I do find the grovling apology to be pretty damn amusing though, it sounds as if he had just pleaded to a murder case, not revealed cards a month early for a bloody game
Bah, this won't hurt the game or the community. If anything it helps it.
Bah, this won't hurt the game or the community. If anything it helps it.No, it does hurt the community. Many website rely on the spoilers they are given to bring players to them and thus generate revenue. When spoilers are leaked like this there is much less of a reason for people to visit these sites. Will this leak ruine the game and peoples financial lives? No. But it definetly has an impact.
And as for the offline community, in the leadup to MBS I had a fun couple of weeks talking about the newest spoilers at FNM and the like. With the entire set dumped at once, that hasn't happened. Statistics predict that there won't be as many players at prereleases. In general... it hurts.
A superb point someone just noted on MTGSalvation:I wonder how many high-level players normally get a leg up on the Constructed metagame by being friends with writers with early access to the full set. I have a feeling that the only difference this time is that those players will stupid enough to leak it publicly. They should not be giving the Godbook to writers.
A superb point someone just noted on MTGSalvation:I wonder how many high-level players normally get a leg up on the Constructed metagame by being friends with writers with early access to the full set. I have a feeling that the only difference this time is that those players will stupid enough to leak it publicly.They should not be giving the Godbook to writers.
They should not be giving the Godbook to writers.
Looks like a sequence of progressively worse decisions, by people progressively less concerned with security and not betraying trust.
That's like saying that studios shouldn't provide early CD's or DVD's to critics. There's a purpose for certain people receving this information and it's unfortunate that some people can't seem to use this privaleged access professionally.
This sort of leak is no different than a blockbuster movie being leaked a month before its theatrical debut.
Interesting comparison. Here, let me spoil Transformers 3 for you:
You think any of that information will keep the movie from being a top grosser? I understand some movies want to keep secrets, but they also know that's impossible because not everyone will see it at the same time anyway. And most studios are smart enough that they'd kill for this kind of excited word-of-mouth.
Now I don't blame Wizards for wanting to control their release, but I'm unconvinced that secrecy is so crucial. Blizzard started putting out Cataclysm spoilers a year before the expansion was released. It didn't seem to hurt them. If cards stop having appeal 1 month after preview, then how does Magic Online even exist? Those releases never get such a tight schedule. (And MODO players aren't just getting scooped by lists, they had to endure sets that release after the Pro Tour already used them.)
Matignon made an agreement and broke it, and that's inexcuseable. But from WotC's standpoint they should learn the phrase "information wants to be free" and not build such a house of cards. I feel like they're all-or-nothing; either no one has seen the card or they give up and get all emo. Case in point: Maro's article this week, which doesn't even name the dragon he presumably wanted to showcase. I think there's a lot of room for a middle ground that they've simply skipped.
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I strive to be critical, rational and openminded.
I can't count the number of cards where the pro player/writer basically says "ohmygod-preorder-this-card-right-now." To know that they have had the context all along REALLY pisses me off.
I'm not sure it's the choice I would have made, but I feel that Matignon was suspended for so long specifically because he was just proclaimed world champion. He's one of the last people Wizards would've suspected to do something like this.
CLEAR CONCLUSION: Wizards should not be sharing anything AT ALL before their preferred public date. There's absolutely no need to "preview" any cards to "select" people outside of Wizards payroll. Yes this is a confidentiality breach on the part of these individuals, but it is an unprofessional modus operandi on the part of Wizards to leak what they don't want leaked in a so-called controlled way.I deal with confidential, secret, top secret, and other classified documentation often at work. It's pretty simple. Those with a need to see something worth hiding see it. Others don't. And timing matters, especially in marketing a continually upgrading luxury item, which Magic is. Wake up Wizards.
Even if it leaks, it's still in the right time frame.
I feel that Matignon was suspended for so long specifically because he was just proclaimed world champion.