Challenge noun:
A call to take part in a contest. A task that tests one's ability.

Fortnight noun:
A chiefly British term that means a period of two weeks.

Current Challenge

Card FileThe Details
Coordinator:  Arakis (formerly CSquared (Pronounced "see-skwayrd"), a non-GM staff member of Alteil)
Begins: Approximately 12:00 noon EST Mondays
Ends: Precisely 12:00 noon EST Monday, two weeks later

The History
This is a regular mini-event that began as the brainchild of CSquared due to assertations in the Alteil forums that the Rapidshot Magic Archer was a worthless card (at the time, RMA only did 50% of her AT to two targets). Being the self-appointed "patron saint" of all hidden-gem cards deemed worthless, CSquared took it upon himself to prove that it just wasn't so. After successfully proving his point (and scaring a veteran Iczer or two), he then challenged others to do the same, thus sparking a regular GM-sanctioned event to get people's creative juices flowing.  After an extended hiatus, the contest was adopted by GM Arakis, who now alternates it with his Arakis' Quest contest.

The Rules
The Challenge of the Fortnight occurs on a regular basis, giving Iczers two weeks to come up with File ideas for a particular card. At least one week is then taken for judging, with the results being posted the week following the end of the submission period. Unless otherwise stated, the challenge card is always to be used in the body of the File, not as a Soul Card. At any point during the two weeks, Iczers may formulate, test, and submit their File. E-mail your submission to:

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Be sure your entry includes the following:

1) Your Iczer name
2) Your File's name
3) A full card list that also includes the Soul Cards
4) A description of how the strategy works 

If you have access to premium features, you may also submit a REPLAY URL of your entry in play.  This can help illustrate the intended strategy, but doing this is completely optional on your part. 

Files will be judged by a panel of Alteil staff members on the basis of:

1) Innovation (Using card combinations never previously thought of before)
2) Strategy (How effective the Iczer is at utilizing higher-level tactics)
3) Effectiveness (How competitive the File is)

Note 1) The above is the order of priority, and innovation will always trump effectiveness. The innovation should also directly involve the card in question. The point is to find things that others may never have considered, not to create the newest top dog in the Folrart arena (though the winning File may have a great impact on that particular area, naturally).

Note 2) You do NOT need to own all the cards to participate, theory is welcome, although you will not be eligible for the bonus prize. You can also ask other Iczers to test certain combos out for you if you don't have the cards.

Note 3) Only one entry will be accepted per player.  This includes alternate accounts, so you can't get around this rule by submitting additional entries using an alt.

Note 4) In the event that any new cards are released during a submission period, those new cards will not be eligible for inclusion in your entry.  Only the cards that had already been released when the submission period began may be used in any given Fortnight.

The Prizes
1. 20 Point Cards for 1st place

2. 5 Point Cards each for 2nd through 5th place

3. 2 Point Cards each for 6th through 10th place 

Bonus Prize
The 1st place winner also gets 150 gran if the File in question has more than five wins (Be sure not to change the File once you have achieved 5 wins so that it can be verified.)

Past Challenges


Past Challenge Results