This month’s deck is the tournament winning deck “African Library” played by James Messer (winning the NAC 2012 Last Chance Qualifier), an Osebo Toolbox/Wallish deck. There were a large number of suitable candidates to choose from this month. Among them Carlos Tomás’ Hermanas Menor Rush Combat deck, Robert Fängler’s Imbued Gehenna deck, Adam Hulse’s Tzimisce Asanbonsam Ghoul deck, Izaak Havelaar’s Followers of Set Spell of Life deck or Robert Scythe’s Valley of the Shadow of Death deck.
But in the end I choose James’ deck (even though it contains the card-de-jour Ashur Tablets), because
- it’s a very toolboxy deck with an emphasis on blocking/fighting,
- there are 46 different cards in a 72 card deck,
- he was winning with the Osebo,
- he was winning a 45 player tournament with the Osebo,
- the deck is using 4 different discipline (Auspex, Celerity, Potence and Thaumaturgy,
- it’s using cards rarely seen in tournament winning decks like Enforcer, Blood Shield or Ancestor’s Insight