Greetings fellow Methuselah
Sorry for the delayed letter, I was caught up in a blizzard outside the crypt last night, had to shuffle snow for two whole nights just to get to the mailbox. My ghouls are the laziest ever. They only turn up when it´s time to consume my vitae - the rest of the time they´re busy playing collectible card games! That´s unlife in my domain! This month we have a little bit of everything - some set news, some rules news and a lot of tournament news. Enjoy!
NEW SET UPDATE: LOST KINDRED
Many are curious on the progress of the upcoming bloodline-themed set. V:EKN chairman Ginés Quiñonero recently commented this:
"The Bloodlines cards have been reviewed and approved by White Wolf. However, as we have said previously, we have been in discussions in order to see if there is any chance to get these cards in print rather than have them be a PDF release. Therefore, the release of the Bloodlines set is on hold until a decision is made on that."
Later in the same forum topic, V:EKN Design team leader Ben Peal made some comments about the future that some of you might find interesting. He also revealed the name of the new set: Lost Kindred.
Lost Kindred art above by Ginés Quiñonero (left and right) and Mark Kelly (center).
OFFICIAL RULES CHANGES APRIL 2018
After feedback from the player community, V:EKN Rules Director Vincent Ripoll declares that the following three rules changes are in effect for sanctioned tournaments as of April 2, 2018:
Rule change #1: Timing during the Influence phase
Vampires (or Imbued) are no longer automatically moved to the controlled region at the end of the influence phase. Instead, they are actively moved to the controlled region by the player.
As a consequence, you cannot self-contest a unique vampire or imbued anymore (per rule 4.1. Contested Cards): the crypt card has to stay in the uncontrolled region. Minions that have a replacement effect as they would come into play (eg., Anarch Convert) or that cannot be contested (eg., Jimmy Dunn) can still be played as before.
Also, the number of transfers a player receives each turn is determined at the start of the influence phase. Cards that provide transfers upon use can still be triggered during the influence phase to get more transfers.
Eg., Alice controls Information Highway (+2 transfers) and Ennoia's Theater (lock to get +1 transfer), and has Ingrid Rossler (+2 transfers if ready) with 6 blood in her uncontrolled region.
Alice receives 6 transfers at the start of her influence phase. She uses 2 transfers to move 2 pool to Ingrid Rossler (+2 transfers if ready) and decides to move her to the ready region. Alice doesn't get the +2 transfers granted by Ingrid Rossler, but can lock Ennoia's Theater to get 1 more transfer. She does so and uses her 5 remaining transfers to move 5 pool to another uncontrolled vampire, and declares the end of her influence phase.
Note: The abilities of vampires or Imbued such as Angela Preston or Paul "Sixofswords29" Moreton can now be used the turn they are put into play.
Updated rulebook text:
IV. Influence phase
At the start of her influence phase, the player gets 4 transfers, except on the first turn of the game where the first player gets 1 transfer, the second player gets 2 transfers, and the third player gets 3 transfers.
Like master phase actions, transfers can be spent for different effects, and transfers that don't have been spent are lost when proceeding to the next phase.
These effects are:
- Spend 1 transfer: move one blood counter from her pool to a vampire in her uncontrolled region
- Spend 2 transfers: move one blood counter from a vampire in her uncontrolled region to her pool
- Spend 4 transfers and pay 1 pool: draw a crypt card.
- Spend 4 transfers and pay 1 pool: merge a base and an advanced version of a vampire.
Some cards allow to spend transfers to produce other effects. Some cards also grant additional transfers.
At any time during this phase, if a vampire has at least as many blood counters as his capacity, the player can move to the ready region that vampire. The blood counters on the vampire stay on him and become his blood. Blood counters in excess to his capacity are burned (see sec. H.1. Crypt cards). If the vampire grants additional transfer, those can’t be used on this turn as transfers are gained at the start of the influence phase.
Rule change #2: Recruiting allies
Allies that are recruited are now moved to the ready region instead of the uncontrolled region, but cannot take actions the turn they are recruited. (This applies only to allies that are recruited, not allies that are put into play by other means)
Allies that previously were moved to the ready region when recruited (Nocturn, Infernal Servitor) are not restricted by this rule. They read now: "This ally can act the turn it is recruited."
