MTG: Building an Effective Vampire Deck
Build an effective Vintage Magic the Gathering deck featuring one of the coolest creature types ever!
With the Magic the Gathering release of Zendikar, players across the nation are all clamoring to build new decks. One of the strongest creature types to emerge from the set is “Vampire”. these creatures use a “Bleed” tactic and are relentless in their high powered damage dealing combined with life gain. While the standard format is dominated by decks running vampire decks, Vampires can also compete in vintage and kick some serious but in casual. Here are some tips on building an effective Vampire deck:
Vampires are some of the most cost effective cards around for a very small amount of mana, some very east to play first or second turn cards can be played. Blood seeker works exceptionally well. As does Bloodghast, Gatekeeper of Malakir, and Guul Draz Vampire.
All four of these uber-powerful cards can start the game off in your favor. Every little loss of life counts with vampires so cards like Blood Seeker can immediately start working for your cause. Bloodghast is almost like a down payment for later. If for some reason it leaves play, all you need to do is play a land. Get your opponent to 10 life and they have a very pesky problem! Imagine 4 of those coming at you every turn! Going along with the 10 life or less deal, Guul Draz Vampire transforms from a plain old 1/1 to a practically impossible to block 3/2 once your opponent hits the 10 life mark! Just with these four guys holding down the first few turns, the game is already looking to swing in your favor!
Once you establish whose boss in the beginging, bring out the heavy artillery:
These cards will not only gain you back any life you’ve managed to loose by now, they will punish your opponents dearly:
Vampire nocturnus is the staple of all vampire decks. Back when M10 came out there was some scepticism about whether the card was useful. Recently the price has increased by over 300% and people are kicking themselves for not keeping theirs from M10. Mr. Nocturnus gives all your Vampires +2/+1 and flying much of the time. A glimpse of Undead Warchief shows through in him and he will be running decks for many years to come. The Nighthawk is one of the most versitile cards ever printed and the Bloodwitch gains an unspeakable amount of life for its controller, especially in multiplayer! While Crovax may be slightly out dated, he is a vampire and his abilities can prove useful in a close game. (Or just kill all those $%#%ing Soul Wardens your opponents have out). These cards will be the cards that win you the game.