B/R Vampires (Standard 2017)

The DigiQuest boys have finally done it. For years we’ve been saying that Magic is fundamentally the better card game, but we still wallowed in the filth of the YuGiOh slums. Well no longer. We have cast off the shackles of oppression that once bound us, and now soar on eagle’s wings. While Devin has opted for an exciting U/B deck, I myself have been having great success online with a form of Rakdos Vampires. The build has gone through many iterations, but I have finally settled on a build that I think is worthy to share with all of you. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

 

Creatures

2x Bloodhall Priest
2x Drana, Liberator of Malakir
4x Falkenrath Gorger
4x Heir of Falkenrath
4x Insolent Neonate
2x Olivia, Mobilized for War
4x Stromkirk Condemned
4x Stromkirk Occultist

Instants

4x Fiery Temper
3x Lightning Axe

Enchantment

4x Stensia Masquerade

Land

3x Foreboding Ruins
4x Smoldering Marsh
7x Mountain
9x Swamp

 

Strategy

The deck is pretty simple overall, it is aggressive to the point of recklessness. An ideal opening hand has some kind of Madness enabler like Insolent Neonate, or Heir of Falkenrath, in addition to an Olivia, Mobilized for War or a Stensia Masquerade to help close out the game. Opening with cards like Neonate and using their Discard abilities to summon powerful creatures for cheap is the core of this deck. Overwhelm the opponent before they have time to react, because if you give them time to shore up a defense, you’re sunk. Weenie decks are a problem for this deck because weak blockers can put a real damper on the decks ability to deal damage. For the early game, do not be afraid to mulligan as low as 5 or 4 cards. The deck is very focused on a strong first few turns, so you do not need many cards in the hand. Finally, do not forget that Fiery Temper can hit the player as well as creatures. Use it to ping your opponent’s life down even faster. Or, if you know they run Planeswalkers, save it for those cards, as they can win the game all on their own.

Thanks for checking out this deck, it is pretty affordable at only $50, and packs a serious punch in the current meta. If you liked this Deck Tech, keep an eye on The DigiQuest website for more MtG articles!

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