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Ropecon 2010 Finnish ECQ, July 23

General

Tournament: Finnish 2010 ECQ
Date: Friday July 23rd, 2010
Place: Ropecon 2010 gaming convention, Dipoli, Espoo, Finland
Players: 93

As traditional, I ran a big VTES tournament at Ropecon this year. This year it was also the Finnish Qualifier for the European Championships in Paris (to be played in October).

Attendance was fantastic, we got a grand total of 93 players; I think that's the second-largest Ropecon VTES tournament ever. As usual most of the players were local – well, Finnish at least – but we had a nice mini-delegation of foreign players also attending: five Swedes, one Dane, and one guy from the States (via Hungary). Despite a brave attempt, this year's win didn't go to the Swedes, though it was close to going to that insidious “Ben” guy. Justice and the Finnish Way prevailed in the end, though. :)

We also had five totally new tournament players, which is always nice. Welcome, guys.

Besides attendance, I was very happy with how things went in general, too. We got started more or less on time, everyone who had pre-registered actually turned up, and many people helped out. Special thanks to Janne Lönnqvist, who helped with organizing prize support and also helped in setting up the tables before I got there.

Gamewise, it's hard to say much specific about this year; there were just so many games that forming a coherent picture was hard. I saw decks from all over the spectrum, from old-school G1/2 Malk bleed machines and Ventrue lawfirms to new-tech Laibon and Bloodlines decks. Quite a few decks went for a master-heavy style, often utilizing Cybele (and Otso's winning deck is also in this category). Villein was all over, and it was fun to see people start to use Sudden Reversal (instead of Wash) mainly to combat the endless cycles of Villein + something else. Ashur Tablets was quite popular, and as always, Dominate was a popular discipline… but that comes as no surprise.

This year's finalist decks were all bleedy/voty affairs, with lots of high-cap vampires (and Villeins :) in use. The final round was very interesting to watch; while some final rounds can stagnate into long bloat-filled affairs, here things kept happening all the time and for a while it was quite impossible to see who would win out. In the end, Otso's master card horror of a deck (which employs some very fun tech) won out – as Ben said after the tournament, his deck simply didn't have anything to reliably take it down (besides bleed like hell). It was fun to see Ben using a Kiasyd deck; he was staying over at our place and just the previous night we had sat on our patio and talked some VTES, and he noted that he wasn't sure if Kiasyds are quite tier1 due to lack of cross-table actions. We also talked about how silly-good Gremlins is. Well, tier1 or not, his Kiasyd affair (with lots of Gremlins) ended up being the next-to-last man standing in the final round.

Grats to all the finalists, and also to the other high-scorers. You did good.

I'd like to (again) thank all the players for keeping this a relaxed and sportsmanlike tournament, despite the size, and for having patience when things don't quite start up on time or there's some sort of mess somewhere. There is no way I could run a tournament of this size with argumentative or difficult players. So… thanks, guys. I'd also like to thank White Wolf and the Fantasiapelit game store for generous prize support; we had a full Anarchs factory set, a Sabbat War rare set, many boxes of boosters, and other stuff to give to the finalists… and of course, all the EC qualified players got a spiffy t-shirt. Everyone who attended also got a big pile of promos.

Was fun, see you next year (and/or in Paris).

-Petri “Orava” Wessman

Results

The bolded players received EC qualification for 2010.

