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Ropecon 2008 ECQ

The annual Ropecon VTES tournament on August 8th was also an EC qualifier this year. We had a grand total of 83 players, which is a step down from last year's 88 but still a hell of a lot of people.

Things went very smoothly this year. We were back in the main hall area, so there was (more or less) enough oxygen for everyone though it was crowded, as always. Due to the high number of pre-registrations there was extremely little hassle at startup time, and I mananged to get all the tables going at around 6:15pm, nicely on schedule. A big thanks to all the players, once again, for making this a very pleasant tournament to run. There was the usual bunch of rules questions, but nothing came up that totally stumped me – of course, having the complete rulings set and list of current card texts available on the laptop helps more than a bit.

As usual, the variety in decks was huge, and I can't claim to have any sort of overview on what people played this year; I saw all kinds of decks while observing the table play. I don't remember seeing too many Anarch decks with the new cards, I guess that tech is still so new that people aren't familiar enough with it to try it out in a big tournament. Most of the decks in the finals were very fast decks, for what it's worth.

The tournament win this year went to Lasse Pöyry, playing a fairly traditional (but very efficient) Lasombra bleed machine. Unlike last year's Great Lasombra Fest, Lasse's deck was the only Lasombra one in the finals. The finals were fun to watch, with the first six rounds going very fast and people dropping left and right… and then Kari and Lasse settling down for a Nephandi vs Lasombra war of attrition. The final round ended in a draw, Lasse took tournament win due to higher preliminary scoring.

21 players received EC qualifications and also a spiffy ECQ t-shirt (thanks to White Wolf), and also thanks to WW we had a nice pile of boosters and some other stuff for the finalists (Fantasiapelit also donated some gift certificates, thanks in that direction also). Everyone in the tournament got a nice pile of promo cards, and in general I got the feeling people were pretty happy with everything.

We had quite a few “oldtimers” returning to the game, and Juho Linna made it to the finals even though he hasn't played much at all for 3-4 years (as far as I know). We also had one of our first international visitors, with Hugh Angseesing trying to lay down the U.K. smackdown on the Finns (with little success). He did get his revenge during the next day's draft tournament, though. :)

See below for full results, finalist deck lists, a transcript of the final round, and some more pictures.

– Petri “Orava” Wessman

Players and results

The first 21 players (shown in bold type below) got EC qualifications.

