During the Day 2 tournament of the EC Vincent (french VTES player) is asked about his consent passing an Alastor vote. To which he agrees providing only a Helicopter is fetched in the process. But when Dmitra as a new Alastor gets an AK-47 instead, the betrayed Vincent dryly replies:
“Oh, Helicopter has got a new picture.”
I read some rule questions about the Shadow Court Satyr (SCS) and checked the VtES Usenet Newsgroup for some answers and finally came up with the short “Questions and Answers” summary for the card. Most of the information is taken from the VtES Usenet Newsgroup “rec.games.trading-cards.jyhad“, some from VEKN.net.
Question: Can I play any combat card on Shadow Court Satyr.
Answer: Yes, any combat card. But the question is if SCS can actually use them in combat, e.g. he still needs to meets the requirements of that combat card and he must be able to pay its cost.
Question: Can I use Taste of Vitae on Shadow Court Satyr?
Answer: Yes, in combat SCS can use Taste of Vitae, because the clause “as a vampire” also applies here, too, even though Taste of Vitae doesn’t require a discipline (covered by the “if any” sub-clause at the end of the card text).
Here are the results of the VtES South American Championship 2012, which was played on November 17th, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with 15 players attending the final tournament. The standings of the final round were as follows:
1. Sergio Nascimento (BRA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 5 VP — Antonio d’Erlette Nephandus
2. Filipe Iorio (BRA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP —
2. Anderson Garcia (BRA) — 2 GW 9 VP — 0 VP —
2. Roberto Pascek (BRA) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Stanislava Renegade Garou Rush/Bloat
2. André Ribeiro (BRA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP —
Congratulations to Sergio for winning the South American Championship 2012. You can find the tournament winning deck in the VEKN.net forum and more information on VtES Rio</a. Sydnelson also has uploaded a ton of pictures of the event on Skydrive.
On November 16th, 2012 the Brazilian National VtES Championship 2012 was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with 20 players attending the tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Roberto Pascek (BRA) — 2 GW 7 VP — Animalism Combat
2. Anderson Garcia (BRA) — 2 GW 7 VP —
2. Sergio Nascimento (BRA) — 2 GW 5,5 VP — Malgorzata & Friends Bloat
2. Fernanda Nunes (BRA) — 1 GW 8 VP —
2. Tiago Honorato (BRA) — 1 GW 5 VP — Brujah/Brujah antitribu G1/2 Cel Gun
Congratulations to Roberto for his win of the Brazilian Nationals 2012. The final standings and the tournament winning deck have been posted in the VEKN.net and VTES Rio respectively.
The seventh episode (of the fourth season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (November 25th, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak talk about the Ventrue Lawfirm decktype and its variations, especially with regards to the crypt composition.
The UK National VtES Championship 2012 has been played on November 24th, 2012 in London, UK with 17 players attending the tournament. The standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Hugh Angseesing (UK) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 1.5 VP — Brujah antritribu feat. Anson Cel Gun
2. Fernando Viciano (ESP) — 3 GW 10 VP — 0.5 VP — Ventrue G1/2 Lawfirm
2. Boris Mailhé (UK) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0.5 VP — Euro-Brujah
2. Matt Boon (UK) — 1 GW 3.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Toreador antitribu antitribu Breed&Boon
2. Artur Siupik (POL) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Weenie Celerity Gun
Congratulations to Hugh for his win of the UK Nationals 2012. You can find the tournament winning deck and the final standings in the VEKN.net forum.
On November 25th, 2012 the German National VtES Championship 2012 was held in Bad Nauheim, Germany with 10 players attending the final tournament. The final standings after three rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Merijn van der Vliet (NED) — 1 GW 3 VP — 4 VP
2. Joscha Düll (GER) — 1 GW 6.5 VP — 1 VP
2. Robert Fängler (GER) — 1 GW 6.5 VP — 0 VP
2. Ralf Weppner (GER) — 1 GW 3 VP — 0 VP
2. Dietmar Range (FRA) — 0 GW 5 VP — 0 VP
Congratulations to Merijn for his win of the German Draft Championship 2012. The seven boosters drafted were 2x Third Edition, 2x Sword of Caine, 2x Third Edition and 1x Black Hand (in that order), resulting in a large number decks playing Black Hand, and especially Seraph tech (read: Tattoo Signal).
