This isn't my grand thesis where I find parallels between characters from Twilight and those of the Gatewatch (which there are many, but maybe later). Rather, this week's article was inspired by the upcoming release of Innistrad: Crimson Vow, a set surrounding a Vampire marriage. This set isn't being released until mid-November, but after talking on my podcast about and guessing which lucky couple will be wed, I felt inspired to revisit one of Magic's strongest tribes: Vampires.

While we have a plethora of legendary Vampires to choose from, none Twilight sparkles like Edgar Markov. Yes he comes with a hefty price tag, but his eminence ability more than makes up for it. Edgar Markov never needs to be cast. Yes, you read that right. You can get maximum value from this commander without ever casting him. Now, having him out on the battlefield definitely has no drawbacks, if I'm being honest. Buffing our attacking Vampires with +1/+1 counters gives us an advantage. Our wincon with this deck is simple: swarm our opponents with creatures until they succumb to death.

Tribal Support

What is tribal support? Tribal support cards are pieces that let us choose a specific creature type and give specific buffs or bonuses to them (i.e. reduction in converted mana cost, giving them new keyword abilities, draw a card whenever they enter the battlefield, etc). While there are tribal support cards that already have a specific tribe in mind (i.e. Stensia Masquerade), we run many other cards that let us literally pick and choose which tribe we want to support.

Let's start with artifacts. For tribal, people often think about Coat of Arms or Door of Destinies. However, I chose to not run these for two specific reasons. Coat of Arms buffs everyone's things—if there are other creatures with shared types, they also receive buffs. Door of Destinies wasn't included because it only triggers when we cast a spell. With Edgar Markov, we'll be generating tokens frequently and those won't trigger Door of Destinies. I felt it wouldn't be used to its full potential, and was ultimately swapped for another piece.

The two pieces I decided to supplement were Herald's Horn and Vanquisher's Banner. These artifacts are the newer tribal pieces I feel better support our Vampires. Herald's Horn is amazing in this deck, because it reduces our Vampire's cost and also helps us supplement card draw in a Wedge that really needs it. It lets us put a card into our hand at upkeep if that card is a Vampire. Vanquisher's Banner, on the other hand, buffs our Vampires much like our lords do (more on that later) and actually allows us to draw cards whenever we cast Vampires.

Of course, we aren't done yet! If we're talking tribal support, we definitely have to talk about Patriarch's Bidding and Kindred Dominance! Patriarch's Bidding is one of Magic's best tribal forms of recursion!. For just five mana we can retrieve all our Vampires from the graveyard INTO PLAY! This is potent, making it a spell that should definitely be countered straight away!

But what about Kindred Dominance? This is one of my favorite board wipes ever! It comes from that same amazing chunk of tribal commander decks Edgar Markov comes from, making it a definite addition. Want to rid the board of everything but Vampires? Well, Kindred Dominance is the card for you!

Lastly, we have our enchantments. For this particular list, I decided on two pieces that focus more on combat shenanigans. One is Cover of Darkness. The beauty of this enchantment is it gives our Vampires fear, making them incredibly difficult to block in combat. As long as our opponents don't control black or artifact creatures, they're helpless to our nasty creatures!

Another way for us to create some combat shenanigans just so happens to be one of my favorite tribal enchantments ever printed: Shared Animosity! This is a game ender! If we attack with 20 Vampires, our attackers get +19/+0 until end of turn, making combat lethal unless our opponents cast a Teferi's Protection. This is definitely an enchantment best held back until victory is assured!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Bite It by Chase Carroll

'Bite It' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chase Carroll

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Commander

Market Price: $856.27

Cards

Dragonskull Summit

Color Identity:B,R

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Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Throne of the God-Pharaoh

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At the beginning of your end step, each opponent loses life equal to the number of tapped creatures you control.

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Generous Gift

Color Identity:W

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Elephant creature token.

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Swords to Plowshares

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.

