This is summary of the attendance of VTES European Championship events in the past 10 years.
For the first time in four years, the attendance has gone up. It remains to be seen if this was a one time effect (i.e. because of the Anthology set) or if this going to be the turning point (i.e. because you no longer need to qualify for the European Championship.
As I had been failing to qualify (and miserably) for the Day 2 tournament of the EC, I played the Shadow Twin tournament, which was run in parallel to the Day 2 tournament. Upon a fellow German player, Martin, choosing a deck for me, I was playing a Ravnos Clown Car deck ..
- Luca (ITA) — Laosmbra/Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
- Ralf (GER) — Ravnos Breed & Boon — 4 VP
- Daniel (SWE) — Ventrue antitribu anti-Grinder
- Diogo (POR) — Stanislava & Friends Vote/Bleed — 1 VP
- Kamel (FRA) — Toreador antitribu Vote/Bleed?
This one was almost too easy in hindsight. No significant intercept at my left and right (Daniel was playing bleed & bounce, not intercept). Diogo initially looked very strong, ousting Kamel (who didn’t really have a game) rather quickly. At that time Daniel put considerable pressure on Diogo by bleeding, while Luca tried to apply the same pressure to my pool, but the Con. Boons could stabilize my pool easily. Even though Luca wisely played a Sudden against Week of Nightmares shortly before the end, I could go full forward against Daniel and with the help of a few Kine Resources Contested I could oust all the remaining players in one (or two?) turns with about 15-20 Ravnos.
- Darby (USA) –Valerius Bleed/Control — 1.5 VP
- Jonas (SWE) — Lasombra Big Cap Bleed (Purge?)
- Bram (BEL) — Obf/Pre Big Cap Vote w/ Ashurs — 0.5 VP
- Kevin (USA) — Miller & Friends Toolbox — 1.5 VP
- Ralf (GER) — Ravnos Breed & Boon
he most horrible table. In Darby’s first discard phase (as second player) he immediately dropped Scourge of Enochians .. game over, man, game over! Not quite, but with Kevin’s intercept on the right and more importantly Darby playing Scobax it was taking too much time to build an army (and hopefully finding The Uncoiling in my library). I could play Con. Boon a couple of time. My favourite moment was driving a wedge between the initial alliance between Darby and Bram (both playing Ashurs and lot of similar master cards), when I had some votes on the table and Bram decided to put pool damage on Darby in exchange for my votes.
- Joszef (SVK) — True Brujah Summon History Wall — 1.5 VP
- Gerold (AUT) — Toreador Aus/Cel Gun Wall
- Ralf (GER) — Ravnos Breed & Boon — 1.5 VP
- Rudolf (GER) — Weenie/Mid-Cap Ani Rush
- Matt (UK) — Blood Brothers Bruise & Vote? — 0.5 VP
Initially both Rudolf’s & Gerold’s deck looked very strong, putting considerable pressure on their respective prey. But Matt and I could recover, on my side mostly because Joszef was putting too much pressure on Gerold too soon, which essential put Gerold in an-all-defensive position. In that environment (and now only having to take one intercept location (Rudolf’s late Anarch Free Press), I could play very effectively and getting about 40+ pool and about 15-18 minions in a few turns. Eventually Joszef ousted Gerold, and Matt surprisingly started voting, putting a bit of pressure on Joszef (and damaging Rudolf in the process as well). Then I was able to put a Week of Nightmares in play, and ousted Rudolf in the same turn (iirc), even though I lost a considerable amount of vampires in the process. In my next turn, I was ready to oust Matt, but Joszef blocked the Ravnos which needed to hunt, at which point in time the game ended. About 30 seconds extra needed for my second game win of the day (and the tournament). Oh, well .. that’s life, I guess.
Here are the results from the Shadow Twin tournament that was played during the VTES European Championship 2017 on May 14th, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. 88 players participated in this EC tournament, the standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Cedric Goffaux (FRA) — 2 GW 10.5 VP — 3 VP — Nana & Enkidu Ani/Pot Combat
2. Luis Otavio Franco Martins (BRA) — 2 GW 8.5 VP — 1 VP — Unnamed & Hordes Bleed
2. Kari Hyll (SWE) — 2 GW 6.5 VP — 1 VP — Sha-Ennu & Friends Chi Powerbleed
2. Zack Holmgren (SWE) — 1 GW 7.5 VP — 0 VP — Brujah antitribu Unexpected Coalition
2. Ben Gerrissen (NED) — 1 GW 7 0 VP — 0 VP — Matusanna & Enkidu True Bromance
Congratulations to Cedric for winning the Shadow Twin tournament of the VTES EC 2017.
