This is a legitimate combo that does not end the game in a draw unless another player controls a Platinum Angel. As long as every other player dies you win the game.
5 months ago
There's always Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond if you ever decide to break budget.
As your deck stands though I'd say it's pretty nice. Aristocrats is by no means my specialty but you seem to have all your bits and pieces in order. :^)
I would recommend swapping out Charcoal Diamond and Nyx Lotus for different mana rocks. Charcoal Diamond is less than ideal because it just comes in tapped. Nyx Lotus on the other hand has a different set of problems in my eyes. It costs 4 mana to cast AND comes in tapped AND you aren't even guaranteed to get value out of it. It all depends on whether or not you're having a good game. You could play this turn 4, not get to use it til turn 5 since it's tapped, AND still maybe only get 1 or 2 mana out of it. Oh, and because of its high cost and potential it's going to be a juicy target for removal. If it gets blown up you basically just skipped a turn. I'd swap this out for another 2cmc rock of your choosing. Since you're looking to keep this budget I'd recommend Fellwar Stone and Everflowing Chalice as your replacements. Arcane Signet is definitely a good choice from your maybeboard if you're willing to drop $6-7 on a rock. Prismatic Lens would also work but you wouldn't get the full use out of it since you don't really need to mana fix but it's an option nonetheless.
I like your deck! Hope this helps. :^)
5 months ago
Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond never hurts in lifegain decks if it fits in your budget, especially with Vito since he also combos with Exquisite Blood. I would also consider replacing either Charcoal Diamond or Gilded Lotus with Fellwar Stone or Mind Stone or something similar. Mana rocks that come in untapped are always better than ones that come in tapped, and the lotus is expensive for a mana rock and serves as a big juicy target for removal spells. Ideally on turn 4 or 5 you want to be doing something bigger and more impactful than dropping ramp. Also, as some less budget options that you might like to consider, Jet Medallion probably needs no explanation and Extraplanar Lens coupled with snow lands creates some pretty nasty asymmetrical ramp for you assuming your opponents aren't also running the same snow lands as you. Nice deck, fun and fair. :^)
1 year ago
@dbpunk - The difference between those two combos is vast. Both require two pieces in hand to go off, but flash hulk is one cast of an instant at two mana, if I am not mistaken it requires no other resources. Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond is two separate casts of two separate permenants requiring an investment of ten total mana. There are SO many more ways to interact with two cast triggers, and two permenants than a single cast of an instant. I don't like the thought of card bannings for no reason if the format is healthy...but if 40% of the meta (once again skeptically quoting an above poster having done no research myself) consists of one combo, that is a problem. Maybe the issue is Flash, maybe it is Protean Hulk or maybe it is Thassa's Oracle because it pushes the original combo past the point of standard consistancy, but ultimately something needs to be done, we can't completely ignore a portion of the player base of our amazing format. Perhaps the RC has done research and determined that only a few localized areas are having such a problem with this combo which is why they haven't reacted. Perhaps they are still collecting raw data to come up with their own conclusion. I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt for the time being.
1 year ago
I do believe that Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond is to slow for modern. Have you considered running Vampiric Link . I found that it can complete negate some attackers. Also I am curious on your opinion on Bloodline Keeper Flip Works great for chump blocking and provided vampires for buffs
1 year ago
With the advice of the comment above I removed 1 of the Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond combos and replaced with more camp tribe with Dusk Legion Zealot . I left one of the combos because I still want that in the deck and with the addition of the 2 extra tribe vamps I get more flexibility with the card draws it comes with.
1 year ago
Not bad! I love Mardu Aristocrats! And Queen Marchesa is a good Commander for it.
To be honest there are so many cards that fit Aristocrats strategies it’s crazy. What’s the main idea with this deck? Aristocrats value? Are you against crazy combos? I wouldn’t think you are since you’re running Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond
2 years ago
Since Varina runs lifegain you can run a slight gain/drain theme. This can be done through Exquisite Blood & Sanguine Bond (which out together form the combo of Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond ). You could also run Debt to the Deathless and Exsanguinate . I would also recommend maybe 1 or 2 more lands.
If you want any more ideas I have my own deck:
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