Recent Winners – 2010/2011

It’s that time of year again.  The time to look at how the “clans” have fared in the last couple of years within the V:TES TWDA.  Why not wait until the end of the year?

Because we keep having a regional qualifier late in December.  By looking at what has done well or poorly recently, gives me food for thought leading into our premier event.

From the general …

Clan Wins 2010 Wins 2011 Total
Malkavian 20 17 37
Ventrue 11 17 28
Ventrue antitribu 15 12 27
Tremere antitribu 12 11 23
Toreador 11 10 21
Giovanni 8 10 18
Tremere 10 7 17
Imbued 8 9 17
Brujah 5 11 16
Ahrimanes 5 9 14
Nosferatu 7 7 14
Malkavian antitribu 6 8 14
Guruhi 5 9 14
Lasombra 7 6 13
Baali 5 8 13
Tzimisce 6 6 12
Gangrel antitribu 2 10 12
Gargoyle 4 7 11
Kiasyd 7 4 11
Akunanse 4 6 10
Follower of Set 3 6 9
Assamite 1 7 8
Ishtarri 1 6 7
Ravnos 6 1 7
Brujah antitribu 2 4 6
True Brujah 2 4 6
Gangrel 5 1 6
Toreador antitribu 4 2 6
Daughter of Cacophony 1 4 5
Salubri 2 3 5
Osebo 1 3 4
Samedi 0 3 3
Harbinger of Skulls 2 1 3
Pander 1 2 3
Blood Brother 1 1 2
Nosferatu antitribu 2 0 2
Caitiff 1 1 2
Abomination 0 1 1
Salubri antritribu 0 1 1
Nagaraja 0 0 0
Grand Total 428

If we look at the top of the winners, five clans break 20 wins.  Three are original gangster.  Who would have guessed back in the day that the two winningest Sabbat clans would be the !Tremere and !Ventrue?

Bottom feeders – bloodlines (of course), Caitiff and Pander, and !Nosferatu.  I have said about as much as I’m interested in saying in the thread on vekn.net about which of !Brujah, !Gangrel, and !Nosferatu need the most help.  I didn’t even answer the question since my belief is that all three should receive help.  Where the weaker Cammie clans could always rely on powerful Cammie cards as well as a plethora of crypt options, the antitribu have largely been shafted historically.  With exceptions, of course.  !Toreador, for some reason, got cards like Art Scam and Palla Grande, later Foundation Exhibit.  That !Nos are really bad in tournament wins at the moment is not all that exciting.  Sample size issues mean that you can get wild swings in wins.

On the other hand, the two clans with double digit wins in 2011 that aren’t in the top five over the two year span are Brujah and !Gangrel.  So, worrying overmuch about the !Gangrel is mistimed.  Can argue all one wants that !Gangrel are supported by superstars, but determining who isn’t requires deep diving into every clan.

Anyway, a long list, let’s break up into my usual “classes”:

Clan Wins 2010 Wins 2011 Total
Malkavian 20 17 37
Ventrue 11 17 28
Toreador 11 10 21
Tremere 10 7 17
Brujah 5 11 16
Nosferatu 7 7 14
Gangrel 5 1 6
Caitiff 1 1 2
Grand Total 141

The demise of Gangrel from elite status is just stunning.  Sure, as time has gone by and groups get added, they’ve lost Camarillaness, lost Dominate, lost Nadima.  Loki’s Gift hardly gets exploited like some other new cards, while Deep Song sees more use with winnies, fatties(!), and Nana Buruku-ies, er, Guruhi then with Gangrel.

Caitiff isn’t terribly surprising.  While the number of people who play Scourge of the Enochians seems really low, the threat of it ending your game seems sufficient to push out Caitiff and Pander, but not Tupdogs for whatever reason.  It’s hard to get enthused by one-caps.  Also, if we hadn’t seen this same effect with Pander, it could be argued that the awfulness of more recent Caitiff has a lot to do with the paltry number of wins.

Clan Wins 2010 Wins 2011 Total
Giovanni 8 10 18
Follower of Set 3 6 9
Assamite 1 7 8
Ravnos 6 1 7
Grand Total 42

Always interesting to look at the original indies.  My sense is, without going back to look at the numbers, that they see the greatest swings of any “class” of clans.  We even see crazy swings from 2010 to 2011 with this data.

