Sefina---Richer than Jenny Every Will Be (0xp)

Card draw simulator

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Derived from
None. Self-made deck here.
Inspiration for
Sefina - Rich initiate 0 0 0 1.0
Sefina and her boy, Renfield 2 1 2 1.0
Sefina - Arkham Fest 2018 3 2 7 2.0
Sefina TFA Duo Patrice 0 0 0 1.0

FBones · 10156

Edit: As @StartWithTheName has pointed out, Cheap Shot is marginal. Taking an Unexpected Courage or second David Renfield is probably better. Regardless, it should be one of the first things you drop as you get higher-level cards.

This is a base Sefina deck. I used something similar to crush Dunwich on Hard difficulty.

Note that Sefina starts out pretty weak, so this 0xp version is going to look anemic. Also note that it does not contain Leo De Luca. There is a very good reason for not having Leo on turn 1. You can only have 1 ally slot at 0xp, and the ally you really want is Arcane Initiate. His special ability lets you cycle through your deck (you have 10 spells in this deck. Remember The Painted World is a Spell. So the Arcane Initiate is going to give you a free card most of the time for the first few rounds. By the time you are finished with him, your money is probably better spent helping you succeed on your spells rather than paying for Leo.

In terms of companions, Sefina likes to be independent (to cash in on Lone Wolves), but can use some help taking out the bigger enemies since Spirit Athame can only be used once per round and charges on Shrivelling are limited. Roland Banks is probably her ideal partner, but a combat-oriented "Ashcan" Pete would be fine as well. Secondary, reasonable choices are Zoey Samaras, Lola Hayes, or William Yorick.

This deck assumes Sefina will be gaining most of the clues. If you are playing Multi-player or your partner is more balanced, you should work in some Backstabs or Sneak Attacks to compensate. If you are playing solo, you may consider grabbing a single lockpicks to help pick up the singleton clues that arise in solo.

Sefina really starts to shine when she gets upgrades:

Once you have Charisma, you can pull Leo De Luca in through Adaptable.

Other cards to consider are Moxie, Streetwise, and Recharge, the latter can be a life saver depending on whom you are partnering with since sometimes you will just run out of juice. Sneak Attack is also quite handy. (I found Lucky Dice to be rather underwhelming because most of the time I found myself at a skill level where only the would get me, and Lucky Dice does not work against . But it may be a reasonable hedge against cases where you do not draw any Hot Streaks early on and actually need the additional rolls...)

If you get some story allies, consider a second Charisma. In later scenarios, you use Adaptable to cycle in a single Dario El-Amin, as you will often have > 10 resources, giving you an additional and .

If you're partner does not have strong combat skills, Streetwise is particularly useful for getting out of tight spots and powering non-mystic combat options.

The base idea of this deck is simple: play Hot Streak as often as you can by using Arcane Initiate to pull in The Painted Worlds. Sometimes you won't get any Hot Streaks in your first 13 cards. In those cases you will likely be using your The Painted Worlds for other high quality events (Drawn to the Flame or simply Ward of Protection) or just playing a bunch of Emergency Caches or Uncage the Soul for economy. This base deck has a ton of icons to fall back on prior to getting your Spirit Athame or your pump cards (Moxie, Arcane Studies) out.

The Quantum Flux are particularly helpful for getting used up spells back into circulation and, more importantly, for avoiding Beyond the Veil or your recurring weakness that hits you over and over again when your deck dwindles.

NOTE: Elusive is much better than Think on Your Feet for Sefina Rousseau. She can use a turn to pull Elusive from under her investigator card without taking an attack of opportunity and then use it to jet away if necessary.

33 comments

Jan 23, 2018 mXs · 1

Did you play this deck solo or on multi?

Jan 23, 2018 mXs · 1

Great post btw

Jan 23, 2018 FBones · 10156

@mXs I played a crappier version in pair play with Yorick on Dunich on Hard and completely crushed the campaign... and Yorick mostly just sat around doing not much. 0 Trauma the whole campaign. 28 VP before the final scenario.

This is not the version I played, it is what I would use if I were doing the same thing again. When I played it was the first time I had ever used Sefina, so I had some junk in there that didn't make a lot of sense.