Rank Name Prelim GWs Prelim VPs Final VPs Deck/comment
1 Otso Saariluoma 2 8 3 AD&D (Advanced Derange & Dementia)
2 Are Vaskela 3 10 Stolishnaja
2 Tuomas Vuokko 2 9 1 Rape the Honor
2 Pasi Karjalainen 2 7 Unnamed
2 Ben Peal 3 11 1 Kiasyd
6 Marko Saari 2 7 Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!
7 Kirmo Lassheikki 2 6.5
8 Heikki Parviainen 2 6.5
9 Erik Torstensson 2 5.5
10 Aleksi Kivilahti 1 7
11 Seppo Lipponen 1 7
12 Juri Juskevits 1 6
13 Tommi Ketonen 1 6 Twilight
14 Jyri Puhakka 1 5.5
15 Juho Vuorikoski 1 5 Maria Stone Werewolf
16 Michael Holmström 1 5
16 Elias Maliniemi 1 5
16 Ville Kaijasaari 1 5
19 Kari Mäkinen 1 5
20 Adam Esbjörnsson 1 4.5 Protean toolbox
21 Jarkko Suvela 1 4.5
22 Mika Nurmikolu 1 4 Boston Tea Party
23 Heikki Palomäki 1 4 Monarchy
24 Mika Uusi-Kilponen 1 4
25 Tommi Hakomaa 1 4 (.)(.)
26 Kari Vieno 1 4
27 Marko Lindroos 1 3.5
28 Taija Kanerva 1 3
28 Mikko Hyvärinen 1 3
28 Eemil Lagerspetz 1 3
31 Isak Bjämark Esbjörnsson 1 3 Kiasyd toolbox
32 Peter Kaario 1 3 EVVK
33 Tuukka Kallas 1 2.5
34 Hannu Kokkonen 1 2.5
35 Juha Järvensivu 0 5
36 Janne Lönnqvist 0 4.5
37 Akseli Jalava 0 4.5 Fuck My Life
38 Tomi Parkkonen 0 3.5
39 Jussi Hattara 0 3.5 Onks tikui?
40 Tom Lindberg 0 3
41 Kenneth Peltokangas 0 3
42 Samuel Mäenpää 0 3
42 Kimmo Pekkola 0 3
44 Antti Horelli 0 3
45 Antti Iivari 0 2.5
46 Matti Palomäki 0 2.5
46 Mikko Laine 0 2.5
48 Jussi Koskimäki 0 2.5
49 Teemu Sainomaa 0 2
50 Ville Saaristo 0 2
51 Matias Frosterus 0 2
52 Arto Heinonen 0 2
53 Aleksi Nuora 0 2
54 V-H Kilpiä 0 1.5 EuroBrujah
55 Esa-Matti Smolander 0 1.5
56 Anders Löf 0 1.5
57 Ari Lensu 0 1 Sixpounder
57 Kalle Cederström 0 1
57 Antero Hakala 0 1
60 Johannes Leppä 0 1
61 Santtu Oja 0 1
61 Timo Rekola 0 1 Minäpä vihaan Animalismia…
61 Antti Tirilä 0 1
61 Raymond Mäkeläinen 0 1 Lasombra 2000
65 Petrus Makkonen 0 1 White Halls of Heidelberg (Serenna & Malks)
65 Jukka Lindström 0 1 Votie
67 Jokke Mustonen 0 1
68 Jani Nokkanen 0 0.5
69 Tuomas Nyberg 0 0.5
69 Lasse Pöyry 0 0.5
69 Otso Turunen 0 0.5
69 Lauri Salmi 0 0.5
69 Sami Dadu 0 0.5 Mad Hand!
74 Jussi Ranta 0 0.5
74 Teemu Pulkkinen 0 0.5 Malkavian S+B
76 Markku Puska 0 0.5
77 Mikko Moisander 0 0 Teurastus rajalla
77 Johan Wahlström 0 0 Tzimisce / Toreador-AT
77 Ari-Pekka Alestalo 0 0 Vaeltajien seura Mk.II
80 Joonas Oja 0 0
81 Niko Heinonen 0 0
81 Juhani Puska 0 0
81 Tuukka Tervonen 0 0
81 Jesper Wøldiche 0 0 Chock full of Volker
81 Taija Sainomaa 0 0
81 Sami Nyyssölä 0 0 Kikka
87 Timo Snellman 0 0
87 Rami Hänninen 0 0 Nimby
87 Jari Mäkikyrö 0 0 Pariisiin!
87 Otto Kukkasniemi 0 0
91 Teuvo Lähteenmäki 0 0
91 Jere Suvanto 0 0 Who needs Dominate?
93 Miika Karmitsa 0 0

Decklists

Tournament Winner

Finalists

Final round transcript

This is based on my personal notes, scribbled down during the game. Some detail and (of course) all of the table talk is missing, and there may be mistakes here and there. Play started at 1:32 am.

The players were (in seating order):

  • Tuomas Vuokko
  • Pasi Karjalainen
  • Ben Peal
  • Are Vaskela
  • Otso Saariluoma

Round 1

Tuomas: Dreams of the Sphinx

Pasi: (just transfer)

Ben: Wider View

Are: (just transfer)

Otso: Wider View, Ashur Tablets

Round 2

Tuomas: (just use Dreams, transfer)

Pasi: (just transfer)

Ben: bring out Isanwayen

Are: (just transfer)

Otso: Heidelberg Castle

Round 3

Tuomas:

  • Monastery of Shadows
  • bring out Rafael de Corazon

Pauli:

  • bring out Unnamed

Ben:

  • Isanwayen recruits Nocturn
  • Isanwayen bleeds w/Bonding
  • Nocturn bleeds
  • bring out Dame Hollerton

Are:

  • bring out Ingrid Rossler

Otso:

  • bring out Unmada

Round 4

Tuomas:

  • Villein Rafael for 7
  • Rafael calls Honor the Elders, passes

Pasi:

  • Villein Unnamed, Suddened by Ben

Ben:

  • Isanwayen bleeds w/Gremlins + Bonding, bounced to Otso

Are:

  • Villein Ingrid, Suddened by Ben
  • Ingrid calls Ancient Influence, passes, Delaying Tactics from Ben

Otso:

  • Villein Unmada for 8
  • Ashur Tablets

Round 5

Tuomas:

  • Rafael calls Honor the Elders, passes
  • bring out Mistress Fanchon

Pasi:

