Saturday, March 31, 2012

Results "Gehenna" VtES Tournament in Hilversum, Netherlands

Here are the results of the "Gehenna" VtES constructed tournament in Hilversum, Netherlands. The tournament was played on March 31st, 2012 with 25 players from 3 countries (Netherlands (2), Belgium (2) and Germany (2)) participating. These are the standings after the three rounds and the final:
1. Michael B. (GER)-- 1 GW 3.5 VP -- 3 VP -- Akunanse Wallish Toolbox
2. Bram van S. (BEL) -- 2 GW 8 VP -- 1 VP -- Elimelech & Black Friends Toolbox
2. Peter B. (NED) -- 1 GW 6.5 VP -- 1 VP -- Assamite Dementation Bleed feat. Thucimia
2. Izaak H. (NED) -- 2 GW 7.5 VP -- 0 VP -- Ventrue Antitribu Grinder
2. Rene W. (NED) -- 1 GW 7 VP -- 0 VP -- Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
Congratulations to Michael for his victory in the tournament. He won the final in a breathtaking showdown with 1 minute on the clock left and playing with one card in his hand for the last 5 minutes.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cause and Effect: Interview with the VEKN Design Team Leader

A special episode of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Tuesday (March 27th, 2012). The three Swedish hosts interviewed the VEKN design team leader, Ben Peal. The focus of the interview was the development of upcoming VtES expansion.
This ends the 2nd season of Cause & Effect. The next season will start around mid-April. On a related note I will do a short break, too. So only very updates on this blog for the next two weeks.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Memorable Quotes (Part 138)

"That's the beauty and horror of VTES, you can always be rushed cross-table." -- Anders, Swedish VtES player.
Reference: Cause & Effect (at 07:24)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

VtES EC Qualifier Support Kit 2012

I am not very much inclined to add some sort of advertisement on this blog, but have added the EC Qualifier Support Kit 2012 on their website on March 1st, which include a t-shirt (with the motive as shown here on the right side), a set of four different boosters and 20 promo cards. The set is designated for four players and come in 4 different variations (different sizes for the t-shirts from M to XXL).

Please be aware, that the package is available only to National Coordinators or ECQ organizers.

On a related note, they have also sponsored the prize support for the upcoming German ECQ 2012, which is a factory set of the Sabbat War rare cards.

Bochum VtES League 2012: March 16th

Here are the decks of the Bochum VtES League 2012 from the meeting on March 16th, 2012 (the next prey is from top to bottom), with some quick remarks about the decks being played that evening.
  • Ralf -- Nosferatu/Nosferatu antitribu G3/4 Obf/For Bleed -- reasonable start and setup, but a single Muddled Vampire Hunter in turn two by his prey was the deck's ultimate downfall. Also getting a master card hand jam doesn't help either.

  • Markus -- Old School Malkavian Toolboxy Vote -- defended quite well, but lacked forward motion for a long time due to pressure by Ralf. Got back into the game with Minion Tap and Parity Shift, but then lacked enough follow-up votes to oust Michael.

  • Michael -- Obf/Pre Midcap Bleed -- initially had no predator and very good forward pressure, until Cesewayo got his second or third Aye. This cost Michael 2 or 3 rounds, which eventually prevented him from getting more than 1.5 VPs. But then had enough True Love's Face to oust the wall before him.

  • Hardy -- Cesawayo & Friends Aye Wall -- also had a very slow start. When Cesawayo (after Andrew Stuart) hit the table he was already very low on pool. But with Bowl of Convergence and multiple Aye was able to stabilize for a reasonable couple of turns, even being able to block political actions by his prey, but then run out of gas (read: untaps & pool).

  • Sascha -- Lasombra G2 Bleed/Vote -- had a very, very slow start, but landed some heavy bleeds and top-decked a Govern the Unaligned when trying to oust Ralf before he in turn would have ousted Markus.

Result: Michael 1.5 VP, Sascha 1.5 VP, Markus 0.5 VP

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Upcoming "Cause & Effect" special: An hour with the VEKN Design Team Leader

Next week (March 27th, 2012), the VtES webshow "Cause & Effect" will have a special guest, the design team leader for the upcoming VtES expansion (and three time NAC champion) Ben Peal. Initially the topic of the interview will be his role within the VEKN and his work as design team leader.
Any question that you would like Ben to answer can be asked in the announcement thread on or sent to "causeampersandeffect (/at/) gmail (/dot/) com".

