Anson Guns

This is an entry in the Bibliodèque project.

This is a variant of a major tournament archetype: here is the analysis of a tournament-winning decklist of the archetype instead.

Highlights

This is a toolbox deck starring Anson alongside Alexandra and Anneke, hence the "AAA" name.

The deck is well-balanced, using Second Tradition: Domain for wake and intercept, Concealed Weapon + 44 Magnum with C for combat, Parity Shift and Aire of Elation for pool damage and Anson's ability to bloat and use recursion with Ashur Tablets and Liquidation.

Resist Earth's Grasp can provide a bit of stealth or be used in combat if required.

Heart of the City and Codex of the Edenic Groundskeepers are good bleed enhancers for the late game.

Tips & Tricks

Entrancement can help get rid of cumbersome allies, Scourge of the Enochians is there to deal with breed constructs.

As the game progresses, Ashur Tablets are used for recursion to adapt the deck content to the table context, bringing back more of what is really needed in the deck.

Variants

The Anson Guns variant focuses on Anson and drops its Toreador companions to get cheaper vampires with C, like in Tomasz Izydorczyk's deck from 2019.

The Grand Ball variant ditches the combat module and uses Alexandra's ability with Toreador Grand Ball to provide unblockable votes, like in Martin Miller's deck from 2013.

The Aching Beauty variant also replaces the combat module with defensive Majesty, but uses Aching Beauty in numbers to make the vampires actions hard to block, like in László Walter's deck from 2012.

The AAAAA variant keeps Alexandra and Anneke and uses the Alastor + Assault Rifle combination (hence the five "A"), like in Izaak Havelaar's deck from 2010.

Errata

Pentex™ Subversion has been modified by an errata in September 2019. It does not prevent a vampire to act anymore, so it is less powerful and should probably not be included in the deck anymore.

Villein has been modified by an errata in June 2018 to limit the blood taken to a maximum of 5. It should still be as efficient as ever in this archetype, though.

Parity Shift has been modified in the September 2019 errata. The amount of pool is no longer equal to the number of Methusalah, but is stable at 3. The card is then less powerful in the game beginning, but is still a good fit in this deck.

Anthelios, The Red Star has been banned in 2016. Its removal may have a bit of impact on the Master module.