Jan 23, 2018 StartWithTheName · 26898

Nice deck. Arcane initiate + cash is a great way to keep those events going and Quantum Flux is a real enabler to these draw heavy decks.

The only thing I’m curious about is Cheap Shot here. Since you’ve not taken Backstab I’m assuming it’s there as an evade card rather than a damage card (happy to be told I’m wrong). If so though, I would be curious to hear your thoughts about choosing this over Blinding Light, which plays a similar mixed damage & evade role but benefits from your will boosters and aids draw due to spell trait.

Jan 23, 2018 FBones · 10156

@StartWithTheName Interesting point about Blinding Light, I think that is worth considering. Cheap Shot is mixed in at the 0-level to round out the events. It is one of the first cards I'd switch out.

To be honest, I should probably not have it at all. 15 Events is enough to avoid losing any cards about 85-90% of the time. Probably should cut it in favor of Unexpected Courage or something else. Suggestions?

Maybe a second David Renfield.

Jan 24, 2018 Django · 2722

I started my sefina deck with 2x David Renfield and 2x Moonlight Ritual, but replaced david with Dario El-Amin (through Adaptable), once i upgraded Moonlight Ritual to Hot Streak.

Both have strong effects and it's often hard to decide, wether to use their effects or not. Davids usefullness depends a lot on the amount of doom and mythos deck. If there's Ancient Evils in it and the agenda is short, you wont get to use him at all.

Dario El-Amin doesn't have such a big drawback, except he's rather expensive to play and keep his boost "online". I noticed, if i didn't have Hot Streak on starting hand it costs too many actions to get his boost. It'd still play him, as his ressource ability is pretty nice to fuel Streetwise.

Jan 24, 2018 StartWithTheName · 26898

yeah those both sound like fine choices if your happy with 15 events ofc. Im afraid i dont have any strong suggestions for alternatives. and ofc Cheap Shot might be fine too. as you say its not going to stay in the deck long really. Moonlight Ritual maybe? just incase you want to keep Arcane Initiate/David Renfield in play over the witching hour? shame its not got a will pip tho as I suspect most times you wuld be using it for those.

Jan 24, 2018 FBones · 10156

@Django, @StartWithTheName, I've never tried using Moonlight Ritual, but I've also not had much practical experience with David Renfield. The only game I had him in my deck happened to be Essex County Express, and that is not a scenario that you can afford any chance of losing a round!

If I had it to do all over again I would start with Arcane Initiate x2 + David Renfield x1, switch in Leo De Luca after I got 1x Charisma, and late in the campaign add in 1 Dario El-Amin if I found myself getting a second Charisma (for example, if I picked up some story allies.)

What are your experiences with David Renfield?

Jan 25, 2018 Django · 2722

David Renfield is hard to evaluate, he's powerful but also very situational. You definately want Moonlight Ritual in your deck, if your using him. If you cant control his doom, dont play him (unless you need a cheap soak) or when the scenario provides extra means to control the doom. If you can plan a few turns ahead, he's much more useful (konwing the sceario and agenda deck helps).

I had him in my sefina deck for 3 missions of carcosa. In The Last King he was useless (short agendas) but in Curtain Call he was a blast (doom didnt matter in that scenario). I had his +1 up nearly all the time and gained 1-2 ressources each turn. Curtain Call provides its own way of doom control, which results in nearly unlimited time.

I used Dario El-Amin for next scenario (Echoes of the Past) but added replaced him with David Renfield again for The Unspeakable Oath. I played it "safe" and stayed far away from doom threshold, as i didn't know the encounter deck. However later i learned this scenario has no doom in it, so i could've gained lots of ressourced through him.

Jan 27, 2018 tavoittamaton · 2

Played this last night at our Invocation event. We played Carnevale, so I used my 9 exp for Hot Streak x2 and a Spirit Athame. It was a lot of fun! I just wish I had thought to drop the 2x Delve Too Deep since they were basically useless and 2 of the 5 events I drew in my opening hand. I guess that made them good Stars of Hyades fodder except it never showed.

I did get to put a Hot Streak under Sef though, and playing that multiple times really took the wind out of Indebted.

