Classic Art

There are times with CCGs when I feel a desire to go back to basics.  Build the sort of decks I built when everything was new, and there were the simplest things to discover.

That’s not very easy.  But, by putting severe limitations on acceptable cards, there’s some ability to do that.  Now, having played with a group that didn’t have most of the new cards, I did some Jyhad-only, pre-Sabbat-only, and through-Sabbat-only decks.  That’s not my current kick.

My current kick is Keepers of Tradition.  Just Keepers of Tradition.  I’m not much of a fan of the Camarilla clans as I see them as being way overplayed, but that’s because I once played them a bunch.  Wouldn’t really say they are overplayed, for me, nowadays.  I want to get some play in with (relatively) new crypt options, mainly.

Not just KoT, but simple decks.  Try to do the monoclan decks that a newb is likely to do.  Or, at least, do mixed crypt decks that aren’t all that esoteric/specialized.  I’ve already written up two such decks, only one of which is a clan deck.

For today, I thought I’d go through the process of making one of these new decks.

Choose A Building Block

I’m going to choose Toreador.  Rather than look too hard at vampires first, though, of course, I’ve looked at them, I want to study the clan requiring cards a bit.

Secret Library is saying no Society Hunting Ground.  No real loss in normal constructed play, will find out later whether it matters for this deck.  Though, it does seem kind of weird that the other clans would all get their HGs and not the Toreador, so maybe this is just a database error.  If I get motivated, I’ll go through some KoT piles of cards lying around and see if a SHG can be found.

Aching Beauty, Art Museum, and Toreador Grand Ball are the important clan cards.  The second is just good stuff and an auto-include – just a question of one copy or two.  Aching Beauty and Toreador Grand Ball are not synergistic with each other, but both can be dropped into a deck, even if both want some support.  One synergy they do have is that AB can be paid for with unblockable Parity Shifts … which isn’t relevant to this exercise since Parity Shift isn’t in KoT.

If I was truly new to playing Toreador, I might dwell on these things trying to think up all of the annoying things I could do with them, like Change of Target and Majesty with AB and whatever unblockable stuff with TGB.  If I was truly new, I might also have to worry about how many copies of these cards I owned since not everyone opened ~case of KoT, like I did.  I mean, sure, I probably don’t have that many of them from this set, but I’m just going to assume that I do.

Since I’m not new to playing with these cards, even if I haven’t played with them nearly as much as others because they don’t interest me all that much, I’m going to turn to the vampires and whatnot for additional guidance.

Crypt

Superior Auspex is parsecs better than inferior Auspex, even taking into account Quicken … nevermind.  Have a 4 cap with AUS, which is okay, but then, have to go all the way to 7 cap for more bleed bouncers.

Well, that is if I don’t use Dominate, which is fairly common …  By Dominate, I mean, of course, Murmur of the False Will, which is first available on an 8 cap.  Wow, the vampires that didn’t get AUS in this set got kind of shafted.

Two Princes, Justicar, Inner Circle Member, a whopping four Primogen, Kateline Nadasdy, and a dude who can kind of fake being titled when it doesn’t come to having actual votes.  I’m normally anti-Primogen since anarchy > 1 vote, but Primogen with PRE in a deck that’s going to use other titled dudes is actually a value-add title.

Seems hard to avoid voting with all of that relative firepower.  Also, no Aire of Elation.  Now, admittedly, back in my Jyhad days, I still bled with Toreador.  I could also go with Conditioning and drop some Dominate masters to expand upon the Toreador with Dominate already available.  Eh, possible but improbable.

Actually, I kind of feel like I have too many options for my goal.  That’s an unusually nice problem to have with this game.  If I just pick titled dudes and good stuff dudes, here’s what I get:

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 15, Max: 38, Avg: 6.75)
———————————————-
1  Allanyan Serata                    ani AUS CEL OBT PRE9  Toreador
1  Andre LeRoux                       aus            3  Toreador
1  Bethany Ray                        aus PRE        4  Toreador
1  Epikasta Rigatos                   cel AUS DOM PRE8  Toreador
1  Eugene                             AUS CEL FOR PRE8  Toreador
1  Kateline Nadasdy                   AUS CEL PRE    7  Toreador
1  Montecalme                         obt AUS CEL DOM PRE10 Toreador
1  Philippe de Marseilles             dem pre AUS CEL7  Toreador
1  Rafael de Corazon                  AUS CEL DOM OBF PRE11 Toreador
1  Thomas De Lutrius                  aus cel pre    4  Toreador
1  Tyler McGill                       AUS pre        4  Toreador
1  Vasily                             aus pre ser CEL6  Toreador

In the Jyhad days, I would be happy if I could find six worthy crypt options and do two of each.  That there’s so much to work with here is … interesting.

PRE is still going to be useful for Majesty but obviously not for the nonexistent Voter Captivation.

Winning

Not going to do combat.  No .44 Magnum.  Torrent + Aching Beauty is too obvious.  Not to say it couldn’t be done between Concealed Weapon, Desert Eagle, Ivory Bow, Sniper Rifle, intercept, Pursuit, Psyche!, Torrent (for when you don’t have Concealed Weapon).

Just trying to keep it simple.  Simply want to be able to remove pool and not have pool removed.

Public Trust is good bleed, but it’s just so much more a hassle to block votes supported by Resist Earth’s Grasp and Monastery of Shadows, plus might as well get more use out of Perfect Paragon, so voting it is.  Lack of Voter Cap is rather sad and pathetic.  Parity Shift’s absence I care less about.

