In the middle of summer, the Brno prince held a friendly little tournament, so it was almost mandatory to participate. Unfortunately, I was leaving for a solitary hike the next day. And after a crazy week at work, I had very little time and needed to do some shopping and preparation after the tournament. Like usual, I did not prepare at all and just took one of the tournament-capable decks I already have. It is certainly not a good practice.
The tournament had the usual structure: three rounds and finals. There were fifteen players, so we had three five-player tables. I played the AUS OBF Black Hand deck. My record was 0GP 3VP, which somehow miraculously placed me in fifth place. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to play the finals, so I had to yield my seat.
Deck: AUS OBF Black Hand
Over time, I played many flavors of Black Hand decks. I like aggressive decks, so I had the most fun playing the Assamite multi-act bloating deck with Losses. I played it in several tournaments, and although it is fun to play, I did not like how the deck does not really have a plan B and how vulnerable the deck is to permanent intercept. It is relatively easy to shut down a survival strategy based on undirected action bloat with permanent intercept because it forces you to use stealth cards, a finite resource better used for offense.
The variant with AUS makes the deck more resilient by providing bounces, and the
ability to block undesirable actions. The major vampires (Karif and Elimelech)
+1 strength, helping in combat. I have also found the AUS deck using
less blood than the QUI one. The crypt (like usual for Black Hand) is quite
sub-optimal; one needs to play sub-par vampires to fill the ranks (Claudia,
Rashid, Al-Muntathir). Hagar Stone is surprisingly good. I’d like to write a
separate article about this deck.
Deck Name: AUS OBF Black Hand Description: Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=2 max=11 avg=6.666667) ================== 2x Elimelech the Twice-Damned 11 pro AUS DEM DOM FOR OBF Ventrue antitribu:5 1x Hagar Stone 6 obf AUS DEM Malkavian antitribu:5 1x Izhim abd Azrael 9 pot CEL OBF QUI THA Assamite:5 3x Karif al Numair 10 for AUS CEL OBF QUI Assamite:5 1x Lubomira Hradok 3 OBF Nosferatu antitribu:5 1x Rashid Stockton 4 cel obf vic Gangrel antitribu:5 1x Claudia 2 obt Lasombra:5 1x Al-Muntathir, God's Witness 8 obf qui AUS FOR PRE TEM True Brujah:5 1x Djuhah, The Bronze Bow 7 aus cel pre OBF QUI Assamite:5 Library: 75 cards Master (19 cards) ================== 1x Giant's Blood 2x Information Highway 1x Monastery of Shadows 1x Powerbase: Montreal 5x Villein 1x Wash 2x Watchtower: Four Ride Forth 4x Zillah's Valley 1x Direct Intervention 1x Dreams of the Sphinx Action (13 cards) ================== 3x Recruitment Exercise 7x Reunion Kamut 3x Tattoo Signal Action Modifier (21 cards) ================== 3x Elder Impersonation 2x Enkil Cog 2x Faceless Night 3x Into Thin Air 3x Lost in Crowds 2x Art of Memory, The 2x Spying Mission 2x Veil the Legions 2x Cloak the Gathering Action Modifier/Combat (2 cards) ================== 2x Swallowed by the Night Retainer (2 cards) ================== 1x J. S. Simmons, Esq. 1x Tasha Morgan Equipment (4 cards) ================== 1x Heart of Nizchetus 1x Bowl of Convergence 2x Camera Phone Reaction (14 cards) ================== 3x Eyes of Argus 1x My Enemy's Enemy 2x On the Qui Vive 6x Telepathic Misdirection 2x Delaying Tactics
Unfortunately, I did not take detailed notes about the games, just the seating and some results.
Game 1: 0.5VP
Anson Guns (?) → Ahrimanes (Jakub Rýpar) → Daughters Politics (Jan Kačor) → Me → ANI Wall (Jan Kočí)
Game 2: 1.5VP
I took no notes about this game. Sorry.
Game 3: 1VP
Me → Kyasid S/B (?) → Sebastian Goulet (Peter Ducai) → ? → Kyasid S/B (Michal Dlouhý)