So, you want to play the Unnamed?

Hello dear readers, Orpheus here. I have today the pleasure of introducing the first article by a player who asked to be hosted on our blog and was deemed worthy! I’ll leave you with Petrus Makkonen, who will tell us how to build an Unnamed deck with a few starter packs, and how to play it. Enjoy!

Having terrorized top tables since the original Heirs to the Blood, the Unnamed is a staple of the Baali clan in tournaments far and wide. The clan is renowned for their powerful actions, but this beast? Ousting it can seem like such an uphill battle you start to wonder if you should’ve taken the elevator instead. And when you get to the top floor, there’s a flaming wall from Hell waiting for you. Can’t win ‘em? Join ‘em. Lastly, imagine I make a funny remark about sheep and their place in the catalogue of their occult practices, slap on a Baah-li joke, and you’re good to go.

Buckle up, as now I’ll tell you how you get your own flock of Caprinae Anonymous to
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What is the deck and why is it good?

When it comes to common stratagems, stealth and bleed can be done in countless ways. In case you missed out on the Malkavian starters of old, or simply want to do S&B with a bit more demonics and occultism than the Lasombra, everything that makes Baali such a powerhouse can be obtained from BCP packs.

Do a quick search of the VEKN TWDA (Tournament winning deck archive) for the Unnamed and you’ll see how prevalent it is. The tournament wins litter the archive, and for good reason – if you want to bleed at stealth, Obfuscate and Presence are as good a choice as competition (Dementation or Dominate with your choice of a Stealth discipline). Unnamed’s astounding abilities make up for their lack of bouncy disciplines, and Celerity and Protean have never been bad disciplines to have. To hit your mark (your Prey, obviously), Obfuscate and Daimonion cover cards to cancel Auspex’s bleed bounces. It’s not Dominate, but everything the deck has going for it mostly makes  up for the lack of “The Best Discipline”.

How do you play it?

When playing a S&B, your plan for a Game Win is pretty straight forward: full steam left for your Victory Point, plain and simple. Control or vote decks might do it differently, but here you won’t have to worry about cross table threats or politics, since you won’t have means to get there anyways. Or any intention for that matter, as all you have to do is get your VP, survive, and snowball for the GW.

Contrary to hyper aggressive early game bleeders, the Unnamed takes a bit of time to set D:!SystemUsersSydnelsonOneDrivePROJECT VTES CARD CREATIONNup. Cap10 is not trivial to influence out, and even though you want to be bleeding every turn to capitalize on your ability (gain 2 Pool every time you bleed successfully), your first bleeds will usually be just for one or two. Those will trigger your ability and open a window for Enkil Cog. That means your early game may be uneventful. Those monster bleeds of six can wait for the end game – but you’ll get there, don’t worry.

With practically no reaction cards, your first turns are where you either die or survive. After you get past those first crucial turns, you’ll have plenty of different options for defence: Unleash Hell’s Fury stops most (D) action-oriented strategies in their tracks, Tend the Flock can either give you Pool or get you free Hordes, and Villein for Pool can be, depending on the situation, more important than Blood for the this sort of Baali. If you see heavy combat coming your way, consider Villeining for only 2 instead of a full 5. Your bread and butter bloat engine is the Unnamed itself however – as said, bleed every turn to capitalize on that gain.

You’ll notice Baali have the major drawback that their unlocks must be bought for a Pool instead of being automatic. Unnamed’s ability to play Instantaneous Transformation will nullify that and makes this deck tick. The stealth is a nice touch, but the unlock ability from a successful action is more valuable. You either get to perform another action (Infernal Servitors or such), save a Pool as you won’t need to pay for the unlock to bleed next turn, or stay unlocked to bleed with Enkil Cog on your prey’s turn. I’ll throw in a trick for you: if you bleed for more than three on your Prey’s turn, they cannot burn you with Archon Investigation as it’s technically their turn (you can’t play Master Out of Turns on your own turn as per rules).

Did I already make it clear enough that Enkil Cog is crucial in here? Because it totally is.

Which packs do you need to build it?

Black Chantry provides an ever-expanding list of products to choose from. You could slap together some sort of a deck from any pack, but to get the most mileage out of the products we’ll cherry pick the most crucial ones. The final list will not shy away from spending a buck, but won’t go out of its way to include niche meta game picks at the expense of your wallet.

This suggested list is just one of many ways to build Unnamed, and you will probably find that tweaking card slots, ratios and choices depending on your preference and your local meta will give you better results. What is presented here can be a good starting point, however.

Prices are BCP MSRP prices.

  • Heirs to the Blood reprint bundle 1 x2 [44€]

No Unnamed deck without the Unnamed. You can’t skip this first part which will include Arishat.jpgalmost everything of our crypt.

4x unnamed, The

1x Annazir

1x Xeper, Sultan of Lepers

1x Arishat

3x Horde, The

We’ll fill out the last two crypt slots later.

