Toreador Antitribu Newsletter
Issue 36

[VEKN] - Toreador Antitribu Newsletter - Issue 36

08/04/2004 Editors Corner

I haven't posted one of these since Black Hand, so I'm going to field 
some of the stuff that I have played with since my last newsletter. I 
promise to include some Gehenna stuff next newsletter once I start 
playing games again. I will say that Marthe is hot, and I currently have 
a deck using her that I would like to play more often.

I currently play on deckbot with the handle TexasJusticar. Join the IRC 
channel #vtes-game on the sorcery network if you're interested in 
playing online sometime, we're always looking for more players.


Vampire of the Month - Sabrina

It took almost a decade, but we finally got our 4 cap with all 
inferiors. The perfect 'Dingus', she can play our deck unless we depend 
on superiors. If average crypt capacity is important to you, she 
certainly helps. She's much easier to keep alive than Creation Rites for 
those swarm decks, albeit a little more expensive.


Card of the Month - Stealth Ritus

Mmmmm, stealth for Sabbat. A much needed boost to most !Toreador 
strategies. Easier to pull off than bolting another discipline onto the 
clan, it comes at a higher price of opportunity and blood. You need to 
play it as you announce the action, so you lose any surprise advantage 
as well as potentially playing the card when you could easily have 
completed the action without. However note that you can play it if you 
don't need the stealth by not burning the additional blood, so it's 
easier to cycle than most stealth cards if you can afford the blood. It 
also technically costs the same as alacrity, but it is disciplineless 
and gives you some versatility on how the blood is spent. If you have a 
farmer vampire for example, they can mitigate the blood costs for you 
and make it feasible.

With Into the Fire, this card can potentially be used by anyone without 
much setup. Respect anyone playing Sabbat to get past 2nd Tradition if 
they want to.


Presence/Vicissitude core module

I've built and played several successful pre/vic decks that either would 
bleed, vote, or fight. I found enough common characteristics of each of 
those decks to feel comfortable providing a core module that anyone can 
use as a basis to build your own presence/vicissitude deck.

Deck Name:	PRE-VIC Core module
Created By:	Ethan Burrow
Description:	Basic template for any deck that intends to use Presence 
and Vicissitude.

Crypt: (5 cards, Min: 28, Max: 33, Avg: 7.60)
1 Matteus AUS CEL PRE VIC 10, Toreador Antitribu, Priscus
2 Velya for ANI AUS PRE VIC 9, Tzimisce, Cardinal
1 Rose aus PRE VIC 5, Tzimisce
1 Creamy Jade aus cel PRE vic 5, Toreador antitribu

Library: (33 cards)
Master (4 cards)
2 Blood Doll
1 Dreams of the Sphinx
1 Information Highway

Action (7 cards)
6 Enchant Kindred
1 Entrancement

Action Modifier (6 cards)
6 Changeling

Combat (10 cards)
6 Chiropteran Marauder
4 Majesty

Combo (6 cards)
6 Plasmic Form

There are 2 copies of Velya simply because s/he is the best vampire for 
the disciplines for the cost. Even though Creamy Jade has inferior vic, 
the only thing she really lacks is the threat of agg damage and the 
extra +1 bleed. The enchants are used for speeding up your influences, 
so go for your biggest vampire in your uncontrolled region first. 
Obviously they can be used for pool gain and/or bleeding in the mid to 
late game (to good effect with your stealth).


Featured Deck - The Scam, by Matt Morgan

This deck has done extremely well in casual play and will usually take a 
table if it doesn't unite against me early on. I also got 2nd place in 
Baltimore: Vendetta (12 players). In the finals, I managed to oust Josh 
Duffin's despicable PTO deck despite him burning both Greta and 
Donatien. I nearly took the table, but was killed by Trey Morita's 
Lasombra deck when he top-decked a KRC. We each got 2 VPs, but he'd been 
higher seed.

Recently, I've added Marte Dizier to the deck but haven't drawn her in 
play yet. Mylan Horseed might be another good addition. Foundation 
Exhibit is spectacular in this deck, of course. I've outvoted entire 
tables that were dedicated to stopping me. Notable in the deck is that 
all the pool gain comes from minion actions, but the pool gain can be 
pretty heavy when I Con Boon twice in a turn while at 8 minions. The Art 
Scams are there to have something to do while I wait for my prey to 
spend down.

I also played this deck in the 2004 jol tournament, but totally bombed 
when I couldn't draw Greta, couldn't draw enough stealth and couldn't 
draw Creation Rites early. Jol hates me.

Deck Name: The Scam
Created By: Matt Morgan
Description: Get Cardinals and other good Sabbat titles. Put Obfuscate 
on the !Toreador. Make Creation Rites and give them Obfuscate as well. 
Call votes. Stealth bleed with Palla Grande.

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 27, Max: 34, Avg: 7.67)
2 Donatien AUS PRE 9, Toreador Antitribu:2, Cardinal
3 Greta Kircher AUS obf PRE 7, Toreador Antitribu:2
1 Jessica AUS PRE 7, Toreador Antitribu:2, Bishop
1 Jessica (ADV) AUS PRE 8, Toreador antitribu:2, Bishop
1 Jost Werner AUS PRE 6, Toreador Antitribu:2
2 Lachlan AUS PRE 8, Toreador Antitribu:2, Archbishop
2 Venere Carboni AUS PRE 8, Toreador antitribu:3, Priscus

Library: (90 cards)
Master (17 cards)
1 Dreams of the Sphinx
1 Fetish Club Hunting Ground
3 Foundation Exhibit
10 Obfuscate
2 Palla Grande

Action (13 cards)
5 Art Scam
8 Creation Rites

Action Modifier (22 cards)
6 Bewitching Oration
4 Cloak the Gathering
4 Forgotten Labyrinth
4 Lost in Crowds
4 Voter Captivation

Political Action (20 cards)
6 Cardinal Benediction
4 Consanguineous Boon
2 Dramatic Upheaval
8 Kine Resources Contested

Reaction (10 cards)
5 Telepathic Misdirection
5 Wake with Evening's Freshness

Combat (6 cards)
6 Majesty

Combo (2 cards)
2 Swallowed by the Night

Ethan Burrow - The PRE/VIC guy