The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys helped me prepare the 2012 annual report for this blog. It’s not much of deal, but if you’re interested a few numbers, you can see for yourself in the complete report.
Here are the results of the “Gehenna is a Hoax” VtES constructed tournament in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The tournament was played on December 29th, 2012 with 18 players participating. These are the standings after the three rounds and the final:
1. Martin S. (GER)– 2 GW 8.5 VP — 1.5 VP — Tremere/Tremere antitribu Bleed/Block/Bruise
2. Sahan A. (NED) — 2 GW 7.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Assamite/Tzimisce Agent of Power Summon History
2. Jelmer W. (NED) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0.5 VP — Toreador feat. Alexandra/Annabell Bleed/Vote
2. Johan M. (NED) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Unmada/Dmitra/Lutz Vote
2. Herman J. (NED) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Midcap G3/4 Obf/Pre/Dom Anarch Stealth Bleed
Congratulations to Martin for his victory in the tournament. He won with this deck (or a variant of it) the third tournament in a little more than one year.
Winter Break. Back on January 7th, 2013:
Here are the final standings of the VtES League 2012 in Bochum, Germany. This year’s winner after 19 games is Didi. Congratulations to him. The final standings were:
Didi R. — 6,33 RtP/game — 12 games — 2 GW 15,0 VP
Ralf L. — 5,05 RtP/game — 19 games — 2 GW 20,0 VP
Hardy R. — 2,53 RtP/game — 15 games — 0 GW 9,5 VP
Sascha M. — 2,25 RtP/game — 16 games — 0 GW 9,0 VP
Michael H. — 1,76 RtP/game — 17 games — 0 GW 7,5 VP
Participants without a sufficient number of games (8):
Martin S. — 4,67 RtP/Spiel, 6 games — 1 GW 5,0 VP
Jörg E. — 3,33 RtP/Spiel, 3 games — 0 GW 2,5 VP
Markus H. — 1,00 RtP/Spiel, 4 games — 0 GW 1,0 VP
The results can also be found in the German VEKN forum (incl. the individual matchday results & decks).
Here are the final standings of the VtES League 2012 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
1. Thomas K. — 20 Games — 4 GW 31.0 VP — 7.80 Rating Points (RtP)
2. Sebastian Z. — 25 Games — 5 GW 29.0 VP — 6.08 RtP
3. Didi R. — 18 Games — 4 GW 16.5 VP — 5.44 RtP
4. Ralf L. — 16 Games — 3 GW 14.5 VP — 5.13 RtP
6. Sebastian R. — 18 Games — 1 GW 18 13.5 VP — 3.44 RtP
8. Martin E. — 14 Games — 0 GW 4.0 VP — 1.14 RtP
Participants without a sufficient number of games (12):
7. Martin V. — 3 Games — 0 GW 3.5 VP — 4.67 RtP
8. Michael H. — 7 Games — 0 GW 4.0 VP — 2.29 RtP
9. Sascha M. — 8 Games — 0 GW 1.5 VP — 0.75 RtP
This year’s winner after 27 league games is Thomas. Congratulations!
In lieu of the VtES tournament in Arnhem, Netherlands announced for December 15th, 2012, there’s gonna be a tournament in replacement on December 29th in Nijmegen, Netherlands named “Gehenna is a Hoax“:
Vampire: The Eternal Struggle – Constructed Tournament
Sign in on the dutch forum! Not required, but highly appreciated.
The VEKN has released some images on the design of the t-shirts which are handed out to players qualifying for the VTES Continental Championships. But see for yourself:
The following deck based on the Ventrue antitribu clan is the sixth deck in the Reasonably Priced Decks series, which I have outlined in a previous blog post.
The deck is bruise & bleed deck based (with an intercept module) based on the well-known Ventrue antitribu Grinder/Stickmen decks. The Ventrue antitribu grinder deck tries to slowly wear down its prey by putting constant pressure on the prey, especially by blocking (undirected) actions. And finally when the opportunity arises to lunge at his prey.
.. Seraph’s Second can be used to untap a vampire who has just successfully resolved an action (e.g. Blooding) to become Black Hand? Seraph’s Second is played after the actions is being resolved, that’s after the acting vampire already has become a Black Hand vampire. And that makes him a valid “target” for Seraph’s Second.
Earlier this week the VEKN has released the results of the marketing survey, mostly regarding the market for an upcoming VtES expansion, and print-on-demand in particular. The results have summarized in one PDF with graphics for each question asked in the survey.
