Saturday, July 07, 2012

Happy 7/7 Anniversary!

Today was the anniversary of the very controversial 7/7/98 Rules Team Rulings that helped make L. Scott Johnson the designer of the game Vampire: The Eternal Struggle when White Wolf started printing new cards in 2000.

In 2001, the second printing of Sabbat War sold from distributors to game retailers like crack cocaine.

To celebrate these events, the Atlanta playgroup held a tournament at the CCP Games office in Decatur, Georgia. Eight players attended a two round plus final event, that used the multi-judge and multi-deck rules. The first round was completed in one hour and five minutes. The second round was completed in one hour and thirty minutes. The final completed in a tiny bit more than an hour. The entire event went from a bit after one pm until five thirty. Taco Mac was the location of choice for the post tournament celebration.

Round one Table one
Imbued who tried to get Vigilance, but got blocked a lot
Vote deck with obfuscate, obedience, and lots of Protected Resources
Al-Muntathir Summons The History Of Voting II (4 VPs)
Osebo 419 Operation with left leaning intercept

Round one Table two
Toreador deck
Nergal bleeds for 6 with Psychomachia and Elder Impersonation
A deck I didn't see
Lutz and company presence stealth voting (4 VPs)

Lutz's appearance at both tables made a significant difference, as the player controlling him on each of the tables swept.

Round two Table one
Vote deck with obfuscate, obedience, and lots of Protected Resources (2 VPs)
Nergal bleeds for 6 with Psychomachia and Elder Impersonation (2 VPs)
Serenna the White's Signet of King Saul Scares You Shitless
Lutz and company presence stealth voting

Round two Table two
A deck I didn't see
A deck I didn't see
Imbued who successfully got Vigilance and Smiling Jack (2 VPs)
Toreador deck? (2 VPs)

Spirit Marionette / Heidelberg Castle still scares the pants off the table, even though the deck type hasn't seen play locally in years. Codex of the Edenic Groundskeepers and Signet of King Saul do make a significant difference when all
of your opponents are playing with 8-11 capacity vampires.

Prior to the finals:
2 players exactly tied for 1st
4 players exactly tied for 3rd

The host excused himself from the 4 player tie in order to let the other 3 play. His graciousness is quite renowned.

Seating for the finals:
Imbued with Vigilance + ossian + Wendell Delburton + Flash Grenades (4 VP)
Vote deck with obfuscate, obedience, and lots of Protected Resources
Lutz and company presence stealth voting (1 VP)
Antón de Concepción's Canine Horde
Toreador deck

Congratulations to Witness1 on his tournament win!
Perhaps he will post his deck in reply or let us know which of his deck this one was.


These are the three decks that I played.
Deck Name : Al-Muntathir Summons The History Of Voting II
Author : Wanderer’s Counsel
Description :
Al-Muntathir will visit the Historic Ankara Citadel so that all of the visits from his vampiric friends are inexpensive (half rounded down). He will Summon his best friend in the entire world, Dmitra Ilyanova, as she can call a vote to give him 4 blood, and repeat that every turn. Most of his subsequent guests will have obfuscate (to ensure their hunt actions succeed) and presence (to fill up after votes with Voter Captivation).

Crypt [13 vampires] Capacity min: 7 max: 11 average: 9.23077
4x Al-Muntathir 8 AUS FOR PRE TEM obf qui True Brujah:5
1x Adana de Sforza 11 CEL OBF POT PRE PRO aus inner circle Brujah:4
1x Lutz von Hohenzollern 11 AUS DEM OBF PRE pot inner circle Malkavian:4
1x Rafael de Corazon 11 AUS CEL DOM OBF PRE inner circle Toreador:4
1x Alonso Petrodon 10 ANI DOM OBF POT for tha justicar Nosferatu:5
1x Armin Brenner 10 CEL FOR POT PRE ani obf archbishop !Brujah:4
1x Unmada 10 AUS DEM OBF VIC cel for justicar Malkavian:5
1x Dmitra Ilyanova 9 CEL FOR POT PRE obf justicar Brujah:5
1x Orlando Oriundus 9 AUS DOM THA obf bishop !Tremere:4
1x Stavros 7 AUS OBF PRE dem priscus !Malkavian:4