Thanks for posting the deck! And for anyone curious about Sef, I would definitely encourage you to at least try this in a one-off, she has some neat mechanics.

Jan 28, 2018 CaiusDrewart · 1799

Looks fun! I always really wanted to get David Renfield to work with Sefina (he seems perfect with the Will boost, resource generation, and health soak), but in practice I have found him too often unusable. I would stick with the Initiate, which is much more practical.

I ordinarily don't like Lone Wolf in multiplayer but I can see it working for this investigator because of double Elusive.

Why not try to find room for Backstab? I think the ability to do 3 damage in an action is nice to have up your sleeve, and this deck can pay for it. Cheap Shot and Renfield could go.

Jan 28, 2018 CaiusDrewart · 1799

Another thing--I actually had a lot of fun with (of all things) Cat Burglar as Sefina. I wouldn't say it's as good as Leo, probably, but it does some pretty good work for an investigator who is combat-averse but nonetheless wants to forge off on her own. It also makes playing Drawn to the Flame much less scary. On Expert, where evading becomes a bit expensive and unreliable for her, I kind of like it.

Jan 28, 2018 FBones · 10156

@CaiusDrewart, definitely like the idea of considering Backstab, but I was thinking it made more sense after getting Streetwise since the deck does not have a ton of icons.

I found Sefina, armed with Spirit Athame to be a potent fighter, but I could see taking Cat Burglar if she were partnered with Mark Harrigan. In that case she might even drop down to 1 Shrivelling?

I found Storm of Spirits pretty helpful!

Jan 28, 2018 StartWithTheName · 26898

sorry for the delayed reply @FBones. I've been away.

I have a little experience with David Renfield but only in this daisy tutor deck where 1 of works well due to to Calling in Favors and high filtered draw from Old Book of Lore. I have a little text on there explaining my experience, but im not sure the lessons transfer to Seffie in the same way. in Daisy he does give a big cash burst over 3-4 turns. And in the other deck that 6-10 resources is plenty to see you through the rest of the scenario since it also runs Milan.

His limitation is that he obviously wants to be played at the start of a long agenda card where those 3-4 turns are possible and those arnt always available at the time you draw him. Its also occasionally risky to go too high on doom on him when Ancient Evils or similar are about so you ideally want to leave maybe 1 doom leeway before killing him off. You also want that space to be sure you can kill him off. Ive learned that the really hard way... so you are looking for 5+ doom agendas ideally, though a 4 doom one is still a good return.

Ive not played this deck, but assuming from its name that it wants cash i can imagine a second copy of Renfield being helpful to get him in hand at the right time since the window for a good money may be small.

The other thing to note (and i guess this may be obvious, but theres no harm in pointing it out) is that the boost is great while its there but because its quite tranient its not something you can reliably build a deck to depend upon. It will be around for a bit, but not for long so it needs to be seen a bit like Guts or Fearless rather than the more solid Holy Rosary, though this doesnt make it a bad thing at all.

Jan 31, 2018 Kiliath · 110

Great list! I'm not sure why you feel the need for Quantum Flux. Also do you really manage to use David Reinfield effectively?

Jan 31, 2018 FBones · 10156

Hi @Kiliath, there are three pretty good reasons for the Quantum Flux:

  1. Sefina depends nearly completely on her spells for defense and clue-seeking. So if she has some bad luck or needs to get a lot of clues, she risks running out of charges. In particular she is completely hosed if a discard event causes her to discard one or both Rites of Seeking. Using Quantum Flux makes those available again, to be pulled by an Arcane Initiate

  2. Sefina's weakness keeps coming back to get her, so it is good for her not to get a thin deck.

  3. If you are playing the Dunnwich campaign, QF gives the middle finger to Beyond the Veil

As for David Reinfeild, no---I did not get to use him effectively in the campaign I played, but I think he has potential.

Feb 02, 2018 mXs · 1

I tested this deck on carcosa camaign (3 scenarios so far) and it's awesome, very versatile. A real pleasure to play. Thanks for sharing it !

Feb 10, 2018 Yury1975 · 1

Do you think that this deck will be playable with just 1 core set? Or having only one Arcane Initiate (that seems is the cornerstone of the deck) will destroy the whole its idea?