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Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

Color Identity:B,W

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+1: Create a 1/1 black Vampire creature token with lifelink.
−2: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+0."
−6: Destroy up to three target creatures and/or other planeswalkers. Return each card put into a graveyard this way to the battlefield under your control.

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Mutavault

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Herald's Horn

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As Herald's Horn enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creature spells you cast of the chosen type cost {1} less to cast.
At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. If it's a creature card of the chosen type, you may reveal it and put it into your hand.

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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Color Identity:B

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Lifelink
If a nontoken creature an opponent controls would die, instead exile that card and create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.
{2}{B}, Sacrifice another Vampire or Zombie: Put two +1/+1 counters on Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

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({T}: Add {R} or {W}.)
As Sacred Foundry enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Clifftop Retreat

Color Identity:R,W

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Clifftop Retreat enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Plains.
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Unclaimed Territory

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As Unclaimed Territory enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type.

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Stensia Masquerade

Color Identity:R

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Attacking creatures you control have first strike.
Whenever a Vampire you control deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
Madness {2}{R} (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Shared Animosity

Color Identity:R

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Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking creature that shares a creature type with it.

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Necropotence

Color Identity:B

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Skip your draw step.
Whenever you discard a card, exile that card from your graveyard.
Pay 1 life: Exile the top card of your library face down. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your next end step.

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Arcane Signet

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Forerunner of the Legion

Color Identity:W

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When Forerunner of the Legion enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Vampire card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
Whenever another Vampire enters the battlefield under your control, target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Anguished Unmaking

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target nonland permanent. You lose 3 life.

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Sanctum Seeker

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a Vampire you control attacks, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Prismatic Vista

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Prismatic Vista: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Return to Dust

Color Identity:W

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Exile target artifact or enchantment. If you cast this spell during your main phase, you may exile up to one other target artifact or enchantment.

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Vicious Conquistador

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Vicious Conquistador attacks, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Pulse Tracker

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Pulse Tracker attacks, each opponent loses 1 life.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Bloodline Necromancer

Color Identity:B

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Lifelink
When Bloodline Necromancer enters the battlefield, you may return target Vampire or Wizard creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Spectator Seating

Color Identity:R,W

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Spectator Seating enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}.

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Path of Ancestry

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Path of Ancestry enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity. When that mana is spent to cast a creature spell that shares a creature type with your commander, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Champion of Dusk

Color Identity:B

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When Champion of Dusk enters the battlefield, you draw X cards and you lose X life, where X is the number of Vampires you control.

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Crackling Doom

Color Identity:B,R,W

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Crackling Doom deals 2 damage to each opponent. Each opponent sacrifices a creature with the greatest power among creatures that player controls.

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Rogue's Passage

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn.

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Akroma's Will

Color Identity:W

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Choose one. If you control a commander as you cast this spell, you may choose both.
• Creatures you control gain flying, vigilance, and double strike until end of turn.
• Creatures you control gain lifelink, indestructible, and protection from all colors until end of turn.

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Patriarch's Bidding

Color Identity:B

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Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from their graveyard to the battlefield.

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Drana, Liberator of Malakir

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.42

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Flying, first strike
Whenever Drana, Liberator of Malakir deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on each attacking creature you control.

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Go for the Throat

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target nonartifact creature.

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Twilight Prophet

Color Identity:B

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Flying
Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have the city's blessing, reveal the top card of your library and put it into your hand. Each opponent loses X life and you gain X life, where X is that card's converted mana cost.

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Luxury Suite

Color Identity:B,R

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Luxury Suite enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Savai Triome

Color Identity:B,R,W

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({T}: Add {R}, {W}, or {B}.)
Savai Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Vanquisher's Banner

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As Vanquisher's Banner enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures you control of the chosen type get +1/+1.
Whenever you cast a creature spell of the chosen type, draw a card.

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Purphoros, God of the Forge

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $23.52

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to red is less than five, Purphoros isn't a creature.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Purphoros deals 2 damage to each opponent.
{2}{R}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Stromkirk Captain

Color Identity:B,R

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First strike
Other Vampire creatures you control get +1/+1 and have first strike.

