On May 25th, 2013 the Russian National VTES Championship 2013 was held in Moscow, Russia with 18 players attending the final tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Grigory Cherbakov (RUS) — 1 GW 5.0 VP — 4.0 VP — Byzar & Friends Wallish Toolbox
2. Eugene Bushmakin (RUS) — 1 GW 6.0 VP — 0.0 VP — Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
2. Sergey Lapshin (RUS) — 0 GW 6.0 VP — 1.0 VP — Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
2. Viktor Lazarev (RUS) — 1 GW 5.0 VP — 0.0 VP — Pacek
2. Denis Nikolaev (RUS) — 1 GW 3.0 VP — 0.0 VP — Tremere Wall
Congratulations to Grigory for his win of the Russian Nationals 2013.
On May 11th, 2013 the VtES Danish National Championship 2013 was held in Copenhagen, Denmark with 19 players attending this constructed tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Rudolf Garski (GER) — 1 GW 5 VP — 3 VP — Tremere G4/5 Big Cap Vote
2. Nikolaj Wendt (DEN) — 2 GW 7 VP — 2 VP — Talbot, Aksinya & Ani Friends Rush
2. Sebastian Fredenberg (SWE) — 1 GW 6,5 VP — 0 VP — Rebekka & Jost Werner Tap & Bleed
2. Jesper Bøje (DEN) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Nergal Powerbleed
2. Nikolaj Vang (DEN) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Setites G4/5 Stealth Bleed
Congratulations to Rudolffor his win of the Danish Nationals 2013. You can find the tournament winning deck and a tournament report on VEKN.net.
A badass isn’t someone wears ripped leather jackets, a badass isn’t someone who breaks stuff to look tough, and a badass isn’t someone who fights for the fun of fighting. That’s the definition of a poser. Being a badass is completely different.
- First rule of being a badass. A badass does not talk about being a badass. Period.
- Second rule of being a badass, a badass does not try to be a badass or look tough. A badass simply is a badass.
- A badass stays true to themselves, always. This means being themselves for themselves, and not being fake to impress others.
- A badass does not give up. Badasses will always push themselves for the better, no matter how hard it gets.
- A badass is not a jerk. A badass does not prey on the weak, and shows kindness in return to those who are kind.
- A badass knows his/her limits. Don’t be stupid, you’re not Superman, you’ll die if you jump off a building.
- A badass does not make enemies or go looking for fights. They do not fights that aren’t worth fighting either.
Any breaking of these rules is grounds revoking of the status of being a badass. If this happens, a badass must once again prove they are worthy of being badass by following the rules. A badass can only be determined by the opinions of others.
— As seen on Urban Dictionary.
Now replace “badass” with good player and you’ve got a perfect definition for that as well!
“I will throw a chair at the War Ghoul then.” –Unknown Female
Overheard in a gamer’s pub (where also VtM Live Roleplaying takes place) in Germany.
This month’s deck is the tournament winning deck “Potence Princes v2013” played by Gergo Gyarmati (HUN). It’s a Nosferatu vote as you may have seen before, but instead of packing Obfuscate and Animalism (as usual), this variant is a mono Potence deck (and of course using cards requiring the Prince/Justicar title.
I was a little bit slow at the end of March/start of April, otherwise I would have chosen a deck for March and April each. The other interesting decks from my point of view were:
- the Turbo deck based on Ivan Krenyenko (played by Danilo Torrisi (ITA)) special ability to fetch an equipment (the Soul Gem of Etrius).
- the Wall deck Elimlech goes to War (played by Péter Korsós (HUN)) with it’s namesake Elimlech as star vampire. The most interesting card in the deck is Fueled by Heart’s Blood which allows Elimlech to diablerize younger vampires unpunished.
- the most discussed deck on vekn.net perhaps was Spider, the best, which is a Ravnos deck (played by Germán Uriarte (ESP)) that uses a lot of different cards, from Baltimore Purge to Fantasy World to shut down the table. This was a very close second to becoming the Deck of the Month.
- and at last, the Ventrue Royalty Alastor Rush (played by Stone (FRA)), which uses not only Alastor/Assault Rifle to bring other vampires down, put also the good old Disarm/Prevent trick to good use.
There were a lot of decks based on Animalism around in the past two months, but not so much the Nana variants, more often based on other crypts/clans like the Tzismice or the Tremere/Tremere antitribu (I am looking at you, Goratrix!). But there’s no general trend to be seen, still some Ashur decks around, but also your usual mix of bleed, vote and combat(ish) decks.
The Spanish National VtES Championship 2013 will be held in Egino (Álava), Spain from September 22nd to 23rd, 2013. The championship is a two-day event, first a last chance qualifier will be held and then the actual championship tournament. The details are as follows:
- Date: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2013
Casa de las Hijas de la Caridad
Egino (Álava), Spain
- Fee: 19€ (the fee includes accommodation (for an additional 8€ you’ll get 3 meals a day).
