— Lönkka in a discussion about the effectiveness of melee weapons.
This deck archetype is built around the Gangrel ally Renegade Garou. The deck is around for a long time, you can easily build it with Jyhad cards only (if you don’t mind omitting Unmasking and perhaps On the Qui Vive). The deck is quite strong, since it offers both good defensive (with Raven Spy and Earth Meld) and offensive capabilities (with Renegade Garou and Form of Mist). On the other hand it’s very vulnerable when and if for whatever reason the Renegade Garous are killed or stolen by another player. Playing the deck does not result in an auto-win and making 2 GW 8 VP in the first three round of a tournaments easily, in fact it’s not so easy to play, especially surviving the initial setup is crucial.
How to win with them
The deck has two main angles:
- the first is recruiting the Renegade Garous and later attacking key minions from your prey (preferably) or your predator (if needed).
- the second is building up a solid wall with permanent intercept which other players cannot overcome eventually.
There are several options how this deck archetype can oust its prey. It can either use the “traditional” way combat decks oust, that is Fame or Dragonbound. Alternatively if the deck actually leans more to the wall type, it can use Smiling Jack. Or if anything else fails, just bled constantly with a multitude of minions, especially when playing with Jacob Fermor who gives all werewolves you control +1 bleed.
Lately there have been some questions regarding Epiphany on VEKN.net, and therefore here are some questions and answers regarding the card:
- Question: Can you search for an advanced vampire even though the vampire performing the Epiphany has no Advanced vampire?
- Answer: Yes, you can cycle a card this way. This is similar when you’re playing Magic of the Smith and miraculously “fail” to find an appropriate equipment in your library. Refer to VEKN.net.
- Q: Can I move an unmerged vampire from the uncontrolled region to the ready region and merge them in the same influence phase?
- A: No, you can’t. The uncontrolled vampires with enough blood on them to be moved to the ready region, become controlled at the end of influence phase and then it’s too late spent four transfers for merging them. Refer to VEKN.net.
- Q: Can you add Legendary Vampire to a vampire that has been merged last turn?
- A: No, you can’t since merging a vampire is not the same as moving a (new) vampire from the uncontrolled to the ready region, that is the unmerged version has been in play for at least two turns already. Refer to VEKN.net and [LSJ-200305019].
- Q: An unmerged vampire Sebastian Goulet (Sabbat) becomes Independent and Anarch. What sect does he have when I merge him then?
- A: He becomes Sabbat again, because in case of conflicting traits, etc. (in this case Independent vs. Sabbat) the advanced version applies in full after merging. Because of changing sect, he also loses his Anarch trait. See [LSJ-20090706].
- Week of Nightmares Event 1 (Monday Morning) — June 1st, 2015 — 19 Players — 2R+F
1. Mark Loughman (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 1.5 VP — Inner Circle Flurry of Action Bleed
2. Jay Kristoff (USA) — 2 GW 9 VP — 0.5 VP — Gangrel G2/3 Big Cap Thing
2. Hugh Angseesing (UK) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0.5 VP —
2. Darby Keeney (USA) — 1 GW 3 VP — 0.5 VP — Rachel Brandywine+Cog+The Rising
2. Bob Joseph (USA) — 2 GW 8 VP — 0 VP –Lasombra Vote
- Week of Nightmares Event 2 (Monday Night) — June 1st, 2015 — 19 Players — 2R+F
1. Connor Bell (USA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 3.0 VP — Malkavian ’94
2. Randal Rudstam (SWE) — 2 GW 6 VP — 2 VP — Howler Bleed
2. Mark Loughman (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Baali Bleed/Vote?
2. David Bowles (USA) — 0 GW 2 VP — 0 VP — CEL/Grapple
2. David Litwin (USA) — 0 GW 2 VP — 0 VP — Nu multirush
- Week of Nightmares Event 3 (Tuesday Morning) — June 2nd, 2015 — 20 Players — 2R+F
1. John McGlynn (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 3 VP — Kindred Spirits Bleed
2. David Litwin (USA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 2 VP — Nehemiah vote
2. Hugh Angseesing (UK) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Nefertiti Mind Rape
2. David Bowles (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Black Hand
2. Brian Joseph (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Toreador Bleed
- Week of Nightmares Event 4 (Tuesday Night) — June 2nd, 2015 — 27 Players — 2R+F
