Knight of the Ebon Legion is probably the second best. Vampire Cutthroat is okay if you need more.
If you want to lean more into the blood token theme and keep Epicure, Bloodtithe Harvester is a decently strong 2 drop that can act as additional removal with Gatekeeper.
8 months ago
Hey, good start and budget Vampire version of Olivia.
Consider getting the Crimson Vow Vampiric Bloodline Commander precon? The precon would be a fine start at upgrading your Vampires and has many staple cards for Commander such as Command Tower and Arcane Signet. What all precons lack however is a good basic casual Commander deck structure to start a deck with:
- 36 lands (Command Tower)
- 25+ creatures (Necropolis Regent)
- 10+ ramp sources (Arcane Signet)
- 10+ draw sources (Champion of Dusk)
- 10- removal (Anowon, the Ruin Sage)
Not all areas of a deck are covered in this structure example just the basics and of course these numbers can change as you're deck building. Some cards can cover many areas which is what you really want with cards you choose to play especially in this case Vampires.
Vampire upgrades in Vampiric Bloodline: Patron of the Vein, Necropolis Regent, Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Champion of Dusk, Butcher of Malakir, Crossway Troublemakers, Stromkirk Captain, Sanctum Seeker, Cordial Vampire, Rakish Heir, Indulgent Aristocrat, Malakir Bloodwitch, Bloodtracker, Vampire Nighthawk, Falkenrath Noble, Blood Artist.
Other good nonVampire cards in Vampiric Bloodline: Sol Ring, Arcane Signet, Command Tower, Olivia's Wrath, Vandalblast, Stensia Masquerade, Swiftfoot Boots, Rakdos Signet, Blasphemous Act, Feed the Swarm, Rakdos Charm, Night's Whisper, Commander's Sphere, Tainted Peak, Unclaimed Territory, Exotic Orchard, Path of Ancestry, Smoldering Marsh, Foreboding Ruins, Shadowblood Ridge, Temple of Malice.
Of course you don't have to get the precon, but in doing so you get a lot of cards at one time. I listed many cards that would be upgrades to pick and choose from if you would rather do that, if at all. If interested I offer more advice in another comment.
Good luck with your deck.
9 months ago
Nice deck. I do have a few suggestions for you though.
First is the ULTIMATE way to push the gas pedal and keep it floored turn after turn. Reconnaissance allows you to swing with EVERY creature safely, deal combat damage in most situations, and have EVERY one of those creatures untapped and ready to block/deter attacks by the end of combat. It untaps to avoid bad blockers (only situation you don't deal combat damage), it untaps after combat damage is dealt, and it can even untap after first strike but before normal combat damage( This is especially broken with Stromkirk Captain/Stensia Masquerade, Drana, Liberator of Malakir, and Captivating Vampire). Creatures are considered 'attacking' until the end of combat step ends. During this step (and after first strike) priority passes around the table, giving you a window to untap).
Second is Scapegoat. It pseudo dodges hard to dodge wraths like tuck, exile, -X-X, sacrifice, etc. If you ever decide to run Purphoros, God of the Forge (who domes all opponents for 4 for every vamp you cast) it also pulls double duty as a finisher. Boros Charm/Flawless Maneuver are worth running also imo. As you stated, this deck folds pretty hard to wipes.
Last but not least, run more draw. Necropotence, Dark Prophecy, and even Greed will ensure you've got gas even after a boardwipe. You're doing the whole black = life for resources... offset it with Exquisite Blood, Sorin, Solemn Visitor, and plenty of lifelinkers.
Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Edgar's Dega Vampires
9 months ago
Surprised to not see staple deathtouch vampires like Vampire of the Dire Moon, Gifted Aetherborn, and Vampire Nighthawk/Nighthawk Scavenger here. All the deathtouch vampires are what make Stromkirk Captain a strong lord.
Bump in the Night looks pretty bad here, since it doesn't really do anything I'd cut it. Hungry for More is interesting but I wish the token had haste. The card seems better in a Blood Artist/Cordial Vampire build off death triggers. Terminate is strictly better than Infernal Grasp. Manamorphose doesn't do anything here either, so I'd cut it also.
10 months ago
hi there saw your build here might i suggest looking at a fun little vampire deck ive got here to give you some good ideas cause it takes longer to post each card here, and if yo umight be able to splash a little red Stromkirk Captain