Thursday, November 18, 2010
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.