Mono-White Vampires by patrunkenphat7 on MtGO
With the inclusion of Ixalan in Standard, many players were excited to play tribal decks in Standard for the first time in a while. However, no tribal deck has come to the forefront yet. The deck we’re featuring today aims to change that, as it brings Vampires into constructed!
This deck has a couple of ways to reward you for playing Vampires. Firstly, Duskborne Skymarcher is a card that has proven itself to be a good member of the B/W Vampires archetype in Ixalan limited, and it can make combat extremely difficult for the opponent while sneaking through damage. Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle keeps the Vampires party going, adding another Vampire to the board during every attack phase, creating an impressive mass of vampires. Lastly, Metallic Mimic does a really good job of making small vampires into menacing threats, frequently doubling their power/toughness, making your board significantly more formidable.
This deck, like many Standard tribal decks, wants to get on the board early, and it has several ways of doing that. At one mana, Legion’s Landing provides a 1/1 Vampire as well as a powerful token producer on the back side once it’s flipped. At 2 mana, Adanto Vanguard is the perfect card for this strategy. It’s an attack-minded 3/1 for 2 mana that can give itself indestructible, making it arguably the best aggressive 2 mana creature in the format. While not a vampire, Aviary Mechanic has good applications in this deck, bouncing creatures and enchantments with enters the battlefield abilities, as well as having really good synergy with this next card…
Oketra’s Monument makes an appearance in this deck, and despite not being at its strongest in this shell, it’s still a valuable member of the team, as it allows this deck to dump its hand onto the board while producing tokens that help with the overarching go wide strategy. Legion Conquistador, while pretty much the meme card of this format, is pretty good in this deck. Low to the ground tribal decks tend to struggle to compete in the long game, but Legion Conquistador‘s card advantage (albeit very slow and not super impactful) makes it worth a slot.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
This is day 294 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 293 here, where we featured a Standard deck that takes Vehicles in an aggro direction!
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