Monday, February 16, 2009

Monkey Wrench: Charleston

Monkey Wrench: Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
February 14, 2009
12 players
2R + F

This event was Twittered by Charlotte By

Jeffrey Thompson's Tournament Winning Deck with 3VPs in the finals

Deck Name : I am I
Author : The Lasombra
Description :
1st round, sweep, 4 vp
2nd round, tied, 2 vp / 2vp with prey
Final round, won, 3 vps with grand prey taking 2 vps

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 3 max: 8 average: 5.5
3x Dela Eden 8 AUS FOR VAL cel dom !Salubri:3
3x Adonai 7 AUS VAL for !Salubri:2
1x Remilliard, Devout Crusader 4 AUS pre !Toreador:2
1x Richard Tauber, Ayelea's Puppet 4 AUS tha !Tremere:2
1x Thomas Steed, The Angry 4 ani aus val !Salubri:2
1x Isabel de Leon 3 AUS Toreador:2
1x Kervos, The Lieutenant 3 aus val !Salubri:2
1x Zoe 3 AUS cel obf Malkavian:2

Library [90 cards]
1x Abbot
2x Anima Gathering
4x Sense Death

Combat [25]
4x Armor of Caine's Fury
9x Blissful Agony
7x Eye of Unforgiving Heaven
5x Soak

Equipment [1]
1x Bowl of Convergence

Master [14]
4x Blood Doll
1x Blooding by the Code
1x Dark Influences
1x Fame
1x Giant's Blood
2x Guardian Angel
3x Path of Retribution, The
1x Rotschreck

Reaction [42]
3x Eagle's Sight
3x Enhanced Senses
4x Eyes of Argus
6x Forced Awakening
2x Forced Vigilance
3x My Enemy's Enemy
7x On the Qui Vive
3x Precognition
3x Telepathic Counter
8x Telepathic Misdirection

Retainer [1]
1x Mr. Winthrop

Round recap:

In the first round, I went first. My prey was playing 2-3 cap Sabbat vampires that called Crusades and Kine Resources Contested while occasionally getting Saturday Night Specials and Camera Phones. My grand prey looked an awful lot like the KoT Toreador starter with possibly a few tweaks. My predator was playing a Shambling Hordes deck and he discarded one on his first turn. He didn't see another for 7-8 turns though.

I was able to block many of my prey's pool gaining votes and I let the Toreador deal with the damage dealing votes. I was also able to consistently bleed for 3-4 as my prey was playing like a shark (i.e. move forward 100% of the time or die). Blocking the pool gain votes and out racing him on the pool damage allowed me to take him down when his prey had ~5 or 6 pool. Eye of Unforgiving Heaven put Thomas De Lutrius with his Sniper Rifle into torpor, and the Toreador folder before me.

Zoe blocked and killed my predator's Procurer, and Dela Eden blocked Shambling Hordes twice. Once to Soak the 4 damage, the second time to play Eye of Unforgiving Heaven at inferior to burn and gain me two pool. Successfully diablerie of all of the Giovanni vampires completed the sweep of that first table.

In the second round, my predator was playing Saulot/Spirit Marionette and went first. My prey was playing Followers of Set/Allonzo Montoya and bleeding large with Revelation of Ecstasy / Revelation of Desire. My grand prey was the weenie vote deck from the first round. The weenies jumped out and put an awful hurting on Saulot, but was unable to seal the deal before the Followers of Set were able to barrel thru them. The Followers also got Saulot shortly thereafter. When it came down to the two player, Eye of Unforgiving Heaven again enabled multiple successful diableries (as the Edge was the only vote remaining on the table). Two victory points for the Followers of Set, two for Adonai.

Standings before the finals:

James Medors 2 GW 8 VPs - Malkavian Antitribut stealth bleed
Jeffrey Thompson 1 GW 6 VPs Salubri Antitribu intercept bounce
Jeff Brandon 1 GW 3.5 VPs Anarch Gargoyle intercept combat
Greg Mitchell 1 GW 2.5 VPs Huitzilopochtli's inner circle stealth vote
Jason Joy 2 vps Followers of Set/Allonzo Montoya Revelation

Seating in the finals:

Jason going first bleeding
Jeffrey bleeding
James bleeding
Greg bleeding
Jeff, who bled Jason

Jason went first. I brought out Zoe and Adonai as my first two minions, with Dela Eden third. James brought out Blood Feud, General Perfidio Dios, and White Lilly. Greg started the game with Leandro, and eventually added Maris Streck and Huitzilopochtli. Jeff brought out Erinyi and one other Gargoyle who's name escapes me. James brought out Allonzo Montoya, Bupe Kuila, and possibly Renenet?

My first master card was Guardian Angel, which was Washed, and I followed up that same turn with a Blood Doll on Adonai. Everyone paid Leandro tax for quite a while. My third master card was Fame on Bloodfeud. Dela Eden Sense's his Death, and though White Lilly attempted to block with an auspex intercept card, it was discovered that she has no Auspex and Bloodfeud went to torpor after seeing the Eye of Unforgiving Heaven. A combination of bounced bleeds and Fame ousted James not much later (1-2 turns later).

Leandro was removed by Adonai's special ability (Adonai can enter combat with any ready Camarilla vampire controlled by another Methuselah as a (D) action). Zoe sacrificed herself after the successful diablerie attempt and her passing was mourned. Maris Streck was able to call and pass a Parity Shift to oust Jeff''s Gargoyles. Maris Streck Banished Adonai, twice. I was happy to return him to play with 7 blood. Maris was blocked by Dela Eden on a Parity Shift that would almost have taken out the Followers of Set, and she met Heaven with a Rotschreck. Remilliard, Devout Crusader diablerized Maris after Huitzilopochtli had ousted the Followers of Set by bleeding for 5 at stealth. Remiliard was also burned in the Bloodhunt. So it was down to two vampires, Huitzilopochtli and Adonai. Huitzilopochtli had Obedience, but Adonai had Abbot and Mr. Winthrop. Huitzilopochtli attempted to bleed and Adonai came up with 4 intercept (Eyes of Argus) to successfully block and torporize Huitzilopochtli. Having retained the Edge, Richard Tauber was about to join Adonai when Greg realized that he had too few pool to bring out another vampire and no chance to stealth past Adonai to have Huitzilopochtli leave torpor.

Greg 2 vps, Jeffrey 3 vps


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