This doesn't change anything in the count of ready minions controlled by a Methuselah but makes it more intelligible than a ready minion in the uncontrolled region.
This implies a few changes:
- an ally that has been recruited this turn can now block a vampire controlled by another Methuselah that is acting out-of-turn during the same turn.
- an ally that has been recruited this turn can now be burned by cards such as Abomination.
Rule change #3: Caitiff as a clan
Caitiff is now a clan. When choosing a clan, Caitiff is now a valid choice (eg., Consanguineous Boon, Clan Impersonation etc.)
Note: Clanless vampires are still considered as vampires without a clan, not Caitiff.
The rule stating that Caitiff are clanless, while true to the canon, has had negligible impact on games of V:tES, but adds an unnecessary complexity to the game.
As usual, the easy way to ask questions about the rules changes is to post a topic about the specific rule on the VEKN.net forum, under "Rules Questions".
VEG SPONSOR: ULTRA PRO
The V:EKN are pround to announce that game accessory manufacturers Ultra Pro are sponsoring the 2017-2018 Vampire European Grand Prix circuit. As of GP Belgium last weekend and for the following events in the circuit, the company will provide for price support with card sleeves, deck boxes and binders. Thank you Ultra Pro!
DOUBLE VEG TOURNAMENTS IN APRIL!
The weekend of 28-29th April will be a double Grand Prix weekend in Madrid, Spain and Budapest, Hungary. For those of you that planned to attend all five VEG events this season to maximize score and fun and get in on that participation special price – do not worry! The Madrid and Budapest tournaments will count as one event for that purpose.
VEG BELGIUM 2018 IS CONCLUDED
VEG Belgium 2018 was played 24th-25th February in Mechelen near Brussels. Day 1 was a draft event with the following finalist:
Djordje Sutic (SRB) >
Kari Hyll (SWE) >
Marius Iscru (FRA) >
Vadin Gregoriev (BLR) >
Alain Greiner (FRA)
The draft final timed out without ousts, so top seed Djordje Sutic won. Congratulations Djordje!
Day 2 was the main event, standard constructed. Finalists were:
Peter Velaerts (BEL) playing Dementation-weenie stealth-bleed >
Ivan Chebunin (BLR) playing Setite Waters of Duat & Eternal Mask stealth-bleed >
Martin Weinmayer (AUT) !Tremere Create Gargoyle rush >
Danilo Torrisi (ITA) Luna Giovanni Might of the Camarilla & Possession vote >
Martin Schumacher (DEU) Cybele, Aksinya & Nakhthorheb MMPA bloat stealth-bleed
Thanks to Tom Vandenberghe for providing the following transcript and to Bart Jansen for the photos.
Ivan: Transfer 1, discard Serpentis
MW: Dreams of the Sphinx, transfer 4, bring out Brooke, discard Ashur Tablets
Danilo: Ashur Tablets, transfer 3, discard Into Thin Air
MS: Parthenon, Information Highway, transfer 6
Pete: Influence Jacky+1
Ivan: Influence Count Ormonde
MW: Use Dreams for transfer, Tribute to the Master, Brooke -> Create Gargoyle with Thaumaturgy, influence Tupdog
Danilo: Transfer 4
MS: Transfer 4
Peter: Transfer 4
Ivan: Transfer 4
MW: Use Dreams for transfer, Tribute to the Master, Brooke -> Create Gargoyle with Thaumaturgy
Danilo: Transfer 4
MS: Ashur Tablets, influence Cybele
Peter: Jacky -> Kindred Spirits sup + Eyes of chaos (successful bleed of 4), influence Cassandra + Midget
Ivan: Count Ormonde -> Waters of Duat, Serpentis on Waters, influence Lalitha, discard Form of the Serpent
MW: Use Dreams (get cards, Dreams burns), Tupdog bleed, Brooke hunt, influence Reverend Blackwood
