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One day one deck nº3: Kiasyd Stealth&Bleed

The typical Kiasyds deck is the Stealth & bleed deck that I will talk about today. There are usually few variations beyond personal variations (bonding, gremlins, etc.).

Be careful because it is worth mentioning that not always that you see a kiasyd it will be a B&S deck, there is some marginal version of combat or blocker.

The deck of Kiasyd Stealth & Bleed is effective for combining several aspects of perfection:

· Clan disciplines oriented to bleed (DOM) and stealth (OBT and MITH).

· Crypt of relatively low cost that allows to act fast.

· Defends relatively well against attacks in combat.

The five aliens that combine perfectly are Arcadian, Isanwayen, Dame Holerton, Omme and Roderick. The last two are, in my opinion, the two worst in the crypt.

For the library there are many options but more than 70 cards are usually played. The most significant letters are the following:

· Song of Pan: +1 bleed to each kiasyd is quite strong. Watch out for the second part of the card text.

· Govern / Gremlins + Conditioning / Bonding module.

· Nocturn: an ephemeral ally that acts as a bleed of a small defense against a rush.

· Very powerful clan cards: Great Symposium and Fae Contortion (cancel grapples!)

If you are going to play Kyasid’s deck, your strategy is to get the biggest minion and use it to use Govern the Unaligned to superior and get more cheap minions. Use the nocturnal to defend yourself when necessary or to bleed as required. When you have 3 minions make your prey fly away.

The best way to stop that deck is to try to stop the initial Governs, torporize their vampires or try to deflect their bleeds, nothing you can not guess.

Here my version of the deck (which they admitted to the Amaranth quickstart deck list):

Library: (70 cards)
 Master (11 cards)
   1  Anarch Troublemaker
   3  Dreams of the Sphinx
   1  Giant's Blood
   1  Great Symposium
   1  Perfectionist
   1  Secure Haven
   3  Wash
 Action (11 cards)
   8  Govern the Unaligned
   3  Song of Pan
 Action Modifier (26 cards)
   2  Blanket of Night
   4  Command of the Beast
   6  Conditioning
   1  Foreshadowing Destruction
   4  Shadow Play
   3  Shroud of Absence
   2  Shroud of Night
   3  Stone Travel
   1  Tenebrous Form
 Reaction (3 cards)
   3  Deflection
 Combat (4 cards)
   2  Arms of the Abyss
   2  Oubliette
 Ally (7 cards)
   1  Carlton Van Wyk
   6  Nocturn
 Event (1 cards)
   1  Bitter and Sweet Story, The
 Combo (7 cards)
   3  Aura Absorption
   4  Fae Contortion

Tomorrow I will talk about a pain in the ass: The weenie of auspex.



Posted in One day one deck

One day one deck nº2: Ventrue Lawfirm


The Ventrue Lawfirm is a deck that evolved from its primitive version with ‘midcaps’ of groups 1-2 (Sir Walter, Emerson, Timothy, etc …) to other variants such as Arika and company or group version 4-5 ( with Lodin, Victor P, Victor D, etc …).

The basic operation of the deck has three phases:
· First abuse the extra influence that gives us the Government, Enchant and Scouting (usually accompanied by zilla’s and villeins)

· Second build up your strategy taking out vampires with votes to push the multi-action / bleed policies of the final phase.ed de la fase final.

· Third, end up sweeping whoever is at the table repeating to the bleed / politca, freak drive, politics / bleed taste.

The deck is based on a large number of strong cards:
Govern the unaligned, Enchant Kindred, Scouting Mission.
Parity Shift, KRC, Awe, Bewitching Oration, Voter Captivation.
Deflection, Second Tradition, Murmur of the False Will.
Some based on the clan: Ventrue HQ and Yiaros Island.
And finally they move between Majesty, Obedience and the prevention of strength.

The best way to win a deck of this style is to take advantage of the start of the game wisely, trying to block the initial actions of gaining blood in an uncontrolled area. If the Ventrue manages to build up it’s strategy it will be difficult to resist his bleed or beat him in votes.

I leave my Arika Ventrue Lawfirm list:

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 35, Max: 43, Avg: 9,83)
3 Arika aus cel DOM FOR OBF PRE11 Ventrue
3 Lucinde obf pot tha DOM FOR PRE10 Ventrue
3 Marcus Vitel DOM FOR OBF OBT PRE10 Ventrue
2 Queen Anne aus obf DOM FOR PRE10 Ventrue
1 Catherine du Bois for obf pre DOM5 Ventrue

Library: (90 cards)
Master (14 cards)
1 Giant’s Blood
1 Information Highway
1 Monastery of Shadows
1 Pentex(TM) Subversion
1 Secure Haven
1 Ventrue Headquarters
6 Villein
2 Wash

Action (10 cards)
3 Enchant Kindred
4 Govern the Unaligned
3 Scouting Mission

Action Modifier (30 cards)
1 Awe
1 Bewitching Oration
3 Conditioning
1 Elder Impersonation
1 Faceless Night
2 Forgotten Labyrinth
8 Freak Drive
3 Lost in Crowds
3 Perfect Paragon
1 Spying Mission
6 Voter Captivation

Political Action (10 cards)
1 Banishment
1 Conservative Agitation
3 Kine Resources Contested
3 Parity Shift
1 Political Stranglehold
1 Reins of Power Reaction (13 cards)
4 Deflection
5 Obedience
1 On the Qui Vive
3 Second Tradition: Domain

Combat (8 cards)
8 Majesty

Event (1 cards)
1 Scourge of the Enochians

Combo (4 cards)
4 Murmur of the False Will

Tomorrow we will continue with the Kiasyd deck of Stealth & Bleed.



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One day one deck nº1: Tupdogs


Dear Methuselah!

I’m gonna start a new serie of posts in which will talk about one different archetypes every time.

The tupdogs deck is one of the most feared in the game wherever it goes, because its huge destructive hability. It is a short-term deck, that means that you will live fast, die young and leave many bodies along the way (beautiful or not).

