In the VtES tournament scene you currently see a lot of Breed & Boon decks. When researching for this article on Lasombra’s TWD archive there were alone for 2006 and 2007 more than a dozen decks based on this strategy. The basic strategy is to have a large number of minions. which are calling Consanguineous Boons to bloat, and finally to “swarm bleed“.
How to win with them
Your first objective is to create quite a number of small vampires, whether they are called 3rd Tradition: Progeny and Embraces or Tumnimos and Waters of Duat depending on your actual deck. After a while you start to bloat by playing Consanguineous Boons. After this these decks are nearly unstoppable due to the large amount of pool they control; often exceeding the starting pool of 30. The key to these decks is the way how they push the vote through. Usually this done by the vampire’s title, but more efficient is the use of cards which stack votes or multiply votes with the number of vampires of the same clan the player controls. e.g. Foundation Exhibit or Alamut.
Direct defense against bleed decks is always almost non-existent, the deck relies on the ability to bloat faster than a bleed deck is able to remove the pool. Combat defense is also usually quite light or non-existent, often consisting only on number of discipline-less cards like “Dodge. Vote defense is usally quite strong, since the cards used for pushing votes through can often be used also in defense against opponent’s political actions.
How to win against them
This deck is hard to counter, if not stopped right from the start. After a while it can chump block most rush attempts with newly created weenies, it has created such a large pool size that bleed or vote decks have difficulties to remove that pool.
Best suited against a Breed & Boon deck is an intercept combat deck, since it can effectively block the breed actions early in the game, and the bloating actions in the late game. Also quite good are power bleed decks since their able to bleed for large amounts of pool in a short time frame.
If possible, you have to remove the key cards that enable the vote multiplication, i.e. Foundation Exhibit or an Arson against ” Alamut. Killer cards against these decks are cards that affect large number of minions, e.g. Dragonbound or Perpetual Care for combat decks, or Anarchist Uprising or Ancilla Empowerment.
Basicially these decks need three kinds of cards as their back bone, the Con. Boon, a card to create new vampires of the same clan and one card which gives an additional vote for each vampire of that clan.
- Consanguineous Boon — the key card for this whole archetype; able to generate up to 20 pool per turn.
- Embrace / 3rd Tradition: Progeny / Creation Rites — these actions create a new clan member, for which the vote multiplier (see cards below) applies.
- Power Structure — gives all Lasombra an additional vote.
- Foundation Exhibit — gives all non-titled Toreador antitribu an additional vote.
- Unexpected Coalition — gives all Brujah antitribu an additional vote.
- Legacy of Pander — gives all Pander an additional vote.
- Alamut — gives all Assamites an additional vote.
- Eldest are Kholo — gives all Laibon Ravnos an additional vote.
- Bastille Opera House / Conductor — gives additional votes to Daughters of Cacophony.
Notable Examples & Variations
The variation of this deck archetype is quite immense, it covers quite a number of clans, all four sects and different ways of creating additional weenie vampires:
- Camarilla princes, especially with Nosferatu or Malkavian Royalty based on 3rd Tradition: Progeny; these decks usually rely on the built-in votes of their Princes and Justicars.
- Cloaka Company by Daniel Carretero Ferres.
- Lasombra, based on Creation Rites and Power Structure
- Lasombra Creation Boon by Ben Peal.
- Toreador antitribu, based on Embraces, Foundation Exhibit and Palla Grande
- Nosferatu antitribu & Pander, based on Unacceptable Appearance and/or Legacy of Pander
- Unacceptable Boon by Ben Peal
- Assamite Recruits, based on Amaravarti’s special ability, Web of Knives Recruit and Alamut
- Ravnos, based on Tumnimos, The Eldest are Kholo and Week of Nightmare
- Daughters of Cacophony, based on Embraces, Bastille Opera House and/or Conductor
- Angelore by Ben Peal.
The newest addition to this happy family of decks is the Black Hand variant meshed with the Toreador antitribu’s Palla Grande. The really “bad” thing is when the Watchtower: The Wolves Feed hits the table. Not only they are bleeding you +1 (due to the Palla Grande), but also at +1 stealth!!