“Putting any combat card on a Shadow Court Satyr that is not an Earth Meld is a violation of play to win and thus prohibited by the tournament rules.” — The Lasombra on vekn.net in a discussion regarding Shadow Court Satyr.
Also report to Kevin in Las Vegas for immediate punishment ..
As the German National VtES Championships 2012 are history now, here’s the updated list of present and past title holders in German VtES championships.
- German NC Constructed 2012 — Martin Schumacher (GER)
- German NC Limited 2012 — Merijn van der Vliet (NED)
- German ECQ 2012 — Martin Weinmayer (AUT)
- German NC Constructed 2011 — Martin Schumacher (GER)
- German NC Limited 2011 — no draft tournament in 2011
- German ECQ 2011 — Manuel Diehm (GER)
- German NC Constructed 2010 — Emiliano Imeroni (ITA)
- German NC Limited 2010 — no draft tournament in 2010
- German ECQ 2010 — Alf Behrends (GER)
- German NC Constructed 2009 — Thomas Gschwandtner (GER)
- German NC Limited 2009 — Dietmar Range(GER)
- German ECQ 2009 — Izaak Havelaar (NED)
- German NC Constructed 2008 — Michael Heyder (GER)
- German NC Limited 2008 — Dietmar Range (GER)
- German ECQ 2008 — Kristian Willenbacher (GER)
- German NC Constructed 2007 — Ruben Feldmann (SUI)
- German NC Limited 2007 — Benoit Moyen (FRA)
- German ECQ 2007 — Olivier Perez (SUI)
- German NC Constructed 2006 — Robert Fängler (GER)
- German NC Limited 2006 — Thomas Gschwandtner (GER)
- German ECQ 2006 — Erol Oenguen (GER)
- German NC Constructed 2005 — Johannes Walch (GER)
- German NC Limited 2005 — Thomas Gschwandtner (GER)
- German ECQ 2005 — Andreas Nusser (GER)
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2004 — Ruben Van Cauwenberghe (BEL)
- German NC Limited 2004 — Emile Bosman (NED)
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2003 — Stéphane Lavrut (FRA)
- German NC Limited 2003 — Erol Oenguen (GER)
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2002 — Luk de Ron (BEL)
- German NC Limited 2002 — Tobias Pohl (GER)
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2001 — Jan Van Den Eede (NED)
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2000 — Fabian Sosna (GER)
Note: prior to 2005 the German European Championship Qualifier (ECQ) and the National Championship (NC) were held during the same tournament event.
The tenth episode (of the fourth season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (December 9th, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak talk about the art of deal-making and its different aspects
This was the last episode the fourth season. The fifth season is scheduled for early 2013.
The month’s deck for November 2012 is the tournament winning deck “The Complex Machinations of the Mind of Fred Scott” played by Brian Moritz (USA). Originally I was planning to name Mehdi Mazni’s Shalmath deck as Deck of the Month, but then I noticed that the deck is virtually the same as Brian Moritz’ tournament winning deck from back in September 2012. So why name the copy, when you have the original. Mehdi’s accomplishment of winning the tournament in France is nonetheless worth mentioning, and shows that the deck is capable of winning games. The deck is a superstar deck based on Shalmath, who uses Summon History to fetch either the rush-capable allies like Remnant of the Endless Storm or the more defensive ones like Ponticulus. But Shalmath himself his quite dangerous himself for those foolish enough to block him. He can use Domain of Evernight (for making damage in the combat aggravated), and then plays Outside the Hourglass to inflict aggravated damage before range is chosen. If lucky (depending on the point of view), Shalmath can finally rip of the opposing vampire’s head with Decapitate if the other vampires is not able to prevent the damage (or treat it as non-aggravated damage). The deck is nevertheless somewhat toolboxy with bleed elements (Enkil Cog and Andre LeRoux), but can also block quite a bit using Sport Bike, Mr. Wintrop and Corpse Minion.
Apparently one card I have noticed lately appearing more often than before, is Sacre Cour Cathedral, France. For example, the card was not present in any tournament winning deck between 2008 and 2010, but has been in three TWD in September/November 2012. Similar to Signet of King Saul, which also has seen an increase in play in my experience, due to the increased use of big cap. vampires in the past two years, the use of Sacre Cour Cathedral is justified by the ubiquitousness of allies, especially by the frequently seen allies like Carlton, Ponticulus (with build-in intercept) and the Imbued.
I was playing a deck containing Political Struggle and during the first game a couple of questions came to my mind. So I read some rule questions about Political Struggle (PS), checked the VtES Usenet Newsgroup “rec.games.trading-cards.jyhad” and the VEKN.net website for some answers and finally came up with the short “Questions and Answers” summary for the card.