- Time Table (for all tournaments):
- Registration: 9:00h – 09:45h
- Round 1: 09:45h – 11:45h
- Round 2: 11:45h – 13:45h
- Lunch break: 13:45h – 16:00h
- Round 3: 18:00h – 19:00h
- Final/Semifinal: 18:15h – 20:15h
- Note: There will be a barrel of Keller beer (ca. 150-200 litres) and soft-drinks available for free.
Last Chance Qualifier (Qualifier for the National Championship)
- Date: Saturday September 21st, 2013
- Fee: 12€ (1 booster and promos for participating).
- Price Support:
- Semifinal(*): boosters for each semifinalist and a Blood Shadowed Court deck for the winner.
- Final: A starter deck for each finalist 5 boosters for the winner.
Spanish National V:tES Championship 2013
- Date: Saturday October 22nd, 2013
- Fee: 15€ (2 boosters for participating).
- Price Support:
- Semifinal(*): Boosters, 100 sleeves with the V:TES logo for each semifinalist, and a BSC deck for the winner.
- Finalists: 1 starter deck, 100 sleeves with the V:TES logo and more boosters.
- Winner: The Spanish champion will be awarded with a trophy with an inscription with his name and a quote or motto of his or her choosing. The trophy is a Conan the Barbarian Atlantean Sword by Marto of Toledo (limited edition with serial number: C 2460 z).
More information on how to qualify, side events, etc. can be found on Spanish VtES Forum.
Note: (*) A semifinal is a game played by the players ranked 6 to 10 after the third round is over and during the final round.
.. a vampire can prevent burning the melee weapon after using Baal’s Bloody Talons if he uses Kerrie at long range. The key for understanding this, that after you use Kerrie (at long range) and Baal’s Bloody Talons for making the damage aggravated, the Kerrie is turned face down (out of play) first (after strike resolution). Baal’s Bloody Talons on the other hand only burns the weapon at the end of the round, and it has no target then. Kerrie only comes back into play until after the end of the action.
Here are the results of the VtES Constructed tournament “Dork Side of the Boon IV” in Mayence, Germany. The tournament was played on May 5th, 2013 with 12 players participating. Here are the standings after 2 rounds and the final:
1. Sebastian M. (GER) — 0 GW 2.5 VP — 1.5 VP — Malgorzata/Mistress Fanchion do Vicissitude & other stuff
2. Rudolf G. (GER) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Toreador antitribu G2/3 feat. Rebecca Tap&Bleed
2. Ali A. (GER) — 0 GW 2 VP — 0.5 VP — Toreador/Toreador antitribu G2/3 Bleed/Block
2. Thomas E. (GER) — 0 GW 2 VP — 0.5 VP — Malkavian antitribu Dementation Stealth Bleed
2. Ralf L. (GER) — 0 GW 3.5 VP — 0 VP — Toreador antitribu G2/3 Anarch Bleed/Block
Congratulations to Sebastian for his victory in the tournament.
Today the VEKN released information about the VEKN ranking system, which can be now easily be filled by uploading the Archon (ExcelSheets for handling VtES tournaments). This should bring back the VtES tournament ranking system back to life.
The new rating integration with Archon upload functionality has just been released (open beta, at the moment).
Any user who registered an event should be able to upload its results with the Archon.
Any National Coordinator should be able to approve the events in his respective country.
For more information about how to submit the results of your events and how to have them approved, please read this guideline (downloadable from the Downloads section on vekn.net:
On May 4th, 2013 the VtES Dutch EC Qualifier was held in Utrecht, Netherlands with 18 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Emiliano Imeroni (ITA) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 4 VP — Anarch G1/2 Pre/Dom Undue Influence
2. Jeroen van Oort (NED) — 2 GW 6 VP — 1 VP — Nosferatu G1/2 Breed&Boon
2. Bart Jansen (NED) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Kiasyd G4/5 Stealth Bleed
2. Pieter Heerma (NED) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Tupdog Rush Combat
2. Thomas Kouwenhoven (NED) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0 VP — Anson Infernal Pursuit Gun
Congratulations to Emiliano for his win of the Dutch ECQ 2013. You can find the tournament winning deck in the Dutch VtES Forum.
As part of the preview for the Gehenna expansion on April 1st, 2004 White Wolf showed the card “Pox Fly” on its website.
Initially there was some irritation about the power of the card. But it was, of course, an April’s Fool joke by White Wolf corrected a few days later with an explanation. The card text was pure imagination and the artwork was later seen on Recalled to the Founder.
The card was then shown without the markings (as seen on picture on the right), but a very observant reader could spot the date “4/01” and the word “April” beforehand.