Daily Deck Tech Vow: Vampires Flying over Standard


Here's our vow: Every workday during preview season, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming Innistrad: Crimson Vow. With such a huge banquet of strong Vampire options, from so many colors, we should be able to find a deck that makes the cut in Standard!

voldaren estate

Vampires are one of the most iconic Innistrad tribes. Midnight Hunt already gave us some pretty good additions, and the new set chips in so many more. Most people vow obedience to Rakdos, as black and red are the tribe's traditional colors. However, white adds some highly synergistic cards, which is exactly what made me flirt with the idea of Standard Mardu Vampires.

How can one look at Welcoming Vampire or Odric, Blood-Cursed and not wish to include them? Blood is what keeps Vampires together, and the new tokens of that name are what now puts the deck together. Not only are these artifacts useful by themselves, they also help your Vampires become much more powerful.

welcoming vampire voldaren bloodcaster bloodbat summoner

Voldaren Bloodcaster // Bloodbat Summoner may be among the most prolific enablers and beneficiaries. It's slow, but if you do manage to get to five Blood tokens, you're getting a 3/3 flier and a 2/2 flier with haste. This is an unbelievably high ceiling for a two-drop that's decent even on its own.

Vampire Socialite and Bloodthirsty Adversary remain noteworthy, of course, even though they're not particularly synergistic with Welcoming Vampire. You're still looking at over ten creatures with a base power of 2 or less, after all. Also, none of that is to mention that the white flier works amazing in multiples, and the second copy triggers the first one.

Anje, Maid of Dishonor is yet another amazing Blood payoff. Even if it triggers just once per turn, its token-generating ability is still pretty strong. However, I think that Falkenrath Forebear is the bigger deal here. It also generates tokens pretty easily, which can then return it to the battlefield in an opponent's end step.

falkenrath forebear odric, blood-cursed

The thing is that many of these have flying, haste, or even menace. That makes the new Odric kind of promising. If the card creates a single Blood token, it's not good but may still beat Florian, Voldaren Scion. At two or even three of these artifacts, it's an incredibly strong card that shouldn't be skipped. You can also add a Henrika Domnathi // Henrika, Infernal Seer for good measure, as it can get out of control real quick if transformed immediately.

Here's how I think Mardu Vampires might look, after adding Voldaren Estate, that is.

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AnotherNamelessUser(08.11.2021 15:04)

I don't think odric's keyword list is supported well enough here to justify playing 4 of him. I'd rather play some number of Florians, whose first strike would also improve the remaining odrics' chances of creating more than one blood token.