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Planeswalker Highlight: Sorin Mackov and Sorin, Lord of Innistrad.

Updated on October 9, 2014

Sorin, Blackest of Black Planes walkers.

On Planeswalkers highlights today we are going to talk about Sorin the Planeswalker. He is featured as a planeswalker in three different sets. First as Sorin, Lord of Innistrad in Dark Ascension. Also in Zendikar and Magic 2012 as Sorin Markov. Lets get into a little more detail on these two Sorin cards and see why Sorin is a mythic rare monster, that will rock in any black deck. We will check complimentary cards that will add to sorin's abilities.

Make an impression and play with his foil card in your deck!
Make an impression and play with his foil card in your deck!

Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

Black Planeswalker.

You can see why this card exudes power. Let's take these one at a time, shall we?

+1: Put a 1/1 black Vampire creature token with lifelink onto the battlefield.

Lifelink 1/1 Vampires that adds one life point to Sorin, Lord of Innistrad? Block all sorts of ground troops and watch that 5/5 beast kill a vamp and you gain a point of life instead of losing 5.

-2: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+0."

This is a new rule. It's called Emblem. They're not permanents (It's not an aura, enchantment, equipment or counter.) and absolutely nothing can touch them or get rid of them, simply because no cards say that they can. It's basically a marker with an ability on it, one that can't be destroyed, or stolen.

-6: Destroy up to three target creatures and/or other planeswalkers. Return each card put into a graveyard this way to the battlefield under your control.

Foils are more rare and look better in your deck!
Foils are more rare and look better in your deck!

Sorin Markov

Black Planeswalker.

Again like, "Sorin, Lord of Innistrad" the incarnation of the planeswalker, Sorin Markov" Is a foe to be reconed with. Let's take a look at the goodies.

+2: Sorin Markov deals 2 damage to target creature or player and you gain 2 life.

Gaining two life for Sorin, doing to damage to your foes creatures or him directly, and gaining two life for yourself? What could possibly go wrong?

-3: Target opponent's life total becomes 10.

This will speed things up, however I will say that by the time you get this planeswalker out you'll have had at least three to six turns and maybe already have your opponent down or close to ten life points. Remember this card DOES NOT say Target opponent loses ten life. Last thing you want to do is use this when your adversary has less then ten life points.

-7: You control target player during that player's next turn.

This can be very useful, and likely a game killer. Think about it, you can have your enemies weak creatures run full speed ahead into the waiting arms a Sengir Vampire (Thank you +1/+1 Counter) or Blast his dragon with his own damage spells. There are so many ways to mess him up if not kill him outright. You can't forfeit for him, but you can almost make certain he is done for.

Good Combos to use when playing Sorin's Planewalkers

Make your adversary cry black tears!

As I am sure you all know, It's not just having a Sorin Planeswalker in your deck, it's the cards that you can use to compliment Sorin's abilities and his abilities to compliment other creature cards. Lets take a look at some very nice Combo cards to use in a Sorin build. I am sticking to mostly black vampire cards here. So if you have anything to add later please post a comment and let me know what card/cards you've used to make a Sorin Power Deck.

Anowon, the Ruin Sage 2 Black mana, 3 Colorless Mana

Legendary Creature - Vampire Shaman (4/3)

At the beginning of your upkeep, each player sacrifices a non-Vampire creature.

Bloodflow Connoisseur (3) 1 black mana, 2 colorless mana

Creature - Vampire (1/1)

Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on Bloodflow Connoisseur.

Bloodline Keeper (4) 2 black mana, 2 colorless mana

Creature - Vampire (3/3)


Tap: Put a 2/2 black Vampire creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

1 Black Mana: Transform Bloodline Keeper. Activate this ability only if you control five or more Vampires.

Bloodthrone Vampire (2) 1 black mana, 1 colorless mana

Creature - Vampire (1/1)

Sacrifice a creature: Bloodthrone Vampire gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

More Cards for a Sorin Deck

Try these combos

Captivating Vampire (3) 2 black mana, 1 colorless mana

Creature - Vampire (2/2)

Other Vampire creatures you control get +1/+1.

Tap five untapped Vampires you control: Gain control of target creature. It becomes a Vampire in addition to its other types.

Falkenrath Noble (4) 1 black mana, 3 colorless mana

Creature - Vampire (2/2)


Whenever Falkenrath Noble or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

Havengul Vampire (4) 1 red mana, 3 colorless mana

Creature - Vampire (2/2)

Whenever Havengul Vampire deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.

Whenever another creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Havengul Vampire.

Kalastria Highborn (2) 2 black mana

Creature - Vampire Shaman (2/2)

Whenever Kalastria Highborn or another Vampire you control dies, you may pay . If you do, target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

Mephidross Vampire (6) 2 black mana, 4 colorless mana

Creature - Vampire (3/4)


Each creature you control is a Vampire in addition to its other creature types and has "Whenever this creature deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature."

Ruthless Cullblade (2) 1 black mana, 1 colorless mana

Creature - Vampire Warrior (2/1)

Ruthless Cullblade gets +2/+1 as long as an opponent has 10 or less life.

Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter (7) 2 black mana, 1 white mana, 4 colorless mana

Legendary Creature - Vampire (5/5)

Flying, lifelink

Sacrifice a creature: Put X +1/+1 counters on Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.

Remove all +1/+1 counters from Vish Kal: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn for each +1/+1 counter removed this way.

Now go forth my minions and make your enemies gust blood!

Sorin chronicals - Tell me what you think, or tell me how it is. Suggestions?

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      Anime-e 5 years ago

      Now, this looks like a great game to get into. Very interesting!