Hallowed_Titan says... #1

Dang. That sounds like a bit of a toughie. New playgroups can be hard to find BUT really rewarding too. In my experience anyway. I don't favor my governor either. The current situation seems like it's slowly becoming something bad.

September 16, 2021 12:54 a.m.

Hallowed_Titan I feel like I'm in purgatory. I wanna get out and find new playgroup, or move on with my life and be an adult for a change. But no, because our governor over here is a self-serving idiot. I just wanna play MtG with actual people again.

September 6, 2021 7:44 p.m.

Hallowed_Titan says... #3

Hello my friend. Life? How is that going? My thoughts are with you.

September 5, 2021 10:22 a.m.

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#1

Wow this...... really, really needs work. I hardly know where to start :/ sorry but almost everything here is outclassed. Your mana curve is a little on the heavy side and your lands suggest to me you're working with a nonexistent budget.

Start by cutting everything over 4 mana, drop Feast of Blood because that card is terrible, add 4 Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord, Fatal Push and 4 of either Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek or Duress. For what you're working with i'd just cut the red and run monoblack. 22+ swamps is much less clunky than lands that enter tapped.

Sorry, just being brutally honest.

September 25, 2021 4:45 p.m.

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#2

use a higher Champion count. He generates card advantage off of Sorin. 1 Kalitas should be fine, if he keeps dying or you don't draw him enough, then maybe take another look.

September 22, 2021 11:18 p.m.

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#3

Think of it this way: How often do you want to see a particular card? The really important cards should be in high quantities. This increases your chances of drawing a specific card when you need it, or having extra copies should one get removed. 1-2 Kalitas is fine because oftentimes one of him is more than enough. Knight, Aetherborn and Ghast are as I said the main bulk of your vampire army. And Nocturnus is a full-board buff that can be stacked; you can have two on turn 4 thanks to Sorin and just win right there with a bit of luck.

What I'm saying is, variety is less important than quality. Instead of all the fun vamps/black cards focus on having higher numbers of vital cards while including things like Kalitas or Captivating as support or answers to common matchups.

September 18, 2021 10:11 p.m. Edited.

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#4

So, on the subject of a monoblack land base...Let's see...

4-8 fetches. As long as it can fetch a basic swamp it's fine.

6 swamps

4 Castle Locthwain

4 Mutavault

2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

if you can fit them, 1 Cabal Coffers 1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.

Shizo, Death's Storehouse is ok if you can fit it.

total 23 lands is the sweet spot for your curve. Maybe 22 because Sorin can mitigate the costs of 4-5 mana vamps.

Speaking of Sorin, if you JUST want a really beefy vampire to drop with him the answer is Chancellor of the Dross. I really prefer Champion though.

Cavern of Souls is nice to have here just as mainboard blue hate, but it's not necessary. I run 2 because I own them irl.

September 18, 2021 8:17 a.m. Edited.

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#5

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.

September 18, 2021 6:31 a.m.

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#6

either 2 Kalitas or 1 and 4 Aetherborns. Kalitas is pretty sturdy by turn 4 vamp standards. Lives a single bolt, out of Abrupt Decay range, doesn't die to Cast Down, though there are some kill spells that can hit him, he can also use the 3 mana sac ability in response to a Dismember or a Heartless Act and live. Another use for Bloodghast btw.

Side note: you know fetch lands can trigger Revolt on Fatal Push, right?

September 18, 2021 3:13 a.m. Edited.

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#7

Bloodghast is another strong contender for best vampire in magic. Even without Sorin or Viscera or even Kalitas or Indulgent Aristocrat to abuse him, his recursion is incentive not to block or waste a push or bolt on him. Most games ghast just refuses to go away, and with 4-8 fetches plus Urborg to tap your fetches for mana until you actually need landfall, revolt, or even just to force a shuffle for Nocturnus... he gets kinda crazy. He's an annoying 2-drop that doesn't stay dead and trading with him is a losing strategy, and he's a reusable sacrifice that costs effectively nothing.