The first thing to talk about is the tupdog itself, vampire of capacity one with unique characteristics. It burns at the end of the minion phase, so it will only last one turn. He is a slave of the Tremere Antitribu, Visceratika’s cards cost him one less blood, and finally, he can enter combat with a minion as a D action.

This turns the tupdog into a very offensive vampire, has a practically unstoppable combat block and on the other hand, as he will die at the end of the turn, we don’t care (almost!) whatever happens to him.

The usual combat cards are:

Torn signpost – Strenght of 3
Brick by brick – Set the range (short). Alternatively, maneuver and 2R
Raking talons – Aggravated hand
Immortal grapple – To avoid combat ends
Lead Fist – Strike: hand +2 (with possible press)
Stonestrengh and Rockheart – Prevention / Press

As you can see, with three of the cards you can already do a lot of damage to almost anyone. The prevention can be used to continue pressing without going to torpor or to play an As the crow and continue acting (bleed or dive bomb for example).

Another card that is not negligible is the Voices of the castle, which gives +1 intercep or reduces a bleed by 2.

Finally, a great new addition is the Unleash de hounds, from +1 to bleed.

Tips for playing with Tupdogs:
The real difficulty lies in being aware that you are going to play between 10 … 12 … 15 actions and then you are dead. Playing with tupdogs is a very wild time trial and you cannot afford to let others set the pace of the game.

Tips for playing against Tupdogs:
Have the Tupdog divert his attention to another side of the table. Let his predator put pressure on him and then rescue him. There is one thing that is usually true … The Tupdog cannot usually fight against the entire table at the same time. Another option is to take several vampires at once (if it can be at the same time as other players better). Talk to your allies. Use time in your favor and you will see how the Tupdog dies alone.

  • An example of a Tupdog deck:
    Deck Name: Tupdog
    Author:
    Description: Rush
    Crypt (30 cards; Capacity min=1 max=4 avg=3.)
    1x Ember Wright 3 aus dom Tremere antitribu:3
    1x Janine 4 aus dom tha Tremere antitribu:4
    2x Keith Moody 3 DOM Tremere antitribu:4
    1x Mosfair 4 cel dom tha Tremere antitribu:4
    1x Saiz 3 aus dom Tremere antitribu:3
    24x Tupdog 1 POT VIS Gargoyle:3
    Library: 90 cards
    Master (11 cards)
    1x Effective Management
    3x Fame
    1x Infernal Pact
    1x Information Highway
    1x Secure Haven
    1x University Hunting Ground
    1x Yawp Court
    2x Dreams of the Sphinx
    Action (9 cards)
    3x Govern the Unaligned
    3x Graverobbing
    3x Dive Bomb
    Action Modifier (9 cards)
    5x As the Crow
    1x Skin of the Chameleon
    2x Unleash the Hounds
    1x Conditioning
    Combat (52 cards)
    9x Immortal Grapple
    6x Lead Fist
    11x Raking Talons
    4x Rockheart
    7x Stonestrength
    7x Torn Signpost
    8x Brick by Brick
    Equipment (1 cards)
    1x Codex of the Edenic Groundskeepers
    Reaction (7 cards)
    4x Voices of the Castle
    2x Deflection
    1x Delaying Tactics
    Event (1 cards)
    1x Uncoiling, The

Tomorrow I will talk you about another archetype: The Ventrue Lawfirm!



Posted in Vtes curiosities

Braindead Style

Today I’m sharing with you a couple of my most braindead combos … And believe me when I say that i have more combos of that style. These two in particular are based on stealing the vampire of another metuselah.

Spirit Diamond

It’s based in steal a vampire with spirit marionnete during the turn of another player, (Saulot or Nahum Enosh with Enkil Cog). At the end of the hunting or bleed action, when you have to return the stolen vampire to its rightful owner, you have to play a diamond thunderbold and check the faces of the other players at the table.

Diamond Tunderbolt, The
Master: out-of-turn.
Only when control of a vampire you control is about to change or when a vampire control is about to enter combat. Control of that vampire does not change, and that vampire gains 1 blood.

Lorenzo’s Illusions

This was one of my obsessions in 2016. It’s about blocking a vampire (it does not work if you’re acting), play a illusions of the kindred and get luck on Lorenzo Detuono coming out, who will kindly send torpor to the vampire we’ve locked (burning wrath, or whatever). At that time we use Lorenzo’s special ability to steal the enemy vampire forever (we can amaranth to win blood and pay for the ability, the vampire acting will still be stolen).

Illusions of the Kindred
(chi) Combat ends. Move the bottom card of your crypt to your ready region. He or she does not answer any other minions or titles in play. The vampire has an amount of blood equal to half of his or her capacity (round down). Combat begins between the vampire and the opposing minion. Remove the crypt card from the game at the end of combat.
(CHI) As above, but the vampire has an amount of blood equal to his or her capacity.
Lorenzo Detuono
aus dem DOM NEC POT
Giovanni
Capacity: 9
Group: 5
Independent. Red List: If Lorenzo is ready at the end of combat and the opposing minion is not, Lorenzo may burn 5 blood to move the opposing minion to your ready region (with 1 life for an ally with no life) instead.

I hope you have enjoyed this two evil combos and let me know if you want more crazy braindead combos!

Posted in Learning the game

Stealth on Vtes

It’s been a long time since I brought you anything new, but here I am with a series of new articles that hopely will help us think about the game more effectively.

Sometimes we have the conception of if such or what discipline is used to do X thing … potence grants combat, the auspex is for intercept, the obfuscate stealth and chimerstry is totally disgusting.

Here it is a recount of the cards that provide stealth, subtract intercept, deny the block, cause failure after blocking or are strike combat ends and continue the action. There are also some comments about their efficiency.

By disciplines: 

 

In addition to these 82 cards, there are 16 more, each with the following requirements: ANI AUS, ani pro, aus chi, AUS DEM, black hand, CEL FOR, cel pro, dom obt,, flight, istarri, OBF POT, OBF PRE, sabbat, seraph, gun and imbued. You could always get to have one if it suits us.

I hope that this list of the cards that have been evaluated with some important notes we come well to all to have a clear idea of the secrecy we have in this game.

