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.