check TWD: Finnish Grand Prix 2019 at Ropecon

27 Aug 2019 12:03 - 23 Jan 2020 15:44 #96583 by PetriWessman
  • Tournament: Ropecon 2019 Finnish Grand Prix
  • Date: Saturday July 27th, 2019
  • Place: Ropecon 2019 gaming convention, Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland
  • Players: 55
  • Format: Constructed, 3R+F
  • Organizer/judge: Petri Wessman
  • Winner: Martin Weinmayer (see below for deck list)

The Finnish Grand Prix was once again played at the huge Ropecon gaming convention, the site of 2020's upcoming EC tournament. The new Saturday time slot seems to work well, and even though it's a long and exhausting day there's (now) room for such luxuries as a lunch break. Yay!

We had a total of 55 players this year, which is very nice -- the second year in a row with increased attendance, after years and years of slowly diminishing player count. In addition to the Grand Prix status of the tournament, it's quite clear that the revival of the game by Black Chantry has had a huge effect.

As usual, there were a lot of deck types present, and also players with wildly differing levels of game experience. That means that even experienced players needed to be careful, since newer players may well do some very surprising things; adaptability is key. No really clear trends visible... I was honestly expecting more ally decks than I saw here, especially Legionnaires, but the local ally-heavy meta doesn't seem to have migrated much to this tournament. Lots of the usual suspects visible, of course (Unnamed power bleed, grinders and stickmen, stealth-bleed, big-cap vote, etc). One of the more amusing decks of the evening was Magnus Söder's clown car deck (among the finalists), which generated an insane amount of pool and minions when it got going.

The video production this year was elaborate and quite hightech, thanks to the (awesome!) folks at Starbacon and general tireless organizing by Janne Lönnqvist (including video narration for the whole day). We had a "black box" video environment where one table at a time could play, so one table out of 11 each round played there and the whole game was livestreamed, and the finals were as well (obviously). The first game had more explanatory narration, aimed more at new players, while the others + finals had narration going more into tactics and table situations.

In the past I've provided text transcripts of the final round here, but that seems redundant now with the video coverage. It was a very interesting final round, with lots of varied deck types (including combat), and the final win went to Martin Weinmayer with only seconds left on the clock. Stanislava wins the day (or more properly, night), once again! Congrats to Martin for yet another major tournament win.

You can view the whole day's video stream here (the finals start around the 8:07 mark):

Thanks, everyone! See you next year at the EC.

-Petri "Orava" Wessman

RankNamePrelim GWPrelim VPFinal VPTPDeck/comment
1Martin Weinmayer263144Stanislava (see below)
2Jonas Ståhle28150Grinder (see below)
2Antti Penttilä281150Girls are revolting (see below)
2Otso Saariluoma27.51156Gunson (see below)
2Magnus Söder211168Laibon is lajbans (see below)
6Teemu Sainomaa16.5144
7Kari Hyll16168Ahrimanes
8Jyri Puhakka16150
8Hannu Kokkonen16150Dom+Obf Nos Royalty
10Matti Palomäki15138Poistajat (The Removers)
11Tuomas Vuokko15132
12Johan Wahlström15108
13Marko Saari15102Montano Purge
14Tom Lindberg14.5150Unnamed
15Reetta Rautiainen14.5144
16Matias Frosterus14108
17Tomi Sillanpää1496
18Lasse Pöyry13.5138Credible sub-contracting street thugs
19Tero Aalto13.5132
20Tiago Brum03.5126
21Jani Malmi03.5120
22Juha Nyholm03126Potence, Grapple, etc
23Katja Jauhiainen02114Lasombra/Kiasyd stealth+bleed
24Jukka Pasanen02100Night Moves Propaganda
25Antti Knuuttila0290Carna toolbox
26Jere Laatunen01.5112Stick Ventrue
27Tommi Hakomaa01.5108
28Juho Saari01.5102
28Samuel Mäenpää01.5102
28Lauri Salmi01.5102Khurshid Legionnaires
31Teemu Pulkkinen01.596
31Henrik Klippström01.596
31Noora Hirvonen01.596
34Kalle Blomgren01.584
35Marko Oja01102Daughters vote/bleed
35Nicolas Verhille01102Kiasyd Nocturn & Gremlins
37Marko Lindroos0196
38Pasi Karjalainen0194Preston S&B
39Petrus Makkonen0190
40Juho Vuorikoski0184Samedi
41Karri Malm0172Ventrue grinder
42Aapo Järvelin00.584Capuchin + Gerald toolbox
42Janne Kilpi00.584
42Zack Holmgren00.584
42Michael Holmström00.584
42Tatu Rajala00.584Tzimisce wall
47Juhani Puska00.578
47Thiago Cavalcanti00.578
49Niina Lindroos0078
49Jaakko Nurro0078We do not bleed
51Emma Takkunen0072Mithras
52Mika Nurmikolu0066
52Mikko Moisander0066Ventrue/!Ventrue anti-vote
52Juha Laukkanen0066Anarch Gangrel
55Simo Tiippana0060


