The following deck based on the Gangrel antitribu clan is the eighth deck in the Reasonably Priced Decks series, which I have outlined in a previous blog post. The deck for the Gangrel antitribu clan was arguably the hardest to built. On one hand, because of the spread in clan disciplines: the City Gangrel with Celerity, Fortitude and Protean and the Country Gangrel with Animalism, Fortitude and Protean, makes it very hard to have a decent crypt as a basis for a deck. In addition all of the named disciplines are very good support disciplines, but severely lack in payload for ousting other players. At first I tested a build with combat rush using Stutterstep and Claws of the Dead, but it failed miserably. Although the deck was able to dunk a vampire or two into torpor, it wasn’t really able to oust another player.
So the second build was a pure stealth bleed that also failed to most extent. The average crypt size is rather large (in order to gain some access to disciplines). But when I had even only a moderately aggressive predator I was ousted rather quickly.
This was all before the latest VtES expansion Danse Macbre. With Danse Macabre the prospects for a better deck lightened up. The two new midcap Gangrel antitribu are well-suited for the deck I had in mind, plus a number of library cards like Marked Territory have some potential.
The deck now is no longer a pure stealth-bleed deck, but a rather balanced composition of bleed and block elements. It is still far from being competitive. The lack of reasonably sized vampires with decent disciplines (and the lack of bloat and/or bounce) still hurts a lot.
Offense: The offense is based on bleeds using Camera Phones and Leverage, plus some stealth using Veil the Legions and Cloak the Gathering. Even if blocked, you can dish out some aggravate damage with Claws of the Dead. Initially I had some multi-acting in mind using either Forced March or Instantaneous Transformation, but I couldn’t get a decent number of different vampires (with capacity 8 or less) which fulfill the requirements for these cards). Eventually I left four copies of Instantaneous Transformation in the deck, even though only one vampire can actually play the superior version of the card. On the other hand it’s another stealth and in contrast to the other Protean-based card this one is free.
Defense: There is a some transient intercept starting with Marked Territory which has the additional benefit of untapping the acting vampire after a successful action. Also Under Siege is part of the deck, which should add some untap ability as well, which is otherwise somewhat low. Under Siege requires a titled Sabbat vampire,for which he three titled Gangrel antitribu are in the deck. Beside the intercept there’s little defense in the deck except some bloating in the form of Tribute to the Master and four copies of Blood Dolls. There’s a Two Wrongs, a Retribution and Major Boon among the master cards, but that’s only delaying an aggressive bleed predator.
Crypt: As discussed above the biggest problem for Gangrel antitribu decks is the crypt selection. Sure you can find vampires which match your requirements, but that selection then has larger capacity than with other clans. Eventually I settled with a mid-sized crypt looking mostly for superior Protean and Obfuscate, the highest capacities reserved for the titled vampires required for Under Siege.
- Get a pool from the Blood Doll
- Play Life in the City to regain the blood on the vampire.
- Play Marked Territory (and untap).
- Equip with Camera Phone.
- With a second vampire use the Camera Phone, that you already equipped the previous turn, to bleed. Either use Obfuscate stealth to pass blockers, or get blocked and hit with Claws of the Dead.
- Leave a third vampire untapped for blocking.
Strengths: Probably the versatility of the deck is its strongest point. It can dish out some nasty punches as well as bleed decently and block decently.
Weaknesses: The lack of real offensive punch combined with only limited access to intercept makes the deck rather weak when compared to the other Reasonably Priced Decks. But this is a fundamental flaw of the Gangrel antitribu clan. Both the skewed crypt selection in combination with the nature of the discipline the Country and City Gangrel have access to, is not helping in building a strong deck.
Deck Name: Reasonably Priced Deck: Gangel antitribu v5
Description:The deck is weenie/midcap Gangrel antitribu bleed deck with some block elements.
Crypt (Capacity min=2 max=7 avg=4.67; 12 cards)
2x Alex Camille 5 cel for obf PRO !Gangrel:5
1x Bill Butler 3 pot pro !Gangrel:4
1x Charlie Tyne 4 obf pro ser !Gangrel:4
1x Leo Washington 2 cel pro !Gangrel:4
1x Lula Burch 3 for pro !Gangrel:4
1x Mowgli 5 ani cel FOR PRO !Gangrel:4
2x Ryszard 6 pre pro CEL OBF !Gangrel:4
2x Synner-G 5 pro CEL OBF !Gangrel:5
1x Xendil Charmer 7 obf CEL PRO SER !Gangrel:4
Equipment (5 cards)
5x Camera Phone
Combo (2 cards)
2x Resist Earth’s Grasp
Created with Secret Library v0.9.4b. (Aug 13, 2014 15:05:55)
Possible Extensions: One of the players in our playgroup has nice extension to the deck. He uses all of the bleed retainers (Tasha Morgan, J.S. Simmons Esq., and Robert Carter, and most importantly Heidelberg Castle, Germany to move the retainers around. The deck can bleed for 5-6 twice each turn, which can quickly bring down unprepared preys. It also has added some more intercept cards either based on Animalism or on Protean. The deck is still far, far away from being a tier-1 deck, but on a good day it can sweep a table.
The expanded deck then has the following additional cards
- 3x Heidelberg Castle, Germany
- 2x Abbot
- 2x Eyes of the Beast
- 1x Fillip
- 2x Sonar
- 1x Wake with Evening’s Freshness
- 1x J. S. Simmons, Esq.
- 1x Robert Carter
- 1x Tasha Morgan
In two weeks I will present the last installment (at least for now) of the series, this time a deck based on the Tremere antitribu clan.