Creature — Vampire Soldier
Other Vampire creatures you control get +1/+1 and have first strike.
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Stromkirk Captain Discussion
3 weeks 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.
4 weeks 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.
1 month 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.
2 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
2 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.
4 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
4 months ago
Stromkirk Captain Is such a tempting card. I definitely considered splashing red, still possibly am at some point. I’m excited to see what’s going to be popular with the upcoming releases. Anything you’re considering adding? You’ve obviously been studying these vampires for a while now haha. I was aware of the fetchland/revolt combo, I’ve just got to slowly collect them at this point. I haven’t played much outside of my group of friends, so I’ve never really gone up against whatever the current meta is. Should I be concerned about having a wide variety of creature spells or not using 4x of everything?
4 months ago
Oh, I see you've found my own modern vampires, my now 12 year pet project. It's a labor of love for sure but it's enough to go toe to toe and come out on top against a good bit of the meta. Mine used to be much more red. Before Fatal Push I ran 4 Lightning Bolt and 4 Terminate. Before KotEL I used Stromkirk Noble and honestly if I had 4 open spaces it's between him, gatekeeper or Legion Lieutenant and swap one Blackcleave Cliffs for a single Godless Shrine. My turn 1 creature count is at an all-time low though which lessens the lieutenant's efficacy, but a white splash would also give me access to the best sideboard options in modern, which is a major selling point for white as a color. And Blood Baron of Vizkopa I guess. Stromkirk Captain is the card that justifies staying Rakdos instead of returning to monoblack for me. First Strike + Deathtouch is quite scary. And between Sorin, Aetherborn and Knight I have a lot of death on legs (or in the crisp night air) to go around. Monoblack is certainly more viable than it used to be though.