 

Nombre de la carta Tipo Coste Disciplina Sigilo Notas
Predator’s Transformation
AM
0
abo
1
Devil Channel Throat
AM
1
abo
block fail
against ally or younger
Mind of the Wilds
AM
0
ANI AUS
1
Beast Meld
AM
2
ani pro
1
Heart’s Desire
AM
1
aus chi
block fail
+bleed and only against youngers and ally
Random Patterns
Combo
0
AUS DEM
-1 int
Circumspect revelation
AM
0
black hand
block fail
only against sabbat vamps
Alacrity
AM
2
cel
1
Resist Earth’s Grasp
AM
1
CEL
1
Siren’s Lure
AM
0
cel
1
burn 2 blood
Torrent
Combat
2
CEL
action continues
Forced March
AM
0
CEL FOR
1
Instantaneous Transformation
AM
0
cel pro
1
False Resonance
AM
1
CHI
1
Fata Morgana
AM
1
chi
1
Mirror’s Visage
AM
1
CHI
2/1
undirected/directed
Occlusion
Combo
0
CHI
1
Smoke and Mirrors
AM
0
chi
1
Mirror Image
AM
1
chi/CHI
1/action continues
/not for bleed
Will-o’-the-whisp
AM
X
chi/CHI
-1int/block fail
X younger or allies
Psychomachia
AM
1
dai
block fail
younger
I am Legion
AM
1
dai
1
Confusion
AM
0
DEM
1
bleed
Deny
Combo
0
DEM
1
Mind Tricks
AM
1
dem
1
Bonding
AM
0
DOM
1
bleed
Seduction
AM
0
dom
block deny
Command
AM
0
dom
block fail
only against ally
Shroud of Absence
AM
0
dom obt
1
Soar
AM
0
flight
1
undirected
Safe passage
AM
0
for
-1int
only against ally
Uncontrolled Impulse
AM
1
Ishtarri
2
first turn action
Phantom Speaker
AM
0
mel
block fail
only against younger
Virtuosa
AM
3
mel
1
+2 bleed
Toreador’s Bane
Combat
0
mel
action continues
only against younger or ally or toreador or !toreador
Missing Voice, The
AM
0
mel/MEL
-1int/1
younger/
Aura Absorption
Combo
0
MYTH
1
Fae Contortion
Combo
0
MYTH
1
Stone Travel
AM
0
myth
1
Breath of Thanatos
Combo
1
nec
2
recruit wraith
Spectral Divination
Combo
1
nec
1
Call of the hungry dead
AM
0
nec/NEC
-1 int/block fail
younger/burn one blood
Gift of Sleep
AM
0
OBE
1
Repulsion
AM
0
obe/OBE
1
/permanent
Cloak the Gathering
AM
0
obf
1
Domain of Evernight
AM
0
obf
1
Faceless Night
AM
0
obf
1
Gift of Sleep
AM
0
obf
1
Hag’s Wrinkles
AM
0
obf
2
equip
Masca
AM
1
obf
1
Mask of a Thousand Faces
AM
0
OBF
1
two minions
Memory Rift
AM
0
obf
1
anarch
Smoke and Mirrors
AM
0
obf
2
no bleed or political
Spying Mission
AM
0
obf
1
Swallowed by the Night
Combo
0
obf
1
Under My Skin
AM
1
obf
1
Veil the Legions
AM
0
obf
1
two minions
Shadow boxing
Combat
0
OBF POT
action continues
too many requisites
True love’s face
AM
0
OBF PRE
block fail
canceled by paying one pool
Elder Impersonation
AM
1
obf/OBF
1/block fail
Forgotten Labyrinth
AM
1
obf/OBF
2/3
no bleed
Into Thin Air
AM
0
obf/OBF
1/2
burn one blood to get extra +1 against younger or ally
Lost in Crowds
AM
0
obf/OBF
1/2
Marked Path
AM
0
obf/OBF
1/2
after a (D) action, usable against same metuselah
Blanket of Night
AM
1
obt
1/ block fail
/2 minions
Pocket Out of Time
AM
0
obt
1
burn one blood
Nightshades
AM
0
obt
-1 int
only against younger or ally
Stone Travel
AM
0
obt
1
burn one blood
Tenebrous Form
AM
1
obt
1
Shadow Body
Combat
1
OBT
action continues
not for bleed or political
Shadow Play
AM
1
obt/OBT
1/2
Shroud of Night
AM
0
obt/OBT
1/1
no bleed/
Perfect Paragon
AM
1
PRE
-1int
only against younger or ally
Power of One
AM
1
pre
1
bleed. Anarch
Virtuosa
AM
3
pre
1
Rapid Change
Combo
1
pro
1
Form of mist
Combat
0
PRO
action continues
+1 stealth,burn one blood, once per action
Earth Control
AM
1
pro/PRO
1 / 2
Blood Awakening
Combo
1
QUI
block fail
younger
Stealth Ritus
AM
1
sabbat
1
burn one blood
Shell Game
AM
0
san
X
tap X blood brothers
Form of the Serpent
AM
1
ser
1
Council of the seraphim
AM
0
seraph
-1int or block fail
block fail only against sabbat
Swiftness of the Stag
Combo
0
SPI
1
Chameleon’s Colors
Combat
1
SPI
action continues
only long range. Not for bleed
Mole’s Tunneling
AM
1
spi/SPI
1/2
/burn one additional blood
Masca
AM
1
STRI
2
Pocket Out of Time
AM
0
tem
1
Hag’s Wrinkles
AM
0
THAN
1
equip
Under My Skin
AM
1
than/THAN
1/2
also +1 stealth later
Mirror Walk
AM
1
THAU
1
Morphean Blow
Combat
1
VAL
action continues
not for bleed
Changeling
AM
0
VIC
1
Plasmic Form
Combo
1
vic
1
Flow within the mountain
Combat
1
VIS
action continues
Skin of the Chameleon
AM
1
vis/VIS
1/2
Suppressing fire
AM
0
-1 int
ready untapped minion with a gun
Foresee
Power
0
action continues
imbued
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Conclave 2018 Winning decks

Hi all!