Tournament Winner (Martin Weinmayer)
Deck Name: Stanislava

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=8 max=11 avg=9.857143)
1x Etrius                        11 pro AUS DOM OBF THA      Tremere:2
1x Genevieve                     10 aus dom ANI FOR PRO      Gangrel antitribu:2
1x Hartmut Stover                10 dom for CEL OBF PRO      Gangrel antitribu:3
3x Ingrid Rossler                9 dom ANI FOR PRO          Gangrel:2
1x Mark Decker                   8 ani for obf pot CEL PRO  Gangrel:3
4x Stanislava                    11 ANI CEL DOM FOR PRO      Gangrel:2
1x Xaviar (ADV)                  10 aus cel pot ABO ANI FOR PRO Gangrel:3

Library: 82 cards

Master (20 cards)
1x Giant's Blood
1x Information Highway
2x Monastery of Shadows
2x Papillon
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion
2x Backways
7x Villein
3x Dreams of the Sphinx

Action (8 cards)
8x Govern the Unaligned

Action Modifier (17 cards)
2x Enkil Cog
4x Forced March
4x Instantaneous Transformation
2x Conditioning
5x Earth Control

Action Modifier/Combat (3 cards)
3x Rapid Change

Political Action (14 cards)
2x Anarchist Uprising
1x Ancient Influence
2x Ancilla Empowerment
5x Parity Shift
1x Political Stranglehold
1x Reins of Power
2x Banishment

Combat (11 cards)
7x Form of Mist
4x Earth Meld

Reaction (9 cards)
2x Sense the Savage Way
7x Deflection

Other Finalists

Jonas Ståhle
Deck Name: GP 2019 Helsinki (2nd place): For grinders - With the times
Author: Jonas Ståhle
GP 2019 Ropecon
Helsinki, Finland
2GW 8VP + 0VP

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=3 max=8 avg=6.25)
 3x  Aimery Methuin     7  ani pot AUS DOM FOR  !Ventrue:5
 2x  Bulscu ADV         8  pot pre AUS DOM FOR  Ventrue:5
 1x  Esoara             5  aus for pot DOM      !Tremere:4
 1x  Jefferson Foster   6  for tha AUS DOM      !Ventrue:4
 1x  Jephta Hester      5  aus DOM FOR          !Ventrue:4
 1x  Mariel St. John    6  dom pro AUS FOR      !Ventrue:4
 1x  Neighbor John      5  dom for AUS          !Ventrue:4
 1x  Polly Kay Fisher   8  for pot AUS DOM THA  !Ventrue:4
 1x  Ulrike Rothbart    3  dom for              !Ventrue:4

Library (75 cards)
Master (9)
 1x Anarch Troublemaker
 2x Blood Doll
 1x Corporate Hunting Ground
 1x Dreams of the Sphinx
 2x Misdirection
 1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
 1x Vox Domini

Action (15)
 2x Abbot
 1x Force of Will
12x Govern the Unaligned

Action Modifier (16)
 2x Bonding
 4x Conditioning
 3x Daring the Dawn
 2x Foreshadowing Destruction
 2x Seduction
 3x Tangle Atropos' Hand

Reaction (19)
 3x Deflection
 1x Delaying Tactics
 1x Enhanced Senses
 4x Eyes of Argus
 2x My Enemy's Enemy
 3x On the Qui Vive
 1x Redirection
 4x Telepathic Misdirection

Combat (16)
 1x Disarm
 4x Hidden Strength
 1x Lessons in the Steel
 1x Resilience
 1x Rolling with the Punches
 3x Soak
 1x Superior Mettle
 4x Weighted Walking Stick

Antti Penttilä
Deck Name: Girls are revolting - 2019 v.1
Author: Antti Penttilä

Crypt (13 cards; Capacity min=1 max=9 avg=5.)
5x Anarch Convert                1 -none-                   Caitiff:ANY
3x Nana Buruku                   8 ANI POT PRE              Guruhi:4
1x Petra                         5 aus ANI OBF              Nosferatu:4
1x Stick                         3 ANI                      Nosferatu antitribu:4
1x Beetleman                     4 obf ANI                  Nosferatu:4
2x Aksinya Daclau                9 cel tha ANI FOR PRE PRO  Gangrel antitribu:4

Library: 83 cards

Master (37 cards)
1x Fame
9x Anarch Revolt
1x Giant's Blood
3x Libertas
3x Liquidation
1x Metro Underground
2x Parthenon, The
9x Ashur Tablets
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
4x Villein
1x Club Illusion
2x Direct Intervention

Action (11 cards)
2x Entrancement
9x Deep Song

Combat (29 cards)
3x Target Vitals
4x Taste of Vitae
2x Terror Frenzy
11x Aid from Bats
1x Canine Horde
8x Carrion Crows

