Creature — Vampire Shaman
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
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Vampire Nighthawk occurrence in decks from the last year
Vampire Nighthawk Discussion
1 month ago
Hello stranger, I have combed through your deck and found some cards that could be exchanged for more synergistic or effective alternatives.
Aether Swooper is a small flyer that uses Energy to create 1 non flying token. The use of energy is exclusive to this card, so functionaly it will create a token once, the first time it attacks, if it lives that long. Instead I would suggest cards that can create multiple tokens that also have flying. For example Cloudseeder will synergize with your graveyard cards such as Cadaver Imp, Zombify, and Ghastly Demise. Skirsdag High Priest fills a similar place and Stolen by the Fae is a removal spell that also creates several flyers.
Aetherborn Marauder relies on +1/+1 counters. The challenge here is that only 3 other cards in the deck create +1 counters and one of them can just put it onto the maurauder. There are better options fort Flying Lifelink creatures that cost equal or less mana and can create more synergy for the deck. Some examples are Nighthawk Scavenger, Taborax, Hope's Demise, and Vampire Nighthawk
1 month ago
BW keyword soup tribal? BW keyword soup tribal! May I introduce you to keyword soup all-stars Vampire Nighthawk , Vampire of the Dire Moon , and Indulging Patrician ? Also, another pet card of mine, Oketra's Monument which gives you tokens with vigilance and reduces the cost of your commanders! I'd say cut the aristocrat cards seeing how you minimal sac outlets. Also, if your goal is to just overwhelm people with keywords, Thalia's Lancers is a great choice because you can tutor out Odric to finish the game.
1 month ago
Low-mana deathtouch is an easy solve, and you can often get more than just that if you look hard enough.
Vampire of the Dire Moon springs to mind for certain, Knight of the Ebon Legion can be granted Deathtouch off his activated ability (and he's just generally pretty awesome overall for his mana cost), and then there's just general stuff like Typhoid Rats.
I would also trade out your 2x Nightveil Specter for 2 more Geralf's Messenger. Nightveil Specter is cool and all, but it doesn't really help you a ton in a Mono-Color deck where you can only cast Black spells to begin with. I get that you can possibly exile (and then play) opponent's land in order to help work around this, but it seems clunky whereas Geralf's has Undying and can then be combo'd with cards like Bone Splinters and Village Rites to help grant you some much-needed Control and Card Draw (every deck needs a little). Plus his Undying works well with the synergy of the pseudo-boardwipes you're running in Sorcery already.
Wurmcoil Engine is just too clunky here and could easily go. 6-mana cost and no way to reduce it, plus his other ability isn't that great compared to what you could just play with a different card in his slot. Plus you've only got the one so it's very hit or miss now as it stands anyway. You don't even really need his Lifelink since you've already got 4x Vampire Nighthawk in there (always a solid call).
Squelching Leeches isn't that glamorous for its mana cost; even a 4-mana card like Dread Presence would help you a lot more. That, or this could be another good card to drop altogether in favor of something more mana-efficient.
Nyxathid I feel is just too unreliable for his mana cost too. He really needs to be paired into a Deck with Discard mechanics to ensure he's as powerful as possible. Card Draw is a fairly essential mechanic of any reliable deck (as I mentioned already), and so counting on the opponent having a small hand size with no means to ensure it yourself doesn't seem that great here. Also, he doesn't even have trample or lifelink or any other useful abilities to help make up for his unreliable pwr/tgh. (keep in mind his power/toughness updates constantly, so if an opponent can draw up to 8 or more cards, he dies outright - even if they end up having to discard back down to max. hand size after).
I would personally not add Dark Ritual here as it won't help you all that much without some card draw - you're better off just picking at most 2 creatures with 4 or more mana cost and cutting everything else down to 3 or less. For instance, Archfiend of Depravity is a completely solid card, but I'm not sure he's needed when you've already got 3x Phyrexian Obliterator in there with the potential to be even more devastating (and for less mana cost no less). Additionally, the Obliterator cannot make you sacrifice your own creatures, unlike the Archfiend. This adds to the benefit of having multiples in play and restricts your overall build less too.
1 month ago
Decklist has been updated with new cards from Commander Legends, Ikoria & Zendikar Rising from over the past year.
Potential substitutions I'm still considering are:
Bloodline Necromancer > Nullpriest of Oblivion - Nullpriest has some early flexibility as fodder or lifegain. While the creature resurrection is slightly more expensive with kicker, it allows us to target our non-vampire creatures, specifically Cataclysmic Gearhulk for another board wipe.
Slash the Ranks - Another board wipe that really suits Elenda, I just don't have room to slot it in.
Nighthawk Scavenger - Strict upgrade over Vampire Nighthawk, it's a potential 8/3 with flying, deathtouch and lifelink for 3 mana. It doesn't really synergise with the deck's overall strategy, but can help as an aggressive board presence.
