Thursday, November 18, 2010

Deck of the Month: October 2010: Snakes on the Plane

This month's deck is the deck "Snakes on the Plane" played by Ivan Marin-Rivas. Although it's not a tournament winning deck (as usual) and it certainly does not have the power level to be a tier-1 deck, it showed a solid 1 GW 3.5 VP in the Last Chance Qualifier during the EC 2010, and would have qualified the author for the Day 1 (if the author hadn't been qualified already). At first glance it might look like another Cybele deck, but it basically uses the Ashur Tablets & Liquidation engine for pool gain and card recursion only. When you look at the action card section, you'll see that it's completely different and a quite interesting approach. The deck has two different approaches for killing opposing vampires or allies. The first is straight forward with Set Curse's (ten copies!), killing allies and vampires with capacity less than 3, which is is helped by the occasional Barrenness for reducing a vampire's capacity. The second method is by putting an Ilomba on another vampire, and then waiting for the right moment (i.e. when the vampire is on zero blood) to burn the vampire by playing a Set's Curse on the Ilomba. This is often the case in the mid- or endgame when the vampire s become anemic (often thanks to Villein!) and is furthered by the various allies in this deck.

Deck Name: EC 2010 LCQ (56th Place): FoS & Cybele Set's Curse Illomba
Author: Ivan Marin-Rivas

Crypt (Capacity min=3 max=10 avg=6.83; 12 cards)

1x Abdelsobek 5 for nec obf pre ser Follower of Set:5
1x Ahmose Chambers 3 obf ser Follower of Set:5
1x Bupe Kuila 7 pre OBF POT SER Follower of Set:4
4x Cybele 10 ANI DAI OBF PRE SER THA Baali:4
1x Ogwon 7 for OBF PRE SER Follower of Set:5
1x Renenet 5 ser OBF PRE Follower of Set:4
3x Zhenga 5 obf pre SER Follower of Set:4

Library (80 cards)

Master (36 cards)
1x Anarch Troublemaker
12x Ashur Tablets
1x Blind Spot
1x Coven, The
1x Fortschritt Library
2x Giant's Blood
2x Haven Uncovered
2x Jake Washington (Hunter)
5x Liquidation
3x Maleficia
1x Parthenon, The
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
4x Villein

Event (3 cards)
2x Unmasking, The
1x Anthelios, The Red Star

Action (21 cards)
4x Barrenness
3x Mozambique Allure
10x Set's Curse
4x Temptation

Ally (6 cards)
1x Carlton Van Wyk (Hunter)
1x Impundulu
1x Nephren-Ka
1x Ossian
1x Vagabond Mystic
1x Young Bloods

Retainer (4 cards)
4x Ilomba

Action Modifier (10 cards)
3x Cloak the Gathering
2x Elder Impersonation
1x Into Thin Air
2x Lost in Crowds
2x Veil the Legions

Created with Secret Library v0.9.3. (Nov 18, 2010 01:33:10)


Randy said...

What is really irritating with the deck is that most "good" decks have lots of problems with snakes on the plane. It has lots of allies to block and rush with and its poolgain is like most other cybelemaster deck. Yea and the burning part... seen it burn over 5 vamps in a game.


Tiago Brum said...

Playing in a table with him yielding this deck was one of my best moments in Paris.
Very fun.


Teresa Neves said...

I saw it in play, though (perhaps thankfully) I didn't get to face it. It seems incredibly fun, and quite strong in protecting itself while crippling the table.

Myrdin said...

Nice that people like the deck =D. It's one of my crazier ideas that somehow managed to work.

I think there is a missing card in the decklist, there is supposed to be an anthelios in there, It's an 80card deck =).


Warren Peace said...

Yeah, that game (third on LCQ) was great fun. Not in the least due to Ivan being a great sport, too. Such a great deck.


Arwall said...

Even if it means i didn't get my qualification. this game with Ivan as predator (and tiago as prey) and others (like okko) was one of the most pleasant i had during the Ec week end.

Juggernaut1981 said...

I have to say I love it when people find a really interesting and unique way to mess about with a card that could potentially be wallpaper. It reminds me of some of the other frustrating and crazy concepts that fall into my head... Like Wormwood + Chair of Hades @ NEC.

Congatulations and keep playing it just to remind people that everything is not always what it seems.