Some of you already know me, some don’t.
I’m not a good player, I just like the game mechanics and original deck engineering. When I go to tournaments ’round the world I’m always ousted because of stupid mistakes or because I keep trusting deceptive people (but this is my own business ;) )
This thread is about one of the worst vampires in the game : Arika.
- Because you can be her prey.
- Because this vampire is grossly overpowered. You pay 11 pool for a vampire that should cost 14.
- Bcause her special will screw most decks by pure luck. Creepshow Casino + Hungry Coyote, bye bye…
- Because people play her as the Malkavian Inner Circle, since unlike Leandro she has DOM/OBF.
- Because every round I play in a tournament, she’s on the table. Boring.
- Because I want to actually burn her each time she plays Obedience on my Thetmes. (next time it’ll be Ur Shulgi)
- Because she’s minion tapped for 10 and then Queen Anne plays 5th Tradition cloaked in the labyrinth.
- Because other Inner Circle suck in comparison.
- Because when Arika is around, there is no place for imagination. Obedience and Govern the Unaligned all the way.
- Because Ventrue should not have an easy access to Obfuscate? Barring Suhaila and her funky disciplines =)
- Because I love every other vampire except her. And Lambach. And Queen Anne. And Meschenka. And Smudge. And all the bad vampires that ruin my tournaments
Reyda quoted from his 2002 posting “I hate Arika” (original post in the Usenet newsgroup).
Two clan newsletters have been posted in the “rec.trading-cards.jyhad” usenet newsgroup this month. Beside using a newgroup reader, you can also access the newsgroup by Google Groups.
The “Follower of Set” newsletter’s title looks a bit strange, but it was posted in late August regardless.
White Wolf has added the products for the next VtES expansion “Keepers of Tradition” to their online catalog. That is
- VTES: Keepers of Tradition Booster Display — Stock #: 2791
- VTES: Keepers of Tradition Booster Pack — Stock #: 2792
- VTES: Keepers of Tradition Starter Display — Stock #: 2793
- VTES: Keepers of Tradition Brujah Starter Deck — Stock #: 2794
- VTES: Keepers of Tradition Malkavian Starter Deck — Stock #: 2795
- VTES: Keepers of Tradition Toreador Starter Deck — Stock #: 2796
- VTES: Keepers of Tradition Ventrue Starter Deck — Stock #: 2797
The release date for these products is November 5th, 2008. The accompanying text reads like this:
The firm hand rules all!
The Camarilla is the universal organization of vampires that speaks for and legislates every vampire in the world (at least, in theory). Bound by a number of Traditions detailing the creation, behavior and destruction of Kindred, the sect also strives to hide to existence of all vampire activity from mortal eyes. This deception, called the Masquerade, is at the core of the Camarilla’s existence; the struggle to universally uphold the Masquerade is what drives much of the sect’s policy and direction.
A new expansion for Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
- 4 new starter decks
- Over 24 starter-exclusive cards
On August 23rd, 2008 the VtES New Zealand AC Qualifier 2008 was held in Wellington, New Zealand with ?? players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings were as follows:
1. Greg Benseman (NZL) — 2 GW 8 VP — 3 VP — Akunanse Wall
2. Steve McRoy (NZL) — 1 GW 3 VP — 2 VP — Ravnos Dominate bleed
2. Jordan Green (NZL) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Lasombra toolbox
2. Amanda Fitzwater (NZL) — 1 GW 3 VP — 0 VP — Speed Shamblers
2. Simon Reed (NZL) — 0 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Assamite Bleed / Vote
Congratulations to Greg for his win of the New Zealand ACQ 2008. You can find the complete standings and a tournament report, and the tournament winning deck in the Usenet newsgroup.
To speed things up a little bit I will give you the list of “Animalism“, “Auspex” and “Celerity” cards which are most frequently used in tournament winning decks. The number shows the number of decks where the retainer appeared (at least once) on Lasombra’s TWDA(as of 13/June/2008).
“Cats’ Guidance” at the top, I would have guessed that “Raven Spy” would be on the first place. Also surprisingly good are “Canine Horde” and “Army Rats“.
Not surprisingly the bleed bounce cards (and reduction!) cards are in the top five, with “Enhanced Senses” (+2 intercept) and “Eagle Sight” (cross-table intercept) completing the picture.
From my point of view there are some surprises here. I would have thought that “Psyche” and “Blur” would rank higher in the list.
On August 24th, 2008 the VtES Newcastle AC Qualifier 2008 was held in Newcastle, Australia with 21 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings were as follows:
1. Brett Tassell (AUS) — 1 GW 5 VP — 4 VP — Toreador Antitribu Wall w/ .44 Magnums
2. Ben Szymkow (AUS) — 1 GW 7 VP — 1 VP — FoS Typhonic Beast Bruise/Bleed
2. John Merton (AUS) — 3 GW 11 VP — 0 VP — Brujah Antitribu Combat
2. Jahn Barfoed (AUS) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Weenie CEL w/ WWS, Zip Guns & Camera Phones
2. Paul Azzopardi (AUS) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Malkavian/!Malkavian Stealth Bleed
Congratulations to Brett for his win of the Newcastle ACQ 2008. You can find the complete standings and a tournament report in the Usenet newsgroup.
These are the results of the “Feestake: Tilburg” VtES Constructed tournament in Tilburg, Netherlands after 3 rounds + final. The tournament was played on August 24th, 2008 with 18 players participating. Here are the standings after the final round:
1. Izaak H. — 2 GW 7 VP — 3 VP — Malkavian Antitribu Bleed & Block
2. Peter B. — 1 GW 7 VP — 2 VP — Salubri/Tremere Antitribu Spirit Marionette
2. Paul W. — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Nakhthorheb & Setite Friends do evil stuff
2. Ralf L. — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Anarch Weenie Presence Undue Influence
2. Manuel N. — 1 GW 4,5 VP — 0 VP — Ventrue Powerbleed
Congratulations to Izaak for his victory in the final round and the tournament. You can find the complete final standings, a tournament report and the winner’s decklist in the Usenet newsgroup.
Left: The place we played at, the “Theseus” in Tilburg.
Right: Round 1, Table 1: Three different types of combat decks struggling for the win. Hardy’s Bruise&Bleed, Izaak’s Wall and Bart’s Rush Combat.
Left: Round 1, Table 2: Two bleed decks (after Bart and I got ousted) and a struggling combat deck (Joachim’s Gangrel Antitribu).
Right: Round 2, Table 1: Bart’s Beast Rush Combat faces Izaak’s Malkavian Antitribu Wall again.
Left: Round 2, Table 2: The table goes into timeout after Prim managed to oust Bart. Observe Debbie’s Anarchs w/ full gear.
Right: Final Round: The final table with Izaak’s and Peter’s decks being quite dominant, the rest (Manuel, Paul and myself) mere “victims” of these two.