Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kindred Restructure: Charlotte, North Carolina

Above Board Games
985 Market Street, Suite 103
Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States


Kindred Restructure
Fort Mill, South Carolina
July 16, 2011
8 players
2R + F

There were 8 players that ended up in Fort Mill, South Carolina on Saturday the 16th of July.  Two lived close by in Charlotte, three made the trek from Charleston, and three made the trek from Atlanta.  As it was an eight player tournament, multi-deck, multi-judge rules were used.

Entering the finals:

Jeff Brandon    1 GW 6 VPs
Jeff Thompson    0 GW 3.5 VPs
Jordan Beall    0 GW 2 VPs
Jose Lafuente    0 GW 2 VPs
Mike Perlman    0 GW 0.5 VPs

Marijane was just out of the finals, tied with Mike, separated only by a few tournament points.  Being on a table with a sweep that goes to another player is better than being on a table that has two players split the victory points.  Food for thought.

Finals results:

Jeff Thompson    1 GW 4 VPs
Mike Perlman    0 GW 1 VP

Round one:

In the first round, I played an untested deck that is called Eye Prime.  The eleven copies of Eye of Unforgiving Heaven meant that there were always vampires in torpor all around me, but my absence of vote lock meant that the Chantry was able to save the Tremere way too many times.

(0.5) The Unnammed + Santaleous bled
(0.5) Etrius + Spiridonas + Blythe Candeleria bled
(1.5) Uriel + Dela Eden + Aredhel + Anarch Convert bled
(0.0) Hermanas (large and small) + Angelo

The Blood Brothers were the only ones successfully ousted at this table, though I did have vote lock with Uriel's Bishop vote in the closing minute of the game and Etrius did get himself diablerized.  Another 10 minutes could probably have seen a sweep, as the Salubri Antitribu were the only ones gaining blood and having more than 1 blood.  Both the Tremere and Salubri Antitribu deck were down to the cards in their hands and in play.  Santaleous the Famous was in torpor as well.

Round one second table:
(0) The Hordes bled
(0) Tariq and friends bled
(2) Imbued bled
(2) Ventrue Antitribu

Ventrue Antitribu get 2 VP, Imbued get 2 VP.  Finished probably half an hour before time.

Round two:

This round saw the Brujah Antitribu have vote lock throughout the game with Armin Brenner being the only titled vampire for most of the game, with a single bishop controlled by his prey near the end.  Black Forest Base/Creepshow Casino also made a very significant difference for the Brujah Antitribu, resulting in three pool gain per turn for 3-4 turns in a row before the Bowl of Convergence put an end to that nonsense.  :)  Azrael hunted for 4 (Perfectly) for most every turn of the game, except the very last one, when he was one of 7 vampires to bleed for one.  Smiling Jack took the last 5 pool off the table.

(2) Brujah Antitribu weenies + Armin Brenner bled
(0) Tremere Antitribu + Succubus bled
(0) The Unnammed + Santaleous bled
(2) Azrael + almost entire crypt (only Kestrelle Hayes was unable to be found)

Round two second table:
(0) Tremere bled
(4) Samedi / Baron + Reanimated Corpses bled
(0) Lucian the Perfect using Brutal Influence bled
(0) Hermanas (large and small) + Angelo

This second table finished in less than 40 minutes.  Large bleeds were flying all over the place, and no one had significant intercept.  Archon Investigation made Lucian go away very early in his career, on a bleed for ~8.  consistent bleeds of ~6 per turn from the Samedi let them work their way steadily and quickly all the way around the table.

(1) Toreador Triple A bled
(0) Uta Kovacs Rush bled
(0) Ian Forestal + Rafaele Giovanni + Anarchy bled
(4) Nosferatu Antitribu Vote bled
(0) Zygodat Slaughterhouse

Games like this show the true power of the value of seating.  Jeff B. made the mistake of choosing to sit as the prey of the one rush deck, as his vampires were always empty or in torpor, or on one blood and tapped from having to hunt.  This absence of pressure allowed the Nosferatu Antitribu to build up uncontested and to control the voting situation.  An Anarchist Uprising that would have ousted the Uta Kovacs and Ian Forestal decks at the same time was a victim of
Delaying Tactics.  Banishment followed up that same turn to ensure that Uta couldn't take revenge on the vote caller, and Anneke + Alexandra's bleeds were finally able to get past Uta's seemingly unlimited Forced Awakenings to oust him.  Beast ensured that Anneke would stay tapped for the rest of the game (Toreador Grand Ball) by removing Alexandra and Anson.  The double Fame dunk in a single turn ousted the Toreador.  The Anarchist Uprising made another appearance once it was down to two players, removing Ian Forestal at last.


