Life Taker

by DaRReLL on 23 November 2022

Main Deck (60 cards)

Sideboard (15 cards)

Sorceries (4)

Instants (8)

Artifacts (3)

Submit a list of cards below to bulk import them all into your sideboard. Post one card per line using a format like "4x Birds of Paradise" or "1 Blaze", you can even enter just the card name by itself like "Wrath of God" for single cards.

Deck Description

Life Taker

Deck Tags

  • Lifelink
  • Mono Black
  • Vampire

Deck at a Glance

Social Stats


This deck has been viewed 612 times.

Mana Curve

Mana Symbol Occurrence


Deck Format


NOTE: Set by owner when deck was made.

Card Legality

  • Not Legal in Standard
  • Legal in Modern
  • Legal in Vintage
  • Legal in Legacy

Deck discussion for Life Taker

Defile instead of Cut Down and Morsel Theft instad of Essence Extraction?

Posted 23 November 2022 at 17:33


Thanks for the suggestions Muktol

Posted 25 November 2022 at 13:35


Not a vampire, and again something with cmc3, but with all the deathtouch Hooded Blightfang could be worth a look.

Posted 25 November 2022 at 19:57


Feast of blood looks WAAAAAAAAAAY too dangerous from my perspective. You've got 16 vamps sure, but the payoff isn't worth the terrible topdeck problems and the fact that it ups the dead draw count if you don't have your vamps, which should expect to eat a good deal of cheap removal since they all die to most forms of common removal these days. I'd say cut it and swap in pharika's curse, which does something similar, faster, unconditionally, and will take care of many pesky critters in modern while still giving you the lifegain you need for triggers.

You've also got some curve problems, as this deck is 3-drop heavy with only 20 lands. I'd recommend cutting Essence Extraction altogether, as its great if it goes off in tandem with your Bond/Aerialist setup, but is a terrible topdeck and really isn't worth the 6 point swing for no material gain if it doesn't combo off of both. You're already running 12 removal spells, so maybe run some cheaper tech stuff like Nihil Spellbomb and Sign in Blood. A Spellbomb or two would work well, as its never a bad topdeck, replaces itself, and can spike grave decks which are all the rage in modern. Sign is a fantastic choice for decks like this, as you can eat the bleeding all day without a sweat and maintain cheap card advantage. I'd realistically run at least 4 cards like Sign in this build, they even double as burn if you get opponent within range.

I'm all over the Defile over Cut Down from above, that's just a perfect card for this build. It could even take late game Murktides potentially.

A few other considerations are:

Valentin, Dean of the Vein
Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose
Well of Lost Dreams

Posted 23 November 2022 at 22:05


Thanks for the feedback dknight27. Just getting back into this and can use all the help. Son keeps killing me and it might be because of that mana curve (3 drop) you mentioned.

Posted 25 November 2022 at 13:17


24 less-than-two drops should help smooth things out, you'll almost always be able to play at least 2 cards in hand before you hit the 3 land curve you need.

It's essential that you show dominance and put the son in his place at the bottom of the heap. I'll give this build some more thought. Are you attached to the mono-black theme? Usually life gain mechanics go great with white, but it's not essential.

Posted 26 November 2022 at 00:09


With all the deathtouch, I assume that the removal in this deck is meant to kill combo creatures which usually don't interact in combo
(And this guess is supported by the low cost)

Most combo creatures tend to have a low life though, so perhaps there is a way to improve on the whole removal theme.

I've sort of plastered how gift of fangs is great with changelings, but might it not be usable in a deck with "real" vampires ?

And viridian longbow is usually a troll card, but it supports deathtouch pretty well, and does support the concept of killing of combo creatures by being a longterm solution.

Posted 25 November 2022 at 22:03