Daily Brew: Mardu Vampire Channeler

Daily Brew: Mardu Vampire Channeler

A while ago I had proposed a Smallpox deck that used Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord and the eight Vampires that come back for 0 mana. But I couldn’t quite get the numbers where I wanted, and Smallpox seems pretty meh with all the extra land plays people are making.

Last week Dan said that Kaya’s Guile is good right now, and he loves super medium Mardu decks. With our current card of the week being Magmatic Channeler, all of a sudden the pieces started to click into place.

Mardu Vampire Channeler by David Robertson

1 CMC

4Fatal Push
3Thoughtseize
3Inquisition of Kozilek
1Lightning Bolt

2 CMC

4Magmatic Channeler
4Bloodghast
2Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
1Collective Brutality
1Smuggler’s Copter

3 CMC

4Seasoned Pyromancer
2Kaya’s Guile
2Liliana of the Veil
2Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
4Silversmote Ghoul

4 CMC

2Smiting Helix

Lands

4Bloodstained Mire
4Marsh Flats
1Arid Mesa
2Blood Crypt
1Sacred Foundry
1Savai Triome
2Silent Clearing
4Swamp
1Plains
1Mountain

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Why not get back a free Silversmote Ghoul instead of a 1/1 spirit with our Kaya’s Guile? Maindeck Guile gives us game against unfair decks, and it + Smiting Helix should do major work against aggro.

Magmatic Channeler functions like a super Copter that should start tearing through our deck looking for the synergy pieces. This deck is FULL of ways to load our graveyard up with stuff to extract that sweet sweet value.

Questionable cards for me are Liliana of the Veil, which might just be bad in Modern right now, and Kroxa, because we extract so much value out of our graveyard and we want to keep enough spells so that Channeler is a threat in the mid-late game.

I also would not hate some number of Knight of the Ebon Legion if we wanted more vampires or more aggression.

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