MTG: Top 10 Vampires

MTG: Top 10 Vampires

Taking a look at the best vampires ever printed.

Now that the Twilight fad has died down a bit, I feel that it’s safe to finally make this list. Let’s take a look at the top ten vampires ever printed!

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#10 Szadek, Lord Of Secrets

One of the most annoying mill cards, this card will get your opponent’s library down to nothing in only a few turns. If it becomes clear that they won’t be milled, use Snake Form and then have an X/X creature that can come in for some big damage! Of course, it will turn back to normal at the end of the turn, but if you play your cards right you’ll be able to surprise your opponent and do some serious damage. Despite this card’s mana cost, it still sees some play. It’s especially popular in EDH and I’ve seen it in many casual blue/black decks.

#9 Skeletal Vampire

A vampire that makes bats when it comes into play, can regenerate by sacrificing bats, and can take one bat and turn it into two. This card is sweet! It’s a little expensive to make extra bats, but that can sometimes really make a difference!

#8 Malakir Bloodwitch

Now we’re getting into the Zendikar block vampires. After that block many many cards were wiped off this list because of Zendikar’s heavy tribal vampire theme. Anyway, this card is sweet. It’s a solid body with flying for only five mana. Not only that, it has protection from white, meaning it isn’t likely to get removed from the game. However, when you tack on its last ability, you’ll find a card that is truly terrifying to see hit the board.

This card makes each opponent lose life equal to the number of vampires you control. That’s each player, not just one. Not only that, but you gain life equal to the amount of life lost this way. In multiplayer, this card is devastating. Even in a regular game it still has a large impact. It’s really only for tribal vampire decks, but it’s power is overwhelming!

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AngePretentieux, posted this comment on May 11th, 2009

Needs moar Skeletal Vampire. I can only speak from Rav-Tsp standard onwards, but every vampire that’s been standard legal since then and is on your list… just hasn’t been played. Batman, on the other hand, was a strong finisher for Dralnu decks.

Zack, posted this comment on Jul 6th, 2009

Repentant vampire should be higher despite only being a 3/3. Not only is it one of my favorite cards of all time but when you play down darkest hour it has the ability to destroy any creature on the field.

phil, posted this comment on Nov 3rd, 2009

Garza Zol, Plague Queen should be on here, other than that the list looks good.

Dorez, posted this comment on Dec 19th, 2009

Nice list, but incomplete. Baron Sengir, regardless that he came out back in Homelands series, is a MUST have for any serious Vampirical player. Duh.

Catty, posted this comment on Jan 18th, 2010

Mephidross Vampire would be murder in a combo with Malakir Bloodwitch.

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on Jan 18th, 2010

I could see that working, however, building just a regular vampire deck without using mephidross at all is probably more practical.

P.S. I may be redoing this article after the Zendikar block is finished, since there will certainly be more vampires on the way

elfman, posted this comment on May 12th, 2010

where’s vampire nighthawk?

Drakdrium13, posted this comment on May 13th, 2010

The list has been updated now that the Zendikar block is complete. I hope everyone who wanted to see certain cards on the list is happy now, but I’m sad to see so many classic vampires kicked off the list, but that block’s vampires were just too good!

Hitmonice, posted this comment on Sep 3rd, 2010

If you have a lot of Vampires captivating vampire should be on there

Colton, posted this comment on Oct 11th, 2010

I’m thinking bloodwitch? many a times has a blood witch sucked life, blocked a big white guy, then swung 5 in the air. Pro White plus lifesteal for number of vamps in play along with a 4/4 flying body? hell yeah.

IAmCool, posted this comment on Dec 2nd, 2010

Personally I’m a huge fan of Anowon, The Ruin Sage.

CROSSx208, posted this comment on Jan 23rd, 2011

I run a 64 card vamp deck w/ 4 captivating vamps. It’s too quick for opponents to do anything, plus I can take their creatures w/ little risk to myself. captivating vampires are a must.

d, posted this comment on Jun 1st, 2011

I agree with IAmCool Anowan is boss

D, posted this comment on Jun 1st, 2011

Nocturnas is hands down better than bloodghast

mike, posted this comment on Jul 4th, 2011

personally i think that the hexmage should have made top 4 its definately one of my favorites all the charge counters being used and its first strike way underestimated this one is his sac ability leaves for room to do a few dif combos he totally hoses plainswalkers as well its just good man and though not a vampire i think the bloodchief sword should have made this list i mean cmon the vamps have their very own sword can be used by n e one but busting those and some urge to feeds in will beef quik
enough ranting i did enjoy your list and even found one i didnt know about i think i will have to get a playset now lol thanx

mike, posted this comment on Jul 4th, 2011

not to mention the captivating vampire i use a playset of those as well bc if u run sign in blood u have draw to get more vamps quicker to be able to just run shyt on the field everyone becomes to afraid to play ne thing good and b 4 they know u have 10-20 vammps unless ur playing white this should e easy to do
ive now spent about 175 dollars to put the one i have together after check this out 4bloodghast 4 nighthawk 4 hexmage 4 gatekeeper 3 sword of bloodchief 4 sign in blood 4 captivating vampires 1 morbid plunder 2 disentomb 4 kalastrian highborn which by the way should be up there as well its fking sweet a 2/2 for 2 and everytime some one kills a vamp or you sac one hint hint you pay a swamp for each highborn u have in play and for everyone its 2 life lost for them and 2 life gained for you you may need this considering some of the burn decks that will be played using the shrine of rage and things like that and who forgets about anawon the ruin sage shame shame this guy is a person sac engine and a 4/3 and only costs 5 i run 1 just for fun another great u forgot is sangromancer a 3/3 flyer for 4 and has when an oppenents creature goes to the graveyard from the battlefield you gain three life and hes good if u play discarding vamps if your oppenent discards a card gain three life i run 2 of these
add a few urge to feed and a few feast of blood and you have done a mean ass kill ya quick revamped vamps by mike 2011 it took awhile to get the cards but when u have a job and you live 3 blocks down from the fnm store your all good

mike, posted this comment on Jul 4th, 2011

and run 1 or two crypt of agadeem for the love of magic addin to that i also run 2 pirahna marsh :P

mark, posted this comment on May 23rd, 2012

vampire nighthawks and stromkirk captains. Nighthawks become 3/4 with flying, death touch, life link and first strike. Throw in some bloodline keepers and and you have a 5/6 nighthawk and create a 5/5 flying vampire with first strike every turn. get any more captains or keepers on the field and you ramp everything to ridiculous levels. Then when you have a small army of vampires amassed use your malakir bloodwitch.

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