I'd test out 2 Cordial 4 ghast 4 aetherborn. Cordial is sometimes just dead, but sometimes he can be a win condition with help from Bloodghast and Sorin. He also makes Aetherborn and Gatekeeper just that much scarier. Try out 2 instead of 3 and see how you like it.

September 17, 2021 12:51 a.m.

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-1 Cordial. I'm not sure I want to recommend -1 land, even with Sorin. Aetherborn and Knight of the Ebon Legion are kind of the workhorses of your creature base, but if 3 Aetherborn works, go with it. I'm thinking about KotEL as opposed to other aggressive turn 1 vampires like Vampire Lacerator and in my own case Stromkirk Noble. I think what puts Knight ahead is that he's a much more reliable turn 4 topdeck, and if you can hit for 4+ with him in your hand, he's a 1 mana 2/3 or even a 4/4 flyer under Nocturnus.

September 16, 2021 2:13 a.m.

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#9

2 minor changes I'd make:

-1 Gatekeeper +1 Sorin

Consider replacing the Inquisitions with Thoughtseize. IoK is a good card. You have the lifegain to easily mitigate the life cost of Thoughtseize. Not a mandatory thing just a small step towards optimization. Though again IoK is fine at the hand disruption job.

September 14, 2021 7:52 a.m.

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#10

hmmm not much, you have your Sorins, hand disruption, 6 kill spells, a good mana curve and your big guys to drop with Sorin's -3.

It's good as-is but lands could improve it, and fetches got reprinted in modern horizons 2, so they've dropped from 70+ bucks each to 20-30ish. Other than that, Urborg, Mutavault, Locthwain, Nykthos, Faceless Haven if you wanna run snow lands, the now Modern-legal Cabal Coffers and of course Cavern of Souls and any fetch land that can grab a swamp untapped. Problem is the price tags.

September 13, 2021 2:41 a.m.

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#11

you don't have legendaries for Shizo

September 12, 2021 9:59 p.m.

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I should mention, I've been giving you advice under the assumption you're working with a limited budget. I bring this up because fetch lands like Marsh Flats, Verdant Catacombs, Bloodstained Mire, Polluted Delta and Prismatic Vista are all extremely useful in vampires even if you're monocolor because they let you reuse Bloodghast up to twice per turn, they can force a shuffle to hopefully get Nocturnus active, and they thin your deck making it slightly more likely you'll draw what you need.

Aside from Thoughtseize and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, another expensive card is Cavern of Souls, because having mainboard countermeasures to blue decks is always a good thing.

September 8, 2021 5:10 p.m.

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Another minor change: I'd drop the Sign in Bloods for 1-2 Champion of Dusk because you have Sorin. Draw power on a 4/4 body is game-changing.

September 8, 2021 4:42 p.m.

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Seeing as you already run Cordial, I think if you had to pick either gatekeeper or captivating, I'd go with Gatekeeper.

September 8, 2021 4:40 p.m.

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Your non-creature spells could use fixing. Feast of Blood is bad. Sorcery speed and requiring vampires means you're casting it turn 3 at absolute earliest.

Doom Blade is also outdated. Fatal Push is on the right track here, as is the above advice for utility lands though I'd add Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx as you're monocolor.

Imperious Sorin is the best card in vampires, period. Should be an automatic 4-of.

Other vampires that are useful here: Captivating Vampire (cut Yahenni and/or Drana, a straightforward lord is more useful), Gatekeeper of Malakir (fantastic value), Viscera Seer (strong contender for the best vampire ever printed), Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet (win condition by himself), Champion of Dusk (Ideal turn 3 Sorin target) and Indulgent Aristocrat (ideal partner with Cordial and Bloodghast)

One last thing: if you have the 4 Inquisitions in your maybeboard I'd use the full set of 4. Hand disruption wins games.

September 7, 2021 10:15 p.m.

Hallowed_Titan I feel like I'm in purgatory. I wanna get out and find new playgroup, or move on with my life and be an adult for a change. But no, because our governor over here is a self-serving idiot. I just wanna play MtG with actual people again.

September 6, 2021 7:44 p.m.

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