Budget Magic Deck: R/B Vampires

For a long time I couldn’t build many aggressive brews unless they were way out of left field, because I couldn’t include Smuggler’s Copter thanks to its hefty price tag. While that’s still true, it has dropped, and I finally feel comfortable playing with it as long as I don’t go overboard with other expensive cards alongside it. Today’s R/B Vampire list I think it’s a nice way to go completely under the format. Get on board turn 1 and never let up!

The deck looks pretty straightforward. The curve is streamlined and your plan is to go 1 drop into 2 drop into 3 drop every game while your opponent’s life total reduces. This deck differs in some key ways from a more traditional R/B Madness deck. It takes advantage of synergy and power nicely, which offers some pleasant nuance.

Indulgent Aristocrat it’s a Draft all-star in the right deck, but just looks like a complete joke in Constructed. At the beginning I was skeptical of this card, yet, it offers up a unique kind of inevitability and represents a ton of extra damage on the last turn of the game when you simply sacrifice your blocked creatures. I originally planned to play 3 copies but never wanted to draw more than 1. Still, I’m happy when I draw a copy, especially in games that aren’t going my way. The combination with Call the Bloodline is also as broken as it was in Shadows Limited, which is to say it’s often unbeatable.

Indulgent AristocratCall the Bloodline

Our other 1 drop to complement the typical 4 of Insolent Neonate, Falkenrath Gorger helps set up your nut curve outs. It alone hits for a ton of damage, but the Vampire madness clause builds in a ton of card advantage all while developing the board. The absolute best interaction is with Olivia, Mobilized for War, which allows you to chain Vampires and madness them all together for massive damage. Chaining even works when you play it after Olivia, and thanks to her you’ll have a ton of hasty damage!

Insolent NeonateFalkenrath GorgerOlivia, Mobilized for War

I was pleasantly surprised with how well Heir of Falkenrath played. A cheap 3/2 flyer is awesome for applying pressure as Delver of Secrets aficionados know, and Heir can imitate that nicely while also madnessing for value. I have curved 1 drop into Heir into Bloodhall Priest and it goes without saying that you’re getting way more power and toughness than is reasonable for the mana you spend there. A 3 power flyer also matches up nicely with the Smuggler’s Copter, and taking down opposing Copters is a great feeling.

Heir of FalkenrathHeir to the NightBloodhall Priest

In some matchups, Voldaren Pariah this is the better high end, and in others, Bloodhall Priest does more heavy lifting. What I love about Pariah in this deck is its impressive synergy with Call the Bloodline. You’ll have a constant stream of expendable creatures, and even when you don’t have Call you’ll sacrifice some 1 and 2 drops while taking down much bigger creatures from your opponent. Pariah is tough to madness because the mana base is low on black sources to allow for as many enters the battlefield untapped lands as possible, but she provides a nice top end threat or great turn 3 or 4 play when you’re lucky.

Voldaren PariahAbolisher of Bloodlines

Key to the City is another madness outlet but provides inevitability that I missed greatly when I didn’t include it in my original build. The toughest matchup for this deck is G/B, and Ishkanah is a big reason for that. Key helps you deal damage while also filtering through the long game G/B forces you to play.

Key to the City

Here’s the full list:

Creature (23):

2 Indulgent Aristocrat
4 Falkenrath Gorger
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Heir of Falkenrath/Heir to the Night
2 Stromkirk Occultist
3 Olivia, Mobilized for War
2 Bloodhall Priest
2 Voldaren Pariah/Abolisher of Bloodlines

Spells (15):

2 Lightning Axe
2 Call the Bloodline
2 Key to the City
4 Smuggler’s Copter
4 Fiery Temper
1 Ghirapur Orrery

Lands (22):

4 Foreboding Ruins
4 Smoldering Marsh
8 Mountain
6 Swamp

Sideboard (15):

4 Alms of the Vein
2 Lightning Axe
3 Lathnu Hellion
2 Bloodhall Priest
1 Voldaren Pariah/Abolisher of Bloodlines
1 Key to the City
2 Ghirapur Orrery

If you’re looking for a new aggressive deck that isn’t simply about the most efficient creature at every spot up the curve and can play more synergistic angles, then I recommend R/B Vampires.

Thanks Everybody for reading,



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