[Suggestion] Tournment side deck and deck list.
When the Multi-Judge are in use, this could help one of the judges to know about the other players deck or make it "impossible" because the judges tend to finish the game and help at another table.
Some players talked about a open deck list of the finalists but this would help TOO MUCH
Maybe the final round could be with a open deck list including a side deck, maybe 20 cards that could be changed to the final round.
The final deck can have anything from the original deck plus side deck, making the real deck impossible to know but the generic idea possible ( in most cases ).
August 16th 2015
-- 4vp in final
Deck Name: Malk Trollbox
Description: Use the crosstable to block with babble, radios and starshell, bleed when possible, defend from the predator.
Crypt (12 cards, min=19, max=30, avg=6.25)
3x - Group: 2 - Korah - - priscus
3x - Group: 2 - Dolphin Black - -
2x - Group: 3 - Rodolfo - - bishop
1x - Group: 2 - Kite - - bishop
1x - Group: 2 - Artemis - -
1x - Group: 3 - Uncle George - -
1x - Group: 2 - Boy Toy - -
1 Dreams of the Sphinx
1 Pentex(TM) Subversion
2 Direct Intervention
1 WMRH Talk Radio
1 KRCG News Radio
1 Blood Doll
1 Institution Hunting Ground
6 Kindred Spirits
3 Under Siege
Action Modifier (6)
6 Eyes of Chaos
5 Eyes of Argus
4 On the Qui Vive
5 Telepathic Misdirection
1 Eagle's Sight
5 Disguised Weapon
1 No Trace
1 Carlton Van Wyk (Hunter)
1 Neighborhood Watch Commander (Hunter)
4 Starshell Grenade Launcher
2 Sniper Rifle
1 Ivory Bow
1 Bowl of Convergence
1 Gran Madre di Dio, Italy
6 Random Patterns
11 Swallowed by the Night
1 Not to be
Action Modifier (2)
2 Lost in the Crowds
4 Eagle's Sight
1 Disguised Weapon
3 No Trace
2 Sniper Rifle
2 Swallowed by the Night
Archbishop of Itaocara
Prince ID #510
You still won't be able to tell 'when' they have the trick in hand, and so will either play around it or decide not to.
It requires quite a bit of memory to realistically memorize deck lists in the heat of the moment.
These have been through already in, as far as I know, MtG (I don't know the game myself) and A:NR (played in personally), and most likely a myriad of other competitive games. A:NR tried to keep the deck lists closed until the very end, where not using open lists for top8 could just not hold water anymore. And, I mean, that is a game where bluffing is practically built into the core design.
I'm not a huge advocate of open lists for finalists, but there are definitely a strong case for it, and people's knee-jerk reaction is often just to dismiss it because the change seems bigger than it realistically would be in practice.
That all being said, other options could be just as valid as well, and having a side-board for the finals is one very good option. It could spark a lot of healthy changes in the meta for sure. The issue is that people would still write up deck lists, would need to come more prepared and couldn't just show up with their deck at a whim as easily, and that the preparation of finals could take considerably more time. This is all jumping into assumptions of course.
tl;dr your idea is valid, but not inherently better than just having open lists to take a peek at before the finals - a proposition that undoubtedly scares people more than it realistically should.
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You could include so many effective (well, at least relatively) silver bullets in it without having to worry about playing the preliminary rounds with a deck that was burdened by them.
Some decks might be so brutally destroyed by some cards that would not be included in a normal deck. Ever.
Also the hassle of 5 people studying each's others decklists and then including cards from the side deck as well as removing cards from their actual deck.
Nice idea, but please just no!