This month’s deck is the tournament winning deck “Guillaume Powerbleed” played by Tomasz Pietkiewicz. This month’s competition was tough with Erik Torstensen’s Malkavian Petra Resonance deck and Will Kristoff’s Four Skills of Fury deck.
As Tomasz has noted this deck is a slight variation of Erik Torstensen’s version. The deck is basically a powerbleed deck, whose minions can bleed for 6 pool damage per turn (“Govern the Unaligned” plus “Conditioning“). For lunging the deck can build the “perfect” hand with the help “Guillaume Giovanni’s” special ability and a number of “Storage Annexes“.
Czestochowa by Night
March 21, 2009
Tomasz Pietkiewicz’s Tournament Winning Deck
Deck Name: Guillaume Powerbleed
Description: This is a modified version of a deck designed by Erik Torstensson. Martinelli’s Ring was a metagame choice (it appeared I predicted the metagame correctly, but the Ring was of no use during the tournament).
Crypt  (avg=6.8):
5 Guillaume Giovanni
2 Raphaela Giovanni
1 Don Michael Antonio Giovanni
1 Gualtiero Ghiberti
1 Primo Giovanni
1 Lia Milliner
1 Anarch Troublemaker
1 Blind Spot
1 Pentex Subversion
1 Dis Pater
1 Coven, The
1 Giant’s Blood
1 Insurance Scam
1 Barrens, The
1 Powerbase: Los Angeles
1 Metro Underground
1 Dummy Corporation
1 Filchware’s Pawn Shop
1 Information Highway
1 Powerbase: Cape Verde
1 Therbold Realty
8 Storage Annex
1 Morgue Hunting Ground
1 Monastery of Shadows
3 Secure Haven
6 Parthenon, The
1 Dominate Kine
10 Govern the Unaligned
1 Martinelli’s Ring
1 Palatial Estate
Action Modifier :
7 Call of the Hungry Dead
3 Spectral Divination
2 Shroud of Absence
6 Spiritual Intervention
1 Anthelios, The Red Star
Here are the results of the latest poll which VtES Storyline event the readers of this blog liked the most. 113 readers of this blog have voted in this poll.
- Prophecy League — 16 (14%)
- The Return of Nergal — 14 (12%)
- Milleniumn Cultists — 11 (9%)
- Infernal Plague — 10 (8%)
- Black Miracles & Lies — 7 (6%)
- Anarchs & Alastors — 6 (5%)
- Lambach’s Legion — 6 (5%)
- Baltimore Storyline — 4 (3%)
- Eye of Hazimel Storyline — 1 (0%)
- Have never played one. — 29 (25%)
- Don’t like Storyline events. — 9 (7%)
A large number of readers (32%) either didn’t like Storyline or never played in one, this number I find surprisingly high, especially when I’m looking number of storyline events and for how long they have been around. The most liked Storyline event is the “Prophecies League” (14%), closely followed “The Return of Nergal” (12%).
You can find more information on the VtES Storylines on the official Storyline website.
You could ask yourself “Why Amaranth?“, but as always advertisement gives a straight answer:
“Amaranth proves to be a winner for kids and adults alike!
Whether you are young, or just young at heart, you can’t go wrong with foods that taste this good while packing in this much nutrition!“
Please take note that this is not just plain Amaranth, it’s Puffed Amaranth.
“I must admit I got a perverse pleasure out of Josh (Duffin, who was playing Arika w/ PTO) saying that my deck was broken, that War Ghoul was broken ..” — Tom Mickle
Reference: Lasombra Tournament Winning Deck Archive
The VtES 2009 Nossies Awards is an online award the VtES blog Charlotte by Night has introduced in 2008 to allow fans of Vampire: The Eternal Struggle to vote and acknowledge the best new VTES cards from the past year.
The voting for the VtES 2009 Nossies Awardshas ended March 21st, 2009, with the following winners by category:
Read the full & illustrated post on the Charlotte By Night blog
I’d like to explain here what options a combat deck (especially rush combat) deck has to make significant pool damage by hurting its prey’s minions. I won’t discuss the Bruise & Bleed or Bruise & Vote strategies, since they use bleed and political actions for pool damage, where I want to detail which cards can be used to damage a prey’s pool damage directly when using a combat angle.
Today there is variety of cards in VtESwhich helps with reaching this goal, each with specific advantages and disadvantages:
- Fame — The oldest card shown in this list, it is still one of the most viable cards for any combat deck. The card is more viable for a Rush combat deck than a Intercept combat deck, since the Rush combat deck will be able to target the famed vampire directly, while the Intercept combat deck has to wait for an opportunity to catch the fame vampire while acting. It is a popular strategy for Rush combat decks to rescue a torporized vampire, only to attack him again in the same turn.
- Pool Damage: 3 pool for torporizing a vampire, and 1 pool during the untap phase while the vampire remains in the torpor region.
- Pro: Significant pool damage when torporizing a single vampire.
- Con: It can happen quite often that the card will be contested since it so popular among combat decks. It can also backfire if you are low on pool yourself, since not only your prey is burning one pool during the untap phase, but everybody else as well.
