Sunday, 8 May 2011

Tournament Report: ECQ Budapest

Hi folks!

So here is the actual tournament report:

1st round:

Mate Vaka (Gangrel!) - ??? (Akunanse) - Winnie (Montecalme vote) - Dio (Akunanse) - Me (DBR)

I had an awesome start with everything you could ask for. I graverobbed Bernard the Scourge and used his special to burn a weenie Akunanse from my grand prey! Later on I graverobbed Aksinya Daclau, too. I made a fast VP here. I made a bad decision afterwards. Being stuck between 2 Akunanse decks now I had to much respect from my new prey. I should have wrecked havoc on him relentlessly and try to score a 2nd VP asap. Well I made the mistake to hold back and died couple of turns later. What I didn't know was that my prey played light prevent only while my predator was basically a prevent powerhouse. 1 VP total. 

2nd round:

Zsolt Varga (Goratrix + Ani/Dom ) - Me (DBR) - Laszlo Robert (Auspex/Celerity) - ??? (Marconius + weenies) - Csaba Greguss (Group 4-5 Ventrue Lawfirm)

Again: awesome start. Zsolt was afraid of me and transfered in a way so he can bring out two vampires the same time. So I went forward and graverobbed my preys first vampire. He never brought out a second one. Meanwhile Csaba called a Parity Shift taking pool from Zsolt and bled him. By the Time Zsolt brought Goratrix and Natalia he was down to 5 pool with 4 Ventrue behind him. I figured that attacking Zsolt wouldn't do me no good so I launched an attack on the Kyasid. Well he played 3 Earth Swords on me in one turn which was a pain in the ass. This didn't prevent me from graverobbing Marconius though. Csaba played a Domain Challenge (still cross table) which cost me 9 pool. In my turn I played a Golconda on Marconius and got the 9 pool back. Shortly later I ousted my second prey. By this point Goratrix had a 3rd vampire and decent pool again with the all to boring but very effective Villein + Lilith's Blessing combo working. I had only 6 minions and few library cards left at this point and believe me 6 minions with this deck is way too less. I told Csaba that we share a common enemy and that I am fine with him making a VP so until I see that he tries to oust the Goratrix deck I will stop behind him.  Now I regret that I didn't take any notes. For a couple of turns everybody was on edge to being done and gone. It was really a though endgame. The final moment was when Csaba took his last chance he had and tried a bleed for 3 with Daring the Dawn (Zsolt had 3 pool). Zsolt deflected the bleed to me. I had 4 pool so I wasn't ousted by that, just went down to 1 pool. I had enough blocking vampires untapped to block Zsolt. My turn came and after a few minutes of thinking and discussing the odds I decided to take my chance and try to oust Csaba with bleeds for one (I had only 4 cards left in my hand at this time). Fortunately for me the match was on my side and I made my 3rd VP. With the additional 6 pool I could survive long enough against Zsolt to time out. 1 GW 3,5 VP at this table.

3rd round:

Silver (Imbued) - Me (DBR) - ??? (Tzimisce toolbox) - Slaven (Ventrue! Grinder) - Sandor (Tremere toolbox)

The Imbued had an awesome start here. I had a modest one, but that was enough for me to kill the first two Tzimisce (Horatio and Corine Marcon). My prey stopped influencing and I had to bleed him down from 22 pool. While I was bleeding the imbued set up like hell. It was pretty obvious that he will be unstoppable here. I tried to rush for my second vp, but Slaven was well prepared and I terribly hand jammed seeing no more Concealed Weapons in the game. The constant bleeds for 2 at 1 stealth from the imbued killed me. 1 VP here

Final:

So I made it to the final as 3rd place with 1/5.5, damn cool! Here is the seating:

Silver (imbued) - Me (DBR) - Peter Ducai (some obf/dom mid cap stealth vote stuff) - Guyla Ferdos (Tzimisce Wall) - Peter Botos (Nergal + Infernal Servitor) 

Not the imbued again!!! Crap. Even worse: I had a terrible starting hand. Peter Ducai's deck would be the optimum prey for me on any table, but with this hand I couldn't graverobb any of his minions. Neither Information Highway nor Dreams of the Sphinx showed up so I was slowed down. Peter Ducai called an Ancient Influence and a Neonate Breach to hurt me and played Scourge of the Enochians! Game over for me. Well at least I could ruin his game so much that he had no shot for the win. 