Today we will bring you the winning decks from the Conclave tournament in Palma de Mallorca 2018.

It was a very interesting and hard-fought finale, with very different decks and quite a few votes on the table.

First of all, it was Moisés, winner of the tournament (with 2VP and entering first to the final), with a Palla grande deck with some Auspex to deflect.

Secondly it was Jorge (2VP), with a Tzimische deck, based on Sha-Ennu and Xipe Totec, tending to be a tool box with some politics.

Then we have German (1VP) with a Lutz & Maris Streck political deck con Obedience and Mental Maze, you can see a more accurate analysis by the creator here.

And finally Alberto with a Tzimische wall deck and Pablo with a Theo bell & The Beast.

Without more delay here are the lists.

Moisés – Palla Grande

Deck Name : Toreador Antitribu Palla Grande
Author : Moisés Ferrer

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 3 max: 7 average: 5.58333

3x Jost Werner 6 AUS PRE ani !Toreador:2
2x Greta Kircher 7 AUS CEL PRE obf !Toreador:2
2x Sheila Mezarin 6 AUS PRE cel for !Toreador:2
1x Jessica 7 AUS CEL OBT PRE bishop !Toreador:2
1x Creamy Jade 5 PRE aus cel vic !Toreador:3
1x Remilliard, Devout 4 AUS pre !Toreador:2
1x Sabrina 4 aus cel pre !Toreador:3
1x Lolita 3 for pre !Toreador:2

Library [75 cards]

Action [30]
8x Art Scam
6x Embrace, The
12x Enchant Kindred
4x Entrancement

Action Modifier [6]
2x Aire of Elation
4x Change of Target

Combat [10]
10x Majesty

Master [12]
2x Anarch Troublemaker
1x Coven, The
1x Dark Influences
2x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Jake Washington (Hunter)
4x Palla Grande
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion

Reaction [17]
1x Delaying Tactics
4x Eyes of Argus
2x My Enemy’s Enemy
4x On the Qui Vive
6x Telepathic Misdirection

Jorge – Tzimische

Deck Name: Tool Xipe

Author: Chico-light

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=7 max=11 avg=9.42)

 1x  Ludmijla Rakoczy     7  ANI AUS VIC              Tzimisce:5

 2x  Righteous Endeavor   8  ANI AUS THA VIC          Tzimisce:5

 4x  Sha-Ennu            11  obf tha ANI AUS CHI VIC  Tzimisce:4

 1x  Terrifisto          10  cel obt ANI AUS FOR VIC  Tzimisce:4

 4x  Xipe Totec           9  ANI AUS PRO VIC          Tzimisce:5

Library (90 cards)

Master (22)

 2x Dreams of the Sphinx

 1x Hungry Coyote, The

 2x Information Highway

 1x Legendary Vampire

 1x Monastery of Shadows

 1x Papillon

 1x Pentex(TM) Subversion

 1x Powerbase: Madrid

 2x Tomb of Rameses III

 6x Villein

 2x Wider View

 2x Zillah’s Valley

Event (1)

 1x Scourge of the Enochians

Action (6)

 2x Abbot

 1x Pulse of the Canaille

 1x Shepherd’s Innocence

 2x Under Siege

Political Action (12)

 1x Ancient Influence

 1x Ancilla Empowerment

 2x Banishment

 6x Kine Resources Contested

 1x Political Stranglehold

 1x Reins of Power

Equipment (3)

 1x Bowl of Convergence

 1x Heart of Nizchetus

 1x Living Manse

Action Modifier (13)

 5x Changeling

 5x Mind of the Wilds

 3x Private Audience

Reaction (18)

 6x Eyes of Argus

 3x On the Qui Vive

 9x Telepathic Misdirection

Combat (11)

 2x Breath of the Dragon

 4x Carrion Crows

 5x Chiropteran Marauder

Combo (4)

 4x Plasmic Form

Germán – Lutz

Deck Name:   Malkavian político 73

Created By:  Posco

 Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 32, Max: 44, Avg: 9,75)

  5  Lutz Von Hohenzollern              pot AUS DEM OBF PRE11 Malkavian

  2  Maris Streck                       ani AUS dem dom OBF9  Malkavian

  2  Quentin King III                   AUS DEM obf pre7  Malkavian

  2  Rachel Brandywine                  ani AUS DEM OBF PRO10 Malkavian

  1  Tryphosa                           AUS DEM DOM OBF POT10 Malkavian

Library: (73 cards)

Master (14 cards)

  1  Dreams of the Sphinx

  1  Giant`s Blood

  1  Monastery of Shadows

  1  Pentex(TM) Subversion

  1  Secure Haven

  1  Wash

  5  Zillah`s Valley

  2  Villein

  1  Dark Influences

Action (3 cards)

  3  Kindred Spirits

Action Modifier (14 cards)

  1  Cloak the Gathering

  2  Elder Impersonation

  1  Enkil Cog

  3  Faceless Night

  2  Forgotten Labyrinth

  2  Lost in Crowds

  3  Spying Mission

Political Action (13 cards)

  1  Anarchist Uprising

  2  Banishment

  5  Kine Resources Contested

  4  Parity Shift

  1  Reins of Power

Reaction (21 cards)

  2  Enhanced Senses

  5  Eyes of Argus

  6  Mental Maze

  1  My Enemy`s Enemy

  3  Second Tradition: Domain, The

  4  Telepathic Misdirection

Combat (2 cards)

  2  No Trace

Equipment (1 cards)

  1  Heart of Nizchetus

Combo (5 cards)

  2  Random Patterns

  3  Swallowed by the Night

 

Alberto – Tzimische Bloquer

Cripta:

-Meshenka                           x2

-The Rose                             x1

-Anton                                   x1

-Kazimi Savostin                   x2

-Dragos                                 x2

-Corin Marcón                     x2

-Caliban                                 x2

Deck:

-The path of Metamorphosis                                           x1

-Guardian Angel                                                                  x1

-Library Hunting ground                                                    x1

-Pentex Subversion                                                           x1

-Rötschreck                                                                         x3

