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 Post subject: Vampires [Standard]
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:46 pm 
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I have been playing vampires for a while now and it is a very good archetype, Orzhov has an amazing toolbox and this last version is winning a lot more than It used to do. The deck is very low to the ground and can swarm the board consistently.
A quick look to the less obvious choices:

Duskborne Skymarcher makes blocking quite painful for the opponent and flyes which has come in handy to close some games in the air
Argel´s Blood Fast is just mana sink for all the life you can pay... and it will be quite a lot. If you slam this T2 control will have a rough time dealing with all your threats while you refill your hand... this card is amazing, I don't know why I haven't played more before.
Vraska Contempt... is just the best removal in the format, I can´t convince myself to pass when I´m in her colors.
Shalai to deal with the obvious weakness that these heavy synergistic decks have when they remove your lord or Sanctum Seeker + she has evasion :D
I´m running the full playset of deserts here and I´m pretty happy with them, being able to pump the team or kill one blocker with your mana base always feels great.
I used to run Twilight Prophet but the card draw was just marginal while with Argels Blood Fast you can draw lots of cards especially in a staring contest against control or whenever you have floating mana.

4 x Skymarcher Aspirant
4 x Duskborne Skymarcher
2 x Fatal Push

2 x Arguel's Blood Fast
4 x Legion Lieutenant

4 x Martyr of Dusk

4 x Radiant Destiny
1 x Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle

2 x Sanctum Seeker
2 x Vraska's Contempt
4 x Call to the Feast
3 x Shalai, Voice of Plenty

6 x Plains
4 x Swamp
4 x Shefet Dunes
4 x Ifnir Deadlands
4 x Isolated Chapel
2 x Concealed Courtyard

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 Post subject: Re: Vampires [Standard]
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:36 pm 
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Nice deck. I am a little more tokeny and use a bit of hand disruption.

4 Call to the Feast (XLN) 219
2 Cast Out (AKH) 8
2 Champion of Dusk (RIX) 64
3 Dusk Legion Zealot (RIX) 70
4 Forsaken Sanctuary (RIX) 187
4 Legion Lieutenant (RIX) 163
4 Martyr of Dusk (RIX) 14
9 Plains (RIX) 192
1 Sanctum Seeker (XLN) 120
2 Shefet Dunes (HOU) 183
8 Swamp (RIX) 194
1 Crested Sunmare (HOU) 6
1 Legion's Landing (XLN) 22
3 Radiant Destiny (RIX) 18
4 Queen's Commission (XLN) 29
1 Field of Ruin (XLN) 254
2 Duress (XLN) 105
1 The Immortal Sun (RIX) 180
2 Seal Away (DAR) 31
1 Vanquisher's Banner (XLN) 251
1 Twilight Prophet (RIX) 88

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 Post subject: Re: Vampires [Standard]
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:44 pm 
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I don't like Queens Comision I played that card a lot and most times I just would not want to cast it, sure it gives consistency to the tokens but overall It has underperformed for me... flying, on the other hand, gives this deck so much edge. I love those guys and particularly love slamming Call to Feast and getting the city's blessing to give flying to the Skymarcher Aspirant and swing in the air, besides once you got Vigilance -with Radiant Destiny- you can attack and pump Duskborne Skymarcher.
It did occur to me to include Crested Sunmare but never actually tried it... how has he performed?
I can´t encourage you enough to try Arguel's Blood Fast that card is just obscene with lifelink.
I got three consecutive runs to 7 wins with this deck in Quick Constructed :D

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