After having presented ten VtES decks of the month in the past year here’s the poll for you to pick the Deck of the Year 2013 (see sidebar on the right). There is no actual prize support for this “award” other than your five minutes of fame.
The poll will be closed on February 3rd, 2014 (18:00 CET).
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The Deck of the Month for December 2013 is the tournament winning deck “Sujinho” played by Fernanda Nunes (BRA). The deck is Nosferatu antitribu toolbox deck, which you don’t see that often in tournaments, let alone seeing it win one. The deck has some decent ousting power with Deep Song and Conditioning (of course), but it can also rush a bit and has some staying power with some transient intercept, but more importantly four intercept locations. So all in all a decent toolbox deck.
In addition to this deck, I would like to mention two additional decks, both variations of well-known deck archetypes. Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) played by Tommi Hakomaa (originally by Otso) is Nana-type Ani-Combat deck, but instead of focusing on Animalism (and Potence) as most Nana decktypes do, the deck has a wide variety of actions from Founders to the Ebony Kingdom to Public Trust. The second deck is Malkav Blockers varies the Weenie Auspex theme. Despite the hefty reaction card package (44!), the deck has at least some variety, using more “exotic” cards like Hidden Lurker, Erciyes Fragments or Improvised Flamethrower.
The Deck of the Month for November 2013 is the tournament winning deck “The Black Plague” played by Martin Schumacher (GER). There’s a quite similar deck in the tournament winning deck archive which seems to precede Martin’s deck. But I think Martin has been working on the deck concept for quite a while now. His first win with this deck was in June 2012, when he was triumphing in the Belgian ECQ 2012. The deck is basically a Black Hand swarm deck, which was already reasonable good using only Reunion Kamut. With the Danse Macabre expansion the deck gained more momentum, since Recruitment Exercise solved the long standing problem of crypt management, making the whole setup procedure considerably faster. Initially the deck is somewhat vulnerable to all sorts of threats, but after setting up with 5 or more vampires it becomes more and more hard to beat. Crucial is the Watchtower: Wolves Feed, which not only brings the Reunion Kamut and Recruitment Exercise to +2 stealth, but also offers better hitback against opponents like Weenie Auspex or even Animalism combat decks. Notice the interaction of certain effects. The deck, for example, includes Fourth Cycle, which allows Martin to remove (all) Gehenna events from play, making sure he’s not paying more than one pool for the Watchtower: Wolves Feed. Also a lot of vampires have excellent specials like Sennadurek untap ability (in addition to all the untap effects that are already in the deck) or Nicomedes ability to cycle his hand. The deck is not as easy to play the deck, since there are many lingering effects the player has to track.
The Black Gang deck played by Medhi Mazni (FRA), which also won a tournament in November 2013, uses a copious amount of Reunion Kamut and Recruitment Exercise (28 in total), too, but adds Obfuscate and Dominate (plus Leverage) for the extra punch.
I also really liked the H2E deck by Miguel Davila (BRA), which “only” won a 9 player tournament, but the concept with those three big cap vampires (the deck’s namesakes HH&E), rushing the crap out of the rest of the table, is hilarious. Also kudos to Filipe Iorio’s (BRA) Cybele Soul Gem deck for winning a tournament. Certainly not the first one, but still noteworthy.
Post Scriptum: For some reason, I totally forgot to publish this article in early December, even though it was (almost) finished. Tommorrow: the Deck of the Month for December.
The VtES constructed tournament named “Prince of Karlsruhe BDay Bash 2014” will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany on February 23rd, 2014.
Details are as following:
- Date: February 23rd, 2014
- Format: VtES Constructed Tournament
- Rounds: 3 rounds + final (2h each)
- 10:00 — Doors open & registration
- 10:30 — Start First Round
- Entry Fee: 3 EUR
- Remarks: Take note the shop where the tournament is taking place has changed its location!
You can get more information on the German VEKN forum as well as the international VEKN forum (where you can pre-register).
The Belgian VtES EC Qualifier 2014 will take place in Brussels, Belgium on March 23rd, 2014. Here are the details for this constructed tournament:
- Date: Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
- Time Schedule:
- Registration: 11:30
- First round starting time: 12:00
- Expected finishing time: 21:00
- Type of Event: National Qualifier
- Standard Constructed, detailed rules can be found on the VEKN Tournament Rules webpage.
- Number of rounds: 3 rounds + final
- Time limit per round: 2 hours
- Address of Event:
Rue de la Tribune 8
(Note that it is not allowed to bring your own drinks into the shop, these are available at moderate prices)
Pre-registration is very useful to ensure appropriate prize support and a timely start of the tournament. If you intend to participate, please sign up as soon as possible by mailing to: dennis (/underscore/) devriendt (/at/) hotmail (/dot/) com
- By train: The Outpost is situated less than 10 minutes walking from Brussels Central Station (Gare Centrale).
Take a look at the map (the Central Station is in the lower left corner).
If you arrive from Paris/London, you will end up at Brussels South Station (Gare du Midi). From there, take the metro line 2 or line 6, direction “Simonis (Elisabeth)”, get off after about 8 minutes at the stop “Madou”, then walk 5 minutes to the Outpost. The metro stop Madou is shown in the upper right part of the map (zoom in once to see it more clearly).
- By car: there is usually plenty of free parking space around Rue de la Tribune.
The VEKN has released some information on the official VEKN expansion sets (PDF expansions) this week on vekn.net:
- Use Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader to print the PDF files. Some softwares such as Apple’s “Preview” software don’t support all the PDF features and must not be used.
- Before printing out the PDF files, make sure that Size Options are “Actual Page” (Adobe Reader) or Scaling Type is set to “None” (Foxit Reader).
- The PDF files use an A4 document size. If the page is truncated, use the “Auto-Center” feature in Foxit Reader.
- Due to the complexity of the PDF files, some (old) printers don’t support the high-quality vectorial PDF files (tagged with the “vectorial” word). Please use the standard PDF files in that case.
How to use cards from a printable expansion sets in a V:EKN sanctioned tournament
- When using cards from a printable expansion such as Danse Macabre, these cards must be color printed on standard paper and inserted into opaque sleeves before another Vampire: The Eternal Struggle or Jyhad card. This requires opaque sleeves for the whole crypt and/or library.
- As a rule of thumb, the quality must be good enough so that the artist name is clearly readable. This also rewards the artists for their work.
List of printable expansion sets
- Do I have to glue the paper on the card?
- No, simply put the paper in front of the genuine V:TES or Jyhad card, in the same sleeve.
- What kind of paper should I use?
- Use standard paper, the thiner the better. Thick paper will make the cards more recognizable by touch when shuffling or drawing.
- Does the card have to be in colour?
- Yes, as indicated above.
- How much is the printout to be allowed to deviate in size from a normal card?
- The printed card should be exactly the same size as a normal card. If the size differs, check that Size Options are “Actual Page” (Adobe Reader) or Scaling Type is set to “None” (Foxit Reader).
- Should I use the “vectorial” PDF file, or the standard PDF file?
- The vectorial PDF file has greater quality, but isn’t supported by all the printers and softwares. If you notice any glitch (such as black boxes around the expansion symbol, or symbols substituted with letters), use the normal PDF files.
- How do I use the “multiple copies” files?
- These files contain for each card a sheet with 1 to 9 copies of the card. If you need to print 6 copies of a given card, just print the corresponding page.