The diagram above shows number of posts in the VtES Usenet Newsgroup (since 2000) and the dramatic decline of posts after LSJ had announced leaving the newsgroup and the appearance of the VEKN forum (both at the end of 2010). Especially the last two month show an unprecedented low in posts to the Newsgroup.
- Mustafa Rahman, Ohanna, Samson — Weenie Dominate, what’s not to love ..
- Zoe, Martin Frankel, Isabel de Leon — Weenie Auspex, what’s not to love .. ok, it’s a different kind of love than for those guys above!
- Uncle George, Eddie Gaines, Midget — the only question is: Mono-Dementation or Dementation Stealth Bleed?
- Matthias, Carna, Anneke, Maris Streck — wall, Wall, WALL!
- Anson, Nana Buruki, Cybele — because you know, there’s some master card shenanigan coming up.
- Antonio d’Erlette, Horatio, Isabel Giovanni — we all love allies!
- Beast, Enkidu, Tariq — serious beatings are ensured ..
- Lutz, Arika — the Inner Circles with a big, fat cross-hair on their forehead.
Any more vampires you hate, when they show up?
Here are the results of the “Zoning Board” VtES constructed tournament in Arnhem, Netherlands after 3 rounds and final. The tournament was played on March 26th, 2011 with 18 players participating. Here are the standings after the final round:
1. Izaak H. — 2 GW 8.5 VP — 1.5 VP — Assamite Black Hand Bleed
2. Jelmer W. — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Giovanni feat. Anu Bleed & Bounce
2. Sebastian — 1 GW 5 VP — 0.5 VP — Ventrue antitribu Grinder
2. Pieter H. — 1 GW 5 VP — 0.5 VP — Tupdog/Nephandus Rush
2. Koen T. 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Akunanse with Tunnel Runners
Congratulations to Izaak for his victory in the tournament. You can also find the tournament winning deck in the Dutch VtES forum.
“Well, you really can’t expect gratitude when you punch them into torpor, even if you rescue them later!” — The dying thoughts of Erinyi (Master of Rock Cats).
Here are the results of “Baron’s Birthday Battle: Frankfurt” VtES Constructed tournament in Karben, Germany (near Frankfurt a.M.) after 3 rounds and the final. The tournament was played on March 27th, 2010 with 16 players participating. Here are the standings after 3 rounds and the final round:
1. Gerold P. — 1 GW 6 VP — 1.5 VP — Toreador/Toreador antitribu Aus/Cel/Pro Wall
2. Rudolf G. — 1 GW 5 VP — 1.5 VP — Kiasyd G4/5 Stealth Bleed w/ Nocturns
2. Ralf L. — 2 GW 5 VP — 1 VP — Rockcats & Friends Rush Combat
2. Erol H. — 2 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Inner Circle G2 feat. Maris Streck/Huitzi (Council of Doom)
2. Joscha D. — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Kiasyd G4/5 Stealth Bleed w/ Nocturns
When JHattara (as author & administrator of the Secret Library website) was asked in the VEKN forum, if the author/deck builder should be named in the VtES tournament winning deck reports as well as the player who won the tournament, he said:
“Of course the original designer should be credited, but in TWDA the player goes before (and the designer should be mentioned in the Description field). No matter how good deck you play, the player himself plays a significant part in VTES.“
I totally agree with the above statement. Most players (or maybe even some non-VtES players) can build a decent VtES decks that is capable of winning a tournament (large or small). But playing a deck is an entirely different matter, since it’s not just about the mechanics or the theoretically best play in a given situation, but other things like the overall situation at the table and table talk between players have to be considered, too.
I even daresay, that the truly good players are able to win with really not overly good decks (to say the least). Examples for this are (in my opinion) some decks played by the American players Matt Morgan and Jay Kristoff, e.g. the Fuzzface deck by Matt or the Nosferatu Toolbox w/ Trophies by Jay.
So, while the original creator of the deck surely deserves some credits, the more significant part of making a deck a tournament winning one is done by the actual player.