Monday, October 11, 2010

Shattering Crescendo and Snakes

What's happening, Metuselahs?

I wanted to make a deck with Shattering Crescendos since I saw the card, but I can't see any particular and effective strategy, and I don't want to make a vile copy of Project Mayhem, so this are the results of some mindfuck probably useless.

In game:

Of course, I want Scout Youngwood and then Ogwon on the ready region, then support via Janet Langer and another FoS, thats a lot of pool in the ready region... and the obfuscate is very important in here, shall I add any Master Discipline: Obf?

How do I plan to get my VP

Shattering Crescendo is my way to send to torpor my prey's minions, and damage his pool via Fame and Tension in the Ranks. Also bleeding with Obf and Pre.

And my defense?

Narrow Minds is not a defense, but at least deflections are more expensive to the other players :P I may take also an Archon Investigation. Weenie bleeders with Crescendos, and rush with Members of the Entourage, Soaks and Majesty. Vote defense... negotiate the target of the SC?xD shatter the voters?

Deck Name: Encantadoras de Serpientes
Author: Ishvalan

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=3 max=8 avg=5.92)
1x Abdelsobek 5 for nec obf pre ser Follower of Set:5
1x Ahmose Chambers 3 obf ser Follower of Set:5
2x Janet Langer 3 pre MEL Daughter of Cacophony:5
3x Ogwon 7 for OBF PRE SER Follower of Set:5
4x Scout Youngwood 8 for qui MEL OBF PRE Daughter of Cacophony:6
1x Sisocharis 4 cel obf pre Follower of Set:5

Library (77 cards)
Master (14)
2x Blood Doll
2x Dreams of the Sphinx
2x Fame
1x Opium Den
1x Paris Opera House
2x Perfectionist
1x Secure Haven
1x Tension in the Ranks
2x Vessel

Event (1)
1x Narrow Minds

Action (26)
1x Concert Tour
6x Enchant Kindred
4x Enticement
1x Form of Corruption
14x Shattering Crescendo

Ally (3)
1x Gregory Winter
2x Member of the Entourage

Action Modifier (22)
2x Aire of Elation
3x Cloak the Gathering
2x Forgotten Labyrinth
5x Freak Drive
2x Marked Path
4x Missing Voice, The
3x Veil the Legions
1x Virtuosa

Combat (11)
6x Majesty
5x Soak

This will never work, but I want to test it!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Classics: Lasombra Nocturn

What's happening, Metuselahs?

Today we take a look on the probably the tier1 deck of the clan Lasombra, a powerbleed deck supported by the ally Nocturn.
In general terms, we pretend to gain momentum with superior governs and influencing the most number of vampires, and then overwhelm your prey with dominate bleeds.

>> Tournament Winning Decks

- Nocturne - by Kalle Cederström - August 2007 the twd with the most attendance of players, playing a huge deck (90 cards) , Black Hand tech and a big number of nocturns.
- Nocturns Twins - by Carlos Eduardo Ganso - December 2008 this one uses the nocturns with the card Shadow Twin
- Lasombra Nocturna - by Sergio Gracia - November 2009 a deck reduced to the minimun cards and well-buildt, to be quick and deadly

>> Mainstays of the Deck

- Nocturn: the ally that gives name to the deck, you can either block with him all the rushes that will try to reach our vampires, or bleed your prey. I'ts incredibly strong that it moves to the ready region when recruited and the fact you can untap after recruiting it. With Perfectionist, the first nocturn is free, and combined with the Path, even the second!

- Jake Washington: our best way to refill our vamps. Playing dominate bleeds and obtenebration will get our minions dry extremely fast, even though you can save some blood with the Path of Night. This is the best drink ;)

- Shroud of Absence: thanks to its reprint in HttB, they are seen more nowadays, and it's the best stealth card a Lasombra can reach, with a huge effect at superior.

- Dreams of the Sphynx: this card is always good in most decks, but in a bleed/powerbleed one it's vital, if you get your hand jammed and you don't have the nocturns in time to stop rushes that would ruin your VP or dominate cards to finish your prey or putting down blood on the uncontrolled, our speed would be reduced and the metuselahs will have a chance to prepare for our movements.

After playing with my Lasombra Nocturn deck, I see important to pack at least one Secure Haven, and DI's to make at least your first vampire survive until you can influence more, and Forced Awakenings with the OtQV to get a vampire dry sooner in order to use the Jake Washington and have it filled in my next minion phase.

Torneo Blood Test
Barcelona, Spain
November 1, 2009
19 players

Sergio Gracia's Tournament Winning Deck with 3 VPs in the finals

Deck Name: Lasombra Nocturna
Created By: Sergio Gracia

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 8, Max: 28, Avg: 4,58)
1 Conrad Adoula ani cel DOM OBT POT 8 Lasombra
1 Henri Lavenant pot qui DOM OBT 7 Lasombra
1 Lord Vauxhall DOM OBT POT THA 7 Lasombra
1 Onaedo aus pot DOM OBT 6 Lasombra
1 Banjoko obt pot DOM 5 Lasombra
1 Ermenegildo pot DOM OBT 5 Lasombra
1 Leila Monroe dom obt pre 4 Lasombra
1 Lucy Markowitz dom obt 3 Lasombra
1 Dame Hollerton myt DOM OBT 5 Kiasyd
1 Keith Moody DOM 3 Tremere Antitribu
2 Anarch Convert 1 Caitiff

Library: (81 cards)
Master (14 cards)
1 Coven, The
1 Dark Influences
3 Dreams of the Sphinx
1 Giant`s Blood
1 Jake Washington (Hunter)
1 Life in the City
1 Misdirection
2 Path of Night, The
3 Pentex Subversion

Action (15 cards)
15 Govern the Unaligned

Action Modifier (28 cards)
1 Blanket of Night
4 Bonding
4 Conditioning
4 Foreshadowing Destruction
5 Shadow Play
4 Shroud of Absence
4 Shroud of Night
2 Tenebrous Form

Reaction (10 cards)
3 Deflection
2 Delaying Tactics
3 On the Qui Vive
2 Redirection

Ally (11 cards)
1 Carlton Van Wyk (Hunter)
10 Nocturn

Event (3 cards)
2 Unmasking, The
1 The Bitter and Sweet Story

See you later, Metuselahs!