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Enlightened Tutor

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $55.53

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Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

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Legion Lieutenant

Color Identity:B,W

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Other Vampires you control get +1/+1.

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Vampire of the Dire Moon

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.31

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Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

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Malakir Bloodwitch

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.81

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Flying, protection from white
When Malakir Bloodwitch enters the battlefield, each opponent loses life equal to the number of Vampires you control. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

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Teferi's Protection

Color Identity:W

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Until your next turn, your life total can't change and you gain protection from everything. All permanents you control phase out. (While they're phased out, they're treated as though they don't exist. They phase in before you untap during your untap step.)
Exile Teferi's Protection.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $24.89

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Painful Truths

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.35

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Converge — You draw X cards and you lose X life, where X is the number of colors of mana spent to cast this spell.

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Stensia Bloodhall

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.19

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}{B}{R}, {T}: Stensia Bloodhall deals 2 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Anointed Procession

Color Identity:W

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If an effect would create one or more tokens under your control, it creates twice that many of those tokens instead.

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Skullclamp

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Equipped creature gets +1/-1.
Whenever equipped creature dies, draw two cards.
Equip {1}

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Edgar Markov

Color Identity:B,R,W

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Eminence — Whenever you cast another Vampire spell, if Edgar Markov is in the command zone or on the battlefield, create a 1/1 black Vampire creature token.
First strike, haste
Whenever Edgar Markov attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on each Vampire you control.

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Talisman of Conviction

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.72

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {R} or {W}. Talisman of Conviction deals 1 damage to you.

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Taurean Mauler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.78

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Taurean Mauler.

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Blasphemous Act

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.98

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each creature on the battlefield.
Blasphemous Act deals 13 damage to each creature.

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Knight of the Ebon Legion

Color Identity:B

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{2}{B}: Knight of the Ebon Legion gets +3/+3 and gains deathtouch until end of turn.
At the beginning of your end step, if a player lost 4 or more life this turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Knight of the Ebon Legion. (Damage causes loss of life.)

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Isolated Chapel

Color Identity:B,W

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Isolated Chapel enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Boros Charm

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $1.53

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Choose one —
• Boros Charm deals 4 damage to target player or planeswalker.
• Permanents you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
• Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.

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Impact Tremors

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.11

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Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, Impact Tremors deals 1 damage to each opponent.

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Bloodthrone Vampire

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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Sacrifice a creature: Bloodthrone Vampire gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Captivating Vampire

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Other Vampire creatures you control get +1/+1.
Tap five untapped Vampires you control: Gain control of target creature. It becomes a Vampire in addition to its other types.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, each player sacrifices a non-Vampire creature.

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Talisman of Indulgence

Color Identity:B,R

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}. Talisman of Indulgence deals 1 damage to you.

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Indulgent Aristocrat

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Lifelink
{2}, Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on each Vampire you control.

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Vault of Champions

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Vault of Champions enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Bloodghast

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Bloodghast can't block.
Bloodghast has haste as long as an opponent has 10 or less life.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may return Bloodghast from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Godless Shrine

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)
As Godless Shrine enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord

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+1: Target creature you control gains deathtouch and lifelink until end of turn. If it's a Vampire, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
+1: You may sacrifice a Vampire. When you do, Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life.
−3: You may put a Vampire creature card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Demonic Tutor

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Swamp

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Cathars' Crusade

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Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

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Cover of Darkness

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As Cover of Darkness enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type have fear. (They can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

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Phyrexian Arena

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Citywide Bust

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Destroy all creatures with toughness 4 or greater.

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Vampire Cutthroat

Color Identity:B

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Skulk (This creature can't be blocked by creatures with greater power.)
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

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Bloodline Keeper // Lord of Lineage

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Flying
{T}: Create a 2/2 black Vampire creature token with flying.
{B}: Transform Bloodline Keeper. Activate this ability only if you control five or more Vampires.

