file TWD + Report: Ropecon 2013 Finnish ECQ, July 26th 2013

29 Aug 2013 16:17 - 18 Aug 2014 11:34 #53716 by PetriWessman
  • Tournament: Ropecon 2013 Finnish ECQ
  • Date: Friday July 26th, 2013
  • Place: Ropecon 2013 gaming convention, Dipoli, Espoo, Finland
  • Players: 72
  • Format: EC Qualifier (constructed), 3R+F
  • Organizer/judge: Petri Wessman
  • Winner: Toni Karjalainen (see below for deck list)

Another year, another big VTES tournament at the Ropecon gaming convention. We had 71 players last year, a somewhat expected drop from previous years due to the game not getting any new material. I was frankly expecting the drop in attendance to continue a bit, so I was very happily surprised to see 72 players in total this year, actually beating last year by one player. That's great! Once again we had a largish contigent of Swedish players, invading Ropecon with the intention of seizing the Finnish ECQ for themselves. While they ultimately didn't succeed in their nefarious plan, one of them did get to the finals and it was a close call in the end.

Like last year, the tournament was held in the TF building next to the Dipoli main building. This year we decided to try using the second floor area for this tournament, which proved to be a good choice -- we had the area to ourselves, and I could even announce some things to everyone at once without disturbing players of other games. The air did become quite foul near the end (the ventilation had severe problems with this many people in that space), but overall I think it worked fine. Well, at least better than the previous areas we've used.

I'd (again) like to thank all the players for exemplary behaviour. Everyone helped in getting the show on the road in a timely fashion, there were no acrimonious rules arguments (though several interesting questions were asked), and in general is was a joy to run (though exhausing, of course, especially since the thing ran well past midnight as is traditional). We were so well in schedule, in fact, that I decided to run the finals at TF too -- the place closes at 3am, and last year we relocated to Dipoli for the finals. So... thanks, guys 'n gals!

As for the decks played... they were a (very) varied bunch. While a lot of staple tier1/2 decks made their appearance, I also saw a lot of "weird stuff", some of which apparently was quite effective. Suprisingly, the single vampire I saw most of was Nakhthorheb, with at least 3 (maybe 4) decks featured him as star player, including Toni's winning deck. I was expecting to see a lot of Animalism combat, but noticed surprisingly little of that. Otherwise, big-cap powerbleed and powervote seemed to be the dominant themes this year, in general.

That theme was exemplified by the finals: a shortish and brutal affair, with everyone playing powerbleed or vote decks, all except Aleksi using big-cap main vampires. Villeins and Governs were tossed around with wild abandon, and in the end Toni's brutal and fine-tuned Nakhthorheb presence-bleed machine took the win. See the end of this post for a play-by-play transcript of the final round.

Extra thanks to the Finnish NC Janne Lönnqvist who was, once again, an immense help with everything (including providing everyone with a huge pile of promo cards). I'd also like to thank Ville Lovikka, the Ropecon card games organizer, for coming up with very spiffy prize plaques for the finalists.

-Petri “Orava” Wessman


The bolded 18 players received EC qualification for 2013.
RankNamePrelim GWPrelim VPFinal VPTPDeck/comment
1Toni Karjalainen284138(see below)
2Are Vaskela29168(see below)
2Aleksi Kivilahti2101162(see below)
2Tuomas Vuokko27.5150(see below)
2Juha Nyholm28168(see below)
6Teemu Pulkkinen27150
7Adam Esbjörnsson27144
7Kari Mäkinen27144
7Otso Saariluoma27144
10Heikki Palomäki26.5144
11Marko Saari25.5144Who let the dogs out
12Michael Holmström18156
13Matias Frosterus17144
14Pauli Kiova16150
15Jukka Pasanen14.5150
16Aleksi Nuora14.5120
17Ari Lensu14144Tie My Rope
18Erik Mossberg14126!Tremere stealth bleed
19Randal Rudstam14112
19Matti Palomäki14112
21Ida Olsson Bjärmark14108
22Marko Lindroos1490
23Kari-Pekka Ylikangas13.5120
24Jukka Lindström13.5114
25Margus Paananen13.5108
26Lasse Pöyry13120
27Juri Juskevits03132
28Niina Stenberg02.5132
29Timo Snellman02.5114
30Ville Saaristo02.5102
31Antti Iivari02.1120
32Ville Kilpi02120
33Toni Manninen02114
33Juhani Puska02114
35Ville Kaijasaari02108
36Otso Turunen0290
36Akseli Jalava0290
38Henri Halonen01.5118
39Jyri Puhakka01.5108
39Mikko Inkinen01.5108
41Samuel Mäenpää01.5106Imbued
42Tuukka Kallas01.5102
42Esa-Matti Smolander01.5102
42Johnny Wretlind01.5102Euro Brujah
45Jari Mäkikyrö01.5100
46Petrus Makkonen01102"AVENGER" Time Management Co.
47Jonas Ståhle01100
48Kimmo Pekkola0196
48Mikko Hyvärinen0196
48Jussi Hattara0196Call the Madness
51Timo Rekola0194
52Noora Hirvonen0190
52Pekka Kinnunen0190
54Isak Esbjörnsson Bjärmark0184Girls...
54Mikko Moisander0184Vastarannan kiisket VI
56Hannu Kokkonen00.590
57Janne Lönnqvist00.582
58Ari-Pekka Alestalo00.572
59Jani Malmi00.560
60Peter Kaario0090Korsoraattori
61Tuomas Nyberg0088
62Tommi Hakomaa0076
63Anssi Rekola0072
63Tom Lindberg0072
63Mika Nurmikolu0072
63Petro Hirvonen0072
67Pasi Karjalainen0070
68Johan Wahlström0060
68Juho Vuorikoski0060
70Raymond Mäkeläinen0054Settite Duat Corruption
70Teemu Sainomaa0054
DQSebastian Schiavone0052

