It’s not an Una deck, but very similar using Gerald Windham instead. According to the player who fielded the deck, it needs about 30 to 35 minutes for the setup, then bleeds for 16. twice each round! One time on the player’s own turn and then on another player’s turn (using Enkil Cog).
- Date: December 30st, 2011
Mainzer Landstr. 16-24
60325 Frankfurt am Main
- Format: Non-Sanctioned Draft Tournament
- Rounds: 2 rounds + final (each round 90 minutes only)
Draft: 18:00 to 19:00
Round 1: 19:15 – 20:45
Round 2: 20:45 – 22:15
Final: 22:15 to 23:45
- Entry Fee: 1 EUR + 2 EUR for each booster
- Content of the Draft (possibly subject to change):
3x Ebony Kingdom,
2x Legacies of Blood,
3x Third Edition
40 cards is the minimum library size (no recursion), 8 cards minimum crypt size.
- Special Rules:
- There are one copy of three extra cards which are placed in the middle of the table and can be acquired (by taking an action). See the sample cards (possibly subject to change). Update: New versions of the cards have been uploaded!
- Each players may also include 3 Aye and 3 Orun as addition to his 40+ card library. The Aye and Orun added this way don’t count for the minimum number of 40 cards of the library.
After drnlmza had posted a statistics on VEKN.net (about a week ago) on the number played during the past years as well as the average number of players in a tournament for the past 4 years, I wanted to extend the statistics for the remaining years. Basis for the the following statistics is Lasombra’s Tournament Winning Deck archive:
The statistics suggests that the actual number of tournament has increased for years while the average attendance of players is dropping more or less steadily since 2006. But I think the data base is somewhat tainted, since the data is based only on those information from Lasombra’s TWDA. It would be more interesting to also check the data from the VEKN rating system to actually cross-check this information and see if the data and the trend are actually valid. It could be also the case, that only the willingness to report the tournament winning deck has increased.
A geographical distribution is in my opinion very hard to do sensibly at the moment. For most countries there’s simple not enough sample data. When the new tournament reporting system (on VEKN.net) is up and running for year or two, we can extract more data and make some reasonable trend analysis.
One observation that I have made while looking at the raw data, is that the number of tournaments with approx. 10 to 12 players and only 2 rounds and a final has actually increased, which would explain why the average player attendance has dropped a bit.
As a marginal note: I have updated the EC Gamewin & Timeout Statistics Summary 2011 post with the information from the missing First Chance Qualifier (Paris 2010). The data from the different tournaments is now even more resembling to each other! Quite astonishing, in my opinion.
Many thanks to Pascal and especially Vincent for their efforts of getting hold of the EC FCQ 2011 Archon!
The sixth episode of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (November 27th, 2011). Center of the discussion this time are Salubri decks (in general) with special emphasis on Spirit Marionette. In addition the three Swedish hosts talk about the recent timeout discussions after this year’s European Championship and present the winner of last weeks Deck Challenge (regarding a Shalmath deck),
In its core it’s a plain, simple Bleed deck with some diversions in combat and intercept .. and the diversions are what makes your opponent guess how much combat and intercept you actually have in your deck. Which, of course, makes it difficult for him to (re)act accordingly.
After buying a rather large VtES collection (something about 14,000 cards) at the end of last year, I had (and still have) a large surplus of common and uncommon cards. So the question came up, what to with the cards.
- Throw away the cards. — Ugh. Not really my thing to throw away something useful/valuable to others.
- Donate it to the local card pool. — Maybe, but there’s no local card pool, or more important, local new players.
- Sell them in bulk on EBay. — Less work, but also less profitable (and fun).
- Sell them individually on EBay. — More profitable (perhaps), but also much more work.
- Sell them on demand/request by fellow players. — Also takes some time, but over a much longer period of time.
What I did was something different (at least I am a starting with that). Similar to the Barbed Wire Project for VtES or comparable the Pauper/Peasant formats (in MtG), I have tried to put a number of decks together, which are both cheap, sturdy, but still able to win games (or be able to make VPs at least). Since the bulk of the surplus are the mid- to late-expansions (like Black Hand, KMW, Third Edition and Sword of Caine) I am starting with the Sabbat clans, and maybe extending the deck building to the four independent clans from Lords of the Nights. Eventually I am planning to sell those decks, at whatever opportunity arises, from local tournaments to fellow players (in Germany).
When building a deck, it always starts with looking at the disciplines a clan has reasonable access to (also known as “clan disciplines), and looking up which are the commons (and uncommons) I have for these disciplines. This defines the basic stock of that deck, and most likely the direction the deck is gonna take (bleed, vote, combat, ally, ..). These cards are complemented by a few cards requiring the clan in question (i.e. a Hunting Ground). Then I add master and minion cards which have no requirements, but are useful in general or for the deck’s direction.
At last, I am looking at the crypt. The vampires are taken from group 3-4 or group 4-5, since these are the expansions I have in surplus. I almost exclusively go for the low- to mid-cap vampires, because for a beginner’s decks I think it’s important that a player has access to a lot of actions, and is not just sitting around with 1 or 2 vampires, of which only one will act, since the second would often only be kept for blocking purposes then. With three or even four vampires at hand, you can act with two or three vampires depending on the situation at the table.
Then I start actually building the deck(s), making slight adjustments if I don’t have the proper number of cards in my surplus stock (both for crypt and library) for 3 to 4 copies of the deck. The next step is to take playtest the deck. First in the casual rounds and after a game or two I play them in our (bi-)weekly league rounds. During this I try to optimize the deck (within the same limits as before) and come to a version which I am content with.
Of course, these decks could be even better if I would allow myself to add more rare cards to it, but that’s not really the point of the exercise. And of course, these decks cannot be considered tier 1 (or even maybe tier-2), but against other casual decks (with or without rare cards) they can hold their ground, and score a victory point or two and an occasional gamewin should be possible, too.
In the following weeks, I will present these decks here on the blog, starting with a Tzimisce Bleed deck tomorrow.