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Anyone ever thought of using him with Bloodghast and Kalastria Highborn?
Posted By: krazypunk1018 (8/26/2010 10:53:53 AM)


This combined with Deathrender and a pair of Cadaver Imps or similar allows you to put any card on top of your library, for free. Might be useful for new extended? Combine it with a Deathgreeter or Soul Warden, and you get infinite life into the bargain.

EDIT: The idea is, you equip the Imp with the sword and sacrifice it to Viscera Seer to scry one, then use the sword's ability to put the second Imp onto the battlefield, returning the first to your hand. Repeat until you find the card you're looking for. You could even finish off with an Elvish Seer to actually draw that card.
Posted By: Mephastopheles (7/16/2010 4:17:01 AM)


This card is a wonderful object lesson in "don't knock it till you've tried it". I pulled like ten of these and thought they were garbage, then I decided to try out a B/R Vampires deck with this guy. My opinion has changed greatly.
Posted By: Enemy_Tricolor (6/20/2011 10:22:26 AM)


I don't think people see that this guy is used in Type 2 Vamps as a pretty potent finisher. With Kalastria Highborn in play, you have a free sac outlet to "B: 2 damage to target player". With Vampires you can pretty easily get an opponent down to 10 by turn 5. On turn 5 five, sac five vampires and spent BBBBB to finish the job. Or the ability, once again with Kalastria Highborn in play, to sac your Vamps and make a 4-point life swing instead of having them destroyed by cards like Lightning Bolt and Dismember.

Outside of a deck with cards like Kalastria Highborn, yeah this guy is pretty crap. But look at his potential within a Vampire deck. There are loads of cards that suck pretty hard stand-alone, but work great within the right deck. That's Magic: The Gathering for you. If every card rocked no matter what the circumstances, no one would have to build decks using an ounce of creativity. I like that Magic requires creativi... (see all)
Posted By: SparkleTiger (7/1/2011 11:11:18 PM)


I think this card is currently underrated.
Getting the option to sacrifice a creature with no further cost to a one-drop can already be pretty handy.
While you boost Carrion Feeder by saccing creatures to it,
you can get topdecking control with this guy instead. And this Vampire Wizard can also serve as a chump blocker, as opposed to our fellow Zombie.
Posted By: Mode (7/9/2010 7:05:45 AM)


This has been a 3 of or 4 of in several BlackRed vampire decks at the championship level (and strangely enough, Vampire Nighthawk usually ISN'T). We're missing something here with it being rated 2.9.

EDIT: I've since playtested this as a 4x in a deck that also has 4 x Bloodghast. When you get enough of the Bloodghasts out, this thing starts acting like a Vampiric Tutor. Add Kalastria Highborn for offense and either Grave Pact or Butcher of Malakir for board control as others here have said and it just gets insane. DEFINITELY under-rated!

4/5 at LEAST!
Posted By: Paleopaladin (8/20/2011 11:26:18 PM)


I played a mainly black deck with a splash of red at the prerelease and was surprised with how it comboes so well with cards in the set.

Act of Treason let me scry while attacking with and killing their best creature, and Reassembling Skeleton helped me for a great mid game search engine (i scried like 3 times a turn when there was nothing to do at end of their turn).
Posted By: Tinkerermcmuffin (7/12/2010 5:12:43 PM)


Play it in limited, it's amazing there.
Standard play?? I think this guy may actually have a good shot. With Bloodthrone Vamp, Vamp Aristocrat, Scarland Thrinax and Jinxed Idol as cheap ways to sac creatures (not only do they all cost three or less but the sac effect requires NO MANA) in addition to Sarkhan the Mad, as well as many ways to gain control of creatures like Act of Treason, Mark of Mutiny, Traitorous Instinct, Slave of Bolas and Conquering Masticore this may see play... We'll have to see if decks remain creature oriented.
Cards that'll cycle out with Scars: Slave of Bolas, Scarland Thrinax, and Vamp Aristocrat. Nothing to worry about, so if this deck doesn't work in today's standard, it may during Scars'.
Posted By: Selez (7/18/2010 1:18:42 PM)


This card works very well with the card Reassembling Skeleton.
Posted By: Chillcord (1/2/2011 1:13:08 PM)


@krazypunk: Yes. Everyone. Then they found out about CawGo.
Posted By: Shadoflaam (11/10/2011 8:11:53 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!