The DQ is from leaving the tournament after two rounds (he let me know well before 3rd round started, so no problem there).


Tournament Winner (Toni Karjalainen)

Deck Name : Nakhthorheb

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 1 max: 10 average: 7.75
5x Nakhthorheb (10):OBF: :PRE: :SER:Follower of Set(group 4)
2x Anarch Convert (1)Caitiff(group ANY)
1x Neferu (9):OBF: :PRE: :SER: :THA: :dom: :nec:2 votesFollower of Set(group 4)
1x Pentweret (9):OBF: :PRE: :SER: :aus: :for: :obe:Follower of Set(group 5)
1x Porphyrion (9):CHI: :OBF: :PRE: :SER: :for:Follower of Set(group 5)
1x Shemti (9):OBF: :POT: :PRE: :SER: :vic:1 voteFollower of Set(group 5)
1x Abdelsobek (5):for: :nec: :obf: :pre: :ser:Follower of Set(group 5)

Library [70 cards]

Action [17]
3x Enticement
3x Entrancement
7x Intimidation
3x Revelation of Ecstasy
1x Temptation

Action Modifier [24]
2x Cloak the Gathering
3x Elder Impersonation
2x Enkil Cog
3x Faceless Night
4x Lost in Crowds
3x Revelation of Desire
3x Spying Mission
4x Truth of a Thousand Lies

Action Modifier/Combat [3]
3x Swallowed by the Night

Equipment [3]
1x Learjet
2x Mokole Blood

Master [16]
7x Eternals of Sirius, The
2x Golconda: Inner Peace
1x Opium Den
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Secure Haven
4x Villein

Reaction [7]
2x Delaying Tactics
3x Eluding the Arms of Morpheus
2x Mental Maze

Other Finalists

Are Vaskela

Deck Name : Ropecon 2013 Are
Author : Are
Description :
Idea is from EC 2012 day 1: Unmada and Lutz, and also from Otso's great decks.

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 9 max: 11 average: 9.83333
6x Unmada (10):AUS: :DEM: :OBF: :VIC: :cel: :for:justicarMalkavian(group 5)
2x Lutz von Hohenzollern (11):AUS: :DEM: :OBF: :PRE: :pot:inner circleMalkavian(group 4)
2x Dmitra Ilyanova (9):CEL: :FOR: :POT: :PRE: :obf:justicarBrujah(group 5)
2x Undele (9):CEL: :FOR: :obf: :pre: :ser:magajiIshtarri(group 5)

Library [60 cards]

Action Modifier [9]
1x Approximation of Loyalty
1x Elder Impersonation
1x Forced March
2x Forgotten Labyrinth
3x Lost in Crowds
1x Telepathic Vote Counting

Action Modifier/Combat [2]
1x Resist Earth's Grasp
1x Swallowed by the Night

Ally [1]
1x Muddled Vampire Hunter

Master [29]
1x Giant's Blood
1x Golconda: Inner Peace
3x Information Highway
1x Jake Washington (Hunter)
1x Monastery of Shadows
1x Parthenon, The
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
2x Protected Resources
1x Temptation of Greater Power
5x Villein
1x Wash
2x Wider View
9x Zillah's Valley

