On May 30th, 2015 the Belgian VTES EC Qualifier was held in Brussels, Belgium, this time with 23 players from four different countries (Belgium (8), Germany (3), Italy (9) and the Netherlands (3)). attending the qualifier tournament. The tournament was also part of the Italian Qualifier Tour 2015. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Danilo Torrisi (ITA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 2 VP — Lutz & Maris Vote
2. Bram Van Stappen (BEL) — 2 GW 8 VP — 1 VP — Anu Diptinatpa Procurer Bleed
2. Tom Vandenberghe (BEL) — 2 GW 8 VP — 1 VP — Ventrue anitribu Grinder
2. Bart Jansen (NED) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 1 VP — Antonio D’Erlette Nephandus
2. Martin Schumacher (GER) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Dracon & Friends Ani/Aus/Tha
Congratulations to Danilo for winning the Belgian ECQ 2015.
This is a list of VTES cards that can only be played once per game:
Most of the cards fall into one of these three categories:
- .. providing significant blood/pool gain
- .. allowing unblockable actions
- .. taking control of/burning a vampire
I can understand why most of these cards need to be restricted to “once per game“, hut some of the cards are plain ridiculously limited by the restriction, e.g. what is broken about playing multiple Tajdid per game? Or Reality Mirror, for example, could be easily restricted by allowing it once per turn, instead of once per game.
.. you cannot play (in this order) Govern the Unaligned with Conditioning, and then play Seduction (which just replaced for the Conditioning) on another vampire. The reason is that even if you play all these cards before the other player could react/interact, the Seduction can only be played as the action is announced. And that window has closed, when you played Conditioning, which is a regular action modifier.
So the correct order is to play the action card, play all (one or more) action modifier cards that are needed to be played as the action as announced (or use any similar effects like using Club Illusion), and then play any (other) action modifiers you want to play.
On April 18th, 2015 the VTES Northwest NAC Qualifier was held in Seattle, Washington with 12 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and finals were as follows:
1. Darby Keeney (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 3 VP — Legacy of Pander Vote
2. Brian Moritz (USA) — 2 GW 5 VP — 1 VP — Euro-Brujah (combat heavy)
2. Grayson Nootenboom (USA) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Cock Robin (multi-act & combat)
2. Ethan Gunsul (USA) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Gangrel Allies
2. Fletcher Gibson (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Turbo Baron
Congratulations to Darby for his win of the Northwestern Qualifier 2015.
In earlier times — when the Malkavians had the clan disciplines Auspex, Obfuscate, Dominate — the archetypical bleed deck was based on Malkavians with Dominate & Obfuscate. With the release of the Sabbat expansion the Malkavian antitribu with Dementation (instead of Dominate) took over this role. Although Dementation lacks some of the versatility (in areas other than bleed) Dominate offers (e.g. Deflection, or Govern the Unaligned), Dementation has its own merits. Cards like Kindred Spirits offer basic bleed capability and pool gain, while other cards can provide stealth like Deny or Confusion. Furthermore, Kindred Spirits also offers the possibility to bleed any other player at the table, not only your predator. So this gives the player additional potential for dealing and cross-table interaction. Today the Malkavian antitribu Kindred Spirits bleed deck is one of the most successful and most feared decks in the VTES tournament scene. Another name of the deck is Fast Eddie, since Eddie Gaines is the smallest vampire with Dementation which can bleed for 2 in its turn 2, showing how fast and effective this deck delivers damage to its prey pool.
Remark: Although this deck archetype often uses a mixed crypt of Malkavian antitribu and Malkavian I will often relate to this deck’s vampires as Malkavian antitribu for avoiding more complicated sentences.
On May 16th, 2015 the Russian National VTES Championship 2015 was held in Moscow, Russia with 9 players attending the final tournament. The final standings after 2 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Pavel Khachikyan (RUS) — 0 GW 2 VP — 1.5 VP — Ventrue Lawfirm 2015
2. Armen Khachikyan (RUS) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 1 VP — Nana Buruku Ani Combat
2. Andrew Vlasov (RUS) — 0 GW 2 VP — 1 VP — Ventrue antitribu
2. Dmitriy Petrov (RUS) — 0 GW 2.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Tha/For?
2. Zubets Petr (RUS) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Lutz Vote?
Congratulations to Pavel for his win of the Russian Nationals 2015.