Hello ladies and gents, Harrison here with another Magic: The Gathering article for you folks. Now, those of you who keep active in your social media may have noticed a recent post made here on a local legacy page. The post made its way to reddit (of course) where a member of Wizards of the Coast further clarified their stance on the ‘issue’ (and that comment can be found here).
So here’s what it boils down to. A proxy card is one created by an approved judge to replace a card that has become damaged or marked during the course of an official tournament, while a counterfeit card is anything else. WotC has decided to crack down on counterfeit cards appearing in sanctioned tournaments, to protect the image of their intellectual property. The important word in that sentence is ‘sanctioned’.
So to repeat, black-clad ninja lawyers will not be swinging down from the rafters because you sharpied up some cards to playtest!
Especially when the director of Global Organized Play chimes in with this.
Given Wizards response to recent events in MTG, such as the GP Richmond #Crackgate ‘scandal’ or the banning of Zach Jesse (which the talented Lin wrote about here) we will probably not see a change in WotC stance on counterfeit cards in sanctioned tournaments. Wizards love their brand and will take what appear to be draconian steps to protect it. Is this healthy for Eternal formats that continue to see the barrier to entry climb higher and higher? Almost certainly not, but unless we all quit the game, that’s not going to change.
And the addictive ink makes it far to difficult to quit now.
Thanks for reading,
UPDATE 15/01/2016: Wizards of the Coast made this official announcement regarding the situation. The most important thing to take from it though is “What has gotten caught up in the confusion are playtest cards used outside of sanctioned DCI events. And the reason it has gotten confusing is because we’ve never really talked about them before. Wizards of the Coast has no desire to police playtest cards made for personal, non-commercial use, even if that usage takes place in a store.”
In short, fancy proxies may still come under fire, especially for sanctioned events, however for unsanctioned events and casual play it’s unlikely to effect things as they currently stand.