The show will be broadcasted live (as usual) on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 (exact time is to be determined) and you will also be able to ask questions and follow-up questions at the end of the show. More information on Cause & Effect can also be found on their respective Facebook page.

Cause & Effect: Episode 2.9

The ninth episode (of the second season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Tuesday (March 21st, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak discussed gave a quick recap on their results during the Danish ECQ this year and then discussed various deck trying to (ab)use the Malkavian Madness Network.

The next episode is scheduled for the March 24th.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Prize Support 2012

Some prize support I put together for upcoming VtES Tournaments in 2012:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Week of Nightmares during NAC 2012

Before the actual VtES North American Championship 2012 takes place from May 30th to June 3rd, 2012 (in Columbus, Ohio), a series of VtES tournaments commonly known as Week of Nightmares are scheduled in the week before NAC. The dates for tournament are:
  • 28 May 2012 -- WoN Event 1 - Scotch Egg: Columbus -- 11:30 to 17:30
  • 28 May 2012 -- WoN Event 2 - Forfar Bridie: Columbus -- 18:00 to 23:59
  • 29 May 2012 -- WoN Event 3 - Chocolate Pudding Cake: Columbus -- 11:30 to 17:30
  • 29 May 2012 -- WoN Event 4 - Rustica Sub: Columbus -- 18:00 to 23:59
  • 30 May 2012 -- WoN Event 5 - Chicago Style: Columbus -- 11:30 to 17:30
  • 30 May 2012 -- WoN Event 6 - Many Beers on Tap: Columbus -- 18:00 to 23:59
More details can be found on the NAC 2012 webpages.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Did you know, that ... (Part 89)

.. an acting vampire has to pay all the cost he can afford, even if an action fizzles? For example, a vampire with 3 blood attempts to play Pulse of Canaille, but then uses Forgotten Labyrinth (for 1 blood) for extra stealth . The action then fizzles (in the action's resolution step) since he's no longer able to pay the full cost, but he's still obliged to pay 2 blood (as much as he has left).

Reference: VtES General Rulings (under "Actions")

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Dutch VtES Website

This week, the Dutch VtES community has moved its internet website officially. After struggling with some of the old forum annoyances (provided by free hosting), a new website (a website plus a forum) has been created on Most of the website is in Dutch, but the interface of the forum is in English, so it's quite easy to use even if you don't speak Dutch.

The old forum will close for good on May 1st, 2012. Updating your bookmarks/links, register at the new website/forum is appreciated.

VEKN Designer Diary (Part 2)

The second part of the VEKN Designer Diary for the upcoming VtES expansion has been released. The second round of playtesting for the expansion has just begun. Core of the release are the group 5 Sabbat vampires and some Sabbat-specific political actions. The release of the expansion is now scheduled for this summer.

Read the full article on

On a somewhat related note, I have recently read about Dieter Rams' (an influential German designer) ten principles of "good design", which can not only applied to industrial design, but also to card design, which Mark Rosewater (MtG head designer) proved in his two articles related to Dieter Rams' design principles. Two of the truly good articles on Daily MtG:
Dieter Rams' ten principles state that good design ..
  • .. is innovative.
  • .. makes a product useful.
  • .. is aesthetic.
  • .. makes a product understandable.
  • .. is unobtrusive.
  • .. is honest.
  • .. is long-lasting.
  • .. is thorough down to the last detail.
  • .. is environmentally friendly.
  • .. is as little design as possible.

Cause and Effect: Interview with the VEKN Chairman

A special episode of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Tuesday (March 13th, 2012). Adam and Isak interviewed the VEKN chairman, Johannes Walch. Center of the interview were the VEKN as volunteer organization and their goals as well as the development of upcoming VtES expansion.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


According to Webster a powerbase is defined as "a base of political support". Powerbases in VtES are master cards (unique locations) which provide some (more or less) significant advantage, but at the same time can either be destroyed or stolen by another player. Currently there are 15 different Powerbases, some of them you can see quite regularly played (Powerbase: Montreal for example, whereas other you see virtually never (Powerbase: New York). I would like to give you an quick pro/con overview of the 15 Powerbases in VtES and a rating for them (ranging from 1 to 5, 1 being the lowest score and 5 the highest).
  • Powerbase: Barranquilla
    • Pro: Can be a huge pool gain when choosing a high capacity Sabbat vampires. The pool cannot be stolen, only burned, so there's less incentive for the opposing players to take action (as compared to Powerbase: Mexico or New York).
    • Con: Titled vampires get +1 stealth when trying to remove the card.
    • Rating: 3-4