-Spontaneous Power                                                         x1

-Direct Intervention                                                          x1

-Dark Influences                                                                 x1

-Smiling Jack the Anarch                                                   x3

-The erciyes Fragments                                                    x1

-Pawerbase: Montreal                                                      x1

-Vessel                                                                                 x4

-Army Of Rats                                                                     x1

-Blood of Acid                                                                     x2

-Chiropteran Marauder                                                    x10

-Breath of the Dragon                                                       X4

-Kraken’s Kiss                                                                      x6

-War ghoul                                                                          x2

-Corpse Balloon                                                                  x5

-Underbridge Stray                                                            x3

-Bowl of Convergence                                                      x1

-Kevlar Vest                                                                         x1

-Flak Jacket                                                                          x1

-Enhanced Senses                                                              x4

-Precognition                                                                      x4

-Telepathic Misdirection                                                   x2

-My enemy’s Enemy                                                          x2

-Eagle’s Sight                                                                       x6

-Eye of Argus                                                                      x4

-Read the Winds                                                                 x4

-Forced Awakening                                                           x5

-On the Qui Vive                                                                 x4

 

Pablo – Theo Bell& The Beast

CRIPTA
1 x Dre, Leader of the Cold Dawn
1 x Jacob Bragg
1 x Victor Tolliver
2 x Jimmy Dunn
1 x Volker, The Puppet Prince
1 x Brachah
1 x Anvil
2 x Theo Bell
2 x Beast, The Leatherface of Detroit

LIBRERIA

MASTER (14)
2 x Fame
4 x Blood Doll
2 x Haven Uncovered
1 x Tension in the Ranks
1 x Celerity
1 x Warzone Hunting Ground
1 x Pentex Subversion
2 x Archon Investigation

REACCIONES (4)
2 x Wake with Evening’s Freshness
2 x Delaying Tactics
ACCIONES (7)
7 x Bum’s Rush

COMBATE (65)
5 x Flash
6 x Pursuit
5 x Blur
6 x Sideslip
10 x Immortal Grapple
1 x Fists of Death
7 x Torn Signpost
5 x Pushing the Limit
6 x Undead Strength
5 x Disarm
2 x Decapitate
2 x Thrown Sewer Lid
5 x Taste of Vitae

We also have an analysis of that deck by the author.

It’s a very aggressive deck based on celerity and Potence. It needs to take Theo Bell or The Beast out in its place to work well.

Visit as soon as you can to control population on prey and predator, play as many combat cards as you can to cycle the hand and always have what it’s best for every situation. If you can visit before they play the Villein or Minion Tap on the vampire even better, doing it we will prevent them from recovering pool and we will be able to win more blood.

We don’t have to leave any dangerous predating vampires alive.

The deck kills with tension in the ranks and Fame.

The benefits of the deck is that is very destructive against decks with Combat Ends, it works well against decks that don’t do much Bloat (winning blood) and against blockers.

Its weakness are that it doesn’t have much defence against politics or bleeders. It’s quite vulnerable in table with lots of deflections because it tends to be the sink hole. It has some difficulties against decks with fortitude and that prevent strikes and doesn’t make friends easily at the table, but you can always sell some visit.

Thanks a lot to José Maria, Prince of Palma, for provide us with the lists.

 

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Tips for organize a nice Vtes tournament

Organization 101 or how to be a good host and not die trying

Welcome!

Come in! Come in!

Come in to my humble Elyseum and enjoy the party! Everyone is welcome!

Today I will talk about tournament organization, which may seem an easy and trivial task, but that’s why we must distinguish between a tournament and a GOOD tournament.

Tournament are the meeting point of players, they meet other players outside their playgroup, and even for some players it’s their only way to play V:tESm that is why a good organization is key.

First of all you have to choose a date and a place.

More than a few times, someone has placed it’s tournament long ago, just to suddenly find that someone is planning a tournament on the same date. That is totally counterproductive for both tournaments, cause it will split the players, it will create friction between the community and may end up in vendetta, specially for the first organizer, and no one knows what can be lurking around on a cold night when you turn the next corner…

It will help quite a bit to organize with the other princes from neighbourhood cities and distribute the calendar.

Having a good place is also very important. It’s not the same to meet with your playgroup at a bar or someone house’s than to organize there a tournament.

That doesn’t mean that a bar is not a good place, if it’s big enough, has enough tables, you arrange a menu at a reasonable price, and you have a quite space apart without interfering with the regular clients it can be a good option. If someone has a cottage sure it will lure many gangrels to the party!

A shop or a club are the common options, because they already have a suitable space for the activity.

Other good choices are municipal facilities that town halls usually cede to local associations.

What it’s true is that with 4 tables and a few bunch of chairs you can have a tournament, but players will thank you for a good space, quite where they can play without anyone looking at them strangely for playing with children games, etc…

Second point which is vital, are the players. Obiously without them there will be no tournament, and therefore making a good propaganda is very important.

There are several ways, accessible to everyone, we can use. First of all is the calendar at the VEKN website (http://www.vekn.net/event-calendar). That is also mandatory in order to make the tournament official. And while we are at the VEKN website wecan make an announcement at our regional section.

If there is a website or forum dedicated to your community, for example a Spanish Forum, make also a post there.

Depending on how the community flows you can do an event on Facebook, but you will need to have quite a few contacts.

If you have Whatsapp or Telegram groups, eitherway the general for the country or the local groups is very usefull.

If there are local shops that suport the game you can ask them to hang a poster.

And with this you may think we are don’t, note ven close!

First you have to be sure that we have given enough information for the people to come to our tournament. Many times the address is forgotten, or the schedule are not clear or any other relevant information. You should always inform of:

  • Date
  • Place (exact address and a Google Maps link if you can)
  • Schedule
  • Incription price
  • Prizes

That is the minimal information, you can add more things, we will talk about it forwarr in THE COMPLEMENTS.

In second place, keeping track of the participants, or at least the probable players will help us encourage others and will mark the path of the tournament. How many times have you arrived to a tournament and you were less than 12 so it turn to be a multideck tournament and you weren’t prepared?

Or even worse, only 11 players show up (the cursed number) so someone has to drop or make weird combos with the archon(1)?