Danilo: Influence Mistress Fanchon
MS: Wider View, Ashur Tablets, Liquidation, Jake Washington, transfer (8 on minion)
Peter: Jacky bleed + Eyes of chaos (3, successful), Cassandra Kindred Spirits + block attempt + Veil the Legions + Confusion (succesful bleed of 3), Midget bleeds + Eyes of Chaos (successful bleed of 3), influence Martha, discard Life in the City
Ivan: Lalitha -> Eternal Mask + Revelation of Desire (successful bleed of 3), Waters of Duat -> Eternal Mask + Revelation of Desire, MW plays Deflection to Peter (successful bleed of 3 on Peter), Count Ormonde -> Eternal mask + Truth on a 1000 Lies, MW plays Deflection to Peter (successful bleed of 3 on Peter), influence 1 back
MW: Brooke -> Create Gargoyle with Thaumaturgy, Reverend -> Under Siege, gargoyle #1 -> hunt, discard Thaumaturgy
Danilo: Villein 10, Giant’s blood, table talk coercing Peter to bleed backwards on MS, Mistress Fanchon -> Reins of Power (Danilo +0, MS -5, Peter -4, Ivan +3, MW +1), influence 4, discard Obfuscate
MS: 3rd Ashur Tablet, Liquidation, Ashur Tablet, Cybele -> Unleash Hell’s Fury, Burn Wider View (+2), influence Aksinya, discard Majesty
Peter: Jacky -> Kindred Spirits + Eyes of Chaos (successful bleed of 4 on Ivan), Cassandra -> Bleed + Confusion (successful bleed of 2 on Ivan), Martha -> bleed (successful bleed of 1 on Ivan), Midget -> Kindred Spirits (successful bleed of 2 on Ivan), pay 1 to see 1, play Narrow Minds
Ivan: Waters -> hunt, Count Ormonde -> Waters + Serpentis, Waters -> hunt, Lalitha -> hunt, discard Delaying Tactics (5 pool left)
MW: Tribute to the Master (gain 4), Brooke -> hunt, Gargoyle #1 -> hunt, Reverend -> Create Gargoyle with Thaumaturgy, Gargoyle #2 -> bleed 1 (successful, edge passes)
Danilo: Influence 4, discard
MS: 2nd Ashur, Cybele -> Intimidation (successful bleed of 3 on Peter, 7 pool left, edge passes)
Peter: Jacky -> Kindred Spirits + Confusion (successful bleed of 1 on Ivan, 2 pool left, edge passes), Cassandra -> Kindred Spirits (successful bleed of 1 on Ivan), Martha -> bleed 1. IVAN IS OUSTED! 40 minutes have passed, table talk to coerce Peter in directing bleeds on MS, Midget -> bleed 1 (successful bleed of 1 on MS), influence Fabrizia Constanza (no votes), discard Effective Management
MW: Haven Uncovered on Midget, MW and Danilo discuss on collaborating, MS orders a Belgian beer, Gargoyle #1 rushes Midget -> 1 aggravated: Midget goes to torpor, Gargoyle #2 diablerizes Midget -> referendum unsuccessful on burning Gargoyle #2, Brooke -> hunt, Reverend -> hunt, Gargoyle #3 -> hunt, influence Ember Wright
Danilo: Mistress Fanchon searches a minion card (Heart of Nizchetus, discard Approximation of Loyalty), influence Luna Giovanni
MS: Liquidation, Cybele -> Intimidation (successful bleed of 2 on peter (9 pool left), edge passes)
Peter: Effective Management, Jacky -> bleed (successful bleed of 1 on MS (11 pool left), Cassandra -> bleed, block attempt, Mind Tricks, use Under Siege, action blocked by Gargoyle (both hand strike for 1), Martha -> bleed , blocked by Ember Wright (both hand strike for 1), more tabletalk by Danilo to convince Peter to bleed MS, Fabrizia -> bleed, Gargoyle blocks (Gargoyle uses Burst of Sunlight, Fabrizia goes to torpor), influence 1
MW: The Barrens, Ember Wright -> mandatory hunt, Brooke diablerizes Fabrizia, referendum unsuccesful (5 votes against), Gargoyle hunt, Gargoyle hunt
Danilo: Mistress Fanchon -> Heart of Nizchetus, discard The Sargon Fragment
