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Mono Black Vampires

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:34 am    Post subject: Mono Black Vampires Reply with quote

I was looking for some input on my build just to get some other opinions on it. Try to avoid telling me to not play Vampires because "it's bad" or "Jund is strictly better"...I've already heard it and even to a point I believe it, but I like this deck better, soI am looking for advice other than "play something else."

4x Vampire Lacerator
4x Vampire Nighthawk
4x Vampire Nocturnus
4x Bloodghast
3x Malakir Bloodwitch
4x Gatekeeper of Malakir

2x Mind Sludge
4x Duress
4x Tendrils of Corruption
4x Sign in Blood

4x Verdant Catacombs
3x Marshflats
16x Swamp

4x Quest for the Gravelord
4x Doom Blade
4x Deathmark
2x Mind Sludge

I was also looking for advie on sideboard strategy..I was thinking the following for various matchups

-4 Duress
-2 Mind Sludge
+4 Doom Blade
+2 Deathmark

-4 Lacerator
-4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
-2 Sign in Blood
+4 Deathmark
+4 Quest for the Gravelord
+2 Mind Sludge

Control Decks with wrath effects (5color..grixis..cascade)
+4 Quest for the Gravelord
+2 Mind Sludge
+2 Deathmark (or Doom Blade..depends on their win condition)
-4 Tendrils
-4 Sign in Blood

-4 Lacerator
+4 Quest for the Gravelord

I would really like help with sideboarding strategy the most..but any advice is welcome and definantly appreciated! THanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When we were testing with Vampires, we quickly found out that Mind Sludge is the key. Around that, we built a control shell:

25 Swamp
4 Black Knight
4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
3 Malakir Bloodwitch
3 Vampire Nighthawk
2 Disfigure
3 Duress
3 Mind Sludge
4 Tendrils of Corruption
4 Sign in Blood
2 Doom Blade
1 Liliana Vess
2 Sorin Markov

1 Disfigure
1 Duress
1 Mind Sludge
1 Doom Blade
1 Liliana Vess
3 Pithing Needle
3 Infest
4 Sadistic Sacrament

Bloodghast might be worth it, but the 1mana Vampires definitely arent.
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Posts: 24

PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like your list a lot. I plan on playing some form of vampires at the Zendikar game day on Saturday..and at the store im going to play it is going to to be filled with janky piles of jank with less than average players playing them..there might be 2 or 3 other "real decks" in a field out of probably around 30 or so. Mind Sludge is absolutly awesome, in my original list I only played two in the sideboard...but then immediately put them in the main. The planeswalkers in your list may be hard for me to obtain by saturday..are there any good substitutes for them (maybe even diabolic tutor?)..i think ill definantly have to play your version or something close to it friday and see how it plays out. I can definantly see why your version is better.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is my list. Haven't played it in a few weeks, but should still be ok. Don't know if it is better than Flippi's list.

// Deck file for Magic Workstation (

// Lands
25 [ALA] Swamp (4)

// Creatures
4 [ZEN] Bloodghast
4 [ZEN] Gatekeeper of Malakir
2 [ZEN] Crypt Ripper

// Spells
2 [ZEN] Sorin Markov
2 [ALA] Infest
4 [M10] Sign in Blood
2 [M10] Doom Blade
4 [M10] Tendrils of Corruption
2 [M10] Diabolic Tutor
3 [ZEN] Mind Sludge
1 [M10] Haunting Echoes
3 [ZEN] Disfigure
2 [M10] Consume Spirit

// Sideboard
SB: 2 [ALA] Infest
SB: 1 [M10] Doom Blade
SB: 1 [M10] Haunting Echoes
SB: 2 [ZEN] Malakir Bloodwitch
SB: 4 [M10] Duress
SB: 3 [ZEN] Sadistic Sacrament
SB: 2 [M10] Pithing Needle
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Posts: 113

PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well your list is more MB Control than Vamps...
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