Question: Does it matter how/when the opposing vampire is put into torpor or is burned?
Answer: No, it doesn’t matter. PS only states that the vampire needs to go torpor (or is burned), but does not restrict the effect by which this has to happen. It can be as result of a combat, by an effect of action (e.g. Horseshoe), by a political action (e.g. Veles Hunt or Justicar Retribution) or by an effect of a reaction card (e.g. Touch of Pain).
Question: Does the vampire playing Political Struggle in the first place transfers the votes from the vampire targeted by Political Struggle?
Answer: No. The vampire playing the PS in the first plays gains the votes, but the torporized vampire retains his votes/title, and if he’s coming back from torpor he can use his votes/title as before. If the opposing vampire is burned, then .. well, he’s burned.
During the VtES EC 2012 there was (again) a strong tendency towards known and strong decks, which had proven to give players sure game wins (and sometimes even) tournament wins. For example regarding bleed decks (although not really successful this year), there were basically four types of decks:
- Kindred Spirits Stealth Bleed (including both weenie Dementation version and the version with larger vampires and more Obfuscate)
- Kiasyd or Lasombra Stealth Bleed (mostly with the G4/5 vampires) with or without Nocturns
- Giovanni Powerbleed
- Tremere/Tremere antitribu Mirror Walk Bleed
Interestingly the Edward Vignes type (more popular in the last years), was more or less completely replaced by Tremere/Tremere antitribu Bleed decks (a.k.a. “Carna is the new Vignes” type). In other words, there were very few “rogue” decks with new and/or at least some surprising tricks. Some of the more interesting decks of the EC (not already shown as finalist’s decks with two exceptions) include the following:
- Nations Cup/Last Chance Qualifier/Day 1/Silence of Death (October 26th/27th, 2012)
- Joseph and his Legacy played by Peter T. (HUN) — a Legacy of Pander deck, which not only uses Leandro for “support”, but Anarch Revolts as well.
- Byzar & Anu Toolbox played by Sebastian M. (GER) — this is a wallish deck but with some bleed elements and most of all some rarely seen vampires like Byzar and La Viuda Blanca.
- Sibyl’s Tongue played by Greguss C. (HUN) — a Malkavian Breed & Boon deck which uses the rather low/mid. cap. archbishops/priscus to put cheap Creation Rites in play.
- Team Jacob played by Mikkel P. (DEN) — the Akunanse recruit as many Tunnel Runners (and other allies) as possible, and Jacob gives the werewolves the boost they need to oust.
- Chaundice Wall played by Brian M. (USA) — a Gargoyle Wall deck using Smiling Jack to oust and Chaundice’s special ability to defend it.
- Dear Diary, Today I feel like a Wraith.. Liquidation played by Enrico de S. (ITA) — a really nice Khazar’s Diary deck which uses the burn option of both Veneficti Mage and Draeven Softfoot to reduce decksize and later on these serve as fodder for new wraiths.
- Euro Brujah Special played by Erik C. (SWE) — a very streamlined, stripped down version of an Euro Brujah deck using Ashur Tablets for recursion. Archibald Z. (SWE) also played a similar (the same) deck.
- Weenie Anarch Potence played by Michal F. (HUN) — a rather .. peculiar Weenie Potence Rush deck using 18(!) Thrown Sewer Lids and 27(!) Backsteps.
- Gabrin’s Fantastic World played by Petteri T. (FIN) — a Ravnos Breed & Bleed deck which uses Fantasy World to tap the defender’s minions.
- Salmath, the Exposer by Anton D. (BLR) — this is a Shalmath & Friends Free States Rant deck.
- Maris Renegade Garou played by Pasquilon P. (ITA) — the deck is a variation of the Maris War Ghoul deck that is popular these days, instead it uses Gangrels and Renegade Garous instead.
- Burn The Heretic played by Tibor S. (HUN) — a Nosferatu deck aiming to burn Red List vampires and collecting trophies. The relatively low amount of combat cards is a bit surprising, but then you only have to remove the blood from the red-listed vampire with an Anathema.
- Drop the Masters played by Gabor K. (HUN) — a Gangrel antitribu bruise & bleed deck using Akysina as bleed defense.
- Lutz leads his girls in the Anarch Revolt played by Dennis D. (BEL) — the deck drops as many Anarch Revolts as possible, then uses Banishment if any of his prey’s vampire has gone Anarch for maximum damage.
- Unacceptable n00b played by Olivier R. (FRA) — not really new, but seldom seen, this is a Legacy of Pander deck. The Panders are actually Nosferatu who switched clan using Unacceptable Appearance.
