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I've tried playing Commander a lot, and generally nothing much really happens for me until I lose. I get the vibe that attempting to accurately track the game state and life totals (like I would in a real game of Magic) is inappropriate in a Commander setting. My relative heightened awareness seems to make alarm bells go off for my opponents and they kill me dead, even though I am playing this deck:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Masques Block Commander: Ascendant Evincar by Jon Corpora

'Masques Block Commander: Ascendant Evincar' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Jon Corpora

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Commander

Market Price: $89.56

Cards

Haunted Crossroads

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.54

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{B}: Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Tower of the Magistrate

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Target creature gains protection from artifacts until end of turn.

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Forced March

Color Identity:B

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Destroy all creatures with mana value X or less.

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Death Pit Offering

Color Identity:B

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When Death Pit Offering enters the battlefield, sacrifice all creatures you control.
Creatures you control get +2/+2.

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Kill Switch

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{2}, {T}: Tap all other artifacts. They don't untap during their controllers' untap steps for as long as Kill Switch remains tapped.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Cateran Persuader

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.17

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{1}, {T}: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 1 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Vendetta

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. You lose life equal to that creature's toughness.

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Well of Discovery

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At the beginning of your end step, if you control no untapped lands, draw a card.

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Rebel Informer

Color Identity:B

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Rebel Informer can't be the target of white spells or abilities from white sources.
{3}: Put target nontoken Rebel on the bottom of its owner's library.

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Cateran Brute

Color Identity:B

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{2}, {T}: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 2 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Rathi Fiend

Color Identity:B

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When Rathi Fiend enters the battlefield, each player loses 3 life.
{3}, {T}: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 3 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Larceny

Color Identity:B

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Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card.

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Rathi Intimidator

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.08

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Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
{2}, {T}: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 2 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Rathi Assassin

Color Identity:B

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{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Destroy target tapped nonblack creature.
{3}, {T}: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 3 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Cateran Overlord

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.39

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Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Cateran Overlord.
{6}, {T}: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 6 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Bog Smugglers

Color Identity:B

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)

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Intimidation

Color Identity:B

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Creatures you control have fear. (They can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

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Undertaker

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.20

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{B}, {T}, Discard a card: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Bargaining Table

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{X}, {T}: Draw a card. X is the number of cards in an opponent's hand.

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Phyrexian Driver

Color Identity:B

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When Phyrexian Driver enters the battlefield, other Mercenary creatures get +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Predator, Flagship

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{2}: Target creature gains flying until end of turn.
{5}, {T}: Destroy target creature with flying.

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Rhystic Tutor

Color Identity:B

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Unless any player pays {2}, search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, then shuffle.

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Scandalmonger

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.15

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{2}: Target player discards a card. Any player may activate this ability but only as a sorcery.

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Rain of Tears

Color Identity:B

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Destroy target land.

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Belbe's Portal

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As Belbe's Portal enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{3}, {T}: You may put a creature card of the chosen type from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Greel, Mind Raker

Color Identity:B

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{X}{B}, {T}, Discard two cards: Target player discards X cards at random.

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Rath's Edge

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}, Sacrifice a land: Rath's Edge deals 1 damage to any target.

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Cateran Enforcer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.27

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Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
{4}, {T}: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 4 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Cateran Kidnappers

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.20

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{3}, {T}: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 3 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Snuff Out

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $10.11

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If you control a Swamp, you may pay 4 life rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

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Mercadian Atlas

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At the beginning of your end step, if you didn't play a land this turn, you may draw a card.

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Dust Bowl

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice a land: Destroy target nonbasic land.

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Alley Grifters

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Alley Grifters becomes blocked, defending player discards a card.

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Misshapen Fiend

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

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Flying

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Avatar of Woe

Color Identity:B

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If there are ten or more creature cards total in all graveyards, this spell costs {6} less to cast.
Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
{T}: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.

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Instigator

Color Identity:B

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{1}{B}{B}, {T}, Discard a card: Creatures target player controls attack this turn if able.

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Parallax Dementia

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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Enchant creature
Fading 1 (This enchantment enters the battlefield with one fade counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
Enchanted creature gets +3/+2.
When Parallax Dementia leaves the battlefield, destroy enchanted creature. That creature can't be regenerated.

