Deep in this interview - http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/24822758
- with Terry Ekelöf of Team Ekeby, Eric A (et al) ask for rule changes Terry would like to see. One of his responses is a proposal for changing how a game opens.
If I understand correctly, his proposal is that after the king toss, each team receives 3 batons. Then each team attempts to topple their opponent's base kubb. The team knocking down the most (max. 3) then receives all 6 batons and inkasts all fallen kubbs.
In the case of a tie - I propose that all 6 batons are passed to the opening team.
The benefit of this opening: the defending team no longer runs the risk of starting with an empty base line.
And it softens the awkwardness around who gets 5 batons during the king toss (no one - each team gets 3).
Other than the complexity of introducing new ruleset for the first 2 turns, are there strategic downsides an Ekeby Opening?