q Malkavian Royalty
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.
This is a stealth bleed & vote deck starring Unmada, Lutz von Hohenzollern and Undele. It uses Zillah's Valley to get these big capacity vampires in play quickly, then Parity Shift and Villein to get some pool back.
The sheer number of votes the vampire have makes sure they get the vote lock around the table. Stealth is high, with 16 stealth modifiers, and allows the vampire to bleed and vote safely.
Mental Maze is used to defend against rush actions and Telepathic Misdirection against too powerful bleeds.
The deck is slow but sturdy and applies constant high pressure to its prey.
Tips & Tricks
Voter Captivation is used to get pool back on the vampires after Villein.
Banishment is used to get rid of cumbersome vampires. It can either weaken the prey, slow down the predator, or even be used cross table to maintain the table balance if necessary.
The deck is deliberately compact with only 70 cards. This enhances the chances to get the many cards that are played in only one copy. As the game progresses, Undele's ability can be used for recursion, getting the cards most adapted to the table context back in hand.
Many Master cards cost quite a bit of pool, but this is in fact a feature of the deck: this allows the player to get its own pool down in order to be able to play a Parity Shift on his prey.
Maxime Socroun was kind enough to provide the following insights:
Since the errata on Parity Shift, I feel like this version of the deck is not playable anymore and it drives me crazy.
There may still be a way to make the Maris Lutz variant work, though.
Replacing Rafael de Corazon by a second Dmitra Ilyanova allows for the inclusion of Forced March as she, Unmada and Undele can use it.
The Maris Lutz variant uses a group 3-4 crypt with Maris Streck, like Danilo Torrisi's deck from the 2016 EC. Using more Malkavian in the crypt makes Madness Network a useful inclusion.
The Helicopter variant uses the Alastor + Helicopter combination to enable Lutz von Hohenzollern to vote and bleed in the same turn, like in Fabien Garcia's deck from 2014 EC FCQ.
The AD&D variant uses Derange and Malkavian Dementia, like Otso Saariluoma's deck from 2010. This combination can steal any vampire, robbing them of their blood and equipment using Heidelberg Castle, Germany, or even destroying them for pool with Golconda: Inner Peace, provided one can get a second Master Action with Cybele or The Parthenon.
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 . Its ability to disable a strong blocker is still an important aspect so it can have its place here.
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.