A deck designed by The Lasombra



Deck Name :    Matata's Menagerie
Author :       Posted under the pseudonym Wanderer's Counsel
Description :  An Akunanse intercept combat deck that showcases 
how the clan can be very effective when blocking.


Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity average: 6.92
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2x Matata             9  ABO ANI FOR aus cel obf         Akunanse:3
2x Amavi              8  ABO ANI FOR pre pro             Akunanse:4
2x Uchenna            7  ABO ANI FOR              magaji Akunanse:4
2x Jubal              6  ABO ANI for pot                 Akunanse:4
1x Nkule Galadima     8  ABO FOR ani aus pre      magaji Akunanse:4
1x Sanjo              6  ANI FOR abo chi                 Akunanse:3
1x Kikiyaon, The      5  FOR abo ani                     Akunanse:4
1x Hasani             4  ABO for                         Akunanse:4

Influence Matata first if at all possible.  His +1 strength and optional
press will make a significant difference in all of his combats.  Anyone
with all three in clan disciplines at superior is a good alternate.


Library [90 cards]
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Action [5]
  1x Aranthebes, The Immortal
  4x Sense Death

Sense Death at animalism allows a stealth rush against a younger vampire.
Use this as your employ retainer action, by using Pack Alpha to reveal
any of the animal retainers.


Retainer [13]
  2x Duma Rafiki
  2x Elephant Guardian
  1x Mr. Winthrop
  2x Owl Companion
  5x Raven Spy
  1x Shaman

Someone will need to look after the Menagerie during the daylight, and
either the Shaman or Mr. Winthrop can be up to the task.  These are additional
opportunities to Pack Alpha the animalism retainers.  The Raven Spy retainers
are actually key to the deck, not the successful employing of any of the others.


Action Modifier [4]
  4x Freak Drive

Always nice to end your turn of hiring retainers untapped.


Combat [36]
  3x Devil-Channel: Back
  4x Devil-Channel: Hands
  6x Drawing Out the Beast
  5x Invoking the Beast
  6x Pack Alpha
  3x Superior Mettle
  2x Skin of Steel
  3x Soak
  4x Taste of Vitae

A relatively well rounded combat package.  The Devil-Channel: Hands are primarily
inlcuded for the opportunity to use Rotschrek.  Rotschreck is your only real
option for overcoming Strike: Combat Ends.  Cycle furiously until you successfully
acquire an Owl Companion, and then you can play more cautiously with the remaining
combat cards.


Master [15]
  3x Abombwe
  4x Blood Doll
  1x Jungle Hunting Ground
  1x KRCG News Radio
  2x Rötschreck
  3x Smiling Jack, The Anarch
  1x WMRH Talk Radio

The KRCG and WMRH are there to help you during the build-up phase near
the beginning of the game.  They could be replaced by Mbare Market, Harare 
and/or any of the animalism intercept cards.


Reaction [17]
  6x Cats' Guidance
  2x Instinctive Reaction
  9x Predator's Communion

Both the Cats' Guidance and the Predator's Communion are designed to be
used for the untap.  The animalism retainers and intercept masters should be
sufficient to provide the intercept you need to successfully block actions.
Falcon's Eye and Speak with Spirits were also considered, but burning blood
for 1 intercept is not great, and only having intercept against bleeds is also
too restrictive.

Recorded with : Anarch Revolt Deck Builder. [Mon Dec 12 23:18:42 2005]




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