  • Powerbase: Berlin
    • Pro: Can only be removed by calling a successful referendum.
    • Con: Intercept to block political actions is normally not too useful for the Ventrue, which are typically not your wall deck. And the Ventrue decks usually have enough titles to handle referendums by other players. All these are reasons you never see this card played.
    • Rating: 1

  • Powerbase: Cape Verde
    • Pro: A versatile blood doll for the Giovanni or Laibon clans.
    • Con: The card has become a little bit less useful (can be stolen more often than it used to be) with the popularity increase of Laibon decks.
    • Rating: 3.

  • Powerbase: Chicago
    • Pro: Has a much lower profile than Powerbase: Montreal. Maybe a little bit underplayed card.
    • Con: The powerbase only gives you .5 pool/round (if you use the move/gain cycle every turn). Moving more blood to the card increases the incentive for other decks to steal the pool.
    • Rating: 3.

V:EKN tournament prize support ensured until 2015

V:EKN tournament prize support ensured until 2015

Walch & Nusser Game Distributors and David Tatu received the remaining V:TES promo cards from CCP. Thus both will be able to continue and ensure support to any North American / European Qualifier Championships, National Championships and regular tournaments until 2015.

National Coordinators from Europe, princes and tournament organizers can find tournament support, including Qualifier T-shirts, exclusively at

OOP boosters and several sought after promo cards such as Lilith's Blessing, Victor Pelletier will be only available in ECQ and NC prize support to encourage players attending national/international events.

We are happy to announce that this year's ECQ winners will also receive a complete Sabbat War Rare card factory set.

Players from North America and the rest of the World (excluding Europe) can find V:TES Products and tournament support at Rose Tatu Productions.

About Vampire: Elder Kindred Network
Founded in 1997, the Vampire: Elder Kindred Network is the official Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Players' Organization dedicated to the continued health of V:TES. The V:EKN endeavors to help the game grow in popularity through the embracing of new players as well as through the support of the existing fans.

About Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
Vampire: The Eternal Struggle is a Deckmaster™ trading card game set in White Wolf’s popular World of Darkness. Created in 1994 by Richard Garfield as the follow-up to his groundbreaking Magic: The Gathering trading card game, V:TES is one of the most enduring games in the genre with fans and organized play events in countries across the globe.

© Vampire: Elder Kindred Network 2012. All rights reserved.

Andreas Nusser
NC Germany
Vampire: Elder Kindred Network

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Memorable Quotes (Part 137)

"For all your days prepare,
And meet them ever alike:
When you are the anvil, bear.
When you are the hammer, strike.
-- Edwin Markham (American Poet, 1852 - 1940)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Results Danish EC Qualifier 2012

On March 11th, 2012 the VtES Danish EC Qualifier 2012 was held in Copenhagen, Denmark with 22 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the finals were as follows:
1. Nikolaj Wendt (DEN) -- 1 GW 6 VP -- 1,5 VP -- Guillaume & Lasombra/Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
2. Thomas Dollas (DEN) -- 1 GW 4 VP -- 1,5 VP -- Ventrue G1/2 Lawfirm
2. Isak Esbjørnsson Bjärmark (SWE) -- 1 GW 5 VP -- 1 VP -- Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
2. Adam Esbjørnsson (SWE) -- 2 GW 6 VP -- 0 VP -- Dmitra/Undele Pre/For/Cel Vote
2. Hugh Angseesing (UK) -- 1 GW 5,5 VP -- 0 VP -- Toreador & Trujah G1/2
Congratulations to Nikolaj for his win of the Danish ECQ 2012.

