March Tournament Decks

Here are the three decks I played in the tournaments last weekend:

Saturday morning –
Deck Name: 090323 Ur-Shulgi Has No Presence Qualifier

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 4, Max: 44, Avg: 7.66)
2 Augustus Giovanni cel pre AUS DOM NEC POT11 Giovanni
4 Ezmerelda dom tha ANI CHI FOR PRE11 Ravnos
2 Sutekh cel pot NEC OBF PRE SER11 Followers of Set
4 Tupdog POT VIS 1 Gargoyle

Library: (80 cards)
Master (24 cards)
1 Barrens, The
1 Blind Spot
1 Blood Doll
1 Direct Intervention
1 Dreams of the Sphinx
1 Fear of Mekhet
1 Giant`s Blood
1 Golconda: Inner Peace
4 Information Highway
1 Legendary Vampire
1 Life Boon
1 Monastery of Shadows
1 Opium Den
1 Pentex Subversion
1 Powerbase: Rome
1 Sudden Reversal
5 Villein

Action (1 cards)
1 Entrancement

Action Modifier (14 cards)
1 Aire of Elation
1 Bribes
3 Call of the Hungry Dead
2 Perfect Paragon
1 Tangle Atropos` Hand
6 Voter Captivation

Political Action (13 cards)
1 Anarchist Uprising
1 Ancient Influence
1 Ancilla Empowerment
1 Banishment
1 Disputed Territory
1 Free States Rant
3 Kine Resources Contested
1 Neonate Breach
1 Reckless Agitation
1 Reins of Power
1 Rumors of Gehenna

Reaction (13 cards)
7 Deflection
3 On the Qui Vive
3 Wake with Evening`s Freshness

Combat (7 cards)
4 Majesty
1 Spiritual Intervention
2 Staredown

Ally (1 cards)
1 Mylan Horseed (Goblin)

Combo (7 cards)
3 Scalpel Tongue
4 Spectral Divination

Master heavy and really in need of The Parthenon. Too many decisions to make when put under pressure – not a deck I’d want to play at four-player tables again. So many of the one-ofs have unique effects that it’s unpleasant discarding anything. Either I should take the pressure off the deck with something like Storage Annexes or find some recursion with The Sargon Fragment or Necromancy.

I’m not happy with the build. It’s a customizable deck. I cut Anthelios, for instance, for this tournament. It’s a hard deck to do nothing with, yet that’s the only way it will win.

Qualifier –
Deck Name: 090325 Harbingers of Suck 3

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 8, Max: 30, Avg: 5)
2 Babalawo Alafin ani AUS FOR NEC 7 Harbingers of Skulls
1 Dela Eden cel dom AUS FOR VAL8 Salubri Antitribu
1 Mina Grotius cel FOR NEC 6 Harbingers of Skulls
1 Neighbor John dom for AUS 5 Ventrue Antitribu
1 Phagian for dom THA NEC AUS8 Harbingers of Skulls
2 Solomon Batanea nec AUS FOR 5 Harbingers of Skulls
3 Tupdog POT VIS 1 Gargoyle
1 Zygodat pot AUS NEC 6 Harbingers of Skulls

Library: (80 cards)
Master (16 cards)
1 Anarch Troublemaker
1 Archon Investigation
1 Barrens, The
5 Blood Doll
1 Direct Intervention
1 Heidelberg Castle, Germany
1 Mbare Market, Harare
1 Pentex Subversion
2 Perfectionist
1 Powerbase: Tshwane
1 Wash

Action (3 cards)
1 Aranthebes, The Immortal
1 Computer Hacking
1 Victim of Habit

Action Modifier (10 cards)
4 Call of the Hungry Dead
1 Daring the Dawn
3 Freak Drive
1 Leverage
1 Strange Day

Reaction (19 cards)
2 Eagle`s Sight
5 Eyes of Argus
1 My Enemy`s Enemy
3 On the Qui Vive
7 Telepathic Misdirection
1 Wake with Evening`s Freshness

Combat (12 cards)
2 Armor of Vitality
2 Soak
4 Spiritual Intervention
2 Target Vitals
2 Zip Gun

Ally (2 cards)
1 Carlton Van Wyk (Hunter)
1 Mylan Horseed (Goblin)

Retainer (3 cards)
1 J. S. Simmons, Esq.
1 Shaman
1 Tasha Morgan

Equipment (5 cards)
1 .44 Magnum
1 Bowl of Convergence
1 Erebus Mask
1 Heart of Nizchetus
1 Seal of Veddartha

Combo (10 cards)
4 Ancestor`s Insight
6 Spectral Divination

Victim of Habit didn’t work out nearly as well as it did in my tournament-winning Osebo deck, just not enough time to take extra actions. More combat defense than I needed in the tournament. I was expecting a more experimental metagame where combat defense would be more relevant. Instead, my games played a lot like sleazefests and I discarded combat constantly.

I’m satisfied with this build. Even more Eyes of Argus and bounce might be appropriate in more competitive environments. Would be nice to run Guardian Angel over some of the combat defense.

Sunday morning –
Deck Name: Best Card Quality Ever
Created By: Winners

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 4, Max: 29, Avg: 3.75)
3 Anarch Convert 1 Caitiff
3 J. Oswald `Ozzy` Hyde-White dom pre AUS FOR OBF8 Malkavian
3 Louis Fortier aus dom for obf pre 5 Ventrue
3 Tupdog POT VIS 1 Gargoyle

Library: (90 cards)
Master (15 cards)
11 Blood Doll
4 Minion Tap

Action (8 cards)
8 Govern the Unaligned

Action Modifier (19 cards)
4 Cloak the Gathering
6 Conditioning
4 Freak Drive
5 Lost in Crowds

Political Action (7 cards)
7 Kine Resources Contested

Reaction (34 cards)
11 Deflection
5 Forced Awakening
8 On the Qui Vive
5 Telepathic Misdirection
5 Wake with Evening`s Freshness

Combat (7 cards)
7 Majesty

As a joke deck, there’s not any analysis to speak of. It was amusing to roll a die every turn for Ozzy. It was amusing to joke about wishing Elder Impersonation was a more popular card. Played better than expected, actually.

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