1. James Messer (USA) — 2 GW 6.5 VP — 3 VP — Followers of Set Combat
2. Mark Loughman (USA) — 2 GW 7 VP — 1 VP — Giovanni Power Bleed
2. Brian Moritz (USA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 1 VP — Stealth/Bleed?
2. Tiago Brum (POR) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Gangrel Vote
2. Sarah Turner (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Followers of Set Vote
- Week of Nightmares Event 5 (Thursday Morning) — June 3rd, 2015 — 20 Players — 2R+F
1. Mikkel Petersen (DEN) — 1 GW 4 VP — 3 VP — Lorrie Dunsirn Gets Tourette’s
2. Randal Rudstam (SWE) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 2 VP — Large Gangrel Animalism Wallish
2. Hugh Angseesing (UK) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Tzimice Bleed
2. Bob Joseph (USA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Setites Free States Rant & Temptation
2. Darby Keeney (USA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Ventrue Grinder w/ vote Module
- Week of Nightmares Event 6 (Thursday Night) — June 3rd, 2015 — 10 Players — 2R+F
1. Jay Kristoff (USA) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 2.5 VP — Black Hand Recruitment/Kamut
2. Randal Rudstam (SWE) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Baali Bloat
2. Bill Troxel (USA) — 1 GW 3 VP — 1 VP — Krassimir + Inceptor
2. Kelly Schultz (USA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — Followers of Set Mesu Bedshet
2. Will Kristoff (USA) — 0 GW 1 VP — 0 VP — AUS/OBF Perma-Bleed
Congratulations to Jay, Mikkel, James, John, Connor and Mark for winning the individual tournaments. You can also find information on the Week of Nightmares tournament on the Event Reports and TWD section of VEKN.net. Also some photos of the event can be found in the VTES North America Facebook group.
Two days ago (June 19th, 2015) the VEKN released the eighth issue of the VEKN Newsletter with a variety of information regarding VTES, VEKN and related matters.
Of Interest to Scholars and Slanderers:
Congratulations to Brian Moritz for winning the 2015 North American Championships! A full report of the NAC and the Week of Nightmares is coming soon!
We’d also like to take a moment to note the recent passing of John Forbes Nash, a famous mathemetician and game theorist. He is known for the Nash Equilibrium, which provides a way of predicting what will happen if several people are making decisions at the same time, and if the outcome depends on the decisions of the others:
Design Team News:
Playtest for the upcoming Anarchs-themed set is underway! Round One will wrap up at the end of June, at which point we’ll review the feedback, make the necessary adjustments and corrections, and get ready for Round Two. If you’d like to hop in as a playtester, please contact our Playtest Coordinator, Hugh Angseesing, at squidalot (at) hotmail (dot) com.
Artwork for the new set is underway, as well! We have six completed pieces already, and ten more pieces have been assigned to artists. More pieces will be assigned as we get further along in the playtest process. If you’re an artist and you’d like to volunteer to work on a piece or two for the set, please contact our Art Director, Ginés Quiñonero, at damnansvtes (at) ono /dot/ com.
Read the complete VEKN Newsletter 19 June 2015 with additional information on the Storyline events and more on VEKN.net.
“Embraced by a fallen clan during nights long past, the Giovanni have always had ambition. Now they bring that ambition to bear on a world they would claim for themselves. With vast wealth, the ability to command the spirits of the dead, and a strict familial hierarchy, the greatest enemy to stand against Clan Giovanni is itself.
The Curse of Caine Stolen” — Clanbook: Giovanni (Revised)
The Eye of Hazimel is a powerful supernatural item, and one of the major plot devices of the Vampire’s Clan Novel saga of Vampire: the Masquerade.
The Eye belonged to the Ravnos Methuselah Hazimel, and holds great powers of mutation and destruction. In order to use it, its wielder has to replace one of their own eyes with it. The Eye often has a negative effect on its wielder’s mind (and sometimes even his body), pushing the wielder’s personality into unpredictable directions and even altering his physical form.
When ruling much of pre-historic India, Hazimel had used the Eye to monitor what was happening out in the outside world, even when he was resting in his tomb. Later on he used it as gift to other rulers in India in order to ensure their loyalty. A long time the Eye had been forgotten, only known from legends about a gypsies’ “Evil Eye“.
The Eye resurfaced during the assault of the Sabbat on Atlanta in 1999, when the Tremere antitribu Leopold got hold of it. Leopold having an unstable personality (believing that he himself was a Toreador) anyhow, was greatly influenced by the Eye’s power and created a horrific “artwork” of flesh and stone in the Adirondack Mountains (in upstate New York). The local Gangrel became aware of Leopold’s machinations, and therefore got into conflict with him. Except for the Gangrel Justicar Xaviar, he killed a whole warband of Gangrel who were assaulting him. Xaviar’s request for help was denied by the Camarilla war council in Baltimore soon after, which prompted Xaviar to make clan Gangrel leave the Camarilla.
Hesha Ruhadze, a Setite scholar, after hearing about reappearance of the Eye of Hazimel, set on to retrieve the Eye. A group of Camarilla vampires around Victoria Ash, Ramona and Theo Bell eventually faced Leopold in the streets of New York. Together they managed to kill him in a final combat. In the aftermath of the battle, a deal was struck between the Toreador Justicar Lucinde and Hesha granting him the Eye for further studies.
The Eye didn’t stay too long in Hesha’s possession, because a war party lead by the Tzimisce Lambach, took hold of the Eye. Again the Eye showed its destructive powers by changing Lambach’s body almost unrecognizable. The Eye then got lost, when Lambach’s legion of vampires got eradicated by Ambrogino Giovanni and a group of the Giovanni’s most formidable necromancers near Los Angeles.