Witherbloom Vampire Students and Life Gain

Blood Researcher by Cristi Balanescu

To the vampires of Witherbloom Campus, life and death go hand in hand (or is it “tooth in neck?” I can’t remember how the saying goes). Thirst for Knowledge is filled with life-gaining utilities and triggers. Use spells like Revenge of Ravens, Dogged Pursuit, and Marauding Blight-Priest to slowly bleed your opponent dry, then finish them with a massive, menacing Blood Researcher or flying Scion of the Swarm. For a really fun game, equip your Pests with Malefic Scythe. Is it ridiculous? Yes! Will it get you a massive Scythe and lots of life gain triggers? Double yes!

This is an example of what I call “Refrigerator Soup” Magic. The deck is composed almost entirely of cards I had in my collection at the time, with minimal purchasing to fill in. I’m not saying they’re good cards … I’m just saying I had them.

Creatures (20)

  • 1 Dina, Soul Steeper
  • 1 Sapling of Colfenor
  • 2 Jaddi Offshoot
  • 3 Vampire Nighthawk
  • 1 Savvy Hunter
  • 1 Leech Fanatic
  • 1 Reclamation Sage
  • 1 Honor Troll
  • 1 Marauding Blight-Priest
  • 2 Blood Researcher
  • 1 Vindictive Vampire
  • 2 Moldering Karok
  • 1 Witherbloom Pledgemage
  • 1 Blood Glutton
  • 1 Scion of the Swarm

Artifacts (2)

  • 2 Elixir of Immortality

Equipment (2)

  • 1 Giant’s Skewer
  • 1 Malefic Scythe

Enchantments (4)

  • 1 Moldervine Reclamation
  • 1 Dogged Pursuit
  • 1 Retreat to Kazandu
  • 1 Revenge of Ravens

Sorceries (6)

  • 2 Hunt for Specimens
  • 1 Cultivate
  • 3 Cram Session

Instants (10)

  • 2 Mortality Spear
  • 2 Fortifying Draught
  • 2 Bake into a Pie
  • 2 Pulse of Murasa
  • 2 Infuse with Vitality

Lands (24)

(I like Strixhaven artwork for the basic lands)

  • 4 Witherbloom Campus
  • 10 Forest
  • 10 Swamp

Tokens

  • Food
  • 1/1 Black and Green Pest

Lessons

  • 2 Expanded Anatomy
  • 2 Introduction to Annihilation
  • 2 Environmental Sciences
  • 2 Introduction to Prophecy
  • 2 Basic Conjuration
  • 2 Containment Breach
  • 2 Necrotic Fumes
  • 2 Pest Summoning

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