So, for our last V:TES tournament, I was bored and tired of trying to think up serious decks and decided to play a deck I’d hope I’d enjoy playing rather than something I’m supposed to try to win with. The plan failed. It wasn’t enjoyable playing a deck that didn’t do anything.
My strategy since 2002 or so has been to play clans that by TWDA numbers are crap. At first, it was to prove points. Later, it was a game to see just how bad a deck I could win with. After the Osebo win, I lost a lot of interest in the “get the first winning deck for a clan” philosophy. I even started playing deck archetypes I had played in other events (usually storyline, but still …), like !Salubri stealth bleed.
I just had a thought. Has to do with how tired I am of playing Presence (even more so than Dominate). For a while, let’s see if I can forget about clans and consider disciplines instead. What haven’t I won with (standard constructed) in terms of disciplines?
Animalism – Rare in my decks, but Of Ghastly Dreams was Animalistic. No, actually, it wasn’t. Just looking at the decklist again, there’s a whopping one Animalism card in the deck. Hmmm …
Auspex – Ha! Next.
Celerity – “When In Doubt … Win.” 8 Celerity cards, 2 Auspex/Celerity cards.
Dominate – Samedi deck not in the TWDA had some. DoC deck had a few Deflections. Underrepresented, but that just proves I’m not lame. Get it? Crutch. Lame.
Fortitude – DoC deck had 6, all damage prevention (surprisingly useful in the finals). Wow!! I just looked at the decklist for the Samedi win. 26 frickin Fortitude cards. I totally don’t remember that. This actually makes me less interested in doing weenie Fortitude, which I’ve been thinking about for ages. Go, go, gadget looking up old decklists.
Obfuscate – Yeah, right.
Potence – Pale Panda Warriors is clearly the best deck ever as it ran 4 Iron Glares and 2, count them, 2 straight Potence cards. Who can now deny that I worship at the altar of the big fist?
Presence – Absurdly overrepresented.
Protean – Don’t do Gangrel. They win too much. However, why I haven’t done !Gangrel (except that horrid rush deck that taught me that I can’t succeed with rush) is mysterious.
Thaumaturgy – I only whip out the !Trem in storyline play. Looks like Protean/Thaumaturgy has to be my next deck … come on … think about it … you know why … if you don’t, search for vampires with those two disciplines … yeah, that one.
Chimerstry – See first TWD.
Necromancy – Close. Very, very close. Whether weenie Nec in 2001 or HoS in 2009. There was also that hilarious !Salubri deck, not that it was getting into the TWDA.
Quietus – Bah. Well, actually, she has this discipline, too. Oh yeah!
Serpentis – Boring, not because of the cards which are not at all boring, but because of the prevalence of FoS in the area. Still, it’s missing.
Dementation – Not in the TWDA – 9 player tournament – straightforward !Malk stealth bleed deck. Besides, there’s not much to do with this that wouldn’t involve overrepresented disciplines.
Obtenebration – Interestingly enough, no. Me likes it much, but it’s so often attached to Dominate. I so want to do a real Matthew Romans deck, but there’s absolutely no point.
Vicissitude – The deck that started me upon the path in 2001. I really should find a name for my Path. Anyway, first TWD was weenie Tzimisce bleed. When I posted the deck to the newsgroup, I got idiotic responses about how I should have made it an intercept combat deck. 12 of 13 possible VPs suggested otherwise. Never did bother mentioning it had won a tournament or that it had won every game it ever played.
Daimoinon – Blessing of the Name 1.1, a deck that I grow more fond of over time.
Melpominee – Kind of hard to leave it out of Mellow-Yellow Drama.
Mytherceria – Dave S. won a tournament with a Kiasyd deck I lent him. I really like to play with Kiasyd but don’t really see the point of winning with them.
Obeah – I doubt this will happen any time soon. Heirs will likely see a glut of Salubri decks, which will just turn me off. I don’t think I ever tried playing Salubri in tournament play.
Sanguinus – It burns. I see my failure to come up with a competitive BB deck to be particularly notable. Their decks are just so tediously similar to each other and so tediously inept at surviving serious decks.
Spiritus – Too many Ahrimanes wins for me to give a fig.
Temporis – Tried. Failed. Badly. Why do they have to have Potence and Presence as other disciplines? Still, trying some more wouldn’t be a bad idea since I only tried twice?, maybe only once.
Thanatosis – So, Weapon Not Found had 11 Than cards, that’s respectable.
Valeren – Storyline, finals of qualifier, but not really that close.
Visceratika – There was that Gargoyles with Presence deck that showed I was digging deep for awfulness which made a finals. Lent out that Gargoyles with Dominate deck that John likes to mention (bitch about) as a lesson that real decks need to be able to defend themselves against bleed.
Abombwe – Forgot about this. Have no Akunanse interest, similar problem to BB of being too similar to each other. However, there are some cute grafting things that could be done I should consider.
So, besides Protean/Thaumaturgy/Quietus, I’ve got Temporis, and if I play out of the region, Serpentis to work with. Given our rate of standard constructed tournaments, that should cover me for 2010. Well, maybe I’ll make it to Vegas again.