The Deck of the Month for May/June 2014 is the tournament winning deck “419 forms of corruption” played by Matus Kovalcik (SVK). The deck main angle is the Osebo card 419 Operation, but instead of defending the 419 Operation (see the Deck of the Month Oct 2014 for comparison), this deck uses Form of Corruption to either prevent his prey from bleeding (and inflicting damage via 419 Operation) or takes control of his prey vampires permanently if his prey bleeds and removes the 419 Operations. A very close second was the deck Wildwood Sorceres played by Johannes Walch (GER), which is an interesting Gangrel/Gangrel antitribu big cap combat which uses four different disciplines (Ani, For, Pro and Tha).
It was nice to see that there were quite a number of interesting decks in May/June, among them (in my opinion) were the following:
- Interestingly there were two Lorrie Dunsirn decks victorious in May/June tournaments. Lorrie goes nuts small cap by Hugh Angseesing (UK) is POT/dom Rush deck, while Lorrie’s 1st armored division by Matt Piatek (US) uses Fortitude in addition to POT in combat (hence the “Armored”).
- Also two somewhat similar Samedi decks made it to the top, Danske Danske Revolution by David Litwin (USA) and Meat Shield by Ben Peal (USA).. Both use massive amount of Freak Drives (20+) to bleed and bloat, and Little Mountain Cemetery (as expected) and Dark Mirror of the Mind (not so expected) for actual pool generation.David’s deck is a more toolboxy, while Ben’s believe in the power of repetition (also with the help of Ashur Tablets).
- Interesting from a technical point of view is the deck Rule of Four by Adam Hulse, which is a 4CL (four card limit) deck. Although it highlights the viability of 4CL decks in general, 4CL as a concept is still not a viable rules options for VTES.
- Finally I wanted to name Steve Coombs Memorial by John McGlynn (USA). The deck as such is a toolboxy, which might not even been a tier-2 deck, but the story behind the deck makes it noteworthy. The deck’s star vampire is Egothha, which actually depicts Steve Coombs a long time US VTES player who sadly passed away earlier this year.