Why Vampires is a Good Choice For Standard
January 8, 2010 | Posted by Dee
Update 2/11/2011: Here is a new list, Black/Red Vampires, that’s Standard legal with Mirrodin Besieged. It won a 500 player tournament.
Vampires started off as a popular deck in Standard. Then everyone realized that Jund was the best deck. Vampires soon became less popular since it has a poor matchup versus Jund. However, I think the time is now ripe for Vampires to be a force in the metagame.
In this premium article, Cedric Phillips talks about how he’s been winning a lot on Magic Online with Vampires. He says people are tired of playing Jund and are looking instead to play decks that beat it. He believes that Vampires has great matchups against those non-Jund decks.
I think he’s right.
Also, he wrote the article before last weekend’s SCG 5K Standard Open, where LSV got 1st place with UWR Control, so there should be more people moving away from Jund.
Preying on Non-Jund Decks
Vampires has many advantages versus most of the decks in the field.
It’s mono black so it makes Flashfreeze a dead card. Also, it has good discard (Duress, Mind Rot, Mind Sludge) and Bloodghast to further make the control matchup a good one. Most control decks have little to no counters in game one to stop the discard since they are playing Flashfreeze.
Gatekeeper of Malakir is a beating versus the shroud creatures, Wall of Denial and Sphinx of Jwar Isle. And Vampire Nighthawk can trade with them.
Malakir Bloodwitch is awesome against Baneslayer Angel, Knight of the Reliquary, Woolly Thoctar, and Steppe Lynx. And she dodges Path to Exile and Ajani Vengeant all day.
Tendrils of Corruption is great versus burn and Goblin Bushwhacker.
If you’re looking for a good deck in Standard, give Vampires a try and let my know how it goes.
Here’s my current list.
|Mono Black Vampires|
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