Just came back from the German ECQ .. final round is played at the moment .. I am just really, really frustrated at the moment for not being able to qualify for the European VTES Championship (in Germany this year). This was the third ECQ tournament I have played this year, and still not qualified. So out of 9 games I wasn’t able to score a single freaking game win. Which is kind of embarrassing for me, especially considering the time I am investing in the game! 1 out 9 should be a reasonable goal, no doubt here.
- I don’t if the competition got some much better (and I didn’t) ..
- I don’t if it’s the deck I am choosing to play ..
- I don’t know if it’s sum of the little mistakes I make in the game ..
- I don’t know if I am trying too hard ..
- I don’t know if it’s just a bad streak ..
To speak in sports terms, I have the impression, that it always just the last few inches which are missing, the deciding shot that does not hit ..
Just venting here some of the frustration I am experiencing! Arrrghh .. or maybe I should start praying to the Egyptian God of Frustration (see image to the right).
.. a Laibon vampire with capacity of 4 (or less) can remove the Aranthebes,the Immortal provided he has number of Orun cards on him. Usually a vampire with capacity of 4 cannot remove Aranthebes, because of his card text. On the other hand, Orun gives a vampire two additional capacity for each Orun with regards to cards played by other players. It doesn’t matter that Aranthebes had been played earlier in the game, it may be even have been played when the Laibon vampire didn’t have the Orun yet. Please take note, that the Laibon vampire couldn’t remove an Aranthebes played by his own controller.
More information in the Italian VTES Forum.
The French National VTES Championship 2014 will be held in Marseille, France from June 7th to 8th, 2014. The championship is a two day event. First a last chance qualifier tournament will be held and then the actual championship tournament takes place. Here are the details for the event.
- Faculté Saint-Charles
3, place Victor-Hugo
Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
- Entry Fee:
- 12 EUR (10 EUR for students)
- Tournament Rules:
- Tournnament Format:
- Number of rounds: 3 + final
- Time limit per round: 2 hours
- Last Chance Qualifier 2014 — Saturday (June 7th)
- Registration: 10:00
- First round starting time: 10:30
- Expected finishing time: 20:30
- National Championship 2014 — Sunday (June 8th)
- Registration: 07:30
- First round starting time: 08:00
- Expected finishing time: 18:00
- 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 replying in this thread on VEKN France
- The cards for Danse Macabre will be legal for play at this event. When using Danse Macabre cards they 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.
You can find more information (travel, accommodation, etc.) on VEKN.net.
On May 17th, 2014 the English VtES EC Qualifier 2014 was held in Burton-on-Trent, England with 14 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Hugh Angseesing (UK) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 1.5 VP — Undele & Friends Vote
2. Paul Reid-Bowen (UK) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Tremere antitribu feat. Antonio Nephandus
2. Mike Nudd (UK) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0 VP — Gangrel/Gangrel antitribu G2/G3 Dom/Pro Royalty
2. Edd Phipps (UK) — 0 GW 3 VP — 0.5 VP — AUS/CEL/qui Wall(ish)
2. Niki Sehmi (UK) — 0 GW 3 VP — 1.5 VP — For/Pot Rush w/ Street Cred
Congratulations to Hugh for his win of the English ECQ 2014. The full standings and the tournament winning deck can be found in the VEKN.net.
On April 26th, 2014 the VtES Czech EC Qualifier was held in Bystřička, Czech Republic with 13 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Petr Michalik (CZE) — 2 VP 7 VP — 4 VP — Stanislava & Lazverinus
2. Jan Kacor (CZE) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Nergal & Great Beast Turbo
2. Lukáš Šimícek (CZE) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Giovanni Shambling Hordes / Bleed
2. Lukas Vrbicky (CZE) — 1 GW 4 VP — 1 VP — Gerald Windham Bleed
2. Daniel Fojtík (CZE) — 1 GW 3 VP — 0 VP — Arika Mind Rape
Congratulations to Petr for his win of the Czech ECQ 2014. You can find the tournament winning deck on VEKN.net.
The month’s deck for March/April 2014 is the tournament winning deck Mimir played by Giulio De Cicco (ITA). It’s a Gangrel antitribu deck build around Mimir as his star vampire. The basic idea is to have him recruit/equip with +bleed stuff as quick as possible, and then bleed for 4+ as often as possible without having to fear that another player uses Archon Investigation. The deck also has some toolbox elements such as Marked Territory and Abbot. The deck also has a few sets of the old combo Force of Will and Movement of the Slow Body, but I am not sure if I would dare to play it with Mimir himself.