Rank Name Prelim GWs Prelim VPs Final VPs Deck/comment
1 Lasse Pöyry 2 8.5 2 Lasombra Capitalists
2 Kari Vieno 2 7 2 Nephandi Rules!
3 Juho Linna 2 8 1 Obfuscate + Dominate
4 Juhani Puska 3 12 0 Kill Fast or Die Fast
5 Antti Tirilä 2 8 0 Loss Bleed
6 Miika Karmitsa 2 6 “Let the Beast Man win”
7 Heikki Palomäki 1 8 “Madness of Authority”
8 Henri Ketonen 1 6.5 “Domppa”
9 Tuukka Kallas 1 6 “Violently Mad”
10 Timo Rekola 1 6 “Ventrue (something) and S/B”
11 Touko Kästämä 1 6 “Ninja School”
12 Kari Mäkinen 1 6
13 Peter Kaario 1 5.5 “same as last year”
14 Tomi Parkkonen 1 5.5
15 Juha Ivanoff 1 5
16 Niko Heinonen 1 5
17 Tommi Hakomaa 1 4.5
18 Seppo Lipponen 1 4.5
19 Tuomas Nyberg 1 4.5 “Malkavian FTW”
20 Arsi Järvinen 1 4
21 Jaakko Penttinen 1 4
22 Tuomas Vuokko 1 4
22 Are Vaskela 1 4
24 Juho Vuorikoski 1 4 “Suicide Kings v2.0”
24 Janne Kilpi 1 4 “Nosferatu vote”
26 Joni Huumonen 1 4
27 Ville Saaristo 1 3.5 “Pala leipää maksaa 5mk”
27 Lauri Salmi 1 3.5
29 Marko Lindroos 1 3.5
30 Otto Kukkasniemi 1 3 “Nephilim on paska bändi”
31 Yann Irissou 1 2.5
32 Janne Lönnqvist 1 2.5
33 Teemu Sainomaa 0 4
34 Taija Sainomaa 0 4
35 Jarkko Suvela 0 3.5 “Paskat Ishtrarrit ry”
36 Ari Lensu 0 3.5 “As We Die”
37 Jari Mäkikyrö 0 2.5
38 Toni Karjalainen 0 2.5
39 Pasi Karjalainen 0 2.5
40 Otso Turunen 0 2
41 Kirmo Lassheikki 0 2
42 Johan Wahlström 0 2
43 Antti Horelli 0 2
43 Jaakko Liemola 0 2 “No Secrets from the Assamites”
45 Marko Saari 0 2
46 Sami Dadu 0 1.5 “Cripple Force”
46 Heikki Parviainen 0 1.5
46 Petteri Moisio 0 1.5
46 Kimmo Pekkola 0 1.5
46 Aleksi Nuora 0 1.5
46 Eemil Lagerspetz 0 1.5
46 Ville Kaijasaari 0 1.5
53 Harri Hakkarainen 0 1.5
54 Jouko Loijas 0 1
55 Petteri Teerikangas 0 1
56 Jussi Hattara 0 1 "Power of Jacko's Leathers"
56 Johannes Leppä 0 1
58 Mikko Moisander 0 1 “Aggravated Assamites”
59 Jussi Ranta 0 1
60 Mikko Hyvärinen 0 0.5
60 Lasse Gustafsson 0 0.5
62 Matti Palomäki 0 0.5 “Akvaarion lasi vääristää perspektiivin”
62 Henri Halonen 0 0.5 “The Vittupäät”
62 Mika Nurmikolu 0 0.5
62 Antero Hakala 0 0.5 “No! Is Elimelech!”
62 Mikko Inkinen 0 0.5 “Tai sit nolla”
62 Akseli Jalava 0 0.5
68 Jukka Lindström 0 0.5 “Tällä ei voiteta”
69 Otso Saariluoma 0 0.5
70 Oskari Rautiainen 0 0
71 Antti Iivari 0 0
72 Jari Vulli 0 0
73 Hugh Angseesing 0 0
73 Markus Inkeri 0 0
75 Raymond Mäkeläinen 0 0 “Vintage”
75 Arto Heinonen 0 0 “The 0 VP deck”
75 Niko Vanhatalo 0 0 “Triple A”
78 Ari-Pekka Alestalo 0 0
78 Aarni Suvitie 0 0
78 Tom Lindberg 0 0
78 Jukka Karvonen 0 0 “Hector Multifail”
82 Kalle Cederström 0 0
DQ Elias Maliniemi 0 1 “Kiasyd - TB”

(Elias Maliniemi has a “disqualified” flag because he left for the pub and didn't attend the last round of the game)

Decks

Below are deck lists for all the finalists.

Tournament Winner

Others

Final Round Transcript

This is a record of the final round, it does not include every little thing but should contain all the relevant bits.

The final round started at 1am. We agreed on the standard 2h time limit, since everyone felt that it should be enough to resolve things.

The players were (in seating order):

  1. Juhani Puska
  2. Antti Tirilä
  3. Kari Vieno
  4. Lasse Pöyry
  5. Juho Linna

Round 1

Juhani

  • play Info Highway
  • bring out Julius, Smudge

Antti

  • transfer

Kari:

  • play Dreams, use it to add pool to uncontrolled.
  • bring out Keith Moody

Lasse

  • transfer

Juho

  • transfer

Round 2

Juhani

  • Life in the City on Smudge
  • Smudge calls KRC for 3:1, passes
  • bring out Vasilis the Traitor of Don Cruez, Calebros the Martyr

Antti

  • bring out Hafsa, The Watcher

Kari

  • use Dreams to add pool to uncontrolled
  • Keith gets Nephandus
  • bring out Antonio d'Erlette

