A companion to our previous post Crypt Construction: Improving the Draw, which focused on crypt cards that help you improve draws. Here, we'll
discuss the various library options that help you formulate the crypt you
need. Sometimes that's bypassing duplicate vampires; other times that's
just getting another vampire.
Master cards are good options for helping with crypt manipulation.
Master cancelation is rare and crypt manipulation is low on the list of
targets for canceling. This means that you can almost assuredly play
these cards with little interference (exceptions noted). These cards
also leave your minions free to do other actions, like advancing your game
Effective Management is a classic, originating
in the Jyhad set, and has been reprinted many times.
- Saves you 1 pool and 4 transfers.
This card appears in
201 tournament-winning decks
. More than 2/3 of those decks have an average capacity less than 6,
and a more than 1/2 have an average capacity less than 4. Effective
Management can help with duplicated vampires in your crypt, but it's most
effective (no pun intended) when running Highlander style crypts with small
vampires. This helps flood the play space with more vampires for more
actions to get more done.
On the other hand, Effective Management
help play into high-capacity strategies. Of the 14 decks with an average
eight of them
works in concert with her
special quite nicely.
Another Jyahd-era Master card that still sees high use today. Appearing
800 tournament-winning decks
, Information Highway
serves one of two
purposes in most decks. First, it serves as acceleration, a topic that
we'll discuss another time. Second, the additional transfers means that
you can use the the built-in ability to decrypt and still be able to put more
transfers on the newly-drawn vampire.
is the influence phase on
Of the Master cards listed here, this is the one most likely to be canceled.
is the most significant improvement
for crypt specialization the game has ever seen.
One transfer and the removal of one crypt card (after the draw), allows
you to draw a new crypt card
- Has a secondary pool gain function
- Is a trifle
Quite simply any deck that involves multiple copies of vampires should
include 1-3 copies of Wider View.
Some things to note. The draw happens before you choose to remove a
crypt card. This means you can see what the new crypt card is before
deciding which card to remove. Usually, you'll have a duplicate that
you want to convert into a shiny, new vampire. Nothing stops you from
using it when your remaining vampires are unique and not copies of your
controlled vampires; perhaps you want to find a better support vampire or a
situational special that is useful given the table state.
allows you to search for a specific crypt card.
- Costs 1 pool more than the default draw
- Allows you to search, finding the exact vampire you want
- Leaves all transfers available
Honestly, is there anything better than being able to pick the exact card
that you want?
There are a few variants of Recruitment that have restrictions and benefits,
but essentially allow you to search for a crypt card. We won't go over
these in detail because they perform similar functions.
|The Stranger Among Us
Are Master cards worth it?
Master slots are precious. So, you need to ask yourself what does your deck do? Do these Masters help you accomplish your goals? What Master are you giving up? Most players recoup pool expenditures via Master card, playing Villein, Blood Doll, and the like. Is another vampire better? Is ensuring that you can pick the right vampire better?
Action cards fall into two camps: draw from your crypt (Effective Management) or search your crypt (Recruitment).
||Summon the Serpent
|Clotho's Gift (o)
||Disciple of Lazarus
Are actions worth it?
Using an action to draw or search for a vampire reduces the forward pressure you can generate for the turn. The question you have to ask is will getting a new vampire allow you to increase your actions for the rest of the game? If you can get the new vampire one turn sooner, then you haven't lost any forward pressure, you've delayed it. Exchanging an action now for a different action later.
Honestly, this is a topic made for much deeper exploration than a sub-bullet in a this post; it's a topic deserving of its own blog post. So, we'll leave those questions lie for now. You can think about them, answer them for each of your designs, etc.
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