Once we are done with the preparations at long term, we can start the short term for the specific day.

Having access to a computer will help.

In case of larger tournaments, more than 25 people, a printer is very helpful, cause we will be able to print the rounds so everyone can check it easily. Also a microphone, or a small megaphone (10€), Will be very useful to communicate the rounds to everyone and not having to shout very loud.

If we have kept track of the players, we can have their data (name, vekn number, etc..) already on the archon, so the registration process will be much faster, and from here we jump to the next point, the schedule.

The Schedule is also very important, not just to know at what time you have to be at the tournament, but to estimate at what time it will end and plan the trip back home, furthermore if you come from far away.

It’s important to plan the resgirtration time, and that it doesn’t overlap with the first round. Specially in big tournaments. I will explain myself, for example:

In the EC 2017 in Berlin, the registrations where scheduled until 10:00, and the first round started also at 10:00. obiously at 9:55 there was a long line of people waiting to register and give the deck list, so the tournament start with a 1 hour delay.

The ideal would be:

9:00 – 9:30: Registration

10:00: Round 1

And leave some time for stragglers and unforeseen things. For smaller events with 10 o 15 minutes it will be enough.

It’s also important to be punctual, for the organization and for respect towards the players that have been punctual, the tournament should not be delayed because some players are late for it.

Of course there are always exceptions, maybe a prick of a wheel, but if someone is late and the rest waits for the player, he7she will be late every tournament knowing that he will be able to play and without any penalty.

With the things we have expose, we have a solid base for our tournament, everything that comes from now on are additional things, but that make the tournament even better, what we call the complements.

At organizacional level, small details like having the tables prepared the day before, arriving to the place a bit early than the players, having change for the inscription even if it’s a rounded price (5 or 10€) there will always be people who pay with 20€ or bigger. All of these details help that everything flows better.

External organizational level if we search a good lunch option, or a couple of restaurants nearby, players from outside will thank it.

The same could be said about accommodations in case of big tournaments like Nationals, Grand Prix or EC were many people come from outside, pointing them some good hotels or hostels will be very helpful for them.

Also giving some indications on how to get to the place, or the city from airports or train stations it helps to easy the travel, specially for foreinger people who don’t speak the language.

For local tournaments, indicating viable free parking areas is usefull and will avoid people from losing time searching for a place to park the car.

Having good prizes encourage people to attend, even more if there are prizes that will be sorted among the attendees.

A good way to have them is with patronages, and not everything has to be directly related to V:tES, there are many shops that will give you some products in exchange of having their logo on the poster and get some publicity on social media. T-shirts, some comic, or other things are good complementary prizes.

There are also prizes that are discounts for local shops, like restaurants, or nothing relates at all like little snack bags or beberages.

In the Spanish National Championship 2016 in Reus, the organizers manage to get chocolate smoothie and small snacks of nuts, that they give during the tournament as a mid day snack.

And up to here the class of the day on the basis on how to run a tournament. Anything you will like to add, or any suggestion on how to improve the tournaments is welcome, just leaves us a comment with your idea.

(1)Excel used to organize tournaments. Introducing the players gives us the rounds and the sitting position and the final round.

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by Miquel Jorge ‘Gatocion’

Posted in Vtes curiosities

A trip to the darkness

What can be said about Richard Garfield that hasn’t been said before? There’s not much we don’t know about him, creator of games like Magic: The gathering, Netrunner and of course Jyhad (aka V:tES), but in 1995 when I discover jihad it was a total stranger to me. And so the games start to pop up around, the CCG (Collectible Card Games).

I remember that what they were, and discover them through the rpg Vampire:The Masquerade. You may wonder how the curiosity about this world of darkness came up? At that time, around 1995, they premiered the movie Interview with the vampire and the world of Anna Rice, and other worlds like the Necromantic Chronicles from Briam Lumley, and so many more titles where the main focus was the vampirism ( Night Hunters, Music of the vampires, the dream of Fevre, The year of Dracula, the stake, Dracula, etc…) so the next logical step was to get to that world I began to discover on those manuals, and the more I read the more interesting and captivating it was, and at least for me unrepeatable.

It was at my local shop, where I used to buy manuals that they talked me about the card games based on world of darknes.. and so the first boosters and decks felt into my hands… and the surprise on my face cause I couldn’t understand how to combine them, my firsts games, the apprenticeship, the decks impossible to imagine nowadays (just to mention, my first deck was a gangrel-malkavian, with Basilia and the two allies more interesting of both clans, Muddle Vampire Hunter and Renegade Garou).

An so, step by step, I began to discover the game, but more than the rules I got the chance to meet new people and share a common passion.

It’s hard to describe now, the feelings I got when I was discovering new cards, those drawings, that now may seem vintage but that at that moment fit perfectly with the world I have been discovering. And when new collection list came out, wondering what the new cards would do and how would they be. For example it took me quite a long to have a Praxus Seizure, nowadays everyone has some now. At those days it was hard to get information on the cards.

And when you visit the local shop you were the odd one, while everyone was playing Magic.

And the first year at collage went by, when I found what nowadays it Hill be VTES, and the change was not only on the name, it also CAME with new cards, others that did not re-editated and with a new design, but the best was yet to come, and it was the first 2 expansions, Dark Sovereigns and Ancient Hearts, new clans, new disciplines, new vampires for the camarilla clans. I remember wandering around the shops searching for boosters to buy. Buying boxes will come later.

VTES was still my favourite game, the one I share with friends and the one that I teach to others.

And in 1996 it came out a big expansion that leaves all of us with hunger for more, because it showed things that we haven’t seen before… SABBAT.

That feeling hasn’t come back, of having a box of boosters in my hands. The design of the booster, black and red, and the content that had more cards in it that any other game. As said, unrepeatable.

 

 

But not everything could be perfect, the three following expansions had the same problem, the difficulty of creating competitive decks from the new clans: Giovanni, Ravnos, Assamite, Followers of Seth, Lasombra, tzimische, Malkavian antitribe… And the majority of antitribe played only as a suport, almost non was the principal vampire, I recall that Jacko or Richter becoming part of the brujah decks…but at that moment you could only think at the thrill of discovering new things and the new expansions that will complete the clans that had just came out… but then silence came.