Lasse

  • bring out Henti Lavenant

Juho

  • bring out Christine Boscacci

Round 3

Juhani

  • Vasilis calls KRC 3:1, passes, adds Cryptic Rider
  • Smudge calls Praxis Amsterdam, passes automatically
  • Julius calls KRC 3:1, passes
  • Calebros bleeds for 1
  • pay 1 for new vampire

Antti

  • play Alamut
  • Hafsa steals Calebros' title, plays Marked Path on that

Kari

  • use Dreams for +2 hand size, Dreams burns
  • Blood Doll on Antonio
  • Keith gets Nephandus
  • bring out Nephandus (Antonio's special)

Lasse

  • Vessel on Henri, burn Kari's Doll
  • Henri Governs down
  • bring out Virginie, Prodigy

Juho

  • Christine bleeds with Scouting Mission + Bonding = bleed of 3
  • bring out Mariel, Lady Thunder

Round 4

Juhani

  • Vasilis bleeds for 1
  • Smudge calls KRC 3 to Antti, 1 to Kari, vote fails
  • Julius calls KRC, DI from Antti
  • Julius bleeds for 1
  • Calebros calls Disputerd Territory to steal Alamut, passes
  • bring out Volker, Puppet Prince

Antti

  • Hafsa plays Khabar: Glory
  • Hafsa bleeds for 2, blocked, stealth, gets bounced to Lasse, gets bounced onwards to Juho, bleed ok

Kari

  • Blood Doll on Antonio
  • Nephandus plays Aranthebes
  • Nephandus Computer Hacks for 2, Virginie wakes and blocks, burns Nephandus with Entombment
  • Nephandus bleeds, gets +1 from Empowering the Puppet King, bleed of 2 ok
  • Keith bleeds, Henri blocks
  • Antonio hunts
  • bring out Nephandus (Antonio's special)

Lasse

  • Virginie Scouting Mission down
  • Henri does the same
  • bring out Andrew Emory, Banjoko

Juho

  • Christine bleeds with Scouting Mission, stealths, and adds Conditioning, bleed of 4
  • Mariel Governs down
  • bring out Didi Meyers

Round 5

Juhani

  • Life in the City on Vasilis
  • Julius bleeds for 1
  • Volker calls KRC with Closed Session, 3:1, gets Delaying Tactics from Kari
  • Volker bleeds for 1
  • Smudge bleeds for 1
  • Calebros bleeds for 1

Antti

  • no actions

Kari

  • Keith hunts
  • Antonio hunts
  • bring out Nephandus (Antonio's special)

Lasse

  • Banjoko bleeds with Threats, bleed of 3
  • Virginie bleeds with Bonding, bleed of 3
  • Henri hunts

Juho

  • Christina bleeds with Scouting Mission + Conditioning, bleed of 4
  • Didi bleeds, gets Mask of 1000 Faces from Mariel who continues the bleed with Conditioning and Command of the Beast. Total bleed is 5, which gets Archon Investigation from Juhani, Mariel burns.
  • Didi bleeds with Govern + Threats, bleed of 5. Juhani is ousted
  • bring out Gloria Giovanni

Round 6

Antti

  • Hafsa plays Hakim's Law: Leadership

Kari

  • Nephandus bleeds for 1
  • Nephandus bleeds with Leverage + Empowering the Puppet King, bleed of 3 is bounced to Juho, Gloria blocks
  • Nephandus bleeds for 1
  • Nephandus bleeds for 1, Banjoko wakes and blocks
  • Antonio hunts
  • Keith hunts
  • bring out Nephandus (Antonio's special)

Lasse

  • Banjoko plays Nocturn
  • Andrew plays Nocturn
  • Henri bleeds with Conditioning, bleed of 4
  • Banjoko bleeds with Govern + Threats, bleed of 5
  • Nocturn bleeds for 1, Juho is ousted
  • Andrew bleeds with Govern + Conditioning, bleed of 5
  • Nocturn bleeds for 1, Antti is ousted
  • Virginie plays Nocturn
  • Virginie hunts
  • pay 1 for new vampire