Feb 10, 2018 FBones · 10156

@Yury1975, If you only have a single core, you would have only 1 Hot Streak available. I think that, as well as having only 1 AI, would cripple the deck.

You could, though, try the recent Akachi deck [arkhamdb.com and partner with Roland who can take 2x No Stone Unturned and 1x Book of Lore to help you get your stuff out. But even then you only have 1 Grotestesque Statue, which would hurt.

Note that I made a whole series of "1 core + Dunwich" decks you can look at if you only have one core. Just search for "1 Core + Dunwich Series"

Feb 10, 2018 FBones · 10156

Here's the link for the search. arkhamdb.com

Feb 10, 2018 Yury1975 · 1

@FBones, yes, I saw and used your "1 Core" decks, thanks for them. Some of good decks can be adjusted for just 1 Core (taking into consideration that we have many additional cards from Dunwich and Carcosa). but you are right, single copy of AI and Hot Streak will just kill this deck.

Feb 12, 2018 Django · 2722

How about Calling in Favors as replacment for the 2nd Arcane initiate?

Feb 12, 2018 FBones · 10156

@Django, You can only use Calling in Favors if you actually have an ally in play. Since it is super important to get an Arcane initiate out ASAP, I wouldn't want to go down to having only one.

However, given the importance of getting an IA in play early, I could see modifying this deck to include a second copy of Renfield and a Calling in Favors or 2. It goes well with Renfield anyway.

Thanks for the idea!

Feb 12, 2018 Django · 2722

When i played David Renfield, i add various ways to deal with his doom, including Moonlight Ritual (+Arcane Initiate) and Calling in Favors. However that's a lot of cards and i replaced all of them, when i switched David Renfield for Dario El-Amin. I think David Renfield is better in full mystics, who can use Moonlight Ritual for other things as well.

Feb 26, 2018 veneretio · 189

I'm looking to run this list for a new Carcosa campaign. Based on what I've read here, I'll be doing this:

+1 Backstab +1 Narrow Escape -1 Cheap Shot -1 David Renfield

The other investigators will be Roland and (Rex or Minh). Thoughts?

Feb 26, 2018 FBones · 10156

I'd strongly consider working in Calling in Favors, perhaps taking 2x David Renfield as well. I'd consider using Pete or Yorick rather than Minh/Rex. for the third.

You might pull in Calling in Favors later (via adaptable) after you get more allies if you cannot fit it in now.

You could drop Storm of Spirits and a Cheap shot if you were looking for things to ditch for the CiF and second Renfield.

Interested in seeing how it goes!

Feb 27, 2018 veneretio · 189

@FBonesSomething along this lines perhaps, arkhamdb.com

I figured with the better economy of David Renfield + Moonlight Ritual, I could cut Lone Wolf. But perhaps, that's a mistake and the Rituals should become Lone Wolf again.

Apr 03, 2018 Cambeul · 1

There is a Scenario in Carcosa, forget which one, where it does not advance because of the Doom in play. And in that scenario my friend played in David Renfield was getting him tons of cash every turn.

But for the deck I played I used Dario El-Amin, as well as Luca

Drawing 13 cards in opening hand has given me many a game with a Hot Streak, Dario and Luca.

Jul 27, 2018 porror · 1

had so much fun playing this in labyrinth of lunacy, thanks for creating it!

Oct 05, 2018 Kahboom0225 · 34

Any updates to this list?

Oct 06, 2018 FBones · 10156

@Kahboom0225, interesting you ask because I just created a new Sefina build yesterday! I'm thinking of going in a slightly different direction with her though. I need to do some test runs before posting the deck though.

Nov 29, 2018 Big Iron · 40

@FBones Did the new Sefina deck work? Would love to see it! Love this one

May 05, 2020 Corbitt · 2

Hi! I,m enjoying Sefina in Carcossa. I,m going to start the 4th scenary and looking for upgrade (I already have 1 Hot Streak , 1 Charisma, 1 lockprints, 2 Cat Burglar and Streetwise) . Would you consider to change 1 Holy Rosary for 1 Key of Ys?? Thank you form Spain.