Here are the results of the “Gehenna” VtES constructed tournament in Hilversum, Netherlands. The tournament was played on March 31st, 2012 with 25 players from 3 countries (Netherlands (2), Belgium (2) and Germany (2)) participating. These are the standings after the three rounds and the final:
1. Michael B. (GER)– 1 GW 3.5 VP — 3 VP — Akunanse Wallish Toolbox
2. Bram van S. (BEL) — 2 GW 8 VP — 1 VP — Elimelech & Black Friends Toolbox
2. Peter B. (NED) — 1 GW 6.5 VP — 1 VP — Assamite Dementation Bleed feat. Thucimia
2. Izaak H. (NED) — 2 GW 7.5 VP — 0 VP — Ventrue Antitribu Grinder
2. Rene W. (NED) — 1 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
Congratulations to Michael for his victory in the tournament. He won the final in a breathtaking showdown with 1 minute on the clock left and playing with one card in his hand for the last 5 minutes.
A special episode of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Tuesday (March 27th, 2012). The three Swedish hosts interviewed the VEKN design team leader, Ben Peal. The focus of the interview was the development of upcoming VtESexpansion.
This ends the 2nd season of Cause & Effect. The next season will start around mid-April. On a related note I will do a short break, too. So only very updates on this blog for the next two weeks.
“That’s the beauty and horror of VTES, you can always be rushed cross-table.” — Anders, Swedish VtES player.
Reference: Cause & Effect (at 07:24)
I am not very much inclined to add some sort of advertisement on this blog, but vtes.de have added the EC Qualifier Support Kit 2012 on their website on March 1st, which include a t-shirt (with the motive as shown here on the right side), a set of four different boosters and 20 promo cards. The set is designated for four players and come in 4 different variations (different sizes for the t-shirts from M to XXL).
Please be aware, that the package is available only to National Coordinators or ECQ organizers.
On a related note, they have also sponsored the prize support for the upcoming German ECQ 2012, which is a factory set of the Sabbat War rare cards.
Here are the decks of the Bochum VtES League 2012 from the meeting on March 16th, 2012 (the next prey is from top to bottom), with some quick remarks about the decks being played that evening.
- Ralf — Nosferatu/Nosferatu antitribu G3/4 Obf/For Bleed — reasonable start and setup, but a single Muddled Vampire Hunter in turn two by his prey was the deck’s ultimate downfall. Also getting a master card hand jam doesn’t help either.
- Markus — Old School Malkavian Toolboxy Vote — defended quite well, but lacked forward motion for a long time due to pressure by Ralf. Got back into the game with Minion Tap and Parity Shift, but then lacked enough follow-up votes to oust Michael.
- Michael — Obf/Pre Midcap Bleed — initially had no predator and very good forward pressure, until Cesewayo got his second or third Aye. This cost Michael 2 or 3 rounds, which eventually prevented him from getting more than 1.5 VPs. But then had enough True Love’s Face to oust the wall before him.
- Hardy — Cesawayo & Friends Aye Wall — also had a very slow start. When Cesawayo (after Andrew Stuart) hit the table he was already very low on pool. But with Bowl of Convergence and multiple Aye was able to stabilize for a reasonable couple of turns, even being able to block political actions by his prey, but then run out of gas (read: untaps & pool).
- Sascha — Lasombra G2 Bleed/Vote — had a very, very slow start, but landed some heavy bleeds and top-decked a Govern the Unaligned when trying to oust Ralf before he in turn would have ousted Markus.
Result: Michael 1.5 VP, Sascha 1.5 VP, Markus 0.5 VP
Next week (March 27th, 2012), the VtES webshow “Cause & Effect” will have a special guest, the design team leader for the upcoming VtES expansion (and three time NAC champion) Ben Peal. Initially the topic of the interview will be his role within the VEKNand his work as design team leader.
Any question that you would like Ben to answer can be asked in the announcement thread on VEKN.net or sent to “causeampersandeffect (/at/) gmail (/dot/) com“.
The show will be broadcasted live (as usual) on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 (exact time is to be determined) and you will also be able to ask questions and follow-up questions at the end of the show. More information on Cause & Effect can also be found on their respective Facebook page.
The ninth episode (of the second season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Tuesday (March 21st, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak discussed gave a quick recap on their results during the Danish ECQ this year and then discussed various deck trying to (ab)use the Malkavian Madness Network.
The next episode is scheduled for the March 24th.