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.

Black/Red Vampires
Creatures (25)
Spells (12)
Lands (23)
Sideboard (15)

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.

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15 Responses to “Black/Red Vampires Takes Down a 500 Player Tournament”

  1. Dominic the Donkey on February 12th, 2011 9:48 pm

    What cards would be sideboarded against other decks and what would be taken out? Sometimes I have seen that posted, but it is not posted here. Sideboarding is what I have most problems with. Any help would be great!

  2. Dee on February 12th, 2011 11:35 pm

    Gimme some decks you might face and I’ll try to come up with sideboard plans for those decks. Thanks.

  3. Dominic the Donkey on February 13th, 2011 5:13 pm

    Decks I would face would be:

    UB control
    UW control
    valakut ramp
    white wennie
    eldrazi green
    mirror deck

    Any help would be great!

  4. Sally on February 18th, 2011 4:27 pm

    for what decks would i sideboard in the demon?

  5. Linqed on February 19th, 2011 8:11 am

    You always wanna swap out your Dark Tutelage for Demon’s of Deaths Gate. If you draw that while having DT, losing 9 life is basicly a loss. So that goes 1:1 against decks with large creatures etc.

  6. Sally on February 21st, 2011 8:12 pm

    That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the clarification!

  7. BR Vampires Sideboard Plans on February 24th, 2011 7:52 am

    [...] are some sideboard plans for Matthew Landstrom’s first place BR Vampires deck from StarCityGames Standard Open in Indianapolis. The decklist is at the [...]

  8. galopoli on February 24th, 2011 10:28 am

    Those sideboard plans are fantastic! You are incredible! Great job throwing plans for Tez in there! I hope that people appreciate this! Nice work!

  9. david cfg on March 1st, 2011 7:46 pm
    this has great sideboard plans for the current metagame. i would drop a tutelage and/or doom blade for a 3rd or 4th duress. duress is just so powerful against many of the best decks out there. and 4 isnt overkill like many pros will say it just insures you draw them, they are so potent. being a fairies, and jund player i cant tell you how many games duress won me.

  10. Gonzalo on March 15th, 2011 11:53 am

    What can I do without the Bloodghast, I have all the other cards. I have a tournment in a few days and I can´t find this card here; buying it on eBay or in some far place will take a lot of time in shipping… I will play against Valakut, Elf-drazi, boros, goblins, WW quest and UW Control…


  11. Dee on March 16th, 2011 8:06 am

    Hm, that’s a tough one because Bloodghast is one of the key cards. I would play 2 Inquisition of Kozilek and 2 Vampire Hexmage. Good luck!

  12. Luke on March 16th, 2011 11:39 pm

    Out of curiosity, have you ever thought about Bloodchief Ascension?

  13. Gonzalo on March 21st, 2011 7:23 am

    Thanks Dee, it was good but not enough I think, so I played a WW BattleCry Quest. I´m trying to get the bloodghast to complete the deck now.

  14. Dee on March 21st, 2011 1:07 pm

    Luke, I don’t think Bloodchief Ascension really fits the deck because you don’t have that much discard and it slows the deck down. But maybe it’s good enough. Why don’t you test it and see?

    Gonzalo, no probs. Quest is a great choice if you’re on a budget. Good luck acquiring Bloodghast.

  15. Snora on March 27th, 2011 4:09 pm

    No its outdated but i face a lot of cleric decks, what to do?