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Erik's Random card 7/21/2011
At first Maro put a broken enchantment here. He knew it was powerful and cost it 4BBB, but it needed more work, and development kicked it out (maybe one day development will fix the card).

So he made a vampire:

Torturous Vampire
3BB
Flying
B, Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on each vampire you control.
4/4

Henry Stern, the set lead at the time, liked it, but wanted it to be 4 mana. He changed it to

Torturous Vampire
2BB
Flying
B, Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on each vampire you control.
3/3

Later Aaron Forsythe was leading the set. He wanted it to be 4/4 flying, and made:

Torturous Vampire
3BB
Flying
An additional ability to be named later.
4/4

OK he didn't really type that, but that was where we were. His first try at an ability was:

B, Sacrifice a creature: Target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

This was too much of a "kill this or lose" type of card, and wasn't well loved. What we needed was a vampire "coun... (see all)
Posted By: WotC_ErikL (7/22/2011 12:15:13 AM)
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This ends vampire mana curves this is the vampire bomb. Drop it, shoot for four gain four. It can't be bolted pathed, or bladed, and it punches you in the face for alot on a flier -oh and it's a vampire itself.
Posted By: Lestat13 (9/26/2009 2:45:04 PM)
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XxPainxX, they're not saying its better than baneslayer, they're just saying that this is going to have a sort of white knight-black knight relationship with it.
Posted By: sir_dwar (10/13/2009 5:30:16 PM)
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I like it even more than Sengir Vampire.

This card is like a black Air Elemental with protection from white and on top of that has a Kokusho-etb effect that will at least drain 1 life; in a Vampire tribal 3 or even more most of the time. Devasting in multiplayer games.

Black creatures for early and mid-game normally do not have such a good cost-efficiency relation, but Zendikar's Vampire are like "yeah, whatever" and just ignore that fact.

This card has some great potetial, and currently in Standard will be a good response to Baneslayer Angel.
Posted By: Mode (9/27/2009 11:58:14 AM)
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Yes, she absolutely counts herself as a vampire that you control when you play her. The moment she resolves, she's under your control, then her ability activates, so when she's cast, you at least get one point of lifelink.
Posted By: superstoned617 (1/22/2011 11:25:51 AM)
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Hello Baneslayer Angel
Posted By: Salostot (9/25/2009 9:12:51 AM)
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so i picked up a couple zendikar boosters the other day and in one of those boosters i pulled not one but TWO of these sweet lil darlins (one in a beautiful foil that makes the blood shine so nice) from the same booster! i just love having an answer to baneslayer that is an actual creature. 5/5 imo
Posted By: SHNAZ (6/27/2010 12:26:44 PM)
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I bought ten Zendikar packs and managed to pull two of these.
So I bought the vampire intro deck and to get some more synergy.
The booster in the intro pack had one of these.
That is 4 pulled already.
Awesome vampire deck here I come.
Posted By: cajackson (10/2/2009 1:21:04 PM)
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Could be interesting with the Bloodlord of Vaasgoth.

Posted By: Serecin (6/29/2011 9:54:10 AM)
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Totally agree with Salostot, this is Baneslayer Angel's nemesis in Standard. I think this card could be one of the "sleeper rares" in the set
Posted By: madformedusa (9/30/2009 10:52:02 AM)
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