Here are the results from the European Championship (Day 2) tournament that was played during the VTES European Championship 2017 on May 14th, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. 40 players participated in this EC tournament, the standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Danilo Torrisi (ITA) — 2 GW 8 VP – 1 VP — Saulot & Friends Wall
2. Jorge Delgado (ESP) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0.5 VP — Antonio Nephandus
2. Noora Hirvonen (FIN) — 1 GW 6 VP – 0.5 VP — The Unnamed Bleed
2. Carlos Santos (POR) — 1 GW 6 VP – 0.5 VP — Tzimice Block & Vote
2. Orian Gissler (FRA) — 1 GW 6 VP – 0 VP — Weenie Malkavian Reversal of Fortune
Congratulations to Danilo for winning the Day 2 tournament of the VTES EC 2017, which makes him the European VTES Champion for 2017 (and the first Italian to get this title). You can also find a full transcript of the game on VEKN.net.
To give you an impression what kind of decks where played during the Day 1 tournament of the EC 2017 schedule, here’s the list of table I played. I can’t really remember going triple-zero in an EC tournament, but that’s the way it is …
- Ana (USA) — Toreador G1/2 Princes
- Ralf (GER) — Kiasyd S&B
- Aapo (FIN) — Tremere antitribu Wall — 2 VP
- Simone (ITA) — Lasombra Nocturn Bleed
- Noora (FIN) — Unnamed Bleed — 3 VP
Somewhat bad terrible seating with a Wall deck as prey which from an early start got everything it needed, soon I also had new predator who mercilessly pounded at my deck.
- Orian (FRA) — Nana Revolt — 1.5 VP
- Peter (SVK) — Anarch Revolt & Baron Votes
- Saandor (HUN) — Kiasyd S&B — 2.5 VP
- Ralf (GER) — Kiasyd S&B
- Zsolt (HUN) — Black Hand Breed & Bloat
The most horrible game for me, getting the Arcadian contested in turn 3 immediately meant the game loss for me, especially since Saandor managed to land a hefty bleed in the beginning. Peter’s deck was also not really functioning, so Saandor had a free hand in ousting me and more or less quickly after that, also brought Zsolt down.
- Ivan (SWE) — Lutz & Unmada Vote — 1 VP
- Tito (POR) — Weenie Brainwash Computer Hacking — 1 VP
- David (ESP) — Ventrue Lawfirm(?)
- Gwénäel (FRA) — Giovanni Powerbleed/Shambling Hordes — 3 VP
- Ralf (GER) — Kiasyd S&B
This was by far the most interesting game for me. Tito had a tremendous start with 3 Brainwashes on his prey’s vampires (in the crypt), and even tough poor David managed to bring Lodin to the ready region (eventually), he was already so weakened, that he fell prey to Tito. In the meantime, Ivan had built up his deck, and he started pounding on Tito for real. Even though I managed to play Sudden Reversal 3 out 4 times on Ivan’s Villeins, and the remaining 3 players (other than Ivan) delayed Ivan’s votes 7 times, he still managed to oust Tito. I lunged for Ivan’s remaining pool, but failed, and so in turn I was ousted by David’s powerbleed. In the heads up situation, it was a very close call between Gwénäel and Ivan, and in the end David’s Shambling Hordes had put two of the three vampires controlled by Ivan to torpor. Then the remaining 4 (or 5) vampires then simply bled Ivan to death.
Here are the results from the European Championship (Day 1) tournament that was played during the VTES European Championship 2017 on May 13th, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The extraordinary number of 156 players participated in this EC tournament, the standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Francois Greiner (FRA) — 3 GW 10 VP — 4 VP — Ventrue Princes Grinder
2. Gianluca Bianco (ITA) — 2 GW 10 VP — 1 VP — Weenie Dementation Bleed
2. Michal Hrebejk (CZE) — 2 GW 9 VP — 0 VP — Carna & Friends Wallish Toolbox(?)
2. Carlo Daniele (ITA) — 2 GW 8 VP — 0 VP — Weenie/MidCap Malkavian antitribu Toolbox(?)
2. Ivan Marin-Rivas (SWE) — 2 GW 8 VP — 0 VP — Lutz/Unmada Vote
Congratulations to Francois for winning the Day 1 tournament of the European VTES Championship 2017 (with an astonishing 4 Game Wins out of 4 games). 40 players qualified for the Day 2 tournament. You needed 1 GW 4 VP (and TPs) for the qualification.
