Here’s a little statistic that shows how often the vampires of capacity 11 have been included in tournament winning decks (as recorded in Lasombra’s TWD Archive (as of 13/June/2008).
01. Arika (Ventrue) — 50x
02. Alexandra (Toreador) — 25x
03. Stanislava (Gangrel) — 24x
04. Leandro (Malkavian) — 23x
05. Etrius (Tremere) — 9x
06. Harrod (Nosferatu) — 5x
07. Enkidu, the Noah (Gangrel antitribu) — 4x
07. Gwendolyn (Brujah) — 4x
09. Sha-Ennu (Tzimisce) — 3x
10. Eze, the Demon Prince (Guruhi) — 2x
10. Saulot (Salubri) — 2x
11. Elimelech, the Twice-Damned (Ventrue antitribu) — 1x
11. Hazimel (Ravnos) — 1x
11. Ur-Shulgi (Assamite) — 1x
There were no TWD containing the vampires “Ezmeralda“, “Augustus Giovanni” or “Sutekh, The Dark God“. The statistics shows clearly the dominance and strength of the Inner Circle members, while the early Independent big caps are rather weak in comparison. The statistics is (more or less) naturally flawed by the fact that vampires like “Elimelech” or “Sha-Ennu” have been released in rather new expansions.
In general (at least) the first three “Murphy’s Laws” can be applied to VtES as well. In fact I believe Murphy came up with the laws when playing VtES first.
- If anything can go wrong it will.
- Nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
- Everything takes longer than you expect.
But there are special pitfalls for the VtES players, which everybody should be aware of. Warn your noob players, your neigbour’s dog and your co-workers, so they will be prepared when playing VtES next time:
- You have always one pool less than you need to have. Your prey has always one pool more than you can remove in a single turn.
- When being ousted (or trying to oust) the next card in your library is the one you needed, but didn’t draw.
- A hand jam always occurs at the worst time possible.
- Your opponents can top deck, you can’t.
Vampires & Cards & Combos
- The vampire in your torpor region is the one with the disciplines/abilities you need right now.
- If you play a deck with a star vampire, you either have none in your starting crypt or at least two.
Corollary: If you happen to get your star vampire in your uncontrolled region nonetheless, your grandprey or grandpredator will contest him.
- If you bounce a hefty bleed to your prey, you will have no bounce card left for the next and bigger bleed that you cannot block.
Lemma: Your grandprey will always play My Enemy’s Enemy, when you can’t block or bounce.
- You always have plenty of DIs and Washes, when there’s nothing important to cancel. If there are plenty of opportunities to cancel, you have none.
- If you have a Concealed Weapon in your hand, the weapon will only show up as replacement for the Concealed Weapon you have just discarded.
Corollary: When all of your vampires are tapped out, you either have a untap card or bounce card, but never both.
- Cardtext always precedes player’s wishes.
- If you come up with great deck idea or card combo, LSJ has already made a ruling which leaves a key angle of the deck/combo no longer feasible.
- If you managed to trim your deck down to 60 cards, your predator will play a Milling & “Brinkmanship” deck. This law especially applies when playing “Twister” decks.
- Either your predator is a stealth bleed deck, or your prey is a rush combat deck. Or, mostly likely, this happens at the same time.
Corollary: If you play wall deck, your prey will too.
- Your crosstable “buddies” are either noobs who never played a tournament or megalomaniacs who think they can safely go down to 1 pool in turn 4 even if their predator is playing a Giovanni powerbleed deck.
- When playing with four players and everything is looking great for you, a fifth player is showing up, and you will have to restart the game.
- When you are drafting (or opening boosters with a friend), the player next to you/your friend gets a Heart of Nizcehtus, you get Lobotomy or Crusade: Miami.
- If someone spills a drink (or any other liquid) on the table, most of liquid spills in the direction of the player who does not use card sleeves.
- If one of your deck gets stolen or lost, it’s the one with the most expensive/hard-to-get cards.
- Your decklist is only wrong, if you manage to qualify for the finals. It’s impeccable if you’re finishing without any VPs.
- Arika is a bitch (even if you control her).
All of the above can be applied to casual games, but the larger the event (tournament, qualifier or championship) is, the more probable they are.
Here’s the list of allies in VtES that are most frequently used in tournament winning decks. The number shows the number of decks where the ally appeared (at least once) on Lasombra’s TWDA(as of 13/June/2008).
- Carlton Van Wyk — 114x
- Jake Washington (Hunter) — 70x
- Mylan Horseed (Goblin) — 70x
- Gregory Winter — 56x
- Vagabond Mystic — 54x
- Ossian — 42x
- Muddled Vampire Hunter — 38x
- Procurer — 33x
- War Ghoul — 32x
- Leonardo, The Mortician — 22x
- Shambling Hordes — 22x
- Renegade Garou — 20x
So obviously the generic allies, who fit into a lot of decks, are taking the lead, while the non-unique allies like the “War Ghouls” or the “Shambling Hordes” are usually only in decks built specifically on these allies.
About a week ago ShroudFilm (a.k.a. the “Anarch Convert“) published the first episode of the “Midnight Academy“. This is a video webcast on VtES which will include tournament coverage, interviews with players, strategy discussions in the future. In this first installment ShroudFilm discusses this time a “Nergal” walldeck in detail. But see for yourself:
Damnans (a well known spanish VtES player) has build and published an online card creation tool named “Cardmaker” for VtES. The tool is very usuable and can be used to create fan-based set, storyline tournament related cards as well as cards for a Create A Clan tournament. Definetely worth checking! Read Damnans announcement for yourself:
This is a tool what allows any http://www.vtes.net/user to create cards online as easily as quickly.
Cardmaker is not just a card creation tool, but it also allows any user to save his or her cards in the http://www.vtes.net/ server, to edit or delete his or her cards, to search the Cardmaker card database, etc.
For further information about how to use Cardmaker, check the English help file:
There is an English/Spanish forum on http://www.vtes.net/ about Cardmaker, so feel free to post your comments and questions there:
I hope you to enjoy Cardmaker!
On June 14th, 2008 the VtES Spanish EC Qualifier was held in Cordoba (Spain) with 42 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings were as follows:
1. Pau Vilar (ESP) — 2 GW 10 VP — 5 VP —
2. Julio Lopez (ESP) — 2 GW 8 VP — 0 VP —
3. Cesar Ruiperez (ESP) — 2 GW 7,5 VP — 0 VP —
4. Jose Vicente Coll (ESP) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP —
5. Jorge Jimenez Muñiz (ESP) — 2 GW 6 VP — 0 VP —
Congratulations to Pau for his win of the Spanish ECQ 2008. You can find the full standings and a tournament report in the Spanish VTES forum (in spanish).