check TWD - Week of Nightmares 2019 Event 5

13 Jun 2019 05:51 - 15 Jul 2019 06:25 #95386 by kschaefer
Week of Nightmares 2019 Event 3
Columbus, Ohio
June 11, 2019
2R + F
18 Players
Karl Schaefer

-- 1 GW 4 VP + 3 VP in final

Deck Name: (Death) Stars of the Stage
Author: Karl Schaefer
Description: Daughters Death Star variant.

Update of the classic Matt Morgan Death Star with newer Anarch cards and a switch to
Daughters of Cacophony. I played an earlier version of this deck last Week of
Nightmares and squeaked into a final with it, but the deck was not nearly resilient
enough. Darby Keeney suggested adding more Conductors and the sect change for
Embraces allowed me to ditch Seattle Committee and Twilight Camp for better

In Round 1, I was sandwiched in between Alex and Mark. I had a brief window where Alex was a 10 pool and I drew my first Revolutionary Council. With Alex's prey at 1 pool, I
had to go for the vote. Mark was showing sporadic intercept and managed to catch me.
My game went downhill quickly as they teamed-up to bounce Alonso Petrodon to me.

Round 2 was much better, but a slow game with 3 vote decks, so there was lots of talking.
My prey had a Legendary, Cardinal-Benedicted Isouda get decapitated, so I was mostly
in a good position, but with very little card movement, I was mostly a horde-bleed deck.
First Tradition hit the table and locked quite a few Methuselahs. I was able to work
successfully because I had an un-Converted Yseult, calling my prey's Black Forest Base
vote. The game somewhat devolved from there and I ended with 4 VPs.

Alex Romano (Group 4/5 Nos Royalty) ->
Mark Loughman (Emerald Legionnaire) ->
Kelly Schultz (The unnamed w/Maleficia) ->
Me ->
Ben Peal (Black Hand toolbox)

I chose to sit as Kelly's prey not remembering what he was playing. The good thing about
The unnamed was that it took him several turns to get it in play. I had a good opening
crypt draw and got Yseult and Angela Preston early. The Embraces came up quickly.

Mark got Erlik and Erebus, a few Legionnaires and some guns, but spent way too much. Alex
scored an early VP. I never blocked The unnamed and fortunately it never got the Enkil
Cog. I tried to keep my pool total high enough via Con Boon and for the most part was in
good shape. I called my first Revolutionary Council vote for 14, all pool damage to my
prey. Then, using Firebrand unlocked and call two Con Boons. Unfortunately each ended
via Evil Eye, resulting in no pool gain.

On my next turn, I started with 4 pool. Losing 1 to Contagion and paying 1 more pool to
recycle Revolutionary Council via Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, leaving me at 2 pool. Ben was
at 7 and the vote should have been easy to pass with Conductor, 2 Barons, 3 Firebrands,
and Bastielle Opera House (22 votes), but I stupidly put The Coven in play on my previous
turn, which meant that Kelly's Horde with Malificia gained blood without having to lock.

I stymied my own oust, as the Horde Evil-Eyed the vote. I spent the next few actions
trying to cycle into some kind of oust, including running Angela through several different
Baron titles, bleeding, calling other votes, but my math always came up 1 pool short. So,
I looked backwards and Kelly was within range of the the Dominate. A quick deal with Alex
was hatched and I called a Lily Prelude at inferior putting all 4 points on my predator.

Ben gets up to 10 pool and then Alex lunges. He hits Unleash Hell's Fury first, but
manages to finish him off with the other two vampires. I'm sure if another action were
available to him, I would have been off the table as well. Instead, I start my turn with
2 pool, paying 1 to recur Revolutionary Council again and call it to oust Ben. I send an
Embrace over to burn the vampire in torpor, but instead burn Warsaw Station. I send a
bleed of 1 over to grab the Edge.

Alex plays another Station (his pool is around 20 at this point). He sends in a bleed
with Alonso Petrodon, boosting it to 5 and gets Archoned. He takes a couple of tool up
actions, including Heroic Might. After rushing one of my Barons into torpor, he passes
the turn back to me. Edge pays to grab the Revolutionary Council again and I easily pass
it, leaving Alex at 6 or 7 pool.

Alex plays Pentex on my remaining Baron (Angela) and rushes my only other "real" Daughter.
She survives via Majesty and he attempts to leave defenders. Alex told me after that he
was cycling, looking for a Sudden as he expected me to play Pentex. I start my turn with
4 pool and all of my remaining cards in my hand. I play Pentex and there's no Sudden, so
we're contesting. I call my other Revolutionary Council vote, hitting 3 stealth as I
bypass his standing vampire. I had the Daring the Dawn in hand at this point, but in case
something went wrong I wanted her out-of-torpor. The last vote succeeds and I take the table

Crypt (13 cards; Capacity min=1 max=6 avg=4.)
1x Gael Pilet 6 chi pre FOR MEL Daughter of Cacophony:2
2x Yseult 6 FOR MEL PRE Daughter of Cacophony:3
2x Angela Preston 5 for MEL PRE Daughter of Cacophony:2
1x Delilah Monroe 4 for pre MEL Daughter of Cacophony:2
1x Celeste, The Voice of a Secret3 mel pre Daughter of Cacophony:2
1x Muse 3 ani for mel Daughter of Cacophony:2
5x Anarch Convert 1 -none- Caitiff:ANY

Library: 77 cards

Master (15 cards)
1x Anarch Railroad -- permanent stealth variety so useful to get one early
1x Archon Investigation -- critical to finals win
1x Barrens, The -- critical to finals win; use ~11-13 times
1x Bastille Opera House
1x Carfax Abbey -- golden when running Barons
1x Command Performance -- never put into play today; useful in past
4x Conductor -- required to make this deck run
1x Coven, The
1x Creepshow Casino
1x Garibaldi-Meucci Museum -- Revolutionary Council recursion makes this deck go
1x Paris Opera House
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion

Action (12 cards)
7x Embrace, The
1x Fee Stake: Boston
1x Fee Stake: Corte
1x Fee Stake: Los Angeles
1x Fee Stake: New York
1x Fee Stake: Perth

Action Modifier (22 cards)
2x Bewitching Oration -- should probably be something else: Echo of Harmonies?
2x Change of Target
2x Cryptic Rider -- bypasses Delaying Tactics
1x Daring the Dawn
4x Freak Drive
6x Missing Voice, The
1x Virtuosa
4x Voter Captivation

Action Modifier/Reaction (7 cards)
7x Madrigal -- great for putting blood back on "real" Daughters; power Firebrands

Political Action (17 cards)
1x Anarchist Uprising -- added last minute; never used
4x Consanguineous Boon -- preferable over Benefit Concert since you can vote other clans
1x Domain Challenge -- added last minute; better per minion vote since you breed
2x Eat the Rich -- really great card
3x Firebrand
4x Lily Prelude
2x Revolutionary Council -- like having every Palla Grande bleed hit; so powerful

Combat (4 cards)
4x Majesty
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13 Jun 2019 08:12 #95387 by Kiddo
Every time a DoC deck wins a tournament, my heart warms up a bit!

And thank you for reminding me that Carfax Abbey card exists!
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13 Jun 2019 09:41 #95388 by Ankha

kschaefer wrote: 2x Eat the Rich -- really great card


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13 Jun 2019 10:20 #95389 by Lönkka
Great report!


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13 Jun 2019 13:17 #95390 by Mewcat
Congratulations on your first vampire over 5 capacity without dominate. You are about to enter a magical world of possibilities.

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13 Jun 2019 15:39 #95392 by Joscha
Very nice deck, very nice report. :)

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