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Vampire Nocturnus

Reviewed June 26, 2009

Constructed: 2.65
Casual: 3.65
Limited: 2.87
Multiplayer: 3.75

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Vampire Nocturnus

Not since the late, great Baron Sengir have Vampire aficionados gotten a decent Vampire lord. And this one is arguably stronger. As long as you've got a black card on top of your library, this is a 5/4 flyer for only four mana! Even green doesn't get creatures that efficient! And it boosts all your other Vampires as well!

There are downsides, though. Black has always had a minor theme of "don't play any color but me", illustrated through cards like Nightmare and Consume Spirit. The Nocturnus really makes it hard for you to play any other colors, both through his mana cost of 1BBB, and his needing a black card on top of your library. His other downside is that the bonus he grants to your other Vampires--- +2/+1 and flying--- isn't something most Vampires benefit much from. Blood Tyrant will hardly notice, Vein Drinker will kind of like it, Garza Zol is a little better, but all those cards already have flying, and if you have them out, +2/+1 isn't making much of a difference. The black Changelings from Lorwyn will benefit a lot, but they're rotating out of Standard before too long. I seriously expect WoTC to give us a good supply of Vampires in M2010, including some that aren't very big and don't already fly, for this to be as awesome as it suggests it can be.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.5
Limited- we won't know until M2010 is released, will we?

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vampire Nocturnus

One of the big perks of M10 is brand-new cards from Wizards of the Coast's design department - cutting out the middle man, if you like, by placing cards that would be awesome in the core set directly into the core set, rather than trying to make room for them in an expansion first. If they're all as cool as Vampire Nocturnus, I say keep 'em coming. He is one of the best examples of top-down design ever printed - when are vampires strongest? At night. How can you tell when it's night? When there are other evil creatures lurking around the corner. He's decent even in a regular mono-black aggro deck; with that two-cost Child of Night vampire from Aaron Forsythe's article the other week, things really get ugly. By my count, he is also the first "lord" who specifically helps Vampires since Baron Sengir in Homelands.

Which reminds me: another of the big perks of M10 is the best art I've seen since I started playing. Raise your hands if you're glad Raymond Swanland is still on the art staff. I'll bet there are a lot of hands up right now.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Limited: 3/5




Vampire Nocturnus


Constructed: WOW! This cards is going to be awesome. For constructed tournaments we will have to see what other black cards will be available.


Casual & Multiplayer: They are keeping some tribal theme with this one. Somebody will make a cool Vampire deck.


Limited: We will have to see how many different Vampires will be in M10. Or will there be any Shapeshifters new or old ones in M10. It could be a real good bomb, but I will hang on to that until the release of M10.


Overall this looks like it will be a great hit with the casual crowd.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 4

Limited: 3




Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Vampire Nocturnus

Welcome back readers today we have a new mythic rare from MTG 2010 that can situationaly pump vampires. Vampires as a tribe haven’t received a large amount of support but that precedent looks to be changing with the release of a slew of Vampires in MTG 2010. Constructed can make use of changelings to possibly have a decent creature deck. Casual and multiplayer vampires could become a popular and effective tribe to utilize as more support cards are introduced. In limited if you have enough vampires to make it worthwhile Vampire Nocturnus could be an ok pick that still can serve as an attacking creature. If enough support is added to the vampire tribe Nocturnus has a wealth of potential.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.0
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 3.0

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