I mentioned in April, when I got to writing about Dementation’s lesser played cards, that there was little point to updating one of my March 2009 posts about what I’ve won tournaments with since, uh, I hadn’t won any TWDA-worthy tournaments in three years.
Having won two recently, increasing my TWDA count by 33% assuming Jeff ports the data, I thought I’d revisit what I’ve won with, or, actually, more what I haven’t won with as that might compel me to come up with certain deck ideas.
I lost interest in winning with different clans. What interests me far more is what disciplines I haven’t won with and more esoteric things.
Discipline Nots (ignoring cards only played for outferiors):
- Necromancy (!!)
* Won nine-player tournament with !Malk stealth bleed.
** Winning deck not entered into TWDA.
*** Winning deck not entered into TWDA.
Half are bloodline disciplines, including both scarce clan disciplines. Abombwe is similarly specialized. Obtenebration just came off the list, and the other two “Sabbat” disciplines don’t concern me much.
That leaves one original gangsta discipline in Thaumaturgy and a whopping three out of four of the indie disciplines, including Necromancy. One can see how I would fail to win with Nagaraja no matter how many attempts, but to not win with them, Harbingers, nor Giovanni? Oct-a-Libra!
Does any of this really motivate me? I guess I could try to get interested in doing something with Quietus. I like what Brandon did with Principia Discordia, which kills two birds (Serpentis) with one stone, maybe three if crazy enough to use CrimethInc. at Thaumaturgy as well. But, this seems rather forced.
Trying to find some other tidbits. I have no deck in the TWDA with an equipment card that costs more than two pool. I have three vote decks in the TWDA (if you consider the Honor the Elders deck a vote deck) and not a single Tradition card or Parity Shift … but with two Praxis Seizures and a Protect Thine Own.
I still have zero copies of Conditioning and Govern the Unaligned in the TWDA. No copies of Freak Drive, either. “Weapon Not Found”, my winning Samedi deck that didn’t make it into the TWDA, did have Freak Drives, but looking up the decklist, I see that it didn’t have any Conditionings. Technically, I have Potence cards in the TWDA, all of two of them – one Thrown Sewer Lid, one Stunt Cycle – not from my Osebo deck but from my Pander deck! I now have a winning Protean deck but still zero copies of Earth Control, Earth Meld, Form of Mist, and aggpoke cards.
Not a single The Embrace, Creation Rites, or other babymaking card. I have such oft played allies as Ghouled Street Thug and Rom Gypsy in the TWDA, apparently the only one to have Ghouled Street Thug. The two new decks add some more allies, including normal ones like Carlton and Underbridge, but it’s interesting to me how few allies there are given how much I like allies.
Clan breakdowns are obvious, but what about sect breakdowns? Ravnos, Baali, DoC – indies. “Toreador” – Cammie. Osebo – Laibon. Pander – Sabbat. !Gangrel + Adana is kind of nothing, and the Kiasyd deck is an actual anarch deck and not just some Anarch Converts to cryptthin. The Cammie and Sabbat decks, notably, both vote.
Speaking of voting, three vote decks as mentioned, though the Honor the Elders deck wins from swarm bleed and the Pander deck is supposed to do tap and bleed stuff, which I totally forgot about when I played it. The Ravnos deck is intercept, if it’s anything at all, much like the Kiasyd deck is intercept combat only with hardly any intercept. Baali and Osebo are stealth bleed. !Gangrel is more viably a mix of intercept and combat. I know I can’t win with rush decks, so I guess this distribution makes sense. Though, no ally deck and no winnie deck.
Yeah, I think this gives food for deck ideas.