I didn't stay to watch the endgame, but Silver texted me that he won. Congrats! The imbued deck is still just insanely strong. 

And here is my deck:

Deck Name: Creativity in its purest form
Created By: Mephistopheles
Description: based on Marius Iscru's deck

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 4, Max: 9, Avg: 1,58)
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  1  Samson                             dom            2  Ventrue Antitribu
  1  Smudge the Ignored                 none           1  Caitiff
  1  Royce                              dom            1  Pander
  1  Antoinette DuChamp                 cel pre        1  Caitiff
  1  Nik                                cel            1  Caitiff
  1  Anarch Convert                     none           1  Caitiff
  1  Christine Boscacci                 dom vic        2  Pander
  1  Watenda                            obf            3  Malkavian
  1  Navar McClaren                     ani            1  Caitiff
  1  Marciana Giovanni                  dom            2  Giovanni
  1  Ohanna                             dom            2  Malkavian
  1  Mustafa Rahman                     dom            2  Tremere

Library: (61 cards)
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Master (7 cards)                        /needs 1 Pentex Subversion/
  3  Information Highway
  2  Dreams of the Sphinx
  1  Jake Washington (Hunter)
  1  Golconda: Inner Peace

Action (20 cards)
  14 Bum`s Rush /needs 1 more/
  6  Graverobbing /needs maybe 1 more/

Combat (22 cards)
  11 Concealed Weapon /needs 2 more/
  11 Dragon`s Breath Rounds /needs 2 more/

Equipment (12 cards)
  12 Saturday-Night Special /needs 2 more/

I never played this archetype in a tournament before. It was a fun experience. As primitive as this deck seems to be it might sound surprising that it is actually very hard to play. The deck requires a very good insight on  when and where to rush and you need to be able to deal with constant table hate. I think that the Nanalism or Ansonashur rush decks are much stronger, still they get only half the hate that this deck gets. I wanted to give this deck a try and if I hadn't been qualified before it would have achieved it's mission. However I am 100% sure that I will never play this deck again. 

by: Mephistopheles

Update: Archon file (standings)


Final Rank
Name
Prelim GWs
Prelim VPs
Final VPs
TPs
1
Szilveszter Miklos
2
6,5
2,5
150
2
Martin Major
1
5,5
0
144
2
Peter Ducai
1
5
0
102
2
Gyula Erdos
1
6
1,5
180
2
Peter Botos
1
5,5
0
138
6
Mate Vaka
1
5

96
7
Gergo Gyarmati
1
4,5

150
8
Tomas Varga
1
4,5

138
9
Ferenc Vasadi
1
4,5

132
10
Csaba Pal
1
4,5

114
11
Csaba Marton
1
3,5

132
12
Peter Korsos
1
3,5

120
13
Milos Krstic
1
3

114
14
Sandor Vicha
0
3,5

126
15
Balazs Palffy
0
2,5

138
16
Norbert Broda
0
2,5

108
17
Mihaly Antal
0
2

132
18
Martin Cajagi
0
2

96
19
Mate Marton
0
1,5

114
19
Sandor Kadar
0
1,5

114
21
Andras Odor
0
1

102
22
Martin Varga
0
1

96
22
Zsolt Varga
0
1

96
24
Vladimir Korl
0
1

84
25
Ferenc Koczka
0
1

78
26
Denes Kocsis
0
0,5

90
26
Ana Bortic
0
0,5

90
28
Slaven Karakas
0
0,5

84
29
Dusan Simsik
0
0,5

78
30
Stefan Ristic
0
0,5

72
31
Mirko  Marinkovic
0
0

66
31
Csaba Greguss
0
0

66
31
Robert Laszlo
0
0

66
31
Peter Vadasz
0
0

66

2 comments:

  1. I think the Deck Neefs to Be 90 Cards. It allows a more aggressive style. A couple of villeins as alternative pool gain don't hurt either.

    What you say about hard to play is true, but with any rush deck you need to know where to rush and when. This is quite different from your usual rush deck though, it might be very necessary to be aggressive cross table to take out that voter for example, due to the weak spot for anarchist uprising and co.

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  2. Anyhow, congratulations for reaching the finals!

    Can you get hold of the TWD and post it here or on VEKN.net?

    Thanks!

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