MS: 3rd Ashur (12 cards back in library, Delaying Tactics to hand, discard Into Thin Air), Villein 3 from Cybele, Wider View, Liquidation, Cybele -> bleed 3 (successful bleed of 3 on Peter; 5 pool left, edge passes), influence 4, use Wider View (Nakhthorheb removed)
Peter: Cassandra -> bleed + Confusion (successful bleed of 2 on MW; 7 pool left, edge passes), Jacky -> bleed + Eyes of Chaos, Reverend Blackwood plays Deflection to Danilo (successful bleed of 3 on Danilo; 8 pool left), influence 1 backwards, discard Veil the Legions
MW: Tribute to the Master (7 pool gained), 4 mandatory hunts, Gargoyle hunts, Gargoyle hunts, only Brooke remaines untapped, discard Ashur Tablets
Danilo: Activate Heart of nizchetus, Villein 9 on Mistress Fanchon (costs 1 pool, Danilo is now at 12 pool), Mistress Fanchon -> Might of the Camarilla (passes by 6), influence Dmitra Ilyanova
MS: Villein 4 on Aksinya (MS is now at 23 pool), Cybele -> bleed 3 (successful bleed of 3 on Peter; 3 pool left, edge passes), influence Nakhthorheb, discard Mental Maze (46 minutes left)
Peter: Momentum’s Edge, Jacky -> bleed + Eyes of Chaos, Brooke Deflection on Danilo (successful bleed of 3 on Danilo; 9 pool left, edge passes), Martha bleed + Confusion (successful bleed of 2 on MW; 10 pool left)
MW: 5 minions hunt
Danilo: Mistress Fanchon -> searches for Possession, Luna -> Possession to get Orlando, Dmitra give 3 blood to Orlando and 1 to Mistress, pay 1 to see 1
MS: Ashur Tablets, Nakhthorheb -> bleed 1 (successful bleed of 1 on peter; 2 pool left, edge passes), untap Nakhthorheb, MS tells Peter he will allow him to oust MW
Peter: 1 pool from Momentum’s Edge, Jacky -> Kindred Spirits (successful bleed of 2 on MW; 8 pool left), Martha -> bleed, block attempt, Mind Tricks, use Under Siege, Gargoyle blocks, combat with Raking Talons, Martha goes to torpor, discard On the Qui Vive
MW: Dreams of the Sphinx -> use it for 2 extra hand size, Reverend Blackwood -> Graverobbing on Martha, 3 minions hunt, discard Burst of Sunlight
Danilo: Villein 6 on Dmitra, Ashur Tablets, Mistress Fanchon searches for Might of the Camarilla, Dmitra plays Might of the Camarilla (only Danilo burns Undele), Luna -> Sudario Refraction, 3 stealth cards are discarded, pay 1 to see 1
MS: 2nd Ashur Tablets, 3rd Ashur Tablets (Danilo removes his Ashur Tablets too, 30 minutes left, 12 cards returned to library, Into Thin Air to hand), Liquidation, Nakhthorheb -> bleed 1 (successful bleed of 1 on Peter; 3 pool left, edge passes, untap Nakhthorheb
Peter: 1 pool from Momentum’s Edge (4 total), Life in the City, Dementation on Cassandra, Cassandra -> Bleed + Eyes (successful bleed of 3 on MW; 4 pool left), discard Effective Management
MW: Use Dreams for cards, Tribute to the Master, 5 minions hunt, discard 3 cards
Danilo: Luna -> Possession on Undele, Undele -> card text referendum to get Voter Captivation and Might of the Camarilla back to hand, Nakhthorheb plays Delaying Tactics, Orlando -> The Sargon Fragment, Dmitra -> referendum to distribute 4 blood
MS: Liquidation, Nakhthorheb -> bleed 1 (successful bleed of 1 on Peter; 3 pool left, edge passes), untap Nakhthorheb, Aksinya -> bleed + Aire of Elation (successful bleed of 3 on Peter, PETER IS OUSTED!), Cybele -> bleed 3 on MW, Brooke Deflection to Danilo, MS is on 31 pool
MW: Reverend -> Far Mastery on Jake Washington (successful), Brooke -> hunt, Ember bleed 1 on Danilo, edge passes (Danilo is on 9)