- Tension in the Ranks — This is usually a good addition to “Fame” in a combat deck, but as standalone ousting card it’s just not making enough pool damage against most decks. Against certain decktypes “Tension in the Ranks” is simply devastating, for example a “Khazar’s Diary” deck or a “Tup Dog” deck.
- Pool Damage: 1 pool each time a ready minion is burned or sent to torpor.
- Pro: Affects more than one minion, can be used not only against vampires, but also against allies.
- Con: Non-combat decks will remove that card by just discarding two master cards. The effect can backfire if your vampires are low on blood and/or you’re facing a combat deck as prey or predator.
- Dragonbound— is the third major asset combat decks can use to eliminate its prey more quickly.
- Pool Damage: 1 pool for each vampire in torpor during the discard phase.
- Pro: Does the most pool damage continuously. Especially good for Intercept combat decks, since this forces the prey to rescue its vampires from torpor, which can be blocked and used to torporize another vampire.
- Con: The reduced handsize while the card is play is a significant disadvantage for combat decks, making a handjam with master cards (for example) more likely. The effect can backfire if your vampires are low on blood and/or you’re facing a combat deck as prey or predator.
- Path of Lilith — targets only player which have been sent to torpor by non-Camarilla vampires. Unfortunately the damage generated by “Path of Lilith” is often too small/slow to outweigh the disadvantages of the card (see below). If you have master card slot open, it may be worth a try, but the card should not be the main (or even sole) means of ousting.
- Pool Damage: 1 pool if the player has a Torture counter during his untap phase.
- Pro: Selectively damages players pool.
- Con: The pool drain for your prey is rather slow, and the card can usually removed rather easily by anyone with access to stealth. The other drawback is that it requires non-Camarilla vampires (which also rules out Ally combat decks) to produce Torture.
- Predators Transformation — since the card requires Abombwe it is rarely seen outside of Akunanse decks, but here it works wonders. Not only can it be used a stealth at inferior Abombwe, but it burns two pool when burning a minion not only in combat but also as (D) action, e.g. when diablerizing a vampire.
- Pool Damage: Two pool when burning a minion in torpor or as (D) action.
- Pro: Variable usage; hidden threat, not as visible as “Fame” or “Dragonbound“.
- Con: Requires to burn a minion, not just send him to torpor; requires Abombwe.
- Hell-For-Leather — is the newest addition, and somewhat similar to “Predators Transformation“. Requiring an Anarch with Obtenebration it causes two pool damage, when torporizing or burning a minion in combat, and your own Anarch vampire is still ready. The only bad thing is that the other disciplines used for this card (Animalism and Celerity do not match very well with Obtenebration).
- Pool Damage: Two pool when torporizing or burning a minion in combat.
- Pro: Also usable against allies; can be used multiple times in turn without much extra setup; only requires to torporize vampire, not to burn them..
- Con: Requires an Anarch with Obtenebration, so needs to some setup; poor crypt choice when trying find vampire with Animalism or Celerity in addition to Obtenebration
When compared to the beginnings of VtES there is now a wider variety of ousting methods available which directly related to combat . Not as many as most combat deck players wish, but it’s a good basis. Combining several of those can inflict significant pool damage to your prey’s pool without spending too many non-combat card slots. For example, a “Celerity Gun” deck can pack something like 2 “Fame“, one “Tension in the Ranks” and one “Dragonbound” with diluting its main angle too much. For the future I would appreciate more discipline- or even clan-related cards that inflict direct pool damage when hurting other player’s minions badly.
More information about the next VtES expansion “Ebony Kingdom” is coming up on the internet.
Blood of Africa!
Some stand outside the Thirteen, ancients who adhere to even older traditions. They are the Laibon, the vampires born in the heart of Africa, inheritors of secrets unknown to Camarilla or Sabbat. They too have joined the Eternal Struggle — and they intend to thrive there.
Various online shops show more details of the expansion, e.g. Fantasiapelit (Finland) and Walch & Nusser (Germany). As expected the new expansion is a mini-expansion with 60 new cards, that is 20 new rares, 20 new vampires and 20 new common cards. The pre-release kit seems to consists of two “Ebony Kingdom” booster display, two “Legacies of Blood” starter displays and 40 promo cards (TBD) . The release date though is still unconfirmed, the White Wolf release schedule lists shows a range of April to June 2009, while Walch & Nusser show a release date of May 13th, 2009.
In addition, White Wolf is going to release a VtES Draft Kit(for 8 or more players). The draft kit will be released in April 1st, 2009 (no joke!) and will contain:
- 1 VTES Lords of the Night Booster Display
- 1 VTES 3rd Ed Booster Display
- 1 VTES Kindred Most Wanted Booster Display
- 1 VTES Sword of Caine Booster Display
- 8 VTES Promo: Rubicon
- 8 VTES Promo: Fourth Cycle
- 8 VTES Promo: Rogue
- 8 VTES Promo: Marrakesh Codex