“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