The Ultimate Card Game Tournament: Semi Finals (The Top 6)
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I've loved card games for as far back as I can remember. I used to play simple games with my sister, then I played a lot of cribbage with my mum (usually in the garden in the summer - a glorious memory), then lots of games (usually 'take that!' games like Oh Hell) with kids at school, moving on to more strategic games in college like Contract Whist (aka Nomination) and Great Dalmuti (aka Presidents and Arseholes). However it was only when I discovered Boardgamegeek that my eyes were opened to some amazing games like Coloretto, 6 Nimmt! and No Thanks.

Round 1 (106 Entrants):
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/20998

Round 2 (The Top 40):
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/21101

Round 3 (The Top 20):
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/21255

Round 4 (The Top 10):
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/21474

No doubt you'll be familiar with the format of this list, but I don't think its ever been done for card games. Hopefully this round will determine the 2 best card games ever - and we'll move on from there.

RULES:

1. Vote once for the better card game in each match-up
2. Vote by clicking on the Thumb for the game you want to win each match-up
3. Add a comment if you want, but note that comments will NOT count as votes

This round ends Tuesday, May 29th at 11:00 pm BGG time.

If you've been following these lists you'll see a pattern - I love the concept of Wild Cards! So when I came to set up the games for this round I couldn't help but throw in the top 2 'losers' from Round 4 as Wild Cards. This also gives us a bit more of an interesting contest than just having 4 games in it.

This Round the Wild Cards will play against each other and any winning Wild Card that scores more votes than a winning game in the main competition will knock that game out and replace it in the Final! This should ensure the best 2 games get through.

The games were seeded according to their results from Round 1. The Top 20 seeds (those that remain) have their seedings noted on this list.

In the last round, no Wild Card scored enough votes to displace one of the main competition entries. The two Wild Cards this turn are the highest scoring losers on the last list: Lost Cities (which was beaten by the only unseeded game still in the competition, The Spoils, which triumphed again using this list as an unofficial marketing campaign) and Poker, which only just beat Battle Line. Both got 41 votes in Round 3. Magic bows out as the 7th best card game with 40 votes. Battle Line drops out as the 8th best with 39 votes.

Apologies for the lateness of this list - being a new parent of 2 children is somewhat time consuming!

This list is now closed, THE FINAL is now open for voting:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/21936
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1. Board Game: The Spoils [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:3699] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
Board Game: The Spoils
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SEMI FINAL 1

The Spoils vs. San Juan

Unseeded.

Round 1: Highest Scoring Wild Card entry with 69 Votes
Unfortunately this was not enough to make the cut for the top 32, despite a lot of new users on Boardgamegeek....
Round 2: Entered as a Wild Card, d. Frank's Zoo 80-63
Then defeated Tichu 80-76 to enter the main competition.
Round 3: In a flurry of late votes, defeated Battle Line 93-80
Round 4: d. Lost Cities (the #1 seed!) 56-41


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2. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:280]
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SEMI FINAL 1

The Spoils vs. San Juan

#4 Seed

Round 1: d. Babel 151-41
Round 2: d. Werewolf 134-46
Round 3: d. No Thanks! 92-35
Round 4: d. Modern Art 43-21


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3. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:445]
Board Game: Bohnanza
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SEMI FINAL 2

Bohnanza vs. Citadels

#2 Seed

Round 1: d. Poker 163-111 in a clash of Titans!
Round 2: d. Sticheln 115-28
Round 3: d. Hearts 88-65
Round 4: d. Cribbage 42-31

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4. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:396]
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SEMI FINAL 2

Bohnanza vs. Citadels

#3 Seed

Round 1: d. Kuhangel 156-30
Round 2: d. Fairy Tale 108-44
Round 3: d. For Sale 83-57
Round 4: d. Magic the Gathering 46-40


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5. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:316]
Board Game: Lost Cities
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WILD CARD MATCH-UP

Lost Cities vs. Poker

#1 Seed

Round 1: d. Guillotine 192-63
Round 2: d. Schotten Totten 112-59
Round 3: d. Poker 88-80
Round 4: LOST to The Spoils 56-41

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6. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1004]
Board Game: Poker
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WILD CARD MATCH-UP, featuring the highest scoring losers from the last round:

Lost Cities vs. Poker

#17 Seed

Round 1: LOST to Bohnanza 163-111
Re-entered under Wild Card rules
Round 2: d. St. Petersburg 117-86
Round 3: LOST to Lost Cities 88-80
Re-entered under Wild Card rules
Round 4: d. Battle Line 41-39 in the Wild Card match up but failed to score more than a winner in the main competition.

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