Today, one of search terms which were used to navigate to this blog was the question “what deck should i take to tournament vtes“. Quite a while ago (in 2008), I had written an article on the topic of entering VTES tournaments for the first time (named “A VTES tournament primer“) which also contains a short section on the topic.
My basic answer for this question is that you should play a deck that you’re comfortable with, more specifically ..
- Play a deck that you have played before, and that you know how to play with it. E.g. it’s not fun for you and the other players when you start playing a political deck for the first time during a tournament.
- Play a deck that has scored a few game wins, or at least a couple of VP. It may be fun to bring your goofy Samedi-True Brujah deck, but it can be frustrating to you (and you fellow players) if you’re ousted after 30 minutes each game, because your crypt draw sucked or you got a handjam full of master cards.
Also check, that..
- .. your library contains the a tournament legal number of cards, that is between 60 and 90 cards, and your crypt consists of at least 12 vampires.
- .. your crypt follows the grouping rules, that is, all vampires in your crypt belong to two adjacent groups.
- .. the deck does not contain any banned cards. I have heard about at least one incident during last year’s European Championship (in Oct. 2014), where the deck of a player contained Lilith’s Blessing, a card banned from tournament play in April 2014. The list of banned cards are part of the VEKN tournament rules (section 4.1).
- .. the deck does not contain any proxy cards. Proxy cards are OK in casual games, when you don’t like to switch around cards between decks, or you want to test a new strategy that requires a lot of cards you don’t have at the moment. But for VEKN sanctioned tournaments you need proper VTES cards. The exception to this rule are the new PDF expansions (The Unaligned and Danse Macabre) where you can print your own cards and put them in front of any regular VTES card.
To get an impression what you’re up against, you may want to check the Tournament Winning Deck Archive, which contains the latest decks which won a tournament of 8 players (or more).