My feelings on the matter are purely from a sportsmanship perspective.
This is a bigger problem in free tournaments, which many free-to-play only players will be trying to win cards/packs. It is less of a problem in pay tournaments, since quitting inherently means the player loses something (the entrance cost).
So the question that I post is this: Is it sportsmanlike to have an affect on the outcome of a tournament with prizes if you have no intention of competing for those prizes?
I feel that it is not sportsmanlike. Is it fair? well as Bubbles put it:
1) Whether you lose and the guy leaves right after or you lose and he goes on, either way you lost your spot in the tournament fair and square.
So yes, it is FAIR. But no, it is not sportsmanlike. I am not the only one who has felt this way in the past either. Muppit found the whole quitting tournaments thing annoying as well.viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2538&hilit=quit+tournament
Now my suggestion of causing 1 loss of ranking to occur when someone quits a tournament will help stop two things:
1) It will keep people from playing in tournaments and affecting their outcome when they never intend to finish.
2) It will provide incentive for players to keep playing in a tournament even if their cards are not great for sealed play.
Keep in mind that because you keep your cards throughout a tourney (there have been TONS of arguments about this in the past) many players will just quit after their first game assuming they will lose. Is that in the spirit of competition? No, it just prevents that person from losing ladder points (and prevents other players from earning them).
Now is this a huge deal? Not really.
Is this annoying? Yeah, it kind of is.
Could it be fixed by attaching a penalty? Yeah, mostly.
That is why I made this suggestion, to potentially fix an annoyance in the tournament system, and keep all the players entering tournaments "honest" and sportsmanlike.