In a major announcement, Wizards of the Coast has revoked the 2013-2014 Rookie of the Year title from Jared Boettcher. Here is an excerpt from the release made by Helen Bergeot, Director of Global Organized Play Wizards of the Coast, regarding the matter:
It recently came to our attention that Jared Boettcher, the 2013–2014 Rookie of the Year, may have engaged in activities that violate Wizards of the Coast’s Code of Conduct and the Magic tournament floor rules. After a thorough investigation by the Investigation Committee, those activities were unfortunately confirmed. Because these actions occurred at events that led to him earning the Rookie of the Year title, Jared Boettcher has been suspended from playing in sanctioned Magic tournaments for 46 months and his Rookie of the Year title has been revoked.”
Allegations of cheating have been going around recently and has spread like wildfire with numerous players being accused of the action. All of this started when an investigation was conducted by StarCityGames over the actions of Trevor Humphries during the SCG Open held in Worcester, Mass. earlier this month. Humphries was the eventual winner of the tournament. According to the video evidence, Humphries can be seen looking down and manipulating his opponent’s deck while shuffling. This type of manipulation would cause the opponent to have to take several mulligans resulting in a lesser chance to win the game or match.
After a review of the evidence, Humphries was then suspended for four years and his winnings, which were being held, was donated to charity. Soon after, Alex Bertoncini, another player who has been on the radar for cheating was suspended as well.
Boettcher is another example of Wizards of the Coast trying their best to “clean” up the “Magic” community as players have been petitioning for a safer and more comfortable playing environment. However, in some instances, it looks as if, the community has only done itself some harm. In the Reddit post that originally accused Humphries of cheating, certain comments had gotten out of hand, and, in some cases, personal attacks were made. It had gotten so bad that Head Judge, Jared Sylva, had to make an addendum to his statement in the thread to remind people to keep things civil and that their behavior had become abusive and could even lead to their own suspension.
With the suspension of Boettcher, the 2013-2014 title of Rookie of the Year passes down to Raymond Perez, Jr.
What do you think of the steps that Wizards of the Coast has taken recently in regards to cheating? Have they done enough? Is there more that they can do? Sound off in the comment section below.