Monday, February 2, 2009

Deck of the Month: January 2009: Diary of a Mad Love Song

This month's deck is the tournament winning deck "Diary of a Mad Love Song" played by Greg Williams. It is a variant of the know well known "Khazar's Diary" deck archetype. This version use the ally "Cry Wolf", which requires an Anarch to attack other player's minions, only to fuel "Khazar's Diary" the next turn when he burns.

Deckname: Diary of a Mad Love Song (after the great mixed-cover song by A Perfect Circle)

: Greg Williams

: As with all Khazar's Diary decks, you need to get out your minions and pop them to put counters on Khazar's. You need at least one Anarch vamp as soon as possible. Bring out the Cry Wolf(s), attack your prey to weaken or torporize their vamps or attack other table threats. Then when they pop they become a counter for Khazar's.
Use Piper when you have too much intercept being dished out. I found that using the Piper instead of a 'Forced Hunt' helped out a few times when I knew I wouldn't have the stealth. Vessel and Jake Washington work very well together as they both happen in your Untap.
Also, Grey Thorne's ability (to add one to his life from a ready anarch) was a great way to burn blood off a vamp so that you can use Jake Washington. With Sudario Refraction I ended up playing 8 Jake Washington's in one game (all burned for blood).
Once the Khazar's gets fully vested, remember that all your Giovanni get superior Necromancy. Other people tend to forget that, so use it to your advantage. Then make those Wraiths and bleed, bleed, bleed.

Crypt (Capacity min=1 max=5 avg=2.46; 13 cards)
5x Anarch Convert 1 -none- Caitiff:ANY
1x Cristofero Giovanni 3 nec pot Giovanni:2
1x Francesca Giovanni 4 dom nec pot Giovanni:2
1x Gloria Giovanni 4 nec DOM Giovanni:2
1x Isabel Giovanni 5 pot DOM NEC Giovanni:2
1x Lia Milliner 3 dom nec Giovanni:3
1x Marciana Giovanni, Investigator 2 dom Giovanni:2
1x Mario Giovanni 3 nec pot Giovanni:2
1x Rudolfo Giovanni 3 NEC Giovanni:2

Library (80 cards)
Master (17 cards)
1x Anarch Railroad
1x Barrens, The
4x Jake Washington (Hunter)
1x KRCG News Radio
3x Piper
1x Powerbase: Cape Verde
1x Powerbase: Los Angeles
2x Tribute to the Master
2x Vessel
1x Villein

Event (1 cards)
1x Unmasking, The

Action (13 cards)
1x Far Mastery
1x Haunt
8x Khazar's Diary (Endless Night)
3x Sudario Refraction

Equipment (1 cards)
1x Heart of Nizchetus

Ally (11 cards)
1x Carlton Van Wyk (Hunter)
8x Cry Wolf
1x Grey Thorne
1x Leonardo, Mortician

Action Modifier (7 cards)
7x Call of the Hungry Dead

Reaction (13 cards)
6x Deflection
2x Delaying Tactics
5x On the Qui Vive

Combat (10 cards)
2x Cold Aura
1x Fractured Armament
7x Spiritual Intervention

Combo (7 cards)
7x Spectral Divination

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