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Smothering Tithe

Color Identity:W

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Whenever an opponent draws a card, that player may pay {2}. If the player doesn't, you create a Treasure token. (It's an artifact with "{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.")

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Talisman of Hierarchy

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}. Talisman of Hierarchy deals 1 damage to you.

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Legion's Landing // Adanto, the First Fort

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When Legion's Landing enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 white Vampire creature token with lifelink.
When you attack with three or more creatures, transform Legion's Landing.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Mirror Entity

Color Identity:W

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
{X}: Until end of turn, creatures you control have base power and toughness X/X and gain all creature types.

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Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle

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Whenever one or more nontoken Vampires you control attack, create a 1/1 white Vampire creature token with lifelink.

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Kindred Dominance

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Choose a creature type. Destroy all creatures that aren't of the chosen type.

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Bloodsucking Synergies

Vampires are one of Magic's strongest supported tribes. From tutors to lords, their reach knows no bounds! When building a tribal deck, these pieces are integral to the list's overall success, so let's take a moment to highlight what we need and why.

Let's start with the basics: tribal lords. Lords are creatures that buff a specific creature type's power and toughness. They strengthen our weaker creatures (tokens more often than not) and can even offer our Vampires some other bonuses as well! Our list runs three Vampire lords: Legion Lieutenant, Captivating Vampire, and Stromkirk Captain!

Each of these heartbreakers buff our Vamps by +1/+1! They also have some extra bonuses—the Stromkirk Captain gives our Vampires first strike and Captivating Vampire allows us to steal a creature and make it a Vampire as well! However, we also run a sneaky lord: Bloodline Keeper! His top side is definitely not a lord (he makes tokens), but when he's transformed into Bloodline Keeper, he buffs our Vamps by +2/+2! That is waaaaay beefier than our other lords!

Of course, we have other tribal pieces as well! We have the amazing Forerunner of the Legion, which is a Vampire-specific tutor in the form of a creature. Do we want to give our creatures tons of counters? Drana, Liberator of Malakir or an Indulgent Aristocrat. Want to make our Vampires 20/20's? A Mirror Entity will do! This list is our oyster and we can snag anything we want! Another way we can snag Vampires is with Bloodline Necromancer! Are you sad that Twilight Prophet died? Do you wish we could play that Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet one more time? Worry not! Bloodline Necromancer returns one to our battlefield! THEY LIVE AGAIN!

While Edgar Markov makes tokens whenever we cast a Vampire spell, we need other ways to make more Vamps, too. Enter Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle. In a combat-focused deck, it just makes sense to run her. As long as we attack with some nontoken Vampires, we generate more with him! Speaking of attacks, we should talk about Sanctum Seeker! We're focused on making tons of Vampires to win via combat damage. Attacking with Sanctum Seeker out definitely doesn't hurt the cause! If we swing with a full board, our opponents will take a huge hit to the life total before blockers are even declared!

Chase's Choice

Sometimes Chase's Choice is a pet card. Other times it's a card that really knocks our opponent's socks off—this week's card is just that. Enter Cathars' Crusade. I personally like to call this card, "Ow, math is hard!" To be honest, I think that name is way more fitting. Cathars' Crusade is a lethal addition to this list that makes our Vampires bigger and bigger whenever a creature enters the battlefield under our control.

I chose this beauty as Chase's Choice this week, because it triggers on ETB rather than cast. This means Edgar Markov tokens also trigger the enchantment, thus maximizing our value! Does this mean our heads will eventually hurt with math? You betcha! But it'll definitely pay off in future attacks. Just don't pair this with Patriarch's Bidding, otherwise you'll definitely need some Tylenol on hand!

And there you have it. A primer on Vampires in commander. If I'm being honest, I'm surprised. I expected myself to make more Twilight references than I did! I have to say my excitement regarding Vampires is definitely preemptive. But you can't deny that Vampires share a strong synergy in Magic. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what changes come to this list once we receive an invitation to Innistrad's grandest wedding!