Ally (1 cards)
1x Underbridge Stray

Reaction (4 cards)
3x Guard Dogs
1x Lost in Translation

Event (1 cards)
1x Narrow Minds

Otso Saariluoma
Deck Name: Gunson
Author: Otso

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=3 max=10 avg=6.83)
 1x  Anneke                     10  dom AUS CEL PRE  Toreador:1
 4x  Anson                       8  aus dom CEL PRE  Toreador:1
 1x  Constanza Vinti             8  CEL DOM POT      Brujah:2
 1x  Dónal O'Connor              8  CEL DOM POT      Brujah:2
 1x  Jimmy Dunn                  4  for CEL POT      Pander:2
 1x  Marcellus                   8  pro AUS CEL      Toreador:2
 1x  Sarah Brando                3  CEL              !Brujah:2
 1x  Victor Tolliver             4  pot CEL          !Brujah:2
 1x  Volker, The Puppet Prince   5  pot CEL          Brujah:2

Library (83 cards)
Master (26)
 9x Ashur Tablets
 1x Direct Intervention
 1x Dreams of the Sphinx
 1x Fame
 1x Giant's Blood
 3x Haven Uncovered
 1x Papillon
 1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
 1x Powerbase: Montreal
 1x Tension in the Ranks
 5x Villein
 1x Wider View

Event (1)
 1x Dragonbound

Action (4)
 4x Bum's Rush

Political Action (2)
 2x Parity Shift

Equipment (7)
 7x .44 Magnum

Reaction (10)
 2x Deflection
 8x Second Tradition: Domain

Combat (32)
 2x Blur
 7x Concealed Weapon
 7x Infernal Pursuit
 6x Psyche!
 5x Pursuit
 1x Side Strike
 4x Taste of Vitae

Combo (1)
 1x Resist Earth's Grasp

Magnus Söder
Deck Name: Laibon is lajbans.
Author: Ober
Description: A breed and boon deck based on similar decks from the
past, but built around the change to Embrace as the now inherite the
sect of the vampire who made them. Lajbans is a swedish word for fun.

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=2 max=5 avg=3.5)
1x Ghivran Dalaal, The Dead God  5 ani aus chi FOR          Ravnos:2
1x Andrei Puxon                  5 ani cel chi for          Ravnos:2
1x Anka, Priestess of Thorns     4 ani chi pro              Ravnos:2
1x Khalil Ravana                 5 ani for pre CHI          Ravnos:2
1x Lazar Dobrescu                3 for                      Ravnos:2
1x Salbatore Bokkengro           4 for pro CHI              Ravnos:2
1x Sasha Miklos                  2 chi                      Ravnos:2
1x Sennuwy, The Promoter         4 ani chi for              Ravnos:2
1x Spleen, Georgio Gutterpunk    2 ani chi                  Ravnos:2
1x Tsigane                       3 aus chi                  Ravnos:2
1x Vedel Esbreno                 3 chi for                  Ravnos:2
1x Zip                           2 ani                      Ravnos:3

Library: 78 cards

Master (14 cards)
1x Gird Minions
1x Life Boon
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion
6x Ravnos Carnival
2x Week of Nightmares
2x Dreams of the Sphinx - Should be 1 less

Action (35 cards)
22x Embrace, The
2x Aranthebes, The Immortal
11x Mozambique Allure

Action Modifier (7 cards)
3x Change of Target
1x Cryptic Rider - Never played it. Will probably be cut.
3x Daring the Dawn

Action Modifier/Reaction (9 cards)
9x Eldest Are Kholo, The - Could use 1 more.

Political Action (9 cards)
1x Autarkis Persecution - Key vs Delaying.
8x Consanguineous Boon

Equipment (2 cards)
2x Heart of Nizchetus

Event (2 cards)
2x Uncoiling, The
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27 Aug 2019 13:08 #96584 by BlueSadDoll
Thank you for the report. Looks like a wonderful event that's well organized from the beginning till the end. Makes me planning for a visit next year :)
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27 Aug 2019 14:47 #96589 by extrala
Thanks for the very nice report. I just finished watching the RopeCon final on YouTube (before seeing this post actually). I really enjoyed watching the recording. Nice to have this kind of sports commentary in the background.
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28 Aug 2019 21:43 - 28 Aug 2019 21:45 #96620 by Lönkka

The video production this year was elaborate and quite hightech, thanks to the (awesome!) folks at Starbacon and general tireless organizing by Janne Lönnqvist (including video narration for the whole day).

Again I didn't do the narration alone.
Although I had planned to do so.

However Inferior Ari just happened to drop by in the beginning to say "hi" and he got shanghaied to be the co-host and apparently he liked it so much he'll return next year.

So many thanks to Ari too!
And Ropecon for providing the infrastructure.

See you all next year at the European Championships in Ropecon.
We're going to stream the WHOLE THREE DAYS!

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30 Aug 2019 05:39 - 30 Aug 2019 05:40 #96645 by elotar
We need to have more visibility for this amazing video!

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30 Aug 2019 09:18 #96651 by Lönkka
Why, many thanks!

All the thanks should go to the AMAZING technical staff!
And Ropecon for providing the gear.

We just come over to the already setup table and aimlessly start blabbing about the game we love.

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