Results Danish National Championship 2012

On March 10th, 2012 the VtES Danish National Championship 2012 was held in Copenhagen, Denmark with 33 players attending this constructed tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Rudolf Garski (GER) -- 2 GW 6.5 VP -- 1.5 VP -- Anson Tap & Bleed w/ Ashurs
2. Nikolaj Wendt (DEN) -- 2 GW 5.5 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Cybele Bleed w/ Ashurs
2. Frank Möller (GER) -- 1 GW 6 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Euro-Brujah
2. Hugh Angseesing (UK) -- 1 GW 5.5 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Animalism Combat
2. Adam Esbjörnsson (SWE) -- 2 GW 9.5 VP -- 0 VP -- Anson Cel/Gun w/ Ashurs
Congratulations to Rudolf for his win of the Danish Nationals 2012. Reports of the tournament can be found on

Announcement "Baron's Birthday Battle" in Bad Nauheim, Germany

The VtES constructed tournament named "Baron's Birthday Battle" will be held in Bad Nauheim, Germany on March 31st, 2012. Details are as following:
  • Date: March 31st, 2012
  • Place:
    JUZ Alte Feuerwache
    Joahnnisstrasse 5
    D-61231 Bad Nauheim
  • Format: VtES Constructed Tournament
  • Rounds: 2 rounds + final (2h each)
  • Timetable:
    10.00 -- Registration
    10.30 -- Start of Round 1
  • Entry Fee: None!
You get more information n the German VEKN forum, where you can can pre-register as well.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Announcement Spanish ECQ 2012 (North)

The Spanish VtES EC Qualifier 2012 (North) will take place in Badia del Valles (near Barcelona), Spain on July 15th, 2012. Here are the details for this constructed tournament; pay special attention to the outstanding prize support for this tournament:
  • Location:
    Edificio Antonio Machado
    Carrer de Menorca 08214
    Badia del Valles (Barcelona)
  • Rules: VtES Constructed (see also VEKN Tournament Rules
  • Format: 3 Rounds + Final (2h each)
  • Time Table
    • Registration: 9:30 to 10:30
    • Round 1: 10:45 to 12:45
    • Round 2: 13:00 to 15:00
    • Lunch Break 15:00 to 16:15
    • Round 3: 16:15 to 18:15
    • Final Round: 18:30 to 20:30
  • Entry Fee: 10 EUR
  • Prize Support:
    • 2 boosters + promos for all players.
    • Some VtES related merchandize for all players
    • Additional prizes to win during the tournament (a deck for GW, a booster for each VP, et. al)
    • A t-shirt for each qualified player
    • More than 150 boosters for the finalists
  • All proceeds (plus 300 EUR from the El Club del Temps Lliure) will be spent on prize support.
  • Contact:
    You can pre-register for the event in the Spanish VtES forum or contact the organizers via email using "glinlos (/at/) gmail (/dot/) com".
More information on travel, lodging, etc. can also be found in the Spanish VtES forum.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Virtual Card Concept

One the players suggested the concept of so-called virtual cards for future VtES expansions. This concept stems from another trading card game, namely the Star Wars CCG, and so let me explain a few things about the Star Wars CCG (summarized from various sources).

The Star Wars CCG is a collectible card game based on the Star Wars fictional universe. It was created by Decipher and was produced from December 1995 until December 2001. Operation and oversight of the game was then taken over by a Decipher created volunteer group called the Star Wars Customizable Card Game Players Committee. To date, the Players Committee (PC) still runs the game and creates new cards known as "virtual cards" that are released online in PDF format, and can then be printed and played with.

On the Players Committee (now the official Stars Wars CCG) website, the Player Committee's self-portrait read like this:
"The Players Committee maintained the competitive scene by organizing local, state, regional, and world tournaments. With the cooperation of Decipher and Lucasfilm Ltd., the Player’s Committee also began releasing new cards to the playing community in 2002. These new cards came in the form of new game text boxes and eventually new card names and entire frames that could be printed out and placed over existing cards, giving that card a new name and new capabilities."

After downloading the PDF containing all previously released "virtual cards" you can read more about the concept (and some rules):
"To use these cards, simply print them out and cut out the area beneath the card title (not on the actual card), and place the cutout in a sleeve with the original card. We recommend using opaque sleeves for non-objective cards. If you use clear sleeves, the cutout must be attached to the original card using rubber, cement, tape, or some other adhesive so the cutout does not slide. The adhesive must not be visible and must not noticeably increase the thickness of the card. If it does, the tournament director may interpret it as cheating and may penalize you appropriately."
Interestingly the PC organization was initially started by Decipher, but later on the ties seems to be severed, since on the bottom of each of the PDF pages that the product (i.e. the virtual cards) are neither supported nor endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd. (as license holder).