Here are the results from the Nations Cup tournament that was played during the VTES European Championship 2017 on May 12th, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. 76 players players representing 8 nations participated in this EC tournament. The standings after 2 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Alain Greiner (FRA) — 1 GW 6 VP — 3 VP — Antonio Nephandus
2. Danilo Torrisi (ITA) — 2 GW 5 VP — 2 VP — Maris/Lutz Vote
2. Franz-Stephan Adametz (AUT) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP —
2. Lukas Vrbicky (CZE) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP —
2. Michal Hrebejk (CZE) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP —
In addition to the top 5 player’s finals, there was a second final, where the best placed nations could also delegate (another) player. Team Belgium (represented by Emiliano Imeroni) won this tournament. Unfortunately I lost my notes of the results of two finals results, so I have to reacquire most the information.
Congratulations to both Alain and team Belgium for winning the final rounds of tournament of the European VTES Championship 2017 respectively.
To give you an impression what kind of decks where played during the Storyline tournament “Ascension of Caine” (which was part of EC 2017 schedule), here’s the list of table I played. I can’t give you any further information, because “scouting” was not allowed, that is, you either had to remain seated at your table (in silence) after being ousted, or you had to the leave the room.
- Tito (POR) — Aabt Kindred feat. Nefertiti Bleed — 3 VP
- Ian (USA) — Samedi Bleed & Bloat
- Guilhem (FRA) — Ravnos Sensory Deprivation & Bleed — 2 VP
- Ralf (GER) — Toreador antitribu Anarch Bleed&Block
- Ben (NED) — Matasuntha & Friends Aus/For/Cel Wall
This table definitely had the most Storyline vibe with both Nefertiti in play (even though only the normal version, not the advanced version which could be included in your deck for this Storyline), and the Visage of Caine being featured prominently by the Ravnos deck. The later is a Chimerstry card giving the attached vampire +1 bleed/+1 strength (at chi), or +2 bleed/+2 strength (at CHI), but costs a pool “upkeep” each turn. Guilhem even managed to score his second oust (against Ben’s wall deck), when bleeding successfully for 5 with a Ravnos having the Visage of Caine, Treasuered Treasured Samadji, and a Camera Phone.
- Daniel (SWE) — Lasombra Black Hand Bleed — 1.5 VP
- Gwénäel (FRA) — Followers of Set Shambling Hordes
- Rudolf (GER) — Montano Baltimore Purge — 1.5 VP
- Kim (SWE) — Followers of Set Vote
- Ralf (GER) — Toreador antitribu Anarch Bleed&Block — 0.5 VP
This game had (mostly) a more high powered vibe, especially with Montano being able to multi-act and gaining an Enkil Cog early in the game. In the end the game ended in a sort of stalemate when all of the vampires where very low on blood.
Here are the results from the VTES Storyline tournament “Ascension of Caine” that was played during the VTES European Championship 2017 on May 12th, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. 40 players participated in this tournament, the standings after 2 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Rudolf Garski (GER) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 2 VP — Montano Baltimore Purge/Mind Rape
2. Petrus Makkonen (FIN) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 2 VP — Gangrel Anarch Revolt(?)
2. Matti Palomaki (FIN) — 1 GW 5 VP — 2 VP — Malkavian Antitribu G4/5 Bleed(?)
2. Jeroen van Oort (NED) — 1 GW 4 VP — 2 VP — Arika & Friends Bleed/Vote
2. Petri Wessman (FIN) — 1 GW 3 VP — 2 VP — Tzimisce Asanbonsam Ghoul Wall
Congratulations to Rudolf for winning this VTES Storyline tournament. More information on the background and the special storyline rules that were in effect can be found on the VEKN website.
If anyone has an exact/better description of the finalist’s decks, please let me know in the comments.
Here’s the rough overview of the tournament schedule. Since this year there was need for qualification for the EC, there is no Last Chance Qualifier tournament (on Friday). Why there is no First Chance Qualifier tournament on Sunday, I do not know ..
- Friday, May 14th, 2017
- Nations Cup
- Storyline Tournament
- Saturday, May 14th, 2017
- Open European Championships (Day 1)
- Sunday, May 14th, 2017
- European Championship (Day 2)
- Shadow Twin Tournament (Standard Constructed as Side Event)