Rated For: High Level Monster Decks, Lava Golem Burn
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
The Bottom Line:
Itís been (arguably) rightfully
A BAD Score:
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.