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Highway Robber

Color Identity:B

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When Highway Robber enters the battlefield, target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Despoil

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.10

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Destroy target land. Its controller loses 2 life.

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Magistrate's Scepter

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{4}, {T}: Put a charge counter on Magistrate's Scepter.
{T}, Remove three charge counters from Magistrate's Scepter: Take an extra turn after this one.

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Cateran Slaver

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.35

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Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
{5}, {T}: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 5 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Dark Ritual

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.60

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Add {B}{B}{B}.

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Ascendant Evincar

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.94

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Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)
Other black creatures get +1/+1.
Nonblack creatures get -1/-1.

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Subterranean Hangar

Color Identity:B

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Subterranean Hangar enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Put a storage counter on Subterranean Hangar.
{T}, Remove any number of storage counters from Subterranean Hangar: Add {B} for each storage counter removed this way.

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Pit Raptor

Color Identity:B

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Flying, first strike
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Pit Raptor unless you pay {2}{B}{B}.

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Primeval Shambler

Color Identity:B

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{B}: Primeval Shambler gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Skull of Ramos

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {B}.
Sacrifice Skull of Ramos: Add {B}.

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Conspiracy

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.03

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As Conspiracy enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures you control are the chosen type. The same is true for creature spells you control and creature cards you own that aren't on the battlefield.

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Strongarm Thug

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.15

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When Strongarm Thug enters the battlefield, you may return target Mercenary card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Molting Harpy

Color Identity:B

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Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Molting Harpy unless you pay {2}.

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Silent Assassin

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.31

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{3}{B}: Destroy target blocking creature at end of combat.

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Seal of Doom

Color Identity:B

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Sacrifice Seal of Doom: Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

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Notorious Assassin

Color Identity:B

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{2}{B}, {T}, Discard a card: Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

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High Market

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: You gain 1 life.

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Spiteful Bully

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.03

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At the beginning of your upkeep, Spiteful Bully deals 3 damage to target creature you control.

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Rishadan Port

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Tap target land.

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Black Market

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.28

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Whenever a creature dies, put a charge counter on Black Market.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add {B} for each charge counter on Black Market.

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Delraich

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.73

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You may sacrifice three black creatures rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Trample

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Cackling Witch

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.13

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{X}{B}, {T}, Discard a card: Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.

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Cateran Summons

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.76

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

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Midnight Ritual

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.25

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Exile X target creature cards from your graveyard. For each creature card exiled this way, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Plague Wind

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.83

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Destroy all creatures you don't control. They can't be regenerated.

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Sever Soul

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.08

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Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. You gain life equal to its toughness.

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Bog Glider

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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Flying
{T}, Sacrifice a land: Search your library for a Mercenary permanent card with mana value 2 or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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A typical Commander game for me goes like this:

(it's turn three)

ME: I cast Rathi Intimidator.
EVERYBODY ELSE: (reads the card)
EVERYBODY ELSE: (registers confusion)
ME: I pass the turn.
ACTIVE PLAYER: I don't know what's going on over there, but I don't like it.
ACTIVE PLAYER: (moves around a bunch of cardboard)
ACTIVE PLAYER: Jon, you're dead.

Got it, thanks.

It's no surprise that many players use EDHREC to build their Commander decks. As far as user tools go, it's an incredible success story... but my team of editors is split on it. On one hand, there are a ton of Magic cards, which makes building any deck difficult, let alone a color-restricted 99-card singleton deck. EDHREC simplifies a potentially laborious part of Commander — deck-building — so that players can get back to the other laborious part of Commander — the gameplay.

On the other hand, EDHREC's Top Cards lay bare a homogenized format, heavily slanted toward green and blue, where the primary classes of cards are mana ramp, tutors, high-mana value haymakers, and incremental advantage gained through bookkeeping. 

Put succinctly, the format has been optimized to a degree that you (allegedly) can't just roll into an LGS with a homebrew of obscure cards without arousing suspicion and immediately dying.

For my part, I think the positives of EDHREC vastly outweigh the negatives, but the negatives are not just more visible in practice, but also easy to trace back to EDHREC.

