This deck type known as Tariq eats the World is based on the special ability of certain vampires, in this case Tariq, to diablerize vampires without having to fear a bloodhunt. So the deck is able to quickly to dispose of opposing vampires without having to consider that a vampire is rescued from torpor.
How to win with them
This deck is straight beatdown deck using rush and/or intercept combat. Remove the vampires from your prey, in order to oust. If necessary, remove the vampires of your predator to survive …
In order to succeed, the deck needs a way to do the following in a consistent way.
- attack vampires
- sent vampires to torpor
- diablerize vampires
The typical cycle, when it’s Tariq’s turn to act, looks like this:
- Tariq attacks a vampire using his built-in rush
- Tariq equips with a concealed weapon, preferably the Rowan Ring, if not already done.
- Tariq hits the opposing vampires with the Rowan Ring, and gives the Rowan Ring to the opposing vampire if successful.
- When the opposing minion goes to torpor, Tariq plays Amaranth and diablerize the vampire, thereby taking the Rowan Ring back.
- Tariq plays Draught of the Soul to gain a blood and more importantly get +1 bleed against the controlling player, enabling Tariq to reduce its preys pool more quickly after all (or most) of his minions are gone.
- After the first successful diablerie, Tariq will get the Celerity skill card, to allow him to use Psyche at the superior level.
Also the deck has some deal potential, since it can almost guarantee the dismissal of any vampire on the table. So the I will dunk/eat your worst nightmare, if you agree to put 2 damage from your KRC on my prey works quite well.
How to win against them
The deck’s nemesis are both Carlton van Wyk and allies in general, since he can simply dodge most of Tariq’s strike (unless he plays a Pursuit, and can burn Tariq after he committed diablerie since the last turn. Imbued and other allies are a problem since most combat cards Tariq uses are of little or no effect against them.
As with other vampire star decks, a lone Pentex Subversion played on Tariq can kill this deck, especially if the deck does not pack any stealth or none of the supporting minions are equipped with weapons already.
Also consistent dodges or, better, “Strike: Combat Ends” beats Tariq, since the deck usually features only a limited number of Psyche. A Secure Haven only protects one of your vampires, and even this one is vulnerable since “Tariq’s” superior Auspex allows him to block somewhat well.
- Rowan Ring — to send the opposing vampire to torpor. Ivory Bow or Flamethrower are quite useful substitutes.
- Amaranth — to diablerize vampires going to torpor.
- Disguised Weapon — to get a weapon quick and reliable (without having to fear that prey or predator are blocking an equip action).
- Psyche — to foil frequent dodges and/or S:CE.
- Draught of the Soul — to give Tariq more ousting power, after he has diablerized a vampire.
Notable Examples & Variations
Variations of the deck include other vampires on whom also blood hunts cannot be called, i.e. Muaziz, Archon of Ulugh Beg or Samat Ramal-Ra, Archon. Only that Tariq has the best combination of combat disciplines to perform the combo described above.
Other, more distant variations of the type are decks with a strong political backing, e.g. Nosferatu Royalty which attacks minions, uses Burning Wrath, Amaranth to burn the vampire, and finally uses Ritual of the Bitter Rose to fill up the diablerist and his companions. The blood hunt is then voted down by the assembly of Nosferatu Princes and Justicars.