The loss of two cards on Soul Spike is a hefty price.
I also don't care for Doom Blade's inability to hit popular wrecking ball creatures like Oona, Geth, Braids, Sheoldred, Grave Titan, Visara, Avatar, Nirkana Revenant, Wrexy, Thraximundar, Damia, Mimeoplasm, Sedris..
Rend Flesh is a nice alternative that hits everything relevant outside of Seedborn, Graveborn, Kira Great Glass-Spinner, and Ryusei the Falling Star.
In writing this reply, I was going to suggest Eyeblight's Ending too, but a search revealed ALOT of powerful and popular elves in the format: Momir Vig, Mayael, Nath, Glissa, Edric, Rhys, Savra, Oracle of Mul Daya, Fauna Shaman, Bloom Tender..
After discovering this, I'm going to drop it from my build..
I think Dismember hits more of the of the field than Doom Blade. I would probably run that instead.
Soul Spike will become Caged Sun, when I get my hands on one. Because more mana doubling is delicious.
Would you drop a land for Sol Ring, considering I have 42?
Sengir Vampire, even though mine is a foil from Tenth Ed, will become Bloodline Keeper. Because who doesn't like having four lords in a deck, especially when this one has the biggest buff, and vomits out vampire babies.
I remembered Praetor's Grasp, and saw that they're only a buck, if even. :evillol:. Now I need to pick one up, but what would you recommend dropping for it?
And finally, what about Sever the Bloodline and Eradicate? Black exile is fairly rare, so I'm sorta tempted to add it. These should be considered last, though.
Not sure how popular black is in your area, but Dregs of Sorrow (the original version) seems on theme. Maybe replace doom blade with Go for the Throat? I see that you aren't immune to using the evil that is phyrexian so how about Gate to Phyrexia as it would add another useful tool.
Where is the Vampiric Tutor? You could trade soul spike for Absorb Vis, useful as a land fetch early on, or as that final nail in the coffin.
Yeah, I was excited about that combo when it first came out, but it proved to be way too conditional. Bloodchief has to stick around for a while, Mindcrank requires getting some damage through to trigger, and neither have any immediate impact on the board.
I just started playing Grasp and LOVE it. Such a fun card
I have regarded Dismember as the second best "fast" black removal spell in the format, (next to Rend Flesh), but I think Victim of the Night from Innistrad might actually hit more of the field.
Lololol, no worries. I spent from 10 am, to midnight, to about 2 am, playing Magic yesterday. I don't blame you.
Nah, there isn't much voltron in my meta. And between Drana, Dismember, Snuff Out, Ashes to Ashes, Profane Command, and Rend Flesh, I think I might be good on spot removal lol. Plus Zenith shuffles back in anyway, and Elixir of Immortality lets me reuse what I've already cast.
EDIT: So Temporal Extortion is getting dropped. Dunno for what yet, but it's getting dropped.
I think LW is superior. You play the equipment and automatically have a threat/blocker on the field. If you have surplus life, you use it to equip as needed, but if you're short on life, just use your mana.
Plus, I pulled one out of my NPH fat pack so I'm a little biased lol.