On November 24th, 2012 the German National VtES Championship 2012 was held in Bad Nauheim, Germany with 16 players attending the final tournament. The final standings after three rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Martin Schumacher (GER) — 1 GW 4 VP — 2.5 VP — Gerald Windham & Friends Dom/For/Tha Bleed
2. Alexander Tüschen (GER) — 2 GW 7.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Tremere G2/3 feat. Carna Wall
2. Ali Almadhi (GER) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0.5 VP — Kiasyd/Lasombra G4/5 Nocturn Bleed
2. Rudolf Garski (GER) — 2 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Tremere/Tremere antitribu G4/5 Big Cap Bleed/Vote
2. Ralf Weppner (GER) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Tzimisce G4/5 Stealth/Bleed
Congratulations to Martin for his win of the German National Championship 2012. While for the Draft/Limited German Championships two players could win that championship already in a row, this is the first time that a player could defend his title in the Constructed format as well.
This is a primer for those VtES players planning to attend their first VtES tournament. The article describes what you can expect, how to prepare for a tournament and what are the do’s and dont’s during a VtES tournament,
So you are going to attend a VtES tournament, and you are nervous at hell. Then then first thing you need to do is relax. I mean it. The people you are going to play with (or against) are a bunch of nice people (usually) and VtES tournaments are handled way more relaxed than in most other trading card games.
VtES tournaments are the organized form of a multi-round games. That means each players participates in two or three games (rounds). Each game consists of four or five players which are randomly assigned to these games. There is no arrangement of tables during these initial rounds based on the player’s performance of the previous rounds. After the two or three preliminary rounds the player’s scores from these rounds are added up, and the top 5 players are advancing to the final round. In this final round the winner of the tournament is determined, the winner of the final is also the winner of the tournament. (The other players at the final table are all automatically placed on the second place).
The month’s deck for October 2012 is the tournament winning deck “Chorripan Festival” played by Javier Rodríguez Fernández (ESP). The deck is an Baali (& Infernal Friends) Shatter the Gates Wall deck. Basically it’s a wall deck using Magic of the Smith to tool up and then defend Shatter the Gates (using Auspex mostly) later on. Beside Nergal, it uses two less often seen vampires, namely Petaniqua (Adv) and Valerius Maior. The only thing I find rather strange is, that the deck doesn’t use at least some Undying Thirst (in addition (or instead) of Bloodstorm of Chorazin), and perhaps one Smiling Jack.
This month luckily there was a very wide range of candidates, mostly thanks to the EC 2012 and a couple of National Championships (earlier in October). I rather liked Péter Talmásci’s Legacy of Pander (with some rather nasty additions like Leandro and Anarch Revolts) Paul O’Connor’s Aus/Pot 419 Operation deck (and after correcting the decklist (see comments below) I know understand how he beats down other vampires), Zoltan Komora’s Masika & Friends Celerity Sticks (my number two choice this month), David Wittmann’s Hektor Dogs of War (using the synergy of Amaranth and Dogs of War) and Enrico De Stefano’s Khazaar’s Diary Burn Option (who uses allies with a burn option to slim his deck and provide fodder for the Giovanni wraith generation later on).
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The seventh episode (of the fourth season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (November 19th, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak talk about different decks using the Group 1/2 Toreador, namely Anson, Alexandra and Anneke. The three decks discussed are Triple-AAA. Toreador Tap&Bleed and Toreador Aching Beauty.
In the Finals are boring. Pt. 1: Slow Play Johannes mentioned the DGT Cube for keeping track of time in multiplayer games. DGT is a dutch company, producing mainly digital clocks and electronic boards for chess, but started recently to develop clocks for multiplayer games. So this drew my interest as the DTG cube looks like interesting tool for getting more information where/which players/decks take how much time in a game of VtES. A comment on YouTube described the cube as useful for those suffering from “chronic analysis paralysis” ..