4x Tend the Flock

2x Wider View

Both crypt acceleration and your mainstay Pool gain. Thankfully we get plenty of these gems.

4x I Am Legion

2x Infernal Servitor

1x Veneficti

All of these are powerhouses that make Baali so strong. Infernal Servitors and Veneficti pack a huge bleed offensive, and are easy enough to recruit with the help of Instantaneous Transformation. I am Legion serves many purposes, and packing four is not overdoing it: either gain extra Pool, target Auspex bounces to cancel, or in a pinch spam them for extra stealth. Well worth the cost of one blood.

1x Under my Skin

Surprised? This one-off is just extra stealth at outferior Obfuscate.

  • Anthology 1 [20€]

The Heirs to the Blood reprint bundle has almost everything, but Anthology 1 hides a few crucial Baali cards you do not want to miss out on.

2x Anarch Convert

The converters will fill out our crypt nicely. Bring one out as a chum-blocker if you won’t need an anarch; make someone anarch if anyone looks like they are playing Anarch Revolts; make someone anarch and draw another crypt card if you failed to draw Unnamed in your starting crypt. This is a star deck, so any acceleration helps.

1x Enkil Cogheartofnizchetus.jpg

We’ll get another one of these later. A must-have in any 10cap star deck. Prepare to contest in a pinch. A key card in your playstyle.

1x Heart of Nitzchetus

Also known as the Heart of Cheating, you’ll never need to worry about hand jams if you can spare the action to equip it. Don’t worry about discarding it however if you have better things to do – like, well, bleeding. It’s nice, but not crucial.

1x Monastery of Shadows

Worth the hefty Pool cost. Prepare to contest. It’s everywhere, and for good reason.

1x Zephyr

A bit of a niche inclusion, but it works well if you just needed to bait a block, or are bounced off of your target. Try playing it at inferior level for end-of-turn unlock, and combo with Majesty at superior for the instantaneous unlock.

4x Instantaneous Transformation

Talking about instantaneous, this is your bread and butter, and will probably be playing these for unlocks all day. We’ll get more later. Go nuts with these.

1x Unleash Hell’s Furyunleashhellsfury.jpg

In all honesty, getting another one of Anthologies just for another Hell’s Fury could be worth it if you want to try-hard, but for the sake of keeping the expenses reasonable I would not get extra copies of this pack just for this card. It could be argued you should though. The Fury stops offence, especially rush combat, in their tracks, and can be found in multiple numbers in most Unnamed TWDA entries.

  • 25h Anniversary [28€]

You’re Unnamed. You want the Protean tricks. This pack provides them, in addition to a very nice stand-alone Stanislava deck you might want to try out straight out-of-the-box.

1x Coven, The

1x Dreams of the Sphinx

1x Giant’s Blood

1x Information Highway

1x Pentex ™ Subversion

5x Villein

We’ll fill out most of our Master module with these overall just solid cards. The idea here is mostly to keep you filled with blood (don’t worry about Coven circling the table, since you’re out for Pool, not Blood), accelerating your influence, and keeping you alive. All staples worth the slots.

3x Earth Controlinstantaneoustransformation.jpg

6x Form of Mist

1x Rapid Change

4x Instantaneous Transformation

Protean’s stealth package is blood intensive, but takes you where you need to be while keeping you safe. One of the best disciplines for delivery for sure.

1x Signet of King Saul

1x Homunculus

Just read through the cards and see all the synergies with both the Baali drawback and Enkil Cog. Very nice things to have.

1x Enkil Cog

Just have another one so that you’ll draw it as soon as possible.

  • First Blood: Malkavian [7€]

Malkavian don’t have much to offer you per se, but if Protean’s stealth tricks fail you, the loonies have plenty of tricks to keep you unseen.

3x Cloak the Gathering

3x Lost in Crowds

2x Elder Impersonation

You came here for stealth. This is your stealth.

1x Barrens, The

1x Sudden Reversal

The Malks have a few utility masters we can use too. Sudden is best used to deny a bloating Master, like Villein from your Prey. A nice all-around control tool.

  • First Blood: Toreador [7€]

You got the stealth from the madmen. The artistic, stuck-up pricks called Toreador (which I love by the way, my first ever deck #torries4ever) will teach you how to bleed.

6x Enchant Kindredenchantkindred.jpg

2x Legal Manipulations

4x Aire of Elation

Lacking Intimidation, we’ll settle for Enchant Kindred. The superior ability is probably not that useful here. Just bleed. If we had more Legal Manipulations, we’d probably use those. Aire of Elation is the second best thing in the absence of Sense the Sin. This set is not optimal, but it’s the best we can get.

2x Majesty

Keeps you alive and saves you a Pool for the unlock. You could use Earth Meld from 25th Anniversary if you took the Protean supplementary crypt from Anthology instead of going full Baali, but that’s another deck entirely. We’ll stick to Presence in this concept.

