file Group 5-6 Harbingers Quickstart Deck

04 Jul 2018 04:49 #88539 by Alex O
Looking for tips on improving this Harbinger deck for teaching new players. Quickstart guidelines: 60-70 cards, accessible to new players yet competitive, no complex cards.

Deck Name: Harbingers Quickstart

Description: Zillah's Valley helps you get out either large cap with good specials, then use Disciples of Lazarus to fill up one younger vamp. Your wraiths the Emerald Legionnaires can bleed or block, and and as long as you have one in play, they return from your ash heap for free! The FBI punishes those who kill them while the CDC destroys your enemies caught hunting. Your Vengeful Spirit retainers help your vampires bleed and fight.
Use La Viuda's special to discard Legionnaires.

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=6 max=8 avg=7.)

2x La Viuda Blanca 6 for obf AUS NEC Harbinger of Skulls:6

3x Mordechai Ben-Nun 8 ANI AUS FOR NEC Harbinger of Skulls:5

3x Hecate 6 AUS FOR NEC Harbinger of Skulls:5

4x Khurshid 8 AUS FOR NEC POT Harbinger of Skulls:6

Library: 70 cards

Master (10 cards)
1x Lazarene Inquisitor
1x Powerbase: Barranquilla
1x Slaughterhouse, The
1x Sudden Reversal
1x Villein
2x Zillah's Valley
2x Blood Doll
1x Dreams of the Sphinx

Action (5 cards)
5x Disciple of Lazarus

Action Modifier (17 cards)
4x Freak Drive
4x Shroud Mastery
4x Inevitability of the Void
5x Call of the Hungry Dead

Combat (6 cards)
4x Rolling with the Punches
2x Target Vitals

Ally (7 cards)
7x Emerald Legionnaire

Retainer (3 cards)
3x Vengeful Spirit

Equipment (1 cards)
1x Erebus Mask

Reaction (14 cards)
3x Enhanced Senses
1x Funeral Wake
4x Telepathic Misdirection
6x Wake with Evening's Freshness

Event (3 cards)
1x FBI Special Affairs Division
1x Unmasking, The
1x Dr. Marisa Fletcher, CDC

Combo (5 cards)
4x Spectral Divination (Action Modifier/Reaction)

:salu: :OBE: :FOR: :AUS: :THA: :PRE: :obf:
Agitate Responsibly, but Influence Unduly.

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10 Jul 2018 05:34 #88697 by Ke.
I would drop the Zillah's Valleys (the odds of drawing them is low and there's only 2x 8 caps) — maybe go 1x Maabara + 1x Pantheon (great combo).

I'd also change the combat module to work better with Khurshid. Perhaps swap out the Rolling with punches for Hidden Strengths or similar. Taste of Vitae also has great synergy with him and Vengeful Spirits.

I think Vengeful Spirits are far more beneficial than Emerald Legionnaires; however that's a different deck. Given this deck only has 70 cards and no way to discard further cards the 7 card removal requirement of Emerald Legionnaire may also become an issue? Maybe use Dreams or similar here.

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10 Jul 2018 15:35 #88713 by ReverendRevolver
If you want a Wallish deck with Mordechai and Khurshid, that also uses Legionnaires, Hectate, and maybe the white widow. Then masters typical of a wall, jack and Monty are missing from current setup.
Abbot, maybe nose of hound or rumble. Veejay and Andre Leroux could go in crypt too.
Then play out as wall. Sticks, maybe a gun(44 or sniper riflex1) bowl, maybe bow, heart, and definitely Shaal Fragment. Eyes of argus, telepathic misdirection, funeral wake. You get the idea.
Basically, I'm not sold on zillahs, if you want a capuchin/Angelique toolbox with legionnaires, I would say go for it, but as is, you get more mileage from mordechai and Khurshid as a wall with Monty, barranquilla, jack, etc. Then abbots, innate intercept, and standing 3 punches put you into good place. Inevitably if the void could be neat,legionnaires jack (maybe rats via mordechai?) And attrition should be enough.

Erlik is the only true "quick start" HoS strategy honestly. He and mina forced march and freak drive, pumping out beads via DoL easy. You can still go wall, and even use gisela to under siege, but using the fatties you have here isn't quick, no matter how you slice it.

Turn 3 (2 with turn one monty) get up Erlik, 5 to mina, who flips if you weren't first or second at table with no monty. Turn 4 minion phase, DoL and unlock each with mine searching Erlik bloating, use actions for whatever, you get the idea. It's no Maryanne special freak driving into govern, scouting, enchant, accounting, bleed with presence action adding a pool to uncontrolled vamp (13 beads, or lodin+5cap/Graham +victor Donaldson) but it is pay ten for 17 cap of 3 harbingers.

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