The DTG cube according to the description six different modes for time keeping:
- Move Timer
- Move Timer + Save
- Count Down Game Timer
- Count Up Game Timer
- Turn Counter
Especially the fourth mode seems to be useful to check how much time each of the players use up during a game. To get some useful overall results, I think the following needs to be recorded:
- Total time played
- Total number of turns
- VP distribution
- Type of deck played (per players)
- Number of turns played (per player)
- Time a player used (per player)
I ordered such a time keeping cube this week, and hopefully I can gather some interesting data on time consumption in VtES. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I have a sufficient amount of data.
that a Tunnel Runner can have easily +3 stealth during a bleed without playing a card (and that’s not even the maximum, I think). The main point is that the Tunnel Runner says that he can burn a life to+1 stealth, but it’s not restricted by the “once each action” or the “during X, do Y” templates. So he can use his special multiple times during action. So he can burn two life to get +1 stealth, then tap Vagabond Mystique for an extra life, burn that life and get the third +1 stealth. Simple.
As you see I’m currently in the VtES silly mode:
Take a shot/sip when …
- .. your card gets canceled (DI/Sudden/Wash).
- .. your vote got delayed.
- .. combat is canceled (Mirror Walk, Change of Target, Obedience, ..)
- .. you got bled successfully for more than four.
- .. a minion is burned by Archon Investigation.
- .. you do something else as first activity other than untapping in your untap phase.
- .. you control the Edge and you lose it to your predator (makes the endgame also quicker ..)
- .. your action got blocked by a player other than your prey or predator (undirected action).
- .. your action got blocked by a player other than the target of your action (directed action).
Take two shots/sips when …
- .. someone has to remind you that it’s your turn.
- .. you double your pool (or more) with a single action or a single master card played/used.
- .. a vampire is burned in combat or diablerized.
- .. a minion you don’t control plays Voter Captivation or is refilled with Giants Blood.
- .. you forgot the Edge, Hunting Ground, .. or any other beneficial, but optional effect.
- .. you take pool damage by a political action you’re calling (includes Lutz as your predator, Ancient Influence, etc.)
Take three shots/sips when …
- .. you oust somebody other than your prey (excluding yourself).
- .. your prey is ousted when it’s not your turn (includes Fame, using Enkil Cog, ..).
- .. you diablerize (or otherwise burn) a vampire you control.
Empty the bottle or glass, when
The following has been posted on February 10th, 2009 by John Flourney in the VtES Usenet Newsgroup:
I’ve mentioned in other threads that some of the vampires in KoT come from a supplement White Wolf printed for Mind’s Eye Theatre.
Since I co-authored that supplement (and was responsible for creating the specific vampires for it), LSJ was nice enough to let me provide the guidelines to be given to the artists making the art for those 20-odd vampires that got made into VTES cards. The general length and content matched some samples LSJ had given me of notes for previous vamps, so this should give some idea of the sort of notes artists typically receive.
Let me caveat this by saying I had no idea which artists would get which vampires, and I don’t know how much time any of them had or if any had to be rushed by a substitute artist under extreme time pressures or any of that. And of course the artists could embellish or ignore the notes given as they chose; they were very much just meant as guidelines, not absolutes.
The EC 2012 was another very nice major VtES tournament. From an organizational point of view it was very well organized. All tournaments started (almost) on time (the FCQ was the only (minor) exception, I think). And not a single printer malfunction! Within walking distance of the event location (somewhat near the city center of Budapest) there were plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants, and for the thrifty spenders a couple of (super) markets were available as well. But the organization is one thing, the players are another. And this is why I really liked the event. Lots of nice talks to fellow VtES players, lots of interesting games, lots of opportunities to meet people you usually meet online. For one I liked the fact at almost every table there were players from five different nations. Which brings me to the maybe single flaw of the EC. There were a few players, who only spoke very, very basic English and that (frankly) makes it a pain in the a.. to communicate. Some of these players then choose decks which need communication! You may be able to see the problem? But in the end it was a minor nuisance in an overall good tournament and generally very pleasant atmosphere. Many thanks again to the Hungarian organizers and judges, most prominently Milan, Tibor and Josezf!
