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Here's the problem with your analogy. These crimes don't leave evidence. There have to be victims who know they are victims. If your real life villain was robbing abandoned homes, I wouldn't be surprised if the police only found out after someone caught it on video.
If you've read enough things about mentalities of cheaters and the like, you'll have seen that countless times the person who is cheated sticks up for the cheater, saying that he wasn't doing anything suspect, etc. There's no problem with the Wizards system. There's a problem with people not recognizing and reporting cheating. The player to judge ratio is sort of a necessary evil. If your opponent repeatedly commits rule violations and you don't notice or do anything about it, nothing will happen to that person.
Quote from ThoughtXRiot »What is your proposal?
Quote from johnkorean »
In your analogy, when you say the criminal goes on a crime spree, periodically committing various crimes, are you stating this as an omniscient narrator? Or are you also suggesting that the police were aware that crimes had been committed but did nothing to investigate them? If it's the latter, your analogy doesn't hold, because no one had any reason to suspect anything shady was going on until someone came forward with either: a. a personal anecdote suggesting foul play, or b. someone happening to notice something fishy in the video. Once someone said, "Hey, maybe a cheat/crime has been committed," it would be fair to take WotC to task if they still sat around and did nothing.
As it stands, yelling at WotC for not investigating cheats they had no reason to believe existed is like yelling at the police for not conducting random dead body searches of houses.
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2) I very much disagree that saying "good job" for how the handled this situation isn't appropriate.
Quote from johnkorean »I'm not sure how you guys envision WotC HQ operating, but they aren't ESPN. They don't have an army of paid/unpaid interns assigned to view and review every minute of every video shot of every tournament. They also probably don't have the ability to detect a "disturbance in the force" when someone cheats at a tournament, but I admit that's pure speculation on my part.
People had concerns, they brought their concerns to WotC's attention, WotC investigated, WotC concluded cheating occurred, WotC issued 3 and 4 year bans. The system worked exactly as it was designed to.
Quote from Sene »Good job WotC.
Quote from TorelAschente »
I thought that only happened once and with only 1 card?
And that happened in a time when they could have printed foil versions of the Reserved List cards - and that loophole was quickly covered up after they did it with the last card being Phyrexian Negator.
Which could mean if they tried to do that today, they would end up having to patch the loophole first and put that 1 card back on the list. And then nothing happens.
Quote from theonecalledrune »I'm thinking they will just have printed proxies for all the stuff they can't print. Something with a different back or border, not allowed to be played anywhere else but the event. It makes the most sense since they won't print the real thing.
Quote from Cardoc »I'm in the same boat as Bateleur with the lack of time to draft as much as I'd like. Definitely enjoying draft much more than sealed, I think sealed is much more reliant on your pool than most limited formats.
Quote from silph »so, um, anyone seen those Q4 Hasbro reports yet? (or are they even out?)
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Quote from Puddle Jumper »Sealed I think strongly favors Abzan, but if there's an aggro deck to be had in the format, it's more likely to come out in draft than sealed. So I guess we'll see.
Quote from Sene »Yeah, I was pleased with the pace and play of the games today. Seemed just about right. I'm liking this format so far.
Quote from Sene »Unless you're very aggressive, I think Singing Bell Strike is awful. So I think it was the right call not to.
(this is just in theory; I've never played with or against the card)
Quote from Puddle Jumper »Well, if you say so. Equip costs of 4 (or even 3) tend to turn me off equipment pretty fast, unless I'm getting a lot more than just a stat boost. It's too easy punish you for spending your mana that way.