Midcap DEM

This is an entry in the Bibliodèque project.

The archetype has consistently won tournaments: here is the analysis of a tournament-winning decklist of the archetype instead.


This is a stealth & bleed deck using the eo disciplines and middle to low capacity vampires. The idea is to bring maximum pool damage to the prey as fast as possible.

Stealth is very high, using Confusion and multiple o and e modifiers.

Some vampires have A, so Telepathic Misdirection can be used against bleeds. Delaying Tactics and Poison Pill are used against votes.

Kindred Spirits provides some bloat and Madman's Quill can be used for the lunge.

The deck is very fast, but a bit fragile. There is no combat module, and a strong combat deck can become an issue. It is compensated by the fact the deck is fast.

Tips & Tricks

Leverage is used to keep the opponents guessing about the actual bleed power of the deck, adding just a point of bleed for an eventual lunge.

The disciplines are not so well distributed in the crypt: Obfuscate, Dementation and Dive into Madness can be used to fix this.

Dreams of the Sphinx and Heart of Nizchetus help with cards rotation and avoid jamming the hand with stealth if the prey chooses not to block.

Poison Pill is an interesting alternative to Delaying Tactics in a weenie deck: it does not cost a blood, which is better as blood is a rare resource in this deck, plus it is an excellent counter to high damage anti-weenie votes like Anarchist Uprising, Ancilla Empowerment and Domain Challenge.

Only one copy of each vampire in the crypt makes sure that each draw on the crypt will get a vampire that can be brought into play.


There are many small variations of this archetype. Restructure (against ally), Enchanted Marionette and Telepathic Counter (because Narrow Minds can cripple Telepathic Misdirection) are sometimes included. More Wash and Sudden Reversal can be included, sometimes even Bleeding The Vine, to counter Master bloat cards like Villein and improve the deck forward pressure.

Bigger capacity vampires can be used like in Norbert Bróda's deck from 2015. A stable access to O and Agives them better stealth and let them use The Call and No Trace for combat defence, although the deck gets a bit slower.

Lower capacity vampires can be used, dropping o entirely to rely exclusively on E, as in Bram van Stappen's deck from the 2013 German NC. This is an even faster variation, but more fragile as the stealth gets lower and the vampires have more chances to get blocked.

Finally, a more stable crypt can be used, like in Pawel Kosz's deck from 2011, but Wider View is included to help with crypt rotation in this case.


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.