Here's where I'm at: if you think you need EDHREC, use it, and if you have to ask, then just use it. If you've been playing for a few years and you have a decent enough knowledge of the good cards, then keep using it, but why not try and build your decks before consulting EDHREC?

I'm going to provide a framework for building Commander decks with new legends, and today's legend rules.

 

Edgar Markov is the first-ever vampire of Innistrad. The obligatory lore section of this article is now over.

The front side of the card is a Vampire lord. Let's load up Scryfall, the best Magic: The Gathering website ever.

The query returns more than 200 results. In the interest of cutting right to the chase, I'm going to sort the results by price, because let's face it — it's only Commander that's driving the price of these things these days, so fast-forwarding right to the best cards will save a lot of time.

It should go without saying that none of these creatures saw any competitive play whatsoever, not even Twilight Prophet, the most expensive Vampire of all. The incremental card advantage that comes with it is cool and all, but I'm still skeptical for two reasons:

  1. It's unclear how often we'll control the ten permanents necessary to unlock the city's blessing.
  2. Only getting the trigger during each of our upkeeps feels like a long time to wait in Commander.

I'm not sold on this thing yet. NEXT.

All of these Vampires appropriately pay you off for going wide and accruing a lot of Vampires, which Edgar, Charmed Groom already incentivizes. Committing a lot of creatures to the board certainly makes us vulnerable, so we should keep our eyes peeled for creatures that mitigate the negative impact of sweepers...

...Just like this card! Kill everything all you like — Elenda's going to leave behind enough Vampires to make our follow-up Captivating Vampire a legitimate problem. Elenda is sweet, and opens up our deck to really benefit from some sacrifice outlets.

just kidding lol this card suuuuucks

And that's not even a Vampire pun, it's just very bad. Homelands FTW.

Not only do these cards benefit from sacrifice outlets, but Kalastria Highborn, Blood Artist, Cruel Celebrant, and Vindictive Vampire in particular are fine hedges against sweepers as well.

Winning in Commander seems directly tied to how well your deck can obfuscate its own position — that is, how well your deck can hide that it's about to win right up until the part where it wins. For better or worse, I think that aspect of Commander is lame, and I'm willing to put my cards on the table — literally and figuratively — in defiance of that particular established convention.

The upside to these seems pretty obvious to me.

I think this is a good enough place to stop for the Vampires in our deck; if we need to fill out the roster, we'll go back to that tab. It's time to start a new Scryfall search, but before that, let's revisit some of the themes these cards pull us toward.

Pretty simple so far. So what does that second Scryfall tab look like?

This query (oracle:vampire -type:creature commander:WB legal:commander) produces only 23 results, which is a bummer, but on the bright side, 23 results is pretty manageable. Let's dive into some of the standouts.

Oh yeah, this is the stuff. Can you imagine ultimating Sorin, Vampire Lord or Sorin, Lord of Innistrad? I submit that you cannot.

Sweet cards that need a critical mass of Vampires to go. Let's throw them in!

This is about the point where all the philosophical arguments against EDHREC fall apart. I've been playing Magic for 20 years; not to brag, but I've retained a ton of Magic cards from across the game's history. Finishing off this Commander deck is hard for me, and I assume, for anyone else who doesn't have an encyclopedic recall of every Magic card they've ever seen. Bring us home, EDHREC.

Holy moly, would you look at that siderail. Everything I need is just there!

Time to finish this deck.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Bat Daddy by Jon Corpora

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

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Cards

Bloodline Keeper

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $21.72

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

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Vona, Butcher of Magan

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $5.54

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Vigilance, lifelink
{T}, Pay 7 life: Destroy target nonland permanent. Activate only during your turn.

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Bojuka Bog

Color Identity:B

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Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield tapped.
When Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield, exile target player's graveyard.
{T}: Add {B}.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Campaign of Vengeance

Color Identity:B,W

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Whenever a creature you control attacks, defending player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Blood Artist

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Blood Artist or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Eiganjo Castle

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Add {W}.
{W}, {T}: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target legendary creature this turn.

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Legion's Landing

Color Identity:W

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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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Godless Shrine

Color Identity:B,W

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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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Kor Haven

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{W}, {T}: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt by target attacking creature this turn.