Clan Wins 2010 Wins 2011 Total
Ventrue antitribu 15 12 27
Tremere antitribu 12 11 23
Malkavian antitribu 6 8 14
Lasombra 7 6 13
Tzimisce 6 6 12
Gangrel antitribu 2 10 12
Brujah antitribu 2 4 6
Toreador antitribu 4 2 6
Pander 1 2 3
Nosferatu antitribu 2 0 2
Grand Total 118

Besides unhappy Panders, it’s interesting to me how the most distinctive Sabbie clans by virtue of getting, at the time they came out, a unique discipline, fall into the 3, 4, and 5 slots on wins.  I believe all of the Sabbies, including the “leader” clans – Lasombra, Tzimisce – maybe especially the leader clans, should be getting more toys.  That !Ventrue have such unimpressive clan toys speaks volumes about what sort of vampires they’ve gotten.

Clan Wins 2010 Wins 2011 Total
Ahrimanes 5 9 14
Baali 5 8 13
Kiasyd 7 4 11
Gargoyle 4 7 11
True Brujah 2 4 6
Daughter of Cacophony 1 4 5
Salubri 2 3 5
Samedi 0 3 3
Harbinger of Skulls 2 1 3
Blood Brother 1 1 2
Abomination 0 1 1
Salubri antritribu 0 1 1
Nagaraja 0 0 0
Grand Total 75

A notable rise across the board from 2010 to 2011.  New expansions really do have a major, if possibly short term, impact in popularity.  Though, it’s funny that one of the big winners is Ahrimanes when Heirs to the Blood didn’t give them the same sort of boost other bloodlines got.  In fact, they got nothing of great significance as either a clan toy or in Spiritus.

Clan Wins 2010 Wins 2011 Total
Imbued 8 9 17
Grand Total 17

Clan Wins 2010 Wins 2011 Total
Guruhi 5 9 14
Akunanse 4 6 10
Ishtarri 1 6 7
Osebo 1 3 4
Grand Total 35

Again, across the board increases.  Starting to look less pathetic.

Movement from 2010 to 2011:

Clan Total
Gangrel antitribu 8
Ventrue 6
Brujah 6
Assamite 6
Ishtarri 5
Ahrimanes 4
Guruhi 4
Samedi 3
Baali 3
Gargoyle 3
Daughter of Cacophony 3
Follower of Set 3
True Brujah 2
Brujah antitribu 2
Osebo 2
Giovanni 2
Akunanse 2
Malkavian antitribu 2
Abomination 1
Salubri antritribu 1
Salubri 1
Pander 1
Imbued 1
Blood Brother 0
Nagaraja 0
Nosferatu 0
Tzimisce 0
Caitiff 0
Harbinger of Skulls -1
Tremere antitribu -1
Lasombra -1
Toreador -1
Nosferatu antitribu -2
Toreador antitribu -2
Ventrue antitribu -3
Tremere -3
Kiasyd -3
Malkavian -3
Gangrel -4
Ravnos -5
Grand Total 42

Probably don’t need to include a total, though I guess it’s worth noting that 42 additional decks are listed for clans, and the year isn’t over.  To get at a total total, the non-“clan” decks need to also be taken into account, and those numbers are up on extrala.blogspot.com, anyway.  What happened to the Ravnos?  They can play Deep Song, too.

So, for me, does any of this matter?

On the perpetual underdog side:  I’ve gotten bored with Nagaraja, but I consider Samedi having such poor showings as more about being underplayed than undercompetitive.  I don’t mind Off Kilter.  Maybe, I can get a bit more enthused with Reanimated Corpse and Little Mountain Cemetery or just try something radical like Groaning Corpse.dec.

On the “what happened to you?” side:  !Nos, sure.  Ravnos?  Why not?  Besides that I’ve won every tournament I’ve ever played with them, a list that gets shorter every time I return to a clan.  Course, not that the TWDA shows it, the same situation exists for Samedi.

On a more general level of what is going on with the game, while there are certainly movements, the picture I get from glancing at this data is one more of stability.  Lack of new sets might have something to do with that.  If only Ebony Kingdoms was the set it should have been – 150 cards, double digit new crypt options for each clan – maybe Laibon would have gotten a much bigger bump.  Guess it makes it that much more interesting that the numbers are rising for them even for the Nana Burukuless clans.

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