Chaos in the community of Magic: the Gathering players and judges. After an investigation into major leaks of cards in an upcoming set, over a dozen judges, including most of the Southeast regional leadership, were suspended. Apparently, one or two judges were using a regional community to publish spoilers and were handed 3-year bans; the rest (including, supposedly, the person who actually did report the leaks) were assigned 3-month suspensions for alleged non-action and non-reporting . Any Magic events in the Southeast are going to have a lot of trouble being staffed.
In protest/solidarity, one of the major volunteer community centers for judges has shut down with a redirect message. I’m pretty frustrated by this turn of events; I don’t have enough information to judge whether the suspensions were justified, but I do know that I used JudgeApps to track all the events I’m scheduled to help run and to train new judge candidates. I’m trying to withhold judgement until I can actually talk a little more with the webmaster, but it will take some doing to convince me that his actions are sensible and justified.
I’m not sure how many MTG players there are, and how many of them are in the Southeast, so this may be of limited interest. Still, I kind of wanted to vent, so thanks for listening!
DCI Judge, Level II