Is the concept a valid alternative for future VtES expansions? I certainly think so. In comparison to a "full" card expansion (as currently planned), there are some advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are :
  • No new artwork needed. Simply print out a piece of paper with the new game text and stick it in the sleeve over the old card's game text.
  • Cards in general remain valuable. In order to legally play the virtual card, you have to put in the sleeve the old card with the same card name.
  • Older, especially less useful cards, can upgraded to something worth including into a VtES deck e.g. cards like Deal with the Devil or Eyes of the Dead.
But there are some disadvantages as well:
  • Cutting the virtual cards can be cumbersome if the cutouts are somewhat irregular (see for some examples in the image above).
  • Playing without sleeves is not an option. (But that would apply to new full cards as well.)
  • The selection of the original cards (over which the virtual cards are placed) is arbitrary and unpredictable. For tournaments previously non-cards cards can become chase cards out of nowhere. As far as I know, for the SWCCG only commons and uncommons were chosen as base cards for new virtual cards. For VtES it would also be necessary to choose cards mainly from those expansions which very produced in higher numbers (e.g. Third Edition, but not Keepers of Tradition.
The discussion of the concept with respect to VtES can be found on

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Announcement VtES European Championship 2012

Today, the VtES European Championship 2012 has been announced officially. The EC 2012 will take place in Budapest, Hungary from 26th to 28th October, 2012. The location will be the Danubius Hotel Flamenco in central Budapest.

You can find more information on the new, official EC 2012 website, which contains currently only a placeholder, but will be updated in the near future with additonal information. The announcement thread on contains more information, especially on the hotel reservation/booking.

You can also reach the organizers via email using "ecbp2012 (/at/) gmail (/dot/) com".

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cause & Effect: Episode 2.8

The eighth episode (of the second season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Tuesday (March 6th, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak discussed what makes decks effective and the importance of having (and performing actions) in a game of VtES.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Memorable Quotes (Part 136)

"Always start the final with a plan. Know the seeds and the decks. Sit according to the plan and try to stick to the plan as much as possible." -- TTC Master (French VtES player)
See also Ronin (1998):
  • "lt's tempting."
  • "lt's a good plan. Let's stick to the plan."

Upcoming "Cause & Effect" special: An hour with the VEKN Chairman

Next week (March 13th, 2012), the VtES webshow "Cause & Effect" will have a special guest, the VEKN chairman Johannes Walch. So the talk on the show will go beyond the typical deck and strategy discussion and focus on the current (and future) state of the development process for the upcoming VtES set.
The two open letters concerning the Design Team & the development process of the next VtES card set, the original one by Jeff Kuta and the reply by the VEKN Inner Circle (as posted by Robyn Tatu), has (re-)started a discussion about the development process (and related issues) on The hosts of Cause & Effect have invited Johannes Walch to talk on Cause & Effect in an effort to shed some light on the current situation and, in addition, what the Inner Circle does and what Johannes' role is in the Inner Circle.

Any question that you would like Johannes to answer can be asked in the announcement thread on or sent to "causeampersandeffect (/at/) gmail (/dot/) com". The hosts of the webshow will try to make sure that every question get asked to Johannes, but as you might imagine it depends on how many questions are stated.

The show will be broadcasted live (as usual) on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 20.00 o'clock (CET) and you will also be able to ask questions and follow-up questions at the end of the show. More information on Cause & Effect can also be found on their respective Facebook page.

Monday, March 5, 2012

"Prince Erol's of Karlsruhe BDay Bash 2012" has been canceled

The Prince Erol's of Karlsruhe BDay Bash 2012 in Karlsruhe, Germany on March 11th, 2012 has been canceled, or in fact is delayed to an undetermined date in the near future. The two weeks notice was apparently too short for many players to reserve this day for a VtES tournament. As soon as news have reached me for a new date for the tournament, I will post here as well.

