High off the success of my first "beat LA" deck, I chose another one: !Ventrue Grinder. As luck would have it, I got one of the match-ups I had planned on. It did not go so well....
Me (Grinder)> Dennis (Sylvie)> Robert Scythe (Vleya Warghoul)> Mike Courtois (Brujah w/fortitude)
Right off the bat Robert torps Mike's first minion with war ghouls. Mike Golconda's them and decides to pool sack as a "fuck you, it will take you forever to get through this pool" move. Dennis tries to block one or two things of Robert's, then I oust him. Robert got his usual unbelievably quick setup of Vleya, Underbridge Strays, Jake Washington, Carlton, 2x War Ghouls, etc.
In the heads-up there is no way to out-minion Robert, especially with The Unmasking in play. I hate that card. Superior Mettle does what it was supposed to do vs War Ghouls, but having the permanent presses on the table means I can't successfully press to continue when I want to finish one off. Vagabond Mystic saves the life of at least a couple of allies. In the end, it is I who am ground down. Rats!
Robert Scythe: GW 3vps
Me: 1 vp
Robert Goudie (Ravnos)> Fredd Scott (Brujah Debate)> Me> Mike Summers (KS bleed w/Gehenna)
As often happens when playing fast decks, the Gehenna events did almost nothing. I governed down twice, which was threatening enough for Mike to go full-backwards. I threaten to "bleed the shit out of him," which does not convince him to stop. Fred does not give me an easy time defending myself by blocking a couple of tool-up actions and torping guys (bowl?). Now all I can do is sit there and block. I bounce bleeds back at Fred because he's annoying me and would help prop up Robert if it came to that.
When I get to three pool, Mike starts bleeding forward, hoping for a quick sweep. Robert, virtually unmolested except for Fred's occasional 2nd tradition, defends fairly well. He helped me with some Draba and Ignis Fatuus earlier, which he now turns against Mike. Mike cycles cards really well and hurts Robert badly, especially when Mike plays Touch of Clarity to cancel a bounce. Robert plays Week of Nightmares, there are no Suddens, and so he kills a strangely low-pool Fred. I offer Robert another quick VP, which he accepts.
In the endgame Robert doesn't block a couple of bleeds that I think he could have, but eeks out a victory as Mike runs out of cards.
Mike, I think your mistake here was in going backwards. I know what you were trying to do, and it almost worked. If I had an actual predator, then I would have died twice as fast. As it was, I could just sit there and avoid interacting with Fred, plus not influence out more guys. Having bounce and some intercept, plus a cross-table buddy with some "intercept" to lend made your job very difficult. My big bleeds would have been a problem, no doubt. Better to have 6 pool in addition to the KS pool to defend with, IMO. In any case, GG.
Robert Goudie: Gw 4vp
Robert went on to win the final, which was the qualifier. Here is his deck:
Winner: Robert Goudie
1.5 VPs in Final
Will post qualified players later... don't know 'em off hand.
Resilient Deck that just refused to die. In the finals I had to play the
Week of Nightmares much earlier than I would have liked. Ousted my
prey but within a few turns the Week of Nightmares counters would all
expire and slam my vamps. Took the opportunity to rearrange my blood a
bit via Vessel and then blew up the Week on my own turn so that I could
control things a bit. By ordering those effects I saved one vamp and was
able to hold on for the victory.
Deck Name: Draba Jack
Author: Robert Goudie
Based on Ference Vasadi's Ravnos Deck
Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=2 max=8 avg=5.25)
4x Gabrin 8 dom for ANI CHI Ravnos:2
1x Joaquina Amaya 6 ANI CHI FOR Ravnos:2
1x Khalil Ravana 5 ani CHI for pre Ravnos:2
1x Salbatore Bokkengro 4 for pro CHI Ravnos:2
1x Sasha Miklos 2 chi Ravnos:2
1x Spleen, Georgio Gutterpunk 2 ani chi Ravnos:2
1x Tsigane 3 aus chi Ravnos:2
1x Vaclav Petalengro 6 for pot ANI CHI Ravnos:2
1x Vedel Esbreno 3 chi for Ravnos:2
Library (85 cards)
1x Channel 10
1x Park Hunting Ground
1x Path of Paradox, The
1x Rack, The
1x Smiling Jack, The Anarch
1x Week of Nightmares
1x Aranthebes, The Immortal
1x Army of Rats
1x Edged Illusion
1x Karavalanisha Vrana
1x Shilmulo Tarot
1x Sniper Rifle
1x Treasured Samadji
2x Neighborhood Watch Commander (Hunter)
1x Mr. Winthrop
4x Raven Spy
8x Cats' Guidance
4x Forced Awakening
6x Ignis Fatuus
3x On the Qui Vive
3x Sense the Savage Way
2x Canine Horde
10x Carrion Crows
1x Conquer the Beast
3x Mirror Image
Created with Secret Library v0.9.4a. (May 28, 2013 08:31:54)
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