The deck list

So, here you have it, a full-fledged Unnamed bleeder to help you make a name for yourself. It is a renowned deck for a reason. Thankfully BCP offers the packs to make one without second-hand markets, and if you’re not shying away from some spending, here’s how you’ll get the list for roughly a hundred euros:

2x Heirs to the Blood 1: 44€money

1x 25th Anniversary: 28€

1x First Blood Malkavian: 7€

1x First Blood Toreador: 7€

1x Anthology 1: 20€

=106€

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=1 max=10 avg=6.)

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2x Anarch Convert

3x Horde, The

1x Annazir

1x Arishat

4x unnamed, The

1x Xeper, Sultan of Lepers

Library: 73 cards

Master (19 cards)

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1x Giant’s Blood

1x Information Highway

1x Monastery of Shadows

1x Pentex(TM) Subversion

1x Barrens, The

1x Sudden Reversal

4x Tend the Flock

5x Villein

2x Wider View

1x Coven, The

1x Dreams of the Sphinx

Action (9 cards)

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6x Enchant Kindred

2x Legal Manipulations

1x Unleash Hell’s Fury

Action Modifier (30 cards)

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2x Elder Impersonation

2x Enkil Cog

4x I am Legion

7x Instantaneous Transformation

3x Lost in Crowds

1x Under My Skin

1x Zephyr

4x Aire of Elation

3x Cloak the Gathering

3x Earth Control

Action Modifier/Combat (1 cards)

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1x Rapid Change

Combat (8 cards)

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6x Form of Mist

2x Majesty

Ally (3 cards)

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2x Infernal Servitor

1x Veneficti

Retainer (1 cards)

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1x Homunculus

Equipment (2 cards)

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1x Heart of Nizchetus

1x Signet of King Saul, The

Which cards to look out for in the future?

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We are building the decks here both on budget, and only from BCP packs that have been either announced or released by the time of writing. That means some absolutely excellent additions might be out of our reach. Those cards might be coming your way sooner or later though, so keep an eye out for these gems:

Intimidation

Sense the Sin

Flurry of Action

These are powerful and blood-efficient bleed cards that could, and probably should, replace what we could scrounge from the BCP packs.

Contagion

As Unnamed can pull off a few more actions than some other Baali, adding some constant table pressure won’t win you friends, but it will speed up the table. The option to strike for Corruption counters should not be overlooked, since it is sort of a hard counter against popular weenie (capacity one vampires) or ally (those that cost only one Pool, like Emerald Legionnaire) decks.

Narrow Minds

Libertas

Since you are not bouncing bleeds yourself, better make others pay for theirs.

Hide the Mindhidethemind.jpg

And now as we mentioned bounce, better to include all the tools to counter them as you can. Hide the Mind doubles your abilities to cancel Auspex, your worst enemy, and with the popularity of Eyes of Argus and Telepathic Misdirection, Lilith knows you will need these tools.

If you really want to try-hard, the Libertine Ball deck already has some extra Presence cards for you (namely Entrancement), but I wasn’t ready to suggest you put an extra 20€ in for three cards, no matter how good they are.

Or, I dunno, just buy Parliament of Shadows. At least the Lasombra know bounce. Bounce-ika-wau-aa!

Yeah, I’m off to sacrifice cattle to the Eternal Darkness, or whatever the Baali do… C ya!

Petrus

6 thoughts on “So, you want to play the Unnamed?

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  1. Hi there,
    Thank you for ineresting reading. Couple of noon questions, sorry, as I’m new to the game.
    1) This deck as it was built in this article is stronger than Stanislava deck from 25th universary pack?
    2) I have Libertine Ball deck how can I add 3 Entrancements? What to replace with them?

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Hi valery, welcome to the game and to our blog! Don’t be afraid to ask things, that’s how you learn. 😉

      1) Unnamed and Stanislava are very different decks. They are both very good, but with totally different playstyles, so you should try to see which one will fit you better rather than which one is better. This being said, this deck isn’t optimal, some cards could be added, but the goal was to list only cards in recent BC packs.
      2) The Entrancement will replace nicely the Enchant Kindred. You could just add them but you would probably lack stealth. But then, make some tests, it all depends on your meta. +3 Entrancement -3 Enchant seems like a nice place to start.
      Hope it helps 🙂

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    2. Ey mate! You might probably want to try out a few games on Stanislava before you commit to Unnamed or anything else, since it’s a very solid deck. 🙂 If you really feel the heat, Unnamed might be nice – it plays very differently from Stani.

      Entrancements easily replace Enchant Kindred here.

      Good to see new players! Have fun out there!

      -Petrus

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  2. I won all three tables at my LGS with this deck. All the unlock cards with the unnamed are MASSIVE. I’m looking forward to bringing it to our next real tourney. Thanks for the great build.

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  3. Can I play Instantaneous Transformation for stealth and after the action is successful play another at superior one to untap?

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