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CommanderCast 2017 Precon Special! (part 3 – Vampiric Bloodlust)

Posted: October 9, 2017








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The Deck: Vampiric Bloodlust – Calvin


General Thoughts (Ha! Puns!):



Strategy – How does the deck play?:  

  • Aggro Vamps
    • Faster than you’d expect
    • Never at a loss for creatures or removal
    • Card draw is fairly consistent for a precon
    • Mana base is slow; almost every nonbasic land comes into play tapped.


Technology – Highlights & lowlights:



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Calvin – Email: captainredzone(at)gmail(dot)com  // twitter: (at)CaptainRedZone


Mark – Email: mahlerma(at)gmail(dot)com


Adam – (at)squire9999 // (at)thetrinisphere


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  • Dadsquatch

    First up, it’s great to hear Calvin back on the cast, at least for an episode.

    The vampire deck is the newest release I have the most experience with. I took out quite a few of the included vampires out only because I wanted to maximize the number of tokens this deck could produce. I tried to go for as many 1 and 2 cmc vampires as possible, or cards that made vampire tokens. With Ixalan, that just got a lot easier. It just seemed like the original deck’s mana curve was still too high. There were only two vampires (Tithe Drinker and Blood Artist) that cost less than 3 mana. With 26 vampires in the deck, their average mana cost was over 4. I think I only kept 5 of the original vampires in the list and pushed the creature count in to the upper 30’s. I felt like this deck needed to be as aggro as possible.

    I also included things like Cover of Darkness, the 2 cheaper black and white Sorins to make tokens and give emblems, and with a lot of smaller vampires, I put in Cloudstone Curio to be able to bounce and play and create extra vampires. Also, Annointed Procession was a great match for this deck. I have a few anthem effects like Shared Animosity and Door of Destiny and also cards to give extra attack phases. I didn’t do too much with +1/+1 counters, but I know that’s an avenue someone could explore. Gleam of Authority seems like a nice fit.

    And yeah, I completely overhauled the mana base and mana rocks.

    The results are a deck that can get scarily out of control quickly. It’s where I feel my Mardu deck wants to be.

    I’m eager to hear about the Dragons deck…and more shitty curses.

  • Eshed

    Bloodsworn Steward may not be great in this deck, but I’m glad they printed it. I like Bastion Protector, especially with Partner commanders, and now it has a friend! Thanks to that and Hammer of Nazahn, I think I’ll finally get around to building the Akiri/Bruse equipment deck with Jor Kadeen and Godo I’ve been wanting to try. I’ll call it; Akiri and Bruse’s Bass Pro shop. Get it? BAStion PROtector..? Akiri is… a “Line Slinger?” Nothing? Ok. 😉

  • Eshed

    I’ve only played the deck once, but I was very happy with it. Edgar feels like a powerful bomb you can cast if you like, but there is no pressure to rely on him. I don’t think you’d feel too bad if he gets priced out, but I wouldn’t know because the deck won handily without ever needing his help. I ended up with more than one draw spell in my hand that I didn’t even feel the need to cast! I took the curses out beforehand, putting in Olivia Voldaren and Exquisite Blood. I’d like to swap in a few more cards, but I think I’ll need to play the deck a few more times before I take your words for it and remove any Vampires (especially considering how many of those cards I’ve never owned or cast before).

    • Dadsquatch

      Flavor to taste, I would say. Like Mark, I have a ridiculous weakness for making lots of tokens. Many of the vampires I’m using aren’t the greatest, but they’re cheap and aggressive and will make lots of tokens. I’ve gotten tired of Butcher of Malakir and his 6 printings, and I don’t run Grave pact effects anymore. Stuff like Bloodlord of Vaasgoth (a.k.a. Señor Sangriento de Vaasgoth en Espanol) doesn’t do anything for me. Plus, when I use weird stuff like the new vampires from Ixalan, it gives me something to try out. I kept in Malakir Bloodwitch, because it has three relevant abilities, even though it costs 5. Bloodline Keeper is a nice addition too, despite costing 4, since it achieves both objectives (tokens and pump) and is easy to flip in this deck.

  • BeltFedWeapon

    Calvin! Welcome back! You should come on more often. As you know as editor, Mark & Adam having been tearing it up with the 30-something references lately…I know you would add to the discourse.