Round 7

Kari

  • Pentex on Henri
  • Nephandus bleeds, Nocturn blocks
  • Nephandus bleeds for 1
  • Nephandus bleeds with Puppet King, bleed of 2
  • Nephandus bleeds for 1
  • Antonio bleeds with Conditioning, bleed of 3
  • bring out Nephandus (Antonio's special)

Lasse

  • Andrew removes Pentex (using stealth)
  • Banjoko plays Nocturn
  • Henri Scounting Missions down
  • Virginie Scounting Missions down
  • bring out Dame Hollerton

Round 8

Kari

  • Life in the City on Antonio
  • play Jake Washington
  • Keith hunts
  • Antonio hunts

Lasse

  • Capitalist on Henri, gets Washed
  • (empty) Andrew hunts, Nephandus blocks (Aranthebes), dodge + dodge, Andrew still ready
  • Dame bleeds, Jake blocks and burns
  • Henri bleeds with Govern, Keith wakes and blocks, stealth, bleed of 3
  • Virginie hunts
  • Banjoko hunts

Round 9

Kari

  • Blood Doll on Keith
  • Nephandus gets Flash Grenade
  • Nephandus gets Flash Grenade
  • Nephandus gets Flash Grenade
  • Antonio hunts
  • Keith hunts

Lasse

  • play Elysian Fields
  • Andrew hunts, Nephandus blocks (Aranthebes), stealth, hunt ok
  • Dame bleeds, Nephandus blocks, concealed Flash Grenade, Dame dodges, Nephandus uses FG
  • Virginie bleeds, Nephandus blocks, concealed Flash Grenade, Virginie dodges
  • Banjoko bleeds for 1
  • Henri bleeds for 2 with Scouting Mission

Round 10

Kari

  • play Dreams
  • Nephandus bleeds with Puppet King for 2
  • Keith hunts
  • Nephandus bleeds for 1
  • Nephandus bleeds, Dame wakes and burns Nephandus with Entombment

Lasse

  • Vessel on Dame, gets Washed
  • Capitalist on Henri
  • Henri bleeds, gets stealth, Nephandus blocks (Aranthebes), Henri plays Entombment, Nephandus uses FG
  • Virginie bleeds, gets stealth, bleed for 2
  • Banjoko bleeds for 2 with Bonding
  • Andrew hunts

Round 11

Kari

  • Life in the City on Antonio
  • play University Hunting Ground
  • Keith hunts
  • Nephandus bleeds, Henri wakes and blocks, Henri goes to torpor
  • Nephandus burns Henri
  • Nephandus bleeds, Virginie wakes and blocks, Virginie goes to torpor
  • Nephandus bleeds for 1
  • Antonio bleeds, Dame blocks, concealed Flash Grenade, Antonio strikes with it
  • play Unmasking

Lasse

  • play Political Hunting Ground
  • Banjoko bleeds, Nephandus blocks, stealth, Aranthebes, blocked. Banjoko dodges, Nephandus uses FG.
  • Andrew plays Nocturn
  • Andrew bleeds with Govern, Nephandus wakes (On the QV) and blocks

Round 12

Kari

  • Nephandus bleeds for 1
  • Nephandus bleeds for 1
  • play FBI Special Affairs Division

Lasse

  • play Path of Night
  • Dame plays Nocturn, Nephandus blocks and plays concealed FG
  • Banjoko bleeds with Bonding and uses Elysian Fields, Nephandus blocks (Aranthebes)
  • Andrew bleeds, Nephandus wakes and blocks, Andrew goes to torpor

Round 13

Kari

  • Nephandus bleeds for 1
  • Nephandus Computer Hacks for 2, Lasse is ousted

Game ends at 2:29am, having taken 1:29 of game time. The final result is a draw between Lasse and Kari, but Lasse goes on to win the tournament due to higher preliminary round results.

Pictures

Some pics from the tournament, by Marko Saari. If anyone has pics of the final round and/or of the finalists, let me know.

Photos by Jussi Hattara @Facebook

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