Deck Building Utilities (Update February 2012)

The latest version of the VtES deckbuilding utility Sutekh has been released last week (on Feb. 29th, 2012). Sutkeh version 0.8.1 is a minor update which fixes a critical issue with updating the card list from the website (caused by a change in the character encoding used by

Current Version: 0.8.1
Author(s): Sutekh Development Team (hogdestar & nitwit)
Homepage: Sutekh on Sourceforge
Description: According to the developers, Sutekh aims to be the Swiss army knife of VtES card management applications, but it is somewhat awkward to use in the first place when you're used to FELDB or ARDB, mostly because the overview pane for the cards is missing. Also there's no distinction between library and crypt cards, and card lists, decks, collection inventory, etc. are done by so called card sets and are treated the same way.

  • Card List & Inventory
    • complete card list with card texts.
    • complete collection of pictures of actual cards (although not always the latest version of the card is used).
    • basic ability to filter, but sorting cards and an overview list (spread sheet style) is lacking.
    • card inventory, even with ability to store information on cards originating from different expansions.
    • statistical analysis on decks, cardsets, clans, etc.
  • Deck Building
    • offers the basic functionality of a deck builder.
    • includes some statistical information about the decks as well as card drawing simulation.
    • ability to store decks in native format (*.xml).
    • ability to export data for FELDB (*.eld), ARDB, Secret Library, Lackey, JOL (*.jol), as well as CSV file or for use in forum (BBCode).
  • Other Features
    • decks and collections are named card sets and are essentially treated the same way.
    • uses card database from VEKN website.
Cost: free software
OS Platforms:
  • Windows
  • Linux (Fedora & Ubuntu)
Expansion Updates: n/a
Expansions: all VtES expansions.
Latest Posting: 29/Feb/2012

More info on the release cam be found on and the Sutekh webpage on SourceForge. Issues with the program may be reported by emailing "sutekh /dash/ users (/at/) lists (/dot/) sourceforge (/dot/) net".

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Bochum VtES League 2012: March 2nd

Here are the decks of the Bochum VtES League 2012 from the meeting on March 2nd, 2012 (the next prey is from top to bottom), with some quick remarks about the decks being played that evening.
  • Ralf -- Obf/For Bleed -- was able to setup quite nice, after buying two rounds time with Pentex Subversion on Lutz, bloating and bleeding consistently was able to oust Michael and then Markus in two turns. Then deck run out of gas (i.e. cards) ..

  • Michael -- Obf/Pre Bleed -- damaged Markus' pool significantly from the start with Raphael Catarari; but then lost him later on to an Archon Investigation. When he brought Raphael out again he was in ousting range of Ralf; lack of wake and bounce cards eventually killed him.

  • Markus -- Tremere antitribu/Tremere G2/3 Toolbox -- Markus was under pressure immediately and decided to influence only two Tremere antitribu weenies; couldn't stop all of Michael's bleed actions, and was down to 6 pool when Michael was ousted.

  • Sascha -- Malkavian G4/5 Bleed -- immediately got Lutz pentexed, and nobody was willing to remove it. So he took some heavy Dominate bleeds from Markus early on. After he influenced a second minion & playing Villein on Lutz for 5 or 6, he was back into business; did 4-6 pool damage each turn later on and ousted Ralf rather easily for the tie.

Result: Ralf 2 VP, Sascha 2 VP

Gelsenkirchen VtES League 2012: February 29th

Here I wanted to show you the decks of the Gelsenkirchen VtES League 2012 from the meeting on February 29th, 2012 with some quick remarks about the decks being played that evening.
  • Ralf -- Obf/For Bleed -- was ousted rather quickly, after he overextended and was then backrushed by Enkidu.

  • Thomas -- Enkidu Earth Meld/Psyche -- rocky start with Pentex Subversion on Enkidu, but then first get rid of his predator and managed to torporize most his prey's vampires. But then Enkidu's little buddies got rushed, and with Tension in the Ranks in play from turn 1, Zille had little problems ousting him.

  • Kinner -- Nana Buruki & Friends Ani -- decent starts with 4 vampires out, but couldn't apply enough pressure on his prey. Lost 3 of his vampires when Enkidu rushed, but with Golconda on Nana and more vampires influenced out, he recovered nicely.

  • Zille -- Nakhthorheb Bleed/Temptation -- Nakhthorheb did his stuff (bleeding/tempting) and with some help of his respective grandpreys managed to oust his first to preys without too much effort. In the heads up, he lost one his vampires, but managed to oust Kinner by a hair's breadth.

Result: After 1 hour 9 minutes, Zille 1 GW 4 VP.