Black Chantry has released a second promo pack of VTES cards, which is intended to be handed out as rewards for participating in tournaments. This second pack consists of crypt that were previously only available as promo cards during VTES Continental Championships, and a few selected crypt and library for which the card text has been changed recently (or the card was misprinted in a recent expansion (Murmur of the False Will). The first block of cards have a quantity of 10 each, while the second blcok only has a quantity of 1 each.
- 10 Benedito, a Lanterna
- 10 Bituin
- 10 Casey Snyder
- 10 Jacques Rouge
- 10 Leumeah
- 1 Una
- 1 The Ankara Citadel, Turkey
- 1 Black Metamorphosis
- 1 Murmur of the False Will
- 1 Parity Shift
- 1 Pentex Subversion
The tournament packs are not intended for the regular distribution channels and resale, but for tournament organizers as prize support for participating in or winning a tournament.
You can read the original on the Black Chantry website.
Yesterday the VEKN/Black Chantry has announced an open playtest for contesting vampires in VTES. Instead of both vampires being turned face down and being out of play, the contested vampires stay in play. The cost of contesting of 1 pool each turn remains until one player yields (or is ousted from the game).
Here are the changes in detail:
- A contested vampire remains in play. Their controller must pay 1 pool to continue to contest them, or yield during the unlock phase, but can play with them normally (act, block, play cards, cast votes or ballots etc.). If this vampire has a title that is also contested, the vampire must pay 1 blood point to keep it, as usual.
- It is still forbidden to contest a vampire with oneself, and if this were to happen, the last vampire to enter play would be immediately burned, as usual.
- This concerns both vampires influenced from the crypt and unique vampires brought into play with library cards (Abomination, Call the Great Beast etc.)
- Unique library cards (including allies) and imbued are still unaffected by this rule change.
The VEKN wants to test if this a viable change, and asks players around the world to test this change (in non-tournament games) and answer a couple of questions regarding the effects.
The rule for contesting vampires was always quite controversial, because if in a given game two players fielded a deck which heavily relied on a single vampire (“star vampire”), typically both player’s game suffered tremendously by the contest. The contest of said star vampire then often allowed a third player to scoop up a game win easily. On the other hand, removing this contest rule can also lead to decreased diversity in decks, that is, players are more willing to play often dominant decks like Stanislava & Friends Dominate, or Unnamed Bleed, etc. With that regard, I like the idea of having an open playtest to be able evaluate the impact of the rules change, instead of just shoving down such a significant change the VTES communities throat and stating “to deal with it”.
Also quite interesting is the fact, that the Imbued are still contested the old way, when even library cards that are put into play as unique vampires are no longer subject to the original contesting rules. I would really like to hear about the reasons why Imbued are handled differently than the other crypt cards.
Read the full announcement on Black Chantry’s website here, which also includes a FAQ on the issue.
On May 1st, 2020, the VEKN has published its newsletter for April 2020. The newsletter covers a number of topics, namely an interview with key people from Black Chantry, the unfortunate news that the VTES EC 2020 has been canceled, and finally an interview with Wes Weston (veteran VTES player / national coordinator of Canada).
Read the complete newsletter here: VEKN Newsletter for April 2020 on VEKN.net.
On April 1st, 2020, the VEKN has published its newsletter for March 2020. The newsletter covers a number of topics, namely
a tournament report of the Grand Prix Ibérico 2020 (along with all 5 finalist decks and an interview with the tournament winner), an interview with VTES artist amy Wilkins, and finally some information on the VTES 5th Edition.
Read the complete newsletter here: VEKN Newsletter for March 2020 on VEKN.net.
On March 3rd, 2020, the VEKN has published its newsletter for February 2020. The newsletter covers a number of topics, namely the announcement of a number of major tournaments, a tournament report of the South American Cup, a second tournament report of the North American Cup, some card changes of the Assamite/Quietus, and an interview with VTES artist Samuel Araya.
Read the complete newsletter here: VEKN Newsletter for February 2020 on VEKN.net.
This year, the first German VTES Grand Prix tournament will take place in Darmstadt, Germany on March 21st, 2020. Here are the details of the tournament:
- Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2020
DRK-Zentrum (Centre of the German Red Cross) Darmstadt-Eberstadt
- Standard Constructed, detailed rules can be found on the VEKN Tournament Rules webpage.
- Tournament proxy cards are not allowed.
- Time Table
- Registration starts 11:00
- 1st Round starts 12:00
- Entry Fee: 15 EUR pre-registered, 18 EUR on location.
- Prizes: tba
- More details and registration
- Registration for the event is at vtes-hook.com .
- Players who pre-registered on registration.vtes-hook.com can now complete their registration by giving to a PayPal MoneyPool I opened for that purpose.
- A warm lunch is included in the entry fee (guaranteed with pre-registration).
- Non-alcoholic drinks are available as well for a reasonable price.
There’s an additional tournament on the following day as well (Sunday, March 22nd, 2020).
For full details on the tournament and the latest news on it, please refer this VEKN.net thread.
This year the German National VTES Championship tournament will take place in Bochum, Germany on May 16th, 2020. Here are the details of the tournament:
- Date: Saturday, May 16th, 2020
Zu den Vier Winden
Hofsteder Str. 94
- Format: Standard Constructed, detailed rules can be found on the VEKN Tournament Rules web page. Proxies are not allowed. Please note that you do not have to qualify for this event.
- Time Table
- Registration — 12:00
- Start 1st round — 13:00
- Round System: 3 rounds plus final round (time limit: 2h each)
- Entry Fee: 15 € (10 € of which count towards food & drinks on site)
- Prizes: tba
- More Details
- Pre-registration is recommended, under registration.vtes-hook.com/
- The location is a pub, so you may not bring your own food and drinks. The entrance fee includes 10 € minimum consumption of food & drinks on site.