Creature — Vampire Soldier
When Stromkirk Mentor enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on another target Vampire you control.
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|Shadows over Innistrad (SOI)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Stromkirk Mentor Discussion
1 year ago
Alright, let's get down to it! Anje Falkenrath is relatively new and I'm not yet sold on her validity as a vampire commander. My primary hang up is the overall weakness of madness as a mechanic. It is still critically underrepresented on cards, and of those that do exist only a handful are actually any good. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that I am skeptical that it can compete with existing vampire archetypes.
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I try and avoid tap lands at all costs if possible. When running a low-to-the-ground deck like this, the loss of tempo from a tap land can be more damaging than the loss of color availability. In addition, I would discourage the use of artifact lands unless you are going for a specific artifact theme. This is simply because artifact lands are easier to destroy than regular lands and aren't worth the risk with literally no benefit in this particular list.
- Ancient Ziggurat
- Blood Crypt
- Bloodstained Mire
- Graven Cairns
- Luxury Suite
- Path of Ancestry
- Unclaimed Territory
- Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
I feel that any of these lands would be strong adds to your list. While some of the cards are a bit on the pricey side, I do feel they would improve the flow and power level of the deck.
- Bloodcrazed Neonate
- Bloodhall Priest
- Bloodsworn Steward
- Erdwal Ripper
- Falkenrath Reaver
- Heir of Falkenrath Flip
- Incorrigible Youths
- Markov Crusader
- Stromkirk Mentor
Many of these creatures are either too costly or too under-powered for this format. It is important to remember that in EDH, efficiency is key. I would discourage playing any creature that falls short of the formula (Power+Toughness)/2=Converted Mana Cost (e.g. A 2/2 for two mana or better) unless it is especially crucial for your deck to function.
In addition impact is crucial. Bloodhall Priest for example is fairly costed, but doesn't do enough to advance your board state for the cost.
- Champion of Dusk
- Cordial Vampire
- Dusk Legion Zealot
- Malakir Bloodwitch
- Stromkirk Occultist
- Twilight Prophet
- Vicious Conquistador
These creatures are all what I would describe as impactful or highly efficient. When I mean impactful, cards like Malakir Bloodwitch make a big splash when they hit and are still relevant after the fact due to their efficient bodies. In terms of efficiency, Vicious Conquistador can put in a lot of work in the early game as a cheap, go-wide card.
I don't have any good tips for adds here, but I would encourage you to look for modal or mass effect type cards for this category.
These all seem like good choices to me and many of them double as potential madness triggers essentially negating their downsides.
Basilisk Collar is a solid equipment, but this is neither a voltron nor combo build that can effectively utilize it. I like Eldrazi Monument for its power; however, you lack the ability to produce enough fodder to sustain it long-term. Finally, Rakdos Cluestone is simply outclassed by other mana rocks, most notably my suggestion Talisman of Indulgence .
Herald's Horn is just a good card in any tribal deck and I would highly recommend it!
My overall impression is that you've got a decent base here, but have made several choices that I see a lot of new EDH players make in their early decks. In general, you could use more card draw and I would encourage you to take a look at EDHREC or other vampire decks on here for inspiration in terms of what kinds of effects truly shine in EDH versus other formats.
3 years ago
i know this has already been mentioned before, but if you can swing it, you should really consider adding (AT LEAST) the following cards:
though i like Voldaren Pariah
Flip for flavor, i'm not really convinced that it's worth it. she's a 3/3 for that requires sacrificing THREE creatures to do anything even halfway decent...maybe you can squeeze her in as a one-of? as an alternative win-con? iunno
in terms of which cards to remove, i would prob do:
Nightmare isn't synergistic enough for including ANY really, let alone x4; Vampire Noble = just plain awful; Stromkirk Mentor is OKAY, but Kalitas is MUCH better; Resourceful Return is meh, especially with only 2x artifacts in the entire deck;
& maybe the hardest cut overall, Carrier Thrall--i understand the synergy with Indulgent Aristocrat, i do, but your curve is wayyyyyyyyy maxed on in the 2-drop, so you really need to cut something clogging up that spot. for creatures to sacrifice in-game, you'd still have:
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$i know my suggestions might break the bank a bit, but Amonkhet coming out soon, prices on a lot of cards are dropping pretty significantly. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet & Drana, Liberator of Malakir are still pretty expensive (around $50 for all five), BUT yahenni is only 1$, visitor is only $.60, & grasp/transgress fluctuate between $1 to $2.
SORRY FOR THE NOVEL / HOPE THIS HELPS !!
3 years ago
Personally I would change Bold Impaler with Insolent Neonate since its more flexibl and can trigger madness I would also change Stromkirk Mentor with Incorrigible Youths since it fits more into your aggro plan , and can also trigger off madness to become super cheap, and they curve really well with Furyblade Vampire that's potentially 8 damage turn 3 with just two cards.
And I would also change Bloodmad Vampire with Heir of Falkenrath Flip since in my opinion thats one of the strongest vampires in standard. It's a 3/2 with flying that triggers madness for one black & colorless, that's insane! It's also dirt cheap
3 years ago
3 years ago
It's a good start for a budget deck. If you're interested in getting more competitive, cut many of the cards that aren't important to your strategy, and include more copies of the cards that are. For example, you probably don't want cards like Stromkirk Mentor, and Elusive Tormentor Flip and you probably want a full 4 copies of Gifted Aetherborn and Stromkirk Condemned. Also, cut your deck down to 60 cards. It makes it much more consistent.
4 years ago
Rakish Heir seems better than Incorrigible Youths as you don't need to discard anything and buffs your vampires. Stromkirk Captain seems better than Stromkirk Mentor because it is a more universal boost. Markov Blademaster I think would work better than Furyblade Vampire because you don't have that much madness. Phyrexian Arena can help you draw cards because you have a pretty low cmc. Necropolis Regent seems better than a Chancellor of the Dross as it buffs your creatures. Bloodlord of Vaasgoth seems like a better Markov Dreadknight because you don't need to discard anything. You have two Terminates, maybe replace one with a Feast of Blood? Curse of Bloodletting instead of Mark of the Vampire seems good. Blood Tribute seems pretty good. Kalastria Highborn is better than Falkenrath Noble. BTW, you are down four cards.
4 years ago
cut Elusive Tormentor Flip Cryptbreaker Markov Crusader Alms of the Vein Welcome to the Fold Reckless Scholar Bloodmad Vampire Markov Dreadknight Stromkirk Mentor . most of the reason for these is too little effect for high mana, or not enough synergy. Instead add Asylum Visitor Heir of Falkenrath Flip Stromkirk Condemned Olivia, Mobilized for War and Collective Brutality .
If you want a great deck cut the blue and just go Red Black. the blue cards don't have any effect that red or black doesn't except counterspells but this deck doesn't need them. blue right now makes the deck less consistent in mana draws, and will give less odds to find a useful card.
I am sorry if I am destroying the identity of the deck, I am helping it to be a win more games.