Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Card - Markov Blademaster

The latest rare vampire from Dark Ascenion, first previewed by Examiner:

First Impression

It's hard to justify a 1/1 for 3 mana in this day and age. Considering the other vampire options (even within the Innistrad Block alone), I don't think Markov Blademaster makes the cut. It's a fine pick in limited, don't get me wrong. But if I were already going for a vampire tribal deck and I opened a pack with both Markov Blademaster and Rakish Heir, I'd take the Rakish Heir. No doubt about it. 1/1's are just so flimsy, especially when one of its abilities only kicks in after it deals combat damage to a player for the first time. With no built in form of evasion, it just isn't that good in the grand scheme of things.

Deck Ideas

Another vampire for the vampire tribe.

--But if I really wanted to build a deck around Markov Blademaster, I'd have to make sure I took advantage of both of her abilities. Double strike is always more fun (and much more interesting) when you slap on things like Curiosity. And in order to get those +1/+1 counters going, the blademaster is going to need some evasion. So I'd handle to birds with one stone and go for a RUB deck that features a set of Markov Blademasters along side a set of Sleeper's Robes.

Sleeper's Robe has always been a casual favorite of mine from the Invasion Block it looks like it would go nicely with the double striking, life sucking vampire.

(Fill in the rest of the deck with the usual RUB spot removal, counters, and complimentary creatures of varying sizes and ferocities as you see fit.)


  1. I'm impressed how you crank out article after article. Well done. Remember, just because most of your articles aren't commented on doesn't mean we're not reading them.

  2. I know this article is three years old, but consider the synergy of the humble Markov Blademaster. Because of double strike, Blademaster gets her ability twice. If you have such common vampire tribal cards as Rakish Heir and Curse of Stalked Prey on the field when Blademaster deals damage, your opponent will take 5 damage and become a 7/7. Not bad for a three drop.