V:TES disappeared from the shops, if you were lucky you could find some basic edition or some booster, but I was looking for SABBAT, and it became impossible.

At that point of the story, I was also a collector, so I had the urge to collect apart from improving the decks we made. Time passed by, and my love for V:TES was a constant al along, I find new playgroups and stores, even exchange some card at a rake in Madrid.

And in 1999, two big changes came to my live, I got ADSL at home and a computer that let me install and work, hours and hours on a program that enjoy me… Photoshop, and don’t forget the scanner, that I bought with just one purpose, to scan the original cards and create my own.

We didn’t know if new expansions will come, I start checking manuals searching for new abilities and disciplines and I create my own cards, print them and glue them on top of regular cards. I still keep them, and nostalgia brings back good memories of all the time I spend creating those cards… A total of 87 new cards, everyone with it’s illustration from other games like kult or heresy, cause when I played those games I always imagine it in the WoD universe.

And the things keep going, until 2000, when I consider that the golden age of V:TES started (2000-2010) and the time I was totally involve (2000-2005), not only as player also as Prince, tournament organizer, judge, an active member of the community. I had the luck to meet great players, I played 3 European Championship,3 Conclave, and visiting cities like Salamanca, Valladolid, Bilbao, Barcelona, Palma, Vienna, Paris, Lisbon… and organizing the Iberian Championship 2003.

Not much can be said about all the expansions that came out during that time, only that it turned the game to what it’s today, gave them depth, there is not any part of WoD that it hasn’t been reflected, blood lines, Black Hand, the Red list, African vampires, imbued…. Also the novels came out, and we could control the vamps which we read about.

My live change during that days, you get independent, build up a family… and you don’t have so much time to spend on V:TES, and slowly your friends turn the same way, it gets harder to meet to play, until when you realise that your last game was 1 or 2 years ago.

All that I was as a player and collector….I couldn’t play, but I expected new cards and imagine deck with it, and the cards I will need for everything when I got time to get back to the game.

In 2010 two big things happened, my daughter was born and Heirs to the Blood CAME out, and what it seems to be the end…

It was very hard to get the boosters and starters to build the decks, the rumour that the license was ending spread like wild fire, and that CCP will not make any more reprints, there was only left what was in the market and nothing else.

 

At that point I really went to torpor and all my collection stood in the shelves at home, the only thing left was to watch them from time to time and remember the good moments I had.

But 7 years after, the EC at Berlin popped up, and a reprint was announced! My life had made another twist, I was divorce, and despite being odd, you have free time again, and I didn’t doubt it for a moment, I had to go!

I showed the game to my regular play group in Vigo, where I live since 2008, and even one of them had a Jyhad starter, I could only smile seeing the mix of cards that it had…and the good feelings came back and started to search for the cards I needed…

And then May came up, and I had the luck to met great people, to meeting old friends again, and recovering the feelings from playing the game, quite rusty I have to admit. My decks were full of groups 1,2 and 3 vampires and I kept seeing vampires from 4,5 and 6… cards I had forgot what they do or that I never had the chance to discover, finding a meta-game what I know nothing about, and talking about decks lost in the depths of a web and that are no longer played, summarizing…WONDERFULL.

And now in 2018 we find with the notice that a group of players have had the courage to start a company, that White Wolf take s a brave decision and that V:TES is back on print, and that new cards will come; I see that every day more players came back from torpor and that new tournaments appear. For the second time the game came back to live, and this time from the hand of the players that for so long have kept it alive. My most heart full thanks to them for not letting that this great game went to waste.

I hope that the journey I had explain wasn’t to long for you, from the beginning, from 1995 until today, my life has gone hand to hand with this game, and how 23 years after, with all the twists and plot changes, I still find thrilled, with hunger for collecting moments, memories like the ones that make me so happy in first place.

 

Posted in Vtes curiosities

Interview with Javier, winner of the spanish national championship 2018

We have the pleasure of speaking with Javier Belmonte, a ‘newbie’ player from Valencia, who showed us that you can win a national without having 20 years of vtes experience. Javi arrived to the national after driveing more than 800 kilometers and having slept less than 4 hours.

  • Javi, how long have you been playing Vtes and how did you discover the game?

Four years ago an old Methuselah in torpor took his modest collection and show to me and my friends what vtes actually is. We were ,and still are, admirers of Richard Garfield, we specially love the theme and the illustrations. Since we discovered the game, we are more addicted to blood every day. Thank you Ponset, eternally grateful.

  • How have you managed to win the Spanish national 2018?

How I managed to win is an unknown to me, I knew the potential of my deck and I also knew what I could do with it, so I kept waiting expectant, studying the rest of the table and holding the my predator pressure until I found my moment. Being able to choose where I was going to sit on the table helped me a lot and I think I chosed correctly. It has been my third Vtes tournament. In the Grand Prix I left the tables too fast and for this national it was clear to me that I wanted to remain more on the table and Anneke was a good option for this purpose.

  • Tell us about your usual playgroup.

In Valencia we have a group of players / friends, something around 7 players. Any reason is good for playing a few cards on a Wednesday and most of the weekends. There is always someone with some new idea wanting to try and since we also play other card games, we have some good experience and deckbuilding and some tactic vision when it is time to play.

A playgroup friend also reached the final this weekend (Manu) and another one was tied in points and did not enter by the algorithm (Jose). Luis reached the final of the national of Alicante 2017 and i am sure that (Caja), the one remaining is going to gather some good results sooner than later since he is a great player.

  • Which one is your best deck?

The one who carried me to the final round is the only one which can be competitive in tournaments for now: Anneke’s deck. My other decks I have are mostly for casual gaming. Although I am also thinking about some evil ideas for the near future.

  • Which is your favorite clan? Why? Which is your prefered play style?

My favorite clan is Lasombra because I think they are quite versatile to create any type of deck, I love the obtenebration despite the fact you can run out of blood really fast. I also love the arts in obtenebration cards. I think I am a toolbox player for now but i think that speciallize in a single style can be very effective in a crucial situation. I am sure that i don’t like the Stealth&Bleed decks.

