Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

Legendary Creature — Vampire Cleric

Whenever you gain life, target opponent loses that much life.

: Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn.

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DreadKhan on Budget Burn

1 day ago

If you can give Hidetsugu lifelink he works pretty well in my experience, I use Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose as a win con in EDH, but any lifelink source would work as Hidetsugu deals damage to each player, meaning you not only don't lose life to Hidetsugu, you gain life equal to the damage he dealt. Basilisk Collar is a cheap source, there are many that are Black or White, it's off-colour in Red unfortunately. It also works well with Guttersnipe or any creatures that can ping a creature obviously. Just took a glance, and I couldn't find anything better than Collar, especially on a budget. Loxodon Warhammer would be handy I suppose. With as many Legendary Red creatures as you have, you might look at Tenza, Godo's Maul even, it's a big repeatable buff. Speaking of legendary Red creatures, have you thought about Torbran, Thane of Red Fell? Each separate damage source gets the buff as long as it's Red.

In Legacy, if you want to cast a 5 or 6 drop, you probably want some kind of ramp, those are pretty clunky cards there.

SefTheReject on Transylvanian Welcome (Aristocrats)

1 week ago

Silversmote Ghoul works great with Sorin, another good combo piece is Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, the drain and gain is SICK. Knight of the Ebon Legion is a great 1 drop that buffs quick and becomes removal easily.

TheOfficialCreator on Sheoldred Mono Black Card Draw

2 weeks ago

Urborg Repossession isn't legal for your deck since the kicker cost includes a green mana. It's outside of the color identity.

You may also want to look at Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, Font of Mythos, Rankle, Master of Pranks, Seizan, Perverter of Truth, and Temple Bell.

H1v3l0rd on Life Swap Shenanigans!

3 weeks ago

Sanguine Bond is half of an instant win combo with Exquisite Blood but also Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose and Defiant Bloodlord do the same thing as Sanguine Bond. They're easier to remove, since they're creatures, but multiple instances will proc the effect more often. Consider also Tree of Perdition and Triskaidekaphobia for a laugh, or Tree of Redemption as another source of life swapping. I wouldn't recommend building around it, but if you could play Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper and somehow let the tree attack without defender, you could swing for something like 30 or 40 damage and immediately gain that much life back, so it's 40+13, then 53+13, then 66+13, and you're killing them with just some plant, some ordinary shrubbery from outside. That's such a niche combo, but if you swap someone's life to 13 that counts as them losing 27 life, so with Exquisite Blood, you would gain that much life as well. This also applies to things like Wound Reflection and my personal favorite best boy, Master of Cruelties

TheOfficialCreator on Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim

1 month ago

First off, you may want some payoffs for your lifegain. Voice of the Blessed, Ajani's Pridemate, Regal Bloodlord, Nykthos Paragon, Archangel of Thune, and Ajani, Strength of the Pride are the first ones I can think of.

Card draw seems to be something this deck could struggle with, so I'd suggest at least adding Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper, etc. You already have a few but it might be best to add a few more just in case.

Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose is nasty in these kinds of decks.

And, finally, from the looks of it you're focusing primarily on Elas's second line of text, the lifegain part. Is this intentional, or do you want to find ways to exploit his second ability? I have a few synergies/combos that could help you get started if that's the case.

Max_Hammer on A Miserable Little Pile Of Tokens!

1 month ago

It seems that I need to get my hands on a PS Vita, then. I'm going to tape a picture of Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose to the back and call it a PS Vito, lmao.

TheoryCrafter on Mono-Black Liliana Tribal

1 month ago

Font of Agonies is a must for any deck relying on paying life to cast spells. I have it in my K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth deck and can kill a surprising number of creatures if both are kept on the battlefield long enough.

There's no guarantee you can get K'rrik on the battlefield soon enough to make a difference. That's why I recommend finding a spot for Defiler of Flesh to give you an increase in chances of having the ability to pay life instead of mana.

Also, Crypt Ghast, while legal in mono-black decks, can lead other players with the mistaken impression that it isn't legal due to the extort cost.

Tainted Remedy is very flavorful for a Liliana deck, but unless you add more cards that allow your opponents to gain life(including, but not limited to, Grollub and Triskaidekaphobia), or in a play circle where lifegain is well utilized, it's mostly a dead card. If you wish for an alternative I'd recommend Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose.

As for benefitting from Graveyard recursion, may I suggest Syr Konrad, the Grim? Get this on the battlefield with the Gravecrawler/Phyrexian Altar combo and it's an Insta-win.

Have you considered Liliana's Caress with all the discard in your deck?

That's all for now. Thank you for reading me out. I hope this helps. Happy Hunting!

DreadKhan on Slaughter Festival

2 months ago

I feel like if you're going to run Hidetsugu, you might want to take a look at Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose, AFAIK when you give Hidetsugu lifelink with Vito out you should win via Hidetsugu's ability (you also hit yourself, which I think helps eek out even more damage via lifelink), and if you somehow don't win you'll have a (usually) nuts life total and each opponent will be on death's doorstep. If you want I can try to explain it, I'm not 100% clear on it myself though.

If your deck uses a lot of enchantments/effects that you don't care who controls them, just that they are on the board at all, Thieves' Auction is a good way to stick other people with your cards. That 'do nothing' for the person controlling them comes in exchange for other people's better stuff, this can win a game by itself.

I think you can stack the triggers as you see fit, so I don't think people could sacrifice the tokens made by Rite of the Raging Storm to your Commander's effect, I find this card can do a decent amount of work if you can get it and maybe Mask of Griselbrand out. I feel like Mask's mixture of evasion, life gain and potential card draw is decent in Rakdos, which wants all 3 of those in my experience.

To solve problematic creature-based board states (without risking your own stuff) you might try Make an Example, which lets you remove (in among the most resilient/foolproof ways) each opponent's best creature, assuming that player can figure out which creature you'll choose and can make an optimal pile, which is not guaranteed. It's hilarious if you can take out more than 1 creature from a player.

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