Arena Standard - Thirst for Blood

9 40
24 10 1 25
Midrange Combo

This is a straight forward Vampire leech deck, with a bit of a twist utilizing [[Epicure of Blood]] for a 5th turn drop to double the damage. [[Impassioned Orator]] used to combine with [[Epicure of Blood]], but I found that (in this deck) it was hindering the curve.

[[Cruel Celebrant]], [[Vindictive Vampire]], [[Epicure of Blood]], and [[Vampire of the Dire Moon]] are the main cards in the deck using [[Bloodthirsty Aerialist]] and [[Thirsting Bloodlord]] for defence. [[Ill-Gotten Inheritance]] with [[Oath of Kaya]] are the life gains in the deck, combined with [[Epicure of Blood]] allow for damage wtih life gain, ending the game with a sacrifice of 2 [[Ill-Gotten Inheritance]] on turn 8-10.

How to play? Going down to 6-8 health (Shock Land usage for first or second turn drops, taking blows from creatures) within the first 5-6 turns is no problem for me while I build up mana and the base of the deck, sacrificing creatures to block only when it is an absolute must and the flow is still in effect. Building up the [[Bloodthirsty Aerialist]] is a great defence as well as [[Icon of Ancestry]]. [[Oath of Kaya]] is your direct damage with life gain card so do not be afraid to throw out duplicate to kill a target when needed, but there are 3 so be selective.

Throwing out the Celebrant (I wait for 2), Vindictive (again, I wait for 2), and Epicure (I usually have 2-3 on the board unless killed) creatures, backed up by a [[Icon of Ancestry]] and a few more creatures from early game, allow for an all out attack to zero out the life total of the opponent when they kill your creatures.

3 lands in your opening hand 31% of the time with 2-4 lands averaging 25% of the time.

1st turn: [[Vampire of the Dire Moon]] - take 2 from a shock land

2nd turn: [[Cruel Celebrant]] - take another 2 from a shock land if no regular land to drop

3rd turn: [[Icon of Ancestry]] or [[Bloodthirsty Aerialist]] - take 2 from a shock land

4th turn: [[Cruel Celebrant]]+[[Vampire of the Dire moon]] or [[Thirsting Bloodlord]] or [[Ill-Gotten Inheritance]]

5th turn: [[Epicure of Blood]]

This is based on your draw of course, but can easily tick their life down as it builds.

This deck favors a [[Timewipe]], [[Ritual of Soot]], or any other mass wipe cards, but having them in the deck is counterproductive, as once [[Liliana, Dreadhorde General]] is on the battlefield, you can create and sacrifice creatures at will.



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Last Updated: 20 Sep 2019
Created: 15 Aug 2019
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Mainboard - 60 cards (15 distinct)

Creature (24)
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (10)
Land (25)
Planeswalker (1)

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