Here are the new vampires (crypt cards) from the upcoming release of the four new Sabbat starter decks. I will update this post, if/when new vampire previews are available.
On December 2nd, 2018 the Grand Prix Bologna 2018 was held in Bologna, Italy with 32 players attending the final tournament (up 11 from last year’s VEG). The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Pau Vilar (ESP) — 2 GW 8.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Tremere antitribu Toolbox
2. Martin Weinmayer (AUT) — 2 GW 7.0 VP — 0.5 VP — Harbinger Emerald Legionnaire Wall
2. Alessandro Donati (ITA) — 2 GW 5.0 VP — 0.5 VP — Baali Vote
2. Angelo Alvisi (ITA) — 1 GW 6.0 VP — 0.5 VP — Brujah Royalty Vote
2. Roberto Venturi (ITA) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Giovanni Khazar’s Diary
Exciting news for the VTES Community arrived earlier this month. Black Chantry will publish new starter decks with four Sabbat clans being featured. Namely these decks
- Parliament of Shadows — Lasombra
- A stealth-based vote and bleed deck with a rather high avg. capacity vampires.
- Den of Fiends — Toreador antitribu
- A breed and boon deck, with a number of hard-to-get cards like Embrace (9) and Foundation Exhibit (3).
- Pact with Nephandi — Tremere antitribu
- A classic Nephandus deck, even with 5 copies of Antonine d’Erlette and a whooping 8 Nephandus allies.
- Den of Fiends — Tzimisce
- A bleed & block deck with a heavy emphasis on aggravated damage.
The decks contain 12 vampires and 77 library cards (as with the previous starter decks). In addition, each of the the decks contain some new crypt cards, and new artwork for a few of the crypt and the library cards. As release date for the new decks February 16th, 2019 was given, the recommended retailer price is 22 EUR/20 US dollars.
What I really like about these starter decks is, that they’re really playable in the sense that these decks are archetype decks, and (with or without some minor modifications) you can even take these decks to tournaments.
On December 31st, 2018, the VEKN has published its newsletter for December 2018. The newsletter covers a number of topics, namely a tournament report of the VTES Grand Prix Bologna & the Chilean VTES national championship, an interview of with artist Heather Kreiter, links to two new instructional VTES videos, and information about the upcoming VTES starter (featuring four Sabbat clans). Read the complete newsletter here: VEKN Newsletter for December 2018 on VEKN.net.
On December 2nd, 2018, the VEKN has published its newsletter for November 2018. The newsletter covers a number of topics, namely the announcement for the EC 2019 (in Paris) and the locations of the European Grand Prix tour 2019. Furthermore there’s an interview with artist Key Mayer Jr. (who has a considerable amount of VTES artwork) and tournaments of three Nordic national championships, which too took place in November 2018. Read the complete newsletter here: VEKN Newsletter for November 2018 on VEKN.net.
On November 3rd, 2018, the VEKN has published its newsletter for October 2018. The newsletter covers a number of topics, namely news on the VEKN Facebook group, an FAQ on the (then upcoming) Anthology 1 set, and a large number of rules questions answered by the VEKN rules director. Read the complete newsletter here: VEKN Newsletter for October 2018 on VEKN.net.
On November 17th, 2018 the Swedish National VTES Championship 2018 was held in Stockholm, Sweden with 22 players attending the tournament. The final standings after three rounds and final were as follows:
1. Zack Holmgren (SWE) — 2 GW 7.5 VP — 1.5 VP — Harbingers Toolbox
2. Erik ??? (SWE) — 1 GW 5 VP — 1 VP — Sabbat Obf/Pre Vote
2. Randal Rudstam (SWE) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0.5 VP — AUS Midcaps Wall
2. Mathias Frosterus (FIN) — 2 GW 6.5 VP — 0.5 VP — !Salubri Combat Toolbox
2. Matti Palomäki (FIN) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Tremere w/ Nec Stealth-Bleed
Congratulations to Zack for his win of the Swedish Nationals 2018. You can find the final standings and the tournament winning deck on VEKN.net.