Deck Name : Eye Prime
Author : Lasombra
Description :

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 1 max: 11 average: 7.41667
4x Uriel 8 AUS FOR VAL ani obe bishop !Salubri:4
3x Dela Eden 8 AUS FOR VAL cel dom !Salubri:3
2x Saulot, The Wanderer 11 AUS FOR OBE THA VAL dai Salubri:4
2x Aredhel 5 FOR VAL aus !Salubri:4
1x Anarch Convert 1 Caitiff:0

Library [90 cards]
Action [11]
2x Abbot
2x Renewed Vigor
7x Sense Death

Action Modifier [7]
6x Freak Drive
1x Repulsion

Ally [1]
1x Mylan Horseed (Goblin)

Combat [29]
3x Armor of Vitality
6x Death Seeker
11x Eye of Unforgiving Heaven
4x Skin of Rock
5x Soak

Equipment [4]
1x Bowl of Convergence
1x Codex of the Edenic Groundskeepers
1x Flak Jacket
1x Heart of Nizchetus

Master [15]
2x Code of Samiel
2x Dreams of the Sphinx
2x Fame
1x Guardian Angel
4x Rotschreck
4x Villein

Reaction [20]
4x Eyes of Argus
10x Hide the Heart
5x On the Qui Vive
1x Telepathic Misdirection

Retainer [3]
1x J. S. Simmons, Esq.
1x Mr. Winthrop
1x Tasha Morgan


Deck Name : "The Robyn"
Author : Lasombra
Description :

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 3 max: 7 average: 5.41667
4x Azrael 5 AUS VAL for !Salubri:6
2x Matthew 7 AUS FOR OBE cel Salubri:6
1x Ariel 6 AUS FOR VAL !Salubri:6
1x Kestrelle Hayes 6 AUS dom for obt !Ventrue:5
1x La Viuda Blanca 6 AUS NEC for obf Harbinger:6
1x Dr. Morrow 5 AUS VIC for Tzimisce:5
1x Silas 5 FOR aus dom val !Salubri:6
1x Veejay Vinod 3 AUS Nagaraja:6

Library [90 cards]
Action [8]
3x Abbot
2x Anonymous Freight
3x Harvest Rites

Action Modifier [5]
5x Freak Drive

Combat [30]
4x Morphean Blow
4x Psychic Assault
6x Skin of Rock
4x Target Vitals
3x Taste of Vitae
3x Telepathic Tracking
6x Weighted Walking Stick

Equipment [5]
2x Aaron's Feeding Razor
1x Bowl of Convergence
1x Ivory Bow
1x Sport Bike

Master [22]
1x Barrens, The
3x Blood Doll
2x Hungry Coyote, The
2x Information Highway
2x Perfectionist
2x Smiling Jack, The Anarch
1x Sunset Strip, Hollywood
9x Vessel

Reaction [19]
5x Enhanced Senses
5x Eyes of Argus
3x On the Qui Vive
6x Telepathic Misdirection

Retainer [1]
1x Mr. Winthrop


Deck Name : Nosferatu Antitribu Vote In The Win
Author : Lasombra
Description :
Kendrick and Beast made a great team, and tend to come out first together every game in which this deck wins.  Kendrick likes to recognize Beast's contributions by calling an early Cardinal Benediction that always passes.

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 5 max: 10 average: 7.91667
2x Cailean 10 ANI OBF POT PRE dom archbishop !Nosferatu:2
2x Yong-Sun, Harmonist 10 ANI OBF POT THA aus cardinal !Nosferatu:2
2x Beast, The Leatherface 7 OBF POT ani cel !Nosferatu:2
2x Kendrick 7 ANI POT aus obf priscus !Nosferatu:2
1x Julio Martinez 9 ANI DOM OBF POT nec bishop !Nosferatu:3
1x Calebos 8 ANI OBF POT cel bishop !Nosferatu:2
1x Cicatriz 5 ani obf pot bishop !Nosferatu:2
1x Olivia 5 OBF POT vic bishop !Nosferatu:2

Library [90 cards]
Action [4]
2x Deep Song
2x Vermin Channel

Action Modifier [15]
5x Bribes
7x Forgotten Labyrinth
3x Veil the Legions

Combat [23]
3x Canine Horde
10x Carrion Crows
10x Thrown Gate

Master [14]
1x Fame
2x Legendary Vampire
2x Nosferatu Kingdom
3x Sudden Reversal
6x Villein

Political Action [22]
4x Anarchist Uprising
1x Ancient Influence
4x Banishment
2x Cardinal Benediction
4x Consanguineous Boon
2x Conservative Agitation
4x Kine Resources Contested
1x Political Stranglehold

Reaction [12]
6x Cats' Guidance
2x Confusion of the Eye
4x On the Qui Vive


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