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Gerry Thompson wrote a great early look at possible Vampire decks in the coming Standard , but all of his Vampire decks featured four copies of Legion's Landing, which meant that they all required white as their base color. This is a reasonable starting point, as Legion's Landing is a great card, but there's something to be said for the black spells in the format as well, so I think that kind of Vampire deck, which is likely somewhat more controlling, is also worth looking at.
The first draw to a black Vampire deck is Gifted Aetherborn. Gifted Aetherborn is in an interesting spot, since it's a powerful card, but one that kind of lacks direction--a lot of midrange and control decks would rather have a value creature in that spot, and it competes with other great creatures like Glint-Sleeve Siphoner and Winding Constrictor in energy decks; and because a lot of its power is in lifelink, it's not the best aggressive creature for a pure beatdown deck.