In VTES, there are a number of hunter characters. Interestingly, even though most of these hunters have the same background as the Imbued, and have the nicknames on hunter-net.org, they are represented as allies in the game, and not as crypt cards.
- Caiaphas Smith — Caiaphas is a hunter from New England who met and killed his first vampire at the age of 15 in 1830; he has drunk their blood to prolong his life and continue his hunt.
- Dr. Carleton Van Wyk — Van Wyk is known on hunter-net.org as Doctor119. He is somewhat clinical and detached, and approaches the hunt with a scientific mindset. Van Wyk is the signature character for the Judge creed.
- Jackson “Jake” Washington, — Washington is known on hunter-net.org as Bookworm55, and is also one of the Imbued, He is a signature character for the Innocent creed.
- Millicent Smith, Puritan Vampire Hunter — unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any further information on Millicent Smith.
- Wendel Delburton — Delburton is known on hunter-net.org as Crusader17. He is an Imbued member of the Avenger creed.
More information on Hunters can be found on the (unofficial) White Wolf wikia.
Celerity Gun (Cel Gun) is a deck archetype in Vampire: the Eternal Struggle. This deck type has been around for a long time, since there is an abundance of small- to mid-cap vampires with superior Celerity in the early expansions. Cel Gun is a classic Rush combat deck, that is its vampire take actions to attack the opponents vampires directly, i.e. by using Bum’s Rush or Haven Uncovered. It uses the combo Concealed Weapon and .44 Magnum to equip with these guns during combat, and then uses Celerity combat cards to inflict significant damage on the opposing minion. The deck ousts mainly by inflicting damage through Fame, Tension in the Ranks and/or Dragonbound.
How to win with them
Threaten your predator into submission (i.e. he doesn’t do anything against you). Usually you should be careful what kind of predator you let live. You need to kill a Stealth-Bleed/Powerbleed deck right away. No exceptions. When playing against Vote decks, you might need to kill one or two vampires w/ titles, to reduce the ability of the vote deck to dish out damaging votes. Toolbox decks or other combat decks which combat abilities you can trump, are only a small or no threat at all. Usually it’s a good idea to show your strength by crippling one or two vampires of your predator, so he’s both intimidated and busy while defending against his predator.
On February 7th, 2015 the VtES Northeast NAC Qualifier was held in Providence, Rhode Island (USA) with 23 players attending the qualifier tournament (during TempleCon 2015). The final standings were as follows:
1. Matt Morgan (USA) — 2 GW 10 VP — 5 VP — Ventrue feat. Mary-Ann Blair Bleed
2. David Cherryholmes (USA) — 2 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP — Ravnos G 4/5 Traparition
2. Christopher Malec (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Brujah G1/2 Breed&Boon
2. Jennifer Hirsch (USA) — 1 GW 3.5 VP — 0 VP — Malkavian Vote feat. Lutz
2. Mark Danko (USA) — 1 GW 3.5 VP — 0 VP — Malk’94 Stealth Bleed
Congratulations to Matt for his win of the North-East Regional Qualifier 2015.
During GothCon XXXIX on April 4th, 2015 the Swedish VtES EC Qualifier was held in Gothenburg, Sweden with 17 players from 4 countries (Sweden, Finland, Germany and the UK) attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings were as follows:
1. Henrik Klippström (SWE) — 2 GW 6 VP — 1.5 VP — Ventrue Princes Grinder
2. Oskar Grindemyr (SWE) — 0 GW 5 VP — 1.5 VP — Ventrue antitribu Powerbleed
2. Randal Rudstam (SWE) — 1 GW 5 VP — 1 VP — Ventrue Lawfirm Breeds
2. Hugh Angseesing (UK) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Tremere Cryptic Mission
2. Marko Lindroos (FIN) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Toreador AAA Vote
Congratulations to Henrik for his win of the Swedish ECQ 2015.
On April 25th, 2015 the Polish VtES EC Qualifier 2015 was held in Lublin, Poland with 17 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Marcin Watras (POL) — 3 GW 11 VP — 4 VP — Antonio D’Erlette Nephandus Ashur
2. Tomasz Pietkiewicz (POL) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 1 VP — Tzimisce Piper War Ghoul
2. Maciej Kozlowski (POL) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — 0 VP — Giovanni G5/6 Shambling Hordes
2. Aleksander Idziak (POL) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0 VP — Lasombra Mind Rape & Purge
2. Lukasz Modzelewski (POL) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0 VP — Howler
Congratulations to Marcin for his win of the Polish ECQ 2015.
The North American VTES Continental Championship 2015 will take place from June 4th to June 7th, 2015. As during the past years, the NAC is part of the Origins convention in Columbus, Ohio.
There will be the Week of Nightmares prior to the actual NAC tournament (from May 31st to June 3rd). The Week of Nightmares is a series of tournament, usually 2R & final, but often these are not standard constructed tournaments, but special formats like for example, a Jyhad-only draft tournament or a Storyline event. This year, the Week of Nightmares begins with the Ohio Valley Qualifier in Newark (OH), on May 31st (starting at 10:30 AM).
The schedule for the NAC 2015 looks like this:
- Thursday, June 4th
- Last Chance Qualifier — 11 AM
- Last Chance Qualifier (Late Night Edition) — 7 PM
- Friday, June 5th
- NAC Day 1 (qualification) — 11 AM
- Shadow Twin (for non-qualified players)
- Saturday, June 6th
- NAC Day 2 (championship) — 11 AM
- Shadow Twin (for non-qualified players)
- Sunday, June 7th
- First Chance Qualifier — 11 AM
For more information (especially on the Week of Nightmare tournament schedule) you can check the VEKN event calendar, or you ask around on the VTES North America group on Facebook.