The other deck I would like to mention is Dmitra’s Show of Force played by Matias Frosterus (FIN). The card also uses some of the new cards from Danse Macabre. It’s a nice toolboxish Bruise & Bleed deck based on the Brujah and Brujah antitribu clans.
Otherwise there was bit too much (Tzimisce) Wall and (Ventrue antitribu) Grinder decks around ..
The Polish National VtES Championship 2014 will be held on June 14th, 2014 at Kana’s Cellar in Szczecin, Poland . The details for the tournament are as following:
- Type of Event: National Championship
Plac Piotra i Pawła 4,
70-521 Szczecin, Poland
- Time Table:
- 10:00 – 10:30 — Registration
- 10:45 – 12:45 — First Round
- 13:00 – 15:00 — Second Round
- 15:45 – 17:45 — Third Round
- 18:00 – 20:30 — Final Round
- Entry fee: 10 EUR
- Format: 3R (2h time limit) + Final (2.5h time limit)
- Rules: Standard Constructed. Detailed rules can be found on the VEKN Tournament Rules webpage.
In case of questions, you post them in the Polish VtES Forum, where you can also find more information about transportation, prize support, etc.
Here are the results of the VtES South American Championship 2014, which was played on May 3rd, 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil with 31 players attending the final tournament. The standings of the final round were as follows:
1. Filipe Iório (BRA) — 3 GW 9 VP — 2 VP — Tupdog Rush
2. David Orck (BRA) — 1 GW 7 VP — 1 VP — The Unnamed/Horde Bleed
2. Fernando Cesar (BRA) — 2 GW 5.5 VP — 2 VP — Armin Brenner Bloat/Vote Multi-Act
2. Sérgio Nascimento (BRA) — 2 GW 7.5 VP — 0 VP — Sebastian Goulet Garou Breed/Bloat
2. Rafael Abboud (BRA) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Ventrue antitribu Grinder
Congratulations to Filipe for winning the South American Championship 2014. You can find the tournament winning deck in the VEKN.net.
On May 2nd, 2014 the Brazilian National VTES Championship 2014 was held in São Paulo, Brazil with 35 players attending the tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Davi Cunha (BRA) — 1 GW 6.5 VP — 4 VP — Tupdog Rush
2. Breno Toledo (BRA) — 1 GW 7.5 VP — 1 VP — Tzimisce Wall/Smiling Jack
2. Alan Bragana Winther (BRA) — 2 GW 6.0 VP — 0 VP — Imbued Bleed/Toolbox
2. Filipe Iório (BRA) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP — Turbo Cybele/Beast
2. Dayane Rodrigues (BRA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Toreador G1/2 Wall
Congratulations to Davi for his win of the Brazilian Nationals 2014. The tournament winning deck has been posted in the VEKN.net forum.
The VEKN has published a second Designers’ Diary entry for May 2014:
Round Three of playtest has officially begun! We’ll check in with Hugh Angseesing, the Playtest Coordinator, for a mid-round report in a few weeks. For the cards that still don’t have art commissions, the mid-round report will help us green-light some of the remaining cards for artwork before the playtest round is over.
Speaking of artwork, one of our returning artists is Riccardo Fabiani. He did the artwork for Instantaneous Transformation in Danse Macabre, and he’s completed a handful of pieces for the new set. In addition, he has a kickstarter for one of his projects — a personal travel diary and sketchbook of his travels through such places as Ireland, Romania, Hungary, and Norway. More information is found here:
Here’s one of Ricardo’s pieces for the upcoming set:
To see more of Ricardo’s work, check out his websites:
— Ben Peal and the V:EKN Design Team
Today the VEKN published the Designers’ Diary entry for May 2014 regarding the current state of the next PDF expansion for VTES:
We’re just about to start Round Three of playtest. Right now we’re doing the final sign-off on the cards and then the pdf files will be sent to the playtesters.
The still-as-yet-unnamed set is still slated to have 70 cards (45 crypt, 25 library) and we’re well ahead of an Q3/EC release date.
Artwork is progressing apace, with 53 cards sent to artists for artwork. We currently have 31 completed pieces and 7 concept sketches submitted. We’re also very excited to have added several new artists, including Laia López and Alejandro F. Giraldo.
Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll talk more about what concepts to expect from the new set, as well as more art previews. Speaking of which, here are a couple of previews from Laia López and Alejandro F. Giraldo:
— Ben Peal and the V:EKN Design Team
.. that the Bima ally can play political action cards like Kine Resources Contested. Of course, this is not directly possible, because the rules(?) only allow vampires to play political action cards. But once a Bima has a Presence discipline card, that Bima can use Charming Lobby to play a political action en passant.
When I was in Stockholm last year on the occasion of the VTES EC 2014, one of the Swedish players, Randal, showed me a VTES deck game. Actually it’s not a game, but rather a thought experiment. The game is about if and how you can win a game of VTES with a given setup of decks.
To conduct the thought experiment, you first have to build a deck of 40-90 cards. But instead of regular VtES cards, each card represents a particular deck (e.g. a Ventrue Lawfirm, Malkavian antitribu Kindred Spirits or Tremere Wall deck). For that purpose, you just use a slip of paper with the name of the deck type, which is pushed on top of a regular, sleeved VtES card. The actual game is done by laying down a card representing your deck (the one you’re currently building, or you just played the week before, etc.). Then you draw four cards from the deck and lay down the four cards (each representing a different player with a deck) face up in a circle. This represents a game of VtES with you and four other players struggling for the victory.
With this 5 player table laid out, answer the following three questions:
- Do you think you can win this table?
- How do you think will the table develop (e.g. who is ousted in which order, which direction will each player go (backoust?), ..)?
- If you could choose any position for your deck between the four other decks, which position would be the best for you in order to win the table?
The game has no real goal, you cannot “win” it. It just helps you to answer (at least two questions):
- How can you win a a given table (e.g. how do you need to influence/manipulate) the table that you emerge as winner?
- The second question is if your deck is tournament viable. If you lay out the decks for three consecutive tables, can you score one game win (or more)? If not, it may be just bad seating (that’s happening from time to time) or your deck just isn’t good enough.
My deck deck consists now of 80 decks roundabout. These are not all different decks, but there a number of duplicates (e.g. Ventrue Grinder or Kiasyd Stealth Bleed) to reflect the likelihood of encountering certain deck types more often in tournaments. The PDF containing the paper slips for the decks I use is available on Dropbox.
Here’s an example of such a randomly drawn table setup:
My deck is a Gangrel Renegade Garou deck (which isn’t really a tier-1 deck), but can often still hold up in a game. Then from left to right, Ravnos Vote deck as my prey, Tremere Wall as my grandprey, Malkavian antitribu Kindred Spirits as grand predator and Tremere Big Cap Vote deck as my predator.
- Getting a VP is reasonable, making the GW less likely.
- The Tremere Big Cap deck will have a hard time surviving the Malkavian antitribu onslaught. Either way the survivor of these two decks will be heavily damaged. In the mean time I should be able to squash the Ravnos using Fame and Dragonbound. But then there’s the Tremere Wall before me, which most likely will have mopped up either the Malkavians or the Tremere Big Caps.
- I would say the position left of the Tremere Wall deck may be best. It would allow me to either kill the Malkavian antitribu or the weakened Tremere Vote deck first, and then hopefully in concert with the Tremere Wall deck to kill the Ravnos afterwards. But crucial is perhaps that I am able to recruit two Renegade Garou without having the Tremere being able to block the recruit actions.
Here are the results of “Rhein-Main-Bashing” VtES Constructed tournament in Mayence, Germany after 2 rounds and the final. The tournament was played on May 3rd, 2014 with 16 players participating. Here are the standings after 2 rounds and the final:
1. Johannes W. (GER) — 1 GW 5 VP — 2 VP — Gangrel/Gangrel antitribu Ani/For
2. Ali A. (GER) — 1 GW 4 VP — 2 VP — Malkavian/Malkavian antitribu Stealth Bleed
2. Ralf W. (GER) — 1 GW 4 VP — 1 VP — Nosferatu/Nosferatu antitribu Royalty Vote
2. Rudolf G. (GER) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Thetmes & Dom Friends Contract
2. Martin S. (GER) — 1 GW 3,5 VP — 0 VP — Saulot & Friends Wall
Congratulations to Johannes for his victory in the tournament. The winning deck as well as tournament report (in German) can be found on German VEKN forum.
.. when an opposing vampire rushes one of your (untapped) vampires with Deep Song without you blocking (successfully), you can still play Obedience (and prevented being tapped)? Obedience states that you can play the card when you’re “about to enter combat“. This gives you an opportunity to before the cards effect of Deep Song takes place (tap and enter combat).