Although Vampire teams include a number of extremely capable players, they are let down by the unreliability of the Vampires. While they should be concentrating on the game, their attention often wanders to their hunger and before you know it they are off for a quick bite!
|Skills & Traits
|Bloodlust (2+), Hypnotic Gaze, Regeneration
|Bloodlust (2+), Hypnotic Gaze, Pass, Regeneration
|Bloodlust (3+), Hypnotic Gaze, Juggernaut, Regeneration
|Bloodlust (3+), Claws, Frenzy, Loner (4+), Regeneration
Vampire Team Overview:
2023 sees the rework of the Vampire team, previously only available in the second season rules as part of the team of legend. Alongside them we also have the reintroduction of a reworked Bloodlust rule. Even with these changes at their core, Vampire teams are still going to be one of the trickier teams to play well. Despite having what look like some of the best players on paper, with high strength and agility, having to play around the Bloodlust mechanic is what really sets them apart from using a more typical team.
The new roster offers more diversity than the old version when it comes to types of Vampire players. There is extra speed, a stronger passing option and a useful blitzing skill available from the start. We also see the introduction of a big guy on Vampire teams in the guise of a Vargheist. They still also maintain access to the really powerful Hypnotic Gaze skill. This along with their superhuman players can make them a joy to play. This combination changes the more typical dynamic of a Blood Bowl match and creates new challenges for both you and the opposition coach.
Playing around Bloodlust is really what’s going to make the team challenging, especially if you fill the pitch up with Vampires. The more you have the most Bloodlust rolls you have to roll and the less Thralls there are on the pitch to bite. With the option now of electing not to bite a team mate (although you lose your Tackle Zone and it’s a turnover) this might be easier to deal with than before. I think they are some interesting changes to the Vampire team, their complex rules and challenging play style mean they are one of the worst teams for a beginner to use.
They are very much not a team for beginners. They probably are one of the hardest teams to coach, that goes for experienced coaches as well. Vampires are capable of things other teams aren’t but they require a lot of planning and management to use successfully. I would highly recommend a rookie coach to start elsewhere as they are guaranteed frustration.
Vampire Team Strengths:
- ST4 AG4 Vampires
- Cheap Lineman
- Hypnotic Gaze
Vampire Team Weaknesses:
- Expensive Rerolls
- Lacking Skills