- Fakir & Friends Wall played by Máté V. (HUN) — Fakir and his slightly smaller Gangrel brothers and sisters form a wall and bash some heads.
- Titi NME played by Balázs H. (HUN) — a Followers of Set deck using Night Moves to get the Edge safely and then hurting its prey with Enticement.
- Cailean & Friends Dom/Pot/Ani Toolbox played by Johannes W. (GER) — a deck specifically build to deal with Animalism combat decks (including those feat. Nana.
- Ventrue Directorate Assembly played by Johannes W. (GER) — another deck by Johannes, this time a couple of mid-cap Ventrue use Ventrue Directorate Assembly to push their political agenda.
- Lasombra Black Hand Deathstar played by Marko L. (FIN) — this is a Lasombra Breed & Boon deck, which in addition to the traditional stuff are using Anarch & Black Hand tech for ousting as well.
- Weenie Laibon Abombwe Swarm played by Robert F. (GER) — a swarm of Weenie Laibon vampires who use Abombwe, mostly Predator’s Transformation to overcome its prey defense.
- First Chance Qualifier (October 28th, 2012)
- Day 2 (October 28th, 2012)
- Hektor played by David W. (HUN) — one of the EC 2012 finalists decks, show that this underrated Brujah antitribu can perform well. It has a nice synergy of Dogs of War and Amaranth, which Hektor and his companions can use to attack another vampire, then sent him to torpor and diablerize them with fear of punishment.
- Goratrix Wall played by Michal K. (POL) — another Goratrix based wall deck, this time 32 ways to untap must suffice.
- Les Grandes Dames Des Vicissitudes played by Erol H. (GER) — a rather hard to figure out deck in the first place, it uses Tremere antitribu/Tzimisce Big Cap with no real focus, that is can a fight, vote and bleed a little bit.
- Saulot/Followers of Set Spirit Marionette played by Oscar C. (ESP) — basically a Salubri Spirit Marionette deck, but it’s spiced up with Followers of Set with Dominate for the extra punch and using Temptation.
- Tzimisce Vic/Dom Combat played by Gildas Le S. (FRA) — it’s a wallish Tzimisce deck exclusively using permanents for the intercept and some Dominate for bleed defense instead of Auspex.
- Ravnos Overload played by Mikolaj S. (POL) — one of most interesting decks of the tournaments since it only uses Sensory Deprivation, but also a similar number of Fantasy Worlds to effectively shutdown any opponent.
- Asguresh & Friends Aus/Cel Gun by Timo R. (FIN) — instead of using Toreador or Osebo for a Aus/Cel wall this deck uses Asguresh (with one of the best combat specials in the game).
I am not saying all of these decks are truly good and well-executed, but all of them (some more, some less) were a welcome change to a lot of standard decks seen during the EC, especially those Inner Circle/Justicar Vote/Bleed decks. You can find (a few) extra EC 2012 decks on Secret Library when entering “EC 2012” as title in the deck search form.
Proof that trading cards and water don’t mix well:
See also this smoking hot picture.
The ninth episode (of the fourth season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (December 2nd, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak talk about the Protean disciplines in general and a couple of decks relying heavily on this discipline. Decks included in the talk are Stanislava Bleed (and variations), Unnamed Bleed and Rachael Brandywine Bleed&Block.
More notable cards during the talk: Nocturn Theatre & the Homunculus artwork!
I totally missed the fourth episode (of the fourth season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect. The show was broadcasted on October 7th, 2012) and the three Swedish hosts talked about the Black Hand and Seraphs traits and the cards available for those. Finally three tournament winning decks based on these traits are discussed.
Back in 2000 (just after the world avoided the disastrous millennium bug), Mike Ooi revealed in the VtES Usenet Newsgroup (if you remember that, you’re ooold) the lost cards with regards to the already extensive animal life in VtES:
Of course, this doesn’t take into account all the _at cards that never made it to print, such as:
Reaction – Auspex
Inf: Reduce the acting minion’s stealth by one
Sup: Reduce the acting minion’s stealth to zero, and if combat occurs, the acting minion’s eardrums bleed for one damage.
Reaction – Obtenebration
Inf: Only usable by a non-blocking minion if the acting minion has been successfully blocked but before combat occurs. Both minions involved in combat go to torpor.
Sup: As above, and the acting minion’s controller must say, “hey Hey HEY! It’s FAT ALBERT!” or lose 3 pool.
“I should have tried Slim-Fast!!!” – Moncada, at the end of Clan