Political Action [16]
1x Anarchist Uprising
1x Ancient Influence
1x Ancilla Empowerment
2x Banishment
1x Disputed Territory
2x Kine Resources Contested
6x Parity Shift
1x Political Stranglehold
1x Reins of Power

Reaction [3]
1x On the Qui Vive
1x Second Tradition: Domain
1x Telepathic Misdirection

Aleksi Kivilahti

Deck Name : Praidi paraadi
Author : Aleksi Kivilahti

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 3 max: 7 average: 5
2x Isanwayen (6):DOM: :MYT: :OBT:Kiasyd(group 4)
2x Dame Hollerton (5):DOM: :OBT: :myt:Kiasyd(group 4)
1x Roderick Phillips March (7):DOM: :MYT: :cel: :obt: :tha:Kiasyd(group 4)
1x Onaedo (6):DOM: :OBT: :aus: :pot:Lasombra(group 4)
1x Banjoko (5):DOM: :obt: :pot:Lasombra(group 3)
1x Ermenegildo, The Rake (5):DOM: :OBT: :pot:Lasombra(group 4)
1x Leila Monroe (4):dom: :obt: :pre:Lasombra(group 4)
1x Quincy, The Trapper (4):dom: :myt: :obt:Kiasyd(group 3)
1x Randel, The Coward (4):dom: :for: :obt:Ventrue antitribu(group 4)
1x Lucy Markowitz (3):dom: :obt:Lasombra(group 4)

Library [72 cards]

Action [18]
15x Govern the Unaligned
2x Gremlins
1x Song of Pan

Action Modifier [25]
5x Bonding
4x Conditioning
3x Foreshadowing Destruction
1x Seduction
3x Shadow Play
4x Shroud of Absence
4x Stone Travel
1x Tenebrous Form

Ally [4]
4x Nocturn

Combat [1]
1x Shadow Body

Master [16]
1x Coven, The
4x Dreams of the Sphinx
2x Effective Management
3x Great Symposium
3x Life in the City
1x Misdirection
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion

Reaction [8]
5x Deflection
2x Delaying Tactics
1x On the Qui Vive

Tuomas Vuokko

Deck Name : Tupdogfiller
Author : Tuomas Vuokko
Description :
Tooboxy, you never know what you are going to get. 1st draft, some changes if I plan on playing this again in a tourney. Rutors should probabkly be Zillah'sm no real need for the big guy votes.

Crypt [22 vampires] Capacity min: 1 max: 9 average: 5.40909
8x Tupdog (1):POT: :VIS:Gargoyle(group 3)
4x Malgorzata (9):AUS: :DOM: :THA: :VIC: :pre:priscusTremere antitribu(group 4)
3x Orlando Oriundus (9):AUS: :DOM: :THA: :obf:bishopTremere antitribu(group 4)
3x Paul Cordwood (8):AUS: :DOM: :THA: :obf: :pre:bishopTremere antitribu(group 4)
2x Ladislas Toth, The Torch (7):AUS: :DOM: :THA: :for:archbishopTremere antitribu(group 3)
2x Antonio d'Erlette (5):THA: :dom: :for: :pot:Tremere antitribu(group 4)

Library [81 cards]

Action [13]
8x Govern the Unaligned
3x Rutor's Hand
2x Zillah's Tears

Action Modifier [14]
2x Conditioning
2x Foreshadowing Destruction
10x Mirror Walk

Action Modifier/Reaction [2]
2x Murmur of the False Will

Ally [4]
4x Nephandus (Mage)

Combat [8]
2x Raking Talons
6x Target Vitals

Master [17]
4x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Giant's Blood
1x Golconda: Inner Peace
2x Information Highway
1x Monastery of Shadows
6x Villein
2x Wider View

Political Action [8]
1x Ancient Influence
6x Kine Resources Contested
1x Political Stranglehold

Reaction [15]
5x Deflection
3x Eyes of Argus
4x On the Qui Vive
3x Telepathic Misdirection

Juha Nyholm

Deck Name : Thumbs Up 2013
Author : Juha Nyholm

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 5 max: 10 average: 8.33333
3x Ambrosio Luis Moncada, Plenipotentiary (10):DOM: :OBT: :POT: :PRE: :aus: :for:cardinalLasombra(group 2)
3x Gratiano (8):DOM: :OBT: :obf: :pot:priscusLasombra(group 2)
2x Alvaro, The Scion of Angelica (9):OBT: :POT: :dom: :pre:archbishopLasombra(group 2)
2x Francisco Domingo de Polonia (9):DOM: :OBT: :POT: :PRE: :pro:archbishopLasombra(group 2)
1x Dr. Julius Sutphen (5):POT: :dom: :obt:bishopLasombra(group 3)
1x Dr. Julius Sutphen Adv (5):POT: :dom: :obt:Lasombra(group 3)