  • Villein Unnamed for 6
  • Unnamed bleeds w/Social Charm, blocked by Dame Hollerton who goes

to torpor in combat

  • bring out Nergal

Ben:

  • Isanwayen recruits Nocturn
  • Isanwayen rescues Dame Hollerton
  • Dame Hollerton bleeds with Bonding
  • bring out The Arcadian

Are:

  • Golconda on Arcadian, Ben pays 2
  • Ingrid calls Parity Shift, DI from Otso
  • Ingrid bleeds with Govern, bounced to Tuomas, bounced to Pasi,

Nergal blocks and plays Majesty

Otso:

  • bring out Cybele

Round 6

Tuomas:

  • Villein Mistress Fanchon for 6
  • Rafael Mind Rapes Nergal (with stealth)
  • Mistress Fanchon bleeds for 3

Pasi:

  • (nothing)

Ben:

  • Dreams of the Sphinx
  • Arcadian plays Song of Pan, Unnamed tries to block but fails
  • Isanwayen bleeds w/Gremlins
  • Arcadian bleeds w/Govern + Bonding
  • Dame Hollerton bleeds w/Govern

Are:

  • Golconda on Arcadian, Ben accepts (gain 8 pool)
  • Ingrid calls Reins of Power, passes, Freak Drive

Otso:

  • Parthenon
  • Villein Cybele for 10
  • Giant's Blood on Cybele
  • Metro Underground
  • Cybele bleeds for 3, bounced to Pasi, Unnamed tries to block,

Tuomas uses his Monastery to add stealth, block fails

Round 7

Tuomas:

  • Mistress Fanchon bleeds for 3, Unnamed tries to block, (Mind

Raped) Nergal Veils the Legion paying 8 blood, block fails

  • Nergal bleeds (with Veiled +1 stealth), Pasi is ousted
  • Rafael bleeds for 3 (with Veiled +1 stealth), bounced to Are, no block

Ben:

  • Pentex on Mistress Fanchon
  • Isanwayen recruits Nocturn
  • Isanwayen bleeds w/Gremlins + Foreshadowing Destruction, FD is

DI'ed by Are but bleed is not blocked

  • Dame Hollerton bleeds w/Gremlins, stealth, Are ousted

Otso:

  • Villein on Cybele, Suddened by Ben
  • Ashur Tablets (activated)
  • Villein Cybele for 7
  • Cybele bleeds for 3
  • bring out Lutz
  • Anthelios

Round 8

Tuomas:

  • Information Highway
  • Rafel removes Pentex (with stealth from Monastery)
  • Mistress Fanchon Governs down
  • bring out Orlando
  • (Otso moves 2 blood from Lutz to Cybele via Heidelberg)

Ben:

  • Dame Hollerton bleeds w/Govern + Bonding, bounced to Tuomas,

bounced back to Otso, bounced back to Tuomas, no block

  • bring out Arcadian

Otso:

  • Ashur Tablets
  • Temptation of Greater Power on Orlando, Suddened by Ben
  • Pentex on Orlando
  • Cybele bleeds for 3
  • Lutz bleeds for 3, gains Enkil Cog
  • Unmada bleeds for 1
  • Scourge of the Enochians

Round 9

Tuomas:

  • Villein Orlando (for 6?)
  • Mistress Fanchon uses her special to fetch Banishment
  • Rafael calls Banishment on Cybele, passes, Voter Cap

Ben:

  • Dame Hollerton hunts
  • Isanwayen bleeds for 1

Otso:

  • Golconda on Rafael, Tuomas pays 2
  • Lutz bleeds for 4
  • Unmada bleeds for 1

Round 10

Tuomas:

  • Mistress Fanchon calls Honor the Elders, passes
  • Rafael bleeds w/Mind Rape, adds stealth, bounced to Otso who plays

Archon Investigation, Rafael burns

  • Lutz bleeds (using Enkil Cog), Tuomas is ousted

Ben:

  • Barrens
  • Arcadian recruits Nocturn
  • Arcadian bleeds w/Govern
  • Nocturn bleeds
  • Dame Honor bleeds
  • Isanwayen bleeds

Otso:

  • Villein Lutz for 9
  • Unmada calls Banishment on Isanwayen, Ben plays Delaying Tactics
  • Unmada Deranges Isanwayen
  • Lutz bleeds for 4 (with stealth)

Round 11

Ben:

  • Blood Doll on Isanwayen
  • Arcadian recruits Nocturn
  • Dame Hollerton bleeds w/Gremlins + Bonding
  • Isanwayen bleeds w/Gremlins + Bonding
  • Arcadian bleeds w/Govern
  • Lutz bleeds with Enkil Cog, succeeds after some intercept and

stealth

Otso:

  • Dreams of the Sphinx
  • Unmada Banishes Arcadian
  • Lutz bleeds, Ben is ousted

Final round ends at 2:47 am.

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