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Temple of Silence

Color Identity:B,W

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Temple of Silence enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Silence enters the battlefield, scry 1.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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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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Sorin's Guide

Color Identity:B

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When Sorin's Guide enters the battlefield, you may search your library and/or graveyard for a card named Sorin, Vampire Lord, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you search your library this way, shuffle.

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Scrubland

Color Identity:B,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {B}.)

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Stromkirk Condemned

Color Identity:B

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Discard a card: Vampires you control get +1/+1 until end of turn. Activate only once each turn.

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Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle

Color Identity:W

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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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Bloodlord of Vaasgoth

Color Identity:B

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Bloodthirst 3 (If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this creature enters the battlefield with three +1/+1 counters on it.)
Flying
Whenever you cast a Vampire creature spell, it gains bloodthirst 3.

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Vault of the Archangel

Color Identity:B,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}{W}{B}, {T}: Creatures you control gain deathtouch and lifelink until end of turn.

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Drana, Liberator of Malakir

Color Identity:B

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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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Radiant Destiny

Color Identity:W

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Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
As Radiant Destiny enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures you control of the chosen type get +1/+1. As long as you have the city's blessing, they also have vigilance.

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Orzhov Basilica

Color Identity:B,W

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Orzhov Basilica enters the battlefield tapped.
When Orzhov Basilica enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {W}{B}.

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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.

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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 and put that card on top.
Whenever another Vampire enters the battlefield under your control, target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Utter End

Color Identity:B,W

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Exile target nonland permanent.

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Vampire Hexmage

Color Identity:B

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First strike
Sacrifice Vampire Hexmage: Remove all counters from target permanent.

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Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.06

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Whenever you gain life, target opponent loses that much life.
{3}{B}{B}: Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn.

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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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Cavern of Souls

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As Cavern of Souls 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, and that spell can't be countered.

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Vampire Aristocrat

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.08

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

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Orzhov Cluestone

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.16

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{T}: Add {W} or {B}.
{W}{B}, {T}, Sacrifice Orzhov Cluestone: Draw a card.

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Zulaport Cutthroat

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.40

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Whenever Zulaport Cutthroat or another creature you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Legion Lieutenant

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $1.71

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Other Vampires you control get +1/+1.

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Vault of Champions

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $5.97

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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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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Voldaren Estate

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a Vampire spell.
{5}, {T}: Create a Blood token. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each Vampire you control. (It's an artifact with "{1}, {T}, Discard a card, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Memorial to Folly

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.10

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Memorial to Folly enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
{2}{B}, {T}, Sacrifice Memorial to Folly: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Orzhov Locket

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.20

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{T}: Add {W} or {B}.
{W/B}{W/B}{W/B}{W/B}, {T}, Sacrifice Orzhov Locket: Draw two cards.

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Triskelion

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Triskelion enters the battlefield with three +1/+1 counters on it.
Remove a +1/+1 counter from Triskelion: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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Malakir Bloodwitch

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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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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Falkenrath Noble

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.14

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Flying
Whenever Falkenrath Noble or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Concealed Courtyard

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $2.23

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Concealed Courtyard enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.

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Ethereal Absolution

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.53

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Creatures you control get +1/+1.
Creatures your opponents control get -1/-1.
{2}{W}{B}: Exile target card from an opponent's graveyard. If it was a creature card, you create a 1/1 white and black Spirit creature token with flying.

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Vindicate

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.94

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Destroy target permanent.

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Isolated Chapel

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $4.47

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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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Flagstones of Trokair

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.27

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{T}: Add {W}.
When Flagstones of Trokair is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Damn

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $3.46

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Destroy target creature. A creature destroyed this way can't be regenerated.
Overload {2}{W}{W} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Yahenni, Undying Partisan

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $7.00

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Haste
Whenever a creature an opponent controls dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Yahenni, Undying Partisan.
Sacrifice another creature: Yahenni gains indestructible until end of turn.

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Kalastria Highborn

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $6.26

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Whenever Kalastria Highborn or another Vampire you control dies, you may pay {B}. If you do, target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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Bloodflow Connoisseur

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.15

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Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on Bloodflow Connoisseur.

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Fetid Heath

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $8.28

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{T}: Add {C}.
{W/B}, {T}: Add {W}{W}, {W}{B}, or {B}{B}.

