Thursday, May 5, 2011

Deck of the Month: April 2011: Pancake Mix

This time the choice for Deck of the Month was somewhat tough, mostly because the selection from which to choose was not that filled with new creative deck ideas this month. Eventually my choice fell on another Assamite deck (see also last month's decisions), namely on the tournament winning deck "Pancake Mix" played by Izaak Havelaar (NED).

The deck is a run-of-the-mill Assamite Stealth Bleed deck, but with a strong Black Hand angle, mostly for untapping (using Tattoo Signal & Seraph's Second) and bloating (using Reunion Kamut). This allows the deck to bloat somewhat (and mostly ignoring its predator), while being able to go steadily forward at the same time.

Deck Name: Zoning Board: Pancake Mix
Author: Izaak Havelaar
Zoning Board
Arnhem, Netherlands
March 26th, 2010
18 players

Ever since cards like Reunion Kamut and Art of Memory were printed, I have been wanting to build a deck with all these Black Hand toys. I recently traded for enough Seraph's Seconds to build a competitive Black Hand deck and try and get the most out of them. I experimented with !Tremere and Lasombra for a bit at first, before ending up with Assamites. Of course it should have been obvious all along Assamites are the best pick for such a deck, since they are the only clan that has two Seraphs in the same grouping and get five different Black Hand crypt cards in that same grouping.

This deck is a bloat/multiact deck at its core and, but with so many actions a turn, it allows you keep pressure on your prey while still bloating enough to survive even the most aggressive bleed predators. It's especially important to build up a solid ready region with at least a Seraph with a Tattoo Signal plus two other vampires before you start throwing multiple Losses a turn at your prey. Once the Watchtower comes into play even the most dedicated wall decks will have trouble blocking every critical action and you can oust everyone at your leisure.

Crypt (Capacity min=6 max=9 avg=7.83; 12 cards)

3x Djuhah, The Bronze Bow 7 aus cel pre OBF QUI Assamite:5
4x Izhim abd Azrael 9 pot CEL OBF QUI THA Assamite:5
1x Joe Boot Hill 7 for obf CEL QUI Assamite:4
2x Nizzam al-Latif 9 dem ANI CEL OBF QUI Assamite:5
2x Reza Fatir, The Dark Angel 6 obf pro CEL QUI Assamite:4

Library (78 cards)

Master (21 cards)
3x Ashur Tablets
3x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Giant's Blood
4x Information Highway
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
5x Villein
2x Watchtower: The Wolves Feed
1x Wider View
1x Yoruba Shrine

Event (4 cards)
1x Blood Trade
1x Break the Code
1x Fourth Cycle, The
1x Thirst

Action (28 cards)
4x Haqim's Law: Leadership
2x Khabar: Glory
9x Loss
9x Reunion Kamut
4x Tattoo Signal

Equipment (1 cards)
1x Sargon Fragment, The

Action Modifier (20 cards)
4x Art of Memory, The
2x Deed the Heart's Desire
2x Elder Impersonation
3x Faceless Night
3x Lost in Crowds
6x Seraph's Second

Combo (4 cards)
2x Blood Awakening
2x Swallowed by the Night

Created with Secret Library v0.9.3. (May 5, 2011 00:33:37)

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