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Pojo's Yu-Gi-Oh Card of the Day

Ante
Rare

Each Player selects 1 card from his/her hand, then sees the Level Stars of the selected cards. The card with more Level Stars than the other returns to the hand of the player who selected it. The player who selected the card with fewer Level Stars takes 1000 Life Points damage and sends the card he/she selected to the Graveyard. Selected cards that are not Monster Cards are treated as Level 0. If both players chose cards with equal Level Stars, return both cards to the hands of the players who selected them.

Type - Normal Spell
Card Number
- MFC-034

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being 
the worst.  3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating

Date Reviewed - 9.20.04

Tranorix Ante

Ante is definitely one of the more underlooked cards in this game. I don't believe I've ever seen it used in a deck, which is really a shame; it has potential. The best case scenario with Ante is that you and your opponent each lose one card, but he loses 1000 LP; basically, it's a nice amount of Burn for which you don't sacrifice card advantage.

You also potentially get rid of something your opponent doesn't want to get rid of. That could, of course, backfire; but it may not, in which case Ante will not only have dealt damage to your opponent's LP but will also have damaged his hand. I wouldn't use it outside of a Burn deck, however. Lava Golem will usually be higher-leveled than anything in your opponent's hand, so it works very well with Ante. Ante also one of the few cards that makes Gate Guardian useful, with his currently being the highest-level monster in the TCG.

I'd be very interested to see a successful Burn deck built around Ante and might even try it sometime in the near future. Nice cardÖnothing spectacular, but the potential is there. Even now it might have uses, since the Chaos duo and DMoC are fairly high in level themselves.

Typical tournament deck: 2.5/5
Lava Golem Burn deck: 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3/5 
ExMinion OfDarkness Monday:
Ante

This card is a running joke around my area for two reasons -- one, that ante is the term we used when we bet cards against each other, and two because we ante the Ante card if we have it just for fun.

If your opponent has an all-spell hand or you have a high-level monster, this is a free discard from their hand and burn damage. It can backfire, but it can pay off. If you're ABSOLUTELY SURE you have a higher level monster than they do (BLS/CED, anyone?) multiple Ante can wreak havoc on a hand in a Burn deck. Could this be burn's possible control element?

Unless it's a Lava Golem burn, I'd say no. It does have potential there though.

Traditional Format: 2/5
Advanced Format: 3/5 
JAELOVE

Monday: Ante

Rated For: High Level Monster Decks, Lava Golem Burn Decks

This week brings a rather eclectic mixture of useful cards for review; the first is Ante, a completely overlooked rare from Magicianís Force. Itís a decent card in certain situations, and definitely well worth examining (for the first time I might add).

Itís best use is in a deck featuring high level monsters such as Lava Golem; then, you can basically be assured of winning the exchange, removing one of your opponentís monsters, and dealing 1000 life points of damage.

By using pre-negators and such with him, your opponent will literally be scared to ďanteĒ up his good cards, and you can often win the exchange outright with any monster! On to the review!

Advantage: The cost is one card to deal a potential 1000 life points of damage and take away one of your opponentís cards. Thus, the basic advantage is 1000 life points (assuming youíve built a proper Ante deck). However, you also gain the psychological bonus of taking down any of their good cards (they might be scared to wager game-breakers such as Raigeki). This card can definitely come in handy some of the time, but itís effect is too spotty to be completely reliable.               5/10.

Best Draw for the Situation: Ideally, youíll either want to strip the opponentís hand or have one of your high level monsters in hand. Since a typical deck will (hopefully) run 2-3 big monsters, you donít necessarily have a good chance of winning the ante. Itíll take skillful use of the card, mixed with psychological bluffs to win with this one. Itís definitely a chancy draw.                           5/10.

Attributes/Effect: This card is one of a kind, of course, kind of like an Exchange with an added element of random chance and 1000 life points of damage. You donít gain card advantage with this card, however, and its effect isnít overpowering.     5/10.

Dependability: Unfortunately, Ante is a card that depends heavily on the supporting cast around it. Youíre not going to be able to rely on it, on its own, to change the tide of the duel for you. What it boils down to is that this card isnít very great; itís merely average and highly situational.                                                                 2/10.

The Bottom Line: Itís been (arguably) rightfully overlooked.

A BAD Score:            17/40=                                     43/100

Cards it functions well with: Lava Golem, Dark Magician of Chaos, Blue Eyes White Dragon, Confiscation, The Forceful Sentry, Delinquent Duo, Exchange, D.D Designator, Trap Dustshoot.

 

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