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Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.90

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Flying, lifelink
Sacrifice a creature: Put X +1/+1 counters on Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.
Remove all +1/+1 counters from Vish Kal: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn for each +1/+1 counter removed this way.

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Indulgent Aristocrat

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.22

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

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Etchings of the Chosen

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.78

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As Etchings of the Chosen enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures you control of the chosen type get +1/+1.
{1}, Sacrifice a creature of the chosen type: Target creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn.

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Silent Clearing

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $12.50

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {W} or {B}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Silent Clearing: Draw a card.

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Thirsting Bloodlord

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.40

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Other Vampires you control get +1/+1.

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Vampiric Tutor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $48.48

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Search your library for a card, then shuffle and put that card on top. You lose 2 life.

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Swords to Plowshares

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.66

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

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Heraldic Banner

Market Price: $0.78

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As Heraldic Banner enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Creatures you control of the chosen color get +1/+0.
{T}: Add one mana of the chosen color.

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Vampiric Rites

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.53

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{1}{B}, Sacrifice a creature: You gain 1 life and draw a card.

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Anowon, the Ruin Sage

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.63

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

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Secluded Steppe

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.08

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Secluded Steppe enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W}.
Cycling {W} ({W}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Despark

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.28

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Exile target permanent with mana value 4 or greater.

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Sanctum Seeker

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.56

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

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Elenda, the Dusk Rose

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $21.68

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Lifelink
Whenever another creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Elenda, the Dusk Rose.
When Elenda dies, create X 1/1 white Vampire creature tokens with lifelink, where X is Elenda's power.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Dusk Legion Zealot

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.26

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When Dusk Legion Zealot enters the battlefield, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

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Barren Moor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.19

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Barren Moor enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {B}.
Cycling {B} ({B}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Brightclimb Pathway

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $4.58

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{T}: Add {W}.

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Caves of Koilos

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.70

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

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Marsh Flats

Market Price: $17.55

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Marsh Flats: Search your library for a Plains or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Temple of the False God

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Activate only if you control five or more lands.

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Bloodline Necromancer

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.49

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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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Black Market

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.28

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Whenever a creature dies, put a charge counter on Black Market.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add {B} for each charge counter on Black Market.

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Cruel Celebrant

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $1.17

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Whenever Cruel Celebrant or another creature or planeswalker you control dies, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Unclaimed Territory

Market Price: $0.37

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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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Demonic Tutor

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $32.77

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

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Nullpriest of Oblivion

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.65

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Kicker {3}{B}
Menace, lifelink
When Nullpriest of Oblivion enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Orzhov Signet

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.58

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{1}, {T}: Add {W}{B}.

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Mind Stone

Market Price: $0.67

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Mind Stone: Draw a card.

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Vampire Nocturnus

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $9.79

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Play with the top card of your library revealed.
As long as the top card of your library is black, Vampire Nocturnus and other Vampire creatures you control get +2/+1 and have flying.

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Anguished Unmaking

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $7.00

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Exile target nonland permanent. You lose 3 life.

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Cordial Vampire

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.39

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Whenever Cordial Vampire or another creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on each Vampire you control.

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Blind Obedience

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $5.64

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Extort (Whenever you cast a spell, you may pay {W/B}. If you do, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain that much life.)
Artifacts and creatures your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

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Mephidross Vampire

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $5.86

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Flying
Each creature you control is a Vampire in addition to its other creature types and has "Whenever this creature deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature."

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Arguel's Blood Fast

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.48

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{1}{B}, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have 5 or less life, you may transform Arguel's Blood Fast.

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Cabal Coffers

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $20.61

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{2}, {T}: Add {B} for each Swamp you control.

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Phyrexian Tower

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $16.87

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Add {B}{B}.

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Silverquill Campus

Color Identity:B,W

Market Price: $0.04

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Silverquill Campus enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {B}.
{4}, {T}: Scry 1.

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Captivating Vampire

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $13.46

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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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Field of Ruin

Market Price: $0.18

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles.

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Vindictive Vampire

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.71

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Whenever another creature you control dies, Vindictive Vampire deals 1 damage to each opponent and you gain 1 life.

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