“That was not deal, that was a suggestion.” — Hector (Spanish VtES Player)
After reading the latest VtES tournament report from Stockholm, I was just thinking:
On June 16th, 2012 the Belgian VtES EC Qualifier was held in Brussels, Belgium, this time only with 9 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Martin Schumacher (GER) — 1 GW 3 VP — 1.5 VP — Black Hand Reunion Kamut
2. Koen Tabak (NED) — 2 GW 7 VP — 1 VP — Inner Circle Bleed w/ Tech
2. Bram van Stappen (BEL) — 1 GW 3 VP — 0.5 VP — Elimlech/Sennadurek/Neighbour John Toolbox
2. Emiliano Imeroni (ITA) — 1 GW 3 VP — 0.5 VP — Osebo Pot Rush w/ 419 Operation
2. Didi Range (GER) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Ishtarri Pre/Cel/For/Obf Vote
Congratulations to Martin for winning the Belgian ECQ 2012.
Despite the fact that I build two new decks this week (from old concepts/decklists) for the next tournament (the Belgian ECQ this weekend), I currently have little to no motivation to build new VtES decks. This largely because I really begin to miss an influx of new cards for VtES. That is, the last expansion Heirs to the Blood was released more than two years ago (February 3rd, 2010), and I desperately need some inspiration in this matter.
I know there’s a plethora of cards, especially from the Heirs to the Blood, Ebony Kingdom and Lords of Night, that might be explored, but I have some doubts that I can build new competitive decks from these unexplored cards.
So come on, VEKN Design Team, .. and publish the new set anytime soon!
Pronunciation: IPA: /ˈlæŋ.gwɪd/
Etymology: From Latin languidus (“faint, weak, dull, sluggish, languid”).
- Lacking enthusiasm, energy, or strength; drooping or flagging from weakness, fatigue, or lack of energy; indisposed to exertion; sluggish; relaxed: as, languid movements; languid breathing.
- Heavy; dull; dragging; wanting spirit or animation; listless; apathetic.
This month’s deck is the tournament winning deck “African Library” played by James Messer (winning the NAC 2012 Last Chance Qualifier), an Osebo Toolbox/Wallish deck. There were a large number of suitable candidates to choose from this month. Among them Carlos Tomás’ Hermanas Menor Rush Combat deck, Robert Fängler’s Imbued Gehenna deck, Adam Hulse’s Tzimisce Asanbonsam Ghoul deck, Izaak Havelaar’s Followers of Set Spell of Life deck or Robert Scythe’s Valley of the Shadow of Death deck.
But in the end I choose James’ deck (even though it contains the card-de-jour Ashur Tablets), because
- it’s a very toolboxy deck with an emphasis on blocking/fighting,
- there are 46 different cards in a 72 card deck,
- he was winning with the Osebo,
- he was winning a 45 player tournament with the Osebo,
- the deck is using 4 different discipline (Auspex, Celerity, Potence and Thaumaturgy,
- it’s using cards rarely seen in tournament winning decks like Enforcer, Blood Shield or Ancestor’s Insight
The results of the VtES North American Championship 2012, which was played on May 31st to June 3rd 2012 in Columbus, Ohio have been disclosed. 35 players played in the First Chance Qualifier tournament on June 3rd, and the standings after 3 rounds and the final round were as follows:
1. James Messer (USA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 3 VP — Lasombra Presence Vote
2. Hugh Angseesing (UK) — 2 GW 7 VP — 1 VP –Assamite G4/5 Aus/Cel/Obf
2. Peter Kapsalis (USA) — 1 GW 3 VP — 1 VP — Tremere/!Tremere antitribu feat. Valerius
2. Randal Rudstam (SWE) — 1 GW 6.5 VP — 0 VP — Imbued Bleed
2. Brian Moritz (USA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Theo/Beast G1/2 Potence Rush
Congratulations to James for winning the NAC First Chance Qualifier 2012. This is the second major tournament James was winning during NAC 2012 and the third final he was playing. You can find the tournament deck and the full standing on VEKN.net.