Here are some observations I made during this years European Championship:
- The decks most often used during the EC tournaments (not an exact ranking, just a general impression by browsing through them):
- All sort of big cap vote (bleed) deck
- Lutz (OBF/PRE) in general)
- Undele/Dimitra/.. FOR/CEL/PRE Vote
- Toreador G1/2
- Gangrel G1/2
- Toreador Triple-A
- Lasombra G2/3
- Tremere G4/5
- Ventrue G4/5 Lawfirms
- Brujah G4/5 Lawfirm
- Animalism Rush (or Ani/Pot Rush)
- Weenie Auspex (with and without Anarch Revolts)
- Ventrue Grinder
- Ahrimanes Wall
- Tzimisce G2/3 Wall
- Tremere Bleed
- Euro Brujah
- Giovanni G2/3 Powerbleed
- Malkavian/Malkavian antitribu Kindred Spirits Stealth&Bleed
- Kiasyd Stealth&Bleed
- Some but not very many ally decks (War Ghoul, Nephandus, Shambling Hordes and Renegade Garou)
- A huge comeback of G1/2 (and G2/3). Especially all sorts of Princes/Justicars/IC decks around, especially the Toreador (Alexandra, Anson & Anneke) and the Gangrel (Stanislava, Ingrid Rossler) stood out.
- Favourite vampires were (in no particular order): Nana, Anson, Cybele, Unnamed, Alexandra, Stanislava, Carna, Lodin.
- Most prominent Library cards:
- If you want to be successful, your deck musthave at least one (better two) of the following four disciplines:
- Dominate — Presence— Auspex — Animalism
- If you play Govern the Unaligned, better play lots of it. Most decks that had Govern the Unaligned included, played 10 to 14.
- Princes are good, Justicars are better. Just to be able to play Temptation of Greater Power.
- Once per game, you see Villein and Giants Blood. Not even once I saw the Giant’s being canceled by Sudden Reversal or Wash (if I remember correctly). Most discarded master card, Giants Blood.
- Related to the statement above: Is (non-Dominate, non-IC) bleed a viable option anymore? I think so. But players have to learn when facing those big cap/high pool gain decks, that they need to play more Sudden Reversal (and Wash). And not just one or two copies, but four to eight. Ben Peal showcased this already in 2010 with this Kiasyd Fastball which contained five Sudden Reversal (in 90 cards). I also build a Kiasyd Stealth Bleed deck, which contained 7 Sudden Reversal (on 90 cards). One of our local players played a Weenie Dementation deck lately, which he described as having only two different master cards: Sudden Reversal and Dreams of the Sphinx.
- Fewer Hearts than expected. Lost a bet to Marko, where I proposed that each and every table will see a Heart of Nizchetus played. At maximum 2/3 of the tables I saw had a Heart in play. Mostly because I played it myself ..
- Sleeper hit cards:
See you in Stockholm (Sweden) next year!
Here’s the consolidated list of VtES library & crypt cards for the upcoming VtES expansion Danse Macbre as they were shown during the EC 2012 (in Budapest, Hungary) on October 25th, 2012:
- Crypt Cards:
- A Tzimisce (capacity 9). Archbishop of Guatemala with all superior in-clan disciplines plus superior Protean and a additional inferior discipline. An ability to steal retainers/allies as +1 stealth.
- A Brujah antitribu (capacity 9) Cardinal with all in-clan superior plus dom and for, and she has +1 stealth on political actions.
- A independent Lasombra (capacity 8) with in-clan superior (plus one or two inferior disciplines?). And the ability that she pays 1 less blood for Obtenebration cards.
- A Gangrel antitribu (“Synner-G“) (capacity 5-6) with two disciplines on superior and one inferior(?). An ability to untap after equipping with electronic equipment.
- Library Cards:
- An Obtenebration/Potence combat card, that is similar to Carrion Crows/Groaning Corpse, dealing “environmental” damage at short range. The card also provides a maneuver (only usable to maneuver to short).
- A Black Hand action card that fetches vampires from the crypt and (if the vampire is another Black Hand) also moves a blood from the blood bank to it.