Danilo: Activate Heart of Nizchetus, Mistress Fanchon searches for Banishment, Orlando use Sargon Fragment to return Might of the Camarilla from the ash heap, Nakhthorheb attempts to blocks, Into Thin Air, action passes, Undele referendum for Forgotten Labyrinth and Voter Captivation, uses Voter Captivation, Luna plays Possession, Nakhthorheb attempts to block, Into Thin Air, Raphael de Corazon enters play, discard Zillah´s Valley
MS: Nakthorheb -> Intimidation bleed 2 on MW, Cybele -> bleed 3 on MW (7 pool left)
MW: Haven Uncovered -> Cybele, Martha rushes, Ember Wright rushes, Gargoyle #1 rushes, Gargoyle #2 rushes, Gargoyle #3 rushes, Gargoyle #4 -> diablerie, blocked by Nakhthorheb, Raking Talons + Majesty, Brooke -> diablerie, blocked by Unleash Hell’s Fury, Reverend -> Dominate Kine to steal Parthenon from MS
Danilo: Activate Heart, Villein for 4 on Undele, Mistress Fanchon -> Banishment on Aksinya, Undele -> take Might of Camarilla and Banishment back to hand, Raphael -> Banishment on Nakhthorheb + Voter Captivation, Orlando -> Might of the Camarilla (Aksinya burns), Dmitra -> diablerie on Cybele
MS: Ashur Tablets, transfer 6 back to pool, discard Lost in Translation
MW: 3 minions hunts, 5 minions bleed for 1
Danilo: Dmitra -> Kine Resources Contested, Undele -> referendum to take back Kine Resources and Might of the Camarilla to hand, Raphael -> Might of the Camarilla (Nakhthorheb burns), Luna -> Kine Resources Contested, Mistress Fanchon -> bleed 3
MS: (19 pool left) Golconda on Mistress Fanchon, Danilo pays 2 ( Danilo is on 19)
MW: Ashur -> Sudden Reversal by Danilo, 8 minions bleed for 1
Danilo: Dmitra -> Conservative Agitation, Undele -> referendum to take 2x Kine Resources Contested to hand, Luna -> Kine Resources Contested, Orlando -> Kine Resources Contested, bleed 3, bleed 3
MS: (2 pool left) The Coven, Pentex Subversion on Mistress Fanchon, MS concedes with 3 minutes left! Danilo plays Ancilla Empowerment and OUSTS MW! 1 minute left! Danilo WINS the GP!!!
Danilo Torrisi 3 vp
Martin Schumacher 1 vp
Peter Velaerts 1 vp
Congratulations Danilo! Read his deck list at the V:EKN forum. We´ll see if we bother him with an interview about the tournament, but you can always read his EC 2017 victory interview in the V:EKN Newsletter May 2017.
V:TES ARTIST LEIF JONES NEEDS YOUR HELP
V:TES, World of Darkness and general awesomeness illustrator Leif Jones is in trouble and needs a bit of help. If you have the possibility, please consider a donation via https://www.gofundme.com/leif-relief
ANTHOLOGY STILL FOR SALE
Yes, until we hear something else, there are still packs of Berlin Anthology left at the PDA web shop. Including Ashur Tablets, Enkil Cog, Monastery of Shadows as well as many never before printed cards, these packs are indeed worth 30 euro – don´t hesitate!
March 3: Brasília - Qualify SAC 2018 - Brasilia, Brazil
March 10: 6th Hiekkaharju Nightmares - Vantaa, Finland
March 10: Tappa milanese 2018 - Milano, Italy
March 11: Rage Across Appalachia II - Asheville, United States
March 11: Campionato Italiano 2018 - Milano, Italy
March 24: Aplocalypse V - Bailleau-le-Pin, France
March 25: Czar Matt's Birthday - Heath, United States
March 31: CF par équipes d'Unnord - Lille, France
March 31: Storyline d'Unnord (Storline event) - Lille, France
April 1: French Nationals 2018 - Lille, France
April 14: German National Championship - Bochum, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
For more information on upcoming events see the V:EKN Event Calendar.
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