  • Can you show us your TWD? Tell us how it works.

Anneke is never asleep

Cript:

4 Anneke

2 Marcellus

2 Tatiana Romanov

1 Felicia Nostrom

1 Dorian Strack

2 Isabel

 

Master (18)

2 Art Museum

1 Direct Intervention

2 Fame

2 Haven unconvered

1 PB Montreal

1 Rack, The

2 Smiling Jack

5 Vessel

1 Wash

1 WMRH talk radio

 

Combat (36)

8 Concealed weapon

3 aura reading

10 pursuit

7 psyque

6 taste of vitae

2 charismatic aura

 

Reaction (23)

10 second tradition

6 eyes of Argus

5 telepathic misdirection

2 quicken sight

 

Equipment (10)

7 magnum44

1 sniper riffle

1 ivory bow

1 bowl of convergence

 

Political Action (2)

2 parity shift

 

Retainer (1)

1 Tasha Morgan

Most of the crypt vampires have +1 bleed and the option to play a Second Tradition, which is a strong cards in terms of efficiency. Parity Shift can also be played in some cases. Anneke’s special is pretty strong specially for negotiate and get deals. The main weakness of this deck is play against hard combat decks or steal/destroy weapon.  I can usually get Pentexed but i will get help on that most of the times if i offer Anneke’s help. The deck can survive without Anneke but it is a clear handicap.

  • Are you enjoying the tournament this year?
Sure. The organization did a great job, the place is perfect and all players are friendly people. Im am sure i will repeat on next tournaments. I want to thank all those who made it possible. And, this is store has a lot of vtes singles for sale! This is a great point for people who is still getting singles to build decks.
Thanks Javier for your time and I hope we will meet again soon in another tournament!
Posted in Vtes curiosities

The funnel section: Redline

I’m sure you all know a guy who is constantly trying to create decks with totally unual cards, Usually, the following comment follows like: “If nobody plays this cards is because it won’t work”.

If you don’t know anybody like this, here I am for you. Some of my best friends recommend me to buy a funnel, that’s what i need to join all my mad (bad) ideas into a single deck.

 

Si sois de los pocos que aún no conocéis a nadie así, me presento ante vosotros. Mis mejores amigos dentro del juego me recomiendan que me compre un embudo; bien para que acompañe a la locura que me fluye cuando creo mazos con cartas infumables; bien para que haga de filtro porque, tal vez (y sólo tal vez) de cada cien ideas estúpidas una pueda tener algún sentido.

So I have encouraged myself to write this section with the sole intention of:

  1. Just for laughts among the readers.
  2. Give support to those who, like me, have absurd ideas, share them or not.
  3. Maybe someone will find the hidden factor in my equations and end up developing a really competitive deck.

First, I think you’ll have to try to discover how my head works when developing these aberrations. Everything starts by reviewing cards in my collection or in some software to manage decks. Suddenly, I find a rare card and I think: “Holy shit, this is awesome!”. In that point starts the “aberration deck”. That was what happened when I discovered the Redline:

Type: Master

Master: out-of-turn

Only usable when a blood hunt referendum passes and would burn a vampire controlled by another Methuselah. That vampire is not burned. Put this card on that vampire and take control of him or her. This vampire is independent. This vampire gets one optional press when in combat with a Camarilla vampire and can enter combat with any Camarilla vampire as a +1 stealth (D) action. Burn this card if the vampire changes sects.

Rarity:  Anarchs:R

Hmm… strong card if you can use it in a controled way…

The problem was simple: How to trigger a blood hunt out of my turn in and secure that the vampire in question was going to go? So I started thinking about it, as a good defender of the Gangrel, the most logical option was to play the only “blood hunt” card that exists in the game: Veles’ Hunt. With Stanislava + Enkil Cog… could work, although the Veles’ Hunt has too many restrictions. So I went for the most complicated. I presented to you one of the very absurd decks that i’ve created. This is from January 2014, when the Anthelios was not banned:

 

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 10 max: 11
5x Huitzilopochtli     10 AUS DAI DOM OBF POT PRE               Baali:2
3x Arika               11 DOM FOR OBF PRE aus cel  inner circle Ventrue:2
2x Etrius              11 AUS DOM OBF THA pro      inner circle Tremere:2
2x Leandro             11 AUS OBF PRE cel dom      inner circle Malkavian:2
Library [89 cards]
Action [10]
  4x Baltimore Purge
  1x Entrancement
  1x Graverobbing
  3x Mind Rape
  1x Unleash Hell’s Fury
Action Modifier [13]
  1x Cloak the Gathering
  1x Elder Impersonation
  1x Enkil Cog
  1x Faceless Night
  2x Forgotten Labyrinth
  4x Freak Drive
  1x Lost in Crowds
  1x Seduction
  1x Voter Captivation
Ally [1]
  1x Carlton Van Wyk (Hunter)
Combat [3]
  3x Majesty
Equipment [2]
  1x Bowl of Convergence
  1x Heart of Nizchetus
Event [1]
  1x Anthelios, The Red Star
Master [33]
  6x Ashur Tablets
  1x Creepshow Casino
  1x Direct Intervention
  2x Dreams of the Sphinx
  3x Fortitude
  1x Giant’s Blood
  1x Golconda: Inner Peace
  1x Heidelberg Castle, Germany
  1x Information Highway
  1x Monastery of Shadows
  1x Parthenon, The
  1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
  2x Redline
  5x Villein
  2x Wider View
  4x Zillah’s Valley
Political Action [5]
  1x Ancient Influence
  1x Ancilla Empowerment
  1x Banishment
  1x Kine Resources Contested
  1x Reckless Agitation
Reaction [21]
  3x Deflection
  2x Eagle’s Sight
  4x Eyes of Argus
  5x Obedience
  2x On the Qui Vive
  5x Undying Thirst

 

If you want to build this deck, i recommend you not to expect any good result. Maybe some laughts.

Luis ‘Txiqui’ Fonseca, Prince of Mataró