Black/Red Vampires Takes Down a 500 Player Tournament
February 11, 2011 | Posted by Dee
Black/Red Vampires was the Standard deck of choice for many aggro players including pros before Mirrodin Besieged was released. Mirrodin Besieged didn’t add a lot but it looks like the deck is still a good choice.
Matthew Landstrom played the deck and took down a 500 player tournament (StarCityGames Standard Open in Indianapolis) last weekend. In the top eight single elimination rounds, he didn’t lose a game, beating two Red/Green Valakut decks and a Boros deck.
Here is the decklist he played.
This archetype became popular because it can have very aggressive starts while having a lot of reach and the ability to recover from mass removal.
Pulse Tracker and Vampire Lacerator are aggressive one-drops that provide early damage.
The burn spells (Lightning Bolt and Arc Trail) and Kalastria Highborn allow you to win out of nowhere. Kalastria Highborn is especially good with Viscera Seer when you have some mana to play with and a bunch of creatures on the battlefield. You can dome your opponent multiple times while setting up your next draw.
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Bloodghast is good as always especially now with so many great mass removal spells running around like Pyroclasm, Slagstorm, Day of Judgment, and Black Sun’s Zenith. If you haven’t played with Bloodghast, Kalastria Highborn, and Viscera Seer on the battlefield at the same time, you’re missing out on one of the most powerful combos in Standard.
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Dark Tutelage provides more mass removal insurance and it helps that it is hard for control decks to remove. Even against aggro decks, it’s not too much of a liability because your cards are so cheap.
Go for the Throat is the only addition from Mirrodin Besieged. It’s very similar to Doom Blade but it can kill Grave Titan, which was tough for red or black to deal with before Mirrodin Besieged. Also, being able to kill Vampire Nighthawk is nice too since some UB Control decks have been siding in the flyer or even playing it main deck.