2 months ago
Out: Cabal Coffers & Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
In: Brightclimb Pathway Flip & Savai Triome
The Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth combo is really hard to pull off in a 3 color deck. Especially, with this mana base in mardu. Therefore, I decided to cut both lands and replace them with some newer which are a great addition to this deck.
Out: Merciless Eviction
In: Kindred Dominance
Even though this board wipe will cost one more mana, it will be worth it, since it's going to be totally one sided for the most part. I'll also add more single target removal for other permanents, to make up for this change. I decided on this swap, since I tend to not use Merciless Eviction, because it will wipe my board and exile my great vampire lords aswell.
Out: Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
In: Nighthawk Scavenger
This plainswalker didn't do much in the last games for me. Most of my vampires are so cheap, that his ult didn't help me mana wise at all. His other effects are nice, but not particular amazing. The newly printed Nighthawk Scavenger on the other hand is going to be a real powerhouse. It's a better version of Vampire Nighthawk, 90% of the time and I really like both of them.
Out: Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose
In: Eldrazi Monument
Vito didn't help this deck much at all. I think he is a trap. I also noticed, that I don't run Exquisite Blood anyway, so this combo isn't an option currently, either. This deck's biggest problem are boardwipes, so I think Eldrazi Monument will be a great addition in order to protect my army of bloodsuckers.
Out: Fellwar Stone
In: Idol of Oblivion
Ramp isn't as big of a problem. Even though we are in Mardu, most of the cards are low costed. So I can efford to take out one piece of ramp. Card Draw on the other hand is often a problem. Therefore, I'll test Idol of Oblivion, since it only costs 2 mana and can draw you one additional card each turn, most of the time.
Out: Slayers' Stronghold
In: Myriad Landscape
I noticed that I might cut some utility lands aswell, because sometimes I only draw those and I'm stuck with colorless mana. Since I prefer Vault of the Archangel's effect over Slayers' Stronghold, I'll cut the later one. Myriad Landscape can function as ramp and help me to get more basics out of my deck, which can be nice if I'm in topdeck mode.
Out: Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord
In: Nullpriest of Oblivion
Another plaineswalker I'm going to cut, since it doesn't help me with my gameplan, most of the time. The only thing I use is his ult, to recure one vampire at best. Nullpriest of Oblivion can do the same, but is a vampire on it's own and can also come down way earlier if we need damage or more tokens.
2 months ago
Hey, good work for your first Commander deck on a budget. You have several nice cards, but also many stinkers :)
There's 2x Inscription of Ruin which you can't have in Commander. Jungle Shrine has green in it's card color identity thus you can't play it because Edgar isn't green. With Edgar you want to lower the mana curve with more one/two/three drop Vamps. Edgar and Coat of Arms are the high CMC cards you want to cast, but before you cast them you want a more established army of Vamps which means the majority of the Vamps you play should be one, two or three drops. Low CMC Vamps are easier to cast thus you get faster token value from Edgar's eminence.
These one drop Vamps are fine plays in the early game while also being useful in the later parts of a game too.
- Forerunner of the Legion: Vamp tutor.
- Drana, Liberator of Malakir: flying, powerful repeatable effect to put counters on all your attacking Vamps.
- Rakish Heir: another repeatable effect to put counters on your Vamps.
- Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose: Sanguine Bond effect on a Vamp.
- Olivia's Bloodsworn: flying and haste enabler for Vamps.
- Vampire Nighthawk: flying/deathtouch is a good combination.
- Cruel Celebrant: Zulaport Cutthroat effect on a Vamp.
Drana is the most expensive price Vamp I'm suggesting, it's worth $5. Most of these Vamps have repeatable effects or flying which is helpful evasion for attacking in Commander. More low CMC Vamps makes Skullclamp better and it's one of your best sources of repeatable value to get ahead or recover to draw more Vamps; Open the Armory can tutor for it.
Consider more budget dual lands that ETB untapped?
- Unclaimed Territory
- Exotic Orchard
- Caves of Koilos
- Battlefield Forge
- Path of Ancestry: repeatable scry.
- Nomad Outpost
- Tainted Field: Swamps should be the most lands in the manabase.
Ancestry and Outpost always ETB tapped, but that's fine since next turn they can make any color of mana you need to cast cards. On a budget this color fixing is helpful.
I offer more advice including what cards to cut. Would you like more advice? Good luck with your deck.
3 months ago
3 months ago
I just thought of something else that could lower the power of this card. Maybe just limit the acquiring of new abilities to Daraphim only and then change the power/toughness boosting ability to Creatures you control get +1/+1 for each keyword on them.
with new abilities: Daraphim will acquire deathtouch, lifelink, first strike, haste and get +6/+6, then Vampire Nighthawk and Gurmag Swiftwing will get +3/+3.
If the +6/+6 on Daraphim is too much, I could restrict the boosting ability to only affect other creatures (in which case it wouldn't get a boost all) or cut its power toughness boost to be half the number of keywords it has rounded down.