The results of the VtES North American Championship 2012, which was played on May 31st to June 3rd, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio have been disclosed. 25 players played in the final NAC tournament on June 2nd, and the standings after 3 rounds and the final round were as follows:
1. Martin Randers (DEN) — 2 GW 7 VP — 1.5 VP — “3 Inches of Danish Steel”
2. James Messer (USA) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Ahrimanes Bleed
2. John Bell (USA) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Kiasyd Faerie Wards
2. Adam Hulse (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0.5 VP — Tzimisce Asanbonsam Ghoul Toolbox
2. Matt Strehlow (USA) — 2 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP — Turbo Baron
Congratulations to Martin for winning the NAC 2012. You can find the tournament winning deck and the full standings on VEKN.net.
The results of the VtES North American Championship 2012, which was played on May 31st to June 3rd, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio have been disclosed. 46 players played in the NAC Day 1 tournament (which serves as qualifier for the Day 2 tournament) on June 1st, and the standings after 3 rounds and the final round were as follows:
1. Randal Rudstam (SWE) — 2 GW 6 VP — 5 VP — Lutz Obf/Pre Vote
2. Hugh Angseesing (UK) — 3 GW 11 VP — 0 VP — Ventrue Antitribu Grinder
2. Jen Goldberg (USA) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Tremere/Tremere antitribu Bleed
2. Evan Lloyd (USA) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Inner Circle G4 Vote w/ Protected Resources
2. Eric Chiang (USA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Tup Dog Rush Combat
Congratulations to Randal for winning the NAC 2012 Day 1 tournament. You can find the tournament winning deck and full standings on VEKN.net.
The results of the VtES North American Championship 2012, which was played on May 31st to June 3rd, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio have been disclosed. 45 players played in the Last Chance Qualifier tournament on May 31st, and the standings after 3 rounds and the final round were as follows:
1. James Messer (USA) — 2 GW 8 VP — 4 VP — Osebo Toolbox
2. Connor Bell (USA) — 2 GW 7 VP — 1 VP —
2. Evan Lloyd (USA) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP —
2. Selen Turkay (USA) — 2 GW 6 VP — 0 VP —
2. Jay Kristoff (USA) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP —
Congratulations to James for winning the NAC Last Chance Qualifier 2012. You find the tournament winning deck and the full standings on VEKN.net
Yesterday the details of another Continental VtES Championship have been announced. The South American VtES Championship is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilfrom November 15th to 18th, 2012. The schedule for the tournament basically looks like this:
- November 14th — Arrival Day
- November 15th — Last Chance Qualifier
- November 16th — Brazilian VtES Championship 2012
- November 17th — South American VtES Championship 2012
- November 17th — VTES Mercosul Cup 2012 (for the non-qualified players)
Beside posting in the announcement thread on VEKN.net, you can also contact the event coordinator, Fernando Cesar by email (sydnelson1 (/at/) yahoo (/dot/) com (/dot/) br).
More information can be found on the VtES Rio blog, more specifically the subpages for the SAC 2012 (in english).
In Vampire: the Masquerade Frenzy is a state of mind to which a vampire changes when starving, being threatened or angered to the extreme. In this state, the vampire doesn’t follow rationale anymore, but succumbs to his inner Beast. He follows his instincts, feeding on the next victim available, attacking those who anger/threatening him or fleeing from the terror he’s experiencing.
In VtES Frenzy is a keyword/trait with no inherent game effect. Here’s a list of cards which are considered Frenzy cards in VtES (mostly because I couldn’t find one on the interwebs). Frenzy cards usually have either two effects, they allow a vampire to enter combat with another vampire or they prevent the vampire subject to the Frenzy card from using equipment and/or maneuvering. Interestingly not only cards requiring Animalism are Frenzy cards, but there some requiring Presence.
- Battle Frenzy
- Brujah Frenzy
- Deep Song
- Drawing out the Beast
- Scourge of Alecto
- Terror Frenzy
These Frenzy cards that can be canceled by Abombwecards and some equipment and master cards provide immunity against Frenzy cards:
- Bestial Vengeance — immunity during the current combat
- Blade of Enoch — immunity for the bearer
- Call the Wild Hunt — immunity during the current combat
- Sire’s Index Finger — immunity for the bearer
Also a number of vampires are “immune” to the effects of Frenzy cards:
Right when the NAC 2012 took place last weekend in Columbus, Ohio, the website for the biggest VtES this year, the EC 2012 is going live. The VtES European Continental Championship 2012 takes place from October 26th to 28th, 2012 in Budapest, Hungary. The website now contains
- information/schedule on the event
- registration for the event
- information on Budapest
- information on the hotel where the event takes place.