I do not compete in tournaments of any kind and have no interest in 'official rulings' whatsoever. The competitiveness associated with card gaming was one of the many reasons my interest dwindled so long ago. The disavowal of various material by WotC has annoyed me almost since the beginning! More power to anyone who disagrees with me on this, it's simply not for me.
The 'ante' card has been in place for as long as the game has existed. I don't remember ever playing a game with anyone outside of a tournament who has even mentioned the ante practice, other than to declare they refuse to use it. It has been a while since I have bought any new cards though, can anyone tell me if this is still part of the official rules?