One day, it was decided that Alteil needed a new event. The Challenge of the Fortnight had proven to be a popular way of getting Iczers to think creatively, so why not add another? Thus was born Across the Spectrum, which focuses on the concept of constructing card files that utilize multiple spheres of influence.

The Details
Coordinator: Arakis
Begins: Approximately 12:00 PM EST Monday Mornings
Ends: Precisely 12:00 PM EST Monday Mornings two weeks later

 Please note: Across the Spectrum is not currently active. 

The basic idea of Across the Spectrum is to take two or more sphere colors, and construct a competitive card file using a synergistic combination of cards from said colors. Soul card colors aren't necessarily important, so the soul cards you use came be from any sphere, but try to keep soul skills in mind when considering synergy. For each installment of the contest, either a two-color combination will be specified when it starts, or otherwise contestants can use any combination they like. Inserting a third and/ or fourth color in your card file is always allowed, but it should really only be done for a good reason that enhances its functionality. Iczers are encouraged to think beyond simply splashing a low-level card or two from color A into a predominantly color B deck. It's not necessary to own every card that's in the deck you design--theoretical card files are welcome. Once you have everything together, email your entry to:

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Be sure to include the following:

  1. Your Iczer name
  2. Your File's name
  3. A full card list that also includes the Soul Cards (in order)
  4. A description of how the strategy works, including opening sequences, if applicable



Files will be judged on the basis of:

  1. Synergy - What is it about this multi-color combo that makes it click so well?
  2. Effectiveness - Is it a viable deck when played in an official arena?

When judging occurs, the first aspect that is examined is synergy. If your file manages to utilize a multi-color strategy that stands out from the pack and unlock the potential of the cards involved, there's a good chance it will be noticed enough to become one of the finalists. But don't forget about effectiveness. It's best to strike a balance between that and synergy, as a card file that embodies multi-sphere synergy well, and also plays effectively, will stand a strong chance of winning first place. Generally, entries are narrowed down to six (or slightly more) finalists based primarily on which appear to have the best synergy. These finalists are then tested in the training arena during judging week to determine their effectiveness. Once testing is complete, the file that is judged to best satisfy the contest criteria will be declared the winner.

It's recommended that before entering, you review past winners of Across the Spectrum. As time goes by and sphere combinations are revisited, the chance of conceptual repetition will increase. In order to make your entry stand out better, try to avoid duplicating a synergy/strategy that was already used by a previous winner. But if you do want to reuse an idea, try to include enough changes and/or improvements that it can stand as its own concept. Please note that this restriction applies primarily to previous first place winners, and less so to runners up.

In the event that a new set of cards is released during an Across the Spectrum submission period, Iczers who already submitted during that period will be allowed to resubmit an entry that incorporates the new cards if they wish to do so.

The Prizes

  1. 20 Point Cards for 1st place
  2. 2 Point Cards each for 5 runners up.



Across the Spectrum events will be announced on Mondays, and will last for two weeks. Then there will be 1 week for judging, and the winner will be announced. After that there will be at least a one week break before the next contest. Therefore, Across the Spectrum will be held slightly less often then Challenge of the Fortnight, but has slightly higher prizes.

 


Past Challenges

 


Past Challenge Results

 

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