Library [90 cards]

Action [12]
4x Creation Rites
8x Govern the Unaligned

Action Modifier [25]
2x Blanket of Night
3x Conditioning
6x Seduction
5x Shadow Play
2x Shroud of Absence
3x Shroud of Night
1x Tenebrous Form
3x Voter Captivation

Combat [7]
1x Burning Wrath
3x Oubliette
3x Shadow Body

Master [15]
2x Blood Doll
2x Dominate
2x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Elysian Fields
1x Giant's Blood
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
2x Power Structure
4x Villein

Political Action [15]
1x Banishment
1x Cardinal Benediction
3x Consanguineous Boon
1x Conservative Agitation
2x Domain Challenge
6x Kine Resources Contested
1x Neonate Breach

Reaction [16]
10x Deflection
2x On the Qui Vive
4x Wake with Evening's Freshness

Final Round Transcript

This is based on my personal notes, scribbled down during the game. Some detail is missing and there may be mistakes here and there. Since we were (surprisingly!) well within schedule, I decided to run the finals at TF also (last year we relocated to Dipoli since TF closes at 3am).

Play started at 0:50am and ended at 2am (1h 10min total).

The players were (in seating order):
  1. Toni Karjalainen
  2. Are Vaskela
  3. Tuomas Vuokko
  4. Aleksi Kivilahti
  5. Juha Nyholm

Turn 1

Toni: bring out Anarch Convert

Are: Zillah's Valley

Tuomas: just transfers

Aleksi: just transfers

Juha: just transfers

Turn 2

Toni: Convert bleeds for 1

  • Wider View
  • Zillah's Valley
  • bring out Unmada

Tuomas: just transfers

Aleksi: bring out Dame Hollerton

Juha: just transfers

Turn 3

Toni: just transfers

  • Villein Unmada for 7
  • Protected Resources
  • Unmada calls Parity Shift from Tuomas for 5

  • bring out Malgorzata
  • bring out Tupdog

  • Dame superior Govern
  • bring out Ermenegildo, The Rake
  • bring out Lucy Markowitz

  • bring out Ambrosio Luis Monçada, Plenipotentiary

Turn 4

  • Golconda on Unmada, Wash from Are
  • Pentex on Unmada
  • Convert bleeds for 1
  • bring out Nakhthorheb

  • Info Highway
  • bring out Lutz von Hohenzollern

  • Tupdog rushes Unmada, Unmada goes long range
  • Malgorzata does her own action
  • bring out Antonio d'Erlette

  • Great Symposium
  • Ermenegildo superio Govern
  • Lucy bleeds for 1
  • bring out Isanwayen
  • bring out Randel, The Coward

  • Villein Ambrosio for 10
  • Giant's Blood on Ambrosio
  • Ambrosio superior Govern
  • bring out Dr. Julius Sutphen (adv)

Turn 5

  • Eternals of Sirius
  • Nakhthorheb bleeds w/Intimidation, reduced to 2 via Protected Resources
  • Enkil Cog on Nakhthorheb
  • Nakhthorheb plays Enticement, untaps with Truth of a Thousand Lies
  • bring out Neferu

  • Golconda on Malgorzata (Tuomas pays)
  • Lutz removes Pentex (block attempt, stealth)

  • Villein Malgorzata for 6
  • Antonio bleeds with Govern, adds stealth, gets bounced to Juha
  • Malgorzata calls Kine 2+2, passes

  • Isanwayen recruits Nocturn
  • Isanwayen bleeds with Gremlins
  • Randel bleeds for 1
  • Lucy bleeds for 1
  • Ermenegildo bleeds for 1

  • Villein Dr. Julius for 5
  • Dr. Julius hunts
  • (Enkil Cog) Nakhthorheb bleeds for 2
  • Ambrosio bleeds for 1

Turn 6

  • Eternals of Sirius
  • Nakhthorheb bleeds for 2
  • Nakhthorheb plays Enticement, Are is ousted
  • Nakhthorheb untaps with Truth of a Thousand Lies

  • Wider View
  • Antonio bleeds, adds stealth, bleed of 2 (with Murmur of the False Will)
  • Malgorzata calls Ancient Influence, passes, Delaying Tactics from Toni
  • (Enkil Cog) Nakhthorheb bleeds with Intimidation, adds stealth, gets bounced to Aleksi (bleed of 4)
  • bring out Tupdog

