Ante in Tournaments

Discussion in 'CPA Voting Forum' started by Spiderman, May 1, 2000.

  1. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

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    Arhar's article got me thinking:

    Should ante be brought back in Constructed play? With additional rules like must be traded back at fair value or something...

    I'll say sure off the bat since I don't really play :) and I have no idea how broken an ante card can be :) and since you have a chance to get your card back why not?
  2. Dune Echo CPA Founder, Idea Man

    Damn TAG GUARDS! I could get you if it wasn't for those.

    No, it would screw up Limited too bad. Imagine having to deal with a situation that can't exist, like exchanging ante cards or something? Also, it would make 40 card decks illegal and what if some had to use an ante card as their rare, wouldn't they feel gypted?
  3. Chaos Turtle Demiurgic CPA Member, Admin Assistant

    Uhm. I don't think it's a very good thing to do officially.
    But if you're doing a casual tournament, then as long as everyone's okay with it, sure.
  4. Mundungu grumpier than ever

    How could you force the guy to trade at a fair value ???

    And playing for Ante can be seen as playing for valuable items, which is probably to near to Gambling, especially with minors (under 18). To have to trade back would be equivalent as playing for money.

    I dont think Ante will ever come back.
    Ante is actually one of the reason I didnt start playing back in 93 (stupid me !!! I could have some real good stuff now) as I hate gambling ! (instead I bought some crappy cards from another CCG that I ended up never playing anyway) :eek:
  5. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

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    Okay, remember here I'm pretty much a devil's advocate here...

    Dune: I thought Limited already had ante. At least when I played Sealed it did... and I thought drafting too. Have the rules changed? If you lose your card, you merely put in one of your other cards to bring it back up to 40. I'm not sure what you mean about illegal situations by exchanging ante cards.

    Mundungu: Yeah, it'd be hard to enforce the trading rule. Ideally everyone would be nice about it. Probably need an "impartial" party (judges after the tourney or round?) at the minimum. However, since no issues that I'm aware of were raised back in '93 when the game came out about ante = gambling, that shouldn't be a concern. Unless you know of any...
  6. arhar Member

    Ante in tournaments? Hmmmm..... Sealed, Draft, yes, that's a very good idea. But constructed play? This would be a lot of fun in my opinion... but some of the ante cards are just too degenerate and have a potential to be abused. Imagine a deck whose sole purpose is to just to mess up the opponent's deck....

    4x Contract from Below
    4x Demonic Attorney
    4x Jeweled Bird
    4x Bronze Tablet


    Unfortunately, tournament play is all about winning at all cost. Imho, ante is only good in friendly games, hence the "trade back at fair value" rule.
  7. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

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    Well, seeing how a lot of tourney decks aim to win by the third turn, I doubt a deck based solely on the ante cards is really going to get going... I mean, an ante card is taking up a slot for another card that actually is a route to victory in the deck. Put too many ante cards in and you dilute the deck.
  8. Apollo Bird Boy

    Actually, Limited tournaments don't use ante. I'm not sure if they ever did, but I know they don't now.

    Hey Turtle, didn't you save Dune Echo up there? He had tag guard in the subject, but not at the top of the article.

  9. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

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    They must have changed it (it's been 2-3 years since my last tournament). When I played Sealed (Starter plus 2 or 3 boosters) we played for ante.

    And CT didn't save Dune; he put "Tag Guard" in his message right after his subject header (although it was in a sentence but I guess it counts).
  10. Lythand Veteran CPA Member

    Whats this TAG Game you all sem to be doing..I am just curious
  11. Y The Alien Deity

    Check out some old posts on here. If you don't put "Tag Guard" in your post, the other players try to "kill" you. No, it doesn't have a point.
  12. Lythand Veteran CPA Member

    So how do they kill you
  13. Apollo Bird Boy

    You just say that you killed them, usually in a bizarre manner such as "I scrub you with soap and water" or "I smack you with a tree trunk" or some other silly way. You had to join in the beginning, and now there's like 3 people left that never forget, so it could be a while before this is over.

  14. Istanbul Sucker MCs call me sire.

    Back to the topic...

    I would have to say no, under no condition. First, you'd get the player with a very liberal definition of 'fair'. "Oh, you need this Armageddon for your deck, pretty badly? I think six dollars is a fair value, then..." Then you'd get the guy who loses but only wants to trade utter crap. "The rules say you HAVE to trade it back to me. It's a Rishadan Port, worth about ten bucks. I'll trade you a Brand, two Karn's Touch, and two Pale Moon, worth about two bucks apiece."

    I stopped playing for ante a long time ago...and there's a reason. It just fosters bad blood.
  15. Y The Alien Deity

    There's enough talk about Magic already, we don't need to add some brutal beatings to a newbie by a vet who lost his Mox Ruby 'cause he got manascrewed. Who would EVER want to do that?
  16. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

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    Istanbul: Yeah, such rules would require a lot of thinking to be ironed out.

    On the other hand, you just play for ante period. Winner of the duel gets the card. I don't know if people will play, but at least with such unambiguous terms they know what they're getting into.
  17. Multani Treetrunk Guy

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    Off Topic: Sorry.
    Apollo, there is ABSOLUTELY nothing silly about
    smacking someone with a treetrunk.
    (Smacks Apollo on the head with a Redwood.)
    Ya see?! :D

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