Kine Resources Contested is the staple, so 6-8 of those.  Neonate Breach is not a terrible backup and there’s a dearth of other pool depleting options.  Reins of Power can blow up a table, Rumors of Gehenna doesn’t hurt (though it would want Voter Cap love), PS: whatever (Houston, I guess), and Toreador Justicar round things out.

Outside of Andre and Rafael, I’m not natively bleedy, which is a marked difference from group 1/2 Toreador, say.  Only eight KRCs and two Neonate Breaches is kind of offense shy.  But, that’s fine.  That’s the kind of guy I am.

Antilosing

Cuz, if you don’t lose, you might just win.  Seven Telepathic Misdirection, six On the Qui Vive, six Eyes of Argus is a starting point.  Throw in an Eagle’s Sight cuz it might get a couple VPs, while usually just being a random extra intercept.  This crypt can’t support Second Tradition well enough, which is a valid argument for changing the crypt, but whatever.

Bowl of Convergence is not that thrilling in this deck, but sure, maybe even consider the contestment possibility.

Villein and Vessel are the two obvious options for pool gain, so in other words, Villein.

Successfully Winning

Have a variety of unreliable ways to get actions through with how I’m building the deck out:  Aching Beauty (only two copies), Change of Target (not that many since it isn’t an AB deck), Crocodile’s Tongue (one copy since the card sucks), Monastery of Shadows, Resist Earth’s Grasp, Torrent.  Should be “interactive” but not a complete lost cause on delivering the payload.

No Blessings Of Lilith

Without Voter Cap, don’t have tasty cheese to refill dudes.  Variety of options in the set for blood gain.  Obviously going with Giant’s Blood.  Papillon is a better substitute for a “HG hunting ground”, though the crypt isn’t oriented well towards it.  Perfectionist is just too many masters.  Taste of Vitae is in the set, so if I wanted to do a Toreador intercept combat deck, that would slot.

Deck

Pretty much done.  Since all decks must, by all of the laws of creation, be 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, or 90 cards, and 90 card decks are typically sloppy deckbuilding, I’ve hit my sloppy 80 limit.

Deck Name:   KoT – Toreador Reboot
Created By:  Whoever

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 17, Max: 39, Avg: 7.16)
———————————————-
1  Andre LeRoux                       aus            3  Toreador
1  Bethany Ray                        aus PRE        4  Toreador
2  Epikasta Rigatos                   cel AUS DOM PRE8  Toreador
1  Eugene                             AUS CEL FOR PRE8  Toreador
1  Kateline Nadasdy                   AUS CEL PRE    7  Toreador
2  Montecalme                         obt AUS CEL DOM PRE10 Toreador
1  Philippe de Marseilles             dem pre AUS CEL7  Toreador
1  Rafael de Corazon                  AUS CEL DOM OBF PRE11 Toreador
1  Tyler McGill                       AUS pre        4  Toreador
1  Vasily                             aus pre ser CEL6  Toreador

Library: (80 cards)
——————-
Master (17 cards)
2  Aching Beauty
2  Art Museum
1  Giant`s Blood
1  Golconda: Inner Peace
1  Monastery of Shadows
1  Papillon
3  Toreador Grand Ball
6  Villein

Action (3 cards)
1  Charming Lobby
2  Entrancement

Action Modifier (7 cards)
3  Change of Target
1  Crocodile`s Tongue
3  Perfect Paragon

Political Action (14 cards)
8  Kine Resources Contested
2  Neonate Breach
1  Praxis Seizure: Houston
1  Reins of Power
1  Rumors of Gehenna
1  Toreador Justicar

Reaction (20 cards)
1  Eagle`s Sight
6  Eyes of Argus
6  On the Qui Vive
7  Telepathic Misdirection

Combat (12 cards)
1  Charismatic Aura
7  Majesty
4  Torrent

Equipment (1 cards)
1  Bowl of Convergence

Combo (6 cards)
1  Force of Personality
5  Resist Earth`s Grasp

Did a bit of double ups because, really, 9 cap Primogen with a non-relevant special is terrible, and, in general, I’m not going to get a ton of dudes in play.  On the other hand, didn’t make it more redundant because it adds life to a deck when you don’t know what you are going to draw.

Of course, this isn’t remotely what one might expect from a newb doing KoT only, not because it’s sophisticated or any of them thar high-falutin’ n’nsense.  It’s full of rares, and probably more challenging, full of KoT uncommons of the Villein persuasion.  Would need to crack around 7-8 boxes of boosters to Villeinify this deck.

Anyway, a defensive (no Voter Cap for bloat defense) vote deck that may be totally off.  The crypt is still undisciplined.  The offense is light.  The defense doesn’t do much against other vote decks.  But, then again, the goal isn’t to build the best deck possible but something nostalgic for a simpler time that is functional and not a bore.

Real weakness of the deck is lack of card cyclers.  No Dreams of the Sphinx.  No The Barrens.  Would be valid to run Fragment of the Book of Nod out of desperation for this crucial element.  Oh well, just got to overcome this with superior skillz.

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One Response to Classic Art

  1. The Lasombra says:

    Society Hunting Ground was not printed in Keepers of Tradition due to a layout error. Society of Leopold showed up as a rare and an uncommon instead.

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