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Deck of the Day: Pioneer Vampires

Black is a great color in Pioneer. Thoughtseize and Fatal Push are the cream of the crop when it comes to one-mana spells, and make Black and appealing color for Aggro, Midrange, and Combo alike. Mono-Black Aggro uses them to compliment efficient and resilient threats while taking massive value from a manabase that can feature both Mutavault and Castle Locthwain.

Vampires is an alternative to traditional Monoblack Aggro. Today’s decklist is courtesy of world-class player Sam Pardee, known as smdster on Magic Online.

Vampires gives up a little bit in terms of the efficiency of its threats in order to gain synergy and an excellent lategame. Crucially, the vampire tribe allows you to build plenty of lifegain into the deck. Choosing Vampires over traditional Monoblack flips the script on the Red Mages. Burn goes from one of the absolute worst matchup for Monoblack to actually being quite favorable with Vampires.

Part of the Vampires shell made up a top Standard deck this time last year. We know that Knight of the Ebon Legion and Champion of Dusk can win games. In particular, being the only deck in Pioneer able to make use of Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord is a huge appeal. This card is an absolute nightmare for anyone trying to attack your life total as well as anyone looking to control the board and play a long game.

Start with a tried-and-true shell and sprinkle in some great printings from both before and after the Vampires heyday–Castle Locthwain, Thoughtseize, Murderous Rider–and you have a well oiled machine.

If you’re looking for a well rounded deck that packs plenty of disruption for the combo decks while also dominating opposing creature strategies, then Vampires might be for you.

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