  • Randel recruits Nocturn
  • Dame bleeds with Govern, adds stealth and Conditioning, gets bounced to Toni
  • Isanwayen bleeds with Govern, adds Bonding, gets bounced to Toni
  • Lucy bleeds with Govern
  • Randel bleeds with Govern + Conditioning

  • Villein Ambrosio for 7
  • Power Structure
  • Ambrosio hunts
  • Dr. Julius hunts
  • bring out Francisco Domingo de Polonia

Turn 7

  • Eternals od Sirius
  • Neferu bleeds with Intimidation, adds stealth
  • Nakhthorheb bleeds with Intimidation, addes stealth and Revelation of Desire
  • Nakhthorheb equips with Learjet, untaps with Truth of a Thousand Lies
  • Nakhthorheb plays Revelation of Ecstasy on Malgorzata

  • Wider View
  • Dreams of the Sphinx
  • Tupdog rushes Nakhthorheb, Nakhthorheb untaps, blocks and plays Mental Maze
  • Antonio bleeds, addes stealth and Conditioning, gets bounced to Juha, gets bounced on to Toni
  • Malgorzata does her own action
  • (Enkil Cog) Nakhthorheb bleeds with Entrancement, adds stealth, bounced to Aleksi, bounced onwards to Juha

  • Misdirection on Polonia
  • Dame bleeds with Govern
  • Isanwayen bleeds with Govern + Foreshadowing Destruction
  • Lucy bleeds, adds Foreshadowing Destruction, bounced to Toni, Convert blocks
  • Randel bleeds for 1
  • Ermenegildo bleeds for 1, Juha is ousted
  • bring out Quincy, The Trapper

Turn 8

  • Villein Neferu for 6
  • Eternals of Sirius
  • Convert hunts
  • Nakhthorheb equips Mokole Blood
  • Neferu bleeds wit Entrancement
  • Nakhthorheb bleeds, adds Revelation of Desire, Tuomas is ousted
  • Nakhthorheb untaps with Truth of a Thousand Lies

  • The Coven
  • Pentex on Nakhthorheb
  • Lucy bleeds with Govern
  • Randel bleeds with Govern
  • Isanwayen bleeds with Gremlins
  • Quincy bleeds for 1
  • Dame bleeds for 1

Turn 9

  • Eternals of Sirius
  • Convert removes Pentex (gets stealth)
  • Neferu bleeds with Intimidation and stealth
  • Nakhthorheb bleeds with Intimidation and stealth, Aleksi is ousted


Some pictures from the finals, by Marko Saari.

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29 Aug 2013 16:20 #53717 by PetriWessman
...and here are some snapshots from the preliminary rounds, from my crappy mobile phone camera :)

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29 Aug 2013 16:49 - 29 Aug 2013 16:53 #53720 by Lönkka
Thanks for organizing ECQ once again!

We had ventilation?
Didn't notice since the air was SO heavy. Downstairs would've been WAY better a choice.

Me, I didn't really contribute anything to the effort. Petri is the one that should be thanked!

Thanks for everyone attending and being so amicable to play with. Especially the people from far off places and foreign countries (= Western Land of Wonder aka. Svearike aka. Sweeden)

EDIT: And a humongous thank you to David Tatu, Esq. who was kind enough to selflessly help me secure some promos that have been harder to come by in these neck of woods!

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29 Aug 2013 17:59 #53722 by PetriWessman

Thanks for organizing ECQ once again!

We had ventilation?
Didn't notice since the air was SO heavy. Downstairs would've been WAY better a choice.

Well, dowmstairs ventilation sucks also (as we noticed last year), and the problem there is that we'd have to share the space with the MtG crowd, leading tp cramped seating and a *lot* of noise. I personally liked the upstairs more, even though it got pretty tropical in there :}

Ideally we'd have the whole of downstairs for VTES, but I think the Magic folks would object to that. Silly people. :)

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29 Aug 2013 18:09 #53725 by Lönkka
Flogging a dead horse here but downstairs has ceiling at around 5 meters, whereas upstairs it is lower than normally since the ceiling is the same for both.

Playing on the table right next to the terrace door was great but elsewhere not.

Perhaps next year we'll bring a fan or two with us to make the air move more inside from the terrace?

During Saturday's draft it was really nice to have some of the games on the terrace!

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29 Aug 2013 18:41 #53726 by jhattara
I liked upstairs a lot more in all possible ways.

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