Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Deck of the Month: August 2010: Tryphosa Stealth/Defense

This month's deck is the tournament winning deck "Tryphosa Stealth/Defense" played by Erol Öngün. The deck helped winning the Scottish ECQ in late July 2010, and immediately spawned a number of copycats, two of which won tournaments in August 2010. I think that's not only because the decktype is actually quite good, but even more because people realized that Lutz is not the only first class Malkavian vampire from the Keepers of Tradition, that Tryphosa is close behind.

Erol's deck is basically a bleed/Vote deck, but since Tryphosa special ability gives every Malkavian stealth when bleeding, there's some room for additional defense and staying power. The average capacity of the crypt is greatly increased when compared with the average Kindred Spirits bleed decks, but that is offset by the ability to defend with Second Tradition: Domain and Obedience.

Scottish EC Qualifier 2010
Edinburgh, Scotland
July 24th, 2010
17 players

Deck Name: Scottish ECQ 2010: Tryphosa Stealth/Defense
Author: Erol Öngün
Description: The inherit (but sometimes costly) +1 stealth for all bleed actions via Tryphosa, allows you to have less stealth cards and more space for heavy defense module. It allows you to block your preys pool gaining actions and tapping him out in the process. So bleeding and gaining pool via bleeding is the way to win. Deck has a hard time to sweep, but stays alive long enough to make the table.

Crypt (Capacity min=5 max=10 avg=7.75; 12 cards)

1x Assad Salhoum 5 aus dem dom obf Malkavian:4
2x Maris Streck 9 ani dem dom AUS OBF Malkavian:3
1x Morel 6 AUS DEM OBF Malkavian:4
1x Persia, The Beautiful Statue 5 aus obf DEM Malkavian:3
1x Quentin King III 7 obf pre AUS DEM Malkavian:3
1x Ruth McGinley 6 aus cel obf DEM Malkavian:3
1x Tony 6 dom obf AUS DEM Malkavian:3
4x Tryphosa 10 AUS DEM DOM OBF POT Malkavian:4

Library (90 cards)

Master (15 cards)
1x Coven, The
1x Dark Influences
1x Dementation
4x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Giant's Blood
1x Information Highway
1x Metro Underground
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion
2x Vessel
1x Lilith's Blessing

Event (1 cards)
1x Scourge of the Enochians

Action (21 cards)
4x Call, The
1x Far Mastery
1x Fifth Tradition: Hospitality
14x Kindred Spirits
1x Mesmerize

Political Action (1 cards)
1x Parity Shift

Equipment (1 cards)
1x Heart of Nizchetus

Action Modifier (19 cards)
8x Confusion
1x Enkil Cog
4x Faceless Night
6x Lost in Crowds

Reaction (29 cards)
7x Deflection
3x Eyes of Argus
11x Obedience
8x Second Tradition: Domain

Combat (1 cards)
1x Autonomic Mastery

Combo (2 cards)
2x Touch of Clarity


John Eno said...

I'm glad to see that there's a new Malkavian deck type making the rounds, and I think its immediate popularity is also due to people being able to dust off their Kindred Spirits without needing to make yet another of the KS decks we've all seen a million times before.

extrala said...

My thoughts exactly..

Naga said...

Well, in my case, the reason I played (and won) with it is because it is a deck you can play with different playstyles : toolboxxy, straightforward, with a low tempo, waiting for an opportunity... In other terms, it is a good tool you can use in different ways. A casual KS deck doesn't allow that.