MTG Commander/Elder Dragon Highlander

Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires
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Author:  The_Dr_B [ 2011-Oct-04 12:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

Updated - 2-11-13

I went a year between updates on this beast, so there a lot of changes. If you see anything I am missing, please let me know.

Land (34)
1x Barren Moor
1x Bojuka Bog
1x Cabal Coffers
1x Crypt of Agadeem
1x Homeward Path
1x Leechridden Swamp
1x Mystifying Maze
1x Polluted Mire
1x Shizo, Death's Storehouse
1x Temple of the False God
1x Volrath's Stronghold
1x Winding Canyons
22x Swamp

Instant (3)
1x Doom Blade
1x Go for the Throat
1x Sudden Spoiling

Enchantment (7)
1x Bloodchief Ascension
1x Exquisite Blood
1x Grave Betrayal
1x Grave Pact
1x Intimidation
1x Pestilence
1x Phyrexian Arena

Sorcery (15)
1x Beacon of Unrest
1x Beseech the Queen
1x Bubbling Muck
1x Decree of Pain
1x Demonic Tutor
1x Diabolic Revelation
1x Do or Die
1x Dregs of Sorrow
1x Increasing Ambition
1x Innocent Blood
1x Living Death
1x Patriarch's Bidding
1x Plague Wind
1x Profane Command
1x Syphon Mind

Artifact (13)
1x Blade of the Bloodchief
1x Caged Sun
1x Door of Destinies
1x Expedition Map
1x Extraplanar Lens
1x Jet Medallion
1x Lightning Greaves
1x Mimic Vat
1x Mindcrank
1x Mind's Eye
1x Sol Ring
1x Strata Scythe
1x Urza's Incubator

Planeswalker (2)
1x Liliana Vess
1x Sorin Markov

Creature (25)
1x Anowon, the Ruin Sage
1x Ascendant Evincar
1x Blood Artist
1x Bloodline Keeper
1x Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
1x Butcher of Malakir
1x Captivating Vampire
1x Chancellor of the Dross
1x Dark Impostor
1x Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
1x Fiend of the Shadows
1x Fleshbag Marauder
1x Gatekeeper of Malakir
1x Guul Draz Assassin
1x Kalastria Highborn
1x Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet
1x Malakir Bloodwitch
1x Mephidross Vampire
1x Necropolis Regent
1x Nirkana Revenant
1x Repentant Vampire
1x Sheoldred, Whispering One
1x Solemn Simulacrum
1x Triskelion
1x Vampire Nighthawk
1x Vampire Nocturnus

Author:  Wayne Viktorius [ 2011-Oct-04 3:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

With all the sacrificing, cards like Chainer, Dementia Master and It That Betrays, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni (the priciest of all the cards I'll mention), and Geth, Lord of the Vault would be pretty awesome in here. I know Guul Draz Assassin and Bloodseeker are vampires, but they're both small with limited effects (for the cost of the full level up on the Assassin you can get a Visara or Avatar of Woe). Also Triskelion + Mephidross Vampire is a one sided board wipe for you. Sadistic Sacrament is kinda weak/ kinda unfun, maybe swap it out for Exsanguinate since you have a ton of mana doublers. Greed is sorta like a substitute for Moonlight Bargain on an enchantment that does great with a lot of mana and EDH life totals.

Author:  jayem [ 2011-Oct-05 5:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

no bloodline keeper?

Author:  Concer83 [ 2012-Jan-04 7:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

There are a couple cards that are missing out big-time. First, and far most obvious, is Sorin. Sorin is one of the best cards in EDH (compared to how good he is out of EDH anyway), for his first ability zaps chump blockers or your opponent and gets you a small amount of life, his second brings your opponent down to TEN life, and his final (though you've probably won the game by the time you use it :twisted: ) is Mindslaver, which is epic in EDH if your deck can afford it. Also, Sorin is not really that expensive any more, and nearly every dealer has at least one that they're willing to trade.

Also not sure why Malakir Bloodwitch is missing. She is AMAZING in a tribal vampire deck, especially if you're facing a white general.

Finally, in the land base, this is one expensive card, but Dark Depths. You not only run the Hexmage, you also even run Hex Parasitetoo! Not to mention that Dark Depths can win by itself sometimes too.

Author:  The_Dr_B [ 2012-Jan-04 9:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

Sorry about that, I just updated the list and Sorin is on there. I'm not 100% sold on him, but for flavor purposes he can't be beat. Also, Pestilence

Dark Depths is too expensive. Plus, I lost the Hexmage in the update.

Author:  Concer83 [ 2012-Jan-04 11:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

Why get rid of the Hexmage? A 2-mana way to stop almost any 2 mana general, kill any planeswalker or almost any hydra in the game, stop cards like Chalice of the Void and Helix Pinnacle, that's also a vampire should never leave the deck!

Author:  The_Dr_B [ 2012-Jan-04 12:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

I played a lot with him in the deck, and I think I was happy to see him maybe one time. My meta doesn't run very many planeswalkers, as the better ones tend to make everyone freak out and attack them. I've never seen Chalice of the Void in a game, Helix Pinnacle has shroud, and Animar has protection from black.

Hex Parasite allows you to reuse it's ability without having to recur it multiple times. For the lower priority stuff I might actually see, this increases its value dramatically (plus it can target Animar, of which there seems to be one in every match recently.

Oh, and Malakir Bloodwitch was in there previously, but didn't make much impact. White is probably the most underrepresented color in my meta, but if that changes I could see a comeback.

Author:  Concer83 [ 2012-Jan-05 10:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

Also, any deck with Cabal Coffers in it needs an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth.

Author:  Sinis [ 2012-Jan-05 11:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

I played something similar a while ago, and have been thinking of rebuilding it since Innistrad and M12 were released (link). My list is a bit dated, but you can see the direction I went with it.

Basically, I found Anowon to be the strongest when you also hit them with discard effects. I first hit on the idea when I found myself using a coffers-powered Bloodhusk Ritualist as a Mind Twist. After that, it was off to the races; Anowon's hits become all the worse when resources are limited from hand.

Of course, not every group likes having their hands lopped off at the wrist.

Author:  The_Dr_B [ 2012-Jan-06 12:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

Yeah, mass discard tends to get the hate funnel effect going hardcore in my group. Anowon is also pretty sick post-wrath. I wiped the board a few weeks ago, and then played Sheoldred, instead! Talk about hard to come back from...

I do like Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, but that's another card that's hard to pry out in a trade. I have a whole list of them for my various decks, and typically the release of a new set is the best time to hit the trading tables.

Author:  Wayne Viktorius [ 2012-Jan-06 6:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

If you're going to play discard, how about Mind Sludge and Myojin of Night's Reach?

Author:  Sinis [ 2012-Jan-06 11:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

Wayne Viktorius wrote:
If you're going to play discard, how about Mind Sludge and Myojin of Night's Reach?

Mind Sludge is definitely a yes, but when I built the deck, I used Cabal Conditioning instead of Myojin. Myojin wouldn't survive the upkeep, and I was playing purely on a vampire theme.

Author:  The_Dr_B [ 2013-Feb-11 9:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mono-black - Anowon Tribal Vampires

Deck updated - 2-11-13

This is the latest list. It has had some changes made that are just for flavor/foils as well, so some cards are a bit weaker than before.

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