- A Celerity/Protean action modifier. At inferior it provides +1 stealth. At superior it untaps the acting vampire after a successful action. No cost!
- A political action requiring a titled Sabbat that steals 3 blood from a younger vampire to the vampire who called the vote.
The cards were fully done, i.e beside the game text they also contained finished artworks! Sorry, still no pictures or exact information.
Here’s a reader’s digest of silly rules questions (yes, there a few), that have been asked in the VtES Usenet Newsgroup.
- As all the Daughters of Cacophony are female, may a male vampire Clan Impersonate into that Clan ?
- If my prey has not discarded anything yet, and has Huitzilopochtli in play with 1 blood and a 10 counter Call the Great Beast, can I Temptation him, then add a counter to the Beast, choosing Bardo, Mortis, and… umm… I dunno, Hypothermia? Just to make sure that I don’t accidentally give him a discipline that he can use?7
- Why is it “Rat’s Warning”, but “Cats’ Guidance”; shouldn’t it be “Cat’s Guidance” as well?
- I know it’s of no real importance at all, but it keeps nagging in the back of my head: how do I pronounce “read” in Read Intentions?
- Is the Inner Circle a Circle? It shares the same card text area as the regular BB circles; the only difference is a period.
Here’s an easy template to follow for building fatty decks these days:
- Pick 12 vampires, which ..
- .. have a 8+ capacity,
- .. have a title worth 2 votes or more, and/or
- .. have a cool special (if no votes, the special has to be cool and powerful).
- Build Mastercard section
- Add Actions, but only those an 8+ cap should be doing:
- Add 2 Mind Rape or 10+ Govern if you play Dominate, nothing else matters for Dominate actions.
- Add 2-4 Entrancements for stealing allies if playing Presence. Don’t hesitate to do it crosstable. Either the target is ousted soon or he’s sitting next to you quicker than you think.
- Add Action Modifiers, the necessary evil:
- Add some sort of stealth(ish) cards to your decks (Presence, Thaumaturgy, Obfuscate, Protean, ..), but not too much. Focus on payload, not delivery.
- Have some untap (Freak Drive or Forced March) if possible.
- If Presence is present, add 7 Voter Captivation. If not ask yourself why your vote deck doesn’t pack Presence. Your vampires must have awesome specials.
- Core Business: Politics. Politics can’t be bounced.
- Keep your Reactioncard section slim
- Why bother with reactions? Reaction cards don’t oust. OK, Deflection does, but with the pool gain your deck is sporting, every reaction card is a waste.
- Second Tradition: Domain is somewhat acceptable. See also the comment on Princes and Justicars above.
- Avoid Combat
- Even worse than Reaction cards. If any, stick to Strike: Combat Ends and (preferably) untap.
- Unavoidable Events
Kind of boring ??? It becomes so fast.
One of the readers (Adam) asked me, if I could adjust the statistics on GW/VP distribution during the past ECs by excluding the Legendary Vampire/Nations Cup, because they are different types of tournaments compared to Day 1, Day 2, FCQ and LCQ. I don’t really agree (Day 2 is also kind of special), but nonetheless here they are. There are some differences in percentages, but the phenomenon stays the same. Somewhat drastic GW5 drop and increase of no GWs in 2012.
Statistics exluding Legendary Vampire/Nations Cup:
Statistics including Legendary Vampire/Nations Cup:
The sixth episode (of the fourth season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (November 4th, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak talk about VtES European Championship experiences and the final table of the championship in particular, where Isak played and won the title of European VtES Champion 2012. A video of the final round is also available on You Tube.
As witnessed during last Friday’s casual VTES round in Bochum on Friday, November 2nd:
Here are the results of the latest poll if the readers of this blog would like a different design for the VTES qualifier t-shirts. 72 readers of this blog have voted in this poll:
- Yes, with a (new) custom design. 29.17% (21 votes)
- No, the current design (card pic) is ok. 25% (18 votes)
- I don’t care. 45.83% (33 votes)
As you can see, although there’s a slight tendency towards changing the current design, an even larger percentage doesn’t care about the design of the t-shirts at all.