Library [90 cards]
Action [10]
1x Clotho's Gift
9x Summon History

Action Modifier [34]
2x Change of Target
2x Cloak the Gathering
6x Domain of Evernight
1x Faceless Night
6x Forgotten Labyrinth
6x Freak Drive
6x Lost in Crowds
5x Voter Captivation

Action Modifier/Combat [2]
2x Swallowed by the Night

Combat [7]
7x Majesty

Equipment [3]
1x Ankara Citadel, Turkey, The
1x Heart of Nizchetus
1x Helicopter

Master [15]
2x Coven, The
1x Creepshow Casino
2x Giant's Blood
3x Golconda: Inner Peace
1x Heidelberg Castle, Germany
1x Monastery of Shadows
1x Obfuscate
1x Secure Haven
1x Sunset Strip, Hollywood
1x Tabriz Assembly
1x Warzone Hunting Ground

Political Action [16]
1x Anarchist Uprising
1x Ancient Influence
1x Ancilla Empowerment
3x Banishment
3x Conservative Agitation
2x Domain Challenge
3x Kine Resources Contested
1x Political Stranglehold
1x Reins of Power

Reaction [3]
3x Telepathic Misdirection


Deck Name : Serenna the White's Signet of King Saul Scares You Shitless
Author : Wanderer’s Counsel
Description :
Serenna or Matthew will be vastly wealthy and get all of the equipment. In combination with the Spirit Marionettes, scare all of the other players so much that they bind together to oust you instead of their prey.

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 1 max: 8 average: 6.08333
3x Serenna the White 8 AUS FOR OBE ani dem Salubri:6
2x Mordechai Ben-Nun 8 ANI AUS FOR NEC Harbinger:5
2x Matthew 7 AUS FOR OBE cel Salubri:6
2x Anarch Convert 1 Caitiff:ANY
1x Ariel 6 AUS FOR VAL !Salubri:6
1x Kestrelle Hayes 6 AUS dom for obt !Ventrue:5
1x Azrael 5 AUS VAL for !Salubri:6

Library [90 cards]
Action [12]
1x Abbot
3x Renewed Vigor
8x Spirit Marionette

Action Modifier [22]
2x Daring the Dawn
8x Freak Drive
8x Neutral Guard
4x Repulsion

Action Modifier/Combat [4]
4x Penitent Resilience

Action Modifier/Reaction [4]
4x Gift of Sleep

Ally [2]
1x Mylan Horseed (Goblin)
1x Ossian

Combat [12]
5x Hidden Strength
5x Psychic Assault
2x Target Vitals

Equipment [3]
1x Bowl of Convergence
1x Codex of the Damned
1x Signet of King Saul, The

Master [16]
2x Anarch Revolt
1x Antediluvian Awakening
2x Heidelberg Castle, Germany
2x Lilith's Blessing
2x Vast Wealth
7x Villein

Reaction [15]
4x Eyes of Argus
4x On the Qui Vive
7x Telepathic Misdirection


Deck Name : Antón de Concepción's Canine Horde
Author : Wanderer’s Counsel
Description :
This used to be a Grooming the Protege deck. It fares well against most deck types but dies fairly easily to stealth presence vote. I remembered there being more permanent intercept in the deck when I took it out of the box, but the two Abbots in play were worthless in the tournament final.

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 4 max: 10 average: 7.75
3x Nahir 10 ANI DOM OBT POT tha Lasombra:3
3x Anton de Concepcion 9 ANI DOM OBT POT aus archbishop Lasombra:4
2x Conrad Adoula 8 DOM OBT POT ani cel Lasombra:4
2x Otieno 6 OBT POT ani dom Lasombra:4
2x Paulo de Castille 4 ani dom pot Lasombra:4

Library [90 cards]
Action [11]
3x Abbot
8x Deep Song

Action Modifier [11]
5x Foreshadowing Destruction
6x Shadow Play

Combat [27]
6x Arms of the Abyss
9x Canine Horde
9x Carrion Crows
3x Taste of Vitae

Equipment [1]
1x Heart of Nizchetus

Master [16]
4x Animalism
1x Blood Doll
1x Elysian Fields
1x Lilith's Blessing
2x Political Hunting Ground
1x Power Structure
6x Villein

Political Action [1]
1x Anarchist Uprising

Reaction [22]
5x Cats' Guidance
3x Deflection
5x On the Qui Vive
3x Redirection
6x Sense the Savage Way

Retainer [1]
1x Raptor


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