Sunday, we played V:TES in the South Bay. This was made possible by a player moving out to the area, leading to critical mass. Now, not looking to play every week, but we think something like every other week will be possible.
Played a four, a five, a four, and a three with people coming and going throughout the day. This being this area, four games meant playing from 10:30AM to 4:30PM, roughly, with no significant food break.
I had time to build one new deck. Since my extensive personal banned list only applies to tournament play, I decided it would be interesting to play a deck with Conditioning in it, well, and Govern. So, I went Celerity/Dominate with beats largely through .44s. This was reasonably entertaining made more so as twice I had Brandon as prey with his Akunanse deck, and I, of course, was running two Tranquility in my deck.
The three player game didn’t involve my doing a whole lot besides failing to blow up a location with a Bomb. Two vote decks passed votes and one of them ousted the other.
In the five-player, I played Baali of the Name 1.1, and it entertained me as it routinely does where I’m amazed it can do anything in the modern meta. It ousted my prey, a Matasuntha deck (of course). It burned my predator’s She Who Watches because a Pre/Obf/Aus stealth bleed deck with combat ends and … stealth … totally gets blocked by Baali and has no way to defend against two ranged agg.
It was pleasant. It was V:TES. My Cel/Dom deck actually plays cards unlike so many of my decks, so I nearly ran out of cards in one of the four-player games.
Did I learn anything? Do I have any philosophy to spew? Was there the funniest play e-e-e-ver?
The most notable thing was getting together with V:TES players and playing V:TES.
Now, I may push the banned list envelope more in casual play because it shakes things up. Maybe I’ll even build decks more regularly and play some cards I’m less familiar with than Tranquility. But, for a change, nice to just play the game and not overwrite about it.