The Deck of the Month for Jan/Feb 2013 is the tournament winning deck “Mano negra illegal 2012” played by Gergo Gyarmati (HUN). The deck is basically an Auspex wall(ish) deck, it has a strong Black Hand angle. I like especially the reasonably sized combat package consisting of Psychic Assault and Target Vitals, which can give decks relying on damage prevention a bit of trouble. Plus the crypt has a rather unusual composition, with Sennadurek as its star.
While the January was a bit of a slow month, the February was very decent in terms of deck quality, although nothing really excelled, and the race of the DotM was very close. Interesting decks included:
- Nadima Wall by Pedro Coelho (BRZ) — although the name is strictly speaking correct, I wouldn’t call deck with 14 actions cards (ony one or two of which can be considered as wallish) a wall deck. This is a solid toolbox deck based on Protean & Serpentis.
- The decks that that got a price for wackiness (but maybe less so for efficiency):
- Revolutionist Uprising by Matt Wedge — this ia I am still waiting for the breakout deck of The Rising (although Csaba’s Rising Dementia deck is close).
- Assamite Black Hand Bleed by Kamel Senni/Romain Naim (FRA) — very nice deck, but too close to Izaak’s Pancake Mix deck.
- Nehemia MiNitzeto Politico by Enrique Lopez & Lander Ladislao (ESP) — a Temporis based political deck featuring Nemiah.
- the unaligned revolutionaries by Matti Palomäki (FIN) — an interesting tap&bleed deck using Art’s Traumatic Essence to tap vampires.
One general note: Is it only me, who is seeing more and more Tremere or Tremere antitribu decks these days? My thinking is that they’re the new Ventrue antitribu Grinder deck, equally capable of withstanding pressure and fighting back, but